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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

For David–A Finished Quilt

This quilt is for David, my oldest child.  As you know I have a thing for memory quilts and can finally check another child off my list.  Last year I made one for my youngest and because they shared a lot of the same baby clothes I couldn’t start on this one till that one was done.  I am really happy with how it came out, and of course, it makes me kind of sad too.  My baby is not a baby anymore, he is almost 12.  It is amazing how the quickly the time goes by.  I can vividly remember him in most of these outfits and find it hard to believe he was ever that small.


This quilt measures about 50” by 70” and the front is pieced with using a modified 9-patch block to accommodate the clothing.  All the knit fabrics were backed using Pellon Shape Flex Fusible Interfacing, a must for these types of quilts.  For the back I used denim.  Not my first choice for backing but it really does suits the front.  Besides I found a really nice light weight piece at Jo Ann’s so it really isn’t to bad.  Also, I did some straight line quilting in off white so it would stand out on the plain backing. 


Now, of course with another memory quilt done that means it is time to start the next one.  This time I will be making one for my daughter.  I have pulled out all her little dresses that my mother made her when she was a toddler.  Thankfully they are all made of cotton so this one should be an easier one to put together.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and all your continued support. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I will be linking this project to some of these great Linky Parties.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Modern Triangles QAL {Triangle Construction}

Now that you have picked out your fabrics, it is time to start making our triangle units, but before we begin, here is a quick recap of the materials needed to make this quilt.
  • 8 – printed fat quarters (or a variety of scraps)
  • 4 – solid fat quarters
  • 6 – 2” strips of each printed fat quarter, each strip should measure 2” by 18”
  • 10 – 2” strips out of the solid fat quarters, then cut each strip in half.  These pieces should measure about 2” by 9”
When cutting your printed fat quarters fold it in half at the salvage end, square up the raw edge, and start cutting your 2” strips.  Continue down the fat quarter until you have cut 6 strips in total.
If you are cutting from scraps, your strips can be cut longer, (or shorter), but I found if you are cutting from fat quarters, 2” by 18” strips use your fat quarter more efficiently and leaves less waste.
Sew 3 of your printed fabric strips together by alternating patterns.  This will give you a more scrappy look.
Iron your seams open as shown above.
Now you are ready to cut your equilateral triangles.  I am using a 6” plexi triangle that I have from a previous project, but these triangles can also be made by using a template or the 60 degree line on your cutting ruler.  I was able to cut 5 equilateral triangles from each strip.
If you are using the 60 degree line on your ruler make sure to align the ruler’s 60 degree line along the bottom edge of your strip and cut.  Then rotate your ruler so that the opposite 60 degree mark is aligned with the same bottom edge in the alternate triangle corner, making your first equilateral triangle, then cut.  Keep rotating the ruler around the triangle and cut the rest of your triangles. 
With what ever method you use to cut your triangles, the base of your triangle should measure 5 1/2” and the height of your triangle should measure about 5 1/2”.  It is ok if these measurements are not exact as long as the measurements are close.  All that really matters, is that all your triangles are the same size so that your rows will align when sewed together.
Now that you have all your triangles cut from the previous step, it is time to add the solid colors.  First, I am going to put all my solid strips into 2 piles.  Each pile will have an equal amount of strips and the same ratio of colors.  Then I am going to put the triangles that I cut in the previously into 2 equal piles all stacked in the same direction.  Now place one pile of solid strips on the left side of one pile of triangles and the second pile of solid strips on the right side of the other pile of triangles.
Sew the solid strips onto your triangles and trim off the excess.  Iron your seams to the solid side.  I have found, through trial and error, that this method works best and will make the blocks lay flat with no bumps or knots.
If you are not using a plexi triangle you can use a cutting ruler to achieve the same results.  Just use the edge of your triangle as your guide.
Next week we will be assembling your quilt top and discussing your layout options. If you have any question or concerns about this Quilt Along, please let me know.
Also, don’t forget to check our blog roll on the side bar. Keep up to date with the other bloggers involved in this quilt a long. Want to be added? Just leave a comment below and add the Modern Triangles QAL button to your blog.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Work in Progress Wednesday

I was really hoping to have my memory quilt finished this week to share, but that didn’t really work out as planned.  It is basted and some of the machine quilting is almost done but other than that there is not much.  It has been a little slow going here in the sewing department but other areas of my life have been quite busy…. mainly the kids, as usual.  We have a Rosa Parks report to do.  It is a living wax museum project so we have to write a report, do a poster board, and dress up as that person.  And if that wasn’t enough, we have also been working on a project about the constellations.  My kids are fascinated by the stars so this has been really fun to do.  My daughter told me that she wanted to be an astronaut.  She is only eight, and not getting on the space shuttle any time soon, but honestly, I can’t bear the thought of her ever being that far from home.

Well back to the sewing stuff….


No new projects or completed projects to share this week, but I have been teaching my daughter to sew.  Isn’t this the cutest little machine ever?  My mother got it for her for Christmas.  It doesn’t work the best, but it fits her needs perfect.  Not to mention it is slower than my machine, so my anxiety level is kicked down a notch.  We haven’t started any quilts yet, just practicing sewing seams together on some scrap fabric.

On going projects:

Modern Triangles Quilt - Not much to report on for progress.  I have mainly been working on the triangle construction and cutting options to post on Friday for the QAL.  So, some writing and taking pictures, but not a whole lot of sewing.

Memory Quilt for my son – again like I said above, I am almost done machine quilting it, and hope to have it ready to bind this weekend.

Apple Core Quilt – Slow and steady, I got another row done this week while waiting for my son at his guitar lesson.

2010 Scrap Quilt – I didn’t even touch it, but I am hoping if I keep mentioning it here on my WIP post it will shame me into finishing it.  Maybe I will even bring it with me to work on when I get together with the girls on Friday to sew.  We’ll see…

Want to hear more of what’s going on in the quilt world? Hop on over to Freshly Pieced and check out her Work in Progress Wednesday link-up. There you will find other talented quilters and hear all about what they have going on.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mosaic Monday–Pincushion Swap

I recently joined the Bee a {Modern} Swapper for the sewist that enjoy both quilt bees and swaps.  A fun way to mix it up a bit.  The first rotation will be… you guessed it, a pincushion swap.  Talk about starting things off on the right foot.  As most of you probably know I am super excited about this.  I have not been assigned a partner yet, but I can’t wait to get to know her and get the creative juices flowing.  Till then we have been asked to put together a mosaic, so our partner can get a better idea of our likes and dislikes.  So, here are a few of my favorites…


1. pincushion, 2. pincushion in a cup, 3. Scrappy Pincushion Swap Pincushion, 4. 'Hope Valley' pin cushion, 5. Scrappy Pincushion Swap--Round 2, 6. Winter Wonderland, 7. Linen Embroidered Pincushions, 8. quilted pincushion, 9. SOOOooo cute!!!, 10. hedgehog pincushion, 11. Untitled, 12. Strawberry pincushion

If you are my partner, and you stopped by to stalk me, you can also check out my Pincushion & Pin Topper Pinterest Board, for more of my likes.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Modern Triangles QAL {Fabric Selection}

Welcome to the first week of the Modern Triangles Quilt A Long, and without further adieu here is the big reveal of what we will be making.  Keep in mind that this is not a finished quilt but progress on my quilt top.  I will be quilting a long with you only jumping ahead to work out any math or measurements.
It is a modern version of the classic Pyramid quilt.  I constructed equilateral triangles units and then assembled them into rows.  Finished quilt size will be approximately 40” by 40”. 
This is a great scrap busting quilt that can be accented with the solid fabrics, or without, depending on the look you want to achieve.  For the quilt shown above you will want between 6-8 printed fat quarters or about 56 (2” by 18”) printed strips, and 4 different solid fat quarters.  Keep in mind you can make this quilt in any size by adding more fabrics.
I am very excited to finally be using my collection of Happy Mochi Yum Yum and some coordinating solids for this quilt.  The solids that I will be using are sour apple, bubble gum, orange, and snow.  (snow is not pictured)
Next week we will be discussing our cutting options and putting together our triangle units.  If you have any question or concerns about this Quilt A Long, please let me know.
Also, don’t forget to check our the blog roll on the side bar.  Keep up to date with the other bloggers involved in this quilt a long.  Want to be added?  Just leave a comment below and add the Modern Triangles QAL button to your blog.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Work in Progress Wednesday

For the last couple of weeks I have really been trying to get back in the swing of things.  That means sewing and blogging on a regular basis.  The holidays really threw me for a loop this year, and at this point I am really happy to be back on a regular schedule.  My main push has been completing those unfinished projects from last year…



…and thankfully, I can add this one to the completed pile and check it off my list.  Well, almost off my list.  I really need to put it in the mail, like asap!  But honestly, I was a little nervous about how it was going to come out.  Remember how my friend’s little girl picked out all the fabrics?  Well, it has been ages since I randomly put together fabrics without separating them with *gasp* some Kona white.  That’s right ladies, I’m stepping outside my comfort zone, but I am really happy with the results.  I am sure she is going to love it.  There is plenty of purple, pink and aqua to match her room, and it is backed in some super soft hot pink Minky.

New Projects


Sorry, I don’t have a better picture, but here is a sneak peek at what I have been working on for my Modern Triangles QAL.  I am so excited about this I can barely contain myself.  I have been wanting to do a QAL for the longest time, but things don’t always work out as you plan them.  My biggest fear has always been that I wouldn’t be able to commit the necessary time needed to complete the quilt.  Thankfully that is not an issue right now and I can go ahead as planned.

On Going Projects 


I have been working hard on completing a memory quilt for my son, it is now actually basted and ready to be quilted.  I can’t wait to cross this one off my list as well.  It has been sitting on my sewing table for far to long. 

Also, I have been working on my apple core quilt.  You remember the one, the one I am doing entirely by hand.  It has been slow going but my oldest just started guitar lesson, so that pretty much guarantees me about a half hour every week to work on it. 

That just leaves me with my 2010 scrap quilt that I may never finish.  If there were only more hours in the day for sewing.  Sadly, there is not, but we have been enjoying some cooler weather here in Florida, so there might be a little hope for some progress…

Want to hear more of what’s going on in the quilt world?  Hop on over to Freshly Pieced and check out her Work in Progress Wednesday link-up.  There you will find other talented quilters and hear all about what they have going on.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Stash #9

If you are a regular follower of my blog you probably already know of my love of the popular fabric line Happy Mochi Yum Yum, by the very talented Monica Solorio-Snow.  A while back I bought my first fat quarter bundle online and ever since then I have been itching for more.  So, this week, it seems, the sun, the moon, and the stars have all aligned.  You see, my local quilt shop sent out a Facebook status update saying that they had received a shipment of various fabric lines including many prints from the Happy Mochi Yum Yum line.  So, you know I was very excited, and in the car the very next day to go get my hands on some.


Just look at this place, and my sad little picture, that I took with my phone, doesn’t nearly do it justice.  For more amazing pictures you can check out the photo stream they have on Flickr.  It is what one would call a destination quilt shop for anyone traveling to the Tampa Bay/Clearwater area, and definitely worth the trip.  The name of the quilt shop is Rainbow’s End, and no this is not a sponsored post.  It is just a fun place to visit, and a way for me to share a part of my little quilting world with you. 


The first thing I did was pick out the fabrics that were to be the giveaway in my Modern Triangles Quilt A Long….


…and then a few more prints to add to my collection.  So now, I am a very happy person with some great fabric, that I can’t wait to cut into.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Modern Triangles Quilt-Along {Introduction}

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That’s right, my very first quilt-along, and I was hoping you would like to join me.  I have this idea to make a pyramid styled quilt, but with pieced equilateral triangles.  It is a simple design with a modern twist.  You can join at anytime and this quilt is suitable for every quilter.  I do, however, hope that you want to join in and make this quilt along with me, so to sweeten the pot, I am offering a prize and creating a blog roll.  That way there we can all get to know each other and keep up on our progress.
If you would like to be added to the blog roll please grab the Modern Triangles button and add it to your blog.  Then leave me a comment, or email me, telling me that you have, and I will add you to the blog roll.
I will be posting every Friday, as I know many of us like to sew on the weekends, and for you planners out there, the schedule will look something like this:

January 20 – Fabric Selection and Materials Needed

January 27 – Triangle Construction and Cutting Options

February 3 – Assembling Your Quilt Top

February 10 – Piecing the Back

February 17 – Machine Quilting Options and Bindings

February 24 – Show and Tell with Completed Quilts and Link-up

March 2 – Link-up Closes and Winner Announced

Anyone who links-up a Modern Triangle quilt during the Show and Tell Link-up, between February 24 and March 2 will be in eligible to win this bundle of Happy Mochi Yum Yum.
So, who is in?  I know I am! 
Next Friday, join me, and I will reveal the design and talk fabric….

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sunday Stash #8

I have to say it has been really hard to get back into the swing of things.  I have gotten very little sewing, crafting and writing done since I took my little break. There has been just too many distractions, with the holidays, the kids home on winter break, and then my little one had an accident and lost his front tooth.  Which was very upsetting to say the least, I turned my head for a second and, pow, blood everywhere and a screaming 3 year old.  Thankfully, other than loosing his front tooth there was no permanent damage and the dentist is happy with the way everything has healed…. me on the other hand…  I may never get over it.  My child has become a cautionary tale and every time he gives me his toothless grin I flashback to the blood.

After all this drama, I was in immediate need of some fabric therapy, and it came to me in an unexpected bag of scraps from a friend.  Going through a bag like this is like Christmas morning all over again.  You just never know the surprises to be had and the little gems to be found.  Like this little discontinued charm pack from Moda. 


I am not usually a huge fan of reproduction prints, and this is definitely something I would have never bought for my self.  But isn’t that the best thing about a scrap bag?  All the fabrics you might have once over looked, now have new purpose.  This Moda 1933 charm pack by Chloe's Closet has given me a new source of inspiration and something new learn about.  I even went to the library yesterday and checked out a couple of books on 1930’s reproduction quilts.  Of course there isn’t enough fabric here for most of those quilts… but still… it is always fun to learn something new.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!