August 29, 2016

Final Sweet Tea Project

Summer is wrapping up and so is my fun with Sweet Tea by Thistlewood for Hoffman Fabrics. I had other plans for my last project, but when the surprise fabric package came and I saw this adorable panel, I knew it had to be quilted into a baby quilt.

It's the easiest thing in the world- just quilt it up, put the binding on, and you're done! I used some really poofy batting on mine and did straight line quilting along the existing lines. It's super soft, and the perfect size for a baby quilt.

The panel is called "Sweet Tea Star", and it could be used in other fun ways too- table cloth, Christmas tree skirt, or add some pretty borders and make a throw size quilt.

Here are the other two projects I did with Sweet Tea this summer:

 Thank you KariAnne for the fun fabric packages! The fabric will be out soon and I can't wait to see the beautiful things made with it. 

August 22, 2016

First Snow Pattern Available!

I am happy to announce that PDF patterns for my quilt "First Snow" are now available for purchase! You can find it in my Craftsy shop here.

There are two variations included in the PDF version, with full instructions for both.

I'm so very grateful to Julia @redrainbootshandmade and Elizabeth @beth4619 for helping out by testing the pattern. Not only did they check all my math for me, but they provided invaluable encouragement as well. Thank you friends!

Paper patterns will be available in a few weeks, with separate patterns for each variation. Thank you for support and encouragement! You quilters are the best people around :)

August 19, 2016

Rise Quilt- Block 8

Welcome back Rise quilters! I got a little crazy with the pattern this round. If you've ever used half square triangles before, you know the possibilities for arrangement are endless, and I didn't want to restrict you to just one. So the pattern is a bit open ended, and leaves lots of room for creativity! I'm so excited to see what you come up with.

Unfortunately, this one was kind of a flop for me. I totally missed the mark on the design, it looks like half one, half the other. But, like I've said before, once they are all together it will be adorable and no one will care about the overly scrappy Block #8! This month has been totally bananas at my house and there was no way I was re-doing it. So in it goes!

My test helpers were the same as last time, with the addition of Jessica @craftycop, my angel friend. You should probably look up her boy version of this on IG, it is sooo cute!

See you next time for the LAST BLOCK!!!

August 8, 2016

Monday Mockup 11- Scrappy Irish Chain

Today's mockup is my plan to use up my scrappy low volume stash! I have a healthy pile of low volume since I usually omit it from my projects. Low volumes are the first thing I pull out when using precuts, because I usually like things to have high contrast. But, I do appreciate the beauty of a softer palette, and am excited to have a way to use my stash.

When I started quilting, the term low volume confused me. According to Craftsy, the definition of low volume fabric is:
A Low Volume fabric can best be defined as 
a fabric which shows up as a light solid (or nearly solid) 
in a black and white photograph. These fabrics can vary from 
the lightest tone on tone fabrics, to text fabrics 
printed on a light background, to light floral fabrics.

I am going to alternate Bella Aqua solid with these scrappy low volumes, which are an assortment of fat quarters, leftover yardage, scraps, and layer cake squares.

The only down side to scrappy quilts in my book is that you can't strip piece them, which makes things so much easier and faster. But, it's completely worth it to use up your scraps and create this beauty!

For this quilt, there are just two blocks. Fabric requirements are as follows:

Block A:
  • (9) 2.5" solid squares
  • (12) 2.5" low volume squares
  • (4) 2.5" background squares
Block B:
  • (4) 2.5" low volume squares
  • (2) 2.5" x 6.5" background pieces
  • 6.5" x 10.5" background piece 

The blocks are 10" finished, and arranged alternately in a 9 by 7 grid. You will need 32 A Blocks and 31 B Blocks to make a 90" x 70" quilt, a perfect twin size.

Now I have two scrap quilts in the works (the first one can be found here). Hooray! Who doesn't love scrap busting? I have only ever completed one scrap quilt, which can be found here.

What's your favorite scrap quilt?

August 5, 2016

Rise Quilt- Block 7

Welcome back! This round is one of my favorite blocks. No sideways turning or tricky trimming this time around :)

Block 7 Pattern

I've had some questions about joining late and previous patterns. Here are a few reminders:

It's never too late to join. These patterns will be on my blog for as long as the internet is a thing :) I will be offering a paper pattern eventually for those who prefer that.

All the patterns for the blocks can be found on the "Rise Quilt Along" tab on the top right of the blog under the pictures and title.

We have two more blocks after this, then borders and prairie points. There will be a giveaway at the end, and those who completed participated in the sew along in any way will automatically be entered, even if you only sewed one block!

Here's my block for this round. I'm very grateful to Michelle (@coleandtaffy) and Jennifer (@crimsonconfection) for helping me out by testing this one. You ladies are the best!

As always, thanks for sewing along!