Oh Deer! Wonky Stars

This quilt is full of firsts.  First time I have made a Wonky Stars quilt.  Also, the first time I’ve used my fat quarter bundle of Oh Deer! by Moda.  The fabric has been in my stash for years and was starting to feel neglected.  Maybe I was just waiting for the right project.

Design

The quilt was inspired by woodland creatures and more boy colors.  I had recently finished the Woodland Strings Quilt so I wanted to change my design up a bit.  I knew this fat quarter bundle was stashed away and had some animals on it.  My client wanted the green, blue, orange and yellow colors for a boy quilt.  I pulled those out and started to think about the best way to highlight the fabrics.

Wonky Stars!  Something I’ve not done, but could be a fun way to show off the fabrics.  My client was on board with the idea so it was time to prep for the blocks.  I cut my background fabric, which is a print I picked up at Joann’s.  It’s a white with little yellow polka dots.

Blocks

Making wonky stars goes quickly.  I was able to whip up 12 blocks within a couple of days after work.  There were coordinating solids added in as well.

Quilt Top

Laying out the quilt may have took longer than making the blocks.  I could not decide which layout I liked best.  Ultimately, this won.

Backing

The prints below were in my stash.  I think I picked them up from a neighborhood swap group I’m in for FREE!  The tub included some gorgeous Birch fabrics that you can see below.

Finished Quilt

For quilting I went with an all over loopy free motion pattern.  Want to know a secret?  It took 40 minutes to quilt.  Happy dance.

I can’t wait to make this quilt again with some of the other prints in the Oh Deer! bundle.  Next time, I will make them smaller.  I think smaller will help the blocks be wonkier.  That’s a word, right?

Indie Folk King Sized Patchwork Quilt – Finished

The response to the Indie Folk quilt has been great.  If you loved the fabrics, there will be more quilts made with the remaining fabrics.  There should be at least two more, maybe a third if I can swing it.

Can I be honest for a minute?  Great.  This quilt was massive and I wanted to get it out before we left for San Francisco over Christmas.  The weather in Indy turned to shit right as I finished this quilt.  It was too big to just hang on my fence without getting on the rain soaked ground.  I’m heartbroken I didn’t get better pictures of the finished quilt, see way down below.  However, I did film the making of this quilt and I’m working on a how to video.

Let’s move on to finishing this beast of a quilt.

Basting the quilt

My wonderful husband went somewhere for the night and after I put the kid to bed, it was time to baste.  I had removed the dining room table and swept the room to prepare.  I learned something that night.  My dining room is not big enough to baste a king sized quilt without working in sections.  We had been contemplating buying a new house in 2018 and now a new requirement will be space to baste a big quilt.

Basting took about three hours to complete.  I was a tad bit sore after and almost couldn’t get off the floor.  Not joking, I sent a text to my husband to come get me off the floor.  This was a huge accomplishment.

Quilting choice

To quilt this I went with straight lines on the diagonal.  On Instagram a commenter asked why on the diagonal.  Great question.  I did an Insta-story response, but thought I would share here as well.

 

Since I have been quilting straight lines on the diagonal for some time, I’m pretty good at it.  Plus, with a quilt this since, it allows me to move the quilt around.  Spreading the bulk around is much easier on my body and sewing space.  Keeping a quilt rolled up and bulk all on one side would be too much for me.  Each square has an X in it for quilting.  The white thread I chose blended in nicely.

Quilting this required a number of breaks to keep my shoulders and back from getting too stiff.

Backing and binding

I was able to score a soft green sheet in the perfect color off one my local swap groups.  It wasn’t quite big enough so I added some of the gray print.

In finding coordinating solids I struggled to find a navy blue that worked.  It makes a good binding choice to balance out the colors.

Machine binding won based on the time I had left to meet my deadline.

Finished Quilt

Below are the best pictures I could get of this quilt without getting it on the ground.  Notice that light dusting of snow in the background and on the quilt?

 

The quilt is safely in it’s new home and enjoying lots of snuggles.  Click on the links below for the other posts related to this quilt project.


Indie Folk Quilt – part 1

Indie Folk Quilt – part 2

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New Winter and Christmas Pillows

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.

Real Life

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.

My freezer paper painted pillows now live under the tree.

Are you working on any last minute projects before Christmas?


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Indie Folk King Sized Patchwork Quilt

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.

Fabric

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.

Cutting

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.

Sorting

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?

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Secret Santa Swap

I should just put it out there that I’m horrible at keeping secrets.  HORRIBLE!  The Indy Modern Quilt Guild hosted a Sneaky Santa swap this year.  We went through an automated service that randomly assigns you to people.  The system matched me with one of my best friends Rachael.  I knew almost immediately what I wanted to make, but had to be extra sneaky about it.

A little about Rachael

Rachael wanted something supporting feminism as she helps run a global non profit focused on the needs of women.  Have you heard of Support the Girls?  My wonderful friend had a goal a couple of years ago to collect 3500 bras to celebrate her 35th birthday.  She exceeded that goal in first few months.  She is helping to lead the change on how women can have access to undergarments and menstrual products.  Here basement is usually stuffed with bras, tampons, and pads.  Okay, she usually have bras all over her house.  I am proud of the work she is doing and the lives she is impacting.

You can read about more about her story here, here, and here.

There is no stopping this woman.

I wanted to make her a bra pot holder.  I was almost certain she didn’t have bras in her kitchen.  Over the weekend she informed me she did actually have some in her kitchen right now.  Of course!  In my research I found this paper piece pattern for a bra.  Thank goodness for secret boards on Pinterest.  We follow each other on social media, Pinterest, and usually ride to guild meetings together.  Plus we live around a mile from each other, it’s not unusual for us to pop over to each other’s houses.  I had it worked out with another member to run the package over to her house before the meeting so she could bring it.

The bra took no time to make.  I backed it in a bold print and shared this photo on Instagram of the back.

Sneak peek of my Santa Swap item for the #imqgsecretsanta. I can show you the rest on Sunday.

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The finished product

Rachael guessed it was a house and immediately thought it was for her.  She had part of it correct.  When she opened it Sunday she saw the back and was excited.  She turned it over and saw this.

 

 

She loves it!!!  It was perfect for her.  So glad I got her and kept the secret to surprise her.

Sometimes your friend just gets you. #miniquilt #braquilt #imqg @quiltytherapy

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Watching everyone open their gift and guess the maker was fun.  It’s a great way to learn about other’s in your guild and be creative.  Has your guild done anything similar?


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Tiny Scrap Quilt – Finished

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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.

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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.

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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.

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It’s now ready to head to it’s new home and snuggle a baby girl.

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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.

Other posts about the quilt

Tiny Scrap Quilt – Update 1

Tiny Scrap Quilt – A New WIP


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