Blue and White ~ Finish

May 19, 2017

I got on a roll and basted several quilts the other day. When the weather is warm and the winds are calm, I set up my craft tables outside to spray baste them. It's so much easier than setting up my living room and covering every thing to protect it from the over spray. Basting is the worst part of the quilting process, but it must be done and that's that. 

In early March I made this blue and white Jacob's Ladder quilt top using Pam Kitty fabrics. The quilting is a simple cross hatch. 

The back is also a Pam Kitty fabric I was hoarding. It feels good to get it out of the stash pile and into a quilt, which is why I bought it in the first place, right? 

Have a happy weekend!! 

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May 17, 2017

Background: Essex linen in natural

This is a pattern I will use again. It went together fairly quickly and it was easy. The hardest part was doing the layout. You need to know what fabric is going where before you make the blocks. I am so thankful for digital photography for things like that. I laid out the fabric and took a picture so I would remember how it would go after the blocks were made. 

I love the look and feel of the linen, however, the seams are a bit bulky. It took some strenuous pressing to get them to lay as flat as I could get them. I chose to quilt it by stitching in the ditch. Simple and effective. =)

This is the one black I am disappointed with. The contrast is way to low, but I didn't notice how bad it was until the top was put together. By then I didn't want to take it apart and make a new block. Overall, I think the quilt is still pretty. =) 

And the back...I wish the pictures were better with showing how pretty this fabric line is. The first two pictures showing just the blocks are a better representation of the colors. I loved it so much, I ended up buying 5 charm packs to use with the left over scraps from the fat eighth bundle I used for this quilt. I'm still looking for the perfect pattern to use. =)

 Thanks for stopping by!! Have a very happy Wednesday! 

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A Wedding Swoon

May 15, 2017

The couple said their vows, so I can share the quilt I made for them. The wedding colors were plum, gray and green. =) I'll let the pictures do the talking. 

Have a happy Monday!!

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Scrap Vortex

May 4, 2017

I am a huge fan girl of Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts. I have been following her since I first started quilting in 2008. She is such an inspiration. One of my very favorite scrap techniques she shared was the Scrap Vortex. I am not as confident with my scrap quilts, so I tend to use this technique with the left over scraps by fabric line or, in this case, with fabric designers. Controlled scrappy, in other words. 

I apologize for the terrible photography. When I was making this one, the weather had turned very wet and cold. Perfect days for staying in and sewing, but terrible for photography!!

This was the pile I started with, an orphan block and piles of 2 ½", 4 ½" and 6 ½" squares I make with the scraps from left over projects. I make them on days when I need mindless work to do to keep me busy so I don't have to clean the house and it helps keep my scraps under control. In the picture, there are some 4 ½" squares with a 2 ½" x 4 ½" rectangle sewn on one end. My original thought was to mix up the 6 ½" blocks, with the 4 ½" x 6 ½" blocks. I quickly abandoned that idea as the layout was complicated and awkward. I was looking for fun and easy, so I made everything into 6 ½" blocks and began the lay out. 

I ended up having to add 2 ½" squares that were not pieced to make enough 6 ½" squares. In the end they helped to keep the quilt from having bulky seams when the blocks were sewn together. 

I love the orphan block, which is called Scrap Jar Star  by Amber @ Gigi's Thimble and you can find the tutorial for that here. I need to make a whole quilt with that block. 

I love quilts without borders, but I wanted this one a bit bigger. At this stage it measures 54" x 60". I added a small white border to give the eyes a place to rest.

I couldn't decide which fabric to add as the next border, so I added both. It finishes at 69" x 75". 

I know this style of quilt isn't every one's cup of tea, but I really love it and it feels like a free quilt since even the smallest pieces of fabric were used to make it. I do tend to save every little scrap of Bonnie and Camille's fabrics because I love them so.

Have you made a scrap vortex quilt? What fabrics do you find it hard to part with? 

Have a happy Thursday!! 

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