Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday Stash #20 - Wishes for charity

I found this little jelly roll on clearance at Southern Fabric and decided to purchase it in anticipation of a charity quilt sew-in with the Louisville Modern Quilt Guild.  I figured Wishes (especially when they're on sale!) would make a good quilt for anyone who would be on the receiving end of a charity quilt, right?  Especially when they're such pretty Wishes!

Unfortunately, I've now discovered I won't be able to attend the sew-in Guild meeting in Setpember, so Wishes and I will have to participate on our own time.  I'm thinking the Awesome Lap Quilt is going to be my pattern, so this will be the Awesome Wishes quilt!

Linking up with the other Sunday Stash-ers!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Purge progress

Rachel (from over at Stitched in Color) has challenged folks to a Purge - {The Purge} actually.  I decided to participate because my box of 2.5" squares was taunting me.  That's really all the scrap management I've got going on at the moment: I either cut 2.5" strips or 2.5" squares.  Smaller pieces get tossed (I know, I know) and larger pieces stay in a bin all tossed together.  I don't really have much stash, so my purging involved putting my scraps to use.

I've been collecting ideas for 2.5" squares on Pinterest, but wasn't overly excited until I saw Rachel post a four-patch picture.  Bingo!

I started with my 2.5" square bin.
I matched pairs, and then matched pairs to pairs and sewed them together.
And ended up with four patches like this!
From what I've got so far I'll have 154 four-patches - enough to make a child-size quilt.  But I've got the 2.5" strip drawer, too.  And for those, I'm thinking of a Trip Around the World quilt.  The instructions for the Trip quilt call for 16" strips, and some of my strips are much longer, meaning I'll have more 2.5" squares from trimming those down to size.  So I may have to put my four-patches aside until I can get to trimming. 

Drawer o' strips

Never a shortage of projects-in-process in the sewing room!

Linking up with the other Purgers!

Sunday Stash #19 - Sparkle-icious goodness!

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be the winner of some lovely fabrics courtesy of Ms. Molli Sparkles!  The postal services of our respective countries didn't let us down, and here's my rainbow of fat quarters:

I think the dark blue with starbursts is my favorite.  No plan for these pretties at the moment, so into the stash they go!

Linking up with the other Sunday Stashers!  And thanks again, Molli!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Big Bang Theory pillow

My husband found this fabric when we went into JoAnn's and requested a pillow out of it.  Pretty simple request, and here it is:

I actually had to cut twice, because I didn't pay attention the first time and I didn't get all four characters on the front piece.

The back was cut from a fat quarter, done envelope style. 

I added black piping to "fancy" it up a bit and called it a day.  I probably should have cut the pieces a little larger, as the case is pretty tight around the pillow form, but since it's just for my couch I'm calling it fine and done.

Linking up with the Whoop Whoopers!

This little guy was one of my Quarter 3 Finish Along goals!  Here's the post with all my goals listed.

ALYOF - August Goal

How's this for blogger slacking: you complete your July goal, and even write a post, but forget to do the actual link-up!  Guess part of my August goal should be to actually remember the final step, huh?

My ALYOF goal this month is going to be to finish my Doggies quilt.  So far I've got the rows pieced, but they still need to be sewn together.  Here's how it's looking so far:

The overwhelming vote was to go orange :)
And here's a shot of the backing fabric I picked out.  This from Oink A Doodle Moo, and I got it on clearance at my LQS.  I kind of wish they had it in another color, but clearance section shoppers can't be choosers :)

I've also got some red for the binding.  Hopefully it'll make for a sweet little boy quilt.

Linking up with the ALYOF August goal setters!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

ALYOF - July goal complete!

I got my Michael Miller Challenge quilt all done!  And even in good time too, cuz the deadline isn't until the 25th!  Without further ado, here's Petals in the Snow:

As I mentioned in my goal-setting post, the name came about for three reasons:
1) the background is a combo of solid Kona Snow and Michael Miller Pindots in Snow
2) the name of the fabric line is Petal Pinwheels
3) I went with snowball blocks

This is my favorite photo of this quilt!
I machine quilted it in straight lines with my walking foot, outlining the diamond "petals."  Since the petals are not quilted, they kind of poof out a bit, which is a nice touch I think.  This is my fanciest (haha) quilting to date and I'm pretty proud of it!

The backing is Tile Pile (from the Petal Pinwheels line) in multi and the binding is Cotton Couture in Seafoam.  I machine sewed the binding on - really because I'm lazy and don't like hand stitching, but also for sturdiness.

This quilt has a home with a good friend who is expecting her first baby - another gender surprise!

I'll be linking up with the other ALYOF July finishers when the time comes.

A birthday present and Quarter 3 finish!

One of my goals for the 3rd Quarter of the Finish Along was to do up a tool belt for my little nephew.  He's turning 2 on July 16th and is apparently very into tools - my brother has posted a photo and a video of him "fixing" his Cozy Coupe car and the spring mechanism on the front screen door.  In both shots, his tools are all scattered about, so clearly he needed a tool belt to keep everything close at hand.  I followed this tutorial and here's the finished product:

Sewing tools for illustration only :)
The only change I made was to only cut one, double wide pocket piece and fold it in half rather than sewing two pieces together.  I also wanted to find little tool patches as embellishment but they didn't have any at JoAnn's, so I had to settle for his initials.

I hope he likes it!

Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict!