Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Rail Fence Baby Quilt {Finished Quilt}

Yes, another finish to share today!

When I was working on my Hattie's Choice quilt that I showed off yesterday, I also prepared the binding for and sewed the binding onto my already quilted Rail Fence baby quilt.

For this quilt, I used red solid cotton for the binding since I have almost no fabric left from this bundle!

Since this quilt was already quilted and trimmed, it was quick work to add the binding to this quilt.

I also hand stitched the binding to the backing on this quilt -- this might be the "new norm" for quilting during quarantine for me!

Quilt Stats:
Name: Rail Fence Baby Quilt
Pattern: Traditional Rail Fence block
Fabrics: scraps left over from other baby quilts
Techniques: free motion quilting, strip piecing
Quilting: Free motion meander
Size: 36" square
Batting: scrap batting
Started: October 2019
Finished: March 2020
Future: TBD

Monday, March 30, 2020

Hattie's Choice {Finished One Die Wonder Quilt}

When last I posted about this quilt, I thought that I would be adding a border -- and then I started digging through my Island Batik stash only to realize that I only had one half yard of purple and no other pink or purple to use to finish this quilt! Oops! So instead, I decided to quilt this quilt as is -- a bitty baby quilt -- and use a neutral dot batik for the backing.

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!

For the batting, I had a small sized Hobbs Thermore batting left over from last year's Island Batik Ambassador box which was a good fit for this quilt.

Here's the quilt post-quilting, pre-trim.

I used purple Aurifil thread in the pink and purple areas to quilt simple arch dot-to-dot style designs. In the background, I used a gold-tan Aurifil thread to quilt simple meanders.

I used my last purple half yard for the binding, as I mentioned above! For some reason, right now I have A LOT of blue and green batiks hanging around.

And voila -- a finished quilt!

Here's a close up of blocks which shows off some of the quilting a little bit better:

The backing is a dingy white-grey print, which shows off the quilting quite a lot!

I machine stitched the binding to the front of the quilt and hand stitched it to the back during our copious indoor time this weekend. Here in PA it rained the entire weekend, which was rather unwelcome after spending the week indoors working from home.

Happy Monday to you! I hope that you have plenty to keep you busy! If not, don't forget that all of our Honey, Bunny, and Doll PDF patterns are 20% off until April 16th!

Quilt Stats:
Name: Hattie's Choice quilt
Pattern: Hattie's Choice block-on-board pattern from Accuquilt
Fabrics: Island Batik scraps
Techniques: free motion quilting, Accuquilt cutting and piecing
Quilting: Free motion dot-to-dot designs and meanders
Size: 40" x 32"
Batting: Hobbs Thermore
Started: February 2020
Finished: March 2020
Future: TBD

Sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

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!

I hope that you are staying busy and healthy! Don't forget that all Honey, Bunny, and Doll PDF patterns are 20% off until April 16th!

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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!

Friday, March 6, 2020

Brutal Honesty {March 2020}

Guys. I am so, so, so behind! I am hoping that this weekend I can do a big of sewing but we will see! I think the only two things I worked on this month were my Island Batik projects and my Frolic Quilt.

Completed tops:
1. Breezy Blooms C2C Bee -- no progress
2. Radiant Jewel Quilt -- no progress
3. Daisy Chain Quilt -- no progress
4. Rail Fence Baby Quilt -- no progress

Tops partially finished:
5. Romantic Garden Quilt -- no progress
6. Monthly Wall Hangings -- no progress
7. Pineapple Stash Bee Blocks -- no progress
8. Not Quite Christmas Ribbons -- no progress

Just blocks and units:
9. Sew Kitschy Blocks -- January UFO -- no progress
10. Cubicle Quilts -- no progress
11. Happy Houses blocks -- no progress
12. Birthstone blocks -- February UFO -- 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

Quilt alongs and long term projects:
17. Monthly Island Batik Ambassador projects -- In February, I made a Quarter Cabins quilt using Mesa Verde Fabric.

18. Mosaic Mystery Quilt -- no progress
19. Frolic Mystery Quilt -- I have all 25 of my navy blocks complete and I have 3 dark teal blocks complete, but no pictures of those yet.

My UFO for February was to work on my birthstone blocks.
My UFO for March is to work on my Romantic Garden Quilt

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Show Me Something {Rainbow}

March's theme for Show Me Something with Sarah Goer Quilts is Rainbows!

Here are the three posts I am sharing in the link-up this month!

1. Blocked Rainbow XL Twin quilt -- This pattern was a QAL on my blog in 2018 and I actually just sold this quilt!

2. Rainbow Farmer's Wife Quilt -- I made this quilt as a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project in 2016!

3. Rainbow Hexies Mini -- This was a mini I made for an IG swap! It was one of the most intricate quilts I had made to that point.

Make sure to check up what everyone has linked up and share your own projects at Show Me Something!