Thursday, August 10, 2017

Two - Zero - Niner

It really wasn't such a big deal fixing this quilt.  Plus I know myself well enough that not fixing it would have driven me crazy until the end of time.   I did enjoy the comments I got from quilters who would have probably not noticed the difference or not corrected the top.  Lucky you for being so casual and easy going, I envy you, and I'm guessing you'll live longer than me.

So here it is,


This is Lifetime Quilt Number 209
The pattern is Bits and Pieces by Midcoast Cottage Design ( I did change the pattern just a tad)
The fabric is an assortment of Carolyn Friedlander's fabric for Robert Kaufman
It finished at 79" x 85"
It has approximately 792 pieces

I've been obsessing about the quilts still on my 2017 To Do List, but today ran across a bit of advice and it said when your To Do  list gets you down, sometimes thinking about your Done List cheers you up.  I could not agree more.  If I don't finish another quilt this year it's already been a very rewarding, fun, and productive sewing year.  But really, how much longer can I put off that Double Wedding Ring quilt, tick-tock, lol.  

Friday, August 4, 2017

Next Up

Do you remember how one of my 2017 sewing goals was to work on my Carolyn Friedlander stash and then I made this top that only used 12 of my fat quarters?  Not much of a stash buster.

Then I saw this pattern and thought I would give using up that fabric another go.


The pattern is Bits & Pieces by Midcoast Cottage Design.


First I cut a few strips from each fat quarter in my stack, which was perfect, I'm using a good portion of my Carolyn Friedlander fabric but not all, so for future projects I will still be able to mix in some of her new prints with the old.


I did change up the pattern a bit.  The pattern uses the same number of strips in each strip set with two different widths of strips.  I decided to change up the number of strips in the sets and cut the sets several different widths.   My goal was to make it super scrappy while also using as much fabric as possible.

So this is usually the happy ending section of my blog, where I give you all the finished quilt specifics and myself a pat on the back for a job well done.   Not this time.


Once I got all the sashing and borders on my rows the bottom of the quilt measured 3/4" wider than the top!  WHAT!! I don't think I was as careful as I should have been with my pressing. Those rows have a lot of give.  So I'll spend my weekend taking the borders off, squaring it up again, then putting the borders back on.

But even with this little hiccup, I'm still loving the summery look of this quilt top.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Christmas in July

Earlier this year I was given the opportunity to play with Sweetwater's Hometown Christmas fabric for a Christmas in July theme for Moda.



This picture was actually taken in July, so it was literally  Christmas in July for one morning at my house.

I put together two blocks, a background center block and a print center block.


This is the background center block, or Block 1.  The amazing quilting is by Connie Lancaster, the owner of Quilts Plus in Indianapolis, Indiana.




This is the print center block, or Bock 2.

The pattern is a breeze, I went with 3 inch fabric squares and 3 inch half square triangles, but really you can go with any size that you like.  You can also piece as many blocks as you like, no rules here.

The family of fabric has some great prints but the plaids were my favorite.


And here's my finished quilt.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 197
I 've named it Christmas in July
It finished at 88' x 88"
The fabric is Hometown Christmas by Sweetwater for Moda.
It has approximately 1,573 pieces.

Carrie Nelson and the nice folks at Moda have written a pattern for this quilt and it's available for free on the Moda Cutting Table blog.   I think there may also be a giveaway, so check it out today. click here

Thanks Moda for the opportunity to create a fun project and bigger thanks to Carrie Nelson who helped wth the design and all the pattern work.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Good Melon

"At that moment I knew.  I knew the way you know about a good melon".  

That quote is from the movie When Harry Met Sally, one of my all time favorite movies that I've watched countless times.  That line played through my head the last couple of weeks while I worked on this project, which I've named Good Melon.


Earlier this year Joanna from Fig Tree offered a curated bundle of fabric made up of melon color fabrics with a few tans.  The color combination really called to me, I rarely work with tan and thought it looked so nice with the melon toned fabric.  It reminded me of cantaloupe, thus the When Harry Met Sally line running through my head.  The fabric came with a split rail pattern that was fine but I thought I could do better.

While looking through my stack of patterns I ran across this one,


Scarlett Queen by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  A pattern that's been on my to do list for ages.   I think's it's the red that always appealed to me, but thought maybe it would look great in melon too.

I did change it up just a tad.  My center blocks were all melon, with some 4 patches but more not.


 I thought those corners in the pattern were a little fussy but after piecing the blocks knew I needed something, so I went with this instead.

I didn't really have the fabric I needed for that pieced border and gave this a try.



But in the end went with this, again, less fuss, just cleaner and simpler.


This is Lifetime Quilt Number 208 - Good Melon
It finished at 64 1/2" x 64 1/2"
The fabric is a mix of several different designers but all Moda
The pattern was inspired by Scarlett Queen by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co
It has approximately 895 pieces



Monday, July 10, 2017

Red and White Finish

One of my quilting goals for 2017 is to piece a Red and White quilt.  And this is my go to bible when it comes to red and white quilts, and one of my favorite quilt books.

 

I have at least 20 pages of quilts marked with post-its that I would like to make at some point, so it was just a matter of selecting one of the 20, which was easier than I expected, mainly because I know this is not my last red and white quilt.


So this is the quilt top I decided on, first, because as you know, hsts are my favorite block, and also because this is one of the quilts in my Red and White Tribute Quilt.  I think it would be fun to have life-size versions of all the mini quilts in my tribute quilt.


I pre-washed my Moda Bella Solids, and I used a color catcher for the red,  it didn't pick up any color at all, way to go Moda.

And Voila!


This is Lifetime Quilt Number 207 - Red and White Lady of the Lake
It finished at 66 1/2" x 74 1/2"
The red fabric is Moda Bella Solid Christmas - 9900-16 - the white is Moda Bella Solid 9900-98
It has 645 hsts for a total of 1,290 pieces.
The large hsts are 6 1/2" and the small ones are 2 1/2"


I miss-counted my 2 1/2" blocks and ended up with 125 extra, plus the pieces for even more.


That's OK, that's just a jump start on the next one, sometime down the road.