Friday, December 26, 2014

Everyday Quilts Gifted!

I want to show off a few quilt finishes!  I wanted to make some cute and easy every day quilts for my niece and nephew.  The photos were taken a few months ago when it was much warmer here in the Midwest.

I made both of these quilts using the Accuquilt.  Really, if you haven't tried the Accuquilt, you really should.  These were really quick and easy to cut and put together!

I used the 6.5" tumbler die for the quilt for my niece.  The whole top from cutting to completed top took me about 2.5 hours.  I love the way the block looks too.  It gives more interest than squares without a whole lot of extra work.  The Accuquilt  die notches the edges too which makes it easy to line up and sew together.  I had some really great floral backing that I found years ago on sale and a gingham binding.  I just love gingham for a binding!  I had Kathy (my longarm quilter) quilt some daisies on it!  I love the way this turned out!

I used the 4.5" square die for the quilt for my nephew.  I had gone through the scraps at the shop to look for "boy" scraps.  I love this navy, green and gray palette.  This was perfect for Leaders & Enders!  I got this one done while I was making other projects.  I backed this one in flannel.  I love quilts backed in flannel, they are just so warm!  Kathy also quilted this one for me,  She really does a great job!

These are both away to their new home, making my family warm and happy!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Greek Crossing - Free Quilt Pattern for Olfa Designer Spotlight Series

Do you ever have a pattern that just sticks in your head?  Like, "Man, I really like this!  I need to make it!"  That's what happened to me with this Greek Cross block.  I really like it.  I think it's simple in design but still interesting.  I just HAD to make something out of it.  And I REALLY wanted to make something with all my Cotton+Steel fabric.  I bought the whole first collection for myself.  I love that it will all match with future collections and that it all worked together.  It's kind of like an instant stash.  

But anyway, I supersized the Greek Cross block to 18" for this quilt.  I wanted to show off some of the feature prints from Cotton+Steel and this gave me a big place in the center of the block to do just that.  This is a quick quilt to put together because of the block size.  It's also really great for fat eighth bundles sitting in your stash.  

I sent this to my longarm quilter Kathy from Threadbear Quilting.  I realllllly like the honeycomb pattern she did for me.  I don't know if you can see it in the photos I took but there are bees scattered in the quilting too!  And my friend Whitney helped me take some photos.  Our new shop is next to this abandoned car wash.  It's a little creepy but it looks cool in photos.  There's a lot of graffiti.  I think it would also make an excellent place for an 80's music video.

Pretty cool isn't it!?  I'm hoping to have more projects for this backdrop in the future.  I bound my quilt with the same color solid (Cotton Supreme solid in Kerchief) and used a dot from Michael Miller on the back.  

I created a pattern for you and it's featured on the Olfa blog (and of course I did use Olfa rulers, mats and cutters to make this) for their Designer Spotlight series!  I'm hoping to make more of these in the future!  Click over to their blog here to get the free pattern!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

#IGMINISWAP Completed! Spools Mini Quilt

I don't usually do swaps anymore.  It's not that I don't like swaps, I do.  It's just time.  It seems like I am quilting more and more for work these days.  But I really like mini quilts.  And my new office has nothing on the walls except a few post-it notes.  

So, when Sandy over in the UK asked for signups for a mini quilt swap on Instagram I jumped on the chance!  Check out the #IGminiswap on Instagram.  There are SO many cute minis !  

My partner said she liked Bonnie and Camille.  ME TOO!  I've been wanting to make one of Camille's adorable mini quilts so I took this opportunity to make her Spools pattern!  I used up all stash builder scraps.  Most of these are leftovers from my Stash Stack Club bundles from Pink Castle.  I'm happy that these are bundles that I'm actually using.  And this pattern is great for using up the little pieces I have in my scrap boxes!  I tried to stick with Bonnie and Camille style colors too (and some scraps of their fabrics, of course).

It's all sent away!  I hope my partner likes it!