Monday, June 29, 2020

Chrysanthemum Quilt Top {June Island Batik Project}

This month's theme for the Island Batik Ambassadors is more of a lack of theme! This month we were given free rein to make whatever our quilters' hearts desired!

For my project, I decided to finish a secret sewing project that I had started way back in March! This is the first block that I finished:

One of the reasons this started as a secret sewing project is that I originally planned (and maybe still plan?) for this quilt design to be a quilt along project and potentially a mystery quilt along project. With 2020 being the crazy year it has been, I decided to just finish up this quilt and show it off. I still have plans for it to be a QAL but it might just be next year at this point.

I wrote the quilt pattern originally in three sizes -- a 9 block version, a 16 block version, and a 25 block version -- and this is the 16 block version. I used Ebony Love's Primo line for Island Batik and used multiple prints for each color of the quilt.

This is a large throw and I am currently in the process of quilting it. That *might* not get done before the end of the month tomorrow, so I figured showing off a finished top was a better choice than showing you a quilt that is only 1/3rd of the way quilted. I'll also at some point write a post about how I designed this quilt and tempt you with some alternate colorways in case we do a QAL either later this summer or next spring with this design.

But for now -- happy Monday! 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Daisy Chain Baby -- Part II {Finished Quilt}

I realized this week that I had to get this quilt finished -- and quick -- because little lady is likely to arrive any day! So this week I did got a step or two of finishing done every day until I sewed the last stitch yesterday -- washing and pressing the backing, getting the quilt layered and basted, quilting and trimming, and finally binding!

Here is little lady's quilt!

As mentioned previously, this quilt is the Daisy Chain pattern that was our quilt along pattern in 2019 (that will eventually be available as a stand alone pattern) in the baby size with a 2.5" border on all four sides. The fabrics used are from the Painted Meadow line by Robin Pickens which were scraps left over from another quilt that I will finally get to show you in July!

For the quilting, I used a meander with interspersed flowers -- just like the original verison of this quilt that I made!

The backing is an adorable flannel with lady bugs and butterflies. The binding is the same pink floral that I used for the star blocks.

This quilt was delivered yesterday to little lady's parents in case she arrives this weekend!

Quilt Stats:
Name: Daisy Chain baby quilt
Pattern: Daisy Chain by HBD Quilts
Fabrics: scraps of Painted Meadow by Robin Pickens, white solid, flannel backing
Techniques: free motion quilting, strip piecing, scrap quilting
Quilting: Free motion meander with flowers
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 batting
Size: 40" square
Started: April 2020
Finished: June 2020
Future: Baby Quilt, already given as gift

Update 8/11/2020 -- This pattern is now available in our Etsy and Payhip shops. Please visit one of those sites to purchase the full pattern.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Updates and News {A Feeble Attempt To Catch Up}

Hello, remember me? A once regular blogger who unintentially took four weeks off from blogging? Whoops.

As I may have mentioned, I have been working from home full time since mid-March and will be continuing to do that for about another month. Despite being home all the time (and I do seriously mean all the time) the sewing has gone to a snail's pace with the exception of a few masks here and there and my June Island Batik project. 

Here's a sneak peak of that project:

Normally I am a "posting progress as I go" kind of person, but this time, I am waiting to show off this quilt until the top is complete (hopefully early next week) and show it off all at once because it will be our next quilt along project. Yes! Finally! The last six months have been a wild whirlwind and eventually we'll get started on our QAL for 2020.

Speaking of quilt alongs, I am also happy to share that Honey, Bunny, and Doll is once again a sponsor of this year's Meadow Mist Designs mystery quilt along! This year's quilt is called the Morewood Mystery! 

We at Honey, Bunny, and Doll would also like to give our customers a huge thank you for all of the support you've given us in 2020. So far in 2020, our Etsy shop has done over 400 sales thanks to your support, most of which were fabric sales. Normally the bulk of our sales are patterns, but we switched into fabric shop mode to fulfill the call when many of your local quilt shops had to temporarily close for coronavirus safety reasons. Thank you for choosing us!

Continuing in Etsy news, our Etsy shop is currently on "maternity leave"! My sister Amanda (who manages our Etsy and Payhip shops) is expecting a baby very soon so we have put the shop in "vacation mode" until we can ship orders again. If you'd like to know when our Etsy shop reopens, you can sign up to get an email on our Etsy page or follow us on Facebook. In the meantime, all of our PDF patterns are still available in our Payhip shop.

Hopefully next week, there will be real quilting happening around these parts again!