April 19, 2017

Sawtooth Star Quilt

 Well it took me long enough, but I can finally check this one off! You can see my almost two years' worth of progress shots over here.

This is an exciting finish as its the largest quilt I've ever made! I know that because I ran out of binding, and I've never needed more than 8 strips before. I had more of the green solid, but I decided to keep that spot interesting and gave it a little Happy Go Lucky orange mum.

When I started this quilt, I was disappointed that for the first time in my adult life I lived in a house and had a backyard, but I couldn't do what I'd been dreaming of for years- garden! I loooove home grown tomatoes and squash, but we couldn't grow a thing because of a vole infestation. Luckily they were just in the yard, but man I hated those things. They ate everything in sight, there was no stopping them. Since I was so sad that I couldn't grow a garden, I started a quilt full of flowers and juicy reds and oranges and greens. (For the record, it was just a weird occurrence that year, and we haven't seen one in the yard since, thank goodness!)

Fabric: mix of reds, greens, oranges and a dash of grey from my stash. They are about 70% Bonnie and Camille, with some Riley Blake basics and other lines mixed in. The backing is Vintage Picnic wide grey check, and the border and binding are from the Miss Kate line.

Pattern: I did not follow a specific pattern, but the stars are 12" square, the sashing is 2" finished, and the border is 3.5"

Quilting: by Julie Hirt in modern loops. Thanks again Julie!!

April 7, 2017

Finished Swoon Quilt!

I can't believe I just wrote those words in the title. I made a Swoon! And finished it! Miracles never cease. I have probably planned 12 different Swoons (see here and here), but thanks to the fun sew along on Instagram, I finally followed through with one.

I gave a detailed list of the fabrics used for the blocks in this blog post, though I ended up changing one or two of them. The backing is Bonnie and Camille Handmade Olivia print in black, and the binding is V and Co. eyelet print from Simply Style, one of my top favorite prints ever! I wish it came in every color, endlessly. You can check this hashtag to see close ups of most of the blocks. The only one missing has Bonnie and Camille pink orange peels.

I changed the blocks to 20" so that I could fit all the cuts from fat quarters without breaking up the "petals" on the outside of the star. This is the same method used in Camille's Swoon Sixteen pattern if you want to give it a try. I like it much better! Because of that, with sashing, the quilt came out to 67" square- a perfect movie snuggling size for me :)

The gorgeous quilting was done by Julie Hirt- I've sent several quilts to her, I just love her design options. This one is called "Melange" and it won't be the last time I use it!

Though I'm so happy to have made this pattern finally, I still don't feel like I've had my fill. If time and money were endless and free, I would make the Sweet Marion version, as well as one in my favorite colorway- red, pink, blue, green. My mom would love that. There, see? I have an excuse! Time for another fabric pull....

March 27, 2017

Monday Mockup #16- Snippets

It's been a while since I've done a mockup, here's a fun one! A while back I was doodling around on EQ7 and came up with this pattern. Usually I like to run patterns by some quilty friends to make sure they haven't seen something the same out there in the big quilt pattern world. The last thing I want to be is a copycat, even if unknowingly. In this case, they let me know that, with different color placement, this was just like Bonnie Olavesen's pattern "Snippets".

Bonnie's pattern is designed to be scrappy, using Charm Packs. However, if you isolate each print in one block, you get this version! I'm fairly certain this can be done with a layer cake, which is why I put it in a 6 by 7 grid (42 squares in a layer cake).  I think it's so striking this way, though I do adore the original scrappy one! Here's a peek at Bonnie's original version, image via Moda's blog. It's such a fun quilt!

This is going to be a happy week for me when it comes to quilts. I've got three big ones coming back from the longarm- best mail ever! I can't wait to show you. What are you making this week?

March 23, 2017

New Quilt Pattern- Jolly

I have a new pattern listed in my shop today! It's called Jolly and can be made with fat quarters and fat eighths, or yardage from "the stash".

One of my favorite traditional quilt blocks is called "Sister's Choice" (the pointy one). It has been used in countless quilts in many different variations over the years, and with good reason. It's so fun! If what I've read about it is correct, Sister's Choice was named around 1890 by the Ladies' Art Company, a St. Louis pattern house. The jaunty little nine patches are my favorite part of this variation!

I love quilts where you chop up fat quarters and then get to mix and match prints into piles for blocks, it's one of my favorite parts of the quilting process. I pieced this one with prints from my stash, and had it quilted by Emilee Hathaway with simple straight lines. Thanks again Emilee!

The border, binding, and backing are all from Bonnie and Camille's line Handmade. When I started the quilt it hadn't been released yet, but turned out to be absolutely perfect for this Christmasy project.

Mine is made up in Christmas colors, but I think other colorways would be fun too, like rainbow (my latest obsession), or a 4th of July version! Here it is made up in Bonnie and Camille's older line "Daysail". Do you have a fat quarter bundle of that lying around waiting for a purpose in life? :)

For the next 48 hours I'm having a 20% off sale to celebrate Woodberry Way's 1st birthday! Just check out with the code BIRTHDAY. There's also another new pattern in the shop which I'll post about later, so stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by :)

March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Mini Quilt

Happy St. Patty's Day to you! I woke up today with an idea and just HAD to make it. I struggle with impulsivity- it seems to be a trait that comes hand in hand with creativity, and can be a curse and a blessing!

Obviously this isn't quite how rainbows work, but I wanted to give piecing within a curve a try, and it worked! Here's how to do it, assuming you already know the basics of piecing curves. First, I pieced a half circle using the EZ Dresden ruler with 10 blades that are 4" long.

Next, using the Circle Savvy ruler fold the rainbow patchwork in half and trim at the 10 1/2 and 4 1/2 mark. The fold is at the bottom. I didn't follow the directions and placed the fold at the bottom line, not the fold line.

I realize there are a lot of gadgety rulers going on here. Thing is, I love them both to death. I dislike working with paper templates, and both the dresden and the curve one can be used forever, with every size I'll ever need. I really love having them around!

Next cut a piece of background to 14" x 7" and fold in half.

With the fold at the bottom once again, trim the white background using the Cirlce Savvy ruler just like you did for the rainbow, but at the 9 1/2 and 5 1/2 marks. Here are the pieces still folded in half:

The middle arc won't be used. Open them up and pin and sew the top and bottom piece on either side of the rainbow patchwork. Here's what the top looks like after you sew and before you press. Curves are so strange! I'm still kind of getting used to them.

Then, sew a 14" x 4 1/2" piece of "grass" to the bottom. Baste, quilt, and bind according to your pleasing and voila! You can see the bottom curve gave me some trouble, but perfect is the enemy of trying new things, right? Or something like that.

My Kindergartener loves festivity and will be so delighted with this when he gets home today. I will assign him to make a pot of gold and a leprechaun to go with it, which will be his great honor :) Maybe some day I'll try one with the colors going the right direction. The thought gives me the shivers right now, but never say never!

Hope you have fun celebrating this somewhat silly, but very happy holiday. I'm off to start the corned beef and cabbage and put green dye in the toilet to make it look like a leprechaun used it. My boys will die over that!

March 5, 2017

Sweet Marie Quilt

This poor little quilt has been waiting months for her glamour shoot. This is a pattern available in my shop called "Sweet Marie". I've started naming quilt patterns after the little girls I never had, ha :) And if I do have one someday, she is pretty much going to be set in the quilt department!

Emilee Hathaway did the quilting on this one with these adorable little rainbows. It's one of my favorite quilting motifs!

The pattern uses fat eighths, and includes full instructions for a larger throw quilt as well, if you don't want to make it baby size. I want to make the bigger size in Christmas fabric some day.

My favorite part about this quilt is the sorting of colors into piles for each block after you cut the pieces out. Don't you just love sorting pretty fabric? I used a mix of fabric from lots of different Bonnie and Camille lines for the entire quilt, including the border, binding, and backing. The solid blue is Moda Bella aqua, and the lighter blue in the corners is the tiny aqua scallop from their Little Ruby line.

February 26, 2017

Jumping Jacks Quilt Pattern in Navy, Green, and Grey

I'm still pretty new to this whole quilt blogging thing, and one thing that I struggle with is remembering/taking time to photograph quilts with the real camera. What a drag! There are many, many quilts that haven't made it here to the blog because of this problem. But, I figured I should document some of them anyway, fuzzy pictures and all.

This here was my third Jumping Jacks, a wonderful pattern by Fig Tree and Co. Usually I'm not one to make the same pattern over and over, but this is a special case. After I gifted the first one to my British mother, she asked if I'd make one each Christmas for all of her 6 sisters, to which I enthusiastically said yes. I love making quilts, but I especially love making them for loved ones.

It's been fun to match the colors to the home and personality of my dear aunties, and there are still 5 more color combinations to go! I can't wait to see how they all turn out. For this one, I started with this navy/green/gray/aqua pull mostly purchased from Fresh Modern Fabrics on Etsy. This is not an ad or an affiliation of any kind, just letting you know!

These blocks are a tad tricky to get the hang of at first, what with bias edges and some very particular trimming, but now that I've done it 36 times I can make the whole quilt by memory I think!

We had this one quilted by Crinkle Love, using the pattern "Tickle", and I just love how it turned out.

I heartily wish I had some better photos for you to enjoy, but you'll just have to trust me- it was mighty pretty!

Here is the one I made the year before in pink/red/grey. You can read a little more about that one here.

And, the original I made for my mama, which is very well used! That's what I love to see.

P.S. The two little guys on the right are mine, though they are much older now! Plus I have another little bear added to the crew :) The others are my nieces and nephews of the time, who have also grown in numbers.

This year's Jumping Jacks is in the planning stages still, I can't wait to do the fabric pull!