Wednesday, May 18, 2016

x's and +'s

Did you wonder where I went?  This time,  nowhere, a grinch took over my blog and wouldn't let me add any pictures, and I'm not interesting enough to create a blog post with no pictures.  But things are working just fine again, what a relief.

I've been a fan of the X's and +'s quilt pattern for a while.  The pattern's not new, it's just taken me this long to decide on my plan of attack.  If you check out Pinterest, there are hundreds of versions of this pattern, all wonderful.

Here's a great scrappy version by Peggy at Stitchin with Peg.

I would love to make a quilt exactly like this one,  or one with different size blocks, those are great too, but it's still really hard for me to do totally scrappy, I'm still struggling with controlled scrappy.

There are several versions of this pattern available, Zen Chic designed one and here's a link to a tutorial created by Bad Skirt.  I'm going with Pat Bravo's pattern.

It's available on Craftsy.

My main inspiration for this quilt came from Cindy Lammon at Hyacinth Quilt Designs, who used Pat's pattern to make this version.

I didn't notice until Cindy pointed it out,  the pattern uses the same fabric in the center plus blocks going diagonally one direction, and the same fabric for the square corners going diagonally the other direction.  So while this is a very scrappy quilt, it has enough sameness going on to appeal to my sense of order.

I decided to go with an assortment of Art Gallery fabric that I had collected over the last few years.  Not just one family by one designer, or even several families by one designer, instead several designers and several families.

It took me two afternoons in my sewing room to put together this assortment of 42 different pieces of fabric.  I'm spoiled by fat quarter bundles, where I customize it to my liking by adding and subtracting a few prints.  But it was a good challenge, something I need to do more often.

And here's my inspiration block.  I was worried about the plus points matching up with the square corners, but I used my Prairie Sky Quilting Folded Corner Clipper ruler to piece the beige corners on the print blocks, and everything lined up perfectly, no fudging required.

Here are my 6 blocks with a white center.

And 6 blocks with a pink center.

Now I have to stop, I'm heading out of town on vacation.  I usually leave town with an empty design wall, finishing my current project before I leave town, but I think it will be nice to have this project on my design wall to welcome me home.

And on the topic of my vacation, I've created an Instagram account to post pictures of my trip to Italy.  It's mainly for family and there will be over-gramming, particularly of food, but feel free to follow along at thelma_italiano, friends are also welcome.  I'll post any quilty/crafty related pics on my regular instagram account, thelmacupcake.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Now I just need a Chimney

I finished piecing this top this week.  This is Christmas quilt number two of four, four Christmas  quilts for gifts being my goal for 2016.  I'm now looking for my next Christmas pattern but don't intend to start it for at least a couple of months.  I am open to suggestions for a pattern for Christmas quilt number 3. 

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 177
It finished at 74" x 81"
It has approximately 252 pieces.
The fabric is an assortment of Christmas lines by Kate Spain for Moda.
The pattern is By the Chimney by Lella Boutique.

I enjoyed every minute I spent working on this quilt.  I took this picture on a gloomy rainy day,  it looks so much more festive in person.

And while we're on the subject of holiday projects and gifts, have you seen this free pattern being offered by the Fat Quarter Shop?

I intend to make several, and think you should too!   Click here for details.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Next Up . . .

So one of my 2016 Goals is to make 4 Christmas quilts as gifts for this year.  I have one down and am getting ready to start the second.  My goal is to make one every other month and be done with them all in plenty of time to be quilted and bound.

I thought this By the Chimney pattern by Lella Boutique was very festive, who wouldn't like a Christmas quilt covered with stockings.

Selecting fabric is always the hardest part of any project for me.  Here is step one of my stockings.  I'm just going with an assortment of Kate Spain for Moda Christmas prints.  They are from different families released different years, but I think they go together just fine.

I hope I don't like this quilt too much, I won't want to give it away.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Construction Zone . . . .

Here are my latest additions to my year long Village project.

For April I made these four April Showers Houses.

And these houses are from the scraps of my Picking Petals Medallion quilt.

This is my latest favorite. 

I'm up to 48 houses.  

I bought two Charm Packs of Spooky Delight by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda for my October Halloween houses.  It will be hard to wait until October to piece them.  Wouldn't an entire Village of Halloween houses be fun?  Maybe next year.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Never Say Never . . .

I've finished my Picking Petals Medallion Quilt.  

For the center I started with Taunja's Picking Petals pattern.  (Available here)

I made  mine bigger and added more squares to the center block.

Then I added this pink and green border.  So far so good.

Next I added this red border, which I really like, but think it overpowers the rest of the quilt.  I should have added more red prints that had different colors in them, to tone down the red some.

After that I added a row of geese, big geese, 4" x 8" geese.

Now my quilt is 72" x 72", my favorite size.  But I don't think it looks done and the red is still bugging me.

 I decide to add some stripy Friendship Star blocks from the Sister Sampler Quilts book.  I made a 9" block first, but thought it wasn't big enough, the petal blocks in the center were big, so I thought the outer blocks needed the same look, I went with the 12" block.

I selected blue middles in the stars to pull out the blue border in the center and stayed with the scrappy theme, just like the center square, for the star points.

Which I think finished things off nicely.  

There's a lot to take in when you look at this quilt, but I think that last border helped with the red, my eyes are drawn more to the outer border and less on the red middle.  I'm also planning to use red binding which I think will help even things out. (fingers crossed)

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 176
The center pattern is Picking Petals by Carried Away Quilting
The fabric is all Bonnie and Camille for Moda, mostly Hello Darling.
It finished at 96" x 96"
It has approximately 1,944 pieces.

Making a medallion quilt was one of my 2016 Goals.  I'm very happy with how this turned out and enjoyed piecing every block.  I particularly love the center block, and if I didn't have so many other quilts that I wanted to make, I would make another medallion quilt using that center but go with different borders, I think the possibilities are endless.

Last year I blogged about being out of the kingsize quilt business, well this top finished kingsize, but that's just the way it was supposed to be.