Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Stash Builder Box

I recently received a fun package in the mail from Stash Builder Box, it's a monthly quilting box that features fabric, notions, patterns delivered monthly to your door.   
The unique thing about this box is for every box purchased, they donate a portion of the proceeds to making quilts for children in need.  Isn't that great? 

Inside my box were notions, beautiful Riley Blake Fabrics and patterns.  I'm excited to try them out, I love the floral prints, and even more excited to see people helping people.  If you want to help out, other than the subscription purchase, you can find out more here.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

tiger lily

I am a long time fan of Heather Ross and LOVE her latest fabric line, Tiger Lily, especially those little ballerinas.  Another baby quilt, based almost completely off this quilt, and I am not finished with this design.  I love it, expect to see it again soon.

 Backing, girls in trees.
binding was hard for me.  I didn't have enough of any of the fabric to bind it, so I went with these feathers.  I love how subtle they are.
 Minimally quilted to keep it soft.  This corner is probably my favorite.

Quilt stats:
Finished size:  37in x 48in (after washing and drying)
Pattern:  Inspiration here.  Half square triangles (started with 5in squares).
Fabric:  front--Kona Snow and Tiger lily and pink solids.  back--Tiger Lily by Heather Ross for Wyndham.  binding--Wonderland, Cheshire Feathers
Batting:  Warm and White

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

My Fabric Designs

I was recently given the opportunity to try out a new to me fabric printing company, My Fabric Designs.  My Fabric Designs allows you to design your own custom fabric and print it by the yard.  

I am in no way a designer, but I have purchased and browsed enough fabric to know what I like.  I had no plans to actually design fabric myself, but I thought, why not?  This is the perfect opportunity.   My first batch were the two prints pictured above.  Plus signs and large polka dots.  I knew I wanted to use these as backing fabric, so I kept the design large, but it can be easily scaled down.
 After I gained a little confidence, I decided to draw to fruit.  I made pineapples, strawberries, watermelon and blackberries (although my family all say it looks like grapes).  I love the way the turned out.  They aren't perfect (my fault, not the fabric printer).  I am really impressed with how well the colors printed.  They are true to what I uploaded.  The pineapple, strawberry and watermellon were all made with brush markers(tombow) and pointed pen, the blackberries are watercolor, and the variations and shading that occur with water color came through so well on the fabric.  

I do not have any fancy computer programs, I don't even own photoshop or illustrator, I used pen and paper, scanned it into my computer and uploaded to My Fabric Designs.  If I can do it, anyone can do it!
As I mentioned earlier, I wanted the top fabrics for backing...I'll show them to you a little later, but I used the fruit fabric to make some placemats and napkins.  So fun to use something I made.
Both have been washed, and the colors held up really well.  No noticeable fading.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

more farmer's wife blocks

I've been working on my Farmer's Wife blocks again.  I love making these blocks, they are small enough that most come from my scrap bin, some are really quick and others take more time.

I think I've settled on a size.  I'm going to make it throw size, so 8x10 (blocks)--maybe even 9x11.  So far I've made 48 blocks (see here), so I have 32 more to make.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Four Square

This is one of those quilts that I didn't really like until it was finished.  I started those blocks several years ago and put them away when I wasn't really feeling it anymore.  
A year or so later I pinned this quilt and knew I could make these 4 patch blocks work. 
I used Kona Essex Linen for sashing, and (I know I am going to be in the minority here) it was not my favorite to work with.  I'm not exactly sure what I didn't like about it, maybe the weight, and it definitely frayed easier.  But anyway, it's really pretty.  I do love the way it looks and in the end it turned out really great.

 I quilted figure 8's, my first time trying this pattern.  I used the grid in the quilt pattern as a guide and I love how it turned out.  I will definitely try it again.

I gave this quilt to my in-laws for Christmas.  I feel like it is a mellow enough pattern and fabrics are "neutral" enough to go with just about anything.

Quilt stats:
Size:  67in x 67in
Pattern:  none (each block measured 8.5 inches.  I strip pieced it.  Each strip was 2.5 inches.  I sewed 4 together and then flipped each row). 
Fabric:  4 patch blocks are mostly Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter.  Sashing is Kona Essex linen in Flax.  Binding is Denyse Schmidt, Hope Valley
Batting:  Warm and White.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Apple Hot Pad

I love making hot pads for a quick project in between bigger ones.  I saw this pattern, by Charise of Charise Creates and wanted to try it out.
I love that it has pockets to make holding it and hot things easier.  

The back is my favorite part.  I love that fabric from Ayumi.  Sewing on the binding was a little tricky around those curves, and I lost some of the apple definition at the bottom, but I think it turned out just fine.  I cannot wait to try another one.  (There's also a pear pattern).
Insul-Bright is a MUST in hot pads, it's wonderful, keeps hands safe from heat and is easy to sew with. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Knitted Dishcloths

I am by no means a knitter, but I really, really love the knitted dishcloths for wiping my counters everyday.  So with a lot of help from you tube,  I learned to make them myself.  
If you haven't used them yourself, you really should.  Funny story, I was given a set when we got married, and we thought they were hot pads...my husband and I always complained that they were the worst hot pads in the world (and they are).  Then a friend told me they were dishcloths (about 12 years later)...you get them wet, ring them out, and wipe up messes... and once I used them I didn't want to use anything else.

I am in the process of replacing my old worn out ones, and I love them all over again. 

Materials:  100% cotton yarn.  worsted weight.  I like sugar 'n cream, peaches and cream, bernat.  You can find them at JoAnn or Walmart.
Pattern/Tutorial:  Pink Knits
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