Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Modern Plus Sign Quilts Blog Hop {Pinwheel Plus Quilt}

Today is my day to share as part of the Modern Plus Sign Quilts blog hop! I am so honored that Cheryl and Paige have asked me to make a quilt for the blog hop celebrating the release of their wonderful book!

Photo Courtesy C&T publishing

This book is extremely fun because it incorporates a wide variety of different techniques to create striking modern quilts!

The quilt from the book that I've created is a smaller version of the Pinwheel Plus quilt. Here's a picture of the original quilt:

Photo courtesy of C&T Publishing

I decided to make a version of this quilt with 16 blocks for a boy baby quilt with blue and grey fabrics from Lily and Will Revisited by Bunny Hill Designs.

I love the original quilt -- the grey pinwheels with the white background allow the colored plus signs to really pop -- so I wanted to keep my version similar but exchanged the pink for light blues. I used a 4x4 layout instead of a 6x6 layout, so my quilt top is approximately 40" square with the borders that I added.

I quilted this with simple loops and used the blue plaid fabric as the binding.

Please check out the other bloggers on the hop as well as this wonderful new book! My latest QAL just started and I'd love for you to join! Don't miss out on the giveaway hosted by Cheryl and Paige today too!

Monday, March 12th
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Tuesday, March 13th
Kitty @ Night Quilter
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod

Wednesday, March 14th
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
Abigail @ Cut & Alter
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! Quilts
Karen @ Run Sew Fun

Thursday, March 15th

Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

 Friday, March 16th
Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts
Christa @ Christa Quilts

Monday, March 19th
Jessica @ Quilty Habit

Tuesday, March 20th
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Wednesday, March 21st (that's today!)
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts (that's me!)

Thursday, March 22nd
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne

Friday, March 23rd
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Monday, March 19, 2018

Blocked Rainbow QAL {Introduction and Kona Sale!}

It's kick-off day hooray! Today I'll be sharing all about the details of the quilt along including yardage, a special Kona sale in our HBD Etsy shop, and more about the quilt!

To start - why this quilt? I chose this quilt as it's a great project for quilters of any skill level. The individual blocks use basic quilting techniques but is more modern than your standard sampler. It is a sampler in that you're using a variety of different blocks, but uses the blocks to create the secondary rainbow design.

With individual blocks, it's easy to modify this to be a scrappy quilt or to make each set of blocks in a single fabric, as I did in the original. This quilt along also has the option to make larger blocks in the same patterns to make a twin sized quilt! I'll be sharing suggestions as we go along if you're making a scrappy version.

Let's jump in! To get a printable version of our quilt introduction (including yardage requirements and our schedule) click on over to Craftsy!

Here are the yardage requirements for each size:

Our Etsy shop is now offering yardage specials for those of you interested in buying Kona solids as your background for the quilt along! The throw yardage bundle (2.5 yards) will be $15 + flat rate shipping and the twin yardage bundle (4.5 yards) will be $27 + flat rate shipping.

For my quilt, I'm using a variety of Island Batik fabrics that I set aside from last year's Island Batik Ambassador boxes and some that I pulled out from this year's box! I'm going to use Kona Black for my background. I'm using 3-4 different fabrics for ROYGB and one purple fabric.

We hope that you will join in on making a fun quilt! Join our Facebook Group and use the hashtag #BlockedRainbowQAL on Instagram to share your pics and progress!

March 19 - Introduction, Yardage Requirements, Kona Sale with HBD (that's today!)
March 26 - Sponsors, Background Spacer cutting, Color Suggestions
April 2- Red Pinwheels
April 9 - Orange Churn Dashes
April 16 - Yellow Flying Geese
April 23 - Green Sawtooth Stars
April 30 - Blue Bowties
May 7 - Purple Bear Paws
May 14 - Catch up week/Mother's Day
May 21 - Setting directions
May 28 - Catch up week/Memorial Day
June 4 - Finished Quilt Top Parade/Link Up

Monday, March 12, 2018

Double Delight {Happy & Scrappy}

Now that my main scrappy projects from last year (Top Spin, On Ringo Lake, Magnolia Mystery Quilt) are done being pieced, and my Donuts quilt is getting closer and closer to being ready to assemble, I have been searching and contemplating a new scrappy project for myself.

I considered a lot of things, wanting a project I could pick up and put away easily as well as could be easily adapted to leaders and enders (because Donuts isn't great for leaders and enders!) and settled on Bonnie Hunter's Double Delight pattern which is free on her site. My color scheme will be identical as the original excepting subbing in chartreuse for cheddar and mulberry for brown. I drew up a mock version of what the Rolling Star block would look like in my color scheme and I like it very much!

Since I got a little too excited about starting the cutting for this quilt, I didn't realize until most of the way through the cutting that I don't actually have enough cream or pink scraps in the right shades for the whole quilt. Oops. I did have enough fabrics for the navy, mulberry, and chartreuse sections, but just barely!

I did as much sewing on the corner square-in-a-square units as my fabrics would allow -- I got all of the green corner triangles sewn, and about half of the units have one cream corner triangles attached.

I have all the necessary units cut for the side square-in-a-square units, so that has been my side project/leader and ender project over the last two weeks. I'm done with these units and they are ready to be trimmed to size!

I have quite a few pink and cream strips sewn and trimmed into sections for the nine-patch blocks, but will have to make lots more. I am sticking with the two pink-one-cream units until I have enough and then I'll switch to the two cream-one pink units.

My plan is to pick up a few fat quarters and half yards of the right shades of cream (I'll need approximately 2 yards more of the cream!) and pink (I'll need to add in about a yard) each time I am near one of my local quilt shops (or semi-local, rather -- all of them are about a half hour away). This is mainly going to be a leader and ender project and I still have lots of sewing I can on these units until I actually am going to physically need cream and pink fabrics in my possession to add in to the quilt.

Sharing at Let's Bee Social!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Odori Quilt {AGF Stitched with the Fat Quarter Shop}

Good morning, quilt friends! Today I'm joining in with the Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics for the Odori Quilt Hop!

This is a fun strip piecing quilt that uses the spider web ruler from Creative Grids (not an affiliate link) and you can get the pattern here! The original quilt (and quilt kit!) uses Love Story by Maureen Cracknell -- I used the Bachelorette Fusion line for my quilt. 

The fun thing about this quilt is that you don't need that much of any one print! I enjoyed being able to pick out and play with these fabrics.

Since you cut your strips in different sizes, I used the two larger prints for my larger width strips. I also made sure that my strip sets had lots of contrast!

One little tip: If you stagger your strips when sewing your strip sets, you can usually get an extra triangle or two out of your strip sets! Use your ruler to estimate where to line things up.

Another tip! If you press half of your strip sets one direction and half of your strip sets in the other direction, you can nest your seams once you're putting your blocks together!

I like that just two different strip set arrangements can make different looking blocks! Here are all four of my blocks laid out before I made the larger blocks.

My blocks went together so easily! I also have to say that I am in love with the metallic polka dot background fabric. I think this is going to be a perfect little baby quilt! 

For the quilting, I did simple loops all over the quilt! I used some flannel for the backing and the quilting went so quickly!

I used the fun stripe from this line for the binding.

This is such a sweet little quilt!

Check out the other bloggers on the hop:

Kristina @ Center Street Quilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod
Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun than Housework
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
Karen @ Lady K Quilts
Kristen @ Meadowbrook
Kimberly @ Making Kate's Quilts
Alisa @ A Stitch In Between
Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts (that's me!)

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to share pictures of your own version of this quilt on Instagram with the hashtag #OdoriQuilt!

Sharing at Finish it up Friday!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Goodbye, Comfort Zone {March IBA Challenge}

This month our Island Batik Ambassador challenge is truly a challenge -- we have been tasked to "try a technique" -- something that we've never done before!

I've used quite a variety of techniques in my nearly 15 years of quilting! Hand applique, machine applique, templates, paper piecing, free motion quilting, quilt as you go, walking foot quilting, mystery quilts, quilt alongs, designing quilts, strip piecing, leaders and enders, improv piecing, to name just a few! It was slightly difficult to come up with a list of techniques that I haven't tried that I was interested in trying! I'm not necessarily interested in garment making or bag making, which were my first two ideas.

I ultimately decided what I wanted to work on this month was to make a mini quilt or table runner that used bias tape applique. I didn't want to pick something that I would potentially do once and abandon -- I think bias tape applique is a good skill to add to my arsenal! I pulled a few fat eights from my Sunflower Serenade bundle to work with for this project, which I think will end up being a table runner.

I started working with the wider 1/2" bias tape maker and cut my own strips of fusible web because the roll above is only 1/4" wide and supposed to be used with the smaller 1/4" bias tape maker on the right.

I cut 8.5" squares from two different fabrics and these are going to act as my block bases.

I used the pink and purple zig-zag stripe for my bias tape fabric. It really didn't take that long for me to turn my strips of fabric into pressed bias tape! Easy peasy! (don't you just love my obnoxious ironing board cover?)

I "drew" various curved lines on four different blocks. After ironing on the fusible strips, I pinned my desired curves, pressed the strips to the block base, and used purple thread to attach the strips to blocks.

Here are my other three blocks:

Here are all four together:

Now to decide how to put these together! I'm not sure if I am going to add more blocks with applique or additional plain blocks.

Are there any techniques that you haven't tried yet that you're itching to try? Any tips for me in my bias tape adventures?

Today starts the Magnolia Mystery Quilt Parade at Meadow Mist Designs! My quilt top is included today!