Friday, April 29, 2016

Pretty Pouches

Once again it's instant gratification time, which means more small projects.  I am always in need of gifts this time of year, so  I worked on a few scrappy improv pouches.   These are small, about 8 inches by 6 inches.  They are great to use up scraps of fabric and batting.  I tend to sew right on to the batting with these, cutting the batting to the size I want first.  They're good practice for zippers also.

These were fun spring break sewing!  Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.  

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Turnover Quilt

Hello everyone!  I've got a bunch of quilts close to being finished, but sewing time has definitely been limited around here lately.  But the good news is that spring break is here!  So, I'm starting off with a quick quilt that I made from a Moda Turnover of Color Me Happy from V and Co.  No pattern here, just join lights with a dark and then arrange the way you like.  I used a yard of coordinating fabric for the back with a small strip in between to get to 45" long.  Did some FMQ swirls and loops, still practicing, it's not easy!

This is a finish for the Quarter 2 Finish-A-Long!  Here's what I'll be working on, what are you up to?

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

2016 Finish-A-Long Quarter 2

It's time to set some more penalty free goals for the second quarter of the 2016 Finish-A-Long.  It was so exciting to see everyone link up their work for quarter 1, so many amazing projects!  I'm happy to say that I did finish a good portion of my quarter 1 goals, you can check out my recap here.

Here's the next list of hopefuls:

1- Finishing my king size Interlock with Basic Grey's Persimmon Line.  More about that here and here. I was so close to finishing for quarter 1, but I still have a little more binding (okay...a lot) to do.   

2 - I  made this mini and this mini for quarter 1, and I'm going to go for one more in quarter 2, the Tissue Box mini from Jeli Quilts.  Not sure I'll wind up using these solids, I might use some prints that read like a solid instead.

3,4,5 - I have a pillow sham to match my Interlock quilt that needs finishing and two other quilts that just need binding.

6 - One small quilt using V and Co. Color Me and back are done, needs quilting and binding.

7 - I've never done a wholecloth quilt, but I'm going to try using these two fun fabrics, it will be good practice for FMQ.  

Are you joining the 2016 Quarter 2 Finish-A-long? Can't wait to see what you make!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Quarter 1 Finish-A-Long Update

When I decided to participate in the 2016 Finish-A-Long I didn't realize what a great motivator it would be.  It really helped keep me focused on finishing things...and isn't that the point!  I had seven potential projects on the list and I finished four of them.  One of my projects is super close to finishing, just needs binding, but it just didn't make the finish line.  Not a problem, I'll add it to the quarter 2 list!

I had four quilt tops on my Q1 list.  I managed to get two finished, my Mustang Quilt and my Bluebird Park Quilt.

I made two mini quilts, one from Cluck Cluck Sew, the Pow Wow Mini, and one from Jaybird Quilts, Off the Rail Mini.

Will you be joining the 2016 Finish-A-Long for quarter 2...I hope so!

Linking with Fabric Frenzy Friday.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Bluebird Park Quilt

One of my favorite patterns is the disappearing nine patch, it has so many great variations.  The original pattern is pretty scrappy, but if you are like me and enjoy a little more order you can really coax some beauties out of such a simple technique.  If you haven't tried a disappearing nine patch yet, I highly recommend it, you'll be hooked!

Here's my recent finish of a disappearing nine patch, where I used a solid color center and then turned the cut blocks so that the four smaller centers would be the outside corners of the new block.  For this quilt I also decided to separate the individual blocks with sashing.

The fabric is Bluebird Park from Kate and Birdie Paper Co.  How cute are these hedgehogs!

Check out this post for another variation I made, and check out my pinterest board for even more inspiration.  I love this tutorial for a Mondernized D9P from Kristy at St. Louis Folk Victorian.  Kristy's version is definitely on my to do list, and will hopefully put a dent in my charm pack stash!

What pattern inspires you?

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.  This is also a finish for my Quarter 1 Finish-A-Long!
Quilting by AB Quilting Studio.