Thursday, June 30, 2016

Pocket Tote - II

I had so much fun making my first pocket tote that I kept at it and made another.  This one also features the Picnic line by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel.   What's not to love with this vintage look print, it's so cute!  I used some red webbing for the handles on this one and I love how it pops with the fabric.  If you want to see my other pocket tote and get more tips on making this bag check out this post. You can find the free pattern here.

Summer is here in New York!  What fun projects are you working on lately?

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Flora and Fauna Quilt

This week I finished another project from my 2nd quarter Finish-A-Long list!  The quilt has been a work in progress for a long time.  Two years ago at the LIQS quilt show, one of the vendors was Tara from Amelia's Garden in Delmar, NY.  Despite living in a crowded suburban area, there are no local places to purchase modern fabric, so I was super excited to see the great selection Tara had at her booth at the show.

Later on, I joined a monthly fabric club where we received four half yards of fabric and a matching spool of thread in one color.  This was a great way to build up stash. Tara always picked amazing fabrics, I was never disappointed.  I decided to make the same block each month with the fabrics, and I choose a pattern from Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter.  The pattern is from the May/June 2013 McCall's Quilting magazine and is called Boho Girl.  I love this version with the Safari Moon fabric line.

For my quilt I used a few other fabrics from my stash as well as the ones Tara sent.  I also used a different layout than the original quilt pattern, and I went with a color order arrangement of sorts.  I used an aqua polka dot for the binding which had a similar color that was in many of the blocks.  The back is a lovely print from Anna Maria Horner.  The beautiful swirl machine quilting is by AB Quilting Studio.

I'm calling this quilt Flora and Fauna because of the wonderful floral prints and the little creatures found in some of the blocks.  There are so many great fabric designers in this quilt: Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry, Tula Pink, Rae Hoekstra, Bonnie Christine, Violet Craft, Anna Maria Horner, Leah Duncan, Heather Bailey, and more!

It was so much fun to see this quilt change and progress over time.  It was a challenge not knowing what each block would look like, not knowing what each months fabric would be.  I love how it turned out in the end.  Have you had a similar experience, maybe with a BOM or mystery quilt?

Friday, June 10, 2016

Big Finish!

I'm happy to reveal my Interlock quilt today.  This was literally a big finish, ending up at 110" by 108" overall.  I'm not even going to tell you how long it took to hand bind this thing, talk about a labor of love.  You can read more about the start of this quilt here and here.

I used some of the leftovers from the jelly rolls to make a 24" pillow sham.  It's quilted in a smaller orange peel to match the big quilt.  I was considering binding this pillow, but the pattern was busy so I opted for a nice topstitched edge instead.

Quilt Stats

Pattern:  Interlock by Amy Friend (Adjusted to King Size)
Finished size:  110" by 108"
Quilted by AB Quilting Studio in Orange Peel pattern, edge to edge
Fabric:  Persimmon by Basic Grey for Moda
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 in white

The quilt and sham are finishes for my 2nd Quarter 2016 Finish-A-Long list, yeah!  I hope you've joined and are making progress on your finishes as well.