Monday, June 27, 2016

Quilt It Modern

Hi all and welcome to my stop on the Quilt It Modern blog tour with Riley Blake Designs.  The tour is just getting started, and we have almost two full weeks of fun projects ahead!

I had the chance to choose any of the gorgeous Riley Blake solids - called Confetti Cottons - that I wanted to work with and it took me awhile to choose a color palette.  It really was tough to narrow it down!  I finally decided on these lovelies:

Confetti Cottons from Riley Blake Designs

(L to R: Peacock, Grass, Daffodil, Aqua, Clover, Sunshine, Melon)

These calm, refreshing colors just remind me of the beach - sand, surf and sun!  I paired them with my favorite Swiss Dots in gray and created this Raindrop baby quilt (47" x 47").

Raindrop baby quilt

I recently bought this set of Drunkard's Path rulers from Bloc Loc and I was itching to use them.  The set comes with three rulers - two to cut out the pieces, and one to square up the block.  My set is the 6" set - you can see all sizes available here.

Bloc Loc Drunkard's Path rulers

I love that I can use my regular size rotary cutter to cut all of the pieces -- nice and quick!

Bloc Loc Drunkard's Path rulers

I was able to make two raindrop blocks from 1/4 yard of each color.  

Bloc Loc Drunkard's Path rulers

To sew the curved pieces I used this technique:

In the video above I used a different template to cut my pieces, but the stitching technique is the same!  

Once that curved seam was sewn, I used this ruler to trim it.  Pretty slick.  It sure made piecing my quilt so much nicer!

Bloc Loc Drunkard's Path rulers

For each raindrop block I made three curved pieces, and one "point" piece.  When the block is sewn together it measures 12.5" square.  

With a total of 16 raindrop blocks, you'll have enough for a baby quilt!

Raindrop baby quilt

I quilted this one with some organic straight line quilting that's about 1/2" apart.  I love the texture of the finished quilt!

Raindrop baby quilt

You can see all of the Riley Blake Confetti Cottons here, and follow along with the rest of the Quilt It Modern blog tour.  You can also follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #modernquilttour.  It will be fun to see what pretty colors the other bloggers have chosen to work with!  And I'll be back tomorrow with an update on how my Little Ruby Sew Along project is coming.  

Monday June 27:  A Bright Corner (here!) / Salty Oat
Tuesday June 28:  Trillium Design  / Allison Sews
Wednesday June 29: A Quilter's Table / Bonjour Quilts
Friday July 1: Samelia's Mum / Sassafras Lane

Tuesday July 5:  Quilt Matters / During Quiet Time
Wednesday July 6:  Sometimes Crafter / Modern Handcraft

Confetti Cottons from Riley Blake Designs

Monday, June 20, 2016

Even a Mouse +Lined Drawstring Bag

This week I've been making these fun lined drawstring bags.  They're quick to whip up, perfect for gift-giving, and addicting to make.

Lined drawstring bag

I love getting my first peek at the new Christmas fabrics each year, and then thinking up all the fun projects I want to make.  (Sometimes they get done before Christmas, and sometimes not.)  This stack is from Blend fabrics - it's a line called Even a Mouse, designed by Maude Asbury.

Even a Mouse fabric from Blend

I'm a sucker for fun, bright colors when it comes to Christmas, and I thought this snow globe print (shown below) was perfect for the outside of the bag.  

Even a Mouse fabric from Blend

Even a Mouse fabric from Blend

The tutorial makes this one size bag, but if you'd like instructions for a variety of sizes, Jeni also sells a pattern for the Lined Drawstring Bag here and the pattern includes 8 different bag sizes that range from 4" tall to 26" tall!  

lined drawstring bag

I love the details she adds to the bag - like how the lining peeks through at the top, and the use of the double drawstring.  I know I'll be making more of these fun bags!

Even a Mouse fabric from Blend

You can see more of the Even a Mouse fabric line here on the Blend Fabrics website.  They should be shipping to stores this month!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Five Friday Favorites: Favorite Mini Quilts

Favorite Mini Quilts

Happy Friday everyone!  For this week's installment of Five Friday Favorites, I'm sharing my current favorite Mini Quilt Patterns!

Mini Quilts are a fun way to add color to walls, they make great gifts, and they're (usually) quicker to finish than a regular sized quilt.  Here are my current top 5 favorite minis.

#1:  Arabesque

Arabesque Mini Quilt
photo credit: Allison Jensen (Woodberry Way blog)

One thing I love about mini quilts is that it takes such a small amount of fabric.  It's  a great way to use up the last little scraps of your most favorite fabrics.  This mini uses only 8 charms (5" squares) and 1/3 yard of background fabric.  Arabesque was designed by Allison  Jensen a.k.a. Woodberry Way, and it's a free tutorial on Allison's blog.  And if you love this mini, then you'll probably also love the full size version of the quilt which is available as a free tutorial over on the Moda Bakeshop blog.  (link here)

#2:  Dresden Mini

Dresden Mini Quilt
photo credit:  Fort Worth Fabric Studio blog

I've been wanting to try my hand at a dresden block or two for awhile now.  But honestly I don't see myself making a whole quilt of them.  A mini is a great way to try a new technique, or to try a more challenging block without committing to a larger project.  I've made a few minis this way - just make one quilt block and bind it - voila!  You have a mini quilt!  

This Dresden Mini is a free downloadable PDF from the Fort Worth Fabric Studio blog.  I think it's so sweet made in the 1930's prints

#3:  Mini Scrap Quilt

Mini Scrap Quilt Tutorial
photo credit:  Amy Smart, tutorial found on Flamingo Toes blog

Like I said above, a mini quilt is a great way to try out a new-to-you technique.  This mini, designed by Amy Smart uses foundation paper piecing to create each block.  I love this mini because it's a fun way to use up those "strings" that are in your scrap bin - the strips of fabric that you love but are too thin to do much with.  I know we all have them!  I actually took a class from Amy where she taught this technique.  This scrappy selvages pillow is what I made from the class!  

#4:  Mini Patchwork Pineapple

Mini Patchwork Pineapple
photo credit:  Sassafras Lane Designs

I've had a good friend give me a couple of pineapple mini quilts and I just love them - they're so stinkin' cute!  This mini is designed by Sassafras Lane Designs and is a free tutorial available on their blog.  And don't feel limited to just using your yellow scraps!  I've seen some really cute pink, aqua and orange pineapples too.  

#5:  Mini Spools

Mini Spools quilt pattern
photo credit:  Camille Roskelley (Thimbleblossoms pattern shop)

I mean, come on.  How cute is this?  It's just MEANT to hang on a sewing room wall.  Mini Spools is just one of the many adorable mini quilts designed by Camille Roskelley (Thimbleblossoms).  You can see the others here in her pattern shop, and see pics of her wall of mini quilts here in this blog post.  Out of all of her mini quilts, the Mini Spools quilt is my favorite.  By FAR! 

Five Friday Favorites

Want to see some of my other favorites (many are on my want-to-make list!)  Check out my mini quilt board on Pinterest.  And for more mini quilt inspiration, check out #miniquilt on Instagram.  As always, thanks for following along and I hope you have a great weekend!  

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Little Miss Sunshine Quilt + giveaway winner

This quilt was finished a couple of months ago but it took some time for me to get some good photos to share.  I have a new, fun spot for quilt photos by the way, and you're going to see more of this bridge over the summer :)  

Little Miss Sunshine quilt

This is my Little Miss Sunshine quilt, which I first blogged about here.  Back before these cute fabrics were even in the stores, Vanessa (Lella Boutique) generously sent me a box of Little Miss Sunshine scraps.  It was such a treat!  

I found the block pattern that I wanted to use from the Winter 2015 issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.  It's block #1184 called Electric Avenue and it's designed by Jessi Kurtz.  

Here's what the individual block looks like.  It has so much potential - change the color / fabric placement in the block, or change the block layout in the quilt and you'll get a different look each time.  It's a great block to use with scraps, or smaller leftover bits from a favorite quilt.  In fact, I'm tempted to make another quilt like this using just the gems from my scrap bins.  

Little Miss Sunshine quilt made by A Bright Corner

I made 30 blocks to get a throw sized quilt which measures 60" x 72".

Little Miss Sunshine quilt made by A Bright Corner

There's really a lot of options for laying out these blocks - this is just one!  

I wanted to soften the lines of this quilt a little so I quilted it in some loops.  You can see a little of the quilting in the photo.  The pretty pink bias stripe I used for the binding is also from the Little Miss Sunshine line.   

Little Miss Sunshine quilt made by A Bright Corner

It's always interesting to me to see how different binding options can change the look of a quilt!  I first tried out a navy bias stripe but it demanded too much attention.  The pink worked much better, and does a nice job of pulling out the pretty pinks and corals in the quilt. 

Little Miss Sunshine fabrics are still available in stores for a bit longer.  You can find it here at the Fat Quarter Shop, here at Southern Fabric, and some bundles here at Westwood Acres.  

And before I forget!  I wanted to announce the winner of the low volume fat quarter bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop - The winner was #61:  Crazy Quilter

Congratulations Crazy Quilter - and I've sent you an email.  Thank you to the Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring the giveaway, and thank you to all of you for your comments!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Little Ruby Quilt Along week 2

Time for week 2 of the Little Ruby Quilt Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop.  Are you sewing along with us?  It's not too late to start!  Download the free PDF pattern here and grab a favorite jelly roll!

It's week two, so our fabric is now cut, triangles are ready, and it's time to begin putting our star blocks together!  

Little Ruby Quilt Along

It's not as tricky as it looks, and the helpful video from the Fat Quarter Shop (below) takes you through the steps!  

Little Ruby Quilt Along

Be sure to check out the progress from these other bloggers who are quilting along with us!  

Melissa from Happy Quilting
Angie from Gnome Angel
Erin Cox from Why Not Sew
Andy from A Bright Corner
Pat from Pat Sloan
Peta from She Quilts a Lot
Heather from Quilt Story
Megan from Quilt Story
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Sherri from A Quilting Life
Rebecca from Bryan House Quilts
Sherri from This & That Patterns
Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Stephanie from Modern Sewciety
Brooke from Silly Mama Quilts
Carrie from Moda's United Notions

The next installment and video will be on Monday, June 27th when we'll work on assembling the quilt!  

Friday, June 10, 2016

Five Friday Favorites: Patriotic Quilts

5 Favorite Patriotic Quilt ideas

It's that time of year!  I'm getting the itch to pull out my red, white and blue scraps and create something fun!  These are my current five favorite quilt ideas with a patriotic feel to them.  

#1:  Scrap Jar Stars quilt

5 Favorite Patriotic Quilt ideas
Photo credit:

This pattern is designed by Amber Johnson (Gigi's Thimble) and looks great with any colors but I particularly love this red/white/blue version Amber made back in 2012.  You can find the tutorial for these cute Scrap Jar Stars here on Amber's blog.  

#2:  Patriotic Scrappy Trip Quilt

5 Favorite Patriotic Quilt ideas
photo credit
I've been wanting to make a Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt for a couple of years now, but can never decide on what colors I want to use.  I've seen a couple versions like this one, with red, navy, aqua and white and I love them all.  (Check out this one!)  This one in the photo above was made by the Sarcastic Quilter as a Quilts of Valor quilt.  You can see more here on her blog.  I'm not sure I'll get around to making this quilt anytime soon, but at least now I have a color scheme I want to use!  

#3:  Red & White Herringbone Quilt

5 Favorite Patriotic Quilt ideas
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I love the idea of taking a "regular" quilt and creating it in patriotic colors.  The simple red and white solids on the front of this quilt are made even more spectacular with the perfect backing she chose.  This lovely quilt is made by Erica (a.k.a. Crafty Blossom) and you can read more about it here on her blog.  (Another great idea is to make a regular ol' churn dash quilt, but use red/white/blue prints like this quilt here.)

#4:  Patriotic Parade table runner

5 Favorite Patriotic Quilt ideas
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No time to make a whole quilt, but you want to add some red, white and blue decor to your home?  This Patriotic Parade table runner would be quick to whip up!  You can find the PDF patterns for this table runner here for $5)

#5:  Stars & Stripes Quilt

5 Favorite Patriotic Quilt ideas
photo credit:  www.

Last but not least, this Stars and Stripes quilt pattern recently released by Camille Roskelley (a.k.a. Thimbleblossoms) is super cute and I hear it sews up fast.  I just bought the pattern and I'm hoping to get my scrappy version done in the next couple of weeks!  (You can see more versions of the Stars and Stripes quilt on Instagram #starsandstripesquilt, and purchase the pattern here.)

Thanks for following along on this week's Five Friday Favorites.  Have a great weekend!  

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Desert Bloom Quilt

Hi everyone!  Over the past couple of weeks I've been working on a fun quilt, using the new fabrics from Amanda Herring - called Desert Bloom.  (You can see all of the prints here)

Today is day 3 of the Desert Bloom blog tour, which means I get to finally share what I've been working on!

Fractals quilt made using the new Desert Bloom fabrics from Riley Blake

This is my Fractals quilt - I chose my favorite print from the line to use for the large squares, and then I picked some great coordinating prints to surround them.  I love combining florals with geometric prints.

 I also really love the rich reds in this fabric line, and you know I can't pass up a good text print!  The text print comes in gray (used in my quilt), pink, and white.  Desert Bloom fabrics are available now in stores, and online here at Fat Quarter Shop and here at Hawthorne Threads.  

Desert Bloom fabrics from Riley Blake, designed by Amanda Herring

This Fractals quilt I made is actually a re-boot of one of the first patterns I ever designed!  

Fractals quilt made using the new Desert Bloom fabrics from Riley Blake.  Blog post has link to the pattern!

I cleaned up the pattern a little, made some new diagrams and added another size option to the instructions.  It now has four sizes available! (baby, throw, twin and queen)  You can find PDF (instant download) patterns of Fractals here in my pattern shop.  

Fractals quilt made using the new Desert Bloom fabrics from Riley Blake.  Blog post has link to the pattern!

And you can follow along on the rest of the blog tour, and see what everyone is creating with Desert Bloom, by following the links below!

Oh and before you go...the low volume fat quarter bundle giveaway from last week is still open so be sure to click here and leave a comment to be entered to win!  

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