With the 70 degree weather we've been having, you would never guess it's mid November! I know the cold will be coming soon enough, but for now I will admire this beautiful Graceful Winter quilt.
A nice design of snowmen, birds, winter flowers and fun embellishment makes this quilt spectacular.
I just love the snowman's hat, makes me think of Michael Jackson's hat with all those shiny embellishments!
How can you turn away from this snowman, such a cute little face!
Anyone that knows me, knows that I'm not one for hand stitching on binding (or anything else hand work for that matter). Not that I don't love the look, it's just not my thing. I think it's because I'm so slow at it, I know practice makes perfect.
However, Vanessa Goertzen with Lella Boutique has a very cute sew along for a Goody Goody Binding Kit that might just make me change the way I feel about hand binding. We're participating in a sew along sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop. If you would like to sew along with us, the full tutorial can be found at Lella Boutique's blog.
Here are the fabrics I have selected. All of them being Bonnie and Camille, mostly Daysail but I did pull out some favorites from the Vintage Modern line.
This is the exterior to my Goody Goody Binding Kit, it's one of my favorite prints from Vintage Modern. I love the colors and the floral design, definitely had to include this print!
I'm currently finished installing the zipper, Fat Quarter Shop has a great video with Vanessa featuring zipper installation. Swing back by tomorrow to see more progress! I do hope you'll join the sew along with us! If you make a Goody Goody Binding Kit you can tag it #goodygoodysewalong so we can all see what you're making too!
Here are more details:
It's no shock that I am head over heels with BasicGrey's new line Fresh Cut. It is so light and cheerful, the perfect color pallet for spring!
The pattern we decided on is called Glimmer by Jaybird Quilts. This pattern utilizes the Super Sidekick Ruler; although you are not required to have this ruler to use the pattern. The quilt goes together surprisingly quick!
I mean seriously, whats not to love about this fabric line! Gorgeous colors as well as subtle prints, a very versatile line.
The quilting is a tighter swirl than what we typically used, I think it goes nicely with the quilt pattern.
The hardest part was deciding what colors and prints to use in each layer of the star. I might do things a little differently the second time around but I have to say I'm quite happy with the effect and fabric placement.
For the backing we used our left over strips from the front and used a Moda Bella Solid for the majority of the backing.
We used Red, White and Free by Sandy Gervais. We liked it because it was patriotic, but a little more on the playful side.
I would like to tell you just how much work it was cutting out all these fabrics, but honestly it was a breeze because we used the Accuquilt with the Flowering Snowball template... piece of patriotic cake in fact.
The quilting is a series of wavy lines that reminds me of fireworks (maybe that's just me!).
The backing is really fun, we used leftover strips from the border which was this awesome panel.
So there you have it! In all seriousness, we truly appreciate all that the military folks do for our country. The danger and sacrifices they make for our country often times goes unnoticed and I'm so pleased that Moda decided to do a challenge to honor these men and women. I am thrilled at the thought of all those beautiful patriotic quilts that will get donated to military families to enjoy.
Here are the quilt stats:
Pattern: Flower Snowball (template used was Accuquilt)
Size: 58" x 73"
Fabric: Red, White and Free by Sandy Gervais
I have been working on this quilt for far too long; not because it was difficult, not because I didn't like it but just because something else would always jump in line ahead of it.
Well I'm happy to report I finally got it done, and I absolutely love how it turned out!
The pattern is Dilly Dally by Thimble Blossoms, fabric is Honey Honey by Kate Spain.
I chose roses as the quilting pattern, I had just enough left over scraps from the border to work it in the backing. The quilted roses show up so well on that beautiful solid fabric on the back.
This block is one of my favorites, something about the navy background with all those pretty flowers.
My next favorite, check out this tiny bee! These little bee's are scattered around the binding, just adorable!
I am now officially ready for spring to come, maybe if I lay this quilt out spring will come sooner??
Sometimes life gets so busy I forget how much I miss sewing when I'm away from it. Well, I was lucky enough to break away from my hectic schedule to make two baby quilts; in one week at that! I loved every minute of it. The pattern I decided to go with was super quick and easy, can't go wrong with a good old fashioned Rail Fence quilt pattern.
My first quilt made was for a sweet little girl that was born the day after Christmas. Her parents were keeping the sex of the baby a secret, so they chose gender neutral colors of teal and gold for her room. That was perfect, because we have two color ways in Minimalista by Art Gallery Fabrics - you guessed it, gold and teal!
I love how it turned out, simple, classic, yet playful!
I'm happy to report the quilt has made it to it's new home and is well loved.
Next on my list, which has been on my list for sometime... was a quilt for baby Lily. Lilly is already seven months old... where does the time go?? To keep things going at a fast pace and since the Rail Fence was so fun to do, I made another one just like Kirby's. Lily's room is gorgeous shades of pink and aqua. If you know me, you know I love Bonnie and Camille fabric. Scrumptious was the perfect line to use, aqua, pink and green. LOVE. IT.
I selected a simple but elegant quilting design called meandering feathers, which I'm sure you'll be seeing more of.
I thought this was the perfect fabric for binding. I love stripes, and even better they are already printed diagonal so I don't have to cut it on the bias!
Sewing binding by hand is for the birds, or at least that's what this someone thinks that doesn't like doing hand work. Any binding done by hand on my quilts will most likely be done by my mom (thanks mom).
May your days be filled with sewing!
A couple weeks ago we had a customer come in searching for blue, orange and green fabrics. She was going to make a quilt for a wedding gift. We were so pleased when she brought in the finished quilt top for us to quilt! I love seeing final projects our customers have made.
The pattern is called Hugs and Kisses by Jay Bird Quilts. It uses my favorite ruler ever, The Lazy Angle Ruler. Easy to use, quick projects, endless deigns. If you haven't heard of it before, look it up, you won't be disappointed! You may remember this Summersville Spring quilt I made with it.
We went with an abstract vine quilting design. One of our favorites, not too stitch intensive to take away from the design of the quilt.
I love all how all the blues, greens and oranges she selected play so nice together! It's amazing to me how almost none of these fabrics are from the same line, but sticking to three colors gives it such a nice cohesiveness.