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"


Friday, May 4, 2018

April - 12 minis in 12 months 2018 - Mirabelle

Very pleased to share my April mini for #12minisin12months sew along hosted by Kait over at Knot and Thread Design.

I have had this mini charm pack of Mirabelle by Fig Tree and Co. in my stash for a few years and this year I just needed to make up into something.

Here in Minnesota spring has been late in arriving this year. So, if Mother Nature won't give me spring color, I'll make my own : )

It turned out SO pretty. I'm glad I settled on a simple layout. It was meant to have a border, but when I finished quilting it and saw my design sheet, I realized I had forgotten it.  Oops! Straight line quilting on each side of each seam to keep it simple.

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

Monday, April 16, 2018

Second and third of twelve mini quilts 2018


Thanks to the #12minisin12months sew-along hosted by Kait over at Knot and Thread Design, my mini quilt wall is growing! So glad I jumped on board with this sew-along.

Here's my little cross & star block finished for February. This block has been on my mind since seeing Taunja's over at Carried Away Quilting - gorgeous! 

Straight-line quilting is my thing and it fits perfectly with this one-block mini quilt. I'm thinking I might need a bigger quilt made with this block.

My favorite print from Bonnie & Camille's Daysail fabric line is so cute to see up on the wall.

My finish for March was a slight variation of the star & cross block - added a square in the center of the cross. I just needed to see how it would look.

Such a pretty little finish using my favorite print form Fig Tree & Co.'s Strawberry Fields fabric line.

Again, straight line grid quilting for the quilting win. Lines are 3/8" apart. So, so much fun quilting up both of these mini quilts. They both make me smile, but I think the star & cross might be my favorite (I'm a bit partial to plus blocks : )

Quilt Stats:
Fabric:  Daysail by Bonnie & Camille for Moda
             Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree & Co for Moda
             Bella Solids by Moda
Batting: Flannel
Piecing & Quilting thread:  Aurifil
Size: 12.5" x 12.5"

Happy day!!!