Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Low Volume & Pink & Baby Quilt

Hey yall! I hope yall are doing well - things have been super busy around these parts! I'll have a post up soon sharing some of those details with yall.
Recently, I began playing with a stack of fun fabrics and ended up making a baby quilt! It's headed to some friends who are expecting later this fall - for a baby girl. I'm super excited about this quilt. It might be one of my very favorites.
I used approximately 45 different fabrics in this quilt. It's simple patchwork using half square triangles and squares that measure 2.5 inches unfinished. There are 288 squares altogether in this quilt. It measures 32 inches by 36 inches. I quilted it using Aurifil 50 weight thread in a soft gray color in a simple crosshatch design.
The binding is from Bonnie and Camille's Scrumptious line - the diagonal stripe in red. I really love this diagonal stripe for binding. It's so fun! The backing is a combination of three different fabrics - a fun bunny fabric, a gray print by Lotta Jansdotter and a gray / pink print from my stash.
I didn't worry about placement of the HSTs and the squares - I just randomly sewed them together.
I love how random and playful this quilt is. It's soft and gentle, and still has some strong colors. I used a bunch of my very favorite fabrics in this! Take care yall

Monday, July 28, 2014

Strawberry Swap Mini

I love social media - a total product of my generation - and recently, I've been a huge fan of Instagram! If you're on Instagram, follow me. :) One of the cool things that I found on Instagram was a Strawberry Swap hosted by Sharon of  The Straight of Grain. We all receive a partner, and we make a fun strawberry themed item to send to them (along with a few goodies). Today, I wanted to share with yall my main item.
 I made my partner a mini quilt - she's a big fan of them! She also really likes Bonnie and Camille fabrics, so I tried to use lots of those in this mini quilt. It measures  23 inches square. I quilted this quilt using white Aurifil 50 weight thread, with a crosshatch design, stopped just shy of the the center of each strawberry.
This quilt uses two different blocks - Sew Ichigo's paper pieced strawberry block and 9 patch squares. I used red and pink fabrics for the 9 patch blocks with a white linen square in the center, mimicking Rita of Red Pepper Quilts. I used one inch sashing in between each of the blocks, with a solid red cornerstone.
For the back of this quilt, I used two different fabrics: tonal red Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House and a print from Paintbox by Cynthia Rowley. The binding is from Bonnie and Camille's Scrumptious in red diagonal stripe.
I'm super excited about this mini quilt and can't wait to make some extras for my partner! Be sure to check out the Strawberry Swap goodies using hashtag #thestrawberryswap.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Blue Crosses & Baby Quilts

Hey yall! Today, I wanted to share two baby quilts that I recently finished up! They are both made with blocks from the Imagine Circle of Do.Good Stitches. I'm super excited about these two baby quilts because I wrote the tutorial for the blocks. Go here to see my tutorial. My tutorial isn't the most efficient way to make cross blocks but I love how it plays with the seam lines on the actual crosses. Both of these quilts measure 36 inches square.

Here's cross quilt #1. I quilted this one in a Aurifil gray thread in a large cross hatch design. It's backed in two different flannel prints, so it's super cozy. I bound in it Art Gallery Squared Elements in Navy. 




This is cross quilt #2. I quilted this one in a navy blue thread in a pinwheel square design between the crosses. It took forever but I love that its a unique look (for me). I backed in in one of the small star prints from the Constellations line by Lizzy House. I bound this one in Bonnie and Camille Scrumptious diagonal stripe in the aqua color.




Can't wait for these two quilts to head off to their new special homes!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lace + Washi

Happy Friday yall! Today, I wanted to share some pictures of a dress I finished up last week... It's another one that I forgot all about - I had cut out this Washi dress LAST spring. Yup. That long ago.
I'm completely embarrassed by how long ago I had cut this dress out.
Oh well. At least it turned out super cute.
I used Made By Rae's Washi dress pattern... with a slight change. I extended the bodice to hit more at my natural waist instead of an empire waist. I love the Washi pattern but on me, the empire waist made it look more like a maternity pattern. So, by extending the waist, it became a much more flattering dress on  me.
For the back of the dress, instead of the shirring, I added a 1/4 inch elastic to continue to bring the natural waist out.
I used a turquoise voile for the base layer and added a light pink lace overlay to it. Together, they create such a pretty summer dress. It's an easy on, easy off dress. I love wearing this dress!
Take care yall!
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