Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WIP Wednesday

The 30's Reproduction Bunting Quilt top is done!

Hoping to baste and quilt it today but that may be a little ambitious.
If you really like it, I'm planning to add kits to the store soon.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bunting #2

30's Reproduction fabrics are the biggest seller in the store yet somehow I haven't gotten around to making a quilt using them.
I figured this would put a whole different spin on the Bunting pattern.

Out of curiosity, I'm also timing myself to see how long it actually takes to make a small quilt.
Not sure that was a good idea...

(If you'd like to follow my progress more closely be sure to follow me on Instagram.)

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bunting Baby Quilt Pattern

Ta Da!
Here it is! My latest pattern. I'm really happy with it.

It uses the "Four-at-a-time" flying geese method so it's super quick to make.
The quilt is 48" x 48" but I included cutting instructions and fabric quantities for different sizes up to twin.
I usually use solids for my quilt backs but this Michael Miller Play Dot was so perfect I couldn't resist using it.
The pattern is for sale in both the Etsy and Craftsy stores.

(The gray I used is Moda Bella Solids 9900-83 Gray and the dot is Michael Miller Play Dot in "Sea".)

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Picture Day Part 2

Today the light was perfect for photos!

I can only share a little peek here because I'm finalizing the pattern but I did want to share my successful attempt at attaching the binding by machine.

I found quite a few tutorials online but nothing that worked for me.
I'm not fond of the look you get when using a blanket stitch. And sewing the binding on from the back just left a little too much room for error (and too much seam ripper activity).
I will share the technique I came up with soon, but I thought I'd show some closeups.

The back:
The front (pretty cool - you can hardly see the stitching):
A corner (not perfect but I'm happy):
(The fabric I used for the binding is Michael Miller Play Dot in "Sea" and the background gray in the quilt is Moda Bella Solids 9900 83 Gray. It's a really nice, warm gray. I think I'll be using it a lot from now on. All Bella Solids are 20% off in the store right now and I just got a bolt of the gray.)

Edited 1/16/15: The pattern is now available in the Craftsy store!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Picture Day

Today is picture day for my first finish of 2015. I always have a hard time getting good photos.
Here I was standing on a step stool but the lighting is just not right.

Picture Day
Off to go try something else.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye 2014!

2014 was a busy year!
Amongst other things I moved not once, but twice! We did a lot of painting and renovating on the house. (You can read a little about my home projects on my much-neglected Nestkeeping Blog.) Hoping to dedicate a little more time to that one in 2015 if time allows.

But back to sewing and quilting and crafty stuff.
It's usually so much fun to look back at the projects completed throughout the year.
2013 was awful - not a single project! - so 2014 had no choice but to be a little better.

2014 Completed Projects (I just realized I have a couple I never took photos of, so stay tuned for an update!):

2014 Complete Projects
1. Skully, 2. Strippy Runner, 3. Boo! Runner, 4. The Tree Lot Mini Quilt, 5. Holiday Mug Rug, 6. Red & White Mini Baby Jane

I decided to spend more time on foundation pieced pattern design in late 2014 and this takes an enormous amount of time but the results are SO rewarding!

The Tree Lot Mini Quilt (larger pattern to follow in 2015)
The Tree Lot Mini Quilt
Little Penguin Foundation Pieced Block (hopefully part of a whole winter block pattern collection)
Little Penguin Foundation Pieced Quilt Block
Boo! Foundation Pieced Letters (plans for the whole alphabet)
Boo! Runner Finished
Skully Foundation Pieced Block (a very popular one around Halloween)
(All the patterns are for sale in my Craftsy store.)

I'm looking forward to what 2015 will bring.
Happy New Year Everyone!

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