Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap [ Round 3 ]

This Spring, I participated in my third round of the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap. I chose to help moderate the swap this time, as there were 900+ people signed up. It was insane! I love participating in this swap every year, and look forward to the next round.

Part of being a moderator means that not only do I make a mini quilt for my partner, I also keep an eye on 40-50 people involved in the swap. I become their “Swap Mama” and keep in touch with them every couple weeks. My job is to ensure everyone stays on track, and if not, I reassign as needed, as well as answering questions, clarifying addresses, etc. It’s a big job, really, and also quite time consuming. Let’s not discuss how many emails I had to go back and forth on. 🙂

Anyways, time to show off the mini I made, and the mini I received. I was creating for Sara, and she’s such a sweetheart. I had a blast making this mini for her, and the design came to me, easily. I saw a much larger version of this pattern somewhere, probably Pinterest, and decided it would be perfect, so I got to work on sizing it down.

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I used these GORGEOUS Wild & Free fabrics by Maureen Cracknell. I got the chance to meet her in person at Quilt Market and she’s amazing. So real, honest, and down to earth. I could have chatted for hours with her. 🙂

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The mini quilt top went together really quickly. I was able to piece it in one night, baste and start quilting the next night. That’s the best part of mini quilts- they are so fast compared to big quilts! After it was done, I sat down and bound it and then started collecting little goodies to go with it, because that’s my favorite part.

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Here’s my completed mini quilt. It was really hard to send this one off, but I’m so glad she loved it.

Several weeks later, I received my mini quilt from overseas! I was blown away. It’s completely hand pieced and so stunningly gorgeous!

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DSC_1948I mean, seriously, look at the fussy cutting! The details! The COLORS! It’s my favorite mini quilt EVER. 🙂 She even sent along some goodies for the girls, which was a shock. Not many people consider the family members of who they’re sending for and it was such a grand gesture.

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Mini Quilt Swaps…

Typically, I sign up for as many mini quilt swaps as I can find. However, with some major life changes going on this year, that’s no longer possible. My time has become rare and the little I have, I’d prefer to sew things I like or need or want, instead of just to give away. Not that I don’t mind!, but sometimes, it’s just time to sew for myself.

The last swap I was involved in was the Tula Pink Mini Quilt Swap. I LOVE Tula fabrics. LOVE LOVE LOVE. There are few exceptions, so I had to sign up for this one! My partner was new to sewing and quilting and coveted the rare, hard to find much older lines of Tula. I had no luck finding these, nor were they nearly in my price range. Yikes!

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I ended up pulling fabrics from the lines I did have, and creating a rainbow of sorts. I had no idea where to start, really. This mini stumped me for quite awhile. I put it off til the last minute and then I just had to get it done. Even deciding on a background fabric was hard for me. I think I was having a tough time at life itself, and that was pushing through to my creativity as well. I’m still struggling on a day to day basis lately.

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In the end, I chose Kaufman Yard Dyed Essex in Black. It’s really my favorite background fabric EVER. I use it quite often! I laid out the colored squares so that each had some breathing room and then basted, and got to quilting. I chose to do simple straight line quilting that intersected. I typically go for free motion but felt this one needed something much simpler.

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The backside, is definitely my favorite! I created the label with Photoshop and my some iron on transfer paper from Dharma Trading Co. I’ve never used it before and can’t say I love it either. It didn’t transfer my image in some spots and the paper is quite pricey. I’ll play around and try it again sometime, but at this point, I was running out of time to get the mini done. I used some of my personal favorite prints for the backing and my recipient LOVED it. She said the back was as beautiful as the front.

I only have one more swap slated for this year, the Alison Glass Mini Quilt Swap. I’ve got some ideas floating around for that one, and I’ll probably wait til the last minute to get that one done, too. 😉

 

 

Christmas Quilting

There is nothing like quickly-approaching holidays to light a fire under ya, am I right? I really feel like the holidays snuck up on me this year, and I’m not sure why, but I do know, I’m excellent under pressure! 😉

I managed to complete not one, but two quilts for my major Christmas gifts this year. GO ME! That hasn’t happened, in oh, forever. I even managed to do them in just the month of December (which meant many late nights, and very little sleep) but it was oh so worth it!

Here’s quilt number one:

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I used Alison Glass’ new Handcrafted batik style fabrics for this. Normally, I can’t stand batik. It screams tropical and old-lady to me. But, these colors are so brilliant and beautiful and the pattern on them is very modern and totally my style! I threw in a few solids from my stash to round it out. I will admit, this was my first ever quilt that you’d call Improv (improvisational) and it was definitely hard for me. I’m more of a pattern-follower and like things to be symmetrical and neat, but this was an awesome challenge for me and I would love to do it again in the future!

The finished size on this one was 56″ x 60″ and for the backing, I used some IKEA fabric that I had from my mother-in-law that the three grandkids colored. It’s really truly a keepsake for her!

Here’s a detail shot showing some of the quilting, and this part alone, took me 14+ hours. I’m not complaining! I totally love the effect!

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(Can we agree that the old truck is the perfect shade of yellow?! Seriously!)

Next up is the second quilt I completed. I used the X & + Pattern from Zen Chic/Brigitte Heitland. LOVE IT! I also pulled out some of my Doe fabric from Carolyn Friedlander. It’s releasing soon and I got my bundle from when I went to Quilt Market. No regrets here! I was sort of iffy on the colors initially but once it came together as a quilt, I was smitten! Can you see why?!

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Detail of the quilting above, but seriously, I was soooo stumped on how to quilt this without following the lines of the quilt itself. And while I did still do that partially, I added in a lot of free-motion quilting and made it my own. It’s a beautiful quilt in person! The recipient just LOVED it!

This quilt finished at 60″ x 60″. Warm and Natural batting, as always, and then Doe by Carolyn Friedlander and Yarn-Dyed Essex Linen in Chambray for the front. The backing is a mix of a light blue crosshatch and 8 Kona solids.

Happy Holidays to all of you! I hope you’re not burning the midnight oil too much. 🙂

[chirp chirp] It’s been quiet around here.

I apologize for the silence around here lately. Life has been hectic, I started working for another Etsy shop, and my kids started in school. It’s been a mad house.

This weekend, I finally finished up my late birthday gifts and my late do.Good stitches quilt from JULY. It’s a little sad how late I am, but I’m glad it’s done! I had selected the color scheme based on the backing fabric, and then ordered and mailed out fabrics to all of the members of my circle. They got to work on the blocks, called Trellis Crossroads from the book Modern Bee. It’s a simple enough design, but the pattern isn’t super accurate, and as a result, we all had issues getting our blocks to line up correctly. In the end, it worked out fine and while it changed my plans for free motion quilting, it turned out well enough.

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I used a variety of different fabrics for this quilt, and still asked the members to contribute some of their own scraps from their stash. Me providing some of the fabrics needed helped to create a cohesive and coordinating appearance to the quilt. I wanted everyone’s little stash bits so that each block represented who created it. It was fun to see what came in!

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Humility Circle do.Good Stitches July Quilt

Quilt Stats:
Final Size | 50″ x 64″
Fabrics Used | Various member-contributed.
Thread | Aurifil 50 wt. in 2024 for piecing, Aurifil 50 wt. in 2024 for quilting
Batting | Hobbs Heirloom Premium Cotton Batting

Fly On Quilt {Double Wedding Ring}

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According to my Instagram feed, I started this quilt five weeks ago. I planned out every single detail and had a placement for each and every piece of fabric, and with 27 fabrics total, that was a good idea. It took me quite a while to get this one pieced, and then even longer to get it quilted!

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As you can see, there are four different grays in the background on this quilt. All are Robert Kaufman Quilter’s Linen and the colors are Platinum, Silver, Steel and Grey. Then, the arcs are on a gradient front light in the top left corner to dark in the bottom right corner. Basically the oppposite of the background. I felt this helped the colors pop more and created more depth to the quilt.

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For the back, I used a linen/cotton blend I found at Fancy Tiger Crafts up in Denver that held a few of the colors I used on the front. This print, from what I understand, is out of print now and hard to find, but it’s from Kokka.

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There is a closeup of the quilting I did on this one. I’m quite enamored with the texture it created and the overall design. I’m sad to see this one go, but I’m sure it will find a lovely new home.

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Quilt Stats:
Final Size | 38″ x 49″
Fabrics Used | Robert Kaufman Quilter’s Linen in Platinum, Silver, Steel and Grey, plus various fabrics from my stash.
Thread | Aurifil 50 wt. in 2024 for piecing, Aurifil 50 wt. in 2615 for quilting
Batting | Warm and Natural 100% Cotton

A little EPP…

I have tried English paper piecing in the past and haven’t gotten far. It’s too tedious for me I think. However, I recently gave it another shot. I downloaded the Wafers pattern from Nellie’s Niceties on Etsy (and for just over a buck, you can’t go wrong!) and immediately cut out fabrics for pieces. I stuck with Anna Maria Horner and then added some indigo chambray for the other shaped pieces.

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It took me about four hours total to get all my pieces assembled so that I could start piecing the top. I had a pillow cover in mind, and needed to hurry since it’s for the handmade birthday club I’m part of. And her birthday is very very quickly approaching. 😳

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After one night, that’s all the progress I made. I think I’m the slowest person I know at hand sewing. My hands end up cramping, my thimble was waging a war, and I quit for the night. The next morning, I came back at it with a better attitude and a fresh spirit. And lots of coffee.

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Day two- and still not finished. I’m sure I was being completely unreasonable in my time expectations for this project considering my lack of EPP experience. Like I said, I don’t have any a lot of patience.

But I stuck with it… And very slowly it came together. Just today I finally finished the pillow top. Now I need to baste it, quilt it, trim it up and add a zippered backing for the pillow cover. ☺️

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RJR Fabrics “What Shade Are You?” Blog Hop

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Several weeks ago, I was contacted to create something using RJR Fabrics Cotton Supreme Solids in colors that coordinated perfectly with the Cotton + Steel Mustang Collection. I was informed that it would be utilized for the What Shade Are You blog hop that’s on RJR Fabrics’ Facebook page.

I immediately sat down and started planning. I had to wait on fabrics to arrive so I couldn’t quite get everything planned out right away, but did get a good mock-up done.  I had already had a Fat Quarter bundle of Mustang here so I knew what I was working with and the colors that were involved.

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A few days later, I received the coordinating solids and some of the basics as well! I have to say, these Cotton Supreme Solids are so nice to work with. They’re thick, but not too thick, drape well and they don’t fray a whole lot either! Plus, the colors are dreamy!

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After coordinating with my Mustang bundle, I eliminated a few of the colors and chose to stick with the aquas and purples and pinks. I didn’t use green or yellow since there isn’t much in the Mustang bundle. I immediately got to cutting.

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And then there were about 190 hexagons. I wanted to be able to english paper piece these but I just didn’t have time. I’ve also machine pieced hexagons before so I knew how to do it quickly. I marked all six sides of my hexagons with the 1/4″ seam allowance and got started! It took me about three days to get the quilt top completely pieced, and that was working for a few hours each night after my munchkins went to bed.

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After the top was pieced, I had to go to Fancy Tiger Crafts up in Denver for backing and binding, because I wanted to see the fabrics in person to be able to decide what would work best, and really, I just didn’t have time to have something shipped. I ended up picking up some older Melody Miller Ruby Star linen blend.  I have to say, Fancy Tiger, is my favorite quilt store! It’s beautiful! My only wish is that it wasn’t so far away. 😉

It took me an additional day or two to get the quilt basted and a quilting design figured out. I had decided kinda last minute to try out some gold thread to accentuate the gold that was already in the front and back of the quilt. It was my first time working with metallic thread while free motion quilting. I asked around and the majority of people suggested Superior Threads. So, I picked up some from my local quilt shop and got started! I loved the way the gold thread handled, but I also used a coordinating purple Superior Threads color and a coordinating Aurifil color too (details below).

So, enough rambling, here’s the final quilt!

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Quilt Stats:
Final Size | 33″ x 48″
Fabrics Used | RJR Fabrics Cotton Supreme Solids in colors Hot Pink #217, Chili Pepper #49, Pink Orchid #331, Haviland Blue #169, Emerald City #329, and Shamrock #109, Mustang Collection by Cotton + Steel
Thread | Aurifil 50 wt. in 2024 for piecing, Aurifil 40 wt. in 2912 for quilting, Superior Threads Metalllics in #002 Light Gold, Superior Threads Masterpiece in #114 Sweet Pea.
Batting | Warm and Natural 100% Cotton

Ombre Baby Quilt

Ombre Baby Quilt

I finished up another commissioned quilt last night and love how it turned out. I used twelve Kona pinks for this quilt (all found in the Pretty Peonies Fat Quarter Bundle) and then Moda Grunge in Raspberry for the backing. This quilt actually has an embroidered badge in one of the white cross blocks but it had to be removed from the photos prior to posting, and that is why I chose a black and grey Flea Market Fancy fabric for the binding. It helped add some grey and black to the quilt, so the badge wasn’t the only thing in that color scheme.

Ombre Baby Quilt

Ombre Baby Quilt

Ombre Baby Quilt

Quilt Stats:
Final Size | 33.5″ x 45″
Fabrics Used | Various Kona Pinks, Moda Grunge in Raspberry for the back, Flea Market Fancy Eyelet in Grey and Pink for binding.
Thread | Aurifil 50 wt. in 2024 for piecing, Aurifil 40 wt. in 2425 and 2530 for quilting.
Batting | Warm and Natural 100% Cotton