Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Meadow Dance Blog Hop {Pocket Hanger Tutorial and Giveaway}

Today I am sharing a new project tutorial featuring Meadow Dance by Amanda Murphy on the Sew In Love With Fabric blog! As I might have mentioned before, Amanda Murphy is probably my favorite designer so I feel so lucky to be able to participate in another one of her blog hops with Benartex!

I decided to challenge myself to make something new and am very happy with the results! Rather than being a pieced and quilted project, this project uses quilted sections to build a rather simple wall hanging with pockets!

While I made this with bright cheerful fabrics, it would be a great way to make a Christmas card holder as well! It's easy to start with this basic shape and modify it for whatever purpose you desire - you could modify this with smaller pockets to hold jewelry or larger pockets for sorting paperwork.

You can check out the full tutorial at Sew In Love With Fabric, but before you do, enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Meadow Dance!

To enter:

1. Leave a comment on the blog telling me your favorite print from the Meadow Dance collection! Mine is the Garden Path in grey that I used for the binding.

2. Leave a second comment if you follow me (blog, Facebook, Instagram) or if you share a link to this post on social media (of any form!)

Two entries maximum per person, giveaway will close Sunday, September 25th at midnight! Good luck!

Today is the first stop on the hop, and there will be three more posts (and three more giveaways!) so don't forget to visit the other bloggers on their days!

Tuesday: Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts
Wednesday: Benartex blog design team
Thursday: Sandra @ Mmm Quilts
Friday: Chris @ made by ChrissieD

Also sharing at Linky Tuesday and Finish It Up Friday!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Blogger's Quilt Festival 2017 {Entry #2: Mystical Mermaid}

I am so excited that the Blogger's Quilt Festival is BACK and back in its original form! Please visit Amy's Creative Side to see all of the entries (all in one place!)

For my second entry, I decided to share my Mystical Mermaid quilt. This year I am an Island Batik Ambassador and this project was made as one of my monthly themed projects. April was our month for an applique project and I decided on making a baby quilt with a mermaid outline for a coworker's new baby.

I decided on using our Ready, Set, Soar! pattern and to create my own mermaid applique pattern from clip art. (Details here!) The base fabrics were ones that I chose that fit my "under the sea" theme -- including some prints with shells!

For the machine applique, I used a small blanket stitch around my mermaid. I will say that this is the most detailed machine applique project I have done to date -- I have done quite a bit of machine applique in other projects but I really had to slow down and adjust my piece more frequently than in the past due to all of the detail in the mermaid. I think a smaller stitch length helped maintain the level of detail, but it did take much more time. The result is beautiful, so I will say it was time well invested!

For the backing I used a batik from my stash that is mainly navy with rainbow accents. I quilted this all in one day -- the off-white section is a bubble meander, and the stripe sections are a clamshell, or really, mermaid tail scales! For the quilting, I did the off white section first, and then did the clamshell quilting.

I bound this with the same navy + rainbow batik as the backing! Hello, Ariel!

This picture shows off both the clamshell quilting (which is far from perfect) and the backing. The backing is a little more "rainbow" than the main fabrics of the quilt, but the mainly dark backing is what I wanted for this quilt.

Another close up of my clamshell quilting -- I used the strip seams as my guides and marked lines perpendicular to keep my clams a consistent height.


My Disney-loving coworker absolutely loved the quilt for her little girl! I am anxiously waiting for a picture of the new Little Miss with her quilt!

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Ready, Set, Soar! by HBD Designs
Size: 40 x 50 inches (slightly longer than the original pattern)
Fabrics: Various Island Batik fabrics for quilt top, Kona Navy for Mermaid
Quilting: meander around mermaid, clamshells in striped sections
Techniques: Machine applique, fusible applique, free motion quilting
Started: February 2017
Finished: April 2017

Thanks for stopping by and reading about my quilts! Don't forget to visit the Blogger's Quilt Festival for all of the lovely quilts! You can visit my first entry here!

Blogger's Quilt Festival 2017 {Entry #1: Clover Sunshine Sampler}

I am so excited that the Blogger's Quilt Festival is BACK and back in its original form! Please visit Amy's Creative Side to see all of the entries (all in one place!)

For my first entry, I decided to share my Clover Sunshine Sampler quilt. This was sitting as a WIP on a shelf for a very, very long time and I finally buckled down and got it quilted in June of this year.

As indicated by the name, all of the prints used in this quilt are from a fat eighth bundle of Alison Glass's Clover Sunshine line. Most of the blocks used in this quilt were featured as tutorials on my blog during a quilt along in Summer 2014

You can read a little bit about my process of starting to quilt this quilt here, and quilting this baby in the way that I envisioned took a lot of patience and quilt wrangling. The further I moved out from the center, the easier and easier quilting this quilt became as far as moving the quilt. It is about 70 inches square -- so a rather large throw -- so working on the center blocks was rather difficult. Finally getting to the edges was cause for celebration!

I didn't count the rings or sew my spirals to a particular width or size -- I mostly just kept continuing the spiral until it filled in the "nooks" left by my previous spirals. The spirals don't equally overlap because the blocks are not perfectly arrayed in the quilt. I also had to add in a few "tiny spirals" along the edges to fill in some open spaces as well, as you can see in the pictures above and below. This quilt had the most threads to bury of any quilt I have quilted to date.

Here's a picture of the backing (major kudos to Park Ranger Husband for being willing to put shoes on to help me take these pictures):

My diagonal strips all go in the same direction and almost nearly match at the seams! It has a beautiful texture. I added in the pink half yard of Summersault from my stash since my quilt math was ever so slightly off on the small side when I ordered my backing fabric. Whoops.

For the binding, I had just enough of my white backing fabric! It has a different sort of look having a lighter binding with a slightly darker quilt. I sewed the binding by machine to the front and hand stitched it to the backing.

Quilt Stats:
Name: Clover Sunshine Sampler (click here for more posts)
Fabrics: Clover Sunshine by Alison Glass, Champagne Kona used for background
Size: 70 inches square
Quilting: One extra large spiral per block, overlapping (with a few extra arches near the edges!)
Started: Spring 2014
Finished: June 2017

Thanks for stopping by and reading about my quilts! Don't forget to visit the Blogger's Quilt Festival for all of the lovely quilts! You can visit my second entry here!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Shop 'til You Drop {HBD Shop Updates}

While it hasn't been that long since I posted the last HBD shop update, we've had even more things added to the Etsy shop for your shopping pleasure!

In addition to the standard colors of Kona we've carried for a few years, we've also added Kona Blueberry! This is a beautiful blue -- perfect for those baby boy quilts!

We've also added new fat quarter bundles to our precut selection. Need fat quarters for a swap or for gifts for your guild mates? Pick up one of our mystery fat quarter bundles!

Finally and most importantly, we are also excited to announce that we are a sponsor of the Wayward Transparency QAL with Quilting JetGirl!

In addition to sponsoring a prize for a participant, we have also worked with Yvonne to put together some kits for the quilt along! These are the four current kit combinations: blue Kona, brown Kona, grey Kona, and teal batiks. Yvonne will be telling all about the kits tomorrow on her blog.

As always, we will refund shipping overages on any excess shipping - don't forget to add some additional yardage to your cart for binding or just adding to your stash! Click here to see the kit listing on Etsy!

Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Magnolia Mystery QAL {Half Square Triangles}

Our September assignment for the Magnolia Mystery QAL hosted by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs was to take all of our Fabric A squares and pair them with background squares to make half square triangles.

Since I still hadn't cut my background fabric (whoops!) I did that before starting on my HSTs. My background is Kona Coal and my fabric A is not scrappy. This is the print from Folk Art Fantasy by Amanda Murphy I am using for fabric A:

I must have cut extra fabric A squares because I ended up with quite a few extra HSTs! I did have a couple that were a touch on the small size, so it was nice to have the option to set those aside.

Here are all 72 trimmed to 2.5 inches! It took a good chunk of a baseball game to get this done!

Now to patiently wait for the October directions! It's not even halfway through September and I've already finished my September Island Batik project, the September directions for this quilt along, my September Stash Bee blocks, and finished with one project for an upcoming blog hop! Hopefully this means that I'll be able to dig into some projects and maybe even finish them!

Sharing at Linky TuesdayLet's Bee Social, and NTT!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Scrappy Therapy {September Stash Bee}

For September, Amanda from Fabric Engineer is our Queen Bee in the Stash Bee. She requested super scrappy improv blocks that she plans to use as the building blocks of a chevron quilt! This was very exciting to me because my scrap bag (aka my "bag of shame") doesn't zip closed anymore!

Sewing the pieces and parts together for these blocks was so theraputic - sew, press, trim, sew, press, trim! I used my 12" cutting board as a guide -- once my piece was big enough to almost cover the center, I trimmed to Amanda's requested size of 9 inches square. I ended up making four blocks:

Despite my good intentions of making a sizable dent in my scrap bag, it is still remarkably full, but the bag does close now! It's fun to look at these blocks and pick out some of the notable fabrics from particular projects -- some of which I made over four years ago!

Just for fun here's a few of the finished quilts making cameos in these blocks:
Racing Rails
Clover Sunshine
Anything Goes Mini
Little Firecrackers
Favorite Frames
Candy Shop

Sharing at Oh Scrap!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Lady of the Lake {FQS Block Party}

Today I'm joining in the Fat Quarter Shop's hop for their newest pattern, Lady of the Lake!

You have probably seen lots of bloggers posting about making their own Lady of the Lake blocks recently!

I made two blocks so that I could turn them into a fun table topper.I decided to use a lime green fat quarter as my "background" and some Manderley yardage as my main fabric. I love the large scale print and this block is perfect for that. To make two blocks, I just doubled the "recipe".

If you want to turn two blocks into a table topper like I did, cut a 13" square and then cut it in half diagonally once.

Lay your large triangles and two blocks out as shown below and then sew together.

Quilt and bind as desired for a quick and easy two block table topper that's perfect for showing off those large scale prints we all love to ogle and buy.

Hop over to the Fat Quarter Shop blog to see more interpretations of this block! Kimberly also has put together a You Tube Video Tutorial for this quilt pattern and you can get your own copy of the quilt pattern here!

Thanks to the Fat Quarter Shop for including me today and letting us get creative with this classic block!

Sharing at Finish it up Friday!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bonsai Shadow Boxes and Giveaway {Back To School with Island Batik}

Today is my day for the Island Batik "Back to School" blog hop! If you haven't visited Little Bunny Quilts before, welcome! I am excited to share my project today with all of you!

The collection that I am using is called "Bonsai" -- which has a number of different beautiful Asian-inspired prints!

I've used a few of the prints in my June Marigold mini, but saved most of the fabric for this project. I fiddled around with some other ideas before I settled on making a new version of our Shadow Boxes pattern.

I decided to go big -- the pattern is for a queen sized quilt! One of the great things about this pattern which works great with the Bonsai line is that the large pieces are perfect for showing off some of the larger scale prints in this line (or any line with large scale prints!).

For cutting, I cut approximately the same number of rectangles and the same number of squares from each fabric. Some had a few more and some a few less, but I tried to not "over use" any one particular fabric.

It only takes four straight seams -- and no HSTs! -- to put a block together! I randomly paired the squares together and then paired those sections with the rectangles.

49 blocks into rows, and rows into a full quilt top -- this top came together in no time at all! I love that instead of using a more "neutral" fabric as the sashing, I used the light purple petal print. I think it's a fun change from the original quilt that gives it a bit of personality.

My mom was lovely enough to quilt this on her mid-arm for me. I love the simple quilting and might actually have to keep this quilt for myself!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my new version of one of our most popular patterns! I hope that this "remix" sparks your creativity!

Now onto the giveaway -- a rather large stack of 5" squares from the Bonsai collection! I cut the remainders of the fabric into 5" squares for someone to use and enjoy!

How to enter:
1. Leave me a comment with your favorite Island Batik Spring Collection or Summer Collection. These fabrics are arriving in your local quilt shops soon!
2. Share this post on social media and let me know how you shared in a second comment. (Click here to easily see/share the FB post!)

-Two entries maximum per person
-Giveaway opens today (September 6th) and closes Tuesday, September 12th at midnight.

Thanks for stopping by Little Bunny Quilts today -- don't forget to check out all of the stops on the Back to School Hop! There is also a fat quarter bundle giveaway on the Island Batik blog -- don't forget to enter that giveaway too!

Sharing at Let's Bee Social, NTT, and Finished or not Friday!

Update: Our winner is Barefoot Thunder!

Thanks to all who entered, there will be another giveaway starting on September 28th!