Wednesday, December 26, 2012


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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Quilt 2012: Blocks 10 & 11

These two blocks were quite fun to make, both very quick to put together. Here is the tutorial to both. Block 11 was nice and large. I didn't make it quite how the instructions dictated. I cut out a large rectangle 12.5 x 3.5 and 2 white squares 3.5 x 3.5, and attached the white squares using the flying geese method. I like how mine turned out, since it has fewer seams. The unfinished size is 12.5 x 18.5.

Block 10 was another tiny 6.5 x 6.5 block. It was very easy to put together. I chose to use a white print instead of solid white, and I quite like the result.

And here is a picture of all the blocks before 10 and 11. Most of the bigger blocks are done so it is nice to see how they would all look next to each other!

Sadly though I don't think I will be done in time for Christmas, seeing how tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and I am still in the thick of making the blocks. I hope to finish it by the Russian Orthodox Christmas now, provided I can decide how to quilt it. I have 12 out of 19 blocks made, 7 more to go.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Quilt 2012: Blocks 6 & 19

I made blocks 6 and 19! I made 6, because I had a gaping hole in my list of blocks yet to make, so I made block 6. It was a cute little block. It uses foundation piecing, which was my first time doing strip piecing with that method. It was challenging for me, in particular because I could not press my seams open. The resulting block turned out quite cite. The unfinished size was 6 x 6, which is a strange size... We will see how it turns out. Here is the link to the tutorial.

I chose to make block 19, because I wanted to make the last huge block. The finished size is 14.5 x 18.5. Here is a link to the tutorial.

I need to get a picture of all the blocks together. I really like how they are turning out! I am done with 10/19. So probably no way I can finish by Christmas, but maybe for Russian Orthodox christmas?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Sophie Lemonade Lollipop Quilt Finished!

Here is another finished quilt for you! I finished a bunch of my works in progress recently on a long car trip we took. I had bindings left to attach, so that was a perfect car project.

This quilt uses the lemonade lollipop pattern. The fabric used is Sophie by Chez Moi.

Enjoy the pictures (also natural lighting!)

This is the backing. I think this fabric is just SO pretty!

For quilting, I essentially followed the block lines. I did a seam on either side of the original seam, about 1/3" away. I was quite happy with the result.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Bungle Jungle Tumbler

Let's take a break from the regularly scheduled Christmas sewing, because as promised, I have a few finished projects to show!

I finished a while back a baby quilt for a good friend, using by AccuQuilt Go! It was quite amazing, because all of cutting out took me about an hour! The tumbler I used was 6.5", and I made a mistake of getting 2 layer cakes. As a result I had a lot of scraps. I think if I use that die again, I will get fat eights, because then I will be able to cut 3 per FE, and save some $$!

This quilt was made using the Bungle Jungle collection for Moda by Tim and Beck. Isn't it just perfect for a baby boy?

Here it is:

Here are a few more shots we got outside! (Enjoy all the natural lighting ;)

For quilting, I essentially followed the tumbler shape, about 1" from the seam. The quilting lines go only top to bottom, so it was a breeze to quilt as well. Pretty sure I will make some more of these, especially since I have the dye! My mom told me she prefers the back actually... Thanks, mom! :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Quilt 2012: Block 8

I made block 8 yesterday! The tutorial can be found here. Although, just a word of warning, the tutorial is not complete. I was extremely confused for a while. Essentially the tutorial skips the last few steps, where you add on the red part to the two halves to get a symmetrical square block. The unfinished size is supposed to be 11.5 x 11.5.

My colors are a bit different from the original as you can see. The reason being is I didn't want my background color to be off-white, so I picked a light green. I think it goes with the other 2 quite nicely. I also like my fussy cut birds if I may say so myself.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Quilt 2012; Block 9

I decided to take a plunge and make the remaining big block. I decided that once the big blocks are out of the way, I will have a better idea of what fabrics I need to have left over for the remainder of the blocks. Here is the tutorial. The unfinished size of this block is 18.5 x 18.5. originally I wanted to put light blue in there instead of light blue, but when I started putting it together, it just didn't work! So I remade a quarter of "kite" blocks (which is no small feat), but I will say that I am very glad I did. I am quite happy with the result.

So I am done with 7 out of 18 blocks. 11 more to go, but the rest are smaller.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Quilt 2012: Blocks 5 & 7

Here are my next couple of blocks. I am skipping block 6 for now, because I want to use some scraps, so my plan is to make more blocks, then go back to 6. Block 5 was 14.5 x 8.5. It love how it really looks like 2 Christmas trees! Here is the link to the tutorial.

Block 7 was also really fun to make. It is very simple and turned out pretty fun. The tutorial is here. The unfinished size is 7.5 x 14.5.

I am working on another big block now, and I still have some finished projects to show you coming up!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Quilt 2012: Blocks 3 & 4

Blocks 3 & 4 both featured presents! I love presents, so these were fun to make. Block 3's tutorial can be found here. Mine looks quite different, because I was nervous I would not have enough fabric cut, so I didn't make the angles as dramatic. I ended up cutting off one whole color off of the edge... Oops! But I qiote like how it turned out! The unfinished size is 7.5 x 14.5.

Block 4 was also presents. The tutorial can be found here. The unfinished size is 6.5 x 6.5. I made mine differently than the tutorial. I used one whole piece of white for the background of each column, and then used the method for making geese units from block 5. I lie having fewer seams in the background fabric.

Stay tuned for blocks 5 & 7!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Quilt 2012: Blocks 1 & 2

With just a month left before Christmas, I decided that I need to make us a new Christmas quilt. There was a quilt-along that I have really wanted to do in July, but the fabric I wanted to use wasn't out until sometime in August, so lo and behold I missed the quilt-along. But now all the blocks have been posed and I can just make all of them at my own pace. Here is a link to the block-thon. All the block tutorials can be found on the Free Spirit Fabrics blog.

The fabric I am using is Deb Strain's Share the Joy Chrismas line.

I like that fabric line, because there are a lot of smaller prints. I prefer that for the smaller blocks. Some blocks in this block-thon are only 6x6 finished!

So without further ado I present to you blocks 1 & 2: Block 1's tutorial can be found here. The unfinished size is 18.5 x 10.5:

The second block's tutorial can be found here. This one was quite big, unfinished size being 18.5 x 18.5. I used up the panel on this block. I love how it turned out!

I am quite enjoying this quilt-along! So far all of them have been pretty easy. I also love how they are all different sizes! Thy are also all very Christmas-y, either presents, or tinsel, or Christmas trees! I will be posting more blocks tomorrow.

Also be on the lookout for a bunch of my finished quilts! I finished them a while ago, I just need to take pictures. It is quite hard to take pictures of quilts inside an apartment, because the lighting is never quite right and there isn't enough space!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sew Red For Women: Block 9

Here is the 9th block. Here is the link to the tutorial.

This block was quite fun to make. It had some HST's, some geese, etc. I somehow ended up with 2 kits for this block, so I may end up making another one!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Another Quilting Bee Block

I just finished making these 2 chevron blocks for Joyce.

I love that Berenstein bears fabric!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Joy Christmas Quilt

I have a new quilt in progress: it is made from Kate Spain's Joy collection:

I am using the following quilt as inspiration:

The original features Jingle Collection by Ann Kelle.

The quilt is coming together really fast, and is really fun to make. I started yesterday by doing all the math, and at this point I am about to do the final ironing and sash!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Another Quilting Bee Block

I made another block for Melissa using this tutorial. The had us not do the diamond in the middle, and the final size was 24.5"x24.5". These blocks really remind me of swoon blocks. I like how it turned out. Melissa sent us all the fabric, except for the gray circles on white background. She wanted the block to be very light, with creams, grays, and ivory. The print I added is Sweetwater's Mama Said Sew collection.

I cannot wait to see what the final result looks like!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Quilting Bee Block

I finished making these two fun blocks for Tiffany using this tutorial. Here are the two blocks:

Don't they look cute together? This gives you an idea of what the final result will look like.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Summer Sampler Block 10: Evening Star

I finally decided to go back to these blogs after a long hiatus. Here is the link to the tutorial. I had missed paper piecing, and I was quite happy with the result.

I have 2 more blocks left to make, and a few extras to make the size I want. Yay!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Sew Red For Women: Block 8

Here is block 8:

The instructions actually were for making 2 blocks (and the kit had enough fabric to make 2), so I made 2. Here they are next to each other:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Brown Bear Quilt

This quilt is finally finished! It took me about 5 audio books to finish it. I think it is my biggest quilt to date (50"x75"). Yeah, it is a baby quilt :) Well I guess it can be used a play-mat or something... This quilt is for a baby girl of a dear friend of mine.

A little story behind this: I, a former math-major, turned engineer, cannot count. I had originally planned this quilt out to be 4x6 blocks, each block 13"x13" finished. So even without sashing, that would have been 52" x 78", and I wanted to add a border and sashing. So I had cut out components for those blocks:

Then at one point, while trying to figure out the backing, I finally figured out it would have been humongous! So I decided to half the number of blocks, to make it 3x4 blocks. I spent a long time trying to figure out what color to make the sashing. I am quite happy I picked red. So finally the top was put together:

For quilting, I outlined all the blocks, within about 1/3" away from the seam. Then I did straight line quilting about 1/3" from the animal panel units. Finally, the other thing I did (due to the major time crunch), is adjust the binding with my machine on both sides, and I am quite happy with how it turned out.

So without further ado, here are some pictures:

This is the whole done quilt.

Here is the backing. It is pieced from various fabrics from the collection.

Draped over our couch, gives you an idea of how big it is.

Here is the close-up of the border and binding.

I really like this block design for showcasing fabrics from a panel. This worked well for the quilt, because the corners remind you of bear paws.

And the sashing really brings out the "bear paws".

And of course here are some pictures with my favorite models :)