Monday, June 17, 2013

Plaid Quilt Top

I managed to get something done in my evenings this past week! That feels like a huge accomplishment considering the crazy days around here.

My SIL commissioned me to do quilts for each of their kids. This is the last of the three for their youngest little guy. Here is his big sister's quilt and his big brother's quilt. My SIL wanted the boys' quilts to coordinate, but not match. Her request on this second quilt was simply something with plaid and left the design up to me. I've actually been putting this quilt off for a while because I was dreading designing it and putting it together. I knew exactly how I wanted to design it, and I thought it would be a beast. There is no repetition in this quilt and all pieces had to be cut for their specific location. Surprisingly, this was probably the fastest large quilt top I've ever made. It came together in just a few days, just working mostly in the evenings.

I'm so happy with how it came out. I think it will look great on his bed. It's a large twin at about 70" x 90". I didn't have quite enough fabric for the backing so that is currently on order. I'm now considering my plans for the quilting. I intend to quilt each fabric with matching thread which will require many starts/stops, particularly on the blue. I'll get really good at hiding my threads.

On a side note I noticed things are actually growing in my garden. I'm pleasantly surprised by this considering I'm not a gardener by any means.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Modern Mini Quilt Challenge Blog Hop

Jennifer from Ellison Lane Quilting is at it again. She is hosting another round of the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge and asked me to participate in the blog hop.

For my stop I wanted to share a bit more about this pillow I put together a few months ago. I used to think a mini quilt was simply something you might put up on the wall. I've made a few of these, but they really aren't my style. I prefer a "quilt" that's more function. As such, I turn most of my mini quilts into pillows. I love trying new ideas on a small scale before committing to a large quilt. Pillows are perfect for this.

For at least a year now, I've wanted to make a quilt using tiny 1" finished squares. I didn't necessarily want to piece the entire quilt with 1" squares, but wanted to incorporate them into the design in some way. I decided to start with a pillow just to get a taste of just how hard it might be to piece all these tiny squares together.

I admit all that piecing isn't fast, but it's not horrible either.

I've also been itching to try out matchstick quilting. I thought this style of quilting was perfect for this pillow. I quilted approximately 8 lines per inch. I love it on the pillow, but I'm not convinced I could ever do this on a quilt. Another great reason to start small.

The piecing on this guy isn't perfect, but I'm telling myself that adds to the charm. I gave up on perfection and just went with it. The quilting also skewed things a bit, but I love the impact and texture from a distance.

The result of this experimental pillow is that I decided piecing all those tiny squares really isn't that bad and decided to dive in. I've made five blocks so far. I'm not sure how many more I'll make. I'll probably keep sewing until I run out of the squares. Then I'll decide how to sew everything together.

Are you ready for the Modern Mini Challenge? Here's the deal. The Modern Mini Challenge is a call to challenge yourself. Try something new: a new technique, a new pattern, a new thread, etc and make a mini quilt. A mini quilt makes it possible and oh-so-doable!  What's a mini quilt? It's a mug rug, a pillow, a wall hanging, a table topper... you get the idea! Check out the amazing minis in last year's contest! There were over 200 awesome entries!

You don't have to be an experienced sewist to enter! Don't let your lack of experience keep you from joining in! I want this event to be fun, encouraging and inspiring- just go for it! Believe in your ability and go CREATE!! 

How to enter:
  • You can enter any mini quilt that you've made within the past 6 months. Remember, a mini quilt can be a mug rug, a mini quilt, a pillow, a table topper, etc. Only one entry per person
  • Size requirements: must be at least 6" x 6" and no bigger than 24" x 24". 
  • You can enter a mini quilt made from your own design or from a pattern. Please give credit to the pattern designer in your description. 
Need some inspiration!? Check out all the stops on the blog hop for the challenge.

Starting June 12, you'll be able to link up your entry here at Ellison Lane. You'll have until 5:00 PM EST on June 16 to add your mini quilt. Link from your blog (a NEW post please), your Flickr account or your Threadbias account. Remember, you don't have to have a blog to enter! 

PRIZES! Check out these amazing goodies up for grabs: 

$125 Gift Certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop
$75 Gift Certificate to the Intrepid Thread
$50 Gift Pack of Pellon Products
$50 Box of Coats and Clark Threads
(2) $50 prize packs of Dritz sewing products
$25 Gift Certificate to Christa Quilts
A Bundle of Marblehead fabrics from Fabri-Quilt

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

WIP Wednesday 6.5.13

I haven't done a WIP Wednesday for a long time. I just haven't felt like I've had that much to share. Things have been quite slow around here lately. With summer setting in, I've realized that I'll be doing good to keep everyone entertained, fed and dressed in reasonably clean clothes. Things will definitely be slower on the blog for the next few months as we take swimming lessons, go to summer movies, hit the zoo, and anything else I can figure out to keep the kids entertained. Here's a snapshot of things going on around here.

We went to see the grandparents last weekend. The kiddos had a great time with cousins. Love this photo I was able to take of my kiddos.

And this one makes me smile too. Too bad they aren't always smiling like this.

We were not always photogenic though. Miss A was absolutely non-cooperative when it came to the official photo-op with all the cousins. She looks this way in every single cousins photo. She was not happy at the moment (obviously).

It's a 6 1/2 hour drive to Grandma's house. I spent most of the time watching Craftsy videos from the Artisan Bread class I registered for a couple months ago when it was half off. I'm trying to pretend I can bake bread, but decided this might be a hobby for the fall since it heats up my kitchen way too much. I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot about making bread. I thought it was extremely well done. I'm continually impressed by the quality of online classes I've taken from Craftsy.  (**I am a Craftsy affiliate, but this is my honest opinion of this class. I purchased it because I was truly interested in the content.)

I'm starting up on a new project for the boy. This quilt will become his "Roadwork" quilt. I had a lot of fun creating the design and coming up with ideas for it. I'll be embellishing it. This is just the beginning. I am quite confident he'll love it. I'm pretty sure it won't be finished for several months, but he has five other blankets on his bed in the meantime.

I've added another block to my confetti quilt. The is definitely one of those "slowly-but-surely" quilts. I'm still undecided about the ultimate outcome, so in the meantime I'll keep sewing tiny squares together.