Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Christmas in July Blog Hop and Sparkle Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway!

Today I am over at Benartex's blog Sew In Love With Fabric sharing a super fun tutorial for a simple modern tree skirt that you could whip up in a weekend to dress up your tree this year or to give as a gift!

This project uses 2 yards of background fabric, a few fat quarters, backing, and a half yard for binding to create a fun tree skirt from Amanda Murphy's Sparkle line. Check out all of the fun prints in this line!

It is also helpful to have a larger 30 degree ruler. I own and used this ruler, which I highly recommend (NOT an affiliate link!). You can definitely make the skirt without one, but it is helpful!

I used Ohio Stars as my 6 inch finished blocks in my skirt, however, you could follow these directions and sub in any 6 inch finished block of your choice!

I used some red yardage from my stash to make bias binding to finish up this project -- using bias binding makes dealing with the curves much easier!

Before you head over to Sew In Love With Fabric to check out the full tutorial, enter to win a set of Sparkle fat quarters for yourself!

Two possible entries to win:

-- For everyone: Leave a comment with what your Christmas tree skirt looks like -- mine is brown satin with brown velvet trim -- yes, I have a store bought tree skirt AND stockings. *blushes* (If Christmas isn't your winter holiday of choice, share a favorite winter tradition!)

-- For followers old and new: Leave a comment with how you follow and your favorite Christmas fabric line.

Thanks for visiting and check out the other stops this week on the Christmas in July hop!

Wednesday: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts, featuring Sparkle
Thursday: Cynthia from Quilting is more fun than Housework, featuring Holiday Cheer
Friday: Benartex blog design team featuring Joyful

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Traveling Quilt Bee: Month #1

A few months back I signed up to be a part of the Traveling Quilt Bee on Instagram -- last month I showed off my center block and this month is the first month of working on a quilt for someone else!

This month I am working on Rheannon's quilt -- she is looking for a whimsical garden quilt. Here's the medallion she sent me:

Isn't this just so fun and gorgeous?!?! I thought the best thing to do would be to add on things you might find in a farm or garden.

Here are my finished sections added to her center section:

On the right side, I added a peach tree and an apple tree. These are paper piecing patterns from an old issue of Quiltmaker magazine. On the left side, I added some root veggies, patterns also from Quiltmaker, and two modern butterflies.

I am excited to see where this goes! Here's what Lee will be adding to my quilt:

She made a variety of fun blocks in two different sizes and it is exactly what I am looking for!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Candy Shop -- new pattern at Moda Bake Shop!

I'm excited to share my newest pattern for Moda Bake Shop -- Candy Shop!

This quilt uses one jelly roll and solid yardage for a sweet treat of a quilt! If you are looking for a fun option for a little sweetheart in your life, this is the perfect quilt!

This is probably best suited for intermediate to advanced quilters -- it involves lots of partial seams, strip piecing, and stitch and flip corners. But this is a great pattern if you only want to use one jelly roll (and have a few strips left over!

I quilted this quilt with a directional layered meander, which is the same pattern I used to quilt Amanda's Multifaceted quilt a few months back.

This quilt uses the Wing and Leaf line from Moda and it is an absolutely gorgeous set of prints. Some of the smaller prints would be great stash builders and the bright burnt orange used in the line is such a great color! I'm a firm believer that orange is an under-used and under-appreciated color, and this shade is just so lovely! That's why I picked the orange feather print for my backing. :)

This quilt turns out 68 by 78. If you wanted to put a border on it, it would be perfect on a twin sized bed. I can't wait to see some versions of this quilt in some other fabrics! Please share your versions of this quilt (and any other quilt that you've made from my patterns) with me as I love to share them on the blog from time to time!

Quilt Stats
Fabric: Wing and Leaf Jelly Roll, Moda Bella Frost Solid
Size 68x78 inches
Quilting: layered directional meander in white thread

Ps. Don't forget to pick up your copy of Bear Tracks for $5!!!!

Sharing at Sew Cute Tuesday, Fabric Tuesday, Let's Bee Social

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Flamingo {RSC July 2016}

In between two different secret sewing projects, I was able to sneak in four more Farmer's Wife blocks this week.

#71 - Puss in the Corner, #72 - Railroad
#73 - Rainbow Flowers, #74 - Ribbons

This set was another very simple set of blocks and were quick to put together. While it's a little more coral than pink, the Railroad block is definitely my favorite out of this set. The darker fabric used in that block is one of my absolute favorites. 

Only three more to go this month, but I have bee commitments to get done this weekend, so I will be doing those later today and tomorrow. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Quilt Along Update: Flying Geese and Fabric Selection

This summer seems to be the summer of quilt alongs!

I am participating in Melissa at Happy Quilting's Summer Solstice quilt along and I showed off my fabric selection a few weeks back. 

This week we are making flying geese and here are mine!

I am making all four of my star blocks the same colors so I only need two different colors of flying geese and 16 of each one. They went together so fast and they came out as the perfect size! Hooray! now to wait another week and a half until the next clue comes out!

I'm also participating in the Meadow Mystery quilt along hosted by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs. I participated in her mystery quilt along last year (here's my finished top) and I loved it! This month is fabric selection month for that quilt along and here are my picks:

I really like how she explains which colors are next to which other colors because that is such a huge help in picking your fabrics! I started with the light pink dot as my background since that was my largest cut needed at 2.25 yards. I pulled the pink, dark teal, and purple fabrics next since they are the accent colors in the background fabric. The pansy print was pulled last and while the other fabrics don't have green, the pinks and purples in the pansies themselves are a perfect color match to the other fabrics I had pulled.

I hope that this fabric pull turns out well for the quilt! This QAL is a month by month project, so the cutting step won't be revealed until the first week of August! Between now and then, I luckily have LOTS of things to keep me occupied at my sewing machine. :)