Happy Thursday!–Today is my day on the Precut Primer blog hop hosted by Fat Quarter Shop & Barb & Mary over at Me and My Sister Designs. I am always very impressed with the books that Fat Quarter Shop publishes. With Barb & Mary on board, Precut Primer is really, quite top notch.
I am quite excited about this book. There are very few quilting books that I would be interested in making more than one or two quilts from the book. In this book, however, there are a lot of quilts I would love to make.
I have to share this funny little story. When, Precut Primer arrived on my doorstep, I was browsing through and deciding which project I wanted to make first. I asked my 6 year old, Elonie, which was her favorite.
She asked me if she could use clothespins to mark her favorites. I said, sure–that’d be great. And, here are the results:
She had so many favorites!–I’m inclined to agree. My most favorite quilt from the book is the 11th grade quilt:
I think this quilt might have to be made sooner rather than later. I think it would be stellar using my vintage sheet collection. I already have the strips cut and just need to get sewing.
The great thing about this book is that all of the projects are precut friendly(you probably already had this figured out). There are projects for mini charm packs all the way up to fat quarter bundles. Using precuts sure cuts down on the amount of time spent prepping a project for sewing.
These are another of the two quilts that really caught my eye. The 8th grade quilt is looking pretty fancy in Prairie fabrics! And that 9th grade quilt is just too pretty.
So, I ended up choosing the 4th grade quilt to make first.
It’s a perfect little wall hanging size made in some of my favorite Kate & Birdie fabrics, Autumn Woods. I had a charm pack just waiting to be used for this project.
It quilted up quickly using an easy wavy line stitch.
All in all, a fun perfect for fall project.
You will want to check out the remaining stops on the blog hop and any you may have missed earlier this week. I hear there may be prizes…
September 3, 2015
Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby You Are Here
September 4, 2015
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
September 8, 2015
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hello, hello! I hope all of you have had a wonderful summer! My girls have been back in school for a week now, and I am enjoying a new schedule. I always forget how much can be accomplished without little ones at home.
Over the last few summers, I have enjoyed taking some time off blogging. Blog silence doesn’t mean project silence though! =) I thought I’d share some of the photos I have posted to Instagram over the last several weeks.
Are any of you working on Lori Holt, of Bee in my Bonnet, blocks from Farm Girl Vintage? Next week, I get to share as part of Lori’s “Farm Girl Fridays” blog hop she has been hosting. So, I got to making some blocks.
Let me tell you, these blocks are so addictive! I am making the 6″ size and using a mix of Prairie fabrics (which by the way, yardage is coming soon–October!) and Essex yarn dyed linen in Olive(that’s my background fabric).
I made 12 of these little blocks and my plan is to sash them and quilt them into a cute little mini. You’ll see the finished project next week.
I have also been working on getting caught up with the Fig Tree Mystery Block of the Month.
These blocks are a mix of Fig Tree fabric lines and patterns. They are quite fun to work on!
And a completely new project I have started working on–crochet. I am working on a Sunburst Granny square afghan. These are the yarns that I have chosen to work with–a wonderful mix of Prairie colors. And I have really been enjoying working on these little squares when I have some down time. I always recommend having a hand project to work on especially as we start getting into the cooler months of Fall and Winter.
I’ll share more about this project soon.
And of course, I am working on some new patterns. Have you guys seen the peeks of Bonnie & Camille’s new Vintage Picnic line? It mixes wonderfully with Gooseberry and Hello Darling.
I’ll be back later this week with a project that I just finished up over the weekend.
Talk to you soon.
Summer is flying by–it’s really about half way over in terms of when the girls head back to school. Some days it feels like it’s zipping along and other days(those days that I feel like I am a referee all day long) go a bit slower.
I thought I should pop on and share a bit about how our summer is shaping up. I am quite intentional with how my summer days are spent. This means that I take on less projects so that I can spend more time with my girls while they are home. I have gotten in some sewing time as well as some fabric buying time this summer though!
Over the last couple of months, I’ve been working with one of my LQS’s for an upcoming fall project. This means I’ve been popping into the shop somewhat often this summer. On one of my visits, I noticed some Fiesta Wovens that have since made their way home with me. I also picked up a wonderful selection of solids and I love how everything mixes with Prairie.
You are going to notice I am snagging some of my Instagram photos–so much easier than snapping new pictures!
Another project I have been working on is a mini Lone Star Quilt. I have been wanting to make a mini Lone Star Quilt. I had tried making a version on my own last summer–drafting up my own pattern but, it was an epic fail. It looked pretty:
But, nothing fit together. I was so disappointed. I recently came across the book “Little Lone Star Quilts“. It features a paper pieced method to making mini lone star blocks. I decided to give it a whirl just a few weeks ago. So, I pulled new fabrics:
Started cutting little squares and using the paper pieced method to make my Lone Star Diamonds.
And let me tell you, this method while time consuming, is ingenious.
This block will finish at 8″. It’s adorable. Because the block took so many hours to make, I now need to decide if I want to turn this block into a pillow or mini instead of turning it into a quilt. I still have visions of making at least 9-12 of these little guys–actually more if I have the patience and turning them all into a beautiful quilt.
Another book that I recently looked through was Amy Gibson’s book, “For Keeps“. Amy and I have chatted back and forth online so when I heard she was writing a book, I was excited to see it. I love reading her blog and knew if she wrote a book it would be beautiful. And it is.
The photography throughout the book is beautiful. Lots of color.
And, I picked up some tips I know I will be utilizing. My favorite might be this glue basting tip:
My daughter, Elonie, received some fabric last week and she is determined to make herself a quilt. She has two layer cakes and she wants to make a larger quilt. She was very eager to dive in but after sewing together just two squares she became a little bit overwhelmed once she realized how much time she would be spending making this quilt. I think if we utilize glue basting to hold the squares in place it will make the project easier for her. I have stumbled across glue basting before but I have never tried it myself–I am excited to have Elonie try it out.
The premise of Amy’s book, being intentional about quilting making, really struck a chord with me. It is very easy for me to get caught up in the making of the quilts and forget a bit about the enjoying of quilts. With that thought in mind, Amy has created the “For Keeps” pledge:
Don’t you love that?! You can take the “For Keeps” pledge here. Then, if you’d like you can print it out for your sewing room. Amy is also giving away a free quilt block pattern for those taking the pledge.
Speaking of being intentional with our sewing, I have been wanting to pick up a sewing machine for Chloe & Elonie. Either one to share or one for each of them. Do you have a favorite beginner friendly machine?–Maybe one you use yourself or one you’ve purchased for a child? I admit, that I get caught up in the cuteness factor–I’ve been eyeing these little guys and I love that the girls could each pick a cool color of their own:
They are the Janome Fast Lane machines. But, I worry that they might be a little bit less of a machine than I would want for them–no room to grow into them.
And then of course, being a Bernina gal, there is this adorable Simply Red machine.
This one, they would need to share–and I think I am once again being sucked in by the cuteness factor. So, if any of you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them!
Hope you are all having great summers!
Good Morning All! Today is my stop on the Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop.
Irish Chain Quilts was written by my friend, Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting Melissa. Melissa and I have been online friends for many years and we met in real life last year at Quilt Market. Melissa is just as sweet as you might imagine she is from reading her blog. We caught up again at Quilt Market this spring and it was so fun to see what all has been going on in the past year for both of us.
Irish Chain Quilts is Melissa’s first book and I really enjoyed looking through it. The focus of the book as you can probably tell, is on the Irish Chain–however, Melissa has given a fresh spin to this very traditional block. She has included wonky blocks, appliqued blocks, very modern blocks, as well as a bit of tradition. With fresh fabric choices and fun designs there is a lot to see in this book.
Melissa asked each of the blog hop participants to make a block based on one of the quilts in the book. She will be piecing all of the blocks into a charity quilt. She is planning on sharing the completed quilt on her blog on Friday and I am eager to see how it has turned out.
The quilt that I chose to make a block based off of was Connect The Dots–an dotty appliqued version of an Irish Chain.
This was such a fun block to make.
And it was fun working with this aqua palette. My fabric stash has an overwhelming amount of aqua fabrics. I’m not sure how this happens as I wouldn’t claim it as one of my favorite colors–I tend to gravitate toward the warmer colors. But, somehow these aquas always end up coming home with me. I had to sneak a couple Prairie prints in there and was excited to see how nicely they play with some of my other favorite designers.
To see more about this book, you can check out the various blog posts that have been shared:
Hello friends and happy Friday! I hope you are all enjoying the start of a great summer (or winter, depending on where you are). My girls last day of Kindergarten(I can hardly believe it) and 4th grade(equally mind boggling) was last Thursday so we have had a full week of summer break.
Needless to say, we have been busy!–our summer break always kicks off with busyness. This year seems especially busy as things wrap up from quilt market, VBS prep is in full swing, and I’ve also spent a little bit of time helping my sister move.
I promised to share more fabric pictures for those of you wondering about specific prints(you’ll find those at the bottom of this post), and I also wanted to share another project with you.
This is the bag I made to take to quilt market this year–I love having a new bag each year for quilt market. Usually my quilt market bag gets carried around with me for the better part of the next year hauling around all of my gear. I find that I collect a lot of gear as I get older. So my quilt market bags are roomy and gear worthy.
I found this bag pattern over here on the A Bright Corner Blog and it’s a great one for using up those mini charm packs you may be hoarding. Another couple things I wanted to mention about this bag–first, a bit about the fabrics.
Of course I used a lot of Prairie–the colored prints are all from this collection. But, I also used some great text prints. It looks like I used a lot of different text prints, but in reality I just used a couple prints. Feed Company by Sweetwater has two really great text prints: a recipe print and a feedsack label print. Most of the text prints on my bag are from those two fabrics. The recipe print has a lot of different fonts in one fabric so when it’s cut up it seems like you are actually using a lot of different text prints.
And, the Labels print is perfect for fussy cutting:
And, then I threw in just a couple more low volume prints and I was good to go. Oh, and I want to talk a little bit more about that bottom polka dot print.
That fabric is Mochi Linen. And, I’ve talked a bit about the Mochi linen here but I wanted to mention it again..because it’s fab. I love using Linen in my projects but sometimes linen can be a bit fussy. Moda’s Mochi linen is not fussy–it’s great to work with, doesn’t wrinkle like other linens you may have used, and my favorite is that it has the same shrink rate as the quilting cottons. That means if you are not a pre-washer, you won’t need to prewash this linen. And, your quilt won’t turn into a hideous mess the first time you wash it.
I used Mochi Linen in my Candy Scraps quilt (tutorial here) and really fell in love with using it.
And now onto some fabric photos. I wanted to share the various prints as well as the coordinating solids–I’ve been getting asked about which ones coordinate. First up, the main floral print:
The coordinating solids are:
9900-81 Goldenrod (this is the yellow I used in my yellow/white Idyllic quilt)
9900-171 Etchings Charcoal
The white is 9900-97 Bleached White & I used 9900-178 Etching Stone in my print Idyllic quilt.
Have a Happy Sewing weekend!