Wednesday, July 25, 2018

July - 12 minis in 12 months 2018 - Scrappy Fig Tree

Had such a difficult time settling on what to do this month for #12minisin12months by  Knot and Thread Design.  Played around with a BUNCH of ideas but just couldn't get started with one UNTIL I came across this little baggie of HSTs leftover from a previous project. Within an afternoon I had this little cutie finished. When inspiration strikes, it's a very good thing : )

Loving these little bits of Fig Tree goodness. This line is California Girl for Moda Fabrics. 

Once I got started, I wondered if I'd be able to finish - working with such little pieces was a bit more than I bargained for.  (Those little HST squares finish at 1". 1"!!!) But, I took a deep breath and decided to take my time. Turns out that sometimes slowing down helps to finish quicker. Who knew : )

Did a little straight line grid quilting. Went with 1/2" this time. Like how the corners mimic the center.

There is something very satisfying about using these little scrappy leftover bits. Even most of the background is leftover bits that were lying on my cutting table. Went with matching binding to use up even more leftovers. Loving the simplicity.

This is the quickest, most unplanned quilt I've ever made. So, so fun. I think I need more quilts like this : )

Quilt Stats:
Fabric:  California Girl by Fig Tree & Co for Moda
Batting: Flannel
Piecing and Quilting thread:  Aurifil
Size: 12" x 12"

Friday, July 20, 2018

A patriotic runner showcasing Victoria

Finally! We have a patriotic runner! 

     Every year in late June I get a hankering to sew with red, white and blue, but it never seems to happen for one reason or the other. This year I made up my mind it was going to happen. With a specific charm pack in mind I sat down one evening in June and started playing in EQ. In a couple days I had a design. So excited! Ready to start cutting and stitching. Then along comes my husband (I think I need to ban him from pinterest; I have enough inspiration : ) - "Hey, honey, look at this quilt. It's kinda cool. Could you make something like this?" Really?!?! Can I make something like that?!?! Is that a challenge? Of course, I can! Back to playing (aka designing) with the perfect fabric in mind.

This fabric line is perfect for patriotic projects that you don't want to scream red, white and blue. The dainty prints are the cutest and perfect for so many different projects. This runner was out for the 4th and will be out for a few more weeks.

I am so glad that inspiration struck my husband this time. One of the reasons I love to make and quilt is to give to others and he is my favorite  person to gift. He really likes my version of his inspiration piece and that just makes me smile!

Straight-line quilting for the win, but for this runner I mixed up by quilting different directions alternating blocks. Still loving straight line quilting.

Usually I do solids for bindings to keep costs down, but I for my last few quilts I have branched out. Loving this red check...and that blue dot!!

If your looking for some of this pretty Victoria fabric, Starlit Quilts has
great selection and prices.

Quilt Stats:
Fabric:  Victoria by 3 Sisters for Moda
Batting: Flannel
Piecing & Quilting thread:  Aurifil
Size: 16" x 60"