Monday, February 29, 2016

Modern HST Sampler Quilt: Lantern & Stepping Stones

Another month of the Modern HST Sampler came with a new method of making HST and two more blocks for the quilt. This was the first time using the magic 8 method for HST and I must say it is a favorite for making a large number of HST!


My version of Lantern.


My version of Stepping Stones, my favorite block so far. (May have something to do with making it with my favorite Cotton+Steel print!)

I am really enjoying improving my accuracy for HST and it has definitely helped with other quilt projects already!

Linking up with Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Falling Triangles Pt. 2 : A Finished Quilt


I love a simple quilt design. I originally designed this mini quilt for my partner in the Schnitzel & Boo mini quilt swap and since I made my half square triangles in the traditional two at a time, I had enough for that mini and one for myself. So of course the hst for myself set for a few months and I finally decided it was time to stitch up this mini for myself.

I love the crisp white background and the different size triangles. For the quilting I did a geometric all over pattern and after washing I love the texture it created.

This mini was going to hang in my future sewing studio, well my 3 year old had different plans. It is now hanging in her room next to her minion mini quilt. I am actually honored that she wanted to hang it in her room.

Quilt Stats
Pattern: Falling Triangles designed by yours truly
Dimensions: 20 inches x 20 inches
Quilting: Free motion geometric
Fabric: Kona cottons

Happy Sewing!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

My Scrapper's Delight : A Finished Quilt


So my LQS is hosting a CEO Club (Completely Executed Objects) to get those UFO's done! Well as I had a few UFO's of my own, this was the perfect motivation to finish up some of these projects. After picking six projects and taking before pictures I set to work on February's project, Scrapper's Delight from Sunday Morning Quilts.

At the beginning of the month, all I had were a pile of unfinished blocks and overflowing scrap bins (all not shown in picture).
I found this quilt to be so therapeutic to piece together. I just started piecing my strips in quarter log cabins just as described in the book. After a few rounds I squared up my blocks until they were finally large enough. During this process I found scraps from when I first got back into sewing/quilting way back in 2011. It was nice to see these scraps being used. Plus I made a huge dent in my strip scraps. (Now I just have to finish cutting the strips too small into squares).

This is my first large quilt to free motion quilt on my domestic sewing machine. I've been practicing on small wall hangings and baby quilts, but decided it was time to give this a try on a much larger scale. After reading many different blog posts from Leah Day, Elizabeth Hartman, Angela Walters, and Christa Watson, I went for it. I divided my quilt into four quadrants and then quilted each quadrant, using a wandering loops with a few other motifs just to try them out. This was great practice and I'm defiantly finding what I enjoy quilting. And taking the advice of other quilters, I'm not worried about any mistakes, they just add character and will be a piece I can look back on and see how far I've come with my quilting.
At 72 inches square this quilt presented many challenges besides quilting. For instance, just finding a place big enough for me to baste this bad boy was a challenge. Plus trying to baste when you have your 1 year old walking/crawling all over the quilt and stealing your safety pins. But with the help of my wonderful hubby, who kept the kiddos out of my future sewing studio, I managed to get it basted. To start with a pile of unfinished blocks and a pile of scraps to a fully usable quilt in a month, for me is pretty good. Sometimes I just need that little extra push to get a project done.

This was just a fun quilt to make. sewing strips, cutting, and sewing some more. I can't wait to make another scrap quilt from Sunday Morning Quilts.

Quilt Stats
Pattern: Scrapper's Delight from Sunday Morning Quilts
Dimensions: 72 inches x 72 inches
Quilting: Free motions loops and swirls
Fabric: all from my scrap bins

Happy Sewing!

Linking up with Let's Bee Social and Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, February 5, 2016

A New Potholder

So I while I trying out creating my own curves with the Quick Curve Ruler, I decided to make my test block into a potholder. Because well our potholders have been around since my husband and I got married 8 years ago and I just haven't gotten around to making any.


I love how this little potholder turned out. Just a slight curve, I learned from my test block and will be trying for a little more noticeable curve, but that is for another time.

As for the quilting, I selected the triple stitched zig zag on my machine and love the effect. Then to secure the binding down I did a small zig zag that covers the entire back of the binding. So it should handle multiple washes just fine!

I love a project that is practical and it uses up some of my random scraps squares. I have actually been doing a lot of scrap sewing lately and I'm so happy that I've used up most of them. I guess it will be time for me to create some new scraps!!

Happy Sewing!