quilting, sewing

sherbet pips quilt

I did it, I made myself cut them up.  Remember those Sherbet Pips?  I landed on this fun tutorial over at Moda Bake Shop and I love me some squares in squares. 

I used Kona medium gray and ash as the borders because I thought they balanced out the pinks and reds nicely.  The binding is from Moda’s It’s a Hoot line, love it.  Lucky for me, my local quilt shop is carrying at least part of the collection. 
As you already may know, this quilt is Natalie’s Christmas present from me, and I know she’s going to love it.  So knowing it would be hers, I had to use flannel for the backing because I knew she wouldn’t want to cuddle with it unless it was warm and cozy. 
And I’d just like to say that the aqua fabric in the backing had one of the shortest turn around times in my fabric pile.  I had gotten it in the afternoon, washed it, and was sewing it up and basting it all in one night.  I didn’t even plan it like that, so it was kind of nice.  It’s part of Patty Young‘s new Sanctuary collection.
I’m also really proud of this quilt because it’s the first time I did free motion quilting on a quilt, it’s the largest quilt I’ve ever made (50×62), and I didn’t get any wrinkles in the backing.  Yay. 
And of course I love the way it crinkled up now that it’s washed!  Thanks Aneela for designing such cute fabrics, I can’t wait to get some more.  I’m thinking they’ll be great for children’s clothes.  ♥
quilting, sewing

halloween table runner

I just had to have some of Riley Blake’s Boo to You fabric, and so when I realized a few days ago that I hadn’t used it all, I decided it should be a table runner.

You see, I really haven’t gotten to that point in my life where I decorate for each season or holiday.  I know, I really need to start working on it.  Especially for Christmas.  But anyway, we have a nice long dining table and not much on it (except the usual paints and markers), so I thought we’d add some fun and color!
I just made three log cabin style blocks and a pieced backing and out came a table runner!  So happy I had it finished in time to enjoy it yesterday. 
It was also the first time I decided to machine stitch the binding on.  I remembered Rita from Red Pepper Quilts does such a lovely job on hers, so I dashed over to her tutorial and gave it a shot.  I really love how quick it was, but definitely would need more practice.  I think I tried to sew over one missed spot 3 times!  oops! 
Hope you had a Happy Halloween!
patchwork, quilting, sewing

giant i-spy pillow

I’ve been sucked in by the cuteness of I-spy stuff!  Thanks to a couple people of course.  Of course you’ve all seen Care‘s lovely I-spy creations and maybe participated in some of her I-spy swaps, right?! 
Well, the other day I opened my reader and there was a post by Amy from Diary of a Quilter.  She had put together these lovely I-spy packs for her etsy shop.  You know I had to scoop one up for myself, who can resist a little fun retro goodness?  Not me.
 
The girls and I had fun flipping through the cute little stack of fabrics.  I secretly plotted out what I would be making.  Someday I might make an I-spy quilt (especially if Amy adds another round to her shop), but for now I was hooked on making some pillows!  If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know how I love a good pillow. 
So this was the first pillow (there’s a couple more in the works as I write this) and I LOVE it!  LOVE!  I’m pretty sure when I finished sewing it, I squealed.  Kinda weird, I know.  Anyway, I also had my first real try at free motion quilting.  I think it was pretty successful, you can’t even see the spots where I messed up, so that makes it even better.  Love this euro size pillow, definitely one of my go to pillow forms now. 
And of course you can’t go wrong with an invisible zipper! 

I love how it adds a bit of brightness and cheer to the space and it’s huggable.  ♥