Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Linked Up Kit Now Available on Etsy!

It's been a long time coming but a quilt top kit for Linked Up is now available on the Honey, Bunny, and Doll Etsy page!



This quilt is F-U-N! As always the pattern is included with the purchase of a kit!

This quilt is also a fantastic scrap buster if you're sitting on piles of scrap! Click here to purchase the pattern on Etsy or Craftsy!

And as always, don't forget to use us as your source for extra wide backing! We now have 5 different colors: dark green, chocolate brown, black, tan/cream, and now a beautiful blue! At only $13 or $14 dollars a yard, you can't say no!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Quilts at the Fair -- I won a ribbon!

Saturday I popped over to the Great Frederick Fair to see the quilts and see if I had won any ribbons.

My Stash Bee quilt won Third Place in the Quilts by a Group category!


My other two quilts didn't place, but these two categories were the most popular -- Long Arm Quilted by Another and Made by Machine.


The other quilts were gorgeous as well! The Mini quilts were so intricate!


Although you can't see it well in this picture, this double wedding ring table topper has gorgeous gold machine quilting on it.


I think this 1930's star quilt was my favorite. It was pure perfection and fun!


I always have a soft spot for pineapple log cabin quilts!


I even spotted some gorgeous Kate Spain in the Patchwork Category!


I walked the whole fair and had to see the baby ducks and chicks:



And I checked out all the beautiful flowers!


I took lots more pictures which you can check out on Instagram! Happy Monday!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Finished February Hearts Wall Hanging

Another little finish this week -- hooray!

I managed to finish another one of my calendar wall hangings for February.

The inside of the background is various baby pinks and the outer ring are various hot pinks. I cut out X, O, and heart shapes to decorate the outer ring in reds and burgundies.


I actually did all of this satin stitching the same time that I did the finishing satin stitching on my January snowman just so that I could get more done while my settings were just right!

I patchwork pieced my large heart together using large pieces of red and pink scraps from my scrap boxes and trimmed it down to size after I ironed on the fusible web.


For this one, I had a yard of a red on red tonal leaf print that I used for both the backing and the binding -- with a little to spare! I'll probably end up using it for my September apple -- when I get there!

For the FMQ on this one, I challenged myself and used two different filler patterns -- one within the heart, and a different one everywhere else. I used two patterns from the Free Motion Quilting Project -- Heart Paisley in the big heart and Hearts and Spirals elsewhere. Doing the hearts and spirals pattern was great practice for travel stitching which I have not done a lot of in the other things I have FMQ'd.

Here's the whole front and back. I used white thread on the front and back.





My FMQ is far from perfect but I have made so much progress in 2014 with my FMQ skills! Hooray for me!

I also used the red backing for the binding and the hanging pockets and used a decorative stitch to machine bind the wall hanging. I used red thread for this on the front so that it would blend a little bit better, but I still used white on the back since it isn't going to show.




Here's the finished product:


Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday -- two weeks in a row! This is some sort of miracle! :) Don't forget to sign up for the jelly roll strip swap!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

January Snowman Wall Hanging Finished

One down, eleven to go!

I spent this weekend watching football all day both days and finished my January snowman wall hanging!

Here's a picture of the wallhanging once I finished all of the satin stitching:


I took some time to whip stitch some of my batting scraps to use for battings for these little wall hangings. Nothing like being resourceful!

For the quilting I used Leah Day's Tangle of Lights quilting pattern as my inspiration to quilt this project but I used 6 pointed stars instead of 8 pointed stars. I wasn't able to get the greatest picture of the quilting for this one but hopefully this one will suffice!


For the back, I used a half yard of a stashed light blue fabric and a piece of a blue and cream print that I had also used on the front. Since these wall hangings end up about 21 inches wide, a half yard is just a touch too small and so I had to piece this one. Some of the other ones I might use yard pieces, but I will probably piece most of them just to save on fabric. Plus they will be on the wall side, so I'll probably be the only one that sees them!


I used the leftover fabric from the backing for the binding as well -- I only had about 4 inches extra binding! Nothing like cutting it close! I still need to add on the buttons for his eyes and on his chest but otherwise he is done being embellished.


I didn't add a hanging sleeve, but I used the corner pocket method that lots of people have done tutorials on but a good explanation is here.


I'm also looking for some more participants for a 2.5 inch strip swap that I am hosting! Pop over to the Flickr group to sign up!

Linking up with Fabric TuesdayLinky Tuesday, and Free Motion Mavericks!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Off To The Fair!

Today I took three of my quilts and entered them in the Great Frederick County Fair to be judged and scrutinized! This is my first time entering my quilts in any sort of contest.

These are the quilts and their categories:

Cosmos Starburst -- Long Arm Quilted by Another


Citrus Simply Woven -- Made by Group


Prospect Park Triangles -- Made by Machine Quilting


I was able to enter up to three different quilts among the 25 quilt categories (yes, 25!) so I decided to just go for it and enter some of my most recent finishes. Park Ranger Husband thought that I should definitely enter his Civil War quilt, but I told him that I couldn't because it hadn't been finished in the last year. He was quite disappointed.

The judging takes place next Friday but is closed, so I am not quite sure how/when I will find out the results! Next Saturday the buildings with the quilts will be open to the public, so you bet your life that I am going to be there with bells on when they open!

Three quilts entered at the Frederick County Fair!!

Since the fee for entering items includes a week long pass to the fair, I might be tempted to go every day and get fair food. This is a terrible idea since the following week is my sister's wedding and there will be zero time to alter my bridesmaid dress if I gain five pounds from eating funnel cakes every day for a week.

Happy Saturday!
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