Friday, February 28, 2020

Round Robin Rooster

I'm so happy the day has finally arrived to reveal the Round Robin guild quilt to the world! Introducing the Round Robin Rooster.

Round Robin Rooster quilt

Isn't that awesome? Measuring 55" x 66", it makes a nice lap quilt to snuggle under, plus it uses up a majority of those chicken fabrics. What large pieces remained were used on the back,

Round Robin Rooster quilt backside

which is a really soft green, though it doesn't look like it in the picture.

Round Robin Rooster quilt backside closeup

Started last June, we worked on each other's quilt for the next six months, and had our big reveal at Monday's guild meeting. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the others, nor did I get a good look at them. Funny how that happens!

Didn't the green row accent the rooster's tail nicely? Thanks to Sarah of Sarah Goer Quilts for that! 

Round Robin Rooster quilt closeup

That row was the inspiration for the green binding choice, creating repetition, one of my go-to design elements. Also, thanks to Suzanne, Cherese, and Callista for their contributions to make this quilt special.

Quilted with the Paperchase pantograph, it's close to chicken wire without all the fuss.

Round Robin Rooster quilting closeup

Look at all of those deep fold lines in this quilt for having to wait so long to show but now it's on the sofa for night-time TV watching.

If you get the chance to join a round robin - do it! It can be challenging, but also lot's of fun! Or challenge yourself, like I did with my own round robin rooster quilt, Who Rules the Roost? 

Who Rules the Roost? by QuiltFabrication

And remember, just have fun with it!
Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Midweek Makers #216

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party! If you follow QuiltFabrication on Instagram, you may have noticed I've been busy with quilts from others:

this red heart donation quilt by Nancy,

this adorable animal baby quilt by Denise,

and this lovely tomato collage quilt by Carol.

Lovely work ladies!

There were a lot of great shares on last week's Midweek Makers - here's a few that caught my eye.

This legacy quilt and sweet story from Making a Lather,

this stunner from The Colorful Fabriholic,

and Quilting Solutions adorable dog -

be sure to check them out if you haven't already.

What's your project share this week?
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Monday, February 24, 2020

Hexie Progress

With numerous blogging commitments lately, I'm finally able to share about our long, 18 hour plane rides, perfect for making some progress on those hexies. Certainly that's enough time for a lot of hexie basting, but I only got through 9 flowers worth. Eating, sleeping, and movie watching occupied most of my time. 

basted hexies and travel sewing supplies

Notice in the picture above the orderly storage after basting, the hotel sewing kit for using up thread in basting, and the dental floss container for cutting thread cause I didn't want to risk losing scissors to airport security again. And sandwiched in between two cardboard pieces are the fabric squares to prevent wrinkling.

fabric squares between cardboard to prevent wrinkling

My original hexie flower idea has two values, but my fabric choices may be too far apart in value. They look a bit dotted.

first hexie flower idea

Hubby suggested this version, which is quite nice. Notice no yellow centers. Combined with a darker yellow, I'd have  another flower color to use in the quilt.  

second hexie flower idea

Which flower idea do you prefer? I guess I'll decide once I come up with an actual setting for these flowers, ie, a quilt plan. Nothing like starting a project without a plan!

So, where did we go on such a long flight? Chiang Mai, Thailand, braving the coronavirus outbreak with masks, hand sanitizer, and anti-bacterial wipes. Days before, we were on the fence as to whether to cancel or not, mostly over concerns of getting back, as neither of us wanted a quarantine. 

But there were no issues at all, we're both fine, and had a wonderful time! The crowds were low, and I'm not sure how anyone could be sick in 95 degree heat, but I guess it's possible. Here's highlights from our trip:

the Flower Festival, full of beautiful floats,

Flower Festival Thailand 2020 float

the parade queen and her court,

Flower Festival Thailand 2020 float with queen and princesses

beautiful costumes,

Flower Festival Thailand 2020 costume

especially these flowers.

Flower Festival Thailand 2020 flower costume

And believe it or not, these are carved watermelons found on one of the floats. Just amazing!

carved watermelons

Here's the scooter we rented


to get out of town for a hike,

hike to waterfalls

and to play in the limestone created Sticky Waterfalls.

Sticky Waterfalls Thailand

We also checked out a butterfly house,

butterfly house

and an orchid farm.

orchid farm

orchid farm orchid

Then spent 6 hours touring around the lovely Royal Park Rajapruek,

Royal Park Rajapruek

Royal Park Rajapruek grounds

where they had a greenhouse full of orchids!

Royal Park Rajapruek orchid greenhouse

We also saw some traditional Thai dancing, especially the Fingernail Dance,

Fingernail Dance

and took two Thai cooking classes, Tom Yum Thai, and Thai Akha. Both were excellent and delicious!

Thai Akha cooking class

Then we collapsed each night at our hotel, Yaang Come Village, a jungle oasis in the heart of a big city - heaven!

Yaang Come Village Chiang Mai Thailand

So for now, those hexies are on hold till the next trip in a few months - still more to come.
Happy Quilting!

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Harlow Runner

Welcome to my day of the Color It Red blog hop, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. My creation is Harlow, a super simple table runner.

Harlow table runner by QuiltFabrication

This runner is so easy to put together, any beginner could do it. And it's a quick project too - make it up in a day, in any colorway!

Harlow table runner pattern by QuiltFabrication

Measuring 12" x 29" with 5 square-in-a-square blocks, the Harlow runner can easily be made longer with the addition of more blocks. Want it 40" long? Just add two more columns of blocks - how easy is that?

How about Harlow in something other than red, perhaps yellow for spring?
Harlow runner for spring in yellow

Or maybe a patriotic prints?
Harlow runner in patriotic prints

Or fun Halloween fabrics? 
Harlow runner in Halloween prints

So many possibilities! I have a feeling I'll be making the Harlow runner again this year.

The Harlow pattern includes all the yardage, diagrams, and instructions for two sizes, plus tips and tricks for binding 45 degree corners (it's easier than you think!).

As a special treat for all the hoppers out there, I'm offering the Harlow pattern for $5 in my Etsy shop, now through the end of February. With this being a leap year, that's one extra day - even more special!

And before you go, be sure to visit the other quilters sharing their red projects today:
February 21st
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Midweek Makers #215

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party! I've been working on my Color It Red blog hop project, using rejects and spare parts from Wrap Up Some Love to create something for any time of year, in any color. Here's a sneak peek - I can't wait to show the rest on Friday!

color it red project parts

With Valentine's Day last week, there were lots of hearts at the party - let's take a look:

from I - Completely Without Makeup, these fun hearts,


a favorite heart table runner over at DonnaleeQ,

two beating hearts at Storied Quilts,

a fun plus sign heart from Time 4 Stitchin,


an I Love .... lap quilt tutorial at LivelyLatte,


and a stitched heart at Quilting and Learning.


Thanks for sharing some love everyone!

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