24 May 2017

Let's Bee Social #178

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The Love Birds quilt that I shared with you on Friday has got my creative juices flowing...



This week I drew up the Ducks in a Row....


 I am having fun trying out different fabrics to see how this could look....


 This fabrics you choose could make this design look like it suits a boy...


 Or the fabrics you choose could make this design look like it suits a girl...



Or it could be made to be completely gender neutral.



Hope to be able to make a decision on a fabric pull and show you a real life version soon!

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19 May 2017

Love Birds




Meet the Parrots!

These love birds love hanging out together - some kissing - and some back to back. 




I know that I have been using prints a lot more lately. I am trying to challenge myself to go out of my solids comfort zone. But for this one.... I could not resist digging back into my stash of solids to make this graphic lineup of love birds.




It is also quite unusual for me to leave a lot of negative space in my piecing. But for this quilt, I thought the effect of one row of birds was what this quilt needed. And the row of birds could also be used to make a table runner instead of a quilt!






Of course, the quilting is my usual organic wavy lines using my walking foot. I really got in the groove with this one and love how the waves turned out! I used plain white Gutermann thread both on top and in the bobbin. I chose to bind this little quilt in black - to match the eyes and to provide a strong frame.






The backing is Makin' Waves in Ink from the True Colors collection by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics, which you can view here. The boldness of this print is a great contrast to the front. 






The "Love Birds" baby quilt finished at 40" x 48"
and was the 32nd use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.






This new pattern is called Love Birds and you can find it listed here in my shop.
The pattern provides instructions for making BOTH.....
a Baby Quilt size 40" x 48" and a Table Runner size 14" x 38"





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17 May 2017

Let's Bee Social #177

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It's been a while since I started a new project by first choosing the backing fabric. This week I dug into the drawer of yardage and found this piece from the Urban Mod collection from Art Gallery Fabrics. Then I chose Spraytime by Makower UK for the background and these Kona solids to match: Ice Frappe, Azure, Pool, Caribbean, Cactus and Lime.




I don't design very many traditional styled quilt patterns. I do love to make patterns that include animals. But I was drawn in by the combination of the Irish Chain and the the star like block in the center of these blocks. This is called Irish Lullaby and can be found here in my pattern shop.







This design can be made using one colour along with the background, in both a positive or negative setting....

Or in two colours along with the background, as shown with this green and mauve setting.....

Or in a 3x3 colour setting along with the background.....


 Or in a 2x4 colour setting along with the background.....


By using one of these three block sizes:
10" 15" or 20" blocks

The finished quilt would be one of these three sizes:
36" x 47", 54" x 70" or 72" x 94"




I went with the 2x4 colour setting, but decided on a dark background.
And am making the 15" blocks so the quilt will finish at 54" x 70".



I normally cut and prepare my binding ahead of time. But I'm not sure what I will feel will make the perfect finish yet. I am leaning toward using the backing fabric for binding. Or maybe using the background fabric and one of the green solids in a flanged binding. We shall see!







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13 May 2017

All Wrapped Up

This is the ninth quilt block for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along!

All the details for the "Have a Jolly Little Christmas" quilt along are this page.







All Wrapped Up is a 12" quilt block.

Made using traditional piecing methods.




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Finished size of block is 12” x 12”



Fabric Require.
Single Block
White
3/8 yard
Dark #1
1/8 yard
Light #1
1/8 yard
Dark #2
1/8 yard
Light #2
1/8 yard
Dark #3
1/8 yard
Light #3
1/8 yard
Black
1/8 yard
Orange
1/8 yard









Read through entire instructions before beginning.  Press all seams open as you go.

STOP: Stitch, Trim, Open & Press. To perform the STOP method, align a square (A) or rectangle (C) on the corner of the unit (B) with right sides facing together. Draw a diagonal line and sew along this diagonal line. Trim a ¼” seam. Finger press the seam open and then press with a hot iron. Pressing the seams open to reduce bulk is recommended.












Single Block
White
A
6 @ 1” x 2.5”
B
6 @ 1.5” squares
D
3 @ 1.5” x 4”
F
2 @ 1.5” x 12.5”
G
1 @ 2.5” x 3.5”
K
1 @ 4.5” square
Dark #1
C
1 @ 1.5” x 3.5”
J
1 @ 3.5” x 8.5”
Light #1
C
2 @ 1.5” x 3.5”
Dark #2
C
1 @ 1.5” x 3.5”
H
1 @ 3.5” x 6.5”
Light #2
C
2 @ 1.5” x 3.5”
Dark #3
E
1 @ 1.5” x 4.5”
K
1 @ 4.5” square
Light #3
E
2 @ 1.5” x 4.5”
Black
**
2 @ 1” x 4”
Orange
*
3 @ 1” squares
























Step 1:  Sew the White (D) rectangles to the Black (**) rectangles. Crosscut this strip set into (3) @ 1” wide units.



Step 2: Use the STOP method to add the Orange (*) squares on the White (A) rectangles. Sew the White (A) rectangles on the side.






Step 3: Sew the units together. Trim the ends of (2) units to 3.5” wide.




Step 4: Use the STOP method to add the White (B) squares on the ends of the Light #1, #2 and #3 (C) and (E) rectangles.





Step 5: Along with the White (K) square and (G) and (F) rectangles, and the remaining Light and Dark (C), (E), (H), and (J) rectangles and Dark (K) square, arrange and sew the units together to complete the block. Block should measure 12.5” square.






Here is my All Wrapped Up block.




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Twice a month, instructions for all of the individual blocks will be shared. A continuous never ending linky party will be available to share your Flickr and Instagram photos or your blog posts on the "Have a Jolly Little Christmasquilt along page. You can find it by clicking on the Quilt Alongs page tab found just below the blog header. As each post is published the live links will be added to the schedule.







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