13 November 2015

Friday Finish: Scrumptious Swoon Quilt!

It's SO cliche to say I love this quilt. So I won't. Much. Okay, I won't. You can say it for me, if you want.

Here's where you learn more about my quilting OCD. I absolutely will not make quilt blocks where directional fabrics, or patterned ones (plaids, stripes, etc.) will be pieced together and not match. Won't happen.

Hence the solid fabrics in each block. Solids and florals. None of the dots or stripes in this line (saved the red bias stripe for my binding!). Some of my favorite blocks:

The original pattern only called for 9 blocks. But since when did I make the "smaller" version of a quilt? Even though the original isn't all that small, I wanted it bigger. Plus, I couldn't narrow down my fabric choices. Probably more of that.

Quilted in loopdy-loops (hey, I'm REALLY good at them by now - only 1.5 hours to quilt!) and bound in red bias stripe. And ready for a wash, then on my bed.

Checking this gorgeous girl off my 4QFAL list.

11 November 2015

Wednesday Finish: Christmas Tree Mini

There are times when things just turn out spectacularly well. And this mini is one of them. Being ever so humble. But I love this wall hanging. I want one for my house.

I used this O Christmas Tree quilt pattern and it's just gorgeous. I used some Solstice scraps, plus a charm pack. It went together really quickly, and I backed it with some cocoa cups.

Winging it's way to my swap partner, and checking this gorgeous girl off the 4QFAL list.

10 November 2015

Fabric Tuesday: Fall Table Runner

As Halloween is obviously over, it was time to switch out the runner on my piano.

It was love at first sight with this fabric line: Home for Harvest by Anka's Treasures. And I just went ahead and purchased the kit for this runner. Fabulous customer service, by the way. Really courteous and responsive, which I like but don't always receive.

It's her Ribbon Runner pattern, and I love it! Turned out really well, and looks right at home with my owls, leaf and flower birds and pumpkin.

Checking this one off the 4QFAL list.

06 November 2015

Friday Finish: Easy as Cake Christmas Quilt

I wish I could say this is my last flimsy from my last house. Sadly, no, it's not. I think there's still one more.

Definitely one more. No, two.

I'll stop counting.

This one I tried quilting on my machine. The last FMQing I did on my machine before we moved. Ahem, 2.5 years ago. Yeah. I'm lame.

I had serious tension issues, and have been picking it out when I remember I need to pick it out. And now it's quilted and will go back to Seattle with the husband so he can stay warm this winter. Because I already have eleventy billion Christmas quilts.

Backed in cherry red Minky and bound with a fun red check.

Checking this one off the 4QFAL list.

23 October 2015

Friday Finish: Flowering Snowball Flimsy

I've been working on these blocks off and on for a while now. Actually, a long time. 64 blocks later, I've got a flimsy!

It's so nice to have this one finished and ready for quilting. And closer to quilting than others - I've already got the back for it!

Linking up!

16 October 2015

Friday Finish: SMS Mini

Here's my little schpeal on swaps. Just my two cents on the whole thing. A little advice, if you will.

  1. Please, don't sign up for a swap if you aren't active on Instagram, or Pinterest, or at least a blog. If you just join IG in order to join a swap, it makes things difficult for the person assigned to you. It's hard to personalize things, even extras, if we've got nothing to go on.
  2. Fill out your form. Answer the questions. "I don't know" is not an answer. "Not sure" is not an answer. Be specific. No one wants to sound greedy, but when the questionnaire asks what notions you like, say what you like. Needles, pins, dumplings, seam ripper, scissors, candy, no candy, embroidery floss, whatever. But answer the dang question!
Okay. I'm done. On to the finish!

Wasn't entirely sure what my partner would like (yeah, she inspired that little lecture!), but she said she liked bright colors. This is what I came up with.

The swap had to be made from 75% stash. This was 100% stash, actually. Leftover bits from this quilt. I didn't have a lot to go on, so I did my best with what I had.

Checking this one off the 4QFAL list.

Friday Finish: Spider Web Quilt

I don't often do this, get a holiday quilt done in time for the holiday. First time for everything, right?

I used this tutorial from Moda Bake Shop, but I made mine bigger (did you expect anything else?).

Backed it with purple Minky. Quilted it with loops and swirls and bats (those were fun) and bound with black polka dots.

Checking this one off the 4QFAL list. Yay for a finish!

14 October 2015

Wednesday Finish: Halloween Bags

I like fun little swaps like this one. We all signed up to make a Halloween version of Jeni Baker's lined drawstring bag, then fill it with goodies. I won't give away the goodies part, but here were the four I made. I couldn't decide, initially, which one I'd like best.

In the end, I'm sending off the cute purple and black one. I'll do a fun little care package with the others.

Checking these off my 4QFAL list. A small finish, but a fun one.

09 October 2015

4QFAL: The Final Push!

Okay. It's time to get serious.

The list:
Alpine Wonderland On A Whim

Spider Web Quilt (in time for Halloween, please!)

Scrumptious Swoon

Easy as Cake Christmas quilt

The smaller stuff:
Cousin's Weekender

Temple Bag

Wonder Woman Purse

Eloise Wallet for me

Fall Table Runner

Jingle Table Runner

Christmas Tree Mini

SMS Mini

Halloween Drawstring Bags

Elizabeth Oven Mitts

Doll Clothes

Mermaid Tails

Doll Clothes Suitcase

Olaf Crayon Wallets

Seed Packet Wall Hanging

Five Hobbes Softies

05 October 2015

Monday Finish: Halloween Table Runner

I'm not a super fanatical Halloween person, but I love decorating for holidays, and my kids love it. I've had my Fourth of July gingham table runner on my piano for a while now, and it's time for a change.

I made this from the scraps from my Spiderweb quilt (you'll see that one once it's bound).

Checking this one off the 3QFAL list.

Color Monday: Back in full swing!

Where did I go this summer?

Um, the doctor. A lot. And then the doctor some more. It's been a rough summer. It's not over yet, but at least I've got my head wrapped around things these days.

And it's October! October! I love October. I've been pregnant through four Octobers (as in, my ninth month every time) and I still love October. I love apple picking and pumpkin patches and Halloween and leaves and pies and cookies and it's wonderful. And quilts. Let's not forget quilts!

I got a little carried away with the color palettes. But I make no apologies - I love them all!

So if you feel like it, join in the fun! After the holidays are past us, I'm thinking we need a Color Palette challenge. Something fun to get us through the winter, or summer if you're in that other hemisphere!

04 October 2015

Saturday Finish: Lori Holt Vintage Happy Mini

Okay, I'm a few days late shipping this one off, but I hope I'm making it worth it for my partner.

I used Vintage Happy, and then the white print from a Pam Kitty Morning line. I used this pattern to paper piece the arches and cut the footballs and center blocks. It was pretty simple, actually.

I backed it with the jar print from Lori Holt's new line. Bound with navy gingham (of course!).

Shipping on Monday with lots of fun goodies. See? Just one of the goodies, but I love that iron on jar:

Checking this girl off the 3QFAL list.

01 October 2015

Thursday Finish: Sew Cherry Pillow Shams

I've had these done for a while now, and I keep forgetting to blog them.

I've mentioned before that I like matchy matchy things, right?

It doesn't get matchier than this:

I used the cherry block pattern in Lori Holt's book "Farm Girl Vintage" and then added my own top and bottom borders to make it the right size. Sort of. I'm still searching for the perfect size pillow for these shams.

I used some of my Sew Cherry scraps for these and they go with my Sew Cherry Granny Squares quilt so perfectly. And my new nightstand!

And now it's time for fall and a fall quilt. Darn it. I really love these two!

Checking this one off the 3QFAL list. A few more things to finish up this week!

30 September 2015

Wednesday Finish: Harry Potter Mini

Whoa Nellie, it's been a while since I blogged. Sorry about those technical difficulties last week. My blog went wonky!

Okay, but back to this finish. It was for a Harry Potter Swap, and my partner had this pattern on her Pinterest board. I bought it and embroidered it in her colors (altered from the original). It was pretty easy and turned out well.

Checking this one off my 3QFAL list. Come back tomorrow and I'll show you my pillow shams!

25 August 2015

Wednesday Finish: Simple Life Dottie #2

Okay, someone needs to have a baby girl. Preferably one with a big sister. That way, they can have matching quilts!

I finished the larger version of this quilt last month. And now the smaller version is finished. Hooray!

Just like the other quilt, I fussy cut some of my favorite scenes from the prints.

I think the chicken with the pennant is my favorite!

Checking this quilt off my 3QFAL list. And getting back to the fair.