Monday, October 13, 2014

Evolution of a pillow

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This is one of those projects where I truly enjoyed making this every single step of the way. The pattern comes from Rachel of Wooden Spoon Quilts.  She has an excellent tutorial for these raspberry kiss blocks you can find here.

This pillow is for my bestie, and her favorite color combo is pink and green.  I loved that this project was scrap friendly and I had so much fun digging through my bins finding all shades of pink and green fabrics.  I also loved that it got me busting out some long hoarded low-volume fabrics.  I tried color blocking my X's at first as you can see in the first photo but the more blocks I made the more I liked alternating the colors.  Then I tried for an ombre effect but then decided against it.  I like the way the values are thrown around randomly. It gives the pillow a little sparkle.  I was originally going to make an 18" pillow with the 4x4 layout above… until I ended up buying a 24" pillow form and was happy to have an excuse to make more :)

My bestie had visited me and seen the strawberry swap mini I had received from Rita (lostinoz1966 on flickr to see a photo) hanging up in my sewing room and told me she might steal it (a giant swoon block in Heather Ross pink and green strawberries with pink FMF seeds) so I knew I needed to use the same strawberry print for the back.  And pink bias stripe binding for the win!  If

Thursday, October 9, 2014

4th Anniversary Quilt

When my husband and I first started dating, he kept asking for a quilt.  I would tell him its takes a lot of time, and that there were a lot of people in line in front of him, hehe.  So he started begging for a "four square quilt," a quilt that would be comprised of only 4 squares of fabric and thus (in his mind) quick to make.  The following year I did make him a quilt, granted it wasn't a four-square quilt and it's been on his, and then our, bed ever since (I'll have to do another post on it sometime… throw back to 2008!).

So fast forward to this summer we were celebrating our 4th anniversary so I thought what better than to make his four square quilt?!  It'll be so "quick" right?! Hahaha… As you can see above I had a hard time narrowing fabric down to only 4 fabrics (story of my life)… so I decided to make 2 four-patches in a four-patch.  Then I had some slight cutting errors, hence the little strips of black, but I like the interest it adds.  And then there's the fact that my husband is tall and I knew he would complain that the quilt isn't long enough, so I added the top and bottom borders.

I used minky for the back in gray and teal and lets just say I didn't particularly enjoy sewing with it.  I tied off the quilt in a 6" grid using yarn.  One tip for tying off a quilt is to wear a vinyl glove or rubber cleaning glove on the hand that you use to pull the needle through the fabric.  It grips the needle really well and makes the job easy as opposed to nearly impossible.

A lot of the fabrics relate to either him or our relationship… cuckoo clocks, ledger print, dominos, sea turtles, sailor knots, hockey players, French text, math/science, and constellations (for camping!).  We happened to be camping the night of our anniversary with both sides of our families so we had a fun little celebration and he got his quilt.  My parents and sister helped hold the quilt for photos but it was already pretty dark so I only got a few good ones.  They couldn't believe I didn't want them in the photo and to hide behind the quilt, so they'd keep peeking out.  Isn't my sister cute!?  I like this photo below too but it's not an accurate depiction of the true colors.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Just a little baby quilt to share with you today.  My cousin recently had a little boy so I made this for him.  His middle name is Bloom so I thought the gardening fabric was a perfect match.  The backing fabric inspired my front chevron colors along with Kona Bone.  I used Crazy Mom Quilt's tutorial for piecing the top.

The more I quilt the more I find that the actual quilting ends up being a huge part of whether or not I'm pleased with the end product.  When I first started quilting nearly all my quilts were tied, but in a loose grid.  They're still wonderful and soft squishy quilts but I'm really liking the machine sewn denser quilting that provides the extra texture to make the quilt come alive. The crinklier the better for me :)

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilt's Finish It Up Friday.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spools Mini

I have been eyeing the many spool mini quilts, pillows, lap quilts, etc that have been popping up in blogland and instagram.  Then a dear friend gifted me some 1.5" fabrics in pinks and yellows for a another project I'm working on and I thought I must do some selfish sewing with a few of them.  And then my very own spools mini was created!  

I drew on graph paper my spool design to make sure I liked the proportions before I started to sew everything together.  Then I figured out how wide I wanted my sashing between the spools (although now I wish I'd made them slightly larger).  I also had some triangles left over from making the spools' tops and bottoms, so I turned them into liberated diamonds and put them across the bottom, as I didn't want to waste any of my friend's fabric.  

I love how one "thread" ended up reading "men fashion," because as my husband pointed out, this is as far from men's fashion as one can get :)

I used Cluck Cluck Sew's tutorial for using the backing as the binding and I was really pleased with how well this turned out mitered corners.  The only pain was that due to my dense quilting I had a lot of threads to burry.

These japanese prints are so sweet and they have lightened up my sewing space!  Every time I see it I am reminded of the kindness of others and to pass it along.

Linking up with Quilt Story's Fabric Tuesday.