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.