Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Honey Honey Quilt

I'm super happy to finally have this quilt finished.  I had purchased a dessert roll of Honey Honey by Katie Spain over a year ago.  I found this Cobblestone Path Quilt pattern by Pauline Francis at the Moda Bake Shop.  Pauline has three versions of this quilt using different fabrics and one of them was done in Honey Honey.  It was so pretty I knew I had to make my own version.  When I read the directions I realized I would be able to make a bigger quilt than the pattern so I made some adjustments and added additional rows and columns.

I can't say enough of how much I love Kate Spain's designs.  The floral prints are so gorgeous in this collection.  My favorite is the navy floral, which worked really well as the border fabric.  It was a great contrast to the Moda Bella Solids Off-White fabric that I used for the sashing.  I had it quilted locally on a long-arm in an all over loop and flower pattern to go with the fabric collection.

This is definitely a keeper...feels good to finish something for myself.

Linking up with Kelly at Needle and Thread Thursday and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday, July 10, 2015

That's How I Roll Tote

Right now I have five quilt tops that need to be put together and quilted.  But somehow I just keep finding quick short projects that give me instant gratification...I'm sure you can relate!  Here is a quick tote in Anna Maria Horner's Honor Roll line.  I got it as a kit from Craftsy on sale a few weeks ago.  I just love the colors and the beautiful patterns on the fabric.  It's a larger size tote, so it's great for packing all your summer essentials. 

The pattern is actually a FREE pattern on the Make it Coats website, so you can download the pdf now if you like the tote. Their website is not that easy to navigate, but I've found a few patterns from kits on Craftsy are actually free patterns on that website, so check there if you like the pattern but want to use your own fabric. 

From past bag making experience I did use Pellon Shape Flex 101 on the handle fabric to make it more sturdy.  I find the handles a little long at 32 inches, so you may want to shorten them a little.  The pattern calls for cutting the handles WOF, but you really could cut at 32 inches or less and have some leftover fabric.  The instructions call for a 1/4 inch seam for everything, which is fine for piecing the strips, but I used a 1/2 inch for the rest of the bag so I could easily open the seams to match them on the sides when I put the bag together.  I used fusible fleece for the batting, but you could use Soft and Stable if you wanted a more structured bag. 

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts!