Playing with Batiks

Working on a quilt for a friend that wants a special gift for her nephew.  They have lived in Bali and wanted to have that feel to the quilt.  I haven’t worked with batiks in a while.  Here is a peek of the fabrics.

many 2" squares


Here is how the blocks for the quilt look with everything pieced.  When pressing the seams I chose to press them open to alleviate bulk when quilting.

Right now I am working on finishing up the blocks and will hopefully have the top completed today.


Lotta fun

Saturday I convinced my husband and friends to visit yet another fabric place in NYC.  I couldn’t have been happier that they obliged and we make the trek prior to a wonderful dinner with friends.  Where to?  Off to Lotta Jansdotter‘s wonderful studio.

I walked in and she was there.  She was so personable showed me what she had been working on the for day.  I was giddy.  This was the first time I have met a fabric designer and someone that has inspired my creations.  She did tell me she is working on a new fabric line.  I’m still drooling over Echo, not sure my fabric budget is ready for more.

Can’t wait to design and use the fabrics that I bought for something for hubby and I.  What a great way to celebrate our NYC trip and our Christmas gift.

I did pick up a little something while I was there.  The fabrics in this package will be used for something that does actually leave the house.

Another Strip Quilt

Finally had a chance to use the Hoffman Colorsplash fabrics that had been in my stash for a bit.  I had been waiting for the right little girl to make her something special.  Why else would you hold to fabric for almost 2 years?

Upon completing the top, I realized it is was crooked.  I learned from my mistake, do not piece all the pieces together.  Do them in sections then piece the sections together.  After pinning, quilting and lots of little cuts to get the sides even, I am happy with the result.


Summer House Girl Quilt

The colors in the Moda Summer House collection are wonderful.  Bright, cheery, and modern.  I won the charm pack from Fat Quarter Shop on the Talk N Tuesdays twitter chat.  Once I received the package I was sorting this charm pack.  Did I mention I love the colors?

Some of the prints were too floral for what I had in mind.  I took those out, to use for something later, and just focused on the ones I was drawn to.  Simple and squares was my design.  I really wanted to focus on the prints so I just made 5″ Kona white squares.  The hardest part was finding a combination that I liked the best on the design wall.  Must have gone up there about 3 times before the pattern was how I wanted it.

Here is a glimpse of it on the design wall.

Here is the finished product.

Where were these prints???

I really wish I would have seen these prints prior to putting together my Julie Strip Quilt.  They would have gone perfectly. 






These are from Dear Stella and can be found at Hawthorne Threads

The fabrics I chose are great but my gut tells me these would have been better.  I haven’t been super happy with this quilt since I started sewing.  By Friday you should get to see the finished product and a smile on my face.