Saturday, June 22, 2019

Simply Done: Good Fortune version

One of my daughters requested a quilt for her birthday this year. And it gone finished on time!!!!
She loves how it turned out. Her bed looks kinda fancy now : )

I purchased this Good Fortune fabric by Kate Spain for Moda fabrics a several years ago. She loved it then and still does (whew!). She asked if Moda Black Marble would work with it. What do you think? I think it's an awesome pairing with the jewel tones of the Good Fortune fabric.

I used my Simply Done pattern to get this quilt done in record time. The pattern is written with traditional piecing, but I must confess that if I can strip piece I do. Not sure if it is any faster, but I personally prefer strip piecing versus cutting a bunch of small pieces and piecing them together. Either way you choose to piece, Simply Done is a breeze to cut and piece and makes a quick, fun finish.

Piece block pieces to background strips.  Trim and slice pieces/background strip.

All pieces/strip sliced apart and pressed. Repeat for second side.

Backing for this quilt is a rich purple cotton velour. It adds a little bit of weight but is so lusciously soft and cuddly. 

Simple straight line quilting. The key with quilting with velour backing is to remember to quilt with the nap, NOT against it. Goes a lot smoother and more evenly.

My second version of my Simply Done quilt pattern turned out beautifully. So thrilled with how happy the birthday girl was to receive it. Many thanks go out to my helpful team of little helpers who pitched in and helped with pressing and snipping and crawling around on the floor to lay it out : )

Quilt stats:
Fabric: Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics
Background fabric: Moda Marbles Black
Batting: Dream cotton
Piecing and quilting thread: Aurifil
Size:59" x 85"

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Simple Irish chain table runner

When we moved to our current home a few years ago, we discovered that for the first time we had lilacs! Yes, I really like lilacs : ) Such a pleasant site after a long, cold, dreary winter.

And every spring since we have picked bouquets and bouquets of lilacs, and every spring since I have made plans to make a green and white runner. Let's face it. Runners should coordinate with the flowers : )

This year it got done! One of my daughters has been wanting me to do a simple Irish chain quilt so I tried it with this little table runner. Don't you just love the simplicity?!

The plan was to keep it simple with just green and white, but I did add a bit of interest and fun by selecting two different prints of Lollipop Garden by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics.  Doesn't that dot print make a fun binding?

This little quilted table runner made a perfect backdrop for the lilacs this year. So, so pretty (and such a lovely scent filled the house!)

Straight-line diagonal grid quilting - again, to keep it simple. Love how the quilting adds just the right finishing touch.

Cute little rolled quilt - those dots on the binding make me smile : ) So fun!

Looks beautiful and perfect with roses, too!

Edited to add - 
Material requirements for the quilt top and binding of this simple quilted green and white Irish chain table runner:

Blocks finish at 4.5"
Make (14) 9-patch blocks
Cut (13) 5" x 5" background square blocks

1/2 yd white background
     Cut (2) 5" strips - subcut (13) 5" x 5" squares (for alternating block)
     Cut (4) 2" strips - subcut (56) 2" x 2" squares (for 9-patch blocks)
1/4 yd Green print A
     Cut (3) 2" strips - subcut (56) 2" x 2" squares (for 9-patch blocks)
1/3 yd Green print B - dot (includes binding)
     Cut (1) 2" strip - subcut (14) 2" x 2" squares (for 9-patch blocks)
     Cut (3) 2.5" strips (for binding)

Quilt stats:
Fabric: Lollipop Garden by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics
Background fabric: Moda Bella Solids #9900-97
Batting: flannel
Piecing and quilting thread: Aurifil
Size: 40" x 13.5".