Sunday, December 17, 2017

another plus quilt

Plus quilts are always a win!
I made this one using this free pattern by Jeli Quilts as a guide.  I had an odd sized bundle of Rae Hoeskta's Lotus Pond that I cut up into 4" squares.  I added a few more rows and columns than the pattern directs.  For the background I used  Painter's Pallette from Paintbrush Studios in Aluminum.  Super soft and in my stash - win, win!  Have you tried these solids?  They're wonderful.  

For the back I found a cut of the green print from the collection on sale at Stash Fabrics.  I needed a little more than a width of fabric (of course) so used some of the odd sized scraps that were leftover to make a colorful strip and pieced it in.  This green will go well with grass stains for summer concert-in-the-park goers - win!

I marked a grid following the lines of the pluses.  Then I free motion quilted this all-over pattern.  I washed the  quilt before photographing to erase all the blue lines.  Quilter's Dream cotton select loft batting.  Look how crinkly and cozy it looks - win!

Two labels for this quilt. My usual (with the year on the back), and because all the prints are from the same collection I used a bit of the backing selvage and included a second label.  (Rae's name is on the backside.)

Rolled and tied just in time for gifting.  Win!  

Happy holidays to everyone!

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday, December 1, 2017

summer sampler 2017

My Summer Sampler 2017 quilt is finally finished!
I enjoyed last year's quilt along along so much I signed up again this year.  First up was choosing our fabrics.  

I won this purple bundle in the Dog Gone Cute QAL.  It matched perfectly with the 4+ yard cut of Anna Maria Horner I grabbed on sale awhile ago.  All I needed was a background.  Originally I choose a light gray.  I looked at it for about a week and it just wasn't singing to me.  At the time I was working on a baby quilt and a piece of twinkling star fabric happened to fall on the purple bundle.  BINGO!  

I realized early that photographing the blocks each week would be a challenge.  I tried to capture each block with a bloom or something that would show the season progressing.  Capturing the purples to show as they do in real life while showing the twinkling star background was beyond my photographing ability. 
Still, some pretty pictures!  

We finished all the stars in September then got the final instructions for the filler blocks and putting it all together.

I think I spent at least three weeks on these fillers.  I considered counting up how many total pieces were in this quilt.  Then I decided probably better if I didn't know!

Finally it was time to put this puzzle together.  This was definitely the most involved quilt I've ever made.  It's also the most photographed.  I've taken it out 3 times trying to capture it and I just can't.  

Here's a close up of the twinkle star background.  So much prettier in real life.

It was not too hard to line up the print when sewing this backing together.

I used Warm and White batting and quilted this with a simple stipple.  
I used Aurifil 2021 for both the piecing (50wt) and quilting (40wt).

A frosty morning finish!

The IG hashtag is pretty huge but you can see some of the other finishes here.
You can buy the pattern here.

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