Sunday, February 21, 2016

A New Quilt

So.... a fabric junky of the sort.... I often end up purchasing fabrics without an actual plan or purpose for them. Generally, it's child like. If I see something I like, I just gotta have it. That's kinda what ended up happening when I ordered a mini jelly roll from Southern Fabric's daily deals. The price was just too good to pass up, (even with shipping charges) and ..... I haven't sewn strips since my niece's quilts.

What I did decide to do, is check out all those pins I've been saving on Pinterest for some sewing inspiration. I found a really easy pattern - just stitching 3 strips together, cut them into blocks, and then place solid blocks in between for a checkered look. It looked cute with the pastels the girl used. But for some reason when I did it, no one... I mean absolutely nobody in this house liked the appearance.  Maybe it was the strong contrast, because no whites were used at the time; just navy and the jelly roll. When I laid out the 'rough draft', my hubby was the first to say "Ehh... I mean if you like it, but it looks too plain." Which was followed by my daughters saying, "No (period)"... So this left me with another idea.... What if I took those blocks, doubled them up, right sides together, and sewed up some quick hst's (half square triangles)?

Ya know what? It came out pretty cute! Solid white was used to break up the repetition and I kinda think it makes it look like an Amish inspired quilt. (Which is pretty exciting since I love Amish quilt patterns!) The overall finished size is 56 by 56.

And I almost forgot to tell you. The fabric is Riley Blake's Woodland Spring Collection:) The only downside was that jelly roll was not the typical 42 pieces. I would've loved to have more strips to make a larger quilt!
Happy Trails till next time!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Red Quilt

I've always wanted a red and white quilt.... And guess what? I've finally got one just in time for Valentine's Day! 

Nothing was more appropriate than using Moda's Love quilt pattern for a red and white quilt. It was so fun and easy to make with directions for a mini-charm, charm pack, or layer cake. The central flying geese were added to visually break up the large quilt blocks. Seriously, this was one project that moved along rather quickly! Overall it measures 73" by 73".

And just because.... Who would've thought simple red doilies on white bags would look so festive? I made these for my daughter's Valentine's Day party at school! Super cute and quick! They were a hit!

On another note, my sewing machine is sounding even squeakier which is keeping me on toes. Yes.... I still haven't gotten a new machine....Two things ~ first, it needs to be serviced and second, I need a new machine.... But I've got so many projects in the works, and I haven't been in a mood to "learn" a new machine. I did manage to make time to stop at a local dealer and check out the Janome Memory Craft. Boy was it heavy! The nice thing about the shop was that they teach you how to use and work the machine so your not stuck with questions when you get home. I've got one more shop to check out some Pfaff machines and I think I'm done... Wish me luck!

Happy Valentine's Day!