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 :)