Monday, May 11, 2020

Finished - Scrap Vortex Quilt

For several years I have been keeping a bag beside the sewing machine of little scraps.  Too small to be put into the respective color scrap bin (yes, I am THAT person that has multiple scrap storage tiers) but too special to be thrown out.  In the early stages of the quarantine I noted that the bag was overflowing.
Doing a little research I rediscovered Amanda Jean's scrap vortex quilt along.    First step was prying all the little pieces and strips out of the bag and organizing them in some order.  

Very, very little was thrown in the trash and every bit was used!

I followed her recommendations and started with small pieces making small slabs and then just kept adding on.  In the beginning I had my doubts as to whether this was ever going to build up into something cohesive.  I stepped back and went back to review some of the beautiful quilts made as part of Amanda Jean's QAL  (for example Linda's!) and that gave me the inspiration to carry on!

As the quilt blocks began to grow came the challenge of assembling some pretty random sized slabs.

To my delight that little bag of bits and pieces came together pretty nicely!  Perhaps I shouldn't have been too surprised under the theory that if I loved each of the little pieces then the odds would be good that I would like the compilation.

Quilted in a simple meander this one is staying with me.

In the end I enjoyed the process so much I have started two more bags including one just for Christmas bits and pieces!

Keep smiling,

Monday, May 4, 2020

Finished - Two Quilts for My Sisters in Law!

A while back my very talented mother-in-law shared with me a bundle of fabric from her many years of sewing.  I decided to turn this fabric into quilts for her daughters. The first is Skipping Pinwheels Quilt by My Fabric Relish .
The second quilt is a log cabin quilt with probably my favorite block placement!

Hand sewn binding and my favorite backing.  Both are quilted in a meandering stipple that is simple and adds much to the texture.

I was so happy to put this fabric to work and my SIL's were both quite pleased!

Stay safe and keep smiling!

Monday, April 20, 2020

Finished - Celtic Crossing Quilt

I started this quilt top in 2019 before my house was flooded.  In coronavirus time it's now finished. The pattern is Celtic Crossing from Lo & Behold Stitchery.  I love the diversity of Irish chain quilts and this one is a simple and clever version.

One of my sewing goals for 2019 was to not purchase any fabric but then I needed some retail therapy during the months I could not sew due to the aforementioned flood and oh well.  However, I did start several quilts with materials exclusively from my stash including this one.

The backing fabric came from a big bundle of fabric my mother in law gave me.  And just going to brag a moment about the pattern match on the back.  I'll never be this good again.

Even the batting was patched together from odds and ends pieces.  Straight line quilting and a hand sewn binding for the finish!

Keep smiling!

Friday, April 17, 2020

Finished - Two Quilts from One Jelly Roll

In the early days of my quilting adventure, I purchased too many jelly rolls (2.5" strips) and charm packs (5" squares).  At the time I did not have much of a fabric stash (or collection as we call it in this house) and those pre-cuts were a great way to learn piecing while developing an eye for color. To be honest, I'm still very tempted by fat quarter bundles but anything smaller I avoid.  One of my first fabric purchases was a jelly roll of Boho by Urban Chicks.  It sat on the shelf for six years waiting for the right pattern.

And with the help of some IG inspiration, I think I found the right one!  This is a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company and in addition to the cool effect from simple piecing, it uses most of a jelly roll and requires no additional fabric. Perfect!

 I had fun quilting this one.

But there were a few strips remaining so I assembled this little quilt with a fabric added for the border.

A skill I have been wanting to work on is hand quilting.  This seemed like the perfect sized quilt to practice on.

I'm quite pleased with squeezing out two quilts from one jelly roll.  Added to the pile of quilts to donate! Linking up with Michelle's weekly Beauty Pageant (and she also has a fabulous jelly roll free pattern!).

Hope everyone is keeping safe and trying to smile during these most interesting times!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Finished - Woodland Creatures Baby Shower Quilt

A couple of years ago I purchased the Thicket creature panel by Gingiber on impulse from Alewives Fabric (who does such things?).  Last weekend I gifted this little quilt to my son and daughter-in-law as part of the celebration of their upcoming first baby!
 Outside pictures for these woodland creatures seemed appropriate.
 The border around the critters is Peter Pan by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller fabrics.

I love, love what Stacie of Gingiber does with animals. Her work is so interesting and charming.

For the backing I found this adorable soft fleece at Joann's.

Free motion quilting this was a joy.  Keeping with my theme of not overthinking the quilting, swirls around the creatures and meandering in the borders seemed right.

Now will there be a little baby boy or girl snuggling up to this quilt?  Stay tuned!!

Linking up to the Beauties Pageant hosted by the lovely Michelle!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Finished - Baby Quilt #4 for Foster

I have been trying to break the habit of buying fabric that called out to me (with mixed success).  Several years ago I purchased a stack of 10" squares of the sweetest baby fabric, Sweet Dreams Little One by Pink Chandelier for Wilmington Fabrics.
And it sat on the shelf waiting for just the right occasion to cut into it.  Welcome beautiful Foster to the world last year and the wait was over.

Wanting to waste as little of this as possible (not that scraps are waste mind you) I turned to Aneela Hoey's Little Apples quilt pattern and threw in a few blocks of my remaining precious Comma from ZenChicModa for the quilt top.

Trains on the back and some fun quilting to finish!

Foster (and his parents) were very pleased with this latest addition to their collection from KayakQuilting!


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Finished - Baby Quilt #3 Maypole

In truth this is the last of three quilts that were finished in 2018 (!!) but never blogged about.  I promise more recent finishes soon!
Have you ever used the backing fabric as inspiration for the quilt front?  Baby's mom is a yoga instructor and farm animals doing yoga, well that just the obvious choice.  

Based on the backing, I picked solids to coordinate on this Maypole pattern by SuzyQuilts.

Another quilt finished with straight line quilting and not free motion quilting.  Interesting...
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