It's been a few weeks since I made a pin cushion, right? (Just two, I guess! Ha!) I needed a finish for today and the hexi block I made last April was just sitting around, waiting to it to become a finished object. So, last night while my husband and I were watching a movie, I hand stitched the block onto the gray background. I wasn't completely sold on the gray right away, but after I quilted it up, it looked so much better. I guess it just needed the texture.
I had picked out this backing for the pin cushion a few months ago. I love it so! It's sugary sweet, but a nice compliment to the front.
I love little projects like this because you can quilt the daylights out of them, but it doesn't take forever to finish it! And, as an added bonus, it uses up scrap batting.
This is my batting pile after I had paired it down a few weeks ago. I still could make 1000+ pin cushions! Or more! Ha! At least it's tidy for the time being....
It's hard to tell the scale of it, but it measures about 6" x 6.375". I do love a large pin cushion!
It looks like my pin cushion bowl is lacking orange! And no red polka dots, either. I'd better fix that....and quick! :)
Now it's your turn! Please link up your finishes for the week. Thank you for joining me for finish it up Friday!
I've been very careful to refrain from starting any new quilts in the past few weeks. It feels good to be disciplined and (mostly) focused. However, I have found a loop hole. If you set out to piece a scrappy back, technically you don't need to add it to the work in progress list, but you can still start a new project! (Are you laughing with me yet?)
Today I'm working on busting through some solid warm scraps. I usually work in cool colors (I have made a pillow, a fewquilts using cool solid scraps) so working in the warm color range is a nice change of pace.
The blocks are built in the same manner as a scrap vortex quilt. I really enjoy the process of improv scrap quilting!
It takes awhile to make the blocks, but I love that it uses scraps of all sizes and it produces a fabulously scrappy look.
I posted this picture on Instagram a few weeks ago and looking back at it today scares me a little bit. Hahaha! This is the main reason I'm piecing scrappy backs. As you can see, the scrap situation is almost out of control over here....I'm desperate to make some headway! I do love a two sided quilt, so it all works out in the end. :)
My niece Mariah turned 12 last week, so I whipped up a little zip pouch for her. She likes cats and orange--I am the one who likes polka dots and aqua--but I think they all work great together! I love making zipper pouches for gifts because they are fast, easy, fun, and practical, too. They only require a few fabrics, and even the pickiest person can use a zip pouch for something!
For the lining, I used this fun(ky) vintage looking cat print. It's quirky and it makes me smile!
I prefer to make zipper tabs for my pouches because I seem to get much tidier results, plus it's another chance to sneak one more fabric into the mix. I had so much fun making this pouch and I am pretty sure that she liked it, too. Win/win!
My 12-year-old son saw me sewing the pouch above and he requested one for a Lego mosaic kit he made, so he and I sat down and chose the fabrics together. His go-to color scheme is blue and green, so that narrows things down fairly quickly. I love how these fabrics work together!
He didn't have his zip pouch in hand for very long at all before it was in use. I can't tell you how much I love the fact that my kids love (and even request) that I make things for them. It's pretty sweet!
I asked my 14 year old if he wanted a zip pouch, to which he replied "wouldn't say no!", so he got one in his signature colors of orange and gray. It's fun to have things color coded for each member of the family.
While I was at it, I made a third one as a gift for my sister. I still want to make a few more for me and my daughter, but I stopped at 3 for the day. Things snowball way too quickly!
I love the contrasting linings and the polka dot tabs! I always try to keep the linings light in color so things inside are easier to see/find.
For each one of these, I used a bit of selvage for a label. Yay!
All three of these are made with my soon-to-be-released fabric line, good neighbors. (I think it's just over three weeks until release date! I can't wait!) These were actually made from the strike-offs of the fabric I got earlier this year.
The pattern for the zip pouch is included in the collaborative book Gifty 2015, which is published by Connecting Threads. The pattern is also available for an individual download here, if you care to make some of your own.
It is completely possible that this blog post took me longer to write than the pouches took to sew! And that's no joke! :)
This week I took some time to baste and straight line quilt this baby quilt. It's an alternate project in my craftsy class....I thought it would be nice to have a baby sized option in addition to the bed size quilt offered in the class.
I love that it shows a completely different color option than the first quilt (right). I never tire seeing how different colors change the look of a pattern! In fact, I have plans to make yet another row quilt (in the larger size) made with all Denyse Schmidt fabrics. I just need to find the right background fabric....and the time. Ha! (It's no wonder I have so many WIPs, right?)
I chose straight line quilting to finish it off and that decision always wages war with my perfectionist side. Whenever I am in the middle of straight line quilting, I wonder why I thought it was a good idea. My lines are rarely straight and it's not a very forgiving technique at all. I chose to do a little vertical stitching (in the zipper row), because I knew that if I continued with the horizontal stitching in that row, I would have all kinds of distortion. The bit of vertical stitching was definitely the right choice! I used Auriful 2600 (the perfect gray) thread for quilting, which works well with the white background and the bold solids.
For the backing, I used (rather than hoarded) this fabulous old Denyse Schmidt dot print. (It's from JoAnn's, copyright 2011.) I think it's one of my all time fabrics ever! I'm kind of smitten by those flying geese, too. They aren't my favorite to make, but they sure are pretty! I used an Art Gallery solid teal fabric for the binding. I thought it would be a pain to stitch (since the weave of the fabric is more dense than most quilting cottons) but it was actually quite pleasant. I love hand stitching a binding!
The quilt measures 36" x 48". I love how it turned out!
Also, I'm really, really loving my new found photography spots at a nearby park. When I was taking these photographs yesterday morning I had a few people ask "do you make those?", which I thought was kind of funny. I even had a guy ask "do you sell those?" No one called them quilts, but then again, no one called them blankets, either. So that's a win!
Now it's your turn! Please link up your finishes for the week. Thank you, as always, for joining me for finish it up Friday. I really mean it! :)
Summer is speeding by (only 19 more days until school starts, not that anyone in this house would be counting!) and we are trying to soak up as much of it as we can. At the same time, I'm trying to get something accomplished. It's a tricky balance, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. Sometimes I have to remind myself of that, (hahaha!) but it's true. Here's a little bit of what I've been working on....
sewing together 1178 squares....
basting my row by row baby quilt (pattern here)....
You all know how much I love a good pin cushion...well...this one knocks all other pin cushions out of the park! The pattern is in Anna's lovely new book Handmade Style and it's called the Carry-All Pin Cushion. I had so much fun making it!
I pieced the top panel from scraps (of course!), and then quilted it with simple straight lines. I chose to keep the rest of the fabrics pretty low-key, because I wanted the patchwork to be the focal point. Each of the patchwork squares were cut at 1 1/2", so they finish at about 1". I LOVE tiny patchwork, even if it is putzy! Plus, I emptied out another scrap bag from the old craft room. Bonus!
There are pockets on each side of the pin cushion...the pleated pockets are such a great detail and I love the little "smile" end pockets, as I call them...so happy!
There are slide pockets on the other side to hold a seam gauge and a marking pen. SO handy, since it seems like half the time I'm sewing I'm searching for my tools!
The filling is a combination of wool and bamboo batting scraps that I ripped apart and used as stuffing. They worked well together and as you can see, I love a well stuffed pin cushion! I think it's important! :)
I made this for a pin cushion swap that I joined on Instagram, but I'm not sure that I'm going to be able to give it up. I guess we will see!
Do you have a finish to share today? I hope so! Thanks for joining me for finish it up Friday!
After working on a few projects that weren't coming together nearly easily enough, (don't you hate it when that happens?) I switched gears and pulled out my blocks from my Sew Sisters quilting bee.
I would love to think that I will make a couple blocks a week so that this quilt will eventually get finished...but I know better than to expect that. Ha! I've also been thinking that this would make a GORGEOUS king size quilt, but that might be more than a little crazy/ridiculous/insane! That also fuels my fire to want to do it!
Today, I made a new "block" using some scraps of my good neighbors fabrics! (Good neighbors is scheduled to release early September and will be available exclusively at Connecting Threads. I can't wait!)
I may be weird, but I kind of like ripping off the papers from the back. I'm saving up/looking forward to working on these the next time I'm riding in the car. :)
I'm delighted at how they look together! This is going to be one special quilt...no matter what size I end up making it. Hurray for happy quilts!
The templates for the blocks are available here and here if you care to make some kaleidoscope blocks of your own. Also, I have a blog post about saving fabric while paper piecing here, if you care to read it.
borders and make it a wall/baby quilt size instead. I'm so glad I made that decision! This is a bit of a departure from my usual work, but I love it for that reason. It's good to stretch yourself once in awhile!
For the fabric, I used a mini charm pack of doe, plus Kona cotton in white and iron, all by Robert Kaufman.
I quilted it a la Carolyn Friedlander with lots of dense stitching. Some of it was done with my free motion foot, some was done with my regular foot. I didn't use my walking foot at all! It was fun to make up the quilting as I went, but I did use a hera marker to mark most of the lines. It was a nice safety net.
For the backing I used a solid goldenrod fabric. (I'm not sure of the company or color...it came from SR Harris.) I like--and don't like--that it shows ALL of the quilting. No room for error! But, it is a nice contrast to the front. I used Aurifil thread in my favorite color, 2600. I think it goes with everything!
For the binding I used an old Katie Jump Rope fabric that I scored around this time last year. I may save all of the two yards of it that I bought for binding...I LOVE how it looks on the edge of a quilt!
So much good texture in this quilt...and it hasn't even been washed yet! The quilt measures 42" square. I'm happy to have it done! Hurray for finishes!
Now it's your turn! Please link up your finishes for the week. As always, thanks for joining me for finish it up Friday!
First off, thank you ALL so much for your kind words about my oh my stars! quilt. Those long time WIPs make for especially sweet finishes! I appreciate each and every sweet comment that you left!
About a week ago, I started a new portable project. I had the need for one, since my star quilt is finished. I have to say, this quilt was quite pre-meditated!
I've wanted to make a quilt titled "dot your i's" for years and years--at least 8 years, if I had to guess. The problem is, I only had the title, but no design idea to back it up. No matter how hard I tried, the idea just wouldn't come. Well, after I made this pin cushion, I KNEW I wanted to make an entire quilt with "squircles" on a patchwork background. I recalled my title and paired the two together. Perfection!!!
Each of the irregular circles are hand basted onto a 4" background square and then appliqued down. I was inspired by Carolyn's aerial grove quilt and followed the hand applique instructions she gives in her book Savor Each Stitch.
I am using a variety of light fabric for the backgrounds (much like this quilt) and my most precious, most hoarded scraps for the circles. (Original Flea Market Fancy, Katie Jump Rope and other older Denyse Schmidt prints.) I figured since I will be hand stitching, I will get maximum enjoyment from these precious fabrics.
I decided to line up the blocks along the top edge of my design wall so I can enjoy them while the quilt is in progress. I can't believe how fast this project is growing already! I guess it goes without saying, I really like hand stitching...and scraps, for that matter! :)