Saturday, July 13, 2024

Quilted Easily Done - Flower Girl version

The Flower Girl (by Heather Briggs for Moda Fabrics) version of Easily Done is quilted, bound, and freshly washed. It has already been nap-approved : )

This beauty was quilted on my APQS Millie with the Ginger Snap pantograph from Urban Elements using So Fine thread.

This pantograph quilts out so quickly and is so fun to watch as it is just curves and circles - no stops or pauses.

A couple of my favorite prints and colors from Flower Girl.
This check would make an awesome whole cloth quilted tablecloth or picnic quilt.

Easily Done is a layer cake friendly quilt pattern. It is very similar and just as quick to make as my Simply Done quilt pattern, but the mix of the two blocks adds a bit more interest. It's a fun quilt to make.

With the leftover layer cake square scraps I whipped up this long table runner.

Here it is beautifying our 7-foot table. It finishes at 18" x 78".

This scrappy table runner was quilted up using the Lovely Loops pantograph from Sew Shabby Quilting.

I did shrink the pantograph down a bit to get a denser quilting. Love how it turned out.

Flower Girl is such a pretty, pretty fabric line from Moda Fabrics.

Perfect binding!

It looks really well on the TV credenza as well. Dresses things up so nicely.

Don't think we will grow tired of this runner for a bit : )

Extra-long quilted table runners make the best quilt rolls!

Happy quilting, everyone : )


Saturday, July 6, 2024

New Quilt Pattern: Fresh Strawberries

Summer and fresh-picked strawberries go hand-in-hand. Can't have one without the other, in my opinion : ) We have been taking our children to pick fresh berries for jam and eating for about 21 years. 

To commemorate the years of memories, the Fresh Strawberries quilt pattern is finally ready to share with quilters everywhere. Although way behind schedule, after bouncing around in my head for 2-3 years, it is so good to have it out and "on paper".  

The hardest challenge with Fresh Strawberries was settling on a block setting. At first I was thinking of a star setting block, but in the end simplicity won out with this simple patchwork style block setting. 

Sh! Don't tell the others, but this is my favorite berry of the entire bunch.
That red check has my heart! Just darling!
While the berries are the most tedious piecing I have ever done with a quilt, they turn out so darling and once they are done the blocks finish up rather quickly.

Piecing this quilt revealed to me how imperfect my piecing skills really are (lots of seam ripper with this one). While I shall strive to become a better piecer, imperfections are ok, and I'm not going to let them stop me from enjoying quilting. I will only unpick a seam maybe a couple times before moving on. It's not worth becoming stressed. As one of my sons informed me, strawberries aren't even "perfect". He picked one once with seven butts : )

The color palette of Jelly & Jam by Fig Tree Quilts & Co for Moda Fabrics is just lovely. So summery and cheerful. And the name? Don't you think it is just the right match for the Fresh Strawberries quilt pattern?

The Fresh Strawberries quilt pattern is traditionally pieced. You can work with scraps or charm packs or layer cake or even fat quarters. Very versatile quilt pattern.
You can make a wall hanging/table topper or a runner or both : ) 

It took a while to quilt up in 1/2" straight-line crosshatch quilting, but SO worth it.

Love the quilting! It looks and feels awesome, especially in the border.
And doesn't that green check print make the perfect binding?!

Ask me how many times I checked the bottom of that strawberry container before placing in on this quilt for a quick photo : ) It had to be done!

Another close runner-up for favorite strawberry block.

Happy summer and happy quilting, everyone : ) 
I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy some fresh berries.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Easily Done - Flower Girl Layer Cake Quilt

It all started with a layer cake of the gorgeous Flower Girl by Heather Briggs of My Sew Quilty Life for Moda Fabrics. Added in the simple and oh so easy Easily Done quilt pattern.

Did some fancy string piecing and ended up with a bunch of blocks.

Flower Girl is such a beautiful fabric line. All the prints are and colors play so very, very well together.
She's not quilted up yet, but I couldn't wait to share...

(my favorite print combo)

Voila! Isn't she a beauty?!?!

My favorite thing about the Easily Done layer cake quilt pattern is that with the extra pieces you can get another sizable quilt.

This time I made this simple and quick table runner.

Not quilted yet but another beauty! I'm thinking next time I make an Easily Done quilt the leftover pieces are going to be a square wall hanging or maybe even a baby quilt. Time will tell : )

Happy quilting, everyone!
Anna : ) 


Saturday, March 30, 2024

Charming Breezes - Au Naturel

Charming Breezes, a fast, fun charm pack table runner quilt pattern, needed a springy sample made up so who am I to argue : )

This 5 inch precut squares quilt pattern is one of my favorites to make up so it was no chore at all to whip up a new runner using Au Naturel from Wilmington Prints. 

Actually, I made two at one time using only 20 squares, a little bit of background, and some border fabric.


The only difference between these "almost twins" tablerunners is the border fabric. While I really like them both, I believe I'm partial to the lighter border. 

Au Naturel has been such a joy to make with. Something about the colors and prints that I really enjoy.

The quilting is organic wavy lines done with my regular sewing machine using a walking foot.

For the most part the quilting lines echo each other across the table runner but vary a little bit here and there where I felt maybe the lines were straightening out a little too much. 

When doing quilting like this I lengthen the stitch length to 3.0 to 3.5, loosen tension a tad, and lighten pressure foot pressure 2-5 clicks.

The movement that this gentle flowing quilting adds suits this pattern so perfectly.
Love it!

The Charming Breezes quilt pattern offers three lengths - 40", 60", and 80".

Quilted table runner quilts make the sweetest little quilt roll.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Just a Charm Pack Quilt - Au Naturel

The Au Naturel fabric line by Lisa Audit for Wilmington Prints is so so pretty!
The greens and purples are perfect for this Lenten season and the botanical prints are just extra perfect.

And here I am making with it within a couple weeks of purchasing. I think this is the "freshest" fabric I've made into a quilt : )

Have you ever had a project that you just loved everything about - the fabric, the quilt pattern, the quilting? Yeah, this is one of those for me.

The border combo is surprising me with how much I love it. I don't like to do borders on my quilts and usually I opt for a darker print to frame everything. The narrow purple and the wider white main botanical print and then the same purple binding are, well, perfect!

The quilt pattern I made up here is my Just a Charm Pack quilt pattern. This is Layout F; the pattern includes seven different layouts using just a charm pack (precut 5" squares) to make the main body of the quilt top. For my Au Naturel version here I added the optional borders to make it a little bigger finishing at 32" x 32". I think Layout F works best with a charm pack/5 Karat Crystals/Stacker of limited colors.

This little quilted wall hanging has my heart. I have really been drawn to botanical prints lately and this makes me smile.

The crosshatch quilting hit the inner border spot on. Another little bit to love : )

This little corner is one of my favorites - love these purple prints, the light green faded plaid, the borders. So good!

It fits perfectly on our dining room wall.

Simple Bella Solid Feather for the backing. Usually I do simple solid backing on my wall hangings and table runners. The backs are never seen. No use wasting "fancy" fabric there.

Straight line quilting on the diagonal in crosshatch fashion felt like the right choice. Spacing ending up being about 1 3/8".

Happy quilting, everyone : )