Friday, December 18, 2015

RJR Blog Hop: What Shade Are You?

Hi! I hope you are enjoying this holiday season! I am here today to participate in RJR's What Shade Are You Blog Hop and a give away. You can find their blog here . RJR became one of my favorite fabric companies when I listened to the Cotton and Steel story when they came out with their first line. Making a solids quilt has long been on my quilty "want to make list" so I am very grateful to RJR for this collaboration!! It was so fun to work with Cotton Supreme solids; they are high quality fabrics with amazing colors to choose from. Looking at their color card sent the wheels of my mind spinning with all of the different possibilities of color combinations and quilts that could be made. I love bright, happy colors. I wanted to choose all of the colors while looking at the color card so I decided on a project to help me narrow down my color choices.
I have done a lot of swaps in 2015 so my goals for 2016 include less obligations and leaving time to sew what I want to sew when an idea strikes. It has been awhile since I have made quilts for each of my 6 kids so i plan to make them each a quilt for their beds in 2016. One of my daughter's recently fell in love with a duvet from Pottery Barn Teen so that was the color inspiration for this quilt. Since the duvet is floral I wanted to compliment it with a geometric quilt.
It has been awhile since I worked with half square rectangles (HSR) and I don't see many people use them so I decided I would like to revisit that block. The first quilt I made with HSR I created diamonds with them so for this quilt I wanted to do something different. For making diamonds the diagonals alternate, but here I have all of the diagonals going the same direction. I sew in rainbow order occasionally but, generally i prefer a random color order. For this quilt I envisioned an abstract field of wild flowers with bits of sky peeking through and fluttering butterflies.

While I was making this quilt I hung a flannel backed table cloth in my kitchen to act as a design wall. My husband and kids were interested in what I was making and my progress every day. I paired the orange and yellows to create butterflies then scattered pink and purple flowers everywhere. My family caught on to the butterflies and every day one of the girls would say, "I see the butterflies Mom!" Towards the end of completion, the daughter I made the quilt for said, " Mom, where are the flowers?" I had to laugh and said they were abstract and were the pink and purple bits.

I quilted 1/4" on each side of the diagonal seams. My daughter chose a fleece print whose colors coordinate with the front for the backing. With batting and fleece this is a very soft, warm quilt!

One of my favorite bits about this quilt is that in a couple places along the binding it says "I love you". I love the Cotton and Steel Word Play print!
The "love" theme tied in very well with the Love pillow I had made for my daughter earlier this fall.

I didn't originally plan on adding a border to this quilt but once I made the HSR panel I felt like I needed a place for my eyes to rest, which the borders provide. The quilt finished approximately 60 x 70. I used nine RJR Cotton Supreme solids and a few Cotton and Steel prints. Almost everything I make these days includes some Cotton and Steel basics or prints and I love how these solids are a perfect match!

RJR is a very generous company and will be giving away a bundle of the solids I used in my quilt to one of you
The give away is open to residents of the U.S., Canada, and Australia. You must have a non P.O. shipping box. Leave me a comment to be eligible for the fat quarter bundle. If you can't think of anything to say tell me what you would make with this bundle. The winner will be announced Monday next week. #quiltwithlove

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WIP Wednesday: A Lizzy House Knockoff

I joined in on the Great Pillow Fight swap on flickr. Usually when i do a swap I try and make something on my quilty bucket list or try a new to me technique. I fell in love with the Lizzy House Meadow quilt (which you can find on flickr) a couple of years ago. The pattern is not available but LizzyHouse teaches the quilt as a workshop. She hasn't come close to where I live so I decided to try to make my own version of her quilt into a pillow. Her quilt is gorgeous with a lot of pieced curves. I cheated and made mine with patchwork and appliqué. My partner loves brights and Alison Glass which I did not have. One f my IG friends shared her Alison Glass with me then I added in a little Cotton and Steel, LizzyHouse (of course!!!), some Anna Maria Horner, and a dash of Violet Craft. 

I stirred it altogether and this is what I got. It goes great with my Cotton and Steel orange peel cushion (which I don't think I have blogged) so I want to make another for myself. Actually, once I made my little four patches of color I didn't know how to arrange them. I just laid them down and thought, "That doesn't look quite right, but it's not terrible. I sent a picture to Nicole at Snips Snippets. She worked it like a Rubik's Cube and said move this here, that there, and then trade those 2 and Bam!!! in 2 seconds flat it as perfect and balanced. 

I wanted to keep all of the color on the center of the pillow so as much as I dislike cutting bias, I did, and added a simple piping border and rounded corners. I love to finish projects up with a little hand stitching but I am not good at filling negative space so I got some help from Mary over at Molly Flanders who, I believe, is the queen of hand quilting. I am so lucky to have such talented friends who share their expertise!!
My partner prefers a zip closure which I had never done before. It does make a nice finish and I will probably never make an envelope closure again. Here is at the back with a peek of the lining inside. 

I pieced a little label together and need to finish it up. I considered stitching it but think that I will stamp it. I loved making this pillow for my sap partner; it was a fun experiment! and look forward to making another. LizzyHouse is a great designer which is an area where I do not have any skill.
Today I am starting this quilt by Nicole at Snips Snippets. I think I have only followed 2 patterns in my life as I find it easier to kind of make things up as I go, but the minute I saw this quilt I knew I wanted to make it! I pulled the fabric for this back in December and am finally going to start it. The pattern can be found in Love Quilting and Patchwork Issue 17. There are a lot of fun projects in this magazine but Nicole's Carousel quilt is my favorite. Happy Wednesday!!! Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Vintage Bird Baby Quilt

Hi!!! Hope you are well! I thought i would pop in with a quick blog post of my first quilt finish this year. I have been doing a fair amount of sewing but have only been posting on Instagram but would like to find a better balance between blogging and IG. I love the fabric line Milk, Sugar, and Flower by Elea Lutz! I didn't have a specific project planned so i ordered a charm pack to see what it looked like in real life and figured I would probably make a cushion for my youngest daughter. The next day I received a birth announcement from my sister's niece so I decided the charm pack must be for her!

I took inspiration from the bird print ( the mint birds are my favorite!). I found a vintage bird embroidery then used my sister's overhead projector to enlarge the image and transfer it to the fabric. The bird that is standing upright is 9 inches tall which seemed like a lot to embroider so I decided to appliqué the birds and branch then embroider the flowers.
I used the cat and bunny print from the line for the backing and some Lizzy House pearl bracelets for the binding.

I had to get creative with the design since I only had a charm pack to work with and added in a few other prints from some other lines. The quilt is 35x45"and was a lot of fun to make! Have a fun weekend!! Linking up with Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts for Sew Cute Tuesday on this Friday :)