Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Pineapple Day Quilt {Small Blocks}

I've been hard at work making the small blocks for my Pineapple Day quilt!

As a reminder, I'm using yardage instead of pre-cuts for my focal fabrics. This week, we've been working on the small 6" blocks for our quilts.

Right now, I have 6 blocks done, and I will definitely need to make more! (For reference, for some reason the top left quilt block's corner triangles did NOT want to stay flat, and that's why it looks so funny.)

Make sure to check out #pineappledayquilt on Instagram -- there are lots of bloggers working on their own versions of this quilt!

Sharing my block progress at Let's Bee Social!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Daisy Chain QAL {Quilt Parade}

It's time to bid so long, farewell to the Daisy Chain QAL! Thank you to everyone who has quilted along with us! 

I've been outrageously busy since April, so I have just finally finished my own twin sized quilt top! As a reminder, I used yardage and a strip pack of Flea Market from Island Batik for the main fabrics of the quilt and used Kona Oyster as my background.

Here are some of the lovely quilts that you have made!

From Amanda (aka the Doll of Honey Bunny and Doll):

From Lori (aka the Honey of Honey Bunny and Doll)

Stephanie of Quilt'n Party


Paula S:

Paula M:





Gail @ Quilting Gail:

Michelle @ Creative Blonde:




My original baby quilt version:

Kate @ Life in Pieces:

Gene Black:

Pamela @ PamelaQuilts


This is the biggest QAL we've had and we are so impressed by all of the quilts and quilt tops that we've seen! If for some reason I've missed your quilt in the quilt parade, PLEASE email me ( and I will add it! I will be picking winners this week and will email the winners!

If you loved this quilt, make sure to follow us to stay in the loop on any and everything Honey, Bunny, and Doll! Our next official QAL will be next spring with dates TBD!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Try a Technique {June IBA Project + Giveaway}

This month's theme for our Island Batik Ambassador assignment is trying a new technique!

This is a theme that we've had before for our Ambassador challenges -- last year, I played around with using bias tape to make a table runner.

This year, I'm going to try a technique that's been on my to do list for a VERY long time -- making Dresden plates! My plan is to make a Dresden plate mini quilt.

I do not have a Dresden plate-specific ruler, but I do have a variety of other wedge rulers that can also be used to make the necessary wedges for Dresden plates.

There are a lot of different Dresden plate tutorials out there -- some using specific rulers, some not. The basic thing about Dresden plates is that the larger the angle of the wedge, the fewer wedges are required to make a full plate. The ruler I'm going to use has a 30 degree angle, so each block will have 12 wedges.

For my fabrics, I'm going to use some red, white, and blue Island Batik Scraps.

Since I haven't done an Island Batik giveaway in a while, let's do one today!

This time around, I'm sharing a bunch of the fabrics left over from my Plus Sign Sampler that I made last month. There are a lot of yellow, orange, and red scraps.

Comments for entries, you know the drill. If for some reason, you have issues with leaving a comment, send me an email ( and I'll comment on your behalf. (PS. If you have issues commenting on my blog and other blogs, it is usually a result of your cookie and security settings.)

Leave me a comment telling me about what new techniques you've tried lately or what new techniques you want to try soon!

Good luck! I'll pick a winner next Wednesday.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Pineapple Day {QAL with FQS - Supplies}

I'm pleased as punch to be quilting along with the Pineapple Day quilt along with the Fat Quarter shop! The pattern uses the FQS's pineapple pads -- now available in two sizes!

I've played around with a number of different pineapple log cabin paper pieced patterns, but these pineapple pads from the FQS are great because the sewing lines are super fine -- which helps you be very accurate -- and the paper is lightweight without being flimsy -- which makes it easier to pull the paper off in the end.

Here's the pattern for the quilt along and click here for the PDF version of the pattern. The fabric requirements are on the first page.

I'm going to be a real quilt rebel and work from yardage instead of pre-cuts. I picked out half yards of a number of older Cotton + Steel prints in blues, teals, and periwinkles. The creamy print on the right will be my background fabric and the dark teal umbrella print will be used in the quilt top and for the backing.

Rather than being full-on scrappy, I'll use three different prints per block. I'm not 100% sure if I'll go with the suggested layout or if I'll come up with my own layout.

Here's the full schedule:

Are you going to join in? I'm planning to post an update each week leading up to the quilt celebration on June 27th!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Brutal Honesty {June 2019}

June is here! The Daisy Chain quilt along is nearing its end! Our link up party started on Monday, and we hope that you join us and check out all of the lovely quilt tops (and finished quilts!) people have made.

And now, for the very disappointing WIP update:

Sent out for quilting, return date TBD:
1. Double Delight -- May UFO project - approximately twin size
2. Good Fortune Mystery Quilt -- small throw size
3. April Showers C2C Bee Quilt -- January UFO project -- queen size

Completed tops:
4. Magnolia Mystery QAL -- no progress
5. Breezy Blooms C2C Bee -- no progress
6. Radiant Jewel Quilt -- April UFO project - no progress

Tops partially finished:
7. Romantic Garden Quilt -- no progress
8. Monthly Wall Hangings -- March UFO project -- no progress
9. Pineapple Stash Bee Blocks -- February UFO project -- no progress

Just blocks and units:
10. Sew Kitschy Blocks -- no progress
11. Cubicle Quilts -- no progress
12. Happy Houses blocks -- no progress
13. Birthstone blocks -- June UFO project - no progress
14. Jingle Bell Square -- I've been working on some more blocks using the leftovers from my Christmas Churns quilt! I'm hoping to get a few more blocks done before I do another update post.

Yep, no progress. Lots of no progress.

Quilt alongs and long term projects:
15. Monthly Island Batik Ambassador projects -- In May, I made a partial version of Cheryl and Paige's Modern Plus Sampler quilt pattern. June's theme is trying new techniques and my plan is to make a Dresden plate mini quilt!

16. Daisy Chain Mystery Quilt -- The mystery is solved! One of my versions of the pattern was finished (and gifted!) long ago, but my second version is still in progress.

17. Coast to Coast Bee 2019 -- I worked on Karen's quilt in April and May, and now have been working on Audrey's quilt.

New Projects/Secret Sewing:
18. FQS Hop Quilt: This hop is scheduled for the end of this month! I am hard at work making lots of blocks and will be posting previews on Instagram.

My UFO for May was to try to catch up on some of the previous months' UFOs that didn't get much progress. That...was kind of a failure.

My UFO for June will be my Birthstone blocks. This is the oldest UFO on my WIP list (but technically isn't my oldest UFO, but we aren't going to get into that) and I have three more blocks to make for this project. Here are the nine blocks I have finished:

I still need to make the garnet, ruby, and opal. The garnet and ruby are obviously different shades of red -- with the garnet being darker and the ruby having more pinks. For the opal, I'm planning to do white interspersed with pastels, something in between the grey/white diamond and the pink/purple alexandrite.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Daisy Chain QAL {Link Up!}

We want to extend a huge, gigantic, heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who joined in to sew along during the Daisy Chain QAL!

When I designed this quilt, I wasn't necessarily thinking about designing something that would be a mystery quilt. I actually designed the quilt, started thinking about how to break it up for a quilt along, decided that it should be a mystery quilt, and then made changes to make it perfect for both confident beginners and seasoned sewists alike.

And now onto the link up! Please let me know if you have any issues ( and I will do my best to troubleshoot!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter
I will have some PDF patterns to give away to those who link up!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Christmas Churns {New on Moda Bake Shop!}

I'm excited to share that my newest pattern for Moda Bake Shop has been published! Introducing Christmas Churns!

This is the first time that I've gotten to work with a Lella Boutique line for MBS -- and it did not disappoint! Little Tree is a fun holiday line with beautiful poinsettias! I like that the greens in this line aren't too olive nor too grassy.

The basic block of this quilt is a churn dash, made from strip pieced jelly roll strips and HSTs made from charm squares, centered around a nine-patch. The quilt uses yardage plus one jelly roll and one charm pack -- without a lot of waste!

The sixteen blocks use nearly all of the charm squares, but since there were quite a few leftover full and partial jelly roll strips, I decided that the quilt needed a scrappy piano key border, made from alternating dark and light 4.5" x 2.5" rectangles, most of which were cut from the scraps left over from the churn dash blocks.

I picked out the red and white stripe from the line for my binding and it was a great choice! I picked the green background version of the poinsettia print for the backing. For the quilting, I did a simple stipple to let the fun prints and piecing shine.

(Side note: having a house with a real yard means that I can take some pretty great quilt pictures without having to put shoes on or drive to the park! The freshly stained deck -- thank you, Park Ranger husband! -- is also a great background for quilt pictures too.)

These blocks are 14" finished, and the quilt as designed and made is approximately 68" square with the piano key border. I am reasonably sure that if you had two charm packs instead of one, you could reasonably make a 5x5 block quilt instead of a 4x4 block quilt like mine.

After having no Christmas quilts for a very long time, I now have nearly a half dozen! Now  have one for every chair and two for the couch!

Check out the full pattern on Moda Bake Shop! As always, if you make any of my patterns from MBS, I would love to see them!

Sharing at Let's Bee Social and Needle and Thread Thursday! And Brag About Your Beauties too!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

On the Plus Side {Finished Quilt}

This has been a very busy month and I'm relieved that I was able to finish this quilt up over the long weekend!

But first, take a quick peek at the pictures I showed yesterday -- does anything look different in my final quilt?

Yes, I added a grey border all the way around the quilt. No, this wasn't a part of my original plan and I'm very glad that my spontaneous decision worked!

The main reason I didn't add a border when I was finishing the quilt top was that I wasn't sure that I had enough backing fabric to accommodate a border. After I finished quilting the black small plus blocks, I had the quilt laid on the floor and realized that I had enough backing and batting on all four sides to add a bit of a border. I cut 4" strips of grey solid and added them to the quilt using the quilt as you go method and used black thread in the bobbin so that the stitches would be less obvious on the backing.

In the grey areas, I did swirls with grey thread and in the orange plus blocks in the corns, I used a bright orange Aurifil to quilt wishbone-style loops.

For the binding, I used a yellow floral batik and did the binding entirely by machine.

Here's a full shot of just the back of this quilt.

The quilting with the black thread is nearly invisible in the full quilt picture above, but is visible below.

I'm not exactly sure what this quilt's future will be but for now it might get hung in my sewing room. While not among my most ambitious undertakings quilting-wise, I'm rather pleased with how it turned out.

As always, a big hip hip hooray to Island Batik for allowing me to be an ambassador and tasking me with these fun monthly projects and a special thank you to Hobbs Batting for providing all of us Ambassadors with lots of great battings and sponsoring this month's project.

Quilt stats: 
Name: On the Plus Side
Pattern: Modified version of Cheryl and Paige's Modern Plus Sampler
Fabrics: Island Batik basics and solids
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 batting in black
Quilting: various free motion fillers, some threads Aurifil, some Connecting Threads
Techniques used: strip piecing, FMQ, machine binding
Size: approximately 56" square
Started: April 2019
Finished: May 2019