Friday, February 26, 2021

Snap Line Tester Quilt

Snap Line is a pattern I released recently (the first quilt was rainbow with black). This one was the first one I started on made with aqua and brown scraps. Let's call it a trial and error quilt. I tried it, made a math error and then had to compensate for that with my background sizes. So you might notice that the center strips in the block is larger than in the pattern. Overall it looks pretty much like the pattern and I love the aqua and brown fabric combo.

I found a cool toned brown fabric in my stash to use for the binding and the back. The cool tone made the quilt feel more modern than the warmer brown fabric I also auditioned for the back. I wanted to use an aqua fabric for the binding, but I couldn't find one in my stash that I liked. But I really like the cool brown on the front now that it is finished.

 Mistakes happen folks! But I've found in quilting that most of them can be saved. Who would know that this was not what I intended if I don't tell them? Not a soul!  Get your copy of Snap Line here.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Snap Line Quilt

Oh the weather we've had this past week! It's starting to warm up and so I finally got outside to take some pictures of this quilt. This is my new pattern called Snap Line. I've been very scrap focused this year and was wanting to make something with them. I stumbled across this design by accident! I had made a mistake in my measurements on my first go through and so the block had to be modified. But I love this one so much better!

The wind was blowing outside yesterday, but we did finally get about freezing. The power and water has been out all over the place, but we were very bless to not lose ours. We are not prepared for this kind of below zero weather here where I live. 

Anyway, back to the pattern. This one uses what I call strings. I don't know if that is the proper term or not. If the scrap is smaller than 2.5" I put it in my "string" bin. Well, I had 2 large ones filled to the top. I had the kids iron them all for me last month - what a time saver! I pulled out anything bright and happy over 1.5" wide. This pattern uses strip piecing so each string needs to be at least 10" long. 

Because all the stores have been closed and I don't really want to buy anything anyway, I used a solid black on the back. But it was a bit too boring so I added a row of scraps, 4" long, to the back. Doesn't that look wonderful? And it used up some more scraps!

I looked over and saw the fence while we were out in the yard and thought why no grab a photo over there? I think it's my favorite of all the ones I took. 

Here are a few mockups that I came up with. I love the red binding on the first one. (I'm not usually a red ran.) And then there is the two colored one on the bottom. I have a version of this one almost finished. It's the one I messed up on so it's not exactly the same. 

 Have you been working through your endless pile of scraps this year? If not you need to! It's pretty much free fabric. So go grab your scraps and the Snap Line pattern and make one of these for yourself!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

York Town Quilt Pattern

This is my new pattern called York Town. I love the modern look the diamonds and background bring to this star pattern. York Town comes in 4 sizes from throw to king. The throw size is shown above. It's made from 4 different fabrics (I used 3 and a background), but you can change out the background to a print and totally change the look of the quilt. (See below for a few ideas.)

 I wanted the back to feel just as modern as the front, so I added a row of the diamonds set off by the focal fabric from the front. It turned out perfectly. 

I could see using this pattern for a school quilt in this blue and gray version. I love the crispness of this one.

Here is the version where I swapped out the background fabric for a dark one. The stars become the light fabric so they stand out and shine. This version seems a bit more traditional to me. 

While I was playing around with the fabrics, I stumbled across this version. It says winter to me. There is no dark fabric in this one which gives it a light soft feel.

And here is my original version. I love this one! I didn't make it because the mustard yellow fabric I wanted to use had dark charcoal gray, almost black, in it, so it looked better with the black fabric that I chose.  But if I find a mustard print with just off white on it, I want to make this version.

York Town is available in PDF or printed form in my Etsy shop. If you make one, I'd love to see it. Tag me on instragram @theflemings9 or #yorktownquilt

Friday, January 15, 2021

Color in the Lines Throw

62" x 72"

I spent some time in December working on this scrappy quilt. It was inspired by the Charming Baby Remix quilt called Color in the Lines made by Melissa. I loved the one she made, but I didn't have the darker richer gray that she used for hers. So I went with what I had, even the backing which is a gray on gray print came from my stash. I modified the size to be a little smaller than the one Melissa made. 

I accidently cut too many 5" squares when making the front, so I used them on the back. I went through my bin of 5" squares and picked out an even number of each color. 

I am really struggling this week to get some good shots of this quilt. I've tried several times and it's either been too windy, to cloudy, or just plain not nice. I'm tired of taking pictures, so this is what we get for now. Honestly, I just don't have the time to keep trying right now. 

 I am working on a pattern that I really love, so that is helping the fact that I don't get too much time in the sewing room currently. Hope to have it finished in a couple of weeks. 

Friday, January 1, 2021

Emma Dilemma - Problem Solved!

There is one happy 7 year old in my house! Her quilt is done and she has been snuggling under it since Christmas. We used her two favorite colors and she couldn't be more excited. The great thing I used the same pink fabric in her sister's quilt several years ago. That quilt is purple and pink. When we redo their room we can do pink purple and turquoise. Any way, I'm getting distracted!

My new pattern is aptly named Emma Dilemma and it comes in three sizes - throw, twin, and queen. Emma's quilt is a twin size and I love that it has plenty of drop on it. The pattern has lots of strip piecing included to make this quilt a quicky! I had Emma's top done in a day. 

The blocks are made differently than the ones found in Kookie Kisses, and it's set differently on the top and bottom. The X's form a border all the way around on Emma Dilemma.  They are both great patterns, just depends on whether you want to use two fabrics or a whole bunch of fabrics.  

Here are some ideas for changing background fabric. This one has a navy background.

This one also has a navy background, but I switched the white and teal. 

And then there is always using no white at all.

I love to play around with the different options. What would you use to make this quilt? Do you like 2 fabrics with a neutral, or 3 fabrics? Please share your ideas with me!  

Are you starting off the new year quilting? I am! I plan on spending the weekend working in my sewing room. It's all clean and ready to go. I hope you are getting to do something fun as well. Stop by my pattern shop if you're needing something new to work on!

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