September 27, 2016

Another Swell Quilt

Another quilt start is in order after finishing many of my WIPs and conquering my scrap bin!

Lately I have been good about not starting new projects but finishing up what I already have going. Each year I start off making and planning a bunch of new projects then spend the rest of year getting said projects under control.

I wasn't about to let it happen again this year!

I have decided to go crazy with my Bonnie and Camille fabrics.

Stashed away was one layer cake of Hello Darling, a jolly bar of Little Ruby, and a charm pack of Miss Kate. To start, I cut the layer cake and jolly bar into 5 inch squares.

The pile had more oranges, reds, and greens than I expected. Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty got herself a nice stack of squares that were not deemed to be the "right" color.  Then added in a couple fabrics I deemed to be the "right" color.

As of now, the plan is to make another Swell quilt, but I am tempted to try my Twisted Nines tutorial on a bigger quilt using some Kona Midnight in the corners again. 

What do you think?

September 24, 2016

Sunday Stash

Need a backing? What a great excuse to buy fabric. Wouldn't it be a shame to just order one thing? Fabric is best ordered in batches! So, two batches arrive last week. 

The bottom fabric is going to be the backing for my Dog Days quilt. I am loving this geometric print! 

One of my dearest friends is a hairdresser, so there are Christmas present plans for these beauties. The line is called "Good Hair Day." Amy Garro gave me some in her So Chelsea destash and my wheels started churning. Just had to order some bigger pieces to round out the idea.

I spy Playground by Amy Sinibaldi! 

Net: + 8.5 yards 

September 19, 2016

Fiona's Bear

Over a year ago, my friends daughter had asked if I would make her Grandma's favorite t-shirt into a teddy bear. The shirt is faded, snuggly, and well worn. Just a perfect reminder of this little girls Grammy. 

How could I resist? She was so cute when she asked! 

To stabilize the t-shirt and provide more structure I used Pellon 906F fusible interfacing on the back side before cutting the pieces. At first I had trouble getting it to stick and eventually used steam even though the directions says to use dry heat. It was was only way I could get interfacing to stick. Once attached I had no issues when sewing. Then I pulled an cozy pair of corduroy pants for a contrast color. 

The pattern is How Joyful Bear from the How Joyful blog. She provides detailed picture directions and free pattern pieces to assemble the bear. This is my second time using the pattern and it was very well laid out. 

The eyes are black buttons I had on hand. Black floss was used to stitch X details on the corners. Then, red gingham ribbon tied around the neck. The red really pops against the blue and green of the bear.

Now it's time to get this bear boxed up and shipped out. One little girl has waited long enough! 

September 15, 2016

Dog Days: Flimsy Finish

dog days |ˈdɔɡ ˈˌdeɪz|a period of inactivity or sluggishness

Earlier this week Cloud 9 sponsored the latest New Block Hop. Dog Days made is block debut that Monday. The whole theme capitalized on how I was felt whilst in design mode. August was all about dog days! 

Click here for the block tutorial. 

To test the pattern, I started with making 4 blocks. After that, I was addicted and made up another 16! The quilt top has 20 blocks total in a 4 x 5 block arrangement. Each block finishes at 12 inches square and the quilt measures approximately 48 inches by 60 inches. 

After making a string of large quilts, I am feeling this is the PERFECT size quilt, not too big but not too small.

For the test blocks I used scraps to see how they would look all together. I loved how they turned out and kept going, digging into my scrap bin yet again. Boy do I not regret, this top has so many patterns and so much personality. Scrappy is the theme of year, but this might be my last for a while. My scrap bin is officially "under control." 

For now anyways ...

Linking to Needle n' Thread Thursday and Finish It Up Friday