Friday, August 12, 2016

Fireworks in August

Camille's Fireworks pattern has been on my To Do list ever since it was released back in 2012.  Camille used Happy Go Lucky for her Fireworks, one of my all time favorite families of fabric, but I'm hoarding my bundle of Happy Go Lucky so I've been searching for another family of fabric to use, searching for 4 years.  Earlier this year I tried matching up some Miss Kate fat quarters for this pattern but it didn't really excite me, so I put the pattern away, again.

Last month, on Instagram, I saw a Fireworks quilt made with Daysail, and fell in love.   I made the Fat Quarter Shop's Snapshots quilt using Daysail, but I donated that quilt for a charity raffle.  Luckily I had another Daysail bundle that I was also hoarding but willing to use.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 184
The fabric is Daysail by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
It finished at 68"x 68"
It has approximately 1,076 pieces.

This was the perfect summer project to work on after a July of Christmas Sewing. I think I have time for one more summer project!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Christmas Morning Block Detail

Here are the basics on how to piece my Christmas Morning block.

The blocks are 12 1/2" square.

To make the bow-like center block piece four 2 1/2" half square triangle units.  Use whatever method you like, I use the Easy Angle, cut them a little big, then trim them up.

To make the center look more like a bow and less like a pinwheel trim two of the blocks to 2 1/4" square.

Arrange the hsts as shown above.   To get the smaller hsts back up to size add one 2 1/4" x 3/4" background strip to one side and a 2 1/2" x 3/4" background strip to the other side of each of the
 2 1/4" hsts.  The strips need to be added to the outside of the block, see the picture.

Sew the hsts together, that unit will measure 4 1/2"

Add a 1 1/4" wide background border to the center block.

This block will measure 6"

Piece the ribbon strips and cut into 3 3/4" sections. You need 4 sections.

The A unit is made up of two 2 1/2" hsts and two 2 1/4' hsts and is 4 1/2".
The B unit is 1 1/4" x 4 1/2" you need two.
The C unit  is 1 1/4" x 6", you need two.
The D unit is 2 1/4" x 3 3/4", you need 4
The E unit is 3 3/4" x 5 1/2", you need 4
1 is 1 1/4" wide
2 is 1" wide

I hope you enjoy making this block.

I made 25 blocks, 5 blocks in 5 rows and set them using 2 inch wide sashing with a 3 inch border, this will give you a  72" x 72" quilt.

As a friendly reminder, quilting is my hobby, not my job, I'm not a pattern designer, and this is free.  So  basically you're getting what you pay for.  LOL

And finally a big thanks to Cindy Lammon who's Garden Lattice block was the inspiration for my Merry Christmas block.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Christmas Morning

Looks like I'm only going to finish two quilts for my big "Christmas in July Sewing Marathon".  Not much of a marathon, but it's been a busy month, and I am happy with the two tops I did complete.  I'm also happy July is almost over, Christmas in July sewing is not really my thing.

To make this block I started out with Cindy Lamman's Garden Lattice block, from her Simply Modern Christmas book.  Then I made it bigger and swapped out Cindy's center square with that pinwheelish center.  I've had a few requests for the block details, I'll work on a tutorial over the weekend and post it next week, so you can make your own Christmas Morning quilt.  I named it Christmas morning because we open our presents Christmas morning, and I think the top looks like a bunch of presents just waiting to be opened.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 183.
I've named it Christmas Morning.
It finished at 72" x 72".
The fabric is by Kate Spain for Moda, several different families.
It has approximately 460 pieces.

Now on to some summer themed sewing, I bet I can finish a couple of quilts before summer officially ends.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Christmas in July

I've got my first finish for my Christmas in July sewing marathon.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 182
The pattern is Round and Round by Camille Roskelley for thimble blossoms 
The fabric is Mostly Manor by Victoria Findlay Wolfe for Marcus Brothers Fabrics
It finished at 72" x 72" (my favorite size)
It has approximately 634 pieces.

This is my second Round and Round finish, I made this quilt in December 2013,  using Kate Spain Christmas fabric.

I really enjoyed all the white space after my last project.  Now on to the next, I'm hoping to get at least one more Christmas quilt done, two more would be better, I'm just not sure how long I'll be able to stand working with Christmas fabric this time of year.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I was needing a little color

One of my goals for something like the last three years has been to piece a Kim Diehl quilt.  I own every book she's published but just never found the right pattern at the right time to go with the right fabric, until now.

The quilt on the cover just caught my eye, it's Pie in the Sky.  A great pattern for my stack of Bonnie and Camille leftover fabric.

The pattern has 8 rows of 6 blocks, but I'm still in my square quilt phase so I went with 7 rows of 7 blocks.  

I ended up using a little over 100 different prints.  It was really fun mixing up the different families of fabric by Bonnie and Camille.  This is my favorite block, 

a little Happy Go Lucky, with a little Hello Darling and some Vintage Picnic,.

It's very rare for me to piece a quilt with no background fabric, but this pattern just suited me.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 181
It finished at 76" x 76"
The pattern is Pie in the Sky by Kim Diehl from the Simple Graces Book.
I've named it Wild Child.
The fabric is all Bonnie and Camille for Moda
It has approximately 1,629 pieces.