Friday, October 7, 2016

Autumn Beauty runner



Autumn Beauty - fresh finish using Fall Festival fabric line by Wilmington Prints fabrics. Lovely, lovely fabric. It reminds me of the color of a sunny autumn day when the light filters through and bounces off the orange and yellow leaves - warm and cheerful.

 Started with a fat quarter bundle and added a couple of Moda Marbles - the orange and cream. The design went through a few changes from start to finish, but I am very pleased with the end results.



Quilting this runner was fun.  I really focused on my technique and got better results - straighter lines with fewer wobbles.  

The obligatory rolled quilt shot : )  Love this quilt roll! 90" of rolled quilted table runner. SOOO cool!

Quilt Stats:
Fabric: Fall Festival by Wilmington Prints
Batting: Flannel
Backing:  Kona cotton
Binding: Moda marbles
Size: 15"x 90"

Happy autumn, everyone!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Wallflowers - Picking Petals mini quilt


Needed a summer wall hanging for our entryway. Had my eye on Picking Petals Mini Quilt by Carried Away Quilting for  awhile and had the perfect fabric - Wallflowers by Cluck Cluck Sew

Easy prep work.

Fun piecing.


Had a blast straight line quilting on diagonal. I SO love quilting and the results of straight quilted lines! Took a bit of ironing to square it up. Side note - do a bit of stitch in the ditch to anchor quilt top. 

Overall thrilled with how my Picking Petals in Wallflowers turned out. I recommend this pattern - fun, easy to follow, stunning results.

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Picking Petals mini quilt by Carried Away Quilting
Fabric: Wallflowers by Cluck Cluck Sew and Moda Bella solids and marbles
Batting: flannel
Size: 20"x20"

This is my second entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival by Amy's Creative Side in the Mini Quilts Category.

Check Plus quilt top

 Check Plus quilt pattern

Check Plus, another fun pattern by Meadow Mist Designs, launches today. You can find all pertinent details on Cheryl's blog.

The plus-within-plus block drew me in instantly and I quickly volunteered to test this pattern for Cheryl. I have made up a few of her patterns now and am never disappointed - easy to follow, quick cutting and piecing, and clean, high-impact designs. Check Plus was no different.

Easy cutting.

Simple piecing (very little ripper usage required on my part : )

On a side note - seams matched up like a breeze and ironed flatter than usual for me. Could pre-pressing with Best Press be the magical key to flatter seams???

This was a fun, quick quilt top. I'm very pleased with the results.

I highly recommend quilt patterns by Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs. Her patterns are clear and easy to follow.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dandelion Girl - a simple quilted runner


Ah! Dandelion Girl - oh, how I've wanted to make with you for so long - about 4 years to be exact : )

This fabric line designed by Fig Tree for Moda Fabrics released March 2008. By the time I first laid eyes on her, Dandelion Girl was already out of print and hard to find. All my local quilt shop had was a layer cake kit, and it was a bit out of budget. So I let it pass and pass and pass until it was gone. Oh well.


Then my connections grew and I discovered personal fabric destashing. Last summer (2015) I lucked upon a couple charm packs and a jelly roll. Score!!!! (insert joyous happy dance : )

Fast forward a few projects to this spring and I made up my mind that now was the time to make with Dandelion Girl. A charm pack paired with squares of Moda Bella Porcelain morphed into 84 half-square triangles (I love HSTs!) There are SO many ways to layout HSTs, but I chose to keep it simple and traditional and let the fabrics shine on their own.

I love the colors of this collection - cheerful and warming.  Just the right touch that I think will work from spring into fall.

This runner was all about the fabric so straight-line quilting for the quilting win to keep it clean, simple and unobtrusive.

This quilt proved quite photogenic. So much fun photographing! 

Though capturing 84" can be a bit challenging.

Love it with this crochet basket!!!


It was absolutely joy and lots of fun working and making with Dandelion Girl by Fig Tree. If you ever want to remake a line, this line has my vote : )


Fabric:  Dandelion Girl by Fig Tree for Moda Fabrics
Batting: Flannel
Backing: Moda Bella Solids cream
Size: 16" x 84"

 Blogger's Quilt Festival: Fall 2016

Dandelion Girl is my entry in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival: Fall 2016 Edition  in the Small Quilts Category.  The Blogger's Quilt Festival is an online quilt festival to showcase the work of quilters from all over. Prepare to be inspired! You are welcome to vote for your favorites.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Strawberry Fields Jelly Roll Quilt


Oh, what a beauty!
Her story...


Christmas 2011 I received one of the best gifts ever from my dear husband and children - a Strawberry Fields jelly roll!  My very first jelly roll! I was SO excited! But what to make with it??? It sat on my little shelf for a few years. Little ones got there little hands on it and "disturbed" its perfectness. I started a board on pinterest and over the years pinned pics of various quilts made with Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree for Moda fabrics. My heart became set on seeing it made up into strip sets yet I couldn't settle on a pattern. I didn't want it to be "boring." So many times I almost cut into it but got interrupted and lost interest in whatever pattern I had settled on.

Then a couple years ago I was introduced to Instagram (you can find me there as freshdewdrops : ) and a whole new world of inspiration opened up (as if Pinterest wasn't enough ;) Anywho, in June of this year inspiration struck when my eyes lighted on a pattern by @corianderquilts called Prairie Blooms. I had found it! Pattern match for my Strawberry Fields jelly roll! Simple strip pattern yet pretty and unique. I set to work almost immediately.

Working out my strip sets.



Laying out blocks.

Nicely ironed quilt top (getting close to finish : )

Gentle wave quilting for the win - adds a bit of softness and flow.

It was SO much fun to finally make with this jelly roll.  I thoroughly enjoyed every step and working with all the different prints.  Here are a few of my favorite sets:


The red check is the best red check ever designed, in my opinion.

Love the buttery yellows and the not-blue-not-green pond color.

It's not often that I like a fabric line because of its name and actually love its colors and prints and everything, but Strawberry Fields has it all. It's special.


Strawberry season is one of my favorite times of year. This quilt will always hold a special place in my heart as it reminds me of sun-warmed strawberries, green grass, juice stained fingers, early summer breezes, and best of all - good times with my family.

Quilt stats:
Fabric:  Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda
Batting:  Quilters Dream wool
Backing:  Strawberry Fields Revisited
Binding:  Solid from Strawberry Fields
Pattern:  Prairie Blooms by Coriander Quilts
Size:  Approximately 60"x72"


Who can resist a cute rolled quilt : )

or a quilt blowing in the breeze?

Joyful day, everyone!!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Minis and More: Summer Star quilt top


In an attempt to make up my mini charms and charm packs into wallhangings or table toppers, I am going to participate in the Minis and More Parade. (See link in sidebar for more info.) Time will tell how far I get with this endeavor : )



Here is my July entry. Summer Star - perfect pattern for July made up with Prairie Paisley II by Minick & Simpson for Moda,perfect fabric for July. Love how the top turned out! As I wanted a larger wall hanging, I used a regular charm pack (5" squares) to make my Summer Star. This pattern pieced very quickly. Pattern available here - Etsy.

So Happy my points came out a lot better this time (probably because I took more care with my piecing and trimming). I won't be able to get it quilted until next week but I'm feeling proud of myself for getting the top done. I have wanted to make a patriotic wall hanging for several years. Step one completed! 

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!!!




Friday, June 26, 2015

Baby Sea Stars quilt

Thank you all for stopping by and giving your input regarding binding. 
The giveaway winner is Debbie - Sheltered Stitches. Congratulations, Debbie!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my version of Sea Stars, the newest pattern release by Cheryl over at  Meadow Mist Designs. I was excited to test another this pattern for Cheryl. First, I'm drawn to her striking designs and her patterns are always clear, simple, and easy to follow. Second, I love half-square triangles. Third, for some time I have wanted to try a quilt with the plus sign block. Fourth, I thought it would be perfect in grays and yellows, a combination I've been wanting to try even though it is not my combination of choice at all.

How do you not spend all day putting a fabric selection together for a new quilt? Go to your local quilt shop 15 minutes before they close. No kidding. Worked for me. I pulled all the yellow and gray marbles they had, went with the three of each that seemed to want to be together, and tossed in Bella white from stash. Done! Whew, that was easy : )



Cutting my 1/4 yard cuts for the baby size went very smoothly and quickly. I love Cheryl's cutting instructions. So clear and simple. Trimming the HSTs was a breeze with my new Bloc-loc ruler. Love it! Can't recommend it enough if you like to use HSTs in your quilts.




I struggled a bit with piecing. Wrong moon or something. Every block needed ripper attention for some reason or other. I persevered and pushed through the mental fog to victory. Here it is all pieced and ironed. Really like how the blocks come together and form the stars. Ingenious! Am very happy with how the fabrics play together. Sometimes you just don't know how they are going to turn out, you know what I mean?



Quilted! Wasn't sure how to quilt this one. Thought about going with my favorite wavy lines, but it just didn't seem the right choice. Thought about single straight lines on the diagonal but wasn't sure how that would go with the velour backing (and no time for experimenting). So, straight line to the right of seams in both directions. Love how it turned out! Simple, doesn't distract from the block pattern, still soft and cuddly. Quilting success!

Cheryl has another winner with Sea Stars - striking design in a clear, easy to follow pattern. I love that about her patterns.

Giveaway! Closed.
Ok, folks. Time for a giveaway. For a PDF copy of the Sea Stars patterns how about giving me some binding input. What color would you bind this quilt with - one of the grays? one of the yellows? maybe white? For one entry comment letting me know what your binding choice would be. For an additional entry let me know if you are a follower, new or old.  Please make sure I have a way of contacting you. Winner will be drawn Monday, June 29.

Sea Stars can be found on Etsy, Craftsy, and Payhip.