Friday, October 20, 2017

Top Spin {Coming in for Landing}

It's so good to cross things off of the sewing to do list -- and I get to do that today! I've finished my the last of my Top Spin blocks and put together the quilt top! The original pattern by Melissa Corry for Moda Bake Shop is here!

I had eight more blocks to finish and they came together quite quickly! I ended up with a few extra medium and small HSTs, but that's totally okay!

Given the way the blocks are arranged, the only seam matching that I had to do was matching the seams between blocks when sewing together the rows! This made putting the quilt top together so fast! This top is twin sized at 72 by 96. I had a hard time taking pictures of it in my apartment!

Here's a close up of the blocks together:

I was able to wrangle two outside pictures this morning before work:

There's no immediate plan for this quilt, so I am thinking about having it simply pantograph quilted. I have large pieces of yardage to use for the binding and the backing, so I will probably put those together just in case I decide to quilt it myself.

Sharing at Finished or Not Friday!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Magnolia Mystery QAL {Half Geese Units}

After seeing lots of people post their finished units for this month as part of the Magnolia Mystery QAL, I wanted to get mine done as well!

This month's direction uses the 4.5 x 2.5 inch Fabric B rectangles combined with background squares to make "half geese". I am using scrappy aqua prints for my Fabric B and I followed Cheryl's suggestion to cut these rectangles in sets of four. When making my half geese units, I made sure that each set of four ended up with two right facing and two left facing geese.

I have seven different fabrics -- I think it's a good variety of fabrics that will work well together in a quilt. For now they wait until next month's directions come out!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Faceted Friendship Star {Flying Geese Border}

It's time for the pieced border on my Faceted Friendship Star! This is where we're really getting into the "Creative Borders and Binding" theme for our Island Batik Ambassador projects!

Instead of doing a half-square triangle border for this quilt, I decided to make flying geese (with a few HSTs thrown in for good measure, of course) to build a chevron border on my Faceted Friendship Star.

Working with 2.5 inch strips, I decided to use the 2.5 inch squares for my "small squares" and 4.25 inch squares of background as the "large squares" to make all of the fast flying geese for my chevron border. This involved a lot of chain piecing:

...and some football too! Followed by a lot of trimming.

I also needed to make 12 HSTs in addition to my 80 flying geese to make the pieced border work. I randomly pieced the four small squares with each background square so that it would mimic the random HSTs in the friendship star.

Here's a picture of the first side of the border ready to go on:

This is two rows of flying geese/HSTs units. The top/outer row is 10 flying geese units, the bottom/inner row is 9 flying geese units with a HST on each end. The top row has the geese pointing in and the bottom row has the geese pointing out.

I added the border pieces to the top and bottom of the quilt first.

The side borders are slightly longer, as you might expect! The outer row has 10 flying geese and a background square and HST on each end. The inner row has 11 flying geese with a HST on each end.

With the units arranged in this way, you end up with a continuous chevron border that looks like you've made it from HSTs, but is actually made of flying geese -- with a lot less piecing and bulk!

Here's the final quilt top:

Now to quilt and bind this quilt! It's currently 36.5 inches square and I am excited to start working on finishing it!

Sharing at Linky Tuesday!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Something Wicked This Way Comes {Halloween Kit + Patterns}

I'm not much of a Halloween person -- but I am a big Halloween sewing fan!

For a short time only, we've put together a new kit for Halloween placemats! The kit includes all of the fabric you need to make four candy corn placemats using our Seasonal Placemats pattern (set #2).

The kit includes off white for the background, the black candy corn print border, black Kona for the backing, yellow for the binding, and small pieces of orange and yellow for the applique. The kit also includes the entire Seasonal Placemats Set #2 pattern -- which also includes patterns for a shamrock version and a flower version.

Here's the original version of these placemats that my mom made with pumpkin fabric as the border.

Seasonal Table Runner Set #2 has matching table runners for your place mats too!

Don't forget that we also have our Halloween Spooks table runner/wall hanging pattern! This is one of our original patterns and has your choice of six different applique options for a table runner or wall hanging.

The fun pieced border lets you show off all of those cute Halloween fabrics we love to collect! I'm going to hang up my Halloween wall hangings when I get home today!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Faceted Friendship Star {Assembly}

It's time for more itty bitty piecing on my October Island Batik Ambassador project!

After putting together the small triangle units for my Faceted Friendship Star, I started working on the 9-patch units. I needed to make eight in total - one for each of the four larger triangle sections and four for the center square.

I made the four for the large triangle units first, and made sure that each one didn't have any of the same fabrics touching, as well as the light triangles (mostly) pointing in the same direction. These sections are made up of one 9-patch section (upper right), one background square (lower left), and two small triangle units (upper right and lower left).

For the center, I made all four units at the same time, making sure that each unit had the desired "spin" as well as making sure that the HSTs on the edges contrasted with the HSTs in the neighboring units.

Time to put everything together - my center unit, my four large triangle units, and my four large background squares! My big block now measures 27.5 inches!

Here's the big block with the 2 inch border strips sewn around the outside.

My next step is starting on my pieced border which will be shared next week! It involves lots of 2.5 inch squares, but not quite as many half square triangles!

Sharing at Linky Tuesday and Let's Bee Social!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Back in Burgundy {Stash Bee Star Quilt}

One of the things that I have on my WIP spreadsheet (yes, I have it all in a spreadsheet) is the date that I last worked on a project. I started the list last December when I put together my first Brutally Honest post here on the blog. Now that it's the end of September, one of the things staring me in the face is the group of projects that I haven't worked on since before I started the list. Some of these are scrappy on-and-off projects, but I decided to buckle down and try to finish my 2015 Stash Bee Quilt.

Here's what the top of this quilt looked like when I put it together:

I decided to quilt this quilt with different FMQ motifs in each star. You can see the first post of the block close ups here and the second post here. I had also quilted some of the small stars but hadn't chronicled them here until now:

Top center stars:
FMQ motifs used: lemon slices, branched feathers

Right side grouping of small stars:
FMQ motifs used: swirly suns, echoed hearts, layered meander, echoed wiggle

So this more-than-half quilted quilt has been sitting on a shelf for at least 18 months without being touched because I got frustrated coming up with new FMQ patterns since I was trying to use a different one in each star. I had four large stars and two small stars to go and now only have one large star to go, along with some pebbles in a few places.

Here are the three newly finished large stars:

Here are the two small stars:

Now I only have one start left and then it will be time to trim and bind this quilt!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Brutal Honesty {October 2017}

I can't believe it's October already! Let's get down to business and go through this list.

These were my goals for September:

Here are my goals for September:
1. Make and complete my projects with September deadlines
     a. Benartex Amanda Murphy Hop project - Done!
     b. Fat Quarter Shop project - Done!
2. Finish Stash Bee Star Quilt - Not quite finished but lots of progress!
3. Start October Island Batik Ambassador project - First post here!

Not a lot of progress was made on the other WIPs, unfortunately:

1. Farmer's Wife Quilt (RSC 2016 project) -- My mom picked this quilt up from the long arm quilter and I'll have it back the next time I see her!

2. Traveling Quilt Bee (2016) -- With my sister for her to add on at her convenience.

3. Coast to Coast Bee -- Still trying to make a border decision.

4. Stash Bee Star quilt -- I done quite a bit of quilting on this and will have an update post ready for Friday!

5. Top Spin leaders and enders -- I have 40 blocks done and only 8 to go!

6. Meadow Mystery QAL -- Ready to quilt once my Star Quilt is done - just need piece and press the backing!

7. Pineapple Stash Bee Blocks -- No progress

8. Summer on the Coast Quilt -- No progress

9. Monthly Wall Hangings -- No progress

10. Sew Kitschy Blocks -- No progress

11. Romantic Garden Quilt -- No progress

12. Mini Monthly Wall Hangings -- No progress

13. Happy Houses blocks -- My September blocks are done and my October houses will be pink. I will need to make one more house in each color to get to 48 blocks.

14. Birthstone blocks -- No progress

15. Monthly Island Batik Ambassador projects -- Since my September project was done the first week of the month! My October project is already started and you can see the first post here.

16. Gathering Mystery Quilt with Cora's Quilts -- Taken to the long arm quilter. Can't wait to see it!

17. Magnolia Mystery QAL -- Done with my September "assignment" and ready for the October edition when I get back from vacation.

18 and 19. Blue in Bloom quilts -- Both tops are done and ready to be quilted once I finish some other projects with earlier deadlines. I bought a backing for the blue quilt over the weekend, so I now have backings for both!

New projects:

I started a new scrappy leader and ender project that is going to be a secret for the time being since it is a gift. It should be quick start to finish.

Here are my goals for October:

1. Finish Stash Bee Star Quilt
2. Finish October IBA project
3. Start quilting Meadow Mystery Quilt
4. Put together Top Spin top

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Faceted Friendship Star {Introduction}

It's been a while since I posted about my Island Batik Ambassador projects since my September blog hop date was at the beginning of the month! I took that little break to get started on my October project early as well as to try to work on some works in progress.

This month's theme is creative borders and binding. While a lot of modern quilts forego a border, some quilts do benefit from a border or multiple borders. On the other hand, modern quilts probably show a wider range of creative bindings than traditional quilts! In the end, it's all about making the right decision for your quilt.

My project for this month has actually been tentatively designed and planned since the summer when our Faceted Churn Dash pattern was released! It seemed only fitting to design a "sister quilt" to it and decided on a Friendship Star for my version.

I have tentatively decided on a border -- pieced of course -- but that will be saved for a later post! For this project, I am using a 2.5" strip set in Northern Woods -- a brand new line that is premiering at Quilt Market soon and arriving in shops in December/January! I decided that using this precut was perfect for a quilt where I need to make 120 HSTs from 2.5" squares!

Because the coordinates are a little on the dark side for my design, I decided to use one of the other fabrics from my Island Batik Ambassador box for the background and then use the two coordinates for my backing and binding. Here are all of my background pieces for the center of my quilt.

Because these strip sets have two of each fabric, I only needed to cut into one of each color!

There was a whole lotta chain piecing going on!

These are 2.5 inch squares used to make 2 inch HSTs, so they are quite small!

Lots of trimming later, these are half of the HSTs that I needed to make the large triangle units.

The small triangle units are made up of three background/focus fabric HSTs and three focus/focus HSTs.

Sewn up into rows, and then the rows into my units!

I have all eight of these now made for my quilt! Next up, making the 9-patch HSTs, made up of all HSTs and using those to make the large triangle units and the center of my block.

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Sharing at Main Crush Monday and Linky Tuesday.