Friday, May 20, 2016

Crochet Hot Pad Finishes

So, with my move my kids became car riders to and from school instead of bus riders. The pickup line is long and not my favorite. To pass the time I started doing crochet hot pads in the car. They are so forgiving as I don't have to remember a pattern or what round I'm on. These were on my Q2FAL list so I could finish up the six balls I had. Well, I did way more than six! Take a peek...

A little car crochet. I have a project bag that I grab on my way out and can do several rounds a day as I wait in line. That really adds up!

I have finished these 14 hot pads in less than two months. I only work on them in pickup lines and while watching shows with my family. I planned on giving them as teacher gifts but now I have too many so I think I'll also give them to family as we go on our big trip this Summer.

I love seeing and working with all this fun color! You can buy these in little balls or giant cones. Each ball makes one hot pad. I came up with the tutorial on my own after looking at a friend's hot pad. You can find my hot pad tutorial here.

Here's a little sneak peek shot for next week. I am nearly done quilting this one and just have to finish and poke on some binding. I hope to be able to share it next week.
That's me for the week. Thanks for stopping by! If you'd like to keep up with me more find me on Instagram @julieschloemer where I post nearly every day. Until then I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Farm Girl Vintage Finish - Red Border

I finished my second quilt using my Farm Girl Vintage blocks. I love this one so much! I used all my favorites and the color scheme is more me than the green one. This quilt is #11 on my Q2 FAL list.

Here is the whole quilt! I had my two oldest children hold up this quilt because there is something about a straight on shot that really shows off a quilt.

I picked my favorite blocks for this quilt and made a few more so it could be a little bigger. I love the primary colors with many 1930s prints for this one. The border is my favorite!! It is the extra wide backing from Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille.

This has got to be my favorite of all the blocks. The cherries and the fabrics are so fun!

Here's a close up with the border and binding. I used the same fabric for the back, border, and binding. It was 108" wide and I got all of this from one 2 1/4 yard piece, it was amazing! I did 2" cross hatching with this one and love the simplicity here.

One more shot that included the tag. It has been a while since I finished this one, as you can see by the tag, but I was so on the ball with so many other projects I had to wait to share. I was grateful for the time I had to catch up on a few other things.
Quilt Stats:
Pattern - County Fair Quilt Setting from Farm Girl Vintage
Fabric - Various 1930's reproduction prints as well Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
Thread - Pieced and quilted Aurifil 50wt
Quilting - 2" cross hatching by me on my domestic Juki
Size - Large Lap 67" by 82"
Stash Report - Blocks, setting squares, and background fabric all stash. Otherwise new for this special project.

Thanks for stopping by! It's been a busy week and I'm on top of things with one more finish to share next week. I'll be linking up with Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Farm Girl Vintage Finish - Green Border

I had a lovely collection of Farm Girl Vintage blocks that were languishing in my WiP pile for a long time. I rediscovered them when we moved just over a month ago and made them into two quilts. I'm sharing the first one today. This is a surprise quilt to be delivered on our trip this Summer. To help me be motivated for a finish I added this one as #12 on my Q2 FAL list.

I am so happy with how this quilt turned out! I love this wide green border. This layout can be found near the back of the Farm Girl Vintage book. I used a green border to try and make it seem less pastel and girly.

I love the texture from the large meandering quilting. This is my daughter's favorite and she may have influenced this decision heavily but I love it. As always I quilted it with Aurifil 50wt. I love how you can see the texture but the piecing remains the focus.

I think this is my favorite block on the whole quilt so I had to do a closeup. My lumpy grass is totally making it look like I can't sew a straight seam but I love it anyway. You can also see the setting squares and the border print I used well here. I sure do love that green print!

So I had to pick up the border, binding, and backing for this quilt as I didn't have enough of anything to match on hand. Apparently I wasn't feeling very creative or I just loved this line because the front and back are the same, just a different colorway, and the binding is also from that line. These are all Bread 'N Butter by American Jane for Moda.
Quilt Stats:
Pattern - County Fair Quilt Setting from Farm Girl Vintage
Fabric - Various 1930's reproduction prints as well as Bread 'N Butter by American Jane for Moda
Thread - Pieced and quilted Aurifil 50wt
Quilting - Meander by me on my domestic Juki
Size - Large Lap 60" by 74"
Stash Report - Blocks, setting squares, and background fabric all stash. Otherwise new for this special project.

Thanks for stopping by! It's been a busy week and I'm on top of things with one more finish to share next week. I'll be linking up with Finish It Up Friday.

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.