Sunday, July 31, 2011

H2H Finale

I know I've been blogging about my finished H2H quilts over the past couple of days, but here's a quick round-up...

From the awesome French General fabric that Vicki sent me, I made this quilt.

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(See here for more information)

Then I made this quilt.

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(More information found here.)

I also decided to send my Kona Solids Charm Pack Challenge quilt. It was the perfect size, and I didn't have any immediate need for it. To read more about it, see here.

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Be sure to check out Sarah's post today to see all the other finished h2h quilts that are on their way to an orphanage in Romania with Clint and Judi!!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Final H2H Quilt!

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For my last H2H quilt, I decided to bust as much of my stash as possible. You see, I have these two bolts of fabric that Mom bought 7-8 years ago, and then forgot about. When they moved out of their house a couple of years ago, I went home one weekend to help clean out the attics and found the bolts. My eyes lit up at the thought of having not one but Two Whole Bolts of Fabric in the house. She saw that excitement and told me I could have them.

This was an awesome development. The problem: I'm not really sure how to use that much of 2 fabrics. So I've been sneaking them into backings where I can and calling it a day.

The pattern is a variation of the Double Four-Patch tutorial I posted. I used the grey-ish tan print that Vicki sent me as the charm squares and the red background. The red background in this quilt comes from one of the bolts. You might recognize it from the backing of my Winter White quilt a month or so ago. The selvedge says it's from the Folk Art Christmas line by Robyn Pandolph for Moda.

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The backing for this quilt is from the other bolt. This is the print that really confounds me and my stash. It's a Kansas Troubles fabric from way back when, so I guess if I get a hankering to make some Little House on the Prairie style quilts, this can be my go-to fabric. On a related note, I'm really into the craze of sewing the leftover blocks into the backing of the quilt. No orphan blocks!!

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Another notable feature of the quilt is that it's the first quilt that's completely bound on the machine. I initially tried out this method. But then Brita posted some helpful tips today that I think I'll try to incorporate for the next time around.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for an H2H round-up!

Vital stats:
Started: May 2011
Finished: July 2011
Machine-pieced, machine-quilted.

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Finished H2H Quilt!

Do you ever make a quilt for charity where it's kind of tough to follow through and give it away? Yeah, this is one of those quilts for me.

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It started out with these fabrics.

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Then, I added in some solid brown fabric for the background, and by the time I started to put the blocks together, I was completely smitten. This Moda Bake Shop tutorial was largely my inspiration for the overall pattern.

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Alas, I was strong and packed up this quilt and a couple of other H2H quilts and sent them along their merry way via the UPS store this afternoon after work.

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For the quilting, I stitched an overall stippling loop. It's one of my snappiest quilting designs thus far.

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For the backing, I pulled a couple of novelty prints from my stash - a Winnie the Pooh fabric (on the left) and a Noah's Ark fabric (on the right). They blended well with the colors on the top and made the quilt a bit more childlike overall. 

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It makes me a little sad to see this quilt leave, but I'm confident it will find its way to someone who will love it. 

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Please note the dog peeking through the back door, wishing he could be in outside crashing my photo shoot.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Just One Charm Pack - Yet Another Coin Quilt

Disclaimer: You guys, I cannot claim to be the genius behind this project. Essentially, it’s a bigger version of Vicki’s Skinny Verna table runner tutorial at Moda Bake Shop. I’ve just expanded it to use up an entire charm pack. So, I’m going to refer you to her tutorial for many of the steps to give credit where it’s due. I almost feel like this one’s a “cheater” tutorial, since it’s obviously not original or that difficult to figure out, but it’s just so stinkin’ cute that I couldn’t help but share.


Supplies:
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  • 1 charm pack or (42) 5” squares- I’m using Buttercup by Fig Tree Quilts
  • 1 yard of background print - I’m using Kona Cream 
  • 3/4 yd of fabric for inner border and binding - Mine came from the Whimsy collection by Fig Tree Quilts
  • 1 yd of fabric for outer border - another Fig Tree Whimsy print
  • batting - at least 50x54
  • 3 yds fabric for backing
Cutting Instructions:


From the charm squares...
Following Vicki’s tutorial, cut each charm square into (4) 1.25”x5” strips. While you’re there, ogle over the cuteness of her Verna strips and lament the fact that this fabric is becoming impossible to find.


From the background:


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  • Cut (4) 2.5”xWOF strips
  • Cut (3) 4.5”xWOF strips
From the inner border print:
Cut (4) 2.5”xWOF strips
Set aside the rest of the fabric for the binding. I usually cut my binding strips 2" or 2.25” wide on the straight grain of the fabric. 


From the outer border print:
Cut (4) 5.5”xWOF strips.


Piecing Instructions:
Following Vicki’s tutorial, arrange and piece together the strips from your charm pack prints.


*Tip: I know it’s tedious, but I prefer to press before I add a new strip to the set to prevent bowing and wavy strips. For this project, I pressed my seams open in the charm strip sets. 


Instead of making just one charm strip as the original tutorial indicates, make 4 strip sets total that measure roughly 31.5” long.


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Despite my noblest intentions, my strips still turned out a little wavy and wonky (see above), so I trimmed about ¼” off both sides of each strip to square each strip to 4.5”x30.5”


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Lay out the pieced charm strips and the background strips in this order:


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  • 2.5”x30.5” background strip
  • 4.5”x30.5” charm strip set
  • 4.5”x30.5” background strip
  • 4.5”x30.5”charm strip set
  • 4.5”x30.5” background strip
  • 4.5”x30.5” charm strip set
Sew the rows together in order, being sure to press each row. Trim the extra background tails flush with the edges of the charm strips.

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Then add a 2.5" strip to the remaining sides of the quilt. 

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Trim those tails flush with the opposite ends of the quilt.

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Adding Borders: I do NOT add borders the way I’m supposed to. I know this. It’s something that probably should keep me up at night, but it doesn’t. If you prefer to add borders another way, please avert your eyes and ignore the next few steps.
Take the (2) 2.5”xWOF” inner border strips and with right sides together, pin one strip to the top of the center and the other to the bottom of the center. Sew together, then press towards the border.

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Rinse and repeat with the remaining (2) 2.5”xWOF inner border strips, attaching them to the sides. Press towards towards the border print.

Repeat the process with the 5.5” outer border strips, attaching them to the sides with pins, right sides together. Sew, trim extra borders, and then press towards the outer border.

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Repeat on the remaining 2 sides.

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And now your quilt top's done. Mine measured about 47"x61"

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Now it's time to talk about backing. I didn't have 3 full yards of a coordinating print, but I did have a yard here and yard and a half there of fabrics that worked, so I laid out all my leftover Fig Tree fabrics end to end, and sewed them together to create one big 3-yard piece.

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Once you have your 3 yard piece of backing, cut two 53.5"xWOF strips and sew them together along the 53.5" sides.

After pressing, you're ready to baste, quilt, and bind! (If only it was that easy, right?)

Here's my finished product.

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I hope you enjoy the tutorial!! Like most coin quilts, it comes together really quickly, so it's ideal if you need to put together a quilt quickly. Enjoy!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Yet Another Coin Quilt

This quilt has been waiting in the wings for a few weeks now. I finished it before the Kona solids flurry of activity, but it's taken me awhile to make time for a photo shoot and to gather my thoughts about it.

I'm very pleased to introduce you to Yet Another Coin Quilt.

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I used a charm pack of Buttercup by Fig Tree Quilts to make the coins, the background = Kona Cream, and the borders and binding came from Whimsy, another Fig Tree Quilts collection from a year or two ago.

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The backing fabric is a combination of leftover Fig Tree and 3 Sisters prints I had in my stash - Hurrah for using up the stash!

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The quilting is a paisley-type echoed scallop pattern. I think I first saw this pattern in action here (blogged here). Then I decided to shamelessly copy try my own hand at  it. I've used this pattern in the borders of my Christmas-y inverted 9-patch quilt and again in the borders of my first double diamond 4-patch quilt. But this coins quilt is the first time I've attempted to quilt it over the entire surface of a quilt. You guys, this quilting pattern takes forever, compared to your run of the mill stippling. Maybe speed comes with practice?

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Stick around for a(nother coin quilt) tutorial later this week!

Vital Statistics:

  • Started: May 2011
  • Finished: June 2011
  • Machine-pieced, machine quilted
  • Fabric: Buttercup by Fig Tree Quilts, Whimsy by Fig Tree Quilts, and Kona Cream


The Swing of Things

This past weekend, Mom and I met up in Knoxville for the AQS show. We had a great time looking at all the quilts and shopping our pants off at both the show and at Gina's Bernina Quilt Shop there in town. (Okay, we didn't literally shop our pants off. That might have scandalized the vast majority of show attendees.)

My loot:

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My latest obsession: These 5-yard bundles of last year's fabric that kept popping up in booths. I'm absolutely enamored. I restrained myself and only bought two - one of a few Fandango prints (even though I've already made a quilt with Fandango) and another of coordinating prints from assorted designers and manufacturers.

I also snagged one of those Angler rulers to try out. I have high hopes I'll save time by not having to mark all those lines on the wrong side of my half-square triangle and flying geese units. I'll let you know how it goes.

I wish I could show you photos, but most shows ask that you not share your photos online for copyright reasons. I'm a rule-follower through and through, so I'm dutifully resisting the urge to post all my pictures on flickr.

All passive disgruntlement aside, if you get the chance to go to an AQS show or any quilt show for that matter, you should go. There's always a ton of inspiration to be found, even if it can't be shared on the Interwebz. If you're lucky, you'll probably also stumble upon some hot quilting deals.

As I was straightening up the sewing room last night, I found my Bee Splendid packet for June. Yes, JUNE! I'm terrible. So I spent the rest of my free time last night making some HST blocks from Amy Butler's Love fabric for Tracey.

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Please excuse the blurriness of the photo. Apparently, my tired brain thought that photo was in focus last night.

Here's what we're eating this week:
To see what other folks are eating this week, be sure to check out OrgJunkie's Menu Plan Monday post for today. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Kona Charm Pack Quilt - FINISHED

I didn't think I could do it, but I did.

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I polished off a quilt in a week. Here are a few grainy snapshots of the quilt in process.

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Here's another picture of the finished product.

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Essentially, it's a wonky variation of my Double 4-Patch tutorial. I roughly followed this tutorial to refresh my memory on wonky piecing. I squared up the wonky 4-patches to about 4" and matched them all up with a 4" dark gray background square to create the larger 4-patch block.

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Then I used this layout variation, bordered the middle with some more background fabric, pieced the backing with a purple jacquard print from Joann's that doesn't match at all (though I still love it), basted, quilted, and then bound the thing.

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For the quilting, I used Oh Fransson's square stippling pattern that she used for her Tokyo Subway Map Quilt-Along a few months back. I might go back and stitch in the ditch around the wonky patches to make them puff up a bit more.

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Thanks so much to Robert Kaufman for generously donating charm packs for this guild challenge. Be sure to check out our guild's flickr pool and the Modern Quilt Guild's flickr pool for some great eye candy for this challenge!

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Vital Stats:
  • Started: July 2011
  • Finished: July 2011
  • Machine-pieced, machine quilted
  • Fabric: Kona Dusty Charm Pack, Kona Charcoal Gray (background); Kona Grass (binding)
Now, I'm off to work on my H2H projects and polish off some tardy bee blocks.

If you're here for the food, here's what we've been noshing on this week:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Radio Silence

Just a heads-up that things will be pretty quiet 'round these here parts this week. My nose is to the grindstone, working on the TMQG Robert Kaufman Charm Swap. The guild is doing it's big reveal this Sunday.

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(To allay any who fellow TMQG-ers who happen to be concerned, I have, in fact, cut into my charm pack. I just haven't taken any photos of the project since this one. Quilt blogger FAIL.)

I'll try to remember and snap some (grainy) in-process pics with my phone and upload them to flickr. Keep an eye out on my flickr stream for the eye candy if you're so inclined.

Lest you think I'm leaving the Husbatron to his own devices for food, here's what we're eating this week:
Check out OrgJunkie's edition of Menu Plan Monday if you'd like to see some other weekly menu plans from around the interwebz.