A Little Finish on Sunday

I finished up my little quilt and it fit perfectly on this little doll bed. I did use straight pins in the corners to keep it looking neat in the corners.

I kept the quilting simple, but it really adds a lot. I didn’t see this until I was preparing this post, but I seem to have created a tiny basket in the middle. All thanks to lucky fabric placement!

Here is the back. This is a cute print, but I have a hard time using it in piecing. It is perfect as a little quilt backing.

These little quilts are like fun size candy bars, a quick little treat. Maybe I should call them fun size quilts?

Have a great day!

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This and That

I got a present in the mail the other day. The mister and I are signed up for a motorcycle class in July! I can’t wait! My dad used to ride and back in the day, I’d ride with him. But I’ve never driven one. I can’t wait to learn.

This also showed up. Ugh. I get it, civic duty and all that, but this is the fifth time for me!

Some recent happy mail from very thoughtful and generous bloggy friends. 😊

One of my favorite summer things, hanging my sheets on the line!

I’ve been trying to learn continental knitting. It’s supposed to be easier on your hands. I started a sock and ripped it out twice before trying something easier.

I don’t even want to tell you how long it took me to knit this little cactus! I might try another before I try socks again. I keep dropping stitches. Clearly, I need more practice.

Have a great day!

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Finish It Up Friday~ Kaleidoscope

I had a blast making this quilt and I’m so excited to share it with you today!

As a reminder, this is the fabric I started with from Fabric Wholesale Direct .

This looks so complex, but it could not have been easier. I shared my process for making these blocks in this post. They are just six inch hourglass blocks alternating with solid black. The quilt finished at 48 by 60 inches.

I started with two yards of the print. It had 9 pattern repeats over those two yards. I used 8 strips of the repeating pattern and saved one strip to piece into the back.

This next photo shows how bright this quilt really is!

I loved the effect of using four identical triangles rotated and pieced back together. Every block was a delightful surprise.

I love the red thread on black, but I kept the quilting very simple to keep the focus on the fabric.

Thanks to Fabric Wholesale Direct for providing the lovely print fabric for this project. I was pleased with the quality and price. I will have more projects with the rest of the fabric in a few weeks.

Have a great day!

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A Little Scrappy Something

I’ve been doing a lot of “secret” sewing lately, things you will see eventually. But I needed a little break from that.

I love these little hourglass blocks! I used this Accuquilt studio die. They have an equivalent die for the GO! Cutter.

I used some yummy bits from a sweet friend. I played with a couple layouts.

I’m at the hand quilting stage now and will share my finish soon. Have a great day!

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Lend and Borrow ~ A Fat Quarter Shop QAL

Fat Quarter Shop just released their free Lend and Borrow pattern! You can find the tutorial here. Here is my version of the block.

I used fabric from this line.

I added narrow borders to my block and free motion quilted it on the long arm.

Then I turned it into a pillow!

I just used a simple envelope back. I used the selvedge edges of this woven stripe so I didn’t even have to hem the edges. I bound the edge of the pillow just like I would a quilt.

I think it’s a fun pillow for summer.

Check out the Fat Quarter Shop site and blog for more details, the free pattern, and to see other versions of this block.

Have a great day!

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Finish It Up ~ Little Hexies

My little English Paper Pieced Hexie quilt is done and dusted!

I still have a few leftover basted hexies , but I’m putting them away for now. I love this fabric on the back.

I kept the quilting simple, just hanging diamonds. You can see it better here.

Have a great day!

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Kaleidoscope Quilt

I have always been fascinated with kaleidoscopes. I have had an idea on how to make one for a long time and finally got around to it. I shared the African print fabrics I recently received from Fabric Wholesale Direct. They sent me fabric in exchange for writing a blog post showing how I used it. This print fascinated me most.

It wasn’t printed completely straight, not uncommon with any fabric, but more noticeable on larger prints. I picked a line in the design and cut eight strips of one pattern repeat each. Can you see the red line in the photo below? That shows you where I cut my strips. I used my rotary cutter and ruler and went from the edge of one rectangle to the next.

Then I layered them up on the ironing board.I didn’t straighten the strip on the bottom so that’s why it looks wider at one end in the photo.

I did my best to match up the prints on all the layers. It isn’t the end of the world if it isn’t perfect, but you want to get it as close as possible.

Then I pulled out this die for my Accuquilt studio cutter. There is also a 6 inch quarter square triangle die for the Accuquilt GO! You could also use a template or ruler to cut your shapes.

Please note: I chose a six inch QST as the shape to cut based on the the size of my strips. My strip sizes were based on the pattern repeat size. If you have a fabric with a different repeat size you may need more or less fabric to make a similar quilt.

Cutting pieces went very quickly! I cut as many as I could from my layered strips.

Now comes the fun part. Look what happens when I take four identical pieces to make an hourglass block!

How fun is that? Time to get sewing.

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Slow Stitching Sunday

I finally finished piecing this and appliqued it to a background piece.

I cut out most of the backing behind the Hexies.

I hope to get this basted and start hand quilting today. Have a good one!

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Happy Mail!

I’ve had a good run of happy mail lately, thanks to surprises from bloggy friends and orders I’ve placed. I was contacted by Joe from Fabric Wholesale Direct to see if I wanted to try out some of their fabric in exchange for a blog post/tutorial with it. I took a look at their site and decided to go for it.

How fun are these?

They are 100% cotton in African prints.

They are a feel a bit heavier than normal quilting cottons. It might just be starch or dye, I’m not sure.

Stay tuned, I’m working on something to share with these very soon.

I also wanted to let you know about a couple current deals from Accuquilt .

Have a great day!

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Finish It Up Friday ~ Ila’s Favorite

It’s done! Dear bloggy friend, Ila, sent me this lovely feed sack top last winter. I was immediately smitten with it!

It’s nearly all made of feed sacks. It had the craziest seam allowances, but in spite of that, the maker had beautifully matching points.

I’ve had this backing fabric in my stash for some time and it was perfect for this top. I used the same fabric for the binding.

I used a pantograph called Woven Winds to quilt this. It is reminiscent of Baptist Fans. I had initially thought that I would hand quilt this, but given the massive seam allowances, I decided machine quilting was the better tack to take.

I love the design of the piecing!

There are a few stains that improved, but were not removed by washing. I care not, it’s part of the history. It is so cozy now. I foresee many picnics on this sweet quilt! Thank you, Ila for thinking of me. It may not actually be your favorite, but I’m calling it that anyway!

Have a great day!

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