Friday, July 31, 2015

Summer Sampler: Vintage Star Quilt Block

Happy Friday! Today is Summer Sampler Block day, and today I'm sharing one of my favorite vintage-style star blocks. After this block there will just be one more, and then it will be time for everyone to share their quilts!

If you're new to my blog, you can find links to all of the previous Summer 

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Red & White Moda Building Blocks Quilt

Happy Wednesday! My red and white Moda Building Blocks quilt is quilted, home, and bound! It has been such a fun journey to work on this quilt. I began it in the fall of 2014 knowing it was going to be a bit of a long-term project. It's a little bit sad to have this finished, I so loved working on it!

 I will warn you there are a lot of photos on this post!

You can find the Moda Building Blocks quilt pattern here. The quilt finishes up at 84" x 96" and is made from all Moda reds, whites, and off white prints from my stash. I've had some of these fabrics for several years!

 I went back and forth with a few different ideas for the binding. In the end I went with the Moda Bella Christmas Red 9900 16.  I'm really happy with that choice as it sets off the quilt beautifully.

The incredible machine quilting was done by Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt. (She has posted about her quilting here). I just love how she used so many different quilting designs and techniques  in the different areas of the quilt.

 I have so many favorite blocks in this quilt that it's impossible to choose just one favorite.

 The blocks range in size from small 6" blocks which were a lot of fun to larger 36" blocks which are just stunning in this quilt!

 Love these straight lines and the feathers!!!

 This block above was supposed to be made with just a couple of fabrics...but I love it made with several different ones.

 I didn't buy any extra fabric for this quilt until the very end. I made one of the largest blocks last and needed to get 1/2 yard of one of the prints...other than that it was completely from my scraps and my stash!

I love the swirls and bubbles...

 And I also love the straight lines and angled lines!

I really heart this quilt!

 I used a Moda Bella in white on the back, and I'm super happy I went with that, too. I love being able to see all of the quilting on the back...and it was sure fun to look at the back while I was hand stitching the binding!

Thanks so much for following along on this journey. It's been too sunny outside to get a good picture of the whole quilt...but we're supposed to have some cloudy days soon, and I'll update this post with one more photo of the full quilt...I'll let you know when I do that!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bright Sun Herringbone Baby Quilts

Happy Tuesday! I have a friend who is having twins soon...she is 32 weeks along and has been getting her nursery ready for the soon-to-arrive baby boys. So I knew I'd better get busy and finish up the baby quilts I promised to make her!

 I used the blues and light colored prints from Bright Sun along with two Bella solids...a creamy mint and Admiral Blue. The combination was a lot of fun to work with!

My friend wanted a herringbone pattern for the baby quilts,  and so I searched a few tutorials and ended up doing a variation of this tutorial. I did do a couple of things differently from Rachel's instructions. I placed my strips in the same way to sew them together (sewing strips in pairs and then off-setting them by 1 1/2" before sewing each set together). 

 I didn't use her method for trimming though, I simply used the 60 degree marks on my long ruler to cut the segments. I made three blocks for each baby quilt. One of the blocks I cut in half to use for the two upper block sections in each quilt. I joined the upper and lower block sections with 4 1/2" wide sashing strips of the mint fabric.

 I then joined the upper and lower sections with 5" strips of the mint Bella. I added a 10" wide top border of the mint and then two different 5" wide bottom borders: one mint and one from the Bright Sun polka dot fabric. The final result was a perfect (I hope) crib sized quilt...times two!

The Admiral Blue bindings set them off perfectly. This is my first time sewing for was really fun to think of two little babies getting to enjoy these quilts!

And before I go...a sneak peek of what I'm trying to finish up next...

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

More Red and Green Quilt Blocks

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! I've been trying to catch up on this and that--I'm hoping by the end of July I'll be caught up with several projects I've fallen behind on. I think it's great to have on-going projects...projects that you expect to take a year or even a few years, but I do like to stay on top of block of the month quilts!

I got a notice the other day that month five of my red and green mystery quilt was shipping, so I figured I'd better get caught up with month three and four!

Month three had an easy pair of blocks--to give us a break from the very time-consuming block in month two!

Nine-patches are always fun, and this scrappy block made of red and cream and green and cream blocks went together quickly.

The other block was also a quick one...nine-patches, strip sets, and half-square triangles!

Month three...check!

Month four was a little more time-intensive. I really didn't know how much I was going to like the above block until I finished really is a fun block!

 And the large Lily block actually went together quickly, too.

Month four...check!

I'm ready for month five...I think the fabric packet and block instructions might even be arriving today!

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Farm Girl Milking Can Quilt Block

Happy Friday! Today is my day on the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along (or otherwise known as Farm Girl Fridays)! Farm Girl Vintage is the latest book by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet. The book is full of adorable blocks and fun projects which look terrific in any combination of fabrics and fabric styles.

 I thought Farmhouse by Joanna Figueroa for Moda fabrics would be the perfect collection for my block.

I wanted something a little different for the top of my milk can and I

found the perfect vintage green color in the Moda Bella Weaves...I also mixed in a couple of other prints from Avalon and Aloha Girl to complete my patchwork section.

At first I was going to make my block into a pot holder. Then I thought a pillow would actually be super fun...

I just need to make a little pillow form to put inside. I think I'll make a few other Farm Girl Vintage pillows, too. The hardest part will be deciding which blocks to use.

Be sure to stop by Lori's blog today to see what she's cooking up for the sew along...and also stop by Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber to see who else is sewing along today.

Have a wonderful weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

PS The Craftsy Supplies Closeout sale continues through Monday evening. Fabric, thread, and lots of quilting notions are on sale at great discounts!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Happy Wednesday!  I'm stopping in to share something I've been working on...and something I've just found out is coming soon!

The quilts that inspired my red and white quilt have been preserved in a book which will release on September 22nd! Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety: Presented by The American Folk Art Museum The book features a detailed look at the quilts in the Infinite Variety exhibit. It's an exhibit I would truly have loved to have seen in person, but at least there will now be a way to really study all of the amazing quilts in that exhibit.The book is a little pricey, but I know it will provide me hours and hours of enjoyment and inspiration!

Now that summer is past the half-way point, I'm trying to get serious about catching up on projects and works in progress. I've had two baby quilts on my to-do list for a little while, and since they are for twin boys, and since the Mom is past 31 weeks...I figured I'd better get these finished up!

 I'm kind of making things up as I go, but I will share all of the details about these quilts when they are back from the quilter. I've used all of the blue prints from our Bright Sun collection along with a couple of Moda Bella Solids (Nautical Blue 9900 236 and Breeze 9900 132).

It's been really fun to play with just the blues from Bright Sun.  And...I'll be back on Friday with my turn for the Farm Girl Vintage quilt along--I had a lot of fun making my block!

PS The Craftsy Supplies Closeout sale is now live through Monday evening. Fabric, thread, and lots of quilting notions are on sale at great discounts!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Goody Goody Binding Kit

Recently my friend Vanessa posted a fun tutorial for a binding kit. It looked like such a fun project with some really great of course I jumped at the chance to participate in a sew-along with Vanessa, Fat Quarter Shop, and some other sewists!

The hardest part (as usual) was choosing the end I decided

on some Fig Tree fabrics to go along with my "Sew Together" bag.

I have Strawberry Fields, Avalon, Somerset, and Aloha Girl fabrics in my stack...I love how they work together!

One of the first steps is to quilt your outer fabric piece. I used a wavy stitch, but the tutorial calls for a straight stitch so you can hide a couple of the stitching lines near the end of construction.

I cut out all of my pieces and was ready to go! The tutorial (find it here) was really great with good photos and explanations. I really didn't change anything except to cut my binding strips at 2 1/4" instead of the 2 1/2" suggested. I really do like a narrower binding, especially on smaller projects like this. I think I would even be happy with a 2" binding for this little project.

When you unfold the kit you have room for binding clips, a couple of spools of Aurifil thread, scissors, and needles. And you have a pocket on the right which works for candy, small patterns or templates, or anything else you might need in your binding kit!

Vanessa's method for installing the zipper is simple, and the binding clip section really is quite roomy. I like to use a lot of clips and was pleased that this pocket holds so many.

I really recommend this project if you're looking for a stylish way to store binding supplies!

For more information, visit the Fat Quarter Shop blog which has more photos and a link to a video tutorial for sewing along!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

How To: Scrappy Quilt Binding Tutorial

Happy Monday! Over the weekend I got the scrappy binding machine sewn to my "Go Four It" quilt along quilt. I just have the hand sewing left to do, but I took a few pictures and thought that today I'd share a little bit about my process for piecing and sewing a scrappy binding.

If you have left-over binding bits and pieces from other quilt projects, you can sew together a pieced scrappy binding in a hurry. But even if you're just cutting strips from your scraps or stash, this is a great way to make a fun binding. The first couple of times I made scrappy bindings I was super concerned about what size to cut the strips and even emailed some of my friends to ask what size strips they used. I really appreciated hearing their thoughts, and so hopefully some of these ideas will be helpful.

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