Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Painbox Quilt

Goodness, I didn't think I'd ever finish this one. I've been a member of Flickr for quite a while, but didn't really get involved with the community until I started Elizabeth's Paintbox Quilt Along last January. I dutifully made my squares in time with the group. And then let the stack of them collect dust for many months.

In an effort to clear my studio of the many languishing projects stuffed in bins, I finally got this quilt done.

I love this quilt - bright and cheery and colors that wouldn't ordinarily use together. It's the perfect quilt for the kids' playroom.

I used straight line quilting - double lines of quilting run through the sashing. I find that I'm really liking the drape of this kind of quilting - the quilts that I stipple end up being slightly stiffer than this more open type of quilting. I accented the machine quilting with a bit of hand quilting - my first attempt at it. While my stitches are a bit wonky, I do like the overall look that it gives the quilt.

I as I laid out all of the squares, I realized that there were a handful that I didn't care for when combined with the rest of the lot, so I pulled them and made Sprout a doll quilt. It was an opportunity to practice some big loopy quilted flowers and machine stitched binding - neither of which I am good at. My sloppy handiwork was lost on my little girl, who proclaimed, "I like the colors and my dolly likes the flowers." You're welcome, sweetie.

With the missing squares, my quilt ended up being roughly 51"x58" which has proven to be the perfect size to cover me and a child on my lap as we read books on a rainy day.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Seam in the Fabric

I recently picked up some Alexander Henry Farmdale in red floral - about 3 yards. I knew when I bought it that it could have been irregular, and paid a fair price for for the fabric. Halfway through the cut, I found this.

Can you see the seam running through the fabric as two pieces of cotton were sewn together? I guess I had never really thought about how fabric was printed; of course fabric would be printed in longer sections than the 20 yards in a bolt.

And here's the back view of the seam. This was the first time I had come across this and found it to be kind of interesting - I hope you do, too.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Bringing a little sunshine to my day.

The Valentine's Day That Was

According to my calendar, it's February 15, which means that I missed posting my Valentine's Day post on Valentine's Day. Oops. That's what running after two kids will get ya.

Bean had a class party that the room parents arranged; I was responsible for one snack and two gift bag items. For snack, I made red Jello Jigglers hearts.

Favors were heart shaped melt-and-pour soaps, since they went over so well last year. This year, I put them in sewn paper pouches based on Anna's tutorial. I have so much leftover patterned paper from my scrapbooking days, and it was nice to put it to good use.

Additionally, in lieu of candy, I put these labels on some red apples and sent the kids home with them. Aren't they great? I want to label all of our produce with them.

Lastly, we printed off these Valentines for Bean's classmates. I was so proud of my boy - this was the first year that he could write all of his friends' names on their cards. He had me transcribe a special note to his teacher, which was totally adorable - he was definitely feeling the Valentine's Day love.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Stashbuster Playmat

I had intended this quilt to be for a dear friend and her new baby. But once the quilt top was done I realized that it wasn't right for her. I do love it, though and now that I made her a quilt that better matches her style, I have finally finished this one.

This quilt was made entirely of stash fabrics - front, back, and binding. The starting point was this striped print that I bought a small cut of at JoAnn's a lifetime and a half ago. I loved it then and I love it now. I decided to use my favorite application for striped fabrics and was able to get five blocks made.

From there I added some some Alexander Henry owls and some of my very favorite Moda Home dots (even though it's decorator weight, it's nearly as soft as quilting cotton and it has a lovely hand). Kona Coral, Kona Stone, and some un-named yellow and brown round out the lot. The pieced back features the same fabrics from the front and the binding finishes up what's left of my Kona Coral stash.

I love that it's gender neutral and I cannot get enough of that Kona Coral - I do foresee more of it in my near future. It is so bright and cheery that it brings a smile to my face every time. This quilt features random stippling, is hand bound, and the finished size is 39" square.

It's listed in the shop. UPDATE: Quilt has now sold.

Friday, February 4, 2011

The 3x6 - 1Q11

The two virtual quilting bees I was in have wrapped up and although I needed another commitment like I need a whole in my head, I decided to join the 3x6 Bee.

This type of bee works differently than most. In the 3x6, you're assigned to a group of seven members and have three months to create 6 blocks. The blocks that you create for your fellow "hive" members are to be designed by you; the only design stipulation is that each block has to be identical. Each member supplies the fabric for the blocks they make and everyone gets to chose the colors of the blocks being made for them.

I made this sample for myself using the colors that I wanted - primarily blue and green. I think it might have been a bit batty to use Oh Fransson's Mod Mosaic Pattern for this bee - after all, it is an improv pattern by it's very nature and the point of this bee is to create multiple blocks that are identical. Oops.

While they aren't perfectly identical, they are pretty close - I tried hard to get not only the shapes similar but also made sure that the colors followed the same motif between the blocks.

I had a lot of fun making these, and I hope my hive members like their blocks. I really enjoyed the opportunity to put my stash together in combinations that I ordinarily wouldn't have. I think I'm in love with the grey/black/green combo.