Friday, March 27, 2020

Frolic Friday {Frolic Mystery Quilt}

Just a quick post with a teeny tiny update on my Frolic mystery quilt.

Since last I posted, I finished two blocks. For these dark teal blocks, I have been doing them in smaller batches broken up by which fabric they feature for the aqua secondary background. These two blocks used some leftover Bonnie and Camille April Showers fabric.

I also have all of the block parts ready to go for the next five blocks.

These should zip together relatively quickly when and if I find time at my sewing machine this week or weekend.

I hope that you are all making the most of your mandatory staycations! I really thought I would have more time given that I don't have my daily work commute, but really, I am just sleeping more.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Rail Fence Baby Quilt {Quilted}

My COVID quarantine is not necessarily the boon for sewing time as it seems to be for many of the people that I follow on Instagram. I still have to work full time from home, I'm trying to exercise every day (at bare minimum, taking a walk in my neighborhood), and spend some quality time with my husband. I'm definitely not sewing every day, but a little bit most days.

But I did quilt a little something this weekend. It's not bound yet, but it is at least quilted.

Back in October, I used the scraps left over from the Baseball Baby quilts that I made in 2018 (using this pattern as the base) to make this giant rail fence baby quilt.

This quilt top used up the rest of the strip sets that I had sewn for the quilts and I had enough of the white print for a border.

Saturday morning, I whip stitched some batting scraps together so that they were big enough for this quilt top; I also used two pieces of scrap flannel left over from the backings of the Hip To Be Square quilts I made last fall for the backing of this quilt.

I did simple meanders in white thread moving from the center of the quilt out to prevent puckers, bubbles, and folds -- I love backing in flannel because it slides so well on the machine, but the little bit of extra stretch it has in comparison to regular 100% quilting cotton is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to free motion quilting.

I finished this quilting in less than an hour!

Here's a closer view that shows the quilting a little better.

While I wasn't sure I had anything to use for the binding, I found some red solid that will work perfect for the binding! I'm planning to stitch this by hand -- plenty of movie-watching time to work on hand binding these days!

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Friday, March 20, 2020

A Slow Pace {Frolic Mystery Quilt}

A happy Friday to all -- catching up today with a late afternoon post!

Maybe my plans to enlarge my Frolic quilt were misguided because this is continuing to be a long, slow process of making blocks! The last time I posted about my Frolic progress was exactly a month ago! Then I had just finished up my navy blocks and I had started working on my dark teal blocks.

As of now, I have only three dark teal blocks complete, however, I have pieces and parts sewn and ready to go for an additional 6 or 8 blocks.

I hope that everyone is safe sewing and working from home! I am now working from home full time (with occasional days in the office) so as much as I might like to be on the "Quarantine and Quilt" schedule, I still have to work to pay the bills!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

One Die Wonder {Blocks on Blocks}

When I posted about this project last week, I showed off by first block:

Since then, I have finished up all of the blocks and arranged them into the quilt top!

I randomly pulled block sets to work on and worked on one block at a time until all 20 blocks were complete!

I arranged my blocks in diagonal rows and sewed the top together.

My quilt is now 32" x 40" and I will see if I have anything to use as a border.

Happy Wednesday --- I hope you and yours are staying safe and well!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

One Die Wonders with Accuquilt and Island Batik {Beginnings}

This month, the project theme for us Island Batik Ambassadors is making one-block quilts using some of the new Block on Board dies from Accuquilt!

For my quilt, I picked the Hattie's Choice Die. As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread, Accuquilt products, and Hobbs Batting to use and share with you!

I used pink and purple scraps as well as about a yard of a cream basic batik to do my cutting. I was able to squeeze out 20 blocks from my fabrics. To keep my pieces and parts together, I pinned each set of block parts together so that it would be easy to make one block at a time.

Cutting all of the pieces and parts for one block on one die rather than using multiple dies to cut multiple shapes takes a little bit of getting used to. I think that this method did waste more fabric but I was less concerned since I was working from scraps to begin with.

Here's my first block:

My plan is to make all of my blocks and then decide on what kind of setting I will use.

Happy Tuesday! I hope that spring is starting to appear in your neighborhood!