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This way, That way….testing

I decided to give my This way, That way quilt design a go today. I have to say I love the block. I still need to work on the dimensions, so that the measurements are not 5/8 or 7/8 etc. Personally, I prefer to work in 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4…don’t you??

After finishing the first block and liking how it looked (coming up), I decided to pull my blue stash out and come up with 38 more blues to finish out this quilt. Yes, I have all these in my stash. In the photo each two groupings, a dark and light blue, will represent a block.

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Below are a few photos, on the process I took to make the first block…trying out the design to see if I could get it to work, you never know right 😉

  1. I cut all the pieces. Some of the pieces for the center I made longer to account for error.ThisWayThatWayBlock1_FabricCut
  2. Laid out the center of the block ready for sewing.ThisWayThatWay_Center_Layout
  3. Decided to try and just sew each half with no guidance. I might change the center of the block to be a paper-piece pattern, or at least add some steps for measuring and lining up the cross.ThisWayThatWayBlock_Center_unfinished
  4. Center is complete, laid out border 1.ThisWayThatWayBlock_Border1_unfinished
  5. Border 1 complete, laid out border 2.ThisWayThatWayBlock_Border2_unfinished
  6. Block is complete and will be a 14″ block (14.5″ x 14.5″ for seam allowance).ThisWayThatWay_Block_Border2_Finish

If you remember the design (you can find here), I have an alternate block that switches the dark and light blues around and border is white instead of grey. Here are the two finished color ways of the block.

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I am liking it so far, 1/2 a row finished 🙂 only 5 1/2 more to go. If you are interested in testing the block or the quilt pattern out for me, once I have the pattern, written up let me know.

The fabric used for these two blocks are:

Block 1:
Light Blue: Architextures – Blue Print in Blue, Carolyn Friedlander, Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Dark Blue: Maritime Modern – Maritime Moby Blue, Marin Sutton and Riley Blake Designs
Outer border: Ash Grey Kona

Block 2:
Light Blue: Technicolor – Braid in Navy by Emily Herrick, Michael Miller Fabric
Dark Blue: Architextures – Scribble Notes Navy, Carolyn Friedlander, Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Outer border: Kona White

Linking up to “A year of lovely finishes” and “Sunday Stash”.

My Button

Seeing Spots

As mentioned during WiP Wednesday, I have a pouch swap this week at out Modern Quilt Guild meeting. It took me all week to do decide what I would make and finally I decided to get a couple of goals out-of-the-way with the one pouch….

  1. Finish a pouch for my partner at our guild swap.
  2. Finish the Patchwork, please Week 14’s Triangle Patchwork Box Pouch.

The Patchwork, please design gives you a couple of choices on how to do the main panels; I chose to paper piece the triangle fronts. I also decided that I would choose all blue fabrics with a theme of spots. Are you “seeing spots”?

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I would say, if you want a pouch project that you could knock out quickly – this is not it. All up, this pouch was 3-5 hours worth of work. It was not what I expected.  It turned out great. I decided to continue the theme of spots for the base, but add a splash of orange for contrast, and then continued that orange for the lining.

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Fabric details for my “Seeing Spots” Pouch are as follows
Fabric Choices for Triangles
Aunt Edna Circle Dot Blue, Denyse Schmidt Collection, Joann
Micro Mod Blue and Citron, Cloud 9  – City Quilter, NYC
Metro Living Circles in Turquoise, Robert Kaufmann – Fresh Modern Fabrics
Polka dot fabric from Joann’s
Meadow Lark Circle Tile, Denyse Schmidt Collection, Joann
Meadow Lark Circle on Tonal Aqua, Denyse Schmidt Collection, Joann
Mirror Ball in Starlight, Mark Hordyszynki, HB Fabrics – City Quilter, NYC
Metro Living Circles in Navy, Robert Kaufmann – Fresh Modern Fabrics
Kona White
Fabric Choices for Base and Sides:
Flirty Flowers Tonal Dots, Robin Zingone, Robert Kaufmann – Fresh Modern Fabrics
Kona Navy
Fabric Choices for Lining:
Blossom Reel Plaid Orange, Denyse Schmidt Collection, Joann

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Linking up with the Debbie’s Zakka Along 2.0 over @ A Quilter’s Table and with Kristy @ Quiet Play for Paper Piecing Party.

Finish it up Friday{05.07.2013}: Baby Quilt top

First off, it’s my sister’s birthday today. Happy Birthday Sis.

The other big news today is that I finished my first baby quilt top (that now makes 1 x mini quilt, and 1 x twin quilt top)…yippee !!!

Simply Stars
I love V and Co. “Simply” charm packs. They are so bright and colorful. The designs are very geometric but still whimsical, perfect for a baby quilt. The other great thing about this quilt, is it came together really quickly. Each star block took me about 30 minutes, and each 9 block took about 15 minutes. I love that it was so quick and easy. 

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After much practice, I think I finally have the knack for matching square blocks. I am very proud how aligned everything is. I was able to take some quick photos this afternoon which is very lucky as we have had thunderstorms/rain every afternoon for the last two weeks. Today is perfect weather!!!

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Anyway that’s it, here are some of the details
Name: 
Simply Stars 
Design/Inspiration:
 No pattern the inspiration came from these two quilts that appeared on pinterest….Reverse Hopscotch @ V and Co. and Elephants on Parade @ Sew Crafty Jess.
Fabric:
  Simply Style and Simply Color from V & Co. for Moda + Kona White.
Size:  54″ x 54″

I am linking up with Amanda Jean’s Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts and

My Quilt Infatuation

Don’t forget the Let’s get acquainted New Bloggers Blog Hop. This weeks bloggers are:

Friday, July 5

Christa @ Christa Quilts!
Alyce @ Wonderland By Alyce
Anna @ The Crooked Banana
Rachel @ Sew Happily Ever After
Stephanie @ Quarter Incher
Shayla @ Sassafras Lane Designs
Caroline @ Carolines Craftiness
Lisa @ Hilltop House Creative Works

Sea Spray: HST Pillow Completed!!!

Sea spray is a spray of seawater that forms when ocean waves crash, or high winds are blowing.” (from wikipedia).

That, I think, perfectly describes this finished HST pillow.  It was a dash to the finish, for sure, but I managed to finish my pillow that I am swapping this weekend.  I based this pillow off “Crystallized” by Angela Mitchell’s pattern in the Pillow Pop book (page 82). Instead of using the warm and cool color combinations, I swapped the warm for low-volume prints and made the cool color rings a single color within a the ring (not mixed). IMG_7424

I quilted irregular lines in the low volume portion of the pillow, which you can see more clearly in this close-up.IMG_7426

The back of the pillow I kept simple with using a single Kona Blue fabric. The opening I used an invisible zipper through the middle of the pillow (as I had done in my other two cushions blogged here). IMG_7428

I am including a picture of the pillow top backing, as you can really see the quilting. The top, I used organic cotton batting with muslin as the backing which is what you see here.IMG_7430

So I love the finish, the hubby wanted to keep it…..I hope my swap partner likes it!!
I blogged previously, showing photos of the making of the pillow – those can be found here and here. I shared the above photos on the “Pillow Pop” flickr group – in case you are interested in joining.

I am linking up with AmandaJean @ CrazyMomQuilts for Finish it up Friday.

Weekend finishes: Pillows

I was so thrilled this week when I found that Janice @ Better of Thread highlighted my Market Tote on her website, after I shared it on her Sew Tuesday link up. I hope you go over and check out the link up, its lots of fun.

Over the weekend, I finished the two postage stamp pillows that were blogged here and here (check out these blogs for close up shots and fabric used). I love how they turned out. Here are the final looks:

Wonky Universe Pillow (my son’s):
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Spring Pillow:
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For the first time, I used invisible zippers for the back opening, across the middle, for both pillows. I love how these look instead of my usual envelope backing:
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And now more photos of these pillows all finished:
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I am linking up with Let’s get acquainted Monday @ Plum and June and Sew Tuesday @ Better of Thread.
Plum and June   Better Off Thread

Wonky Universe

After last week’s cushion top, I received the best compliment, my 5-year-old son asked if I could make him a cushion.  I started the strips and posted on Wednesday my start with the “space” themed cushion top using “Constellations”  by Lizzie House for Andover.

When sewing the strips together, I realized that I can take advantage of my errors purposely inaccurate alignment of the squares (and the wonky star) 😉 and we have a cushion we are calling “The Wonky Universe”.

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I can say this about working with postage stamp squares (and probably other squares too)….It doesn’t take much for the strips not to align just slight errors in cutting and probably inaccurate seams makes all the postage square not line up.

The quilting on this one I went with dark blue straight lines radiating from the wonky star, which is our sun, to kind of represent orbits. These lines were alternating to make sure the softness was left in the cushion cover. I also added yellow lines both horizontal and vertical directions through the sun.

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When I showed my son this morning his response was “AWESOME!!”. It made my day 🙂

I am linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

Quick update: After seeing the amazing cushion from Adrianne @ On The Windy Side, I asked how she gets her squares so aligned….she gave this great advice:

  • accurate cutting helps a lot. Personally, I don’t find pre-cut charms or mini charms very accurate, and I find the pinked edges make it difficult to line them up accurately. I would recommend cutting your own squares or cutting down pre-cuts so they have straight edges.
  • sewing a consistent 1/4″ seam is a matter of practice. Sewing lots and regularly (like at least an hour most days) will help you get better faster. I’m not sure that my 1/4″ seam is exactly a 1/4″, but after a lot of practice, it is at least consistent. If you’re not already using a 1/4″ foot, it is worth the investment. I can’t sew a consistent seam without one.
  •  when accuracy is important, I use a LOT of pins. I line up the seams I want to match and pin through the seams. Depending on how big the squares are, I might also put a pin (or 2) between each pinned seam. I also pin in a slightly unusual way (I didn’t realise this until I started sewing with friends!) – I put the pin through the fabric perpendicular to the edge, with the point towards the edge I will sew along. If you put the pins back from the edge a little bit, you can sew along without removing them as you go.
  • I don’t usually pre-wash or starch my fabrics, but when I know something might be tricky (like the Essex linen in black I used for these cushions), I do starch just for that extra bit of control.

I hope you go over and check out her blog :-). Have a good weekend all.

My first Christmas stocking made

I was inspired by all these people posting the Christmas stockings they had made, so with my new-found sewing skills I made a stocking for my 5-year-old. He chose the colors blue and green; even though his favorite color is orange.

I showed him the fabrics for sign off – which included orange. I loved what LC did in her blog with the squares, so I used that idea and the pattern (just the shape) she mentioned in the blog (“Amy at Diary of a Quilter did for Art Gallery’s Fat Quarter Gang Series“). I did included binding around the top.

Here is how it turned out – we really like it. The front:BlueGreenOrangeChristmasStocking

The Back:BackBlueGreenOrangeStocking

The inside:StockingInside

Now, it looks much better than our other $5 felt ones we have from Target, that I am making two more so they whole family will have one. As I finish those up I will post them.

Husband’s color combination will be Orange, Yellow and Brown (earthy tones). My color choses are teal and red.