Wednesday, September 6, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long: 2nd Third Quarter Finish - Bubblegum Kisses

Just a quick post to say that I finished #2 on my list!  It's called Bubblegum Kisses - the pattern is a Sew Sampler exclusive for June and the fabrics are from Lori Holt's Bee Basics collection.

It was a quick finish, which I love!  I changed the layout a little bit and added some yellow sashing ~ just to make it a little bigger.  It ended up about 33" x 38".  For the backing I used a blue bouquet fabric from Lori Holt's Flower Patch collection that I've had in my stash FOREVER, so it's pretty hard to find now!  

 Quilting was a simple stitch in the ditch along the sashing.  Although I'm still thinking of adding some big stitches around the "kisses."

The binding was Bee Basics Turquoise Basics TV (one of my favorite fabrics in this line!)

So, this makes finish #2 for this quarter ~ I finished binding it just before these two little girls were born on Saturday.  Two more granddaughters for us ~ Sawyer and Everly.  

Gotta go now and get some more newborn snuggles :)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long: 1st 3rd Quarter finish - Outstretched

Finally ~  I've finished all the grandkids' quilts!  It's only taken a year and a half.  :)

Let me introduce you to Outstretched from the book Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting.  This one is for my oldest grandson who is turning 25 this year.  He chose this pattern asked that it be made with green and black.  

This is the first photo I took when I finished the top ~ I never noticed the secondary diamond shapes until I saw it with the light shining through!

I don't see any diamonds in the finished quilt.  But I love this pattern!

It looks so different in these colors than the quilt in the book.  (BTW, I used totally different fabrics than those I posted in my 3rd Quarter List.)

I used the blocks a little differently on the back.  I love the background and binding fabric ~ Modern Background Essentials by Brigitte Heitland for Zen Chic.  I definitely bought extra yardage of this!

The other fabrics are Toscana Amazon by Northcott and Jinny Beyer Palette Eyelash in black.

It looks like a guy's quilt, doesn't it?  I tweaked the pattern a little but, just to make it square, so it ended up approximately 70" x 70" - great for a big lap quilt!

This makes finish #1 for the 3rd quarter.  And now that I'm done with the grandkids' quilts (all 11 of them!), I really should decide what to make for my own bed.  Wish me luck!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

For the Babies

I had mentioned earlier in the year that my daughter is expecting twins, so you can imagine I've been pretty busy making a few things!  

First on my to-do list were quilts for the babies.  Let me tell you, it was really nice being able to make smaller quilts for a change!  

My daughter lives on a farm up in Michigan and I found the cutest fabric collection that I thought would be perfect.  I bought two layer cakes of Farm Fun by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda.  The fabrics are bright and fun with farmhouses, cows, milk bottles, eggs, tractors and chicken wire!  I wanted to use the same fabric but a different design for each of the quilts, so I chose an hourglass pattern for one and a pinwheel pattern for the other.

Farm Fun Hourglass Quilt

 Farm Fun Pinwheel Quilt

I did simple line quilting on the diagonal.  The fabrics are so cute I thought simple was better.

For the binding I used chicken wire fabrics ~ one in red and one in green.  And I kept the back simple with just a scrappy strip on each.

Once I finished the quilts, I made some burp cloths

 Then I grabbed the Divided Basket pattern by Noodlehead (I've had this on my bucket list for a while!) and made a basket to put them in.  :)

I loved every minute I spent on these ~ now we're just waiting to see those babies!!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long: 3rd Quarter List

Quarter #3 is here!  Last quarter I finished 2 out of 4 ~ not too bad.  Out of the two that were left, I'm only leaving one on this list.  Here goes!

1 - Seasonal Silhouettes - May.  Still working with the Seasonal Silhouettes pattern book by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.  I have this one fused ~ hoping to finish it this quarter ~ it's one of my favorites!

New this quarter:

2 - Outstretched - from the book Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting.  I have the pattern and the fabrics (although those might change!)  It's the last quilt on my list that I'm making for my grandkids.  This one is for my oldest grandson ~ and I really appreciate his patience!

3 - Bubblegum Kisses - The pattern is a Sew Sampler exclusive for June and the fabrics are from Lori Holt's Bee Basics collection.  

So I'm stopping at 3 this quarter because I know most of my time is going to be spent with family in Michigan.  Wish me luck!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long: 2nd Quarter Results

Do these quarters seem to be going faster and faster?  I did manage to squeal out two finishes this quarter ~ mostly due to travel and other projects that got in the way that weren't on my list (also known as baby quilts for the twins our daughter is expecting!)

1 - Facets from the book Machine Quilting With Style by Christa Watson.  FINISHED!  Blogged here.

Next up ~ I'm still working with the Seasonal Silhouettes pattern book by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts and I've decided that each block is going to be its own mini-quilt so that I have something to hang each month.  Here's my basket of fabrics.  (BTW, this is the Oslo Craft Bag ~ a free pattern by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness)

2 - Seasonal Silhouettes - May.  I have all the pieces fused, but it's been on the back burner since we got home from out west.

3 - Seasonal Silhouettes - June.  I have most of the pieces fused, but it's also on the back burner for a while.

4 - Sloan Travel Bag - This is a belated birthday present for my daughter (I haven't given it to her yet, so here's just a preview).  FINISHED!  Blogged here.

So two out of four this quarter ~ I like to think of it as my glass half full.  :)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long: 2nd Finish for Quarter 2 (shhh - it's a secret!)

Is there anything in the rules that says I have to show a full picture of something on my list that I haven't gifted yet?  I told my daughter Kelli I was going to make her a Sloan Travel Bag for her birthday which was January 2nd!  (Sorry, Kel ~ I've been buried in quilt-making).  I added it to my 2nd Quarter FAL list, thinking that would give me the push I needed to finish it.  

Well, it's finished, but I'm bringing it up to Michigan in July and I don't want her to see it until I give it to her.    So here is a picture of the pattern:

and here is a sneak peek of Kelli's bag:

Fingers crossed that it's good enough for the Finish-A-Long.  :)

p.s. I absolutely love this pattern by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness ~ I made one for myself last year and it's Awesome!

Update:  OK ~ the bag has been gifted and is anxiously awaiting the trip to the hospital for the birth of Kelli and Mike's twins!  So here are a few more photos.

2017 Finish-A-Long: Finally ~ a Facets Finish!

I've been doing much more sewing than blogging this quarter ~ and that's a good thing, right?

Happy to say that I finished the Facets quilt for my grandson Mitchell.  I love this pattern, but struggled with the making of the improv fabric for the diamonds.  Despite that, I actually love this quilt!

The fabrics were chosen by my daughter ~ most of the fabrics from the Pink Castle Fabrics in Ann Arbor, MI.  The background is Sew Hope Full Letters and Numbers by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics.  The red was a Linea Tonal by Henley Studio for Makower UK.  

This was the beginning of my improv fabric:

 and here are my first blocks ready to be sewn together:

The back really shows off some of the fabrics I used for the improv.

I did simple walking-foot quilting on this one, just echoing the zigzag sashing lines and then doing a big diamond in each of the improv diamonds.  

And here's the finish!

So this is my one (and probably only) finish for this 2nd Quarter of the 2017 FAL.  (In my defense, I did make two baby quilts that didn't get put on the FAL list, so I really haven't been slackin'!)  

A big Thank You to Christ Watson for this great pattern!!