Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Working through some WIPs

I have several new quilts in mind that I'd like to start, but I have decided I need to clear out a few WIPs before I add to the pile. I've been here before....

I decided to pull out my bee blocks from last year, put them back on the design wall, and finish them this time. These paper-pieced blocks are amazing, and I've debated several times about how to put them together. I am presently planning to sash them in white. I needed to make three blocks to fill in spots on this layout. Someone on Instagram suggested I use dark background fabrics on the remaining blocks. I've completed one--the August block from the Lucky Stars BOM club over at Don't Call Me Betsy. I love how it pops! I just signed up for Elizabeth's club on Sunday and will use two more of the patterns to fill the remaining holes. I've contemplated doing one block in a different color such as a berry or navy. I'm still debating. This is probably why it has taken me a year to finish this quilt.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Unraveled v2--Finished!

I love that feeling of pulling a finished quilt from the dryer. It's soft, crinkly, and ready to snuggle with. This one was no different.

This quilt is essentially four of my original Unraveled quilts sewn together. It finishes at 55" x 70" for a perfect throw. The pattern uses multiple partial seams to create this particular design, but is not difficult. I used my absolute favorite Art Gallery Pure Elements colors on this quilt.

I intended to quilt this in spirals originating from the center of each colored rectangle. As I anticipated I ran into some problems. First off, my elbow and shoulder started to hurt from the movement of pushing the quilt through my machine. Second, I used minky on the back, and that caused its own problems. Finally, as two of my large circles started to meet, I began getting puckering. Ultimately, I decided to stop stitching the spirals and fill in the remaining space with free motion swirls. I worried that it would look crazy, but after washing, I'm totally fine with the two patterns together.

I planned the size of this design specifically to use a 2-yard piece of minky on the back. I have a love/hate relationship with minky. It makes a perfect quilt back, but it's a pain to use. I almost ditched the plan, but I'm glad I went ahead and used the fabric I bought for the back. It's so nice and cozy. Plus, my girls love it, of course. It's pink.

A revamped pattern for this and my original design will be ready in about a month!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Summer Pattern Sale

I haven't had a sale in my pattern shops for a while. Patterns are 30% off this week! Prices are already marked down on Craftsy and Etsy.

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Also, check out Katie's post over at Swim Bike Quilt today. She listed all the pattern sponsors for 100 Quilts for Kids. If you aren't aware of this great challenge, read about it here. I'll be giving away copies of my patterns to one winner at the end of the quilt drive!


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Unraveled v2 Preview

I've wanted to redo my Unraveled quilt since making it last year. Not because I didn't like, but because I wanted to make it bigger. The problem was that making it bigger would make the pieced rectangles too large and cumbersome to work with.

After thinking about this quilt for nearly a year, I just finished piecing the top for Unraveled v2. It's a throw size. Here is a little preview. The wind was crazy today so I didn't get many great shots, but you get the idea.

It's crazy, busy, but I love it. I actually designed the quilt size with the intention of using a 2yd piece of minky on the back. Although, I've now decided it needs to be quilted with a spiral which I can't do on minky. The minky would make it too hard to do dense quilting like that. So that means it's time to design a quilt back!

I am planning to release my Unraveled pattern which originally printed in Modern Quilts Unlimited with this new larger size included in the pattern. Publishing that pattern is first on my list once the kids are in school. It's amazing what eight hours of kid-free time each will allow me to get done. My to-do list is getting long though.