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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NTT and Twinkle

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star...but there is nothing little about these stars- or this quilt!  I am so happy that I got my latest quilt finished in time to share it for this week's Needle and Thread Thursday!


This Pop Star quilt measures 72" x 90," so it is a generous twin size, and with blocks measuring 18 inches finished, I think it makes quite a statement.


Because this quilt pattern yields very few scraps, I went with bold stripes on the back.  This quilt is going to my aunt to redecorate a bedroom for her granddaughters when they visit, and the room already has purple walls.  I chose the richest shade of turquoise as the main backing fabric.  I think if I had chosen purple, it would have been overkill.


I made a scrappy binding from some of my leftover fabric.  As I mentioned before, the pattern creates very little scrap fabric.  So as it is written, it actually doesn't yield enough scraps for a binding, but a few of my fabrics were larger cuts than the pattern required.  One thing you may notice though, is that the binding strips I used were shorter, finishing right at 12 inches.  I worried that the binding might look too choppy, but I think it is fun!  The pictures of the whole quilt really show this best.


This 16 inch throw pillow is the perfect use for the scraps, and I did go ahead and embrace the extra purple with the binding.   I still need to get a pillow form for it, and these goodies will be all ready for my aunt!

Okay then!  Let's get to the highlights from last week's party!  Check out this stunning Anna Maria Horner quilt from Koka Quilts!  I just love AMH fabrics.


This Cotton and Steel mini by Janet at Simply Pieced is so much fun!


and this big block Swoon from Georgia Florida Studio is so striking against the dark background.  Just lovely!


Alright, friends!  It's time to link up your latest beauties.  Party on!

1.  You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

oh, and PS- in case you missed the giveaways I have going on, you can check it out HERE!


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tweet As Can Be (and Giveaways!)

I have been so excited to work on and share my latest Pop Star quilt that I completely forgot to post the finish of my super cute Tweet As Can Be quilt!  That's one hazard of only working on one quilt at a time, I guess!


These fabrics are so fun, and are definitely a more grown-up palette and design.  Look at the adorable birdies!  After my last post, someone even pointed out that they have eyelashes.  SO awesome!


I made this quilt with my Unruly pattern, but this fabric line had more fabrics than the pattern required; so I just modified it so I could use all of the prints, which also had the added bonus of providing strips for the back.  You know me; I love piecing the backing with scraps.  For the main backing fabric, I used a berry tonal fabric that blends just perfectly with this line.


Since several of you asked, Tweet As Can Be is a line by Kanvas for Benartex and is available on Fabric.com.  I'm sure you can get it in other shops as well, but I know Fabric.com for sure.

Now to the giveaways!  The kind people at Benartex asked if I would like to give away some fabric from one of their other fabric lines, Fernwood.  Of course, I said yes!!  They sent me large cuts of these fabrics, which I have turned into FOUR identical fat quarter bundles, each with 10 prints.


Now, if you are a regular reader, you know that I usually gravitate toward fabrics that are a bit brighter, but I know that these are just the right style for some of you.  Even though these are not my preference for color, the fabrics themselves are very earthy and pretty.  They have a hand-dyed look that I'm sure will look amazing in a home with this style.

To enter the giveaways, just leave a comment on this post, and make sure you leave your email address if you're a no-reply blogger!  I'll announce the winner at next week's NTT (9/9).  By the way, this giveaway is open to all, but if you live outside of the continental US, I do ask that you pay for the shipping.  Good luck to all!


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Another Pop Star

As I mentioned in my last NTT post, I've been working on another Pop Star quilt in twin size, and I just finished the top this morning.


My aunt asked for this one after seeing the original, lap sized quilt I made.  The biggest difference between the two is that she wanted the turquoise and purple to be paired with yellow instead of orange.  That's just fine with me, because I don't know about you, but I prefer not to make identical quilts.  Even if I love the colors and pattern, making a duplicate gets a little bit tedious.

This pattern really is super fun though.  Making only 20 blocks for a twin sized quilt was awesome!  It went so quickly. Gotta love 18 inch blocks!

The backing for this one all is ready, so as soon as I can get everything pressed, I'll get this baby basted (ugh) and quilted!  Maybe, just maybe I'll have it finished for next week's NTT- that's my goal!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

TGIFF is ON!

I told you, this week is party-central around here.  Yesterday was Needle and Thread Thursday (still going on through Friday at midnight, by the way), and today I have the privilege of guest hosting TGIFF- the party just for finishes!

As promised, I am thrilled to share my latest quilt top with you, made with the super-cute Tweet As Can Be fabric line.


This line has colors and a style that is a little more grown up than other fabric lines for girls.  I think it's perfect for a tween or teen.  I wanted to keep the pattern funky and modern to go along with the feel of the prints, so I decided to use my Unruly pattern.  I've been wanting to make another, bigger Unruly quilt since the preemie quilt I made a few weeks ago, and I'm glad I finally got the chance!

Here is a close up of one of my favorite prints from the collection.  Look how fun these little birdies are!


As soon as I finish it, I am donating this quilt to my church for a fundraising event.  Lots of tween and teen girls participate in this event, so I think it is perfect!

Soooo... time to link up your finishes for the week!

Just remember-
*visit lots of other links and spread some comment love.  Everyone loves encouragement!
*include a TGIFF button or text link in your post so that others can party too!

That's it!  Now let's party!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Needle and Thread Thursday!

Welcome to NTT, friends!  I've been working on a new quilt using a really cute and fun fabric line, but I can't show it to you just yet.  This week, My Quilt Infatuation is party-central!  I am also hosting TGIFF this week, and I want to show you my quilt top finish at the party that's just for finishes!  So, you'll see it Friday!

What I can show you are the pieces for another quilt I've started.  I am making another Pop Star quilt in twin size.  My aunt is redecorating a bedroom in her house for her granddaughters when they are there, and she loved the Pop Star pattern.  The bedroom already has a rich shade of purple on the walls, so she wanted colors that were similar to the original.  I substituted the orange in my original quilt for yellow, and I think it is going to look just as pretty.  I started cutting into my fabrics for this quilt before getting a lovely stacked fabric shot, so you'll have to settle for an in-process photo of my paper plate block sort.


This is my favorite method for keeping all of the pieces for one block together.  I got the idea a long while ago from Megan at Tales of Ineptitude.  It also helps me pair fabrics together easily and see if a fabric or two needs to be switched around.  Once everything is all sorted, I can just stack the plates up and know that my cut pieces are exactly where I need them once I start sewing.  The plates can be easily stacked on a shelf if I'm working on something different, and of course, they can be used again and again, so it's also a cost effective way to keep things organized.  What about you?  How do you sort and keep your block pieces together?

Okie dokie!  Let's get to the amazing highlights from last week...and boy there were some beauties!  Leanne at Devoted Quilter shared this gorgeous rainbow round robin quilt.


Diana from Red Delicious Life shared this fun pink and gray top for her niece.


And finally, after months of hard work, Maryse from Maryse Makes Things finally finished her clamshell quilt.  Isn't it stunning?


Y'all are such a source of inspiration for me week after week!  One of my favorite parts of the day is laying in bed at night with my iPad, browsing through all of the links just before going to sleep.  I can't wait to see the amazing things you have going on this week!  Let's link up!


1.  You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!

Don't forget to come back with your finishes on Friday for TGIFF!  I'll be showing off my latest finished quilt top then!


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Marina

I finished my quarter log cabin quilt on Thursday, but just found no time to blog it!  I have been in house cleaning and prepping for entertaining mode for the past couple of days since I'm hosting a baby shower tomorrow.  Also, our MQG chapter spent a huge chunk of yesterday at our local children's hospital delivering quilts to babies in need.  Since my son was a preemie and in the hospital for 5 weeks, it was such a moving experience to be able to bring comfort to these families in a specific way.  All activities aside, I'm glad I finally have a few minutes to share the finish with you!

I don't know why, but the colors and shape of the blocks remind me of the bright sailboats and flags in a marina, so that's what I'm calling this one.


This quilt was a really fun one to work on.  It was a breeze to put together, and made great use of fabrics I already had sitting in my cabinet.  I don't know about you, but even though sometimes I like to use an entire collection of fabric, it feels so amazing to be able to make a whole quilt from whatever is in my stash.


I really only needed 16 different fabrics for the front of this quilt, but you know me...I always like to have some leftovers for the backing.  So I used 20 different prints, which gave me a couple of rows of blocks to round out the WOF strips on the backing.


For the binding, I used some of my favorite Denyse Schmidt navy and orange polkadot fabric.  I found it on a crazy sale awhile ago and bought a few yards to have on hand.  Blue and orange are so common in boyish fabrics that I knew it would get used up!

If you've never made a quarter log cabin and are looking for an easy, relaxing project, I highly recommend giving this pattern a try.  This quilt measures 64" x 64," and in case you missed it, I gave a little explanation in my last post on how I put the blocks together, and I included cutting diagrams there as well.

Marina is already in its new home, in the reading nook of a friend's son.  It makes me happy to imagine him snuggled up with it, along with his favorite book.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NTT And Other Happenings

Happy (almost) Thursday, friends!  The week has been a great one around here, albeit a busy one!  You know, beyond a general acknowledgement of the fact that I'm sewing, my wild thing doesn't make a ton of comments on the quilts I make.  Sometimes he'll say "oh, that looks nice, Mom." I think that's about as effusive as a 5th grade boy gets.  But every now and then, he will ask why I don't make very many quilts for boys.  In all honesty, I don't really have a good answer for that, besides the fact that I make quilts with fabrics that I like, and since I am a girl myself, that's usually how things go.  By in large, my custom quilt orders are for girls as well.  But when he makes a comment like that, I figure it's time to go ahead and make a quilt that is boyish, or at least gender neutral.


Lately, I've been making a lot of quilts that had HST's or corner to corner sewing, and I just wanted something easy.  This quarter log cabin really fit the bill, and used up 20 fabrics from my stash- yay!  I cut my fabric like this (using either fat quarters or quarter yards)-

*not to scale


These are the same measurements I used for my Stacked Squares modification, and it works great for this pattern too!  I just sewed the strips around the center square, cut into quarters, and had fun with the layout, orienting all of the squares in one direction. Sewing strips to squares is about as easy as it gets!

I also finished up my Pop Star pattern, and it is listed in my Craftsy and Etsy shops!  I just love the high drama of these stars.  These are 18 inch blocks, so the quilt goes together in a flash, and it perfect for showing off bold prints.  The quilt is written for lap, twin, and queen sizes, and I hope you'll check it out!


I have one last bit of business to share with you before we get to last week's party features.  I owe you a winner from last week's giveaway!  The winner of the gorgeous custom labels is Leanne Parsons, comment number 12.  Congratulations, Leanne!  This really is an awesome prize!

Those are beautiful ribbon labels! I've been thinking about getting some labels like those, but haven't taken the plunge yet. Thanks for the chance to win!
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If you didn't win the spool of labels, I hope you'll still check out Finer Ribbon to design some for yourself.  My labels are 2.25 inches wide, and I know that the $98 price tag for that width may seem steep for some (narrower labels are less expensive).  I want to point out though, that this is for an entire spool of 1000 labels!  That's less than 10 cents per label, which really is the cheapest I found anywhere for full color printing.  With great quality and customer service to boot, that's unbeatable.

Okie dokie!  Let's get to last week's party highlights.  Sandy from Upstairs Hobby Room shared a tutorial for her amazing Summer Breeze block.  Doesn't it make a spectacular quilt?


Heather at Modern Parti Quilts linked up this fun Sea Monsters penny patch quilt- perfect for a baby boy!


and even though I shared it in its unfinished state, I couldn't resist showing this Yuma quilt by Made by Chrissie D again now that it's finished.  It's amazing how the colors and the white just pop right out against the gray...gorgeous!


Let's party, y'all!  I can't wait to see what awesomeness you share this week!

1.  You can link finished projects or WIP's , but just keep it about quilting and sewing!
2. Link to your specific post (not to your home page!) to make it easier for others.
3. Please remember to spread the word and post my button or a text link.  
4. Spread the comment love far and wide!
5. Following me is not a requirement to link, but is so very appreciated!


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