Friday, November 30, 2018

Donation Quilt 2

On Wednesday, I posted about whipping up some quilts for those affected by the Camp fire in Paradise, CA. The first floral quilt is quilted, but needs trimming and binding - I'll show more when it's done.

Having so much fun piecing, I moved on to making a young girl's quilt from a group of 10" squares I had picked up at a quilt show several years ago. Finally, I had an idea of what to do with them -

shadow quilt using 10 inch squares

make them into a shadow quilt, so that it would finish around 48" x 60".

And BTW, if you have 10" squares to use up and want to do this, the shadow pieces are cut 2" wide and topped with a 2" x 2" background square. One shadow/background strip unit is cut to 10", and the other 11 1/2". Sashing pieces are cut at 3 1/2".  

Now this one is ready for quilting, after piecing leftover flannel strips together for the backing.

pieced flannel strips

Turns out, I don't have large yardage amounts of fun kid prints in the stash for backing, so this is the next best thing.

Now I'm off to quilt it, and maybe make one more top before my friend heads up to Paradise.

Happy Quilting my friends!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Midweek Makers #151

Welcome to Midweek Makers - another day of sharing! I've made no further progress on Mediterranean Rose cause I got distracted whipping up some quilts for those affected by the Camp fire that destroyed Paradise, CA. This one in progress is composed of 10" wide floral strips,

separated by yet to be stitched in dark blue strips. Quick and easy, so I can move on to the next one. 

In other news, I received an email last week from Cheryl with the following message regarding the Pumpkin Applique Block:

I wanted to show you how I made your pumpkin pattern. I had some toweling and stitched them to it then fringed the bottom. Love doing your patterns. I made the watermelon runner but forgot to send you a picture.
Happy Thanksgiving.

And here's the pumpkins,

looking awesome in the stacked arrangement, just like I thought they would - great job Cheryl!

With Christmas now fast approaching, we can expect to see lots of red and green on Midweek Makers, with last week starting it off. From Quilting at the Cro's Nest, this beautiful tree skirt,


from Vicki's Crafts and Quilting, this very cute tree table runner,


and from Songbird Designs, this Christmas Cactus block.


Now it's your turn - link up what you're working on!
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Happy Quilting!

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Black Friday Purchases

Well, I certainly didn't think I was going to spend the whole weekend shopping, but that I did. And now it's Cyber Monday, with more deals to be had online. Did I make any progress on the Mediterranean Rose quilt? Nope. None. Na-da. With a guild meeting this morning, and the shipping of Winter Feed kits in the afternoon (thank you to everyone who purchased on Small Business Saturday!), there will be no sewing for going on 6 days. Would that be deemed a vacation???

But here's what I came home with this weekend, aside from the two coats, earrings, and 3 pairs of pants. I'm just showing what's quilt related. Warning - there's lots of dots, checks, and stripes!

From Saturday's adventure - pretty reds (I'm thinking ahead for Valentine's Day), plus orange, black, and grey.

The day also included a 20 yd roll of cotton batting for $80 - couldn't pass that up, though I already have an unopened roll in the closet!

From Sunday morning, a different store, with more dots and stripes.

Notice there are identical prints in different colorways - couldn't resist the bright freshness!

And Sunday afternoon, at yet another store, I couldn't pass up these black and grey prints.

And, no, I didn't buy the whole bolt. It's only 2.5 yards, but wrapped back up on the cardboard. 

How about you? Find anything that sent your heart a-flutter? Or that you couldn't live without? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Mediterranean Rose in Progress

Mediterranean Rose, a quilt started over 6 years ago, is on the design wall today.

Mediterranean Rose quilt by QuiltFabrication

It's slow going at the moment, what with Thanksgiving and all, but at least it's sewn into rows. Just need to add the side triangles, then it will be a top. 

Working on this quilt, at this time, was meant to be - here's why:  I started this quilt as a hand applique project while on a cruise to the Mediterranean in 2012. This past Sunday, as I trimmed and sewed, Rick Steve's travel program came on PBS. And he was travelling to the Greek islands of Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes, all places we visited on that cruise. How wild is that coincidence???

My blocks are based on a design found in Vol 1 of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks, 

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks

#30, Full Bloom.

Full Bloom quilt block

The instructions for that block used wool felt, but I wanted to do mine in traditional cotton. And I just wanted to applique the flowers and stems, not the big leaf parts in the center.

So, redesigning this block in EQ to suit my vision of it, I instead pieced those big leaf parts by stitching set in triangles.

set in triangles 1

Thank goodness for freezer paper and glue to make this possible!

set in triangles 2
set in triangle back side
set in triangles 3
set in triangle front side
So my block looks like this,

Mediterranean Rose quilt block by QuiltFabrication
my redesigned block

with more points to the center leaf area, and also slightly different flowers.

Full Bloom block
original block

Maybe I didn't finish it because I was tired of it? Or didn't know how to quilt it? Who knows why I didn't finish it long ago. At least it's getting attention now, and should be done next week. It will be a lovely addition to red and green of Christmas decorating around the house!

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Midweek Makers #150

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! 

This is such a wonderful time of year to visit friends and family, but it can also be hectic with all of the travelling, hosting, and cooking - hopefully, sewing becomes your stress reliever! 

To keep down my stress, I won't be starting any new projects right now. Instead, I've pulled out one from 2012, which should have been finished up long ago. This is the last picture I have, though the applique is now finished. 

Mediterranean Rose block

Time to get those blocks together, and get it quilted!

This week, I'm featuring hearts and stars from last week's quilters - take a look!

From Cherie's Quilting Journey,


from Quilting Patchwork Applique,


from Pink Doxies,


from Quilts Etc,


and from Sevenoaks Street Quilts.


And for a cheeky quilt party game, check out the rules for Quilter's Strip Poker provided by Quilting Gail - too fun!

Now it's time to link up what you're working on!
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Happy Quilting and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

PS - Black Friday Sale thru November 25, 2018 - Interested in adding one of my quilts to your collection? They're all on sale this week - 20% off and FREE shipping! Check out what's available at my Etsy store

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Black Friday All Week Long!

It's that time of year again, when stores bring out their best deals on anything and everything! Once confined to Black Friday, that day after Thanksgiving, when everyone would line up outside the store at a ridiculous early hour in the morning just to snag one of those deals, but now, no more.

Yes, I'm guilty of a 2 am shopping spree, and thank goodness times have changed!

Now we have deals all week long, including Black Friday, and of course, extending into Cyber Monday. And the majority of the shopping is now done online - phew! I can sleep in!

Wanting to play along with all the buzz, not only am I shopping, but I'm also having a week-long Black Friday event in my QuiltFabrication Etsy shop

QuiltFabrication Etsy shop header

This week only, Nov 19 thru Nov 25, 2018, take 20% off all handmade quilts, which includes FREE shipping! That's right - 20% off and FREE shipping.

Many favorites are there, such as Purple Pinwheels,

Purple Pinwheels quilt

Unlimited Quilt

Frog Happy Quilt

Shadowed Flowers Quilt

Holly and Berries Quilt
and Chicklettes, to name a few.

Chicklettes Quilt

Along with my quilts for sale, I also found a couple items (affiliate links) that piqued my interest:

There was also this adorable Valentoria cat themed shoulder bag, cause I like cats,

and this very versatile Cricut Explore Air 2 cutting machine, for creative quilting!

That's enough to get me shopping! Enjoy all the deals this week!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Pond Ripples

Yeah! The guest bed now has a quilt to call it's own, which I'm calling Pond Ripples.

Pond Ripples by QuiltFabrication

Sorry I have no outside, full on, hanging pictures of this, due to the incredibly poor air quality we've had due to the Camp fire. An on the bed shot will have to do!

As larger version of the Becharmed baby quilt,

Becharmed quilt by QuiltFabrication

I'm pleased with how it turned out, given what I had to work with.

Turns out, my awesome background fabric was not enough to make the full 8 1/2" second side borders. Thankfully, though, I was able to squeeze out two borders that are 4 1/4" - it's that narrow third background border visible on the edge of the bed.

Pond Ripples third border

And I'm really ok with that, because I was going for some overhang on the edges, but not a lot. When quilts are really big, it's a lot to manage!

I've also discovered that this quilt is a brighter blue than what's in the room, and really makes the picture look dull. The blue we pulled out for the paint was in the bird's wings, and not the picture background. Oh well.

original fabric pull for Pond Ripples

But, on an upside, this quilt is terrific for stash busting - I'm thrilled it used up at least 9 yards of fabric from my stash! And 5 yards of that was one piece I had for the backing - the quilt gods were definitely smiling down on me!

Overall, I'm glad I tried a larger size of the Becharmed quilt, but in reality, the pattern looks better as a baby quilt, and is written as such. Not only is it a great stash busting quilt, but also a perfect pattern for the beginner quilter.

The Becharmed pattern includes written directions for quickly making those 4 1/2" 4-patch units from 5" charm squares without sewing a single 2 1/2" square using my Charming 4-Patch Fast, Fun, and Fabulous tutorial. What could be easier???

Almost forgot! I decided on the Jester pantograph for this quilt and no straight-line quilting or feathers as for the baby quilt version.

Jester pantograph

Jester pantograph closeup

And here's a picture of the back (plus that Seminole style minky blanket I'm trying to hide!). Both sides were quilted with a dark grey thread.

Pond Ripples backside

If you're in need of a fast, scrappy baby quilt, or just want to use up your stash, check out the Becharmed pattern.

Happy Quilting!

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