Modern Bliss

I used some scraps from sewing up a Modern Bliss lap quilt to make a little mug rug: image

I'm taking a Craftsy class (strip paper piecing) to improve my skills, and this was one of the blocks in the class. I feel much more confidant with my paper piecing now, and am bummed that I've now done all the blocks. I might need to get a paper piecing pattern book (suggestions welcome)...

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(this is the back. I'm loving wide binding on the back right now)

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I put lots and lots of quilted rays on this one. the whole finished block is 7.5", so it's quite small.  A little bit of sunshine in perfect weather right now.

I also used some bits to make a little dress for the Bean. she's so funny, because she's super girly and pink and wants dresses, but also climbs trees and roars when I ask her to pose. LOVE her. (also love that she's tiny enough to make clothes for from scraps)

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Sailor's Delight doll quilt

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quilt back

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quilt front

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I was trying to figure out the colors to use on this quilt, and the Bean came along to "help" then she sweetly asked if she could pick the fabrics, so she did. and my spectrum mug rug became a purple/gold/pink doll quilt just like that.

A quilt for Kai

whipped out a UFO and bound it quickly so I could gift it to a surprise arrival. (Our friends got the call Friday that their new baby was ready to adopt on Sunday, I found out on Monday). image

it was sort of an idea tester quilt, so it's definitely not perfect, but hopefully its imperfections will make them feel like it can be used and spat up upon, etc, right?

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it's all Kona and ROAR (both Robert Kaufman fabrics, ROAR is designed by the same person who did The Circus, which I LOVE), and I LOVE them, esp. in this colorway. so bright and cheery!

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I made this quilt just to test out quilting on my new machine, so it's not awesomely quilted, but it'll get the job done (those aren't stains, they're just dew from when I took the first pics)

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Radiance baby blanket

So, Robert Kaufman has this new fabric, called Radiance, that's a silk cotton blend. SUPER soft and silky satin. It's gorgeous, but a little intimidating. slippery. so, I, uh, *suggested* that it might be helpful if I worked with it so I could tell my friends/the world what it was like. image

I started with something super simple. strips cut from a half yard pre-cut pack. I laid out the back, then the batting, then did a quilt as you go thing on it, strip by strip. (I still can't figure out the past tense of "quilt as you go," quilt as you went? quilted as I go? Quilt as you have gone?), starting at the top with the white.

I quilted each strip differently.

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and each section has thread that matches, except this one, for which I did not have matching thread at 11pm, so I used teal.

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the back is this awesome black n white triangle fabric (babies like high contrast, yes?), and it's bound with one of those teal-y Kona cottons that I hoard, but whose names I have forgotten (possibly Jade?).

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I'm pretty madly in love.

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after I quilted and bound it, I washed it, and it all smooshed up (and lost some shininess), and is SO VERY SOFT AND AMAZING. The hubs has requested a pillow from the scraps, it's THAT awesome.

(it's on lend at Sew Modern right now, so peeps wondering about Radiance can pet it and love it and make their own!)

Baby Crockett at the Circus

image I really really love the fabrics Marie Perkins of Print and Pattern does for Robert Kaufman.  LOVE.

As soon as I saw the mock-ups for The Circus, I got inspired. I got the fabrics, and cut them up in July? June? no clue. OMG it was tedious cutting. I totally lost steam.

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But when I went on the LAMQG retreat last month, I was reinspired, and whipped out this top in an hour or so (hence the imperfect points. oh well).

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the back is just as fun as the front!

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and he likes it a LOT. it makes him extra wiggly!

(finished quilt measures about 44x60?)

Scrappy Radiance for the Bean

sooo, remember that Radiance baby blanket? here's a bigger one, traditionally pieced (ie, not "quilted as I went"), basted, and quilted. image

i made it using a 1/2 yard bundle of 7 (i think) shades of pink/wine.

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I purposefully was a little sloppy/scrappy making this, sewing some pieces wrong side up, not perfectly squaring up the pieced blocks, etc, because I wanted to see if the quilting and washing would cover any flaws that beginners might make working with such silky fabrics.

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I quilted a different "flower" design in each block, per my daughter's instructions, except for the blocks in which I quilted her name... (below, you can see Fiona quilted in the bright pink block)

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it does fray more than regular cotton, so raw edges on a garment or something need to be well finished, but I'm not too worried since it's quilted down....

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it's backed with corduroy, and SO very lucious and soft, and the mistakes are ALL INVISIBLE.

I LOOOOOVE Radiance and can't wait to work with it more!!!

Finishing.

I'm trying to knock stuff off my to-do list (so that I can justify adding to it!) first up was this found quilt top...

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I used leftovers from the new Lazy Daisy Baskets line, by Darlene Zimmerman, with this cute Mother Goose panel... I like the back better than the front....

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...probably because the front has this CREEPY naked baby print. Not sure what I was thinking (actually, I'm pretty sure I was just trying to use it up)

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It's quilted with a square spiral radiating from the center, and it's bound in leftovers from the back, and even the batting was 3 pieces zig-zagged together. and it's done. so that's off the list.

Next up, using the Modify Tradition blocks I made however many years ago.

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I kept the ones with mistakes, and figured out how to piece them together (with lots of Kona white), even though blocks varied in size from 6" to 16" (intentionally)...

I quilted in the white with red perle cotton, and stitched in the ditch in the blocks with white-on-top, red-on-the-bottom, because that's what was loaded in my industrial.

 

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the Bean liked the biggest block best....

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every block has this red print that I also used for the back, (which I STILL have lots of left. trying so hard to use it up!).

The binding is a cute picnic/clambake newsprint fabric (bought yesterday from Sew Modern).

it's intended for picnics, since it's full of mistakes and is very mismatched, but I like it. as do the kiddos, so we'll use it.

so that's 2 things off my WIP list. yay! I'm off to work on the hand quilting of my windmill quilt....

C's office quilt

My poor husband often pulls all-nighters at his office, witha quick 3-am power nap.... I decided he needed a small (throw?) quilt to cuddle into when he was too exhausted to drive home.... so here it is:

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it's like 60x70 ish, maybe (I haven't measured), and made from all fabric on hand (except the green, which is Kona Avocado)

The centers are from a charm pack of Silent Cinema that I won, and couldn't figure out how to use, and the Kona Turquoise is left over from various RK projects.

I wanted to use Kona Coal for the binding, but didn't have any, so I used the last little bit of black stippled Greenfield Hill for that, making the binding the only print.

I quilted it in straight lines with the walking foot C just got me, sorta randomly following the edges of the blocks... It's got wool batting, my favorite, and I quilted it with grey thread....

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I can't think of any other pertinent details, but I love it, and hope he loves it too. I really can't wait to see it after we wash it....

Market time

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I got my postage stamp quilt top done just in time. Quilting it will have to wait till June, as I've been informed that the craze of market has begun. This week I have to paper piece a quilt top:

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Design, sew, and write the pattern for a duvet cover; make a clutch bag or 2; make a pair of ladies shorts, and a pair of reversible baby pants; design, sew, and write the pattern for a sewing machine cover; make some free-motion-quilting samples; write up the pattern for that lift-the-flap bunting quilt; sew a shop sample and write the pattern for that hobo bag I designed, and, um, maybe that's it (other than maintaining my house, homeschooling, etc).

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So here's a gratuitous beauty shot of my postage stamps. Just because. I'll post sneaky shots when I can, but y'all can expect a deluge of posts after market at the end of May!

Pre-wash

image Here's the quilt for our baby boy, as designed by me and the Bean.

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C bought me an early birthday present, a walking foot, so this was my first time using it. LOVE.

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here's the back, pieced with scraps.

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here's the oops on the back. just so I don't get a swelled head.

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here's the folded pretty sitting on the porch...

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and the original idea behind both quilts: I cut all these little triangles off as waste from the roof tops when I made this quilt, (Obvi I'm greedier than Angela, as I kept every little bit of these scraps!) and so I sewed them all together, and thought it would make a fun baby quilt, so I ran with it, and now we have 2 matching boy quilts in the house. perfect.

This one measures 50x50 (ish, i'm totally guestimating) and will be for the baby, NOT D.

also for the baby:

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these soon-to-be pants. hopefully done by the end of the week.

 

Quilters Linen Chopsticks quilt

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I finished this one late at night, so only have midnight pics. The purple and tan quilters linen from last week got turned into this quilt. Chopsticks by Jaybird Quilts. I <_3 quilters="quilters" linen.="linen." oh="oh" and="and" the="the" _2nd="_2nd" pic="pic" is="is" back.="back." its="its" gonna="gonna" be="be" a="a" farewell="farewell" signature="signature" quilt="quilt" for="for" peeps="peeps" at="at" rk.="rk." _="_" p="p">

Finished quilt...

image D requested the black sashing with yellow (perle cotton) stitching to simulate roads....

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I pieced the back with the leftover big pieces....

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It's not super noticeable, because I switched thread color A LOT, but each block is FMQ'ed differently... sort of a practice sampler for me...

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the different quilting is most noticeable from the back, but I think I like it....

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It definitely works on D's bed....

 

 

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even the kitties approve!