Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Traveling Quilt Bee {My Finished Quilt Top}

After a long while, I think that I can count the top of my Traveling Quilt Bee quilt as done!

This bee was an Instagram-based bee that ran from June 2016-January 2017. We had seven ladies in our group and rotated quilts each month. This was my starter block:

And this is what my quilt looked like when it came back to me:

I passed along the quilt to my sister who worked with my mom over Christmas to finish the quilt top for me. Here's the finally finished quilt top:

Instead of adding more block sections to the quilt, they added two black borders surrounding a pieced middle border. It's a fun frame that adds a good balance to the quite busy center of the quilt.

Now the quilt is approximately 68" x 90", so I think it's ready to be quilted and finished. I've had the backing fabric for this set aside since before this bee started and it was the inspiration for my color scheme. I bought about 8 yards of this fabric on clearance at my LQS a few years ago so that it would be big enough to back whatever quilt I ended up making.

I pieced the backing and I still have two yards of the fabric left, so I can use it to make matching pillows. The print is a little too big in my opinion to try to bind the quilt, so I'll be looking for something to bind the quilt once I am able to quilt it.

My initial idea is to quilt each person's different section with a different filler. This would be less involved than my Stash Bee Star quilt which had different motifs in every star, since it would need only eight different motifs -- one for me, one for each of the six ladies in the group, and one for my mom/sister. What do you think of this idea? Is it kind of crazy, or is it a good homage to each of the people that worked on the quilt? I am really interested in making quilts with more meaning and I think this could be a fun way to accomplish that.

Sharing at Let's Bee Social and Needle and Thread Thursday!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Coast to Coast Bee Round 2 {Starting My Quilt}

Because we had SO much fun last year, most of our Coast to Coast (C2C) Bee have returned for another year! Just a reminder of my quilt top from 2017, which I still need to finish!

My quilty friends this year are:
Audrey (Hot Pink Quilts)
Chelsea (Patch the Giraffe)
Stephanie (Quilt 'N Party)
Karen (who is mysterious!)

Last year I loved starting with a fabric line and letting my cohorts add in other fabrics as they choose. I picked through my sets of coordinating fabric and found a set of two charm packs and some yardage of an older line from Benartex, Breezy Blooms. I believe my mom bought this for me when she was on a shop hop. Here's a sampling of the fabrics:

I also have a few bright solid fat quarters in pink, orange, yellow, and green, and a VERY large chunk of the black floral in the top row of the picture. I saved part of it for myself to potentially use as borders for the quilt.

This year instead of a medallion, I am requesting a row of blocks 48" long from my friends for a row quilt. They can make their rows any height -- 48" long works well with a variety of block sizes! I drew a picture of my "vision" quilt in my notebook that travels with the quilt.

I requested either white or bright solids (I sent some with my fabrics) be used as the background in each row. My plan is to sash the rows together with black solid and then to use the rest of my large floral print as a border. It's VERY modern traditional, and perfectly me!

For my starter row, I chose to make a row of four 12" finished blocks. I used the Folded Corners block pattern. I used a pink solid background for my blocks and made each block in a different color.

My quilt has been mailed off to Stephanie, and I have Audrey's quilt starter to work on this month! Here's what it looks like thus far:

Her theme is "flight" so my initial thoughts are pinwheels and flying geese!

Have a wonderful Monday! I'm going to stay in my Scottie Dog pajamas for as long as I possibly can today.

Sharing at Linky Tuesday!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Garden Plots {New Moda Bake Shop Pattern}

I'm so excited to share about my newest Moda Bake Shop Pattern -- Garden Plots!

This is a complicated looking quilt that has all straight seams! This could easily be accomplished by a confident beginner or intermediate quilter! A single block is a grand 18" square, so only a few blocks make a rather large quilt! Each block uses two jelly roll strips -- I chose to make each block using two different fabrics.

I quilted this quilt with an all-over meander with flowers -- my go to motif as of late!

This quilt uses one jelly roll and a total of a yard of fabric for the focal fabric portions of the blocks. I used three different fabrics for the large centers of the blocks.

I also wrote this pattern so that you could use either 3 yards of fabric -or- a neutral jelly roll as your background fabric. I used yardage but the directions don't change if you wanted to use a jelly roll and save time!

I had some trouble fighting the shadows given that I took these pictures before sunset, but some of the pictures show such amazing texture!

The fabric line used in this quilt is Voyage by Kate Spain! I absolutely love the purples used in this line. Every other block is turned 90 degrees which accomplishes two things -- it eliminates the need for sashing between the blocks and it also means that you only have to match the seams between the blocks themselves and not any of the "gears" around the block!

I used the large scale floral flourish print in three colors -- pink, teal, and blue -- as my block centers. I also used the teal fabric for my backing and the pink print as my binding. There is also a final "border" of background strips around the 16 blocks to help the blocks float on the background.

This quilt finished at 76 inches square. If you wanted to make a larger or smaller version of the quilt, here are the number of blocks and approximate sizes. All sizes include a final 2.5" border of background fabric on four sides of the quilt.

-- Baby, 4 blocks, 40 inches square
-- Smaller throw, 9 blocks, 58 inches square
-- As-shown throw, 16 blocks, 76 inches square
-- Twin, 20 blocks, 76 inches by 94 inches
-- Queen, 25 blocks, 94 inches square
-- King, 36 blocks, 112 inches square

Pop on over to Moda Bake Shop to see the full tutorial and don't forget to share your finished quilts using my patterns with me -- I love seeing them!

Sharing at Finish It Up Friday!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Twinkle Quilt featuring Mountain's Majesty {Four Seasons Blog Hop with Island Batik}

Yesterday was the kick-off of Island Batik's Four Seasons Blog Hop and today is my day to share a wintry themed quilt with you featuring the new line, Mountain's Majesty!

Mountain's Majesty is actually composed of multiple colorways, my project uses the fabrics and colors on the top half of the image below.

I received both navy and light blue large cuts with my fat quarter bundle, and decided to use the navy as my background because it reminds me of the dark starry skies in the wintertime! So off I went to create some star blocks to bespeckle my navy sky!

I actually designed this Nested Friendship Star block (modified slightly for this version) back in 2014 and have since then wanted to put together a full quilt with this block. This fabric bundle was perfect to do just that!

Say hello to "Twinkle"!

I used 20 different fabrics in the quilt top (16 different fabrics for the large stars, 3 fabrics for the small stars, and the background fabric) in addition to the light blue print for the binding. Because I'm selfish and love this quilt and plan to keep it for myself, I backed it in teal flannel so it is EXTRA snuggly. I'm already working on a pattern for this quilt so keep your eyes peeled.

For the quilting, I did a large, all over meander to keep it soft and cuddly. The binding is a light blue print with trees and I machine bound it. I was really hoping that I would be able to take pictures of this quilt in the snow, but instead it was just bitterly cold.

Itching to win some of this fabric for yourself? I cut all of my extra fabric into charm squares and ended up with enough to send 60+ 5" squares to not one, but TWO lucky readers!

Leave comments to win, lots of options, choose one or choose all! I will leave the comments open until Monday, January 15th at midnight.

1. Leave a comment with your favorite new fabric line from the Fall 2017 IB Collection (shipping now!) or the Winter 2017/2018 IB Collection (shipping in April!).
2. If you follow Island Batik on social media (blog, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) leave a comment and tell me how you follow.
3. If you follow Little Bunny Quilts or Honey, Bunny, and Doll Quilts (Bloglovin', Instagram/Instagram, Facebook) leave a comment and tell me how you follow.

Update: the giveaway is now close and Pat and Betsy are the winners!

Please see this post for the entire blog hop schedule -- just about every hop stop will have a giveaway of some sort, so it doesn't hurt to check them all out! There is also another giveaway on the Island Batik blog -- use the Rafflecopter to enter!

Thanks for stopping by to check out Twinkle!

Sharing at Linky Tuesday, Let's Bee Social, Needle and Thread Thursday!

Monday, January 8, 2018

On Ringo Lake {Clues #5 and #6}

While the big reveal has taken place, I'm still trudging along with the clues for On Ringo Lake!

With our holiday travels, we were already in Ohio when Clue #5 was released on the 22nd and I didn't take any of my fabrics or tools with me. I did however dig through my mom's scrap bins once we were in Michigan and find some fabrics to add to my On Ringo Lake fabrics.

I did all of the orange and black cutting for Clue #5 on Christmas Day, and did the cutting for Clue #6 on December 29th, but wasn't able to start any of the sewing until this weekend.

I did Clue #6 first, adding the triangles to Clue #4. I still need to trim the dog ears but I am loving how bright these units turned out!

It seemed like Clue #5 went faster than the previous batch of geese that I had made in Clue #2. I trimmed all of these units while we watched football and the Golden Globes last night. Either way, I am now complete through Clue #6!

My goal for this week is to get the goose pairs sewn together for Clue #7 in the evenings so that I can put together my blocks for Clue #8 this coming weekend! I will need to go back and make a few extra units for the sashing and setting, but I believe that I have enough of the necessary units to make the blocks themselves. My version will be 25 blocks on point and end up somewhere around 60 inches square, I estimate.

Check out everyone's ORL updates on the Quiltville blog! Also sharing at Oh Scrap!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Island Batik Four Seasons Blog Hop Schedule

Tomorrow kicks off the semi-annual Island Batik blog hop, showing off the new fabric lines shipping to stores both now and in April!

Here's the full schedule:

Jan 8 - Blue Moon Collection

Jan 9 - Mountain's Majesty
Little Bunny Quilts (that's me!)

Jan 10 - Alpine Ice

Jan 11 - Alpine Jingle

Jan 15 - Elementz

Jan 16- Southern Blooms

Jan 17- Morning Sunshine

Jan 18 - Season's Shades

Jan 22 - Paisley Dot

Jan 23- Sunflower Serenade

Jan 24 - City Culture 2

Jan 29 - Pumpkin Patch

Jan 30 - Autumn's Grace

Jan 31 - Plum Delicious

Feb 1 - Northern Woods
Vicki's Crafts and Quilting

Don't forget that in addition to the blogger hosted giveaways, Island Batik has a Rafflecopter giveaway on their blog as well! Click here to visit and enter!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Claire's Butterflies {Finished Baby Quilt}

Our friends had a baby girl right after Christmas, so I needed to get moving on a baby quilt for her right away! I made this quilt for her big sister two years ago.

I decided on our Ready, Set, Soar! pattern because it's such a versatile and quick pattern. I pulled medium-toned pinks, purples, and blues from my Island Batik stash for this version. My previous version of this quilt is my Mystical Mermaid quilt. 

The top zipped together very quickly! Here's the top after I gave it a bit of a "haircut" at the bottom. 

For the appliques, I decided on butterflies and used the templates from an old issue of Quiltmaker. I used some of the leftover fabric from the colored strips as well as some dark purple fabric that will also be used for the binding.

I used a wide blanket stitch to do my machine applique. I used variegated Superior Threads Fantastico thread to do the topstitching and used 50 wt. Aurifil in a purple in the bobbin. (I find this combination is perfect for my machine!)

I prefer to back my baby quilts with flannel most of the time, and got orchid purple flannel for this quilt. For the quilting, I did the flower-like curls-and-loops motif that I also used for my Rainbow Quilt.

After a quick trim it was ready to be bound with dark purple binding.

Now it's ready to be delivered to a darling bundle of cuteness!

This has quickly become my go-to baby quilt pattern because it is so easy to customize with whatever you want in the applique section. The pattern includes an entire alphabet for adding a name or monogram! My mom has actually made EIGHT different versions of this pattern!

Quilt stats:
Name: Claire's Butterflies
Pattern: Ready, Set, Soar! + butterfly motifs from Quiltmaker
Size: 40" x 47"
Fabrics: Various Island Batiks from my stash
Techniques: Fusible/machine applique, free motion quilting
Quilting: Large swirls and loops

Sharing at Finish It Up Friday!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Don't Call It A Comeback {Island Batik Year Two + Giveaway}

Yesterday, the Island Batik Ambassadors for 2018 were notified and I am excited to share that I am participating again in 2018!

This post reviews all of my 2017 finishes, including my Island Batik Ambassador projects. Here's a collage of some of my favorites!

While I won't start plotting about my plans for 2018's projects until I get my Ambassador box in February, don't forget that starting next week is the semi-annual Island Batik blog hop featuring us Ambassadors -- this hop has a Four Seasons theme! My quilt is scheduled for next week and is a winter themed fabric line. I can't wait to show it to you and start finalizing the pattern, which I think you will love!

Until then, I wanted to do a little Thank You giveaway for all of my wonderful friends and followers to kick off the new year! Despite making a project and doing a giveaway just about every month, I don't feel like I've made a dent in what they sent me! As a reminder, here are pictures of what I received in my two Ambassador boxes:

I'll send the winner a flat rate envelope stuffed with fabric! Giveaway will close on Sunday, January 7th and I'll update this post with the winner!

Two entries maximum per person:
1. Tell me your favorite color(s) -or- tell me which of my Island Batik projects were your favorite this year.
2. Followers of any kind (blog, Instagram, HBD on Facebook, etc.) get a second entry, just tell me how you follow.

Update: the giveaway is now closed and the winner is Susan!

Have a wonderful Wednesday! After work I'll be locking myself back in my sewing room to finish up a baby quilt!