Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap...


I don't think I ever shared my swap quilt. I signed up for Schnitzel and Boo's mini quilt swap. I think there were over 600 people that joined! Anyhow we filled out a form of what we like and don't like, and then we were assigned a partner. This is what I created for my partner. She really liked it! YAY


She said she was really into this colorway right now. I had fun finding all the fabrics for this. I mixed in some low volume, and tried to make the stars pop!


The completed mini. It was about 24" x 24". I had a lot of fun making it!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fabric Tuesday...come link up...

I know I say this every week, but every week you guys amaze me! I am always so inspired! I always want to add 20 projects to my list. There will never be enough time! So at least I get to see your beautiful creations while I slowly plug along. 

I have some projects I am working on, getting close, and hopefully a lot closer as the kids go back to school TOMORROW!

Last week I got to spend a week with Megan, we had a lot of fun together, I sure miss seeing her much, thank goodness for technology!

On to Fabric Tuesday!


Porch Swing quilts and this amazing Deep in the heart of Texas quilt. wow!


Jewel Puzzle Block

Jewel Puzzle Paper Pieced block. Its so pretty! I want to make one! From QA Creations...


Handmade Whimzy quilt for a fried. Just love the blocks and cheerful nature of this quilt. Nice friend!


Karen's sewing room and this sweet quilt finish. Cuteness!

C Creative Side and this amazing swoon quilt finish! Love!

Last but definitely not least, Quilty Habit amazing Petal quilt! I want to make one!!!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Jedi Craft Girl Stair Stepper Quilt...

Jedi Craft Girl submitted this darling Stair Steps quilt using Briar Rose fabrics. How darling is this? This is also a complete tutorial, I have already started picking fabrics in my mind! I love that her 14 year old daughter sewed this entire quilt, in two days no less! Be sure to check out Jedi Craft Girl for some darling quilts and tutorials. I love her stuff!


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I am so excited to share my newest quilt pattern with you!  Last year I went to Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah and I went on a “Bus Tour” of several quilt shops in the area.  It was a blast.  I picked up all these fabrics in the Briar Rose line from Heather Ross.  Who wouldn’t love these adorable frogs, bees,  & grasshoppers!
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When my daughter saw them she instantly declared they were hers!  It’s almost been a year and she and I decided that this summer we would put a quilt together.  We worked on the pattern design together and she sewed the entire quilt!  I am so proud of her!
briar_rose_quilt_pattern_5I wanted a pattern that she could handle but that was more than just squares.  This pattern has lots of elements that are great for beginners to learn.  We also wanted a pattern that didn’t cut the fabric up too much – after all, the frogs are just too cute!  So we added a few solid blocks of frogs here and there in the pattern.  Here is how you can make one:
Finished quilt: 50″ x 65″
1/4″ seams throughout 
Supplies:
Assorted fat quarters or quarter yard cuts of 6 or more prints
(20) 5″ squares or charm squares
1 yard green print
1 yard white solid
1/2 yard binding
2.5 yards minky for the back
Begin by constructing (20) framed square blocks:
Pink frame (2) 2.5″ x 4.75″ and (2) 2.5″ x 2.75″
clover frame (2) 2.5″ x 4.75″ and (2) 2.5″ x 2.75″
center square 5″
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Ella laid all her blocks out to make sure the fabric patterns were evenly distributed.  She is the best at laying out quilt pieces!IMG_9930
Sew the top two rectangles together, the side rectangles together and bottom rectangles together like this:
briar_rose_quilt_pattern_6Press seams toward the dark.
Sew the side rectangle units to the center square.  Press.  Sew the top and bottom units to the square and press seams. (I forgot to take a picture of the finished block, but you can see it in the quilt below)
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Construct (24) half square triangle blocks
Cut (12) solid white and (12) green print 10″ squares
briar_rose_quilt_pattern_7Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of each white square.  Put the green square and the white square together right sides facing.  Sew 1/4″ along both sides of the pencil line.  Cut along the pencil line and press toward the dark.  Each square sew yields (2) half square triangle blocks.
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Now you will need to square up the blocks.  The blocks finish slightly larger which allows for some room in squaring up the blocks.  Line up the diagonal seam with the diagonal line on your cutting mat and cut each square to be 9″.
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Cut (4) 9″ squares from the frog print to mix into the layout.  This is how we laid ours out:
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Sew the blocks together in rows and press the seams in each row in alternating directions, I always press toward the first block in each odd number row and away from the first block in each even row.  Sew the rows together matching intersecting seams and being mindful of the triangle points.
For the quilting…..
We got to go play with some fun long arm quilt machines.  Our friends at Quilt EZ let us try out “The Butler” quilting robot which is a computer that attaches to any long arm quilt machine and it has hundreds of programmable quilting patterns.  We selected a pattern, told it the size and hit “start” and it did this wonderful all over flower design.  You do have to roll the quilt and start the machine up, but it remembers where it left off each time – genius!
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Here you can see the quilt design up close – I could not do this free hand!
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We got home from the quilter and added the binding – Two days from start to finish!!  Not bad for a 14 year old :)
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Of course Ella wanted minky on the back of the quilt – she is such a snugly person!  Love the fun green color.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Blue bird park, finished quilt top. Simple Jelly roll quilt.


Remember these pretty jelly rolls I got a while back? It is  Bluebird Park by Kate & Birdie. Cute prints!


I started a Jelly roll quilt, following a Missouri Star Co tutorial called "Summer in the Park"


It is super easy technique, and if I say so myself, you get an awesome quilt in the end!



A few more in the works photos...

And done! I have it sent off to my Mother in Law do the the quilting. She does amazing quilting. 


I am happy to knock off another of my WIP's. My pile is getting a bit smaller. Of course, I keep starting new things. Can't help myself. 




I will post final photos when I get it back. I can't wait!

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