Sunday, March 25, 2018

Clementine Quilt Along: Month 3

Here are the blocks for the Clementine Quilt Along Month 3. Aren't they fabulous? You can join us and find the patterns here:
I am keeping up with the Spelling Bee Sew Along and yesterday we made the S blocks. I am really looking forward to completing this one because the blocks are so cute--it will be a fantastic quilt and it has been so much fun sewing it each week.
I started cutting into my leftover Kona scraps from my Postcard from Sweden. Isn't this rainbow gorgeous? I am making half square triangles for this and I did decide to use a white background.
You can find the free pattern here:
I think I have enough Kona to make this too. I know I have spring fever as I am drawn to these bright, happy colors. My spring break is the first week in April and I am ready for a mega sewing week!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Scrap Quilting

My favorite kind of quilting is scrap quilting which is why I like so many of Lori Holt's designs because they lend themselves to using scraps. This week we made the scrappy heart and globe blocks for the Spelling Bee Sew Along.
Since it was St. Patrick's Day, I decided to make a curved log cabin block in greens. I have not joined in on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2018, but I have been itching to start a scrappy project--a curved log cabin quilt to keep for myself. Having a ongoing scrap project is my favorite, so this is it.
 Today, I finished up a purple block 
and a light blue block too.
Earlier in the week, I made my Clementine March Blocks for that quilt along and had some leftover half square triangles. I made this little zip pouch for a friend.
 I had to go to Joann's to pick up some scrap booking paper and of course I always check what they have on sale. I found this fantastic white with black print for $5 a yard. I think it will make the perfect backing for my Postcard from Sweden Quilt. I got 8.5 yards of it, so I can use it for another backing too.
The scrapbooking paper was for a Spring Care Package for my daughter--I always line the large priority mail boxes with five pieces of scrapbooking paper that I trim a little and tape it inside. My daughter had her spring break this last week and went to California to visit her grandma, so we did not get to see her--I hope these goodies remind her we miss her!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hideaway Quilt Along

Greetings! This is my version of the Hideaway Quilt--I opted for a black with gray polka dots for my sashing and binding. The black really frames the fabulous panels and the big blocks. Everything else is exactly what the free pattern used. (There is a link below.)
Using panels is a great way to make a baby quilt quickly, and Art Gallery Fabrics created these fun and modern looking panels with positive messages along with the adorable factor! They are part of their Nest collection.
Since the fabrics are modern and sleek, I decided to quilt it with a modern one inch grid pattern.
Isn't this bear precious?
The pieced blocks are big, simple, and speedy to make. You only have to make four of the X's and four of the +'s. I spent a lot more time grid quilting this than piecing.  This is a very good sized baby/toddler quilt that finishes 58 1/2" x 58 1/2"
For my backing, I used a white with black dots that make circular patterns to offset all of my quilting squares.  Kimberly from the Fat Quarter Shop has an awesome tutorial available on You Tube, here is the link:
Here is the pattern:

Thank you Fat Quarter Shop for providing the fabrics for the top! I had a great time making this quilt.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Postcard from Sweden Top

 Check it out--I have my Postcard from Sweden top done! I made the bigger version so it is 60" x 72".  I just signed up to take a walking foot quilting class for two days over my spring break the first week in April. I think I will wait to quilt this until my class because maybe I can get a great idea. I have never been a big fan of solids, but I have to say I love this! 
I have lots of Kona leftovers from my kit, so I am thinking of starting another project with them. This free pattern has been tempting me to put them to use. 
I just have not been able to decide between a white or a gray background.
I am keeping up with my blocks of the month and I have a secret project for the Fat Quarter Shop in the dryer right now--I get to reveal it on Thursday.
I have labels to embroider for Slow Sunday Stitching
and Monday off, so maybe I will start something new!


Sunday, March 4, 2018

March OMG & Spelling Bee Blocks

 I have been working on some secret sewing for the Fat Quarter Shop again. This time it is a baby quilt project--big blocks and a sweet panel.
Here are some of the fabrics up close. My top is indeed done, but I have about a week to get it all quilted. I am making this my One Monthly Goal (OMG) for March. Check out everyone's goals here:
I have been keeping up with my Spelling Bee Blocks for that quilt along.  I have spent the whole weekend in my sewing room and I even got my Postcard from Sweden top done for that quilt along. It has been really windy here and it just started snowing, so I will have to wait for pictures of that one. 

I am all caught up with my binding, but I will enjoy some Slow Sunday Stitching of a quilt label or two.