Pillow covers are a great way to spruce up your living room. In August I shared some of the Holiday fabrics I had picked up in hopes of making pillow covers. Happy to report the Winter and Christmas versions are finished before Christmas.
I had some other fabrics that coordinate in my stash from a giveaway I had won like two years ago. This has been on my to-do list for a while. Using a simple envelope pillow cover I was able to create these in an hour with help from P. He did a great job handling the machine.
The big pillow is surprisingly comfy and is a form from Jo-Anns. The softness is comparable to the Ikea goose feather pillow. Not sure how it will hold up over time.
The backing a red sheet I had been stashing away. I was able to make all the pillow backings using this twin sized sheet. When at Goodwill or thrift stores, I will always check for sheets I can use while sewing.
I would be lying if I told you these were all lined up beautifully on my couch and not scattered across the living room. My Plott Hound immediately stole one and I found her snoozing away on it. P decided to she needed to be covered up too and it was the perfect photo opportunity. Yes, she is this ridiculous.
Indie Folk designed by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery fabrics is stunning. My customer was torn between this line and one other. She made the right choice. Yes, this is a commissioned king sized quilt. A bonus as I’m working on this quilt, I am creating a video highlighting my process. Can’t wait to share with you that process.
Lots of prep work goes into making a king sized quilt. Half yard bundles of the fabric line were necessary and Fat Quarter Shop had the full line and great pricing.
For a patchwork quilt I prefer to incorporate coordinating solids. No one near me sells Art Gallery solids and I really struggled to find them online, especially at a price I liked. Crimson Tate stocks FreeSpirit solids and they coordinated well with Indie Folk’s colors.
To maximize the fabric I cut 4.5 inch squares. That means ALOT of squares for a king sized quilt. My customer wants patchwork and this delivers that design element. This step was probably the longest out of all of them since I needed around 700 squares.
Even the scrappy strips and snippets are delightful.
Cleaning my sewing area after cutting was imperative. This project will take over all my workspace for the next few weeks. Having it organized and ready to work at all times is a huge time saver. Taking the 10 minutes to clean was well worth it.
When prepping for a big project, this is a great time to check your machine as well. I prepped three bobbins, cleaned and oiled my machine before starting any piecing. Also, I put in a fresh needle for piecing.
The last step for preparation is sorting my fabrics. This project I sorted by the print or solid. Some projects I will sort by color, especially if a scrappy quilt. You need some space to make a sort effective. Using an extra cutting mat or folding table is helpful.
Next week I hope to share my portion on piecing the top. Any guesses how many rows I need for this quilt?
After a disastrous start, the tiny scrap quilt is finished. Having to redesign a project can be stressful. However, I’m glad I wasn’t happy and stepped back for a few days. Removing the white binding around the four square block was the right idea. I combined the four squares to make an 8 x 8 larger block.
I then a 2 inch white border was added on all sides of the block. The new frame in white is more proportional to the block from the original idea.
I had always envisioned this quilt floating in a light Kona Ash gray. It’s the perfect color to distract from the boldness of the Cameo scraps.
For the quilting I went with free motion quilting in an overall loops pattern. My husband timed me and it took 40 minutes. Holy camoly, can you believe that? While digging through my stash during my clean out I found the backing print. I thought it would be a nice compliment.
Bonus was finding Kona Pomegranate already made into binding. This quilt is all scrap and stash. Happy dance.
It’s now ready to head to it’s new home and snuggle a baby girl.
While trying to get some photos the other day, this happened. The quilt fell over onto my head as I was taking a picture. Real life.
The photo I did end up posting on Instagram was a hit. Thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions throughout this process.
There could be multiple updates on this project since I’m just not feeling the overall design. Over the weekend I was prepared to add white around the blocks that I had already pieced. I was going to buzz right through them and then add a gray border.
Well I buzzed right through them and then went to press the seams. Reality set in.
The truth is I hate that white border now. I was only able to add to two sides and after pressing I stopped. The white is drowning out all the color in the tiny blocks. I wanted it to create a frame.
For now I have not ripped off the white strips, but it is very tempting. Another idea is floating around in my head that I may try.
Creating with no pattern
Since I like to freehand create quilts and let them develop organically, this happens quite frequently. Typically, I can work through the design and be happy with the results. When a quilt has no pattern, I get to stretch myself creatively. Improvising challenges me to work through the creative process. It can be frustrating to hit many roadblocks, but I’m not going to put out a quilt that I’m not pleased with.
I have been contemplating the next steps for a couple of days. One design that I keep envisioning is more simple. Rather than frame the little squares in white, let’s skip that portion and just frame in gray. From there I would float the framed squares around the quilt. Maybe this needs to be bigger than a baby size to play with scale more. Check back next week to see where I have taken this project.
Woodland animals have been a trend for some time in nursery decor. Amazingly, this is the first baby quilt I have made with that theme. My husband says it doesn’t look like woodland creatures and I’m okay with that. It’s there, but you have to look closely.
Scrap packs from Crimson Tate were purchased months ago. When my client suggested outdoors and animal for a boy, these fabrics immediately came to mind. I had envisioned a string quilt when I first picked up the bundles and the idea had not faded.
Posing on Point by MyTeaandBrie was quilt design inspiration. While I didn’t use her tutorial, I use more of the general layout. Note: the mailing list request is for My Tea & Brie, not my site.
I pressed and starched all my fabrics before cutting.
For my blocks I cut the following string sizes:
Center white strip: 2 inches
Grey strip: 3 inches
Other fabrics 1.5 or 2 inches in width
Chain piecing the blocks made it pretty easy to bust the top out. I worked in 30 minute chunks then took a break. Tip: keep the iron nearby to make chain piecing more efficient.
In laying out the quilt top I was not overly picky about where things went. An effort was made to keep too many colors from the same square. Overall, it turned out great.
After completing the top, it was time to rip off all the little papers from the back. My mother-in-law was in town for Fall Break. I asked if she wanted to help and she joined in. It was great to have someone help out, this part was going to take forever and I was on a deadline. If I could get it to the client by X date, they could hand deliver. Well, I had to get this sucker quilted and bound quickly to make that happen.
Quilting, Backing, and Binding
A couple of backing options were auditioned but this black and white dot ultimately won. Doesn’t it play well with the front?
In the effort to meet my looming deadline, free motion quilting with loops won for quilting. Seriously the quilting took an hour. My mother-in-law and husband were watching something while I knocked this out. They were surprised when I entered the room with the quilted piece. I was pretty proud of myself.
However, while I was quilting, I found an error in my quilt. Can you spot it? If you’re a quilter probably, but most didn’t notice it. There was a frantic post to my guild’s page and texts to a couple of friends. The consensus was it’s a design element. Ha! If I wasn’t almost done with the quilting when my eye caught it I would have fixed it. Sometimes you have to let the little things go and accept them. It wasn’t the way I envisioned the quilt turning out, but it works.
Deep in my stash was the gray houndstooth flannel. The piece I had was just enough to bind the quilt. Everything to make this quilt was scraps or stash fabric which is a positive in my book. Makes working against that looming deadline even better.
Pretty sure I want to remake this quilt in a bigger size to keep. The colors are lovely, I am digging the jade. Despite a tight deadline, the quilt made it to CA in time to be hand delivered. The precipitant loved it. Making a baby quilt that doesn’t scream baby is always nice too.
If you like the quilt, save it Pinterest for future reference. I have it under Scrap Busting Projects.
Thanks for coming over to my blog from the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. I’m Tisha of Quiltytherapy. Sewing is my therapy and the only creative outlet I’m good at. Unless stick figures can be a creative outlet, ha! Making quilts from scraps and my stash is what I strive for. Scrappy Unicorn Rainbow Sprinkles is a combination of scraps and pieces from my stash.
It’s hard to truly have a favorite quilt, but this one is in the top 10 that I have created. It is still for sale on Etsy here.
The center blocks are paper pieced using scraps from my guild members. Center triangles are trimmings from Lindsay’s quilt she made during our Winter Retreat. Erika and Lisa brought bins of scraps that they let us raid. I had pulled some scraps together in this color palette before the retreat but their generousity rounded out my collection.
While I wanted to make the entire quilt out of the blocks, they started to look too similar. In my stash was a bolt of Kona Robin’s Egg blue that really brought it all together.
Look for a tutorial on paper piecing these scrappy blocks to make your own version.
This was the second time I ever quilted the organic wavy lines. It created so much crinkle once it was washed. The purple polka dot binding is perfection. As I noted in my original post about this quilt, I hope it leaves behind a trail of rainbow sprinkles wherever this quilt goes.
Read more about creative process with Scrappy Unicorn Rainbow Sprinkles here and here.