Friday, May 24, 2019

Quilts In Progress

Spending time this week sewing, sewing, and sewing some more. The projects under the machine are another, smaller Petunia Patch quilt and a Between the Lines quilt, both from patterns in the Scrappy and Happy Quilts book (affiliate link).

Scrappy and Happy Quilts

The Petunia Patch looks just the first one, a sea of squares and flip n' stitch corners. It should debut on Monday.

Petunia Patch petals

The Between the Lines quilt top is done, taking around two hours to put together because of easy strip piecing.

Between the Lines quilt strip sets

Piecing this quilt top was my way of coping with the 5-0 Sharks loss against the Blues. It was an extremely difficult game to watch. So, I listened instead while stitching away. I had such high hopes for my beloved Los Tiburones!

Between the Lines quilt top

All it needs now is backing construction from leftover fabrics from the front, and another quilt will be born. Look for this one next week.

That's all that's new with me - more to come on these two next week.
Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Midweek Makers #176

Welcome to another week of quilt linky party fun at Midweek Makers! In between the Petunia Patch quilts, I got the chance to quilt Suzanne's lovely Time for Tea quilt.

wave to wave pantograph quilting on Time for Tea

She chose the Wave on Wave pantograph with Military Gold Glide thread. Gorgeous - check out the back!

wave to wave pantograph quilting on the backside of Time for Tea quilt

Put this panto on my list of favorites - yum!

And last week, the color aqua seems to be everyone's favorite right now - there were 11 linkups featuring that color. Have a look:

this cute aqua owl backing fabric from Home Sewn by Us,


an cute bag from Chris Knits Sews,


these adorable llamas from Sew with Sparkles,


these gorgeous dragonflies from Vicki's Crafts and Quilting,


this really pretty small art piece from Princess Bubbles Creates,


an awesome Harry Potter quilt at Ulrikes Smaating,


an orphan block destined to be another pillow at Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer,


this beautiful block for a quilt-along at Melva Loves Scraps,

a reproduction of the Tree of Life at Pearl Harbor, made by Quilting Gail,


this red and aqua stocking at the Farmhouse in the Field,


and last but not least, this fun bear by Made by Marney.


See? I wasn't kidding that aqua was a favorite last week!

And what are you working on this week? Any more aqua projects? How about patriotic? Something for summer? Come share!
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Monday, May 20, 2019

Petunia Patch #1

Here she is - a modified version of the Petunia Patch quilt 

Petunia Patch #1 quilt

from my Book of the Month selection, Scrappy and Happy Quilts (affiliate link).

Scrappy and Happy Quilts by Kate Henderson

The original pattern in the book calls for 25 petunias, which makes a quilt 68" x 68". I choose to only make a portion of the quilt, one of my many techniques for altering a pattern to suit my size needs. With 13 petunia blocks, this quilt measures 49" x 49".

Here's closeup pics before the story of why this quilt is Petunia Patch #1.

Petunia Patch #1 quilting closeup

Check out that pink backing, from the stash!

Petunia Patch #1 quilt with backing

Now for the story: this quilt comes with some things I like and some I don't. First, the good.

- It was easy to make - though repetitious - chain stitching the petals and using my Stacked Trimming technique helped.

- Pink fat quarters worked great to give a variety of petunias.

- It's an overall adorable quilt, no matter what the size!

And now for the bad, which is my perception and in no way any fault of the pattern.

- It's larger than I'd like for a baby quilt, which is totally my mistake for not doing the quilt math before starting in on making the blocks. I like baby quilts around 40" x 40", and at 49" x 49", this one is big.

- The block size is more appropriate for the large quilt. In this modified version, the petunias look like they would eat up any baby laying on it! 
There really is something to be said for scale.

Notice the bad is all a size issue. So, what to do? Since this is a commissioned quilt, I talked with the grandma, explaining the outcome and my desire to remake the quilt on a smaller scale. She agreed, which means I'm off again to chain stitch and stack trim. And fortunately, I have enough of the fabrics left, so no issue there. Petunia Patch #2 coming up, hopefully, with a more pleasing size - time to get to work.

May you have a great day quilting!

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Stacked Trimming

What the heck is that?

Stacked Trimming of quilt units by QuiltFabrication

It's my idea of mass trimming all of those petal units for the Petunia Patch quilt (affiliate link). I do so like speed and efficiency!!

Remember that pile of chain pieced pink petal units from Wednesday?

chain pieced quilt units

Now all of the excess fabric on the corners needs trimming. Since the units are all the same size with three sides to trim, stacking them makes for a super fast and efficient way to get the job done.

In the upper left of the picture are the stacks trimmed, the center shows the ruler lined up for a 1/4" seam allowance, and on the right are the units remaining - super fast!

stacked and trimmed quilt block units

A few hints for attempting this:

- Start with a new, sharp cutting blade. A dull one won't go through all the layers.

- Don't stack more than 4 units. This many units creates 8 layers of fabric, which is plenty to cut through.

- Stack the layers as accurately as possible.

- Use a ruler to make a 1/4" seam allowance, and press firmly. No shifting allowed!

- Seam allowances may vary from 1/8" to 3/8", depending upon how accurately the seam is sewn, and how well the units are stacked. It's ok to have this seam allowance variation.

Now that the chain piecing and the super fast stacked trimming is done, I'm moving onto block assembly, and ultimately the birth of a quilt top! More to come....

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Midweek Makers #175

Welcome to Midweek Makers - glad you're here! I'm showing off a sea of chain stitched petals for the Petunia Patch baby quilt - a really cute quilt pattern from the Scrappy and Happy Quilts book! (affiliate link)

chain stitching for Petunia Patch quilt

Though lots of stitching and trimming, it will be worth it - more to come!

Did you notice all the flying geese that hit Midweek Makers last week? Check these out:

from the Cheeky Cognoscenti, a beautiful quilting plan around her whirling geese,


from 2 Dogs Studio, these geese that sparkle on the black background,


from Time 4 Stitchin, these really pretty blue geese blocks,


and though these aren't technically geese, I love this quilt from Anja Quilts.


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Monday, May 13, 2019

Batik Scrap Quilt

Yeah! I finally get to share the quilted batik UFO!

Batik Scrap by QuiltFabrication

I was so inspired by the pantograph I put on Ketra's quilt, that I decided to quilt this the same way. The only change was the choice of thread - this one is quilted with a bright yellow-orange, which looks quite lovely.

bright yellow orange thread on the Batik Scrap quilt

Isn't that panto just perfect on this quilt too?

pantograph quilting on Batik Scrap quilt

Why did I wait so long to finish this? My guess is that I was thinking of a custom quilt design, but couldn't come up with a design years ago. So the quilt hung in the closet, waiting. 

Waiting for that perfect idea! Forget the custom stuff - this panto looks great!

border fabric on Batik Scrap

This quilt is for my older son, who admired it when I first pieced it. The border batik is from yardage I purchased at a warehouse when in LA for one of his hockey tournaments. And I had plenty of that yardage to use on the back, plus binding.

Batik Scrap quilt backing and binding

That picture happens to show more of a pink area, though overall, the back is more orange, my son's favorite color.

orange batik quilt back

Just like Seafarer was meant for my younger son, this one is perfect for my older kid!

Batik Scrap quilt flat

I'm super happy with how this turned out, even if it did take years. I firmly believe that sometimes quilts just need to sit for awhile, waiting for the right moment to come to completion. Hopefully, that doesn't happen to the majority of them!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Seafarer Pattern Release!

Remember Seafarer, the quilt made for the All About Strings Blog Hop?

Seafarer Lap quilt by QuiltFabrication

When I made this quilt, I didn't think about writing a pattern, but I had so many requests that I'm happy to announce the Seafarer pattern release today! 

Seafarer quilt pattern by QuiltFabrication

Since I was working from in-progress photos, I decided to make a baby quilt size to test the pattern. Isn't this just too cute???

Seafarer baby quilt by QuiltFabrication

The baby size version, which uses the same block size as the lap and twin/double size, measures a nice 39" x 39". And it's so soft - cotton batting, bits of flannel on the back, 

Seafarer backing by QuiltFabrication

and a nicely spaced wave design for the quilting.

Seafarer water quilting by QuiltFabrication

Looks and feels just like the bigger version!

Seafarer lap quilt by QuiltFabrication

Now a bit more about the pattern, available at Etsy

three sizes available - 
      baby (39" x 39"), 
      lap (57" x 82" - could be made shorter if desired),
      twin/double (75" x 88")

yardage amounts for all sizes given

number of blocks for all sizes given

template for sails

layout diagrams for each size

and, as always, full, detailed instructions for a confident beginner quilter to complete their own Seafarer quilt.

What's also great about this pattern is that more boats could be added for a whole fleet of sailboats!

If you've fallen in love with Seafarer, head over to Etsy - the pattern is available as an immediate downloadable PDF file. Send me a picture of your version of Seafarer - I'm sure others would love to see! 

Happy Quilting!

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