Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Retro Flowers Wallhanging

Yesterday I finished this wall hanging for my daughters room. I used the Retro Flowers pattern from The Sometimes Crafter. I love this pattern and was waiting for the perfect use for it. Then we got my daughter her big-girl furniture and there was a whole bare wall just waiting for something to go on it.

I had lots of scraps left from this quilt which is now on her bed.

 You can see more of it here. So I decided this was the perfect use of this pattern and I'm so happy with how it turned out.

Thank you to all of you who gave me input on the quilting of this. Ultimately, the vote was split almost 50/50. But because of all of your comments, I decided I was too worried about the quilting taking over on this. So I did quilting that mimicked the design.

I think I made the right decision with that too.

The backing is a scrap from my first quilt.

And the binding is some leftover Parisville.

Since I used up so many scraps, I'm linking up to Stitched in Colors Scrap Attack. When you have time, go check it out, there are a ton of great quilts being featured. It's good inspiration for using up your scraps!
Scrap Attack Quilt-Along
Quilt stats:
Size: 40.5"x40.5"
Pattern: Retro Flowers
Fabrics: A mixture but mostly Robert Kaufman Vive La France and Moda's Lily and Will
Quilted by: me
Finished: 3/26/2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Soliciting opinions again...

I've been sitting on this project for a few days trying to decide what to do with it so let me see what you think.

I finished a wall hanging of Retro Flowers. It's 9 of the above blocks. I don't have a picture of the whole thing, but you get the idea. It's all basted and ready to be quilted. I have been toying with the idea of doing baptist fans per Don't Call Me Betsy's tutorial. For those of you unfamiliar with this type of quilting, here's an idea of what it looks like.

I'm afraid it may overwhelm the quilt though. I've done some practicing and I can do this quilting so I'm not worried about that. But, as a straight line quilter, I'm afraid to step out of my box.  Especially since these blocks were a little time consuming and the fabrics I used are now gone. Part of me wants to stick with what I know and straight line this.

What do you think? Thanks for helping me out!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Some Happy Mail!

Yesterday was one of the most stressful days of my life. I won't bore you with all the details. Will just say a routine doctor visit for the baby wound up being hours at a specialist. He is fine, it was a false alarm. But I'll tell you what, don't be scaring a sleep deprived mama like that!!

Anyway, when I got home, I got some happy mail and it totally made my day. I had won a giveaway from The Intrepid Thread hosted by Melissa at Happy Quilting. They shipped it and got it to me super fast. Here's my beautiful fat quarter set of Poetica by Pat Bravo.

Big huge thanks to Julie and Melissa for the giveaway. You guys rock and really cheered me up.

I've still been sewing a bit around here. I hope to have some finishes to share soon!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March Bee Blocks

I just finished up my bee blocks for the month of March.

First up were these awesome star blocks for Erin in our Sew Modern Flickr group. She used this pattern from Fresh Lemons.

She was soliciting for extra blocks if we felt like it. I have tons of gray and orange so I made her this third block.

I love the colors on this and can't wait to see it come together.

Then I worked on my do.Good Stitches blocks for the Bliss group. Amanda requested wonky log cabins in orange and pink with touches of brown and cream. Here are my two blocks.

These were made with all scraps and strings. It makes me realize how many scraps I have even though I'm making a scrap quilt! Guess that will always be a problem....

Monday, March 5, 2012

Another Market Tote

Happy March everyone! I can't believe we are already in March, but I'm excited about spring coming. I have actually been getting in some time in my sewing room. Thank you Samantha for still taking naps! I've gotten a couple tops finished and need to get the backs done. Anyone else dislike piecing backs??  It's definitely not my favorite. Once I get them a little more completed I'll share some photos.

Anyway, my family is all coming in to meet the new baby this week so it will still be quiet here on my blog. But I wanted to share another Jane Market tote that I did. My sister is coming and I bought some little gifts for her baby. When I was looking for a bag to put it in, I realized I haven't really made her anything aside from the baby quilt and burp cloths. So - a tote bag to put the gifts in is perfect!

I pulled out my Half Moon Modern to use. With the scale of those prints, I think bags are going to be the best use of these fabrics. I still love this pattern, it comes together so quickly. I used SF101 Pellon interfacing for a little more stiffness on this bag.

And I got to put my label on something finally! And look how well the colors go with this tote.

The inside is more half moon modern. Hopefully it's not too bright for her! If it is, well, I'll keep this one for myself and let her pick out her own fabrics for another. After all, they'll be here for a week and I can whip up one of these bags in no time!

And just because... This photo has my little helper in his carseat. This is where he hangs out while I sew. For the record, he's usually asleep. When he wakes, I do stop sewing and play with him. ;)


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