Friday, October 24, 2014

Why not, right?


There is something called the Blogger's Quilt Festival going on over at Amy's Creative Side.  Bloggers can enter quilts they have made into this festival.  Readers can select their favorites in different categories beginning Nov 1st.  I thought I might throw my hat in the mix for fun.  I'm entering this quilt in the small quilts category.  Why not, right?

I call this quilt Drip Drop.  I paper pieced the crossed canoe blocks and rearranged them for a more modern feel.  (The traditional placement is supposed to go something a little more like this .)  It took a long time for me to find this arrangement, but I love it.  Here's a taste of my craziness:

I used a selection of pastel solids I bought in a box from Michael Miller and the backing is an awesome sale fabric I managed to stumble upon.  I started with the cool bird backing and pulled the solids to match.

It's quilted in straight lines with a variegated pastel thread.  This also just so happens to be the first quilt I quilted with my new heavy-duty sewing machine.  Trying to sew through those fat points of the quilt top was way too much for my old machine.  Let me tell you, it was fun plowing right through them with my new machine!  I was actually happily laughing out loud while doing it.  I'm pretty sure my husband thought I had lost it.

The quilt is approximately 41x33.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day...


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


This one is tricky because it's sort of a top secret quilt.  I'm hoping for some advice though!

I can't decide what kind of fabric to use for the binding!

(I'm also not sure how I'm going to quilt it, other than minimally.  I'm considering doing a quilting/tying combo, but I digress.)

There are the pictures.  For the quilt top, I've used some pale 30s type prints (pinks, orange, yellow, blues, purple) and white for the lattice part.  For the backing I have this dark blue fabric.

So what do you think?!  I want a binding that won't draw attention to itself.
Should I add to the mix a solid?  Some shade of blue perhaps? Some other color?
Should I string together some of the quilt top's 30s prints for a scrappy binding?
Maybe I should pick one top fabrics and bind the whole thing in that.
Something else?

I was excited about the backing fabric, but now I'm afraid to admit that maybe I just have too much going on and should abandon it.  Go with a plain solid backing instead?  That might make a binding choice easier?

      ...what are your thoughts?



On an unrelated note, these fabrics might just be next on the docket.  Not exactly sure what I'm going to do with them yet, but I'm thinking it might just have to be wavy.

Have a great day...


linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
and Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Friday, October 17, 2014

(chain chain chain) chain of hearts

Happy Friday! 
I have finished this sweet quilt for my new niece.  I'm so very excited to ship it off to her!  As I was expecting, it crinkled up wonderfully.  It's an Irish Chain pattern, which is like a checkerboard in a checkerboard.  I chose to do mine with hearts, which I paper-pieced.  Here are the pictures! 

I chose the shades of the solids to match the backing fabric, which I find charming and darling.  I'm on the defensive about it though because not everyone in my house is crazy about the strawberry print.  It was also on good sale which makes me wonder.... but I like it a lot and I think it looks great! 

I'll be linking up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Also, today is my lucky day!  Can you believe I was the lucky winner of a giveaway from Rita at Red Pepper Quilts?   Woo hoo!  Thank yous to Rita and Stash Fabrics

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day...


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Rainbow Churn Dash Quilt

Two quilts finished within one week!  This quilt top was one of a handful that built up as I was procrastinating the purchase of my new sewing machine.  (It was scary to bite the bullet, but I'm loving my Juki!)

I decided on a white binding here, which felt weird for some reason but I like the finished look.

For the backing I found the rainbow leaves fabric and did some piecing.  I'm thinking the green solid was a bit bold, perhaps a white would have been better, but it's fun.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day....

linking this post to finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts