Over Labor Day weekend I took these to the lake and started sewing. Are you surprised? I take my machine everywhere. The hum of the machine in nature was quite refreshing. I did some early afternoon sewing, most people were out on the water and our area gets pretty quite.
Once I got home, I pressed the small squares with seams open and began adding 2″ Kona Ash strips. Why is it every time I go to type ASH, I type AS*? Adding those strips takes no time and creates an interesting look.
Once P was in bed I could lay out the quilt in the house and piece the rows. My process involves piecing all the rows, then pressing. I also don’t press the seams between rows until the top is finished. From my stash I chose a blue backing that I had picked a while back.
For the binding I had a large scrap of a Robert Kaufman print that was a wide back. White bindings are scary on a baby quilt, but sometimes it just works. Quilting is my go to all over loops.
Time to refresh my scraps and maybe mix them up a bit. The scrap bin is overflowing. Anyone up for a scrap swap?
Fantasia fabric has been cut into charms and sitting my my stash for some time. Since creating this quilt in 2015, I knew I wanted to make a smaller version.
Digging around for scraps before the IMQG retreat this winter, I found the remaining charm squares. They were added to the mountain of stuff I was taking just in case I wanted a simple project. A simple project is a great way to get the creative juices flowing and help you accomplish a bit more.
Saturday night of the retreat I laid the blocks out in about 15 minutes. The top came together in under and hour. A plus quilt is one of my favorite patterns. Mostly because I can use charm squares in something more than just a patchwork top.
Somehow the Kona Mint goes with this color palette. It’s out of my element for sure, but it’s a fun touch. Again I kept the quilting simple.
No crazy machine troubles this time. The backing is pieced with left over bits of the fabric line.
The binding is a Kona solid. Soft green and a bold pink are an interesting combination. The blues are a great accent color.
This quilt is looking for a new home. Are you interested? It’s for sale on my Facebook page for $75 plus shipping. Buying a handmade quilt is a wonderful gift. I add a personalized touch of the babies name if you know it.
You can still find some Fantasia in shops. One of my favorite shops, StitchStashDiva, still has some available here.
Have you ever been stuck when it comes to naming something? Over the last few weeks, giving this quilt the best name has evaded me. Thank you to my wonderful Facebook followers for some suggestions. One suggestion was seaglass. I added the sparkling since the background fabric is silver metallic dots on white. Plus, it truly sparkled in this picture.
Shout out to Nicole at Modern Handcraft for sharing her scraps from the IMQG retreat this winter. While I’m not sure what project the blue scraps are from, but there was enough to spark an idea. She had these castoff triangles that I wanted to pair with the same background fabric all over.
I was able to pick up the white with metallic silver dots, the metallic silver crosshatch, yellow and orange solids also at the retreat. The blues needed something else to complete the look. So why use the yellow and orange solid too.
The triangles were trimmed to three inches.
Time to chop up the dots for background fabric.
Conveniently, I had a sew day planned for race day here in Indy. Hubby rode out to the Indy 500 and P was away at the lake. Look how cute these trimmings are.
I had everything cut out before the race. Did you know in Central Indiana the race is blacked out for the live broadcast? We can watch a taped version usually around 6pm after the race. It’s been this way my entire life. Growing up we listened on the radio to the race every year. So I turned on P’s Lighting McQueen radio to listen to sew.
During the race I was able to get all the triangles pieced and another quilt top started. Now it was time to trim and sort.
Some of the colors were so close together, it was hard to tell. Piecing the rows went smoothly. The piecing was done with the random method I have done before. It can be challenging to not overthink this part of the process
Beautiful rows were sewn together and a top was suddenly finished. Take a look at this picture? I think it’s stunning.
The backing is a Robert Kaufman light gray crosshatch on white. I kept the quilting simple with straight lines on the rows. However, my machine decided to be a royal pain in the ass. It was just in for service and I’m dealing with this crap?? UGH! The stitching was ripped out multiple times.
Finally something worked and this quilt got finished. I was able to photograph as the sun started to set, giving this warm glow.
My favorite detail in this quilt is in the binding. I ran out of the silver metallic crosshatch with three inches to go. Scraps of the blue solids were added to make up the length. It’s the perfect touch on this quilt.
My tall table housed a number of projects I had forgotten. I took the discarded half square triangles from this project and threw them into a baggy. Apparently I had pulled out the yellow, orange, green, and aqua ones for a quilt that did not happen. Well, I decided to change that.
I decided to make 16 patch blocks with the left over half square triangles. Within the blocks I didn’t want a repeat of color in the row or column. Each block was laid out before piecing to ensure I could do it. The blocks were tiny once finished.
What do to next?
It needed something more to become a quilt. There were enough blocks to put four of the blocks together to be one larger block. The effort was made to not have same prints or colors side by side. There’s one it’s not right, but it’s not an issue. Design element right?
I took these blocks to the quilt retreat, not sure the entire layout or design. I grabbed some Kona Capri solid I had in the back room just in case I could use it. It’s bright and could add an interesting color to this quilt. Why not?
Check back later this week to see the rest of the process. I’m curious to know your answer to the question below.
What have you found while cleaning out your sewing space?
When I started planning for 2018, I knew immediately what I wanted my word to be. Confidence, the one area I was really struggling with personally and professionally.
However, writing out my other goals for 2018 haven’t been as easy. March seems like a good time to share what I’ve been pondering over the last few months. What could I do this year that would really challenge me and encourage some stash management?
I had been aiming for one baby quilt per week during 2018. Then life hit and I realized that goal wasn’t realistic. Funny, I found this post below right about the time I was rethinking the goal.
Welcome back readers. Thank you for your kind words on the quilt top post. These Granny Squares are just GORGEOUS! Am I right? Blanche Devereaux, well this version, is ready for her introduction to the world.
Let me tell you a little about finishing this quilt. I rushed to quilt this one and paid the price. TWICE! I started quilting the first time and my tension was off. It appears little hands may have turned a knob on my machine and I didn’t realize it. I turned my tension down and then down some more. Then when I thought I had it right, I ripped out all the stitching to start fresh.
Then the tension still wasn’t right. A second pass a quilting and it was off. After getting pissed off, I walked away from this project for a couple of days. I put it in time out.
I came back and the quilting went smoothly. Thank goodness as I really didn’t want to straight line quilt this one. This quilt gave me a bit of sass, much like Blanche.
Have you seen this fun quiz on Buzzfeed? Take it and tell me in the comments which character you got. I will tell you mine below.
I bought around five yards of this Art Gallery print a few months ago. I knew I had some girl quilts coming up that it could be perfect for. Plus, it’s Art Gallery so it’s buttery soft.
This quilt is ready for it’s new home and can be found here on Etsy. By the way I’m a Dorothy Zbornak.