Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Modern Foxy Chevron - TLPQA

This is my first completed quilt from the Library Quilt Along.  See my original post here.   It is my 6th item on my list and probably the easiest one. Haha. ;)

Modern Foxy Chevron

Chevron & On Kit
Photo courtesy of Quilty
#6 was the 'Chevron and On' from Quilty's Spring 2013 issue.  I love this quilt.   I decided to do extra large blocks..which I absolutely love doing larger scaled blocks.  It's so fast and fun.  I do think I will make another one, in the smaller version. 

I had originally ordered this Les Amis bundle quite some time ago, with this quilt in mind.  I love those foxes. LOVE THEM!  Speaking of foxes, stay tuned - I have a stuffed fox family surprise coming soon. :)

Also, thanks to everyone who gave their vote on whether this should have a border or not.  Definitely love it without the border.

Debating on the fabric for the back, I went with a teensy houndstooth print and an orange stripey binding, of course.

I also went totally outside of my comfort zone and did the solid orange, rather than white.  And I love it!
Straight lined quilting.  Simple.

How funny is this?  So my BIL had his newest automobile adventure delivered today.  He really REALLY loves to fix up cars.   I told Robot Child#3, while we were taking pictures, this quilt matches Uncle Bob's new van!  She giggled and said it does!  I said, let's go take a picture of the quilt with the van.  She said, okay but do you think Uncle Bob will get mad?  Of course not.  It is a perfect match and yah, we looked like weirdos but come on.... It couldn't have been more meant-to-be. Right?

Here's my list in simplified version:
1.  Heartthrob - Pattern by Lella Boutique. 
2.  Giggles - Pattern by Jaybird Quilts.  
3.  Cub Crawl baby quilt by Fat Quarterly.  Up Next!
4.  Flying Geese quilt from Modern Designs for Classic Quilts. 
5.  Math Facts - from the Quilty Winter 2012 issue.  
6.  Chevron and On - from the Quilty Spring 2013 issue.   Done!

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Have a great week!
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

S'More Love ♥ And a very Wordy Post

I have a friend who loves the Cosmo Cricket S'more Love line of scrap booking stuff.  So when they announced this would be in fabric form, she asked if I could make a quilt for her.  Um, of course!  How fun is that when scrap booking paper is made into fabric??  I had no idea this could even happen.  My scrap booking days are over.   Poor Robot Child #2 always complains that her baby book is SO small compared to Robot Child #1.  It is.  There are like 5 pages in her book, the eldest has it completely full. Isn't that how it works tho?  Poor 2nd child gets the short stick for sure.

I digress.  Anyway - My friend sent me the pattern she wanted me to use, which you can find here.  I bought a FQ bundle which was WAY too much for this pattern, but we wanted to incorporate ALL fabrics from this line so that was necessary.  I asked if she would like a quilt to match for her little boy.  Of course!  Who wouldn't want matching Mama & Little Boy quilts?   ;)

Boy Quilt
I just used simple patchwork on his...with the little campers as the background.  I love those owls.

S'more Love ♥
I wrapped up her quilt with the Moda tag so she could scrapbook with it.  Yah, I'm pretty clever. ;)  JK.
This was a fun quilt to make...I was in a hurry to deliver it yesterday on our day off for President's Day here in the U.S., so I didn't get any stats on it.  I did change the pattern a little and added blocks to both ends to make it a smidge bigger.

Robot Husband has been sick with the plague or something quite similar.  So he's been banished to the TV room.  I banished myself to my sewing room, which is fine by me!  For the 3 day weekend I sewed.  Oh, I did a little bit of vacuuming only because apparently the maid had forgot to do that. ;)

I am working on 3 quilts presently.  I am really trying hard to become more organized.  Trying REALLY hard. I will have a post on this later with some tips I've found - that work for me, 'the VERY unorganized'. Meanwhile, while I'm working on these quilts, I've been catching up on my Downton Abbey season 4.  I pre-ordered the series so I don't have to wait to watch the next episode. I'm extremely impatient....aren't all quilters? Right?  We just want to finish that quilt to move on to the next.

Well, as I was watching/listening to DA, episode 4 - I could not believe the scene that enveloped before me. TEARS people!  I won't ruin this for those of you who have not seen it, but just be fair warned - get yourself some tissues for that episode...and be prepared for it to linger in your brain for many days....  Sigh.

And if you don't want to cry while you are sewing, and have to slam down your pretty fabrics because you cannot believe the travesty that just took place, then watch Sherlock.  Hee-larious.  LOVE it.  I am pretty sure I was born in the wrong country, because I am a British die hard fan.  I recently got hooked on Sherlock, (not sure what took me so long) and I sort of majorly have a crush on Sherlock.  He's so sarcastic and crazy.  Love him.  Oh, and I just realized that Watson was Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit.  Only because we were walking through Lowe's one day and I was reciting the most recent episode of Sherlock to my husband and was laughing about something...when this happened:
Me: Oh that Watson, he's so funny and predictable.
Husband:  Oh, yah the guy from the Hobbit?
Me:  What?  How did you get the Hobbit out of that?
Husband:  Um, no - the guy who is Watson is Bilbo.
Me:  Oh.  O.M.G!!  I can't believe I didn't put that together!!
Husband:  Really?  You can't?

My brain is not the most reliable.  For being a Robot, it really has it's letdowns. ;)

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Photo Shoots & Patterns

Attempting a photo shoot in the winter, when it's dark, gloomy and windy sucks.  However, we had a moment of sunshine yesterday so I finally got some pictures taken of this quilt I made for my SIL.  When I asked her if I could borrow it, you'd think I had just told her I was planning on kidnapping a puppy. Although, that thought has occurred to me once or twice.  Never mind.

Moving on.  I am writing a pattern for this quilt.  It is a SUPER easy pattern.  It is beginner - friendly,  fast and easy to make when you need a quick gift.  Like, let's say you wait until two weeks until Christmas to make a handful of quilts for people as gifts...yah it's that fast.    It's great for showcasing larger print fabrics, or just your favorite prints.

Writing patterns is tough.  I've spent probably about 15 hours of my life on this pattern.  Just writing it.  The quilt took me maybe 3 hours to make.   So, I salute you quilt pattern writers and makers.  High five.

I have this going to some pattern testers.  I am hopeful it goes smoothly and I can post this soon!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Ladybug Frenzy

Ladybug, Ladybug fly away home!  

This was probably the easiest, most gratifying quilt I've ever made. ;)  Well, one of them at least.  Strip piecing is super easy.  But I love the blocks the best.  I reversed one of them so the strawberries are the outer border, and pink solid in the middle. ;) It's my favorite.

And these sweet little ladybugs love Heather Ross' strawberries as much as we all do!  Yummy!

See why I call it Ladybug Frenzy?  LOTS and LOTS of these little ladies everywhere! 

Quilt Stats:
Measures approx. 46 x 49
Various prints in reds, oranges, pinks and yellow
And of course, HR strawberries
Let us not forget a stripe-y binding makes for the finishing touch

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