Sunday, June 9, 2019

Pantone Quilt 2019!

So this happened, almost by accident!
Back in March, I was actually just sitting, looking out my window, intentionally  trying to NOT think quilty thoughts (don't ask me why, I do not know!)....
And my eyes wandered over to my minis...and my mind wandered to "what would be a perfect little mini, to me?"
Well, it might be...
include only favorite colors...
probably densely quilted.
So I sketched a little sketch.

 Hmm, off I went to my solids, and came out with these!

Before I knew it I was strip piecing and pressing...
 and cutting...
 and piecing it all back up again, just like that!

About then was when I remembered...Pantone!  Living Coral!
Pantone Color of the Year Quilt Challenge!
I have followed the Pantone Quilt Challenge year to year, and it has honestly never really crossed my mind to devote a quilt to the much as I have enjoyed seeing others' quilts!
So I wondered, was there a Mini Quilt category?
Why yes, yes there is! And you can read all about the categories, the judges and any other rules on the hosts blogs:
So now I was on a mission, for all my ineffectual non-quilting thoughts! Lol!
I picked a sweet backing and commenced matchstick quilting!
 I had originally thought I might bind it in the wonderful Fuchsia Peppered cotton, but really had no other option but to piece a binding to match!
Don't you agree?
So this is my entry, my first ever, into the Pantone Quilt Challenge 2019:
"Nuthin Fancy"
A Mini Quilt
11" x  22"
Fabrics are
 AGF Coral Reef
 Peppered Cotton Fuchsia
 a Waverly Gray
 and the teeny accent blue is Kona Sea Glass
Backing fabric is from the Wonder Full collection for Sweet Bee Designs.
Quilted using Coats and Clark...
So there she be! 
Nuthin Fancy, but really lots of fun!

Check out all the amazing progress photos of the Pantone Quilt Challenge on Instagram:
#pantonechallenge2019  #pantonequilt
The linkup for the finishes and entries is HERE!
Many thanks to Sarah and Rebecca for hosting and to the amazing judges and sponsors of this event!
So happy to be able to play along this go round!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Plus Baby!

Number 7 on my Q2 Finish-A-Long list is ready to go!
Little Him was born early, on Mothers Day, even as I was finishing this up!
It was special to be working on a sweet baby quilt on Mothers Day, thinking about Mama! It was extra special then, to find out he had been born that day too!
"Plus Baby", an original design, finished at 40"x40".
The background is Essex Yarn Dyed in Aqua, and the colors are all Rowan Shot Cottons. 
When I shared this quilt on Instagram, someone commented that it looked like "a whisper", which I thought was very sweet!
I had such fun coming up with this plus design!
  I made the "Us Plus" quilt for this same couple when they were married!
Also out of Essex Yarn Dyed (olive) and the same jelly rolls of Rowan shot cottons!
I used simple straight lines for the quilting.
Such a fun little quilt!

Now that it has stopped raining and our roads have dried, I shall pop this in the mail to them this week! 
Welcome, wee one!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Level Two Tote: Number 3!

My Number 3 Level Two Tote!
Pattern by Krista Hennebury of PoppyPrint!

I missed her birthday in March, the Q1 Finish-A-Long deadline, and Mother's Day, but I will be sending this tote to my Mom for a gathering with my sisters in June! She picked the Rifle Paper Co Amalfi canvas print from among many options I sent her! Great choice, Mom!
For the lining, I chose a coordinating print from Cotton and Steel, she likes blues...
...and tucked it in the zipper pocket, too!
I sourced my black leather locally, but if you look at other examples of this tote, you will find many alternate material options: cork fabric, waxed canvas, etc.
The handle straps were also local, but I just found another option at Tandy Leather online!

As usual, I cannot say enough good things about this pattern!
Krista does an excellent job with text and diagrams to walk even a beginning bag maker through the process! And in doing so, creates the most wonderful confidence, and sense of accomplishment!
Here are the other 2 totes I have made, both within the last 12 months!
This first one, I made for my sister, with fabric from a vest she sent me to use, for what she did not know, but she trusted me to come up with something! I LOVE this one! I used navy webbing for the handles, sewing them directly into the top of the bag.
This next one, I made just for on the outside, party on the inside!
I improvised a recessed zipper in the top of this to the rescue!

I just love that crazy Alison Glass Geometric print inside the cool Essex Yarn Dyed Aqua exterior!

 I buy all my metal pocket zippers at Hobby Lobby, for what that may be worth!

Thank you for indulging my Level Two Tote Recap!
I didn't start out with that in mind, but I just couldn't help showing them off again!
I imagine you will see all these again, next time I make one, for surely there will always be a next one!!!!
I have a couple more finishes to share, and some fun projects in the works, one of which involves these pretties from Paint Brush Studios Fabrics... please stay tuned!!!
Until then, Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Q1 Finish-A-Long Winners!

 The time has come to officially wrap up Quarter 1 of the Finish-A-Long by announcing the winners and awarding some wonderful prizes from our fantastic sponsors.  We had a whopping 553 finishes for the first quarter of 2019, which is really impressive you guys, keep it up!

Without further ado, here are the winners picked by Random Number Generator for Q1 of the 2019 Finish-A-Long:

The winner's choice of One Large 12 Spool Collection from Aurifil goes to Ann who blogs at Brown Paws Quilting and she finished this gorgeous Summer Sampler quilt that she custom quilted:


The $80 Gift Certificate from Sew Sweetness goes to Michelle who blogs at From Bolt to Beauty and she finished 11 Jane Market Bags for her children's teachers (here is just one of them):


The $50 Gift Certificate from Mad About Patchwork goes to Sandra who blogs at Musings of a Menopausal Melon - mmm! Quilts and she finished this lovely cushion/pillow cover:


The $50 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Melinda on IG @mamasan_gerber and she finished this large hexagon pouf:


The $25 Gift Certificate from Sew Me A Song goes to Melinda who blogs at Quiltn in Wilton and she finished this bright and cheerful child sized quilt:


The 3 PDF Patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Liz who blogs at Yorkshire Quilter and she finished this beautiful scrappy charity string quilt:


The 2 PDF Patterns from Charm About You goes to Gretchen who blogs at 120 Blocks and she finished this fantastic Jelly Roll Rug:


The 2 PDF Patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts go to Janice on IG @tangibleculture and she finished this lovely cross stitch ornament:


The 6 Month Subscription to Make Modern Magazine goes to Anja who blogs at Anja Quilts and she finished this really fun quilt:


The 2 PDF Patterns from Bonjour Quilts goes to Jennie who blogs at Jennie's Threads and she finished this gorgeous sampler quilt:


The $30 Fabric Voucher from Hillstitches goes to Pippa on IG @pippaspatch and she finished this wonderful duel sided table runner:


There you have it folks, quarter one of the year is officially wrapped up!  Congratulations to all of our winners and a big thanks to everyone that played along so far this year.