Thursday, November 7, 2019

Hip To Be Square -- Times Two {A Piece Of Blog Hop}

Today is my day on the A Piece Of blog hop with Island Batik, showing off their new fabric lines, shipping to stores now!

The line of fabric I was assigned was "Little Sir, Little Miss"! This fabric line has a whopping 40 different prints!

Instead of trying to squeeze all 40 prints into a single quilt, I decided to split the prints up into two quilts! I used our fast-and-fun pattern Hip To Be Square for these quilts!

For the first quilt, I used the black and tan numbers print for the background with the neutral and warm colored prints. I used a peach Aurifil thread to free motion quilt meanders all over this quilt. For the binding, I used two tan prints from the line.

For the second quilt, I used a cream triangle print for the background with the cool colored prints. I used a purple Aurifil thread to free motion quilt meanders for this quilt. I used two different purple prints for the binding for this quilt.

The big piecing of this pattern shows off the beautiful prints in this line!

And now, to go with my two quilts, TWO GIVEAWAYS!

I have trimmed up the remainders of my Little Sir, Little Miss collection into two sets:

First, 14 quarter yard cuts of the "cool" side of the collection:

Second: the rest of the fabrics trimmed up into 5" strips and 10" squares:

To enter, please leave me comments below, up to three entries per person. Giveaway will close on 11/22/19.
1. Easy entry for everyone! Leave any comment.
2. Bonus entry for my followers -- leave me a comment telling you how you follow my blog.
3. Bonus entry for everyone -- Visit the Island Batik website and tell me which of the new collections is your favorite. Click here to visit!

My fellow Ambassador Suzy also made a quilt with this line -- she was much more creative than I and managed to fit all 40 fabrics into one quilt!

These fabrics were graciously given to me by Island Batik -- I am so happy to share them with you! The batting was provided by Hobbs and the thread was provided by Aurifil --- thank you!

Get your own copy of our Hip To Be Square pattern:
Etsy -- digital download
Payhip -- digital download

Quilt Stats:
Name: Warm/Cool Hip To Be Square
Pattern: Hip To Be Square (link above)
Fabrics: Little Sir, Little Miss from Island Batik
Techniques: free motion quilting, machine binding
Quilting: Free motion meanders
Size: 60" x 78"
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 batting 
Started: August 2019
Finished: November 2019
Future: These will be donated to raise money for my church's preschool program!

Sharing at Finished or Not Friday and Peacock Party!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Stash Sorting {Frolic Mystery Quilt}

This weekend, after putting the binding on my blog hop quilts for tomorrow, I started pulling fabrics for the upcoming mystery quilt hosted by Bonnie Hunter -- FROLIC!

This year's colors for the mystery quilt are inspired by fields of flowers and I have modified my color scheme slightly to better fit my scraps.

Here's the suggested colors and my replacements:

Dark blue --- Navy tone on tone scraps
Medium blue --- Dark teal scraps
Raspberry --- Coral yardage
Light aqua --- Light aqua scraps
Neutrals --- White on white print yardage (not pictured)
Green --- Golden yellow scraps

For the first two mystery quilts that I did, Good Fortune and On Ringo Lake, I made half as many units for each step and made throw sized quilts, smaller than the original pattern. I should have enough fabrics this time around to make the entire as-written quilt pattern, but I might start off making 3/4 of the units just to make sure I have enough of the dark blue fabrics.

But those are all decisions for another day! Tomorrow is my day on the Fall Island Batik blog hop! Come back to see *TWO* great quilts and *TWO* super giveaways!

Sharing at Wednesday Wait Loss!

Monday, November 4, 2019

A Piece Of... Blog Hop Schedule {Fall Island Batik Hop!}

Today is the start of the fall Island Batik blog hop, featuring new fabric collections that are shipping to your local quilt shops now! Below is the full blog hop schedule and links to the bloggers participating, as well as photos of each collection!
Find your local Island Batik carrying quilt shop with this handy store locator! There will be wonderful giveaways hosted by each participating blogger, as well as on the Island Batik site, so make sure to check back each day of the hop!
My blog hop day is this week on Thursday! I have a *big* fabric giveaway planned! Click here to go to the Island Batik Rafflecopter giveaway!

Monday, November 4:

Tuesday, November 5:

Wednesday, November 6:

Thursday, November 7:

Friday, November 8

Blog Round-Up Week 1

Monday, November 11:

Tuesday, November 12:

Wednesday, November 13:

Thursday, November 14:

Friday, November 15

Blog Hop Round Up Week 2

Monday, November 18:

Tuesday, November 19:

Wednesday, November 20:

Friday, November 22:

Blog Hop roundup Week 3

Friday, November 1, 2019

Brutal Honesty {November 2019}

It is November and October went by in a flash! I have been busy working on my blog hop project for next week, but hopefully more progress will happen soon!

Completed tops:
1. Breezy Blooms C2C Bee -- July UFO project -- no progress
2. Radiant Jewel Quilt -- April UFO project -- I basted this quilt and have ordered thread!
3. Daisy Chain Quilt -- no progress
4. Rail Fence Baby Quilt -- This was made from scraps!

Tops partially finished:
5. Romantic Garden Quilt -- no progress
6. Monthly Wall Hangings -- March UFO project -- no progress
7. Pineapple Stash Bee Blocks -- February UFO project -- no progress
8. Not Quite Christmas Ribbons -- I have added a neutral border and am trying to decide on a final border for this quilt.

Just blocks and units:
9. Sew Kitschy Blocks -- no progress
10. Cubicle Quilts -- I am working on putting together some additional backgrounds and working on applique on a few of the already completed backgrounds.
11. Happy Houses blocks -- September UFO project -- no progress
12. Birthstone blocks -- June UFO project -- no progress
13. Jingle Bell Square -- no progress
14. Big Block C2C Bee Quilt -- no progress
15. Marigold Quilt -- no progress
16. Pave the Way Quilt -- no progress
17. Faceted Churn Dash -- Our "sort of QAL" on Facebook is nearing its end!

Quilt alongs and long term projects:
18. Monthly Island Batik Ambassador projects -- In October, our theme was table toppers and I made a Halloween Table Runner. For November, I am going to be sharing a blog hop project featuring some great new fabrics!

19. Mosaic Mystery Quilt -- I have completed both the September and October sewing directions and am waiting on the November directions to be released next week!

My UFO for October was to work on making use of some of my orphaned blocks and projects. This was actually a success. I quilted a forgotten-about baby quilt top and disassembled some orphaned blocks to use the fabric in other projects. I also used scraps to make the rail fence baby quilt top.

My UFO for November will be my Sew Kitschy blocks.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Little Lady Quilt {Finished Baby Quilt}

I have a finish to share today, and I'm going to embarrass myself in the process!

I have been in a major "sort it, use it, organize it, clear it out" mood with my sewing room and quilting supplies. Before we moved, I did not get to to the reorganization and purge that I envisioned -- because we moved up our moving date, everything went from the shelves and bins straight to the moving boxes and then back on the shelves.

So imagine my surprise when I was looking for something else and I found this baby quilt top at the bottom of a pile of projects:

I had to go back three and a half years to find when I had made this quilt top. This was two apartments ago! I made this quilt top using the Jelly Roll Jam 2 pattern from the Fat Quarter shop using scrappy fat quarters left over from other baby quilt projects and I just made as many blocks as I could make with the scraps that I had.

This project somehow has escaped being placed on my running WIP list; I decided that instead of adding it to the list "officially" I would do my best to finish it up in October.

I found a piece of fabric big enough to use for backing left over from my Summer on the Coast quilt. I guess that I had really over-estimated how much backing and binding fabric I needed!

I didn't find light brown thread in my stash that I liked (the ones I have are too yellow/too gold), so I just used white thread to quilt this one instead. I decided to use a red solid fat quarter to make bias binding for this quilt.

Zippidee do dah -- a finished baby quilt!

Sharing at Peacock Party and Brag about your Beauties! And Needle and Thread Thursday too!

Quilt Stats:
Name: Little Lady Quilt
Pattern: Jelly Roll Jam 2 from Fat Quarter shop
Fabrics: fat quarter bundle of baby girl fabrics
Techniques: strip piecing, free motion quilting
Quilting: Free motion meanders
Size: 40" x 36"
Batting: scrap batting
Started: February 2016 (yikes!)
Finished: October 2019 
Future: Baby quilt/TBD