Monday, February 13, 2017

Winter Blues runner

Turning this selection of prints from the Town Square collection by Holly Taylor for Moda into a long log-cabin-block runner was the plan from the moment I first saw this fabric collection.  I have always wanted to work up a one color quilt. These blues were the perfect opportunity! (Blue is my favorite color : )

These blocks worked up so fast. Pieces can be cut and pieced in the traditional piecing method, but I chose to strip piece these. I tried this method with Autumn Beauty Runner and loved how quickly the blocks went together. Again, I pre-pressed the fabric with Best Press and came up the same results - crisp, flat blocks!

Straight line quilting was just the perfect touch - clean and simple. Love it! Makes me smile every time I walk past it : ) Hmm, is that totally silly or totally understandable???

             I also love a good quilt roll : ) and 84" makes a good one!

This blue-loving family couldn't be happier with how this runner turned out. It was such a joy working on this quilt. My "winter blues" are now history.  So, so glad I pushed through my creating doldrum and made that first cut.

It's going to work just fine on the entertainment center until it's time to put out something for spring. (Yes, that's one last little bit of Christmas still out. Just not ready to put it away yet.) My young teenage son said it's his favorite quilt. Score one for mom! : )

Doubles as a bedrunner - two for one!

Quilt Stats:
Fabric: Town Square by Holly Taylor for Moda
Batting: Dream Cotton
Backing:  Kona cotton
Binding: Moda marbles
Size: 14"x 84"

Joyful day, everyone!

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.