Friday, May 31, 2019

Between the Lines

Woo-hoo! Between the Lines is another quilt finished from the May 2019 Book of the Month selection, Scrappy and Happy Quilts (affiliate link).

Between the Lines quilt from the Scrappy and Happy Quilts book

Isn't this cute? And fast too - the top was cut and sewn together in around 2 hours - can't beat that for a quick quilt!

I went along with the color theme used in the pattern in the book, choosing bee fabrics that I had in the stash. Stacking prints with background for cutting made for fast unit assembly!


bee fabric used in the Between the Lines quilt

Since there's bees, how about some loop-de-loops for the quilting? Looks like those bees are flying all over this quilt top!


loop-de-loop quilting on Between the Lines quilt

And because I DID NOT want to add leftover strip scraps to the burgeoning scrap bag, I found another blue in the stash to help fill out the back.


backside of Between the Lines quilt

Looks just as nice as the front, doesn't it? And I remembered my little 'QuiltFabrication' tag, with care instructions.


QuiltFabrication care label on a quilt

A note on the back: the blue/white striped band is placed toward the bottom of the quilt, instead of toward the top as on the front. That way, I didn't have a lot of seams meeting in the same area, plus it lessons the show-through effect that a white backing tends to create. Looking closely at the folded back area, show through is slightly visible.


back and front of Between the Lines quilt

If ever I'm in need of a quilt that needs to be made NOW, this pattern will be on my go-to list! It looks great and sews up fast!

Happy Quilting!



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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Midweek Makers #177

Welcome to Midweek Makers! By now everyone has seen Petunia Patch 1, with 9" blocks, and Petunia Patch 2, with 7" blocks. Ah, but wait - there's more! This is the start of my crazy idea - an even smaller Petunia Patch!


Petunia Patch block

That's the block front, and below is the block back, all neat and tidy.  


Petunia Patch block backside

Notice I didn't tell you the block size - that will be revealed later when the mini is all done. But isn't that pink batik really pretty? In honor of gorgeous hot pink, let's see other projects from the same color family:

from Twiggy and Opal, these scrappy potholders,

                                 

and from Sew Yummy, this Regent Street Star.

                                 

Hmm, seems pink is not as popular as aqua - only 2 versus last week's 11. Guess color trends come and go!

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Petunia Patch #2

Here she is, Petunia Patch #2,


Petunia Patch quilt #2 from Scrappy and Happy Quilts book

an even more modified version of the original pattern from the Scrappy and Happy Quilts book (affiliate link).

Looks a lot like the first one, Petunia Patch #1, doesn't it? 


Petunia Patch quilt #1 from Scrappy and Happy Quilts book

Looking closely, the flowers aren't in the same spots, and another fabric has been added, as there wasn't enough of the first one. And the sizes are different. Petunia Patch #1 is 49" x 49", while Petunia Patch #2 is 39" x 39". Nine inch blocks originally, resized to seven.

BTW, has anyone ever noticed how pink and red don't photograph well outdoors? These two colors always seem to have a neon quality on film - even my hot pink roses look weird. Let's just say it's not one of my favorite colors to photograph. Or it could be me, as I'm still an amateur when it comes to photos!

Anyhoo, I have no chain stitching or stack trimming in-progress pics to share - I think we all know how that goes!
And as for the quilting, it's the same pantograph, Robinia, in Glide Silver.

Robinia pantograph on Petunia Patch quilt

And this quilt, because it's the final commissioned quilt, has a soft grey with pink birds flannel for the backing. 

Petunia Patch #2 quilt with flannel backing

It's a perfect fit, as grandma requested pink, grey, flowers, and birds for this quilt.

Overall, it was worth remaking Petunia Patch with smaller blocks. The result is a more pleasing size and scale, and a perfect quilt for that first grandchild.

Now, what to do with Petunia Patch #1? I have a wild idea, and hope to have time to follow through. As usual, I'll keep everyone posted!

Happy Quilting!

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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.
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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,

                                                   Orange2

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,

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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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