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. :)

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Watermelon {RSC July 2016}

I am very excited that July is the month for pink (with green accents) in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Pink has always been my favorite color, and pink and green is one of my favorite color combinations. I have made a LOT of pink and green quilts.

I pulled out my pink scraps and was slightly disappointed to see how little pink that I had!

I had a little snafu with my paper piecing templates. I printed all of them out as I normally do but unfortunately along the lines I had changed my scaling settings to "fit" from "actual" I made almost two whole blocks before I realized they were a half an inch too small all the way around.

Here's my original Pine Tree with my correctly sized Pine Tree:

Needless to say, I was a little disappointed to have to remake the most complicated block this month. Here are all four of my blocks so far:

#67 - Pine tree, #68 - Postage Stamp
#69 - Practical Orchard, #70 - Prairie Queen

I thought about making my postage stamp completely scrappy, but I went with the trip around the world coloring instead and I am very pleased with how it turned out. Other than the Pine Tree, the rest of this month's blocks are relatively simple and don't have the tiny piecing that some of the previous month's blocks had.

Don't forget that the new Bear Tracks pattern is on sale for only $5 for a short time!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Summer on the Coast -- Month #4 -- The Big Reveal!

It's time for the big reveal!

For some reason I'm having trouble with my camera, so I will update this post tonight or tomorrow with my finished top. I put together diagrams of the throw and the twin sized quilts based on my colors but slightly modified so that those of you that tweaked your color schemes know how to split up your units.

And here we go!

Here's the throw size: (the baby size omits the last three rows of this version)

And here is the twin size!

I started designing this quilt by playing around with a traditional Storm at Sea quilt and changing out the larger square in a square in a square units for the pinwheel units. I think it looks particularly summery with the addition of the pinwheels while keeping the great angles and shapes of a traditional Storm at Sea Quilt.

Amanda is on vacation so the final PDF which will be updated to include all three blocks and the finishing directions will not be available until August, so until then, the directions to put together the top will be here on the blog.

The easiest way to put the blocks together is to sew together your Unit Bs (triangle in a square units) into pairs. If all of your Unit Bs are the same, just sew them into pairs with the "background side" along the seam so it looks like you are making large diamonds. If you used two different colors in your Unit Bs, sew them into pairs with two different colors.

Next, sew together four Unit Cs into a pinwheel shape -- your small triangles end up on the four outer corners of the pinwheel. If you used multiple fabrics in your large triangles of Unit C, group them together in fours so that your pinwheel is the same fabrics.

Now you'll start putting your rows together -- you will have "skinny" rows and "thick" rows. Your skinny rows will alternate between Unit A and the combined Unit Bs. The throw/baby row is shown first and the twin row is shown second.

For your thick rows, you will alternate between the combined Unit Bs and the pinwheel units. The throw/baby row is shown first, and the twin row is shown second.

Once you've made your rows, alternate between skinny and thick rows to build your final quilt!

I can't wait to see your finished quilts so don't forget to post your tops in the Flickr group! If you have questions, don't hesitate to email me! Next month we'll have a quilt top parade and some free patterns to give away for those who post or email me pictures of their finished quilt tops or finished quilts!

PS. We are having a sale on our Bear Tracks Pattern -- only $5 until July 12th!