Wednesday, April 23, 2014

asterisk quilt

March was my turn as quilter in the do. Good Stitches Wish Circle and I requested asterisks blocks (tutorial here) sized up a little and made in turquoise, orange, red, and yellow with a black or dark gray asterisk.

I am always so indecisive about choosing; I want something that won't be too time consuming but that will still be fun and that will make a nice quilt to donate to Project Linus.  It is really amazing how well these collaborative quilts come together.
Collaborative quilt made by the do. Good Stitches Wish Circle March 2014
Last time I spoke with Project Linus they told me that our area has the most need for baby/young kid quilts so this one is a little on the smaller side.  The finished size is 36" x 45".
asterisk quilt backing
The backing is from Erin McMorris' Astrid collection.  I love, love this collection.  
asterisk quilt binding
The binding is Ann Kelle chevron.  I attached it by machine which, thank goodness, I have gotten a little better at.  Lately my carpal tunnel has been bothering me a little more and I have been machine binding to keep from aggravating the problem.  It's not my favorite way, but it does the job.  

You can see previous do. Good Stitches quilts that I have put together:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

video tutorial and a birthday

A few days ago I was apparently trying really hard not to be productive and was browsing the Quilty website. I noticed a video that had an image of a quilt that looked strangely familiar so I clicked and started watching.

I was super surprised to find out that in the video they are making a block (it's an Ohio Star Block) like the quilt that I made that is going to be in the next issue of the magazine.  If you fast forward to about 1:50 in the video my name is even on the screen.

Crazy.  The craziest thing is that I randomly found it since they didn't let me know that they were doing this.  Anyway, I will post a photo of the quilt when they send me a copy of the magazine.

Today is my daughter Harper's 6th birthday which is exciting for her but also a big relief to me since we have been having a daily birthday countdown for the past three months.  She has been so excited and was very happy that we complied with her request for mostly clothes, accessories, and shoes for her birthday.  She is pretty much already a teenager.
Opening presents
It's hard to believe that this sweet little baby girl
Is now this still sweet, but very spunky 6 year old.
Harper is 6!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter (and a tablerunner)

On Friday I decided I needed an Easter table runner.  Well, I will call it a Spring table runner so that I can get a little more use out of it.  I really need to stop making seasonal things at the last minute.
Easter Table Runner
This is made entirely of half square triangles and is a variation on the Formal Garden block from 500 Quilt Blocks.  This is the first time I have ever used solid white as a binding and I wish it was a more practical choice because I love it.  
Easter Table Runner
This time of year helps me to feel hopeful and grateful.  I am so grateful for all of you and the opportunity to share myself and the things that I have made.  Thank you and I hope you are all having a wonderful Easter.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Windham Fabrics Mini Quilt Challenge

A few days ago I saw on Instagram that Windham was hosting this mini quilt challenge.  I saw their post right after it was made so I was able to comment quickly and was chosen to participate. They sent me a package of fabric with the agreement that I would make an 18" square mini quilt for their quilt market booth.

The most exciting thing was that I had no idea what fabric they were going to send me.  I would be lying if I said that I wasn't hoping for the Far Far Away reprint, but when I opened the package I found prints from French Bull's collections African Surf and Mosaica.

I was a little nervous because they sent a pretty limited amount of fabric so there was no room for mistakes and I couldn't really change my mind if I didn't like my first attempt.
Windham mini quilt challenge
I ended up using my own striped chevrons tutorial but I changed the number of strips, the width and height, and the angle that I cut the strips, ha ha.  I have a hard time doing the same thing the same way.

Then I took a flower from 3 different colorways of the same print and appliqu├ęd them onto the front of the quilt.  I finished it off with the striped binding.

Overall I am pretty happy with how it turned out.  But I think the really exciting thing about participating in something like this is seeing what other people make, so I can't wait to see the Quilt Market photos of the Windham booth.

Monday, April 14, 2014

pretty penny patch baby quilt

Generally I don't gravitate toward sweet, pretty fabrics, but I am smitten with this Palos Verde print.  It is amazing.  Since I have a friend who is about to have a baby girl after having two superhero-loving boys, I thought this sweet, pretty print would be perfect.
pretty penny patch baby quilt
The pattern is Rachel's Penny Patch pattern which is so quick and easy and sweet and would be great for a beginner and still a satisfying project for a non-beginner.

Since these colors are a little out of my comfort zone I was afraid that I wouldn't have much to coordinate, but thank goodness for Pearl Bracelets  and Kona cotton.  But working with unfamiliar colors was hard!
pretty penny patch baby quilt
The Palos Verde print is voile and this is this the first time I have used voile in a quilt with regular quilting cottons, but I didn't have any problems and it is nice and soft.

I almost splurged on another Palos Verde print for the back, but then I found this Hello Pilgrim print in my hoard stash.  The binding is the gorgeous Lecien color basic stripes which I don't think is made anymore, but if anyone knows where I can find more of this let me know! I am almost out.  
pretty penny patch baby quilt
This one will go to its new home at a baby shower later this week.  It has been so fun to make new friends here in San Diego and be able to share quilts with them.  

Fabrics used in this quilt that are still readily available:
Palos Verde Lunada Bay, here or here
Pearl Bracelet in Juniper, here 
Kona Cotton (I am not 100% positive, but I think this was Primrose and Camellia)
Littlest Simply Simple Silver, here or here
Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Stone
Le Creme Swiss Dots, here

Friday, April 11, 2014

Farmer's Wife Blocks 31-35 and DGS Blocks

I can see why a lot of people burn out on the Farmer's Wife blocks at this point.  Though I really to keep going, I'm feeling a little burned out.  Part of it is that I am trying to use scraps and it takes entirely too long to dig through my scraps to find fabrics each time so I may start cutting more from yardage. All of these came from scraps except the girl doing the handstand.
Farmer's Wife blocks 31-35
This month for do. Good Stitches Kirsten asked us to make courthouse steps blocks using this tutorial in spring colors.  This was my first time making these blocks and they were fun.  And now I really want to start a project using some of these colors.
do good stitches wish circle April - courthouse steps

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Go Cougars! BYU Pixel Quilt (with tutorial)

I spent the weekend finishing this one up and delivered it to my friend yesterday evening.  They are big BYU fans and seemed really excited about the quilt, which is always a satisfying feeling.  I am also a BYU alum (class of 2006, BS in biology) so I may have to shrink the blocks down a little and make myself a wall hanging version at some point.
BYU Pixel Quilt
I kept the binding and quilting really simple and used this fun Summersville print for the backing.  Originally I rummaged through my stash to try to find a blue print for the back, but when I didn't find one I realized that I liked this print for the backing even better.
BYU Pixel quilt backing
A few people commented that they were interested in making their own version so I thought I'd give a very quick, simple, pictureless tutorial. For the layout I found this cross stitch pattern.  I got the idea from Svetlana's gorgeous Pinkie Pie quilt and a quick Google search saved me the trouble of figuring it out myself.

There are 39 different fabrics used in the quilt top and I think that the variety helps the quilt be a little more fun.
Fabric requirements:
1 2/3 yard various blue prints and solids (the more variety the better)
1 1/4 yard various low volume fabric
3/8 yard for binding
1 3/4 yard of 44" wide fabric for backing

1. Cut (24) 2.5" strips of various blue fabrics.  Subcut into (372) 2.5" squares.
2. Cut (15) 2.5" strips of low volume fabrics.  Subcut into (237) 2.5" squares.
3. Arrange the low volume squares like light blue squares in the cross stitch pattern and then surround with the blue squares.  The quilt will be 21 squares x 29 squares.
4. Sew together the rows and then the columns.
5.  Baste, quilt, and bind as desired. 

The finished size is 42" x 58"

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