Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sparklettes Quilt Finish

I am so excited to share this finish and to have it off my WiP list. I knew I wanted to make this quilt a few years ago and then I had to collect all the right fabrics and wait for it to come up in the priority list. It was made for my middle child. My girl and I are so happy for it to me done. This is #10 on my Q2 FAL list.

Here it is! This is the Sparklettes quilt from the book Fat Quarter Style. I seriously adore this book and have made many patterns from it. I especially love how there are so many size options for each quilt. For this one I used Bella bleached white for the background and Far Far Away 2 by Heather Ross and Cotton and Steel Basics.

This is an in progress shot but it shows off the binding so well I had to include it. I love a fun binding, especially for kid quilts, and these snails sure fit the bill. You can also see the quilting really well here. Amelia, my daughter, requested pink thread and "the waves lines because they make little puffy spots that I can poke with my finger."

I knew I wanted the bed print (which is crazy upside down in this picture) for the back but my favorite LQS didn't have enough for the whole back. I tried some thing fairly rare for me - a pieced backing. I love it! Especially how it ties the front of the quilt into the back.

Just a fun shot where you can see the back, right side up this time, and the binding together. These colors are so fun!

Here it is on her bed. It was fun because she didn't know I was going to finish it up so quickly and I surprised her with it when she came home from school. She has since declared it the "best quilt ever!"
Quilt Stats:
Pattern - Sparklettes from Fat Quarter Style
Fabric - Far Far Away 2 and Cotton and Steel Basics
Thread - Pieced and quilted Aurifil 50wt
Quilting - Meander by me on my domestic Juki
Size - Twin - 70" by 86"
Stash Report - Mostly stash! Background fabric was from a bolt I bought earlier this month and I needed an extra yard for the back. Otherwise - stash!

Thanks for stopping by! It's been a busy week and I'm on fire with more finishes to share next week. I'll be linking up with Finish It Up Friday tomorrow. I just had to get a jump on the post when I had a minute.

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Boat House Baby Quilt Finish

I'm excited to share this baby quilt finish with you today! This one was super fun and very fast. It is on my Q2 FAL list as #14.

Isn't it cute?! I used the Moda Love quilt pattern - the charm pack version. The fabric is The Boat House by Sweetwater for Moda.

I had so much fun with the quilting for this one. I did straight lines pivoting on the diagonal. I love the texture and movement it makes in the quilt - especially how it all points to the center.

Here's another shot of the quilting and my fun binding fabric. I will definitely have to use this quilting idea again.

Here you can see a shot of the back along with the binding and the front. This flag print is so fun for the back! It's interesting without being overwhelming. As this was a pretty specific commission quilt none of this fabric was stash. It was fun to buy a few new things and play with a line I've been eyeing for a while for this sweet baby boy.
Quilt Stats:
Pattern - Moda Love Quilt - charm pack version.
Fabric - The Boat House by Sweetwater for Moda
Thread - Pieced and quilted Aurifil 50wt 2021
Quilting - Straight lines by me on my domestic Juki
Size - Baby - 32" square
Stash Report - Background fabric, thread, and batting were stash. Everything else was new for this project.

That's me for the week. Thanks for stopping by! I have another project nearly ready to share for next week so be sure to hop on back. For now I'm linking up with Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Baable Hat Finish

Since my Q2 FAL list is so long I really need to finish and share something every week if I want to get them all completed. I don't know if that is humanly possible but I was so close with the Baable hat that I chose this one to share first. I worked on it all day and finished it up. Check it out...

Love it! I made my last Baable Hat with fingering weight yarn and while I loved it I was seeing some other people make them with fluffier yarn and liked that too. I love how it fills in the pattern more and looks so warm and cozy.

I also went with worsted weight to make it a bit more slouchy. I love it when I can tuck all my hair into my hats too and not just my noodle. I may be a bit too slouchy but I love it anyway. Also a bonus - I had all this yarn in my stash leftover from a previous project. Hooray for another 100% stash project!
 That's me for the week. Thanks for stopping by! I hope to finish quilting the Boat House baby quilt to share next week. Until then I'm linking up with all the fabulously talented people at Finish It Up Friday.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Second Quarter FAL Goals

I did so well crossing things off my list last quarter (12 of 15) that I decided to go with another long list. Several of these are well on their way and should finish quickly but others have just the fabric and pattern pulled. I'm excited to see what comes of this quarter for me. Without further ado and in no particular order - my list...

#1 Norway Quilt - This bunch of awesome is going to become a scrappy Norway quilt with a low volume background. I'm so excited about this and have been planning and collecting for a while.

#2 Vintage Modern quilt - I have been collecting and sitting on this for a while now and I think I finally decided on a pattern! On a Whim from Thimble blossoms has struck my fancy which is funny because she made the original with Vintage Modern.

#3 Blue Swiss Quilt - I have seen many color variations of the Swiss quilt on IG and decided I had to have one in blue (my favorite). So this blue bundle magically landed in my cart and will happen this quarter, I hope.

#4 Horizon Scrappy Swoon - I have had these Horizon by Kate Spain jelly rolls hanging out in my house for a while now and couldn't decide what to do with them. I've seen a few Patchwork Swoon quilts around and decided that was the plan for me!

#5 Flower Girl Quilt - I knew I had to have a fat quarter bundle of Hello Darling when it came out. Then when I saw the Flower Girl pattern I knew they were perfect for each other! Now, to create!

#6 Circuit Quilt - I have made all of my kids three quilts except my oldest. He couldn't decide what he wanted exactly. Then I was sorting through my Alison Glass and he got inspiration. He wanted a scrappy Alison Glass quilt (without the girly colors) and a low volume background with a simple pattern. I think this totally fits the bill! The Circut quilt is in the Fat Quarter Style book.

#7 Plume Quilt - My oldest daughter just transferred over to a queen bed. This calls for a new quilt! I'm using this Meadow Bloom bundle I won in a giveaway. We all pretty excited about this one.

#8 Crochet Hot Pads - We moved within the last month and I found so many stash things that I'd forgotten about, including this yarn. It was intended to be hot pads and so it shall! One a piece.
#9 Baable Hat - This project stalled out about two weeks ago. I am nearly done but lacking motivation since the weather suddenly is beautiful. I'd like it done so I can have my project bag back and cross it off the list.

#10 Sparklettes Quilt - This one was on the to make list for so long! I finally got everything I needed to work on it and basted it today. All that's left is to quilt and bind!

#11 Red Farm Girl Vintage - I joined the IG FGV quilt along when it first started and then fizzled out. When we moved I saw this blocks again and had to make them into something! This quilt will be for me and is a collection of my favorite blocks.

#12 Green Farm Girl Vintage - The rest of the blocks I turned into a quilt for my Mother-In-Law. It's been her turn for a while but I've been lacking inspiration. I love this for her though.

#13 Woven Quilt - This quilt has been all cut out and ready to go for years. I kid you not - YEARS! It is my second oldest wip and I want it finished. I hope it makes it this quarter.

#14 Boat House Quilt - This quilt is a commission and needs to be finished by next month. I finished putting it together yesterday and hope it will be the first thing crossed off my list.
Well, that's it! I'm excited about this list. There are a few more things that I hope to finish but I don't have all the fabric or a firm plan so I left them off the list. We'll see how I do. Linking up with Q2 FAL goals.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Star Surround Quilt Finish!

I am so freaking excited about this one I cannot even tell you!! This quilt was from a quilt along that began the Summer of 2013. I completed it with the deadline but couldn't afford to get it quilting. I am so happy it is finished now and happy to cross another thing off my Q1FAL list!

Isn't it lovely!? This is my favorite quilt to date - and there are a lot of quilts to choose from too. I love the colors and pattern both. The quilting really takes it up a notch too. The backgound, which you can't see here but will later, is an unexpected pop of color. I just love it!

Here's the whole quilt laid out before it was bound. This is from the Star Surround QAL by Melissa from Happy Quilting. The fabric is PB&J by Basic Gray for Moda.

I love the quilting on this one!! This was done by the lovely Ellen of Handmade3D. She has such fun ideas and a great attention for detail. Check her out! She is based in Florida and I'm in Iowa but we mailed the quilt back and forth and it worked wonders.

I especially love the centers of the stars. The quilting is really fun and I love how it's two tone like this as well. This kind of star is what got me wanting to quilt in the first place back when I was 14.

See the backing? Love!! This pop of color is so fun and I love how it contrasts with the front. I love how you can see the quilting so well and how the binding looks with both. I added another one of my Sweetwater tags.

Because I just couldn't resist here's another fun shot of the backing and the quilting. Isn't it lovely?! I love what she did with the stars especially. I'm so happy to have this on my bed in my new house! I only had one queen quilt on my bed before and any additional warmth came from layering twin quilts. They never quite did the job.
Quilt Stats:
Pattern - Star Surround by Melissa of Happy Quilting
Fabric - PB&J by Basic Gray for Moda
Thread - Pieced Aurifil 50wt
Quilting - Long Arm Quilted by Ellen of Handmade3D
Size - Queen - 96" square
Stash Report - 100% stash including fabric, thread, and batting!

This is one of two projects for me this week. Be sure to check out the Pixelated Heart mini too. Thanks for stopping by! I'm linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.

Road 15 Mini Finish

I finished another thing from my Q1FAL list. It was pretty perfect timing for this one too because we just moved into our new house and it's house/road themed. I had a lot of fun making this one. Check it out...

I found this cute pattern on the Moda Bake Shop and modified it to the fabric I had on hand. I love the diagonal stripe on this one with the contrasting background. I think it totally adds to the fun of the pixelated heart pattern.

I had a lot of fun quilting this one! I went in the ditch around the squares and then the background was all pebbles. It had been a while since I've done the pebbles and I just love them!

This fabric is so great I am so happy that I kept some for myself. I bought a lot when it first came out but ended up making my mom a quilt and three cushions with it. I saved just enough for a mini for myself.

I love this fabric for the backing and you can really see the thread change here. I did blue and white to match the backgrounds on the front.

I super love this fabric for binding. I should have bought so much more of it! This is also another great shot of the quilting. So much love for the pebbles!!

So we moved into our house last Saturday. We are so in love! We bought it on Tuesday and then used a few days to work on it. I ended up painting the whole house and I'm so happy with my color! I even got my minis hung up these week. I've made four of these pictured, the rest came from swaps. It's so fun and inspiring to look at all this creativity every day!

Quilt Stats:
Pattern - Big Hearted Quilt by Robin Nelson
Fabric - Road 15 by Sweetwater for Moda
Thread - Pieced and Quilted with Aurifil 50wt
Quilting - Straight line quilting in the ditch for the heart then pebbles for the background all by me.
Size - Mini about 20" square
Stash Report - 100% stash including fabric, thread, and batting!

Thanks for stopping by! This is one of two quilts I'm sharing this week. Hooray for productivity! I'm linking them both up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Many Small Finishes

It was another one of those weeks where I finished up a lot of small things instead of a big one. Some of these I finished last week but forgot to share. Recently I made - three hats, a cowl, a mini, and a drawstring bag. Score!

This is the Jul Hat I finished. I love it so much! It is perfect for St. Patrick's Day and I wore it yesterday. This is the second Jul Hat I've made you can see them both in the bottom right. I wanted this one to be a bit bigger and love how it turned out.

I made these sweet little hats for a swap partner who is having twins. I wanted them to be gender neutral and I just adore the pompoms on top! I used the pictured Clover Pompom maker and I just love this little contraption!

I also made another Jasmine Cowl. I love how quick and easy these are and how it shows off the kettle dyed yarn. It's so pretty!!

I'm in a swap that was all about the Elizabeth Hartman patterns. I chose to make two Fancy Fox blocks and two Hazel Hedgehog blocks. I love how it turned out and how it looks all done in Tula Pink fabric. This one finished out about 20" square.

I really love the quilting on this one!! I went with free-motion paisleys again. It had become my favorite motif. I also love how this mini was 100% stash!

The same partner in that swap also love the "Frankenhazel" that someone else made. I recreated it and made it into a drawstring bag. It is so fun! This project was also 100% stash.

I also wrapped up the Rainbow Mini swap this week. This is the amazing package I received. I super love everything, especially the mini. Alison Glass is one of my favorites and this pattern and quilting are perfection. I totally scored!

This is what I sent out to my partner. She mentioned she liked Tula Pink and many of her mosaic pictures were of simple quilts that showed off the fabric. She loved it and I sure had fun making it.

Thanks for stopping by! We close on our house next week so I'll be doing a lot of painting in the near future but I did have a few things I have to finish up first. I hope to get it all done and then service my machine when I'll be too busy to sew with it anyway. Until then I'm linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.