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A Wonderland Finish

Earlier in the week, I showed you my work in progress on my mini quilt for Katarina Roccella’s new line Wonderland. It’s based on Alice in Wonderland. I love this line, though not my typical fabric choices, as the prints have subtle but great details and the color palette is not too girly but rich. It provides a lot of interest for me.


These are the prints I started out with, but as mentioned I loved these that I went and got all the additional prints too. My mini quilt is my own design (from a QDAD design) and on Monday I shared with you the blocks required for the two columns.

Here is how the mini quilt finished up. The crosses are bright pink and a very pale pink. That pale pink fabric actually has a shimmery silver through it that is so delicious. I finished the quilt with the pale blue Enchanted Leaves Air fabric, highlighting the blue in the focus blocks.

I made a very simple back, again tying in the blue from the focus blocks.

The quilting was a 1″ straight diagonal lines in a combination of a loftier batting (than I usually use), which gave this quilt a great texture.


Name: Wonderland
Designed by me
Fabric: Wonderland, Katerina Roccella, Art Gallery Fabrics (AGF) + White, Pure Elements, AGF
Dimensions: 26″ x 24″
Quilted: With Aurifil 2021 White thread; Straight line diagonal Quilting, spacing 1″.

This mini is going to be one of my niece’s as a Christmas gift, that I hope she will love and hang on the wall.

Linking up with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.


Hothouse Orchids – Pantone Quilt Challenge Finish

I have finished my Pantone Quilt Challenge quilt. This mini quilt really allowed me to explore a couple of themes:

  • A color study with Radiant Orchid, where I used shades of Radiant orchid as sashing and across the diagonal from top left to bottom right. The whole clover sunshine line by Alison Glass offered great radiant orchid like prints and great complementary colors.
  • A theme study for Borders and Lines; after reading Quilting: Color + Lines  by Yoshiko Jinzenji, I thought this would be a great opportunity to explore this topic with fiber.


This quilt is all appliqué, which was my first time using this technique. I really enjoyed it. I had a hard times with a couple of decisions:

  • Should I put a thicker border around the edge?
  • Should I go darker or go white for the binding?

After great feedback from my IG friends (thank you), I chose no thick borders, and I did go with the darker binding.


So, to wrap up…the final details:
Name: Hothouse Orchids
18″ x 19″
Fabric (front): Clover Sunshine by Alison Glass, Kona Violet (sashing), Kona White (background)
Fabric (back): Ludovika from Ikea
Quilting: Straight line quilting – various width bands with invisible thread.

Linking up and entering the Mini Quilt Pantone Quilt Challenge hosted by Anne @ Play crafts + Adrianne @ On the Windy Side.

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge


This is also one of my Quarter Goals and linking up with:

Start of a mini quilt – Pushme Pullme Block

Yesterday, I launched my “Pushme Pullme” Block pattern. It was so much fun to see what the testers created. For many, it was the first time I had seen their projects, so it was a surprise for me as well.  Being inspired by what they had made, and realizing that I needed to have my own Pushme Pullme project to keep, I started on a mini quilt of four blocks. I managed to sew up the first block already…

Inspiration came from:

  1. The backing fabric  which I chose first and inspired the color choices. This is Mod Guys Gray Madison, from the Mod Guys & Girls collection by Michael Miller Fabrics.MMNovelty-CX5906-GRAY-D-450
  2. Kristel’s mini quilt project and how she played with the sashing. I loved this idea so much, that I mixed the green with grey sashing.
  3. I am planning on trying the circular quilting that Ashley did for her pillow on this mini quilt. I am a little nervous about this though.
  4. Lastly, I have fallen in love recently with Kona sunrise and sunset bundles/charms, mostly I think for the graduation of the color values. I want to incorporate that graduation of value with the orange arrows.

Take a look at this blog post that goes through the construction of the block. Also, don’t forget the giveaway and check out my tester’s projects. They have all done a fabulous job.

Ashley @ Wasn’t Quilt in a Day
Kristel @ Work-in-Progress Girl
Mara @ Secretly Stitching
Sarah @ Sarah Quilts

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Entry: Wonky Universe

I know I am leaving this to the last-minute to join the Bloggers Quilt Festival….I couldn’t decide what to choose, or if I was going to link-up anything. Needless to say, I have decided to enter. I loved this particular project, as it was for my son. He uses it every night and loves it. Is that not the best reward??

I am entering his pillow “Wonky Universe” for the mini quilt section link-up. It is made mostly from Lizzie House Constellations mini charms. I added a wonky star in one corner to add a visual focus.

I loved the wonkiness of the pillow in the mismatched squares and in the star. I also enjoyed the multi-colored quilting in this cushion. I used both yellow and navy thread. Here is a close-up. IMG_7226

Just one more photo… and that is my entry.IMG_7254

Linking up with Amy’s Creative Side.


Mid-May Goal check-in

Today, I am squeezing under the wire to report my mid-May goals update. I am linking up with “A lovely year of finishes”.

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My goal for May was simple….finish 9 small projects (which included the list below)

  • Etsy order for Chair Bags
    Completed and sent. See this post
  • Madrona Road Mini Quilt
    Finished and posted yesterday.
  • 18″ Pillow for Quilt Guild Pillow Swap
    Underway, pattern chosen – using a pillow pop design. 
  • Finish machine quilting “Four Seasons in One Day” Quilt
    No more progress
  • Start one of the mini quilts (see side bar)
    Not started.

So overall, I don’t think to bad, about 50% of projects finished or underway. I also completed a set of pot holders which I blogged about here.

Bloggers quilt festival: My first quilt finish

My first quilt is now complete; a mini quilt that was originally for our quilt guild Madrona Road Challenge!!! I decided that it is, also perfect timing to take advantage of the  Bloggers Quilt Festival, and live the experience first hand.


As mentioned in my previous blog, the center block designs stemmed from tiles pictured in a recent dwell magazine. The overall design was influenced by this Portuguese tiled bath floor:


I loved the blue framing of the black and white tiled bottom of the bath (at least what looks like a bath). So taking that concept I came up with this quilt top using the madrona road fabric and a lot of blue kona cottons, and a splash of yellow and a single crimson tile.


I machine bound my quilt in navy. I love how the darker edge makes the rest of the quilt pop and also pulls out the darker blue prints.IMG_7339

The backing consists of navy blue kona cotton, with a stripe of Madrona road blocks and a stripe of ash grey and yellow solids. The stripes were made from scrapes left over from the front and I improvised the piecing.


I kept the quilting relatively simple. To highlight the blocks, I used yellow cotton for the edge and diagonals of this section (see above the details). I then used light grey cotton to quilt rectangles from the center to the diagonals in a web like radiating pattern. The blue tile framed edges I just used lines to highlight the rows – again in light grey cotton.


I love the crinkly look of the quilt after it was washed and dried. Here are some more summary details:

Finished size:  ~33″ x 28″
Pattern:  Improvised and designed by me
Fabric:  Madrona Road (7 fat eighths), Kona Cotton blues, ash grey, crimson and gold
Binding: Machine sewn
Quilting:  Simple lines, created with my walking foot on my brother sewing machine

I hope to add new photos once it stops raining here :-).

Madrona Road mini quilt

Our Modern quilt guild had the showing of our Madrona Road Challenge on Sunday. I was able to squeeze something out….though a little tight. I did managed on Saturday and Sunday to get my mini quilt top complete.

My original idea was to build out 9 blocks that were based on these cool tiles in a recent dwell magazine. I only had two blocks done when I started on Saturday….I needed a new idea, as I knew I would not have the time to finish my original idea.

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So, I was inspired by this picture, which I had pinned a while back on my design ideas board. It is of a Portuguese based tile design. I think it is of a bath…I love the low tone black and white center with the cool blue color edges with all those solids.


This is my interpretation, incorporated in my Madrona Road Challenge as a mini quilt. This is my first mini quilt and only my second quilt top, so I am really happy with how this turned out.


For the border,  I designed it so the middle blocks were off centered and mostly in solids (a few scraps of Madrona made it in). I had one 8 x 8″ block of the chess board block and I am so pleased I added to that block to make a 8 x 16″ block in the middle. I like the balance it brings. All the other blocks are 8 x 8″. A close-up of the Madrona Road Blocks and the borders…..


My favorite block is one of my interpretations of one of the Dwell pictured tiles. It is similar to a X and +  block but it has a few extra details with added borders (I can’t wait to take these photos with the finished quilt so the light doesn’t come through the fabric at the top here).


On the other side, are two more geometric basic shapes….Zig-Zaggy block (my son calls it the zig-zaggy as it’s the term used in the book, Russell the Sheep) and an improv block from scraps.


At some stage, I would like to make a larger quilt and build on the design past the blue borders. I think that would be a good-looking quilt. For now, I am hoping to spend some time this week on this mini quilt, finishing it up by quilting and binding it for Friday.

I am linking up with Plum and June “Let’s get acquainted” and Janice @ Better of Thread “Sew Cute Tuesday”.

Plum and June  Better Off Thread

Since this is my WiP this week, hate to post again but I am, linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced