Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Midweek Makers #389

Welcome to Midweek Makers - let's get back to sharing!

Hope everyone enjoyed the quilt-back eye candy last week! There was certainly a lot to see from some very creative quilters. Certainly makes me want to put more thought into my quilt backs!

With the Fourth of July next week, my house is all decked out in red, white, and blue, including the newest addition, Stars in My Eyes. In case you need a quick project to get in the patriotic mood, check out my Free Flag Patterns post so you can get down to celebrating!

Going back to Midweek Makers #388 from two weeks ago, I've chosen to feature these two 'only-in-the-USA' projects. First up is Blueberry Pie from Gretchen's Little Corner,

and this awesome Quilt of Valor from A Quilty Girl (aka Alycia Quilts).

Definitely two American classics!

And now on to this week's party - what do you have to share?

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs Blog Hop

Here it is, my latest quilt, Stars in My Eyes

The above picture is the back of the quilt because this quilt was made for Kelly Young's new book, Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs (affiliate links), and today is the blog hop to celebrate the book's launch! Feel free to visit with the other quilters participating today, sharing their fabulous quilt backs. 

Sandra @ mmm...quilts
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Vasudha @ Storied Quilts
Kris @ Sew Sunshine
Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

Below is the front, which I've been teasing you with all the sneak peeks - this quilt is definitely a patriotic two-fer!

striped pinwheel blocks set in blues

For my back, I channeled Kelly's improv scrap piecing technique, because of fabric limitations.  Ultimately I'm thrilled I was able to pull off a coordinating back with the fabric leftovers I had and boy, was it slim pickings. But together, the front and back make a great combo!

So, a bit of history on this quilt. The front, specifically the blue scrap blocks, were created in January for RSC2023. I wanted to use up my blue scraps to make enough blocks for a complete quilt. But then the realization hit me that an all-blue quilt was just, well, boring. That's when the idea came to give the quilt a patriotic theme, as anything red, white, and blue is a favorite! It was also a great way to use up bits and pieces of end-of-bolt Fireworks kit fabric.

As for the quilt's name, Stars in My Eyes, that was inspired by the striped pinwheels, as those could really make your eyes spin and possibly see stars!

Since this quilt (and post) is more about the back, there were several quilt back patterns from Kelly's Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs book that I considered for this quilt, such as this one for it's simplicity.

Or this one, as it's design would coordinate well with the front,

or this one, which would use up more of the blue scraps.

Tough to choose, right?

Unfortunately, with my fabric constraints, none of those backs would work. So, I chose to design with what I had.

Here's a picture of my evolving back, all based around the four not-the-same-size light blue star yardage pieces. Those pieces, along with the large pinwheel are laying on the finished top, exposing the space I need to fill in.

Ultimately, I decided to build around all for sides of the pinwheel for a more symmetrical look, using narrow blue starred yardage, then adding more blue scrap pieced blocks,

and finally a border using the light blue star print.

Though this is not one of Kelly's designs, I'm pretty happy with how well it turned out, getting it to coordinate with the front plus using up leftovers and scraps.

Enough about my quilt - let's talk more about Kelly's new book! Of course I only showed three back patterns that I considered - there are seriously a ton of choices! Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs contains 30 different quilt backs, split between those that use scraps and leftovers, and those using stash and yardage. Plus, each pattern is given in three different sizes, which is always a win-win! Here's an example of a Twin XL and a Queen.

And there's more! As an extra special bonus, Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs offers 18 FREE lap size downloadable bonus patterns for the quilt 'fronts' featured in the book. All total, that makes 48 quilt patterns -WOW! Here's a sample of two.

Kelly, as always, makes her scrap quilting theory and patterns easy to follow, even including quilt finishing instructions. Definitely a complete quilting book!

Speaking of finishing, Stars in My Eyes includes quilting the pantograph Fireworks, using a light blue thread so as not to detract from the pinwheel blocks, yet showing up nicely on the dark blue blocks.

quilting detail up close

Overall, I think I nailed it! And with Fourth of July coming up, it's ready for display. Excited that it joins Patriotic Wave, Four Star Salute, Fireworks, and Liberty, plus several more - I do love red, white, and blue!

If you want to up your quilt backing game, I highly recommend Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs. You can find it through your favorite online booksellers, or for a signed copy, hop over to Kelly's Etsy shop.

Happy Quilting everyone!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Midweek Makers #388

Welcome to Midweek Makers!

Sometime ago, I shared some blue scrap blocks I was working on. Happy to say that the blocks have become a quilt! Below is a sneak peek of the front, with the full reveal June 21 cause that's the debut day of Kelly Young's new book, Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs. (affiliate link)

Which means Midweek Makers will take a break for that week. Get your projects ready to share on June 28 when we return.

Features this week are tops in progress, like this one from Bell Creek Quilts,

this one from Alycia Quilts,

and this one from Eagles Wings Quilts.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Midweek Makers #387

Hello and welcome to Midweek Makers - so glad you're here!

It's June and time to kick off the summer season! I'm featuring three of my favorite summertime quilt patterns:

Gone Camping, for that blissful escape to the woods,

Beach Boardwalk, for those looking for a mix of sand and sea,

and Seafarer, for spending the days sailing the open sea.

Gosh! I can't decide which is my favorite! Which would you choose?

Continuing with the summertime theme, check out these quilts shared last week: from Making a Lather, this scrap box chevron which looks great on that green grass, 

Life Preservers from Kathleen McMusing, a perfect summer themed quilt,

and these pretty houses in Blue City by Den syende himmel.

Now onto this week's party!

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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Cabin in the Woods for June Quilt Block Mania

June is the start of vacation season - how about spending that precious free time in your very own Cabin in the Woods?

This month's Quilt Block Mania theme is 'places', which gives us block designers a lot to choose from for blocks - take a look!

Visit everyone to collect them for June 2023 only, and be sure to say thank you!

Cruise Ship Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Beach by Inquiring Quilter
Rose Garden by Inflorescence
Glimpse of Home
Rainbow's End by Sugar Sand Quilt Co.
Cabin in the Woods by QuiltFabricaion
Geirangerfjord by Patti's Patchwork
New Mexico by Paleofish Designs
Lighthouse by Appliques Quilts and More
On the Lake by Crafty Staci
Welcome to Sunshine Village
Blue Hole by Sallys Sewing Circle
Welsh Castle at Flowerdog+Co
Are We There Yet? at Purple Moose Designs
Going to Ohio at Epida Studio
Beach Scene by Patchwork Breeze
House on the Hill by Robin Kinley Designs, Etc
Coffee Shop Quilt Block by Happy Hippie Studio

For my Cabin in the Woods, I channeled my childhood home, a brown house nestled in the woods of Maine. Ours was more of a ranch than a cabin, but still, the thought is there. 

Though this block uses paper piecing for the roof and tree, it's pretty easy to put together. I even give hints on fabric pieces to cut for the tree, which with those angles, can be a bit tricky. 

For one block, fat quarters or scraps work great. To save on fabric, I recommend that the sky fabric be a solid. That way, both pieces of a rectangle can be used instead of wasting a triangle set because of a print. The block finishes at 12" x 12", and is now available in my Etsy Shop

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