Friday, October 23, 2015

a plus quilt

Well this was fun!  Another Quilt-Along. This one on Instagram hosted by a delightful new friend.  Of course I wanted in!
We all made a simple plus quilt following a free pattern by Jeli Quilts.

We needed 8 different fabrics for this pattern so it was a perfect use for this Gardenvale piece I purchased last summer.

I cut 5 inch squares for my pluses so this quilt finishes at 45” x 58.5”

I used a matching striped Gardenvale fabric for the binding.
My favorite thing about this quilt is the backing.  It's a new Andover jersy knit by Alison Glass.  I highly recommend it.  It was almost 70” wide - even after pre-washing & drying.  By the way, no bleeding of that beautiful blue in the pre-wash.

The batting is Quilter’s Dream Request loft cotton. Thin batting and the t-shirt backing make this a dreamy summer quilt.

I free motion quilted a geometric design in each of the squares.  You can see it (a little) better on the back.  (The color is off here.  The previous photo shows a more accurate blue.)

Thanks for stopping by.

Linking up this Friday finish with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Monday, October 5, 2015

playful pups and a giveaway

I’m so pleased to be participating in my first blog hop.  Thanks so much to Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts who wrote this Dog Gone Cute pattern for eight darling puppies and organized all the fun!

Here is my finish!  I had lots of different ideas for this project but, as usual, it determined what it wanted to be.  I originally intended to use both sizes of the pattern and a variety of Alison Glass’ Handcrafted fabrics with the Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed in flax for the background.  
The first three came out so dog gone cute!  I just love the pink and purple freckles!

Then I made a few more in other colors and sizes and they just weren’t working for me.  Too dark or just not fitting in with those first three.  So I acquiesced and returned to that original fat quarter.

Here's a tip to help you out as you make your blocks.  Put a piece of tape on the bed of your machine right in line with the needle.  Now just line up the bottom corner of the square on that line and sew.  No need to draw a line on on all those squares!

As I was carefully measuring and cutting and sewing with such limited fabric, it occurred to me that these puppies wanted to play! turns out this is actually a game board.  There are 15 puppies in this litter.  Seven pairs and one individual. 
Now we can play Match The Puppy

I added a bit of sashing between the rows and columns for spacing. It finished at 36 x 40 - perfect for playing on the floor!

The back is a Home Dec print by Denyse Schmidt that I picked up over a year ago on #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram.  (It's a closer match to the pair of green puppies than this photo shows.)  I used Quilter’s Dream wool batting for the poof factor and quilted it with classic clam shells for the win! 

 I’m really happy with how calm and mellow these little puppies are.  (They are even allowed on the furniture!)  Everyone loves a sweet puppy!

Speaking of sweet puppies, here are the three I’ve shared my life with:

The Beagle is Penny.  I grew up with her.
Our girls grew up with Emma,
the Yellow Lab.  She was actually more human than canine so including her here is questionable. 
The Wheaten, Tula, was all mine.  100% terrier, she made it her job to keep me safe from every squirrel and bunny that dared enter our yard.  She took her job quite seriously.

Now for the giveaway!  To celebrate my first time participating in a blog hop I am offering a fat eighth bundle of Alison Glass’s new Handcrafted 2.  To enter just leave a comment on this blog post.  How about telling me the name of your favorite puppy? 

I will use a random number generator to pick a winner on Tuesday, October 13th.  If you are a no reply blogger please be sure to check back to this post next Tuesday to see if you are the winner.  

The giveaway is now closed.
The winner is PK Sews!  

Thanks to everyone for your lovely comments and for sharing your fun dog names, stories, and memories with me. 

In the meantime, be sure and check out all those participating in the Dog Gone Cute Blog Hop to see what they've made with this sweet pattern.  

Tuesday, October 6
Karen of Run Sew Fun
Anja of Anja Quilts
Kelly of Quilting it Out

Thursday, October 8
Nina of Inchworming
Brandy of Pampered Pettit

Tuesday, October 13
Laurel of Quilts by Laurel

Thursday, October 15
Rachel of Quiltineering
Julie of Mack and Mable

Tuesday, October 20
Cathy of A Quilting Chick
Selina of Selina Quilts
Shauna of Shauna’s World
Kathy of Kayak Quilting

Thursday, October 22
Britt-Inger of Hill Valley Quilter
Judy of How ART You?
Louisa of Sewmotion

Tuesday, October 27
Stephanie of Jak and Will
Cristina of Pretty Little Quilts

Thursday, October 29
Abigail of Cut & Alter
Magdalena of iloveneutrals
Susie of Susie's Sunroom

And thanks again to the leader of our pack, Lorna McMahon at Sew Fresh Quilts, for providing all of us this fun opportunity.

Friday, October 2, 2015

a2cmqg swap

Another swap!  This one between the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild and ours in Ann Arbor.
I was assigned Emily @mommysnaptime.   I made her a sign for her sewing room.

I used Anna Maria Horner’s True Colors collection (which is still available here) and the ‘Basic Binary’ pattern from Quilt Lab by Alexandra Winston.  The code reads across.  Each letter is 7 characters deep.  Here the pinks, purples, and oranges are 1’s and the blues and greens are 0's.  So using this basic binary code chart the sign reads Mommy’s Nap Time.

My partner also said she LOVES the Harry Potter series so on the other side I made her a bookshelf.  There are a few cute tutorials for angled books on shelves but our well worn Harry Potter books always sit together - in a straight line - in order (minus the one that’s being read.)  I did my best to match the colors/sizes of each of the dust jackets.  I used freezer paper to print the titles on fabric.

In return I received this beauty!

It’s called “Fractured Glass” and was made by Sally @turtlesrs  with beautiful Alison Glass fabrics.  It found a home on my family room wall in less than an hour!  

Check out the Instagram tag #a2cmqgminiswap to see more amazing minis made by many of the talented quilters and artists in these guilds.

Linking up this swap finish with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Stop back on Tuesday.  I'm participating in the Dog Gone Cute blog hop and I can't wait to share my finish with you!