Thursday, 23 April 2015

Marsala Chubby Churn Dash Mini

**Edited Apr 24/15 to change out the photos:

"Marsala Chubby Churn Dash Mini"

Pattern by Fig Tree & Co
Size:  23.75" x 23.75"

I'm going to start off by apologizing for the photos as it's been cloudy here all day and I'm always afraid of technical issues to leave trying to post to the last minute to wait until tomorrow to hope for better ones.  I may be able to replace them at a later date :)

This quilt is my entry for the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge.  You'll be able to see all the entries at either:

Most of the fabrics were from my stash, including the sashing and binding fabric which is Floragraphix II by Jason Yenter.  
The background and backing is Robert Kaufman's Quilter's Linen in gray, one of my favourite fabrics to use as a background.  I used both the right side of the batik in some of the churn dashes (with the gold flecks) and some with the wrong side of the batik as well, in order to have more Marsala fabrics.

I did stitching in the ditch and straight-line quilting in a symmetrical but unevenly spaced design so that some cross-hatching was formed.  All quilting was done in Aurifil 2600, 50wt., and I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting.

The binding was attached by machine and hand-stitched to the back.

Happy Quilting!


Saturday, 11 April 2015

Lucky Stars Mini in Simply Style

"Lucky Stars Mini in Simply Style"

Pattern by:  Vanessa Christenson
Size:  12.5" x 14.5"

I fell in love with Vanessa Christenson's Lucky Stars Mini quilt which was shown in Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, Issue 16, made up in one of her newest line of fabrics, Color Theory.  My LQS only had Layer Cakes of Color Theory and I couldn't justify buying one to cut a mini charm pack out of it since I'm trying to shop from my stash (a charm pack would have been ok, a mini charm pack would have been perfect!)  Then I remembered I had scraps of Simply Style by V & Co, and got to work.

For the white and the backing I used fat quarters from my stash - I don't have any information about them

I quilted the entire quilt with 50 wt Aurifil 2024 (white) in a cross-hatch pattern.

Happy Quilting!


Monday, 6 April 2015

Serge & Sew Colour of the Month - Apple-licious


Pattern by Lori Holt
Book:  Quilty Fun, pg 66
Size:  11.5" x 20.5"

I only made six of the blocks (and no border) although it's still on my list to make in full one day.  The background is Moda grunge and the rest of the fabrics (except the pink) came from my scrap bins.

April's Colour of the Month at Serge & Sew is pink - the fabric is really a fushia colour and used in this apple.

For the backing I used this cute text print - "Snug as a Bug" by Melly & Me for Riley Blake.

The binding was previously made (and rejected) from a prior project but I think it works perfectly with this one.  I did a simple cross-hatch 60 degree quilting pattern with Aurifil 2024.

Happy Quilting!


Sunday, 29 March 2015

Lined Drawstring Bag in Hello World

"Lined Drawstring Bag in Hello World"

Pattern:  Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by Jeni Baker

Size: 7"w x 10.5"h x 3"d

I added a layer of fusible fleece to the exterior bag once it was pieced and quilted it with some straight lines just to give my bag some more structure.

Fabrics:  "Hello World" Mini Menagerie Multi Panel (I just used the hippo & the giraffes) and Itty Bitty Pink by Cori Dantini for Blend Fabrics.  It was the hippo that sold me but all the animals are adorable. The panel also includes a bird and a zebra.

The back:

Happy Quilting!


Sunday, 22 March 2015

Egg Cozies

"Egg Cozies"

Pattern & Tutorial:
Pattern by Josie Day of Sew for Soul

This gave me an excuse to purchase some of the cotton/linen blend from Cotton & Steel.  It was a delight to work with.  I attached fusible fleece to it before appliquéing the various animals with Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 and then top stitching with a straight stitch.

The backs:

Appliquéing some more chickens:

Happy Quilting!


Friday, 27 February 2015

Patchwork Pineapple Mini

"Patchwork Pineapple Mini"

Pattern by Sassafras Lane Designs for Dear Stella

Size:  8.5" x 11.5"

This happy little wallhanging is made from  my scrap bins and I have enough little pieces cut already to make another (or a kit as a gift).

The back:

A closer look at the scraps that make up the pineapple and at the straight line quilting which is approximately every half inch.

Happy Quilting!


Sunday, 15 February 2015

Love More

"Love More"

Pattern:  Elevation Pillow
By Kristy Daum for Camelot Fabrics

Size:  20.5" x 20.5"

Instead of a pillow, I made a Wallhanging.  This was a free pattern from the Camelot Fabrics website.  It went together quickly & easily - just squares and half-square triangles.

The extra half-square triangles went on the back. 

This text fabric is part of the Love More line by Susan Black for P & B Textiles and it was my inspiration for the whole piece.  The background is Moda grunge (I've used it so many times & in so many colourways!).  Two of the other prints are remnants I picked up that were also from the Love More line.  The rest of the prints were fat quarters pulled from my stash.

I've also used the Love More text print for the binding.

I did echo quilting about half an inch apart in the background and then in the ditch and half an inch in from each side in the prints.

Happy Quilting!


Saturday, 7 February 2015

Scrappy Reds - Pat Sloan's Hip to be Square Challenge

"Scrappy Reds"

Pat Sloan's Hip to be Square Challenge
Size:  48" x 60"

You can see all the entries at at:

In January Pat Sloan issued a challenge to use up our scraps.  I chose to use my reds and cut them into 2.5" squares.  For my neutral, I pulled from my stash and used the cream fabric with the multi-coloured stars.  It pulls the whole quilt together beautifully even with the eclectic mix of scraps I ended up using (everything and anything I could lay my hands on).

On the back I used a blue flannel with strawberries, ladybugs, and flowers.  It's from Fabricland and I have to admit it also comes with a green background, (which I also have), and a yellow background too.  

The binding I attached entirely by machine (which I don't usually do).  I cut it 2.25" wide, sewed it to the back, flipped it to the front, and stitched it down by machine.  

A couple more pics.

Happy Quilting!


Sunday, 1 February 2015

Serge & Sew Colour of the Month - Fox in a Box

"Fox in a Box"

Pattern by Jeni Baker
Book:  Fun-Size Quilts, compiled by Karen M. Burns
Size:  18.25" x 18.25"

February's Colour of the Month Challenge Fabric at Serge & Sew is this gray with the white circles.  The background is Kona Cotton (in white?) and the other fabrics were all pulled from my scrap bins.  The eyes are Élan 14mm buttons.  I know this project is a bit bigger than the challenge guidelines ("no bigger than an average placemat") but I couldn't seem to stop making the foxes to make it that little bit smaller...I just love them!

On the back is a leftover piece of white from something else - I'm not sure what it is, except I'm pretty sure it's not Kona Cotton like I used on the front & for the binding.

One more look at the foxes and the stipple quilting in between them.

Happy Quilting!


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Feed Me Placemat & Bibs

"Feed Me" Placemat
by Becky Keizer
Size:  10.25" x 12.75"

This project started as a strip of the monkey panels (five different ones) and the need for some fast & cute samples.  I added some 3" strips to the sides & top to one block, sandwiched, and used two different fabrics for the binding.  Then I appliquéd the fork, spoon, and "feed me" using a satin stitch.

Pattern:  Pretty Little Baby Bib Pattern

The other four monkey panels became bibs.  I added strips to each side and to the top, a layer of fusible fleece and backing.  I finished each one with a Babyville snap in green or yellow - so cute!

Happy Quilting!