Thursday, July 21, 2016

Quick and Easy Baby Quilt

Do you find yourself making baby quilts when there's no baby in sight to gift them to? Yeah, me too!  I have this thing with making something quick, easy, fun and with fabrics I love. I'm also happy that I'm practicing my FMQ skills on these low pressure projects, that's a win.

This is a fun pattern that uses just six fat quarters for the baby size and you can cut all the pieces out at once with the six layers stacked together...super quick!  There are no seams to match and the hardest part is getting the fabrics in the order that you want for each block.

I did a medium meander stipple all over this quilt.  The texture on this quilt is so nice because the batting is Warm and Plush from the Warm and Natural company.  I've heard mixed reviews on this batting, but I'm in love.  It's just a little bit more loft than the regular version and it has a lot less of the little dark bits in the cotton.  It quilts up beautifully.

The fabrics are from the Pippa collection by Ana Davis for Blend fabrics, I've had them for a while and I'm so glad I found this great pattern to use them with.

Here's to a fast first finish for the 3rd quarter of the 2016 Finish-A-Long.  Also,  a big thank you to the Finish-A-Long hosts and to Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness for the awesome Windy City Bags prize!

Linking up with Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, My Quilt Infatuation, and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

2016 Finish-A-Long Quarter 3

Quarter 2 of the Finish-A-Long was a success with five out of seven projects finished.  You can read about the five projects here.  Now onto Quarter 3,  here's my current list of hopefuls!

First up is an (mostly) Anna Maria Horner scrappy trip around the world quilt.  I've got all the strips cut and seven out of twenty-four blocks completed.  It takes a good bit of time to make one of these blocks, so I work on it here and there.

Next is a new quilt that uses a fun pattern from Quilt Basket, a local quilt shop in NY.  They have a great concept with fabric bundles called Cutie Collections along with a selection of patterns to use them.  I'm making the Follow My Lead pattern with some Alison Glass fabrics and solid background fabrics.  I don't use a lot of solids so I'm excited to see how this combination works out.

I'm using a bunch of Ana Davis's Pippa collection to make a quilt using a pattern called Big and Tall by Sunnyside Designs.

I've got some new stash treasures from Anna Maria Horner, her Mod Corsage collection.  I got it as a kit with a pattern called Grandma's Garden, so I'll be working on that.  I LOVE these fabrics!

Last on the list are a few zipper pouches using these fun Cotton and Steel fabrics.  I've made a few totes with these fabrics here and here, so matching pouches it is!

This list is pretty ambitious, but it's great to have something to work towards, we'll see how it goes.  I hope you are participating in the 2016 FAL, looking forward to seeing what everyone makes!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Quarter 2 Finish-A-Long Update

My original Quarter 2 FAL list included seven projects, which you can read about here.  I completed five of the seven projects, so that's a win in my book!  Here's the rundown on finishes, click on the title for more information on each project.

Interlock Quilt

Interlock Pillow Sham

Flora and Fauna Quilt

Turnover Quilt

Sturbridge Rail Fence Quilt

With Quarter 2 behind us, I'm looking forward to Quarter 3 of the Finish-A-Long!

Happy Sewing!