Friday, October 21, 2016

Modern Baby Quilt in Solids

You probably know that I have been working on yellow and gray quilts for that last month, but this was the first one that started it all.  It's made from Kona Cotton.  I used Citurs, Shadow, Medium Gray, Pepper, and White.  I am really loving the Pepper instead of the Black. I used the Accuquilt again to cut the HSTs.

I quilted it with straight lines on my longarm using a ruler.  Yes, I could have quilted it so much faster with a meander, but this quilt seemed too modern for meandering.  It was begging for straight lines.  I tried to ignore it, but it won the battle!

I found this cute gray and yellow print for the back.  The binding is the Medium Gray. So you'll be glad to know the last gray and yellow is ready to be quilted, so this obsession is almost over! Thanks for putting up with me!

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Trip Around the World Quilt Along

Myra is hosting a trip around the world quilt along.  She is making a hers with the fabulous Gradations quilt kit from Craftsy.  I don't have any of that, so I decided to go country style.  Here are most of my fabrics.  I'm missing a dark brown and a pink/green floral blender. I am going to alternate each color with an off white print.  

Grab some fabric and join us!  You have until October 23 to link up your fabric choices.  Then the cutting begins!  Here is the schedule from her blog:


The Quilt Along will run from today, Monday, October 10th through December 5th with two weeks between each step.

  • Link up your fabric selections below.  Link-up closes Sunday, October 23rd.
  • Monday, October 24th:  Quilt Along begins with sewing strip sets and tubes together and cutting into segments.  This is steps 1-8 in the pattern, ending at the top of page 4.
  • Monday, November 7th:  Assembly of sections and quilt top.  This is steps 1-5 on pages 4 and 5 of the pattern, as well as steps 1-4 on pages 6-8.
  • Monday, November 21st:  Finished quilts!
  • Quilt Along ends December 5th with a Finished Quilt Grand Parade!

Trip Around the World Quilt Along at Busy Hands Quilts

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Yellow and Gray Continues...

36 x 40

Quilt number 3 in the yellow and gray series is this cute baby quilt.  I like that this one doesn't have a border and I got to use my Accuquilt HST die to cut the pieces.

There are 3 yellows and three gray put with Kona white.  I love the little black birds on the white tress.  They peak out here and there.

But the time I got to finishing this quilt, I was running low on large pieces of yellow and gray.  So 2 of these fabrics aren't even in the front.  But I think they work for the back.

One more to go with these fabrics.  The next one is made from scraps, but it isn't next on my to do list.  I have the top all laid out and ready to sew.  Hopefully I get to it soon!

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Yellow and Gray Bricks and a Stash Report

First off, I want to thank everyone who voted for my Rainbow Bargello quilt.  It won the viewer's choice award of the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I was so excited to win! Thank you!

50 x 60 

I have spent the last 4 weeks teaching a friend to quilt.  She chose this easy brick pattern in a gray and yellow.  I thought it would nice to make a quilt in the same colors.  Her colors were a lot brighter than mine, which is what I would usually pick.  But I had these softer, more muted colors in my stash.

I did throw in a couple darker valued fabrics from the baby quilts I have been working on this month. But for the back I used all the softer colored fabrics.

And while I don't usually like a scrappy binding, it works with this quilt. I think that is because it blends in and doesn't stand out.  I'm loving this quilt.  Easy quilts can be nice too.  This one is for sale in my Etsy shop.

September Stash Report

I've been a good girl this month!  And finally I've made a dent in my stash. And it seems the crazy, busy sewing days of the summer are finally over.  I'm glad.  That was a lot of quilting.  A girl has other things to do besides quilt, don't you think?

Sep in:               4.25
Sept out:          55.75

YTD in:         397.00
YTD out:       510.25
YTD change: 113.25

Linking with: Busy Hands Quilts

Friday, September 23, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Rainbow Bargello

 It's time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival!  I am entering my Rainbow Bargello quilt into the ROYGBIV Quilt Category. This is a twin sized quilt.

It's make from all Kona Cotton solids - 44 different colors.  I quilted it with a gray thread in a meandering pattern.  It has such great texture and vibrant color!

For the back I used a black and white crosshatch that appears gray.  I added a rainbow strip to the back just because I can!  I love to piece my backs even if it is a little more work.

I hope you'll stop by Amy's Creative Side to view all the quilts in the different categories of the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Falling Stars

50 x 60 

This quilt is from the new pattern called Falling Stars by Myra of Busy Hands Quilts.  I got to make mine in purples, blues, and green.  I love this color combo!  It came together so fast with the large half square triangles so I spent some extra time on the quilting.

I quilted the squares first and then added the wavy lines about an inch apart.  I used a variegated purple thread that I found on my shelf.  I thought it would look good on the gray squares. Maybe I should have gone with gray?  I don't know. I do love the texture of the quilting.

It's a wonderful pattern to quilt on as you could do so many different things in those solid areas. It works with lots of different colors too.  You can see more options on Myra's blog here.

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Baby Pinwheel Quilt

40 x 40

I finished this simple baby quilt this week.  Yellow and Gray is so nice and soothing together, especially for a baby quilt. I cut 2 - 5 inch squares for each pinwheel from each the print and the white to make 4 HSTs.  It has a 2 inch white border and a 2 inch gray border.  I love how the yellow softens the edge while giving it some more color. 

I have 2 more quilts in the works for this month in yellow and gray.  Seems I can't stop using these colors.  But first I am testing a pattern for Myra and it should be out next week.  It's called Falling Stars and I think you're going to like it. Have a great weekend!

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Saturday, September 3, 2016

August Stash Report

Just a quick post to keep me honest.  I know it doesn't look like it, but I'm trying to use my stash this year!  I think September is going to be much better on my goals than August. I have at least 4 quilts started that will be done this month. Anyway, this post is for me.

Aug in: 50
Aug out: 68

YTD in: 392.75
YTD out: 454.5
YTD change: 61.75

Yearly Goals
11/20 HTU
40/36 QUILTS

Friday, September 2, 2016

Pixel Rainbow Quilt Tutorial

Here is my very first tutorial!  I hope you enjoy making this quilt as much as I have.  It's so full of color and happiness.  Who doesn't love a rainbow!

While making this quilt, I learned how to make a color coded chart in Excel. It was much better than coloring a hundred possible charts on graph paper.  The quilt is 44" by 60" and the pillow is 16" square. I used all Kona cotton for this quilt. I love Kona's bright rich colors.

Each square on the chart is 2.5".  You can get 16 squares from one 2.5" strip of fabric.  Cut the number of squares from the chart below.  Layout following the colored chart above. Label and sew each row together keeping your rows labeled. Then sew the rows together.  Quilt as desired. You will need 6 WOF strips to bind the quilt. 

Follow the same procedure for the pillow top that you used for the quilt.

I made an envelope back for my pillow.  Cut 2 pieces 13 x 16.5"

Fold and iron 1/2 inch on the long side of both pieces. 
 Repeat fold and iron again. (You will have folded the top down twice.)

Top stitch 1/8" from edge of the bottom fold.  
I like to move my needle over to the left to do this.

Lay the pillow top right side up.
Lay one back piece right side down with the fold at the top.
Lay the other back piece right side down with the fold at the bottom.

Pin and sew 1/4" around the outside.
Trim the corners and turn inside out.
Press your pillow case so it will be flat. 

There you have it - a cute rainbow quilt and matching pillow for your favorite little one.

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Pixel Rainbow Quilt

44 x 60

I had a customer ask for a rainbow quilt for her new baby.  After we talked back and forth we settled on this pattern that I came up with. She choose a toddler bed size so that the quilt could transition to the toddler bed as her baby grows.  The binding and the back is black.  It's quilted with a dark monopoly thread.

She also wanted 2 matching pillows to go with her quilt. They have a black back too. I am working on a tutorial for the quilt and the pillow. Should be ready to post it soon. 

Needle and Thread Thursday
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