Sunday, September 16, 2018

August - 12 minis in 12 months 2018 - Somerset Figgy goodness

This pretty little Somerset quilt didn't get done in August but in early September - close enough ; ) Such a super fun, super quick finish (thank goodness because that is all it seems I have time for currently.)

These little mini charm packs are turning out to be the perfect thing to create with lately.  Grab a little bit of background and mini charm pack, and in no time you have a quick little quilt finished.

Mini and quick doesn't have to mean boring and/or no impact - I love the impact the center of this little mini quilt offers.

Simple straight line crosshatch quilting. Ah! the little X's in all the little squares - perfect!

Really do love these colors!

Quick little squares folded in half as hanging corners - now this little mini quilt can be used as a table topper or wallhanging.

 Beautiful little mini quilt just in time for fall knocking on the door : )

Happy quilting, Everyone!

Quilt Stats:
Fabric:  Somerset by Fig Tree & Co for Moda
Batting: Flannel
Piecing and Quilting thread:  Aurifil
Size: 18" x 18"

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

July - 12 minis in 12 months 2018 - Scrappy Fig Tree

Had such a difficult time settling on what to do this month for #12minisin12months by  Knot and Thread Design.  Played around with a BUNCH of ideas but just couldn't get started with one UNTIL I came across this little baggie of HSTs leftover from a previous project. Within an afternoon I had this little cutie finished. When inspiration strikes, it's a very good thing : )

Loving these little bits of Fig Tree goodness. This line is California Girl for Moda Fabrics. 

Once I got started, I wondered if I'd be able to finish - working with such little pieces was a bit more than I bargained for.  (Those little HST squares finish at 1". 1"!!!) But, I took a deep breath and decided to take my time. Turns out that sometimes slowing down helps to finish quicker. Who knew : )

Did a little straight line grid quilting. Went with 1/2" this time. Like how the corners mimic the center.

There is something very satisfying about using these little scrappy leftover bits. Even most of the background is leftover bits that were lying on my cutting table. Went with matching binding to use up even more leftovers. Loving the simplicity.

This is the quickest, most unplanned quilt I've ever made. So, so fun. I think I need more quilts like this : )

Quilt Stats:
Fabric:  California Girl by Fig Tree & Co for Moda
Batting: Flannel
Piecing and Quilting thread:  Aurifil
Size: 12" x 12"

Friday, July 20, 2018

A patriotic runner showcasing Victoria

Finally! We have a patriotic runner! 

     Every year in late June I get a hankering to sew with red, white and blue, but it never seems to happen for one reason or the other. This year I made up my mind it was going to happen. With a specific charm pack in mind I sat down one evening in June and started playing in EQ. In a couple days I had a design. So excited! Ready to start cutting and stitching. Then along comes my husband (I think I need to ban him from pinterest; I have enough inspiration : ) - "Hey, honey, look at this quilt. It's kinda cool. Could you make something like this?" Really?!?! Can I make something like that?!?! Is that a challenge? Of course, I can! Back to playing (aka designing) with the perfect fabric in mind.

This fabric line is perfect for patriotic projects that you don't want to scream red, white and blue. The dainty prints are the cutest and perfect for so many different projects. This runner was out for the 4th and will be out for a few more weeks.

I am so glad that inspiration struck my husband this time. One of the reasons I love to make and quilt is to give to others and he is my favorite  person to gift. He really likes my version of his inspiration piece and that just makes me smile!

Straight-line quilting for the win, but for this runner I mixed up by quilting different directions alternating blocks. Still loving straight line quilting.

Usually I do solids for bindings to keep costs down, but I for my last few quilts I have branched out. Loving this red check...and that blue dot!!

If your looking for some of this pretty Victoria fabric, Starlit Quilts has
great selection and prices.

Quilt Stats:
Fabric:  Victoria by 3 Sisters for Moda
Batting: Flannel
Piecing & Quilting thread:  Aurifil
Size: 16" x 60"

Saturday, June 16, 2018

June - 12 minis in 12 months 2018 - Mini Charm Fun with Nest

Hello Quilty Friends! It's only mid month and I'm excited to be presenting my June mini quilt for #12minisin12months by Kait over at Knot and Thread Design and it's accompanying tutorial! Yes, the pattern is a repeat of May's mini, but as I have received several requests for a pattern I thought I'd make it up again and write up a tutorial as I went.

Ah! Nest is just as nice to work with as I anticipated. Love the blues! and greens! and grays! and cheerful pops of pink. Probably going to be sharing other projects with this lovely fabric line by Vanessa over at Lella Boutique.

This is an excellent start, but, yes, most definitely need to make more with Nest.  Here are a few of my favorite prints...


Oh! and more stripe binding!! Loving it, even more so when I get the stripes to match up, which is not as difficult as I thought it was going to be.  A bit fiddly, but very doable.

Simple quilting with a touch of cross hatch in the corners, which makes my quilty heart happy : )

Per request, I am excited to share my first ever tutorial in this little quilt tutorial. You can find it here.

Quilt Stats:
Fabric:  Nest by Lella Boutique for Moda
Batting: Flannel
Piecing & Quilting thread:  Aurifil
Size: 23.5" x 23.5"

Thursday, June 7, 2018

May - 12 minis in 12 months 2018 - Mini Charm fun with Ella & Ollie

Spare time was in extra rare supply during the month of May so for #12minisin12months by Kait over at Knot and Thread Design a super super simple mini quilt was in order. (read - no time for picking out a pattern : ) But, simple does not mean not pretty.

Working with a mini charm pack of Ella and Ollie by Fig Tree Quilts was so much fun and yielded such pretty, pretty results. I have wanted to make with this fabric for a few months now and it felt so good to finally just do it! Simple really does have it's own rewards.

Isn't the diagonal striped binding just perfect?!?! I think I need striped binding on ALL the quilts.

Simple pattern requires simple quilting - straight-line quilting either side of seams.

Love the little bit of crosshatch quilting in the corners.

This happy little quilt brightens up our front entranceway. I'm so thrilled to have a bit of these beautiful colors and prints up on the wall to greet visitors. You can be sure there will be more projects in the future featuring this gorgeous line by Fig Tree.

PS: Stay tuned for the tutorial for this cute little wallhanging/table topper.
Coming June 2018.

Quilt Stats:
Fabric:  Ella & Ollie by Fig Tree & Co for Moda
Batting: Flannel
Piecing & Quilting thread:  Aurifil
Size: 23.5" x 23.5"