Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Two Finishes cont....

So here is post #2 from the quilt finishes on the weekend :)

Remember these blocks....

My sister and I were swapping these blocks back and forth between September and January. These are the colours I wanted for mine. She wanted these colours for hers.

Yellows, Greens and Blues. I really do love this combination. But I picked the purples and pinks because the little girl I wanted to make the quilt for loves those colours. 
 All those yummy fabrics together makes me think of Cotton Candy! I love how these blocks can just be tossed together and come out looking beautiful. I opted to not add the sashing to the quilt (secretly I was running out of time!)

Putting the rows together went fairly quick. My husband worked all weekend so I didn't cook any meals....I did purchase a few at the Farmer's Market when I took a small sewing break ;)


Next was deciding on what to do for the backing. I came up with these two fabrics....


Don't you just love those sweet birds on a tree branch! And the Flowers went perfectly with them :) The fabrics are Mammabirds in Violet from the Wrenly Collection by Valori Wells for Free Spirit Fabrics and Hothouse Flowers by Mo Bedell for Andover Fabrics. 

I still have a good amount of both fabrics in my stash ;)

 I decided to do Organic Wavy lines for the quilting. Quick and simple but still looks gorgeous!
I used white bobbin thread for the backing with birds and then switched over to a salmon coloured thread. I actually walked to my local quilt shop for when she opened to pick up the salmon coloured thread....I was dedicated to getting this finished!
Look at those sweet little birds!
And finally the finish!
I did the binding in the grey used in the quilt. First time that I have ever done that! And I have to say, I do like the effect of it ;)
 

Just love how sweet this quilt is!


I just can't get enough! And the little girl who received this quilt is a complete sweetheart! She absolutely loves it! She asked her parents if she could put it on her bed as soon as she opened it. I think that is the best compliment I could have received ;)

Monday, 25 April 2016

Two Finishes in a Week!

So it's been a busy, eat-when-you-can kind of week and weekend! I've been extremely productive! I have two finishes to share. Here's a few pictures of the process for the Citrus and Mint baby quilt. Thanks to Lindsay @ Craft Buds for this incredible pattern! I will definitely be making more of these quilts in the future :)

Quick chain piecing....


I tested out a few different layouts...

This one has two "X"s

This one only has one light "X"

This is the layout I decided to go with. Assembling the rows went so quickly that I forgot to take a picture :)
And so did the quilting....



And the back.


I managed to get some better pictures outside on the weekend.



I absolutely love these fabrics and this quilt! And the mom loved the quilt too. So happy that I was able to make this for the new baby :) 

Since this post is quite long, I'll share the quilt I made for this baby's big sister in another post ;)

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Switching Gears

I'm busy working in my sewing space today with breaks for cleaning. Fun time and need to be done stuff. So I've been working on this baby quilt.


I'm not in love with this quilt. It just didn't feel right for the baby who will be making an appearance in the following week. So I decided to get a picture from the mom of the colours in their nursery. So glad I did! The husband said blue and green months ago. And the nursery is actually mint green and grey. This morning I switched the fabric and the quilt pattern. Nothing like a rush to the finish line!

Remember this bundle?


The Mint Condition Collection by Tammy Silvers for Camelot Fabrics

I also found a different quilt that I loved when I spotted it this morning. I discovered Citrus and Mint Baby quilt pattern from Lindsay @ Craft Buds. Gorgeous quilt and it is going quickly! Here's a few pictures of the progress.

 
I cut 42 - 6-1/2" squares from 8 FQs and 2 - 6-1/2" WOF strips. I also cut up 84 - 2-1/2" white Squares. And with the remaining pieces after cutting my print squares, I cut 16 - 5" squares for my stash. That cute little bundle is what I have left.





Not quite F8s but still workable for a future project ;)

Now these are sitting beside my machine waiting to chain pieced.


Hope you're having a productive day sewing today :)




Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Mug and a Rug

One of my guilds, Fundy Tide Quilters Guild, is holding a Show and Sell in August. Every member is to purchase a mug and make a mug rug to match. I found this charming mug this weekend.


Check out the inside of the mug.


Gorgeous, eh?! 

So I decided to just use black and white fabric for the mug rug. I didn't want it to stand out too much. I decided that I wanted to have a Paw Print in the middle of the mug rug and then decided to do some improv for the rest. Here's what I came up with for the Mug Rug.


Here's the end result :)

I did minimal quilting on this one. I just outlined the Paw Print which shows up on the backing.


Cute little project checked off the list :)

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Cut, Sew, Iron and Repeat

Well I've been pushing my way through some projects. I finished the quilt top and backing for yet another baby quilt.


I'm hoping to get better pictures once the quilt is complete.


While making that quilt top, I took a few breaks from it and cut up some Scraps. I got two packages done for the Birthday Club and they are on their way in the mail. I also cut up some Blue Scraps for a long term project for me. 

The quilt is called Everlasting Love and is made up of many, many blue print squares and white squares.... I need to make a whopping total of 689 blue squares. I'll also need to cut up lots of white solid squares and rectangles....I'm going to estimate a few bottles of wine will be purchased for this project as well :)




So far I have 328 blue squares cut....only 361 more blue squares to go. Here's a picture of the quilt in the Quilt-It today magazine.



Sadly the publication of this magazine has ended :( It was definitely one of my favourites! I just love quilting magazines. I know you can get them all online but I just love having the paper copy and going through all the pages....ah, such a pleasure!

So what about you, are you into thumbing through quilting magazines? Like looking at them online? Or not at all?