The Candy Land quilt is done! It’s on its way to its new home today.
I was unsure of the quilting at first, but it grew on me. It helped that other MMQG members complemented it as I quilted it during our retreat last Friday. It’s always nice to get reassurances from people who know what they’re doing I used my walking foot to make curved lines, resembling the winding path on the board game. The lines are a little wonky. Some of the wonkyness is on purpose, some not. After washing and drying the quilt my doubts are gone – I love this quilt!
The quilting is more noticeable on the back. I used some of the leftovers from the front and a random scrap of blue Kona (bottom left) from my stash.
I prewashed the fabric, all Kona cottons, in hot water and sent them through the dryer. I washed the light colors separate from the dark, and I washed the white by itself. The Clover Kona did backstain the white background a tiny bit when I washed the finished quilt in cold water with two white towels and three color catchers. I won’t say I’m surprised… I’ve had problems with red and blue Kona bleeding before, too.
This quilt turned out just as I’d envisioned it when I started sketching designs and doing math. It’s so nice when that happens!
Last week I scaled up my Clockwise Pinwheel block from 4.5″ to 12.5″ (unfinished). This block is going to Karen, this month’s Sew2Bee2 queen bee for the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild.
This week I’m working on creating templates for the 12.5″ block. They should be done and up on Craftsy by Friday.
Early this year we started playing Candy Land with Isaac. We have a 1980’s edition of the game. I love the color palette and illustrations!
Our version has (dog-eared) cards – some of the new versions have spinners instead.
I sat down with the Candy Land cards and my Kona color card and picked out a stack of fabric: Lipstick, Orange, Yellow, Clover, Cyan, Purple and (how appropriate!) Candy Pink. I chose Kona Snow for the background. This made me a little nervous – I don’t use a lot of white in my quilts, and this is a baby quilt for a friend. I feel a little bad gifting a white baby quilt… but I think this really calls for a white background. I’ll wrap up a bottle of stain stick with the quilt. Here’s what the project looked like last week:
And here’s what it looks like this week:
So far I’m loving it. I have one more row of tiles in progress. I want to keep this simple so I think I’m going to limit the quilt to three rows of tiles with a lot of background space. I’m planning some curved line quilting, maybe free-motion but probably guided by my walking foot.
Over the long weekend I finished two doll quilt + pillow sets for my nieces’ birthdays. This pink and blue set is for my niece who just turned one. It matches the crib quilt I made for her a year ago using my Two Carat quilt pattern.
I shrunk the pattern down to 33%, so the finished size is just over 12″ x 16″. I did a little improv piecing for a 3″ x 4.5″ pillow.
This set, made with the Cotton and Steel fat quarters I won from Red Pepper Quilts and Miss Matatabi, is for my soon-to-be-three niece. I added a couple prints from Mona Luna and Cloud 9 because I thought it needed more mustard yellow. This one measures in at about 13″ x 18″.
Both sets are happily at home with their new owners now.
I hope everyone in the US is having a safe and happy holiday weekend!
I made this patriotic banner using a free pattern from Wild Olive and a scrap of linen. To hang it, I whip-stitched a length of bamboo skewer to the back.
This summer I am finishing things. I’m getting my pile of WIPs back under control.
Today I’m working on a color wheel quilt that I started in 2013. The pattern is from The Purl Bee.
The fabric is all hand-dyed by me, with the help and supervision of Kristin of A Little Crispy. She was kind enough to give me a half-day crash-course in dying. I love the results! The piles of hand-dyed fabric are so beautiful that I had a really hard time cutting in to them.
I sewed these blocks together and then abandoned the project. I remember I was on the fence about how to quilt and bind it, and I wasn’t thrilled with the curved seam on the center circle. I wanted to do some fancy free motion quilting on this, but my skills weren’t there yet. They’re still not. After re-examining this WIP, I decided to leave the slightly-wonky curved seams alone. I remember ripping and restitching the seams a bunch of times when I initially pieced the blocks, so it’s probably as good as it’s going to get. I decided on straight-line quilting with variegated thread. Simple and colorful. I love it!
I’m going to attempt a rainbow binding. I’m more than a little nervous about that because I have limited quantities of this fabric, and I hate having a lot of seams in my binding. Wish me luck!
This week I managed to finish two quilts that have been in my WIP pile for far too long. The first is a lovely quilt from my do.Good Stitches circle from March of last year. Sigh. The blocks are reverse applique and they all looked so pretty and spring-y. I love how it turned out and it felt great to mail it off to Threading Hope yesterday.
The second finish is a mini quilt using the Wild Olive Summer Stitching Club pattern that I bought back in 2013. Sigh. I used a mix of American Made Brand solids for the embroidered hexies, and hand quilted with DMC Pearl Cotton.
I had some doubts about my color choices after I started embroidering, but I think the pink binding pulls everything together nicely. I’m happy to hang this up for summer!
I have a tutorial for my Clockwise Pinwheel Coasters! You’ll need:
- A copy of the templates
- 11 different scraps of fabric: 8 for the pinwheel, 1 for background, 1 for backing, and 1 for binding
- scrap of batting
Gather your supplies. I chose a rainbow of fabrics for the pinwheel. Download and print the templates. I like to iron a few layers of freezer paper to the back of my templates before cutting them out – they’re more durable and (I think) the extra thickness makes cutting easier.
Cut the following pieces:
- 5″ square of batting
- 5″ square of backing fabric
- 2″ x 24″ strip of binding fabric
- 8 triangles for the pinwheel
- 4 background A pieces
- 4 background B pieces
Lay out your coaster. Alternate background A and B pieces around the outside of the pinwheel.
Line up the background pieces right-sides-together with the triangles. On the right is Background A lined up with a triangle, on the left is Background B lined up with a triangle and ready to sew. Notice the colorful “ears” peaking out behind the background.
Stitch the pieces together using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Start stitching at the straight edge and stitch towards the “ears.” Press the seams open. Lay out your coaster again.
Stitch together pairs of triangles. Press the seams open.
Stitch the squares together. Press the seams open. Make the quilt sandwich (top-batting-backing) and quilt your coaster. Trim. Bind. Repeat 3x more for a set of coasters. Cheers!
This spring the MMQG hosted a “get inspired” challenge. The guidelines were to find inspiration and use it to make a quilty project. Inspirations and projects were shared at the April meeting, which I had to miss
I spent the first months of this year finding inspiration in everything… board games, sunsets, bookcovers. I noticed Evil Twin beers – their labels are fantastic and so many of them would translate easily into modern quilts. Their logo even looks like a quilt block.
I searched and searched for this quilt block. Whirlygig? That’s a completely different block. Sawtooth? That’s another quilt block, which I think looks less like a sawblade than this one. Sawblade? Pinwheel? 8-pointed star? swirly 8-pointed star? 8-pointed star pieced with templates? It seems like this is one kind
of pinwheel block
, with the pins wheeling in the opposite direction than normal. Who is the authority on quilt blocks and their names? My searches grew increasingly vague yet wordy.
I stepped away from Google and whipped up templates for what I am calling the Clockwise Pinwheel block. Printed at 100% it will make 4.5″ (unfinished) blocks, a perfect size for coasters.
I made 4 variations: rainbow, half rainbow, two-tone and monochrome. I’ll be making more cool-colored coasters soon so the blue one will not look so lonely. I’ll post a tutorial next week as well. Cheers!
It’s Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! I’m giving away one of my quilt patterns to a lucky reader. The winner can choose from the Macro Plaid Quilt Pattern:
Or the Two Carat Quilt Pattern:
Or the Pantry Staples Pattern:
Leave a comment by Sunday May 10th to be entered to win. I’ll notify the winner via email by Wednesday May 13th. If you need a prompt, let me know what size quilt you usually make. For a bonus entry, follow me on Instagram and leave a comment with your Instagram username.
Can’t wait for your pattern? You can purchase your pattern now and still enter the drawing. If you win I’ll refund your purchase price (or you can choose a second pattern).
Good luck, and happy Giveaway Day!
Update: congrats to Cheri, commenter #30! I’ve sent you an email