Monday, September 30, 2013
I bought the Fireworks pattern from Thimble Blossoms and i quickly jumped onto making this block. It took me many hours, and I don't have intentions for a full quilt using these fabrics, but I just really wanted to make it! I'm not sure what I'm going to turn it into... a pillow.. a mini quilt... no idea! It's a 16" block, so if it went to a pillow I'd have to sash it to 20". I'm leaning towards a mini quilt as I type this... I need more decorations in my messy sewing room :)
Sunday, September 29, 2013
I finished this quilt last fall. The pattern is Come What May by Jaybird Quilts.
When Joel Dewberry's Aviary 2 collection came out, I bought the entire purple colorway without a plan in mind. After I purchased mine, my best friend saw the collection, loved it, and her mom made her a quilt out of the black/yellow colorway (I posted about that Pendant Quilt here). That was October 2011 - so I've been sitting on this for a while!
It took me a while to find a pattern I wanted to use with it.... and one that required the amount of fabric I bought (I had 1/2 yard cuts of all of it).
And that is the problem with how I shop for fabric. When I have a plan in mind, stuff goes fast! I don't get nervous cutting into it, I don't want to change my mind in the middle of the plan... I just move right along! When I don't plan, I end up buying gobs of fabric that I love and it just sits there looking pretty. Although I don't mind gobs of pretty fabric, by the time I get around to using it I wonder if I will still love it as much as I originally did? That is what was pushing me to get this quilt done once I decided on a pattern.
I quilted straight lines 1/4" on either side of each column and row. I love the woven look of the finished product. It's a really simple quilt pattern - it would be great for beginners.
This purple should look eggplant colored, but the morning light did some funky stuff. The back is all birds - with my best attempt at matching the birds in the seam with the amount of fabric I had available for it.
Although I love this quilt, I ended up gifting this to my mom. I was on video chat with her one day and she saw it in the background and asked about it. She is a very picky person when it comes to fabric/quilts. I went through about all of my collection with her before to see what she likes and she nixed all of it. And I mean all of it. I showed her other examples online, other fabric styles, I tried everything... and she nixed all of those too. So when she showed interest in this, she got it. She obviously gets first choice!
I flew out to visit and gave it to her while she was in the hospital. Apparently it made conversation with every nurse that came in the room - which she loved!
Saturday, September 28, 2013
(This makes my desk look clean. Just prior to taking this photo I took a big swipe and pushed all my crap on the floor.)
My friend Andrea made a sewing machine cover like this from the full line of Flea Market Fancy and used linen as the sashing. I loved it and made one for myself, with a little different selection of FMF prints and white sashing. This pattern is "Windows Sewing Machine Cover" from the book Fresh Quilting: Fearless Color, Design, and Inspiration by a stitch in the dye.
I quilted it in the ditch... which I never usually do but I thought it worked well for this small pattern:
On the back is one of my favorites - Bouquet in Turquoise.
My husband was the one that suggested white binding. (He gave an opinion on fabric..wtf??!) It does work so well...