Monday, April 16, 2018

Second and third of twelve mini quilts 2018


Thanks to the #12minisin12months sew-along hosted by Kait over at Knot and Thread Design, my mini quilt wall is growing! So glad I jumped on board with this sew-along.

Here's my little cross & star block finished for February. This block has been on my mind since seeing Taunja's over at Carried Away Quilting - gorgeous! 

Straight-line quilting is my thing and it fits perfectly with this one-block mini quilt. I'm thinking I might need a bigger quilt made with this block.

My favorite print from Bonnie & Camille's Daysail fabric line is so cute to see up on the wall.

My finish for March was a slight variation of the star & cross block - added a square in the center of the cross. I just needed to see how it would look.

Such a pretty little finish using my favorite print form Fig Tree & Co.'s Strawberry Fields fabric line.

Again, straight line grid quilting for the quilting win. Lines are 3/8" apart. So, so much fun quilting up both of these mini quilts. They both make me smile, but I think the star & cross might be my favorite (I'm a bit partial to plus blocks : )

Quilt Stats:
Fabric:  Daysail by Bonnie & Camille for Moda
             Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree & Co for Moda
             Bella Solids by Soda
Batting: Flannel
Piecing & Quilting thread:  Aurifil
Size: 12.5" x 12.5"

Happy day!!!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Winter Blues wallhanging - First of twelve mini quilts 2018

This year I'm joining in a fun, yearlong sew-along put together by Kait over at Knot and Thread Design - 12 Minis in 12 Months (over on Instagram- #12minisin12months) . My home is in need of a few small wallhangings and for some time now I have wanted to start a mini-quilt wall in my sewing corner. What a great way to stay motivated throughout the year.

This Winter Blues wallhanging is my first mini quilt for 2018. I pulled some small yardage pieces of Snowman Gatherings and Snowman Gatherings II fabric from my stash bin and settled on a super fun pattern of Sherri's (A Quilting Life) - Hope Chest Quilt.

This little wallhanging was really a lot of fun to piece. Love how you piece four blocks and get a surprise fifth block when its all together. (Hilarious/slap forehead moment - had a brain glitch when cutting squares for HST - completely forgot you got two HST from each square set. Duh! Now I have enough triangles pieced for another wallhanging just like this one : )

A little walking foot quilting and ta da! cute finish just perfect for January going into February in Minnesota. 

Fabric: Snowman Gatherings & Snowman Gatherings II by Primitive Gatherings for Moda Fabrics
Bella solid - 9900 98
Batting: Flannel
Piecing & quilting Thread:  Aurifil #2615 & #2021
Size: 24"x24

Happy quilting, Folks!


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Reindeer Quilt - A JOL Jelly Roll Log Cabin Quilt

JOL jelly roll log cabin quilt
First, let me say that the fabric line JOL by Northern Quilts for Moda Fabrics was an absolute joy to make with. The red is the perfect winter red and the grays play so beautifully with the red. Such cute prints with reindeer, hearts, and snowflakes.

After settling on a log cabin block, it took some tricky math to figure out how many blocks could be obtained from a jelly roll. Next step, layout. So many layout options!

Although this quilt took longer than first anticipated to get finished, in the end we are all quite satisfied with how it turned out.  (Stared February 2017 - I tend to be a seasonal quilter and didn't get it finished before spring arrived and the desire to work on it passed.)

We made the checkered border from some leftover jelly roll strips and added them so that the quilt would not be square. (I don't really care for square throw quilts.)  A quality flannel sheet makes the perfect backing. So soft! (and so much more affordable from the winter clearance shelf : )

You know I like a good quilt roll pic : )

I tried to get it finished by February 2018, but that didn't happen either. No matter. It is finished now and being used and enjoyed by all.

Quilt Stats:
Fabric: JOL by Northern Quilts for Moda Fabrics
Batting: Dream Cotton natural
Backing:  Nice flannel sheet
Size: 60" x 76"
Started: February 2017
Finished: March 2018

Joyful day!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Avalon leftovers - a pretty little runner

What do you do with leftover charm squares that are too pretty to toss? Slice them in half and make a pretty little runner featuring my favorite Fig Tree blue from the fabric line Avalon for Moda Fabrics.

This was a quick, super fun project to finish - finished in a short afternoon.

Super fun wavy quilting.

Crisp, clean and pretty. Really like the binding and border fabric matching.

Love me a little quilt roll : )

Love, love, love how this skinny little runner turned out!

Joyful day, everyone!

Quilt Stats:
Fabric: Avalon by Fig Tree for Moda Fabrics
Batting: cotton flannel
Backing:  Kona cotton
Binding/borders: Moda Bella solids Off-white
Size: 10.5" x 44"

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Quilted Dresser Runner - All Solids

The request was for a red and green dresser runner, nothing fancy.

The challenge was to work with these colors and create something that would work year round, not just at Christmastime.  I think we accomplished just that.

Somehow it slipped my mind how challenging quilting on the diagonal can be, especially with a quilt this long. Either I need to practice more or give it up entirely - not my favorite to do but seemed to be what this quilt needed. As I was quilting, it felt like it was going to be a flop, but it turned out very nice indeed and square!

Overall very pleased with how this quilted runner finished. It was so easy and fun working with just three colors and simple blocks.

Fabric: Moda Bella Solids
            Prairie Green - 9900 102
            Barn Door - 9900 113
            Linen - 9900 242
Batting: Quilters Dream Cotton
Piecing Thread:  Aurifil #2310
Quilting Thread: Connecting Threads #20868 and #20867
Size: 89" x 14.75"