Friday, December 15, 2017

Penguin Paradise {Finished Table Runner}

Hooray for Fridays and finishes!

This month's Island Batik Ambassador theme was table toppers and I have had so much fun working with our Seasonal Table Runner pattern to make a penguin table runner!

Here's the runner pre-quilting:

And here it is finished:

For the quilting, I did all over sharp stippling or "zippling" as some people call it! I chose this motif to look like icicles or crackles in ice! I didn't quilt in the penguins so that they would stand out and I used an off white thread.

For the binding and backing, I used the tan print since I had whole yard. It looks great next to the blues!

While this looks great under the tree, I might actually just keep this for myself!

This was such a quick and easy pattern, I will definitely be going back to it as a base pattern for all sorts of future gifts!

And of course I need to announce the winner of the giveaway!

Almost 2 yards worth of beautiful Island Batik fabrics are on their way to you!

This weekend my husband and I are celebrating our Christmas and spreading it out over the whole weekend! We are baking cookies tonight, going to see The Last Jedi tomorrow, going out to brunch on Sunday, opening our presents to each other, and having good friends over for dinner! It's a jam-packed weekend before we make the pilgrimage to the Midwest for Christmas! I hope you have something fun and special planned too!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bowtie Wreath Block Tutorial {Countdown to Christmas with Moda Bake Shop}

Just popping in today to share that I have a block tutorial posted on Moda Bake Shop for a Bowtie Wreath block as a part of their Countdown to Christmas quilt along!

If you haven't been following along, the Countdown to Christmas consists of a new 6" block tutorial with a Christmas theme every day! The tutorials started on December 1st and run until Christmas and are free! Here are some of the blocks thus far (taken from the MBS Instagram account!):

With four little bowtie blocks and a little bit of machine applique, the Bowtie Wreath is a quick and easy add to this fun block collection!

Click on over to MBS to see the full tutorial! Sharing at Let's Bee Social and Needle and Thread Thursday!

Monday, December 11, 2017

On Ringo Lake {Clue #3}

Another Monday, another update on my On Ringo Lake units!

For clue #3, our clue instructed us to make right-facing and left-facing stitch and flip units. These sort of look like parallelograms to me, but someone else called them "dyslexic geese"! When paired together, they could (might?) make chevron units, but we aren't supposed to sew them together -- or at least not yet!

For these units, I had to add in some aqua fabrics that I hadn't used in my flying geese units. I ended up using 14 different aqua fabrics and at least 25 different black fabrics! A lot of my black squares came from my all squares scrap box! It shortened my cutting time significantly to have things already in the right size ready to go!

As of now, I have no confidence in my guesses about how these units will end up coming together, but I did lay out some of my units together to see how the colors are looking!

I really have made a huge dent in my scraps with this project -- especially the aqua and the black! Here are all of my units all bagged up and ready!

Now to wait until Friday for the next clue! Sharing at Oh Scrap and Quiltville's Mystery Monday!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Blue in Bloom {Finished Green Version}

Hip hip hooray! The first of my two throw-sized Blue in Bloom quilts is finished!

These quilts were the two things that I worked on when I went on retreat in August. I finished both the tops before Labor Day but since then I've had a lot of deadlines and quilting these has gotten pushed back further than I originally would have liked.

All of the fabric in this green version came from my stash other than the green dot-stripe print, which I bought 5 yards of in the summer so that I could use it in both the top and the backing. A few of the fabrics are coordinates but I can't really tell you their origin story.

For the quilting, I did a large meander with six-petaled flowers. I've used this quilting motif for a number of quilts recently, but this time I used a much larger meander and flowers and the quilting on this went so fast! The green binding is also from my stash -- it's the same as the purple print in the quilt, just green!

Now to head back into the sewing room to start the quilting on its blue twin!

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Blue in Bloom, throw size
Size: 55" x 75"
Fabrics: mainly from stash, Kona Oyster for background
Quilting: meanders with daisies

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Don't forget to click over to enter to win a fabric giveaway and to hop over to Etsy to take advantage of our buy more save more sale!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Penguin-ing {December IBA Project and Giveaway}

It's December and that means it's time to share my December Island Batik Ambassador project! This month our theme is table runners and table toppers.

For my project, I decided to use our HBD Seasonal Table Runners pattern, volume 4. This set includes directions for a basic table runner with two border options, as well as applique patterns for winter penguins, spring bug-a-boos, and fall fruits.

I'm going to use the penguin pattern for my runner and you're welcome to join me! I'll be using fabric from the Autumn's Grace collection by Island Batik (with a few others added in) that I received in my summer Ambassador box!

I'll be doing the checkerboard border using the fat quarters, my background is the white tonal print, and I'll be using scraps for the penguin appliques. The tan print will be my backing and my binding. Prepping my applique pieces went super fast!

I decided to make a shorter table runner than in the pattern -- my center will finish 36 inches instead of 48 inches long -- I decided to do two sets of three penguins instead of three sets. With a little ironing, my center is complete!

I used black thread to do all of the blanket stitching on the applique pieces except for the beaks.

For the pieced border, I strip pieced the 2.5 inch squares from 4 different colors of fabric. 

Voila! My table runner top is done!

While I'm working on finishing up the quilting on this runner, leave a comment (or two!) to win a bundle of the Island Batik fabrics I used in this project as well as the Seasonal Placemats pattern!

Two options to enter -- you can do one or both!:
1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite Christmas/holiday cookies to make! I love making just about anything and am looking for new recipes!
2. Hop over to our Honey, Bunny, and Doll Etsy shop and leave me a comment with which of the Seasonal Placemats are your favorite! I think that next I'll be making myself the summer watermelon runner from Set #3!

Update: Giveaway is now closed and winner will be announced soon!

I'll leave the comments open until next Thursday, December 14th and announce the winner in the finished runner post!

Don't forget that our Etsy Shop is on sale the entire month of December with a buy more-save more sale -- save up to 25%!

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Monday, December 4, 2017

On Ringo Lake {Clue #2}

I'm 2-for-2 so far -- I have been able to get both of my block sets for On Ringo Lake done quite quickly! Since clues have been coming out on Friday, I've been able to break up the different parts of the unit construction over the course of the weekend. This time around, we are making flying geese!

Given that I don't pre-cut my scraps, I found it easier to do the math on my own and make fast flying geese instead of the methods Bonnie suggests. Friday night I was able to get all of the squares cut -- I had to decide on my final fabric and went with aqua! 

I did all of the sewing done in various bursts on Saturday and finished up the pressing and trimming on Sunday.

I ended up using seven different aqua fabrics and about ten different black fabrics for my geese! The two brighter aqua prints with pink/orange/yellow were left from my Wishes quilt. The black text print is from two jelly roll strips of Architextures.

Linking up with everyone else at Quiltville, Linky Tuesday, and Oh Scrap! Now back to work on all of the other things I need to be working on!

PS. I have an Island Batik giveaway going on until December 12th! Click here to go to the entry post!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Brutal Honesty {December 2017}

We're less than a month from Christmas! I think that I've fully recovered from Thanksgiving but I am still not quite ready to break down and wear my winter coat yet.

These were my goals for November:

1. Finish quilt for Moda Bake Shop - Quilt is finished and will be published soon!
2. Start December IBA project - The project is well on its way and I'll be posting about it next week!
3. Start quilting Blue in Bloom Quilts - The green version is about 50% done!

I reorganized my list into categories to help me keep better track of what stage is project is in. I kept the continuous numbering and included pictures of what I worked on in the last month. I started two new projects but I am potentially going to be finishing at least 4 of the quilts on this list before the end of the year!

Being long-arm quilted:
1. Farmer's Wife Quilt (RSC 2016 project) -- Quilting is done, need to pick up while at my parents' house over the holidays and bind. My plan is to prep my binding before I go, borrow my mom's machine to stitch on the binding to the front, and hand stitch the binding to the back.
2. Gathering Mystery Quilt with Cora's Quilts -- Still at the quilter, but hoping that I can pick this up over the holidays. Will likely prep the binding for this quilt too before I go home.

Ready to be quilted:
3. Top Spin -- Top complete, need to decide on backing. I might have enough large pieces in my stash.
4. Summer on the Coast Quilt -- Top complete and backing purchased. Not high priority.
5 and 6. Blue in Bloom quilts -- Both quilts layered with batting and backing and ready to quilt, have to finish before December 15th!

Tops partially finished:
7. Traveling Quilt Bee (2016) -- My sister has this quilt to add on a section of her choosing.
8. Coast to Coast Bee -- All of my April Showers fabric has arrived so I am ready to start working on this once I finish a few other things.
9. Romantic Garden Quilt -- No progress
10. Monthly Wall Hangings -- No progress

Just blocks:
11. Pineapple Stash Bee Blocks -- No progress
12. Sew Kitschy Blocks -- No progress
13. Mini Monthly Wall Hangings -- No progress
14. Happy Houses blocks -- All blocks complete, ready to start assembling quilt top
15. Birthstone blocks -- No progress
16. Donuts quilt -- I have 10 of 18 block sets completed. I need to make more light blue, teal, and green blocks.

Quilt alongs and long term projects
17. Magnolia Mystery QAL -- All done with our November assignment and ready to work on the December section when the directions are released on the 7th.

18. Monthly Island Batik Ambassador projects -- November was our off-month. I started my table runner for December and will be posting about that soon.
19. On Ringo Lake Mystery QAL -- Clue #2 was released on Friday and I did all of the cutting over the weekend. I made a few test units and hope to finish the rest before Clue #3 comes out this Friday.

My goals this month are just finishing quilts!
1. Finish both Blue in Bloom quilts
2. Finish Farmer's Wife quilt
3. Decide if I want any quilts long-arm quilted in Michigan and prepare backings

Have a wonderful weekend! I'll be patiently waiting for Clue #2 of On Ringo Lake and continuing to work on quilting the Blue in Bloom quilts!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

On Ringo Lake {Clue #1}

Yes, all. Laugh at my lack of self control at starting new projects!

I did actually plan to join in on Bonnie Hunter's Mystery quilt, On Ringo Lake, this year after sitting on the sidelines for the last few years. However, after seeing the initial fabric requirements, with 3-5 yards suggested for four different fabrics, I almost changed my mind! I wasn't totally taken with the original fabric suggestions - aqua, coral, brown, and neutrals.

After seeing all of the creative alternate color combinations others were planning to use, I decided to go out on a limb and come up with my own color combination after Clue #1 came out on Friday. My new color scheme is yellow (replacing aqua), TBD (coral), orange (brown), and black (neutrals) and I'm only making half as many units as Bonnie "prescribes" in each clue for a smaller quilt.

The color that will replace coral is TBD only because we didn't use it in the first clue. I have three options -- aquas, pinks, or lime green. I'm not sure what to do just yet, so tell me what you think in the comments!

The first clue was to make nine-patches. The above photo is from when I had cut all of the strips for my nine patches. I cut from my strings first and then cut from small scraps, estimating how much fabric I would need for my units. I strip pieced my strips and did all of the sub-cutting in one evening and finished up the nine-patches the next.

I did a surprisingly good job estimating how much fabric I would need for the first clue - I ended up with no extra components and had one extra nine-patch!

It's also fun to look at some of these scraps and remember where they came from! The black and gold Chinese writing print came from a charm square swap I was in in 2012. The bright yellow floral is from my first quilt for Moda Bake Shop. The orange in the lower left nine-patch is from my Gathering mystery quilt.

Check out all of the other progress in the Clue #1 link up! Also linking up at NTT!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday HBD Sample Sale!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day yesterday with their friends and families! I cooked for just three of us but we had a lovely day!

As mentioned on Wednesday, today is the start of our Honey, Bunny, and Doll Black Friday Sample Sale!

We currently have over a dozen items listed, with potentially more being listed later today! We have quilts of just about every size available -- including placemats, table runners, baby quilts, and bed quilts!

Since you've all seen all of my quilts, I'm going to highlight some of the ones made by Mom and Amanda that are available! I've also listed the patterns in case you like the quilt and want to make it for yourself!

Bear Tracks original quilt by Amanda, 47 inches square, Black Friday price: $120
Bear Tracks Pattern

Spring Splendor quilt by Mom, 86 inches x 100 inches, Black Friday price: $400
Spring Splendor Pattern

Ready, Set, Sail & Slow and Steady baby quilts by Mom, 40 inches x 47 inches, Black Friday price: $100 each
Ready, Set, Soar Pattern

Pixie Sticks quilt by Amanda, 64 inches x 80 inches, Black Friday price:  $224
Pixie Sticks FREE pattern on Moda Bake Shop

Linked Up quilt by Amanda, 56 inches x 80 inches, Black Friday price: $224
Linked Up pattern

This is only a sampling of what has been listed for sale! Click on over to the full sample sale for more! Don't hesitate to message us on Etsy with any questions you might have!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart

I accidentally on purpose have taken this week off from blogging to plan for Thanksgiving, clean my house, work on some quilt projects with deadlines, and cuddle my bunnies. Next week I'll be back with a new Moda Bake Shop pattern as long as the weather continues to cooperate for pictures. You might have seen this preview on Instagram!

Keep an eye on the Honey, Bunny, and Doll Etsy Shop on Black Friday for a big sample sale! I will try to post a link to that on Friday. It will mainly be throw sized quilts, but there will be some smaller quilts and at least one queen sized quilt if you're looking for gifts.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Meadow {Finished Quilt}

Finishes make me SO happy!

The last little bit of quilting on my Meadow Quilt involved more meanders and loops in each corner.

I pulled four different binding fabrics -- I didn't have enough of any of my original fabrics left to use for binding, and I decided against using the blue floral backing. I narrowed it to two -- magenta and emerald -- and finally settled on magenta!

I decided to hand bind this one -- mainly because it was good timing to sit and stitch on a binding while watching TV! I am so pleased with how this quilt came together!

This is the perfect throw size - 60 inches square. I love all of the quilting textures in this quilt and am so happy with the way the different prints coordinate and contrast with one another.

While there isn't actually much white in the quilt top, I think the white background of the binding print is a good contrasting element without being too different. The magenta color is the same as the magenta print fabric and the magenta in some of the pansies.

The binding looks especially good with the backing! I honestly just picked this backing because I loved the print (and I love a large scale print for a backing any day of the week!) and it was on super duper sale. I also am happy with the large chunks of this print that I have left over. :)

The navy print also shows off the white thread that I used so well! The white thread blends with the fabrics on the front for lovely texture, but I like being able to see the white wiggles, loops, and curls on the navy backing.

It was SUCH a nice break from projects with deadlines and projects for others and to do something just for me! Now back to reality!

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Meadow Mystery Quilt by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs
Size: 60 inches square
Quilting: Custom FMQ with curls, loops, and wiggles in white thread
Binding: double fold, hand stitched to backing
Fun facts: Everything but the backing came from my stash!
Started: July 2016
Finished: November 2017

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