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Valentine’s Mini quilt

Valentines mini quilt

I really haven’t sewn much in the last 6 months, so I’ve been eyeing some easy and quick projects to try to get me back into it. I found a heart block tutorial online and created a design to incorporate 4 heart blocks.

Valentines mini quilt

I used a large scale print fabric for the backing, I really didn’t want to have to cut into that bird and circle so I was excited that it fit perfectly on the back of this mini and now I can flip it over after Valentine’s Day and have a little picture quilt.

Valentine's mini quilt

I used mostly scraps for this mini (including the batting) and didn’t baste or attempt to secure the quilt sandwich whatsoever before quilting. I figured it would be fine because it was so small…well no, I learned that doesn’t tend to produce great results! The quilt warped quite a bit so I know not to skip that step next time, no matter how big or small the project. Especially with straight line quilting. Overall I really like how it turned out and am looking forward to more sewing this year.


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Follow the Leader – Minky Backing

This is another finish from the Modern Quilts Illustrated I received for Christmas this past year. I’ve been dying to use my Rock n’ Romance fat quarter bundle for so long but I wanted to find a pattern that worked well and showed off larger prints.

Follow the Leader

I chose a cream-colored minky with dimples for the backing, and I had a plan for free motion quilting in swirls and loops, but my machine did not co-operate no matter what I tried so I blamed it on the minky and settled for a random horizontal wavy look, with the walking foot. I don’t love it but it will do. I’m working on another quilt with a minky type fabric on the back and I decided that I HATE working with this type of fabric but LOOOOOOOVE how it turns out. It makes the quilt a bit heavier, softer and snuggly. So I just have to adjust my expectations when working with it.

Follow the Leader

My three-year old has claimed this as his blanket, which surprised me a lot, because I think it’s rather girly looking. He loves the backing however, and refers to it as his ‘soft blanket’

Follow the Leader

 

The binding is a Kona solid called Cedar and the background I believe is Mushroom, but I really can’t remember!


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Mountain Range Quilt Top & Mug Rug

In January I attended ‘Quilt ’till you wilt’ hosted by The Quilting Bee. I sewed up a quilt top for my mom and participated in a design your own mug rug challenge.

Mountain range quilt

This top was made with shimmery, metallic fabric by Northcott called Artisan Spirit Shimmer. It was fun to work with and the design came together pretty fast. There was one ‘Y’ seam that I needed help with and some finicky measuring and cutting, but other than that the design was easy.

Mountain range

Mountain range quilt

After I finished the mountain range top, I started thinking about my mug rug design. I checked out Flickr for some inspiration and came up with this:

Mug Rug
I used the scraps from my mountain range top, and I loved how it turned out!

Mug Rug

All of the ladies at quilt ’till you wilt voted on their favorite mug rug and I ended up winning second place – I voted for the first place winner, so maybe if I hadn’t done that…🙂

Making Waves Wall hanging

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I made this wall hanging from my rainbow stack of fat quarters I ordered from Connecting Threads. I also received the first 6 issues of Modern Quilts Illustrated  by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr for Christmas and fell in love with issue #3 and decided to make every single thing in the magazine from cover to cover.
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I started to quilt the recommended swirls in the bottom left corner and just decided my skill level wasn’t up to par. I knew I’d end up just hating looking at it so I picked the stitches out and decided to go with something very basic. I followed the curve in the dark grey and did a simple two lines of stitching in the grey between the color segments.
Making Waves

This is my first wall hanging quilt and I had no idea how to hang it, but I figured it out and made two sleeves, attached them to the back making sure there was a gap in the middle between them and put a dowel through the sleeves. You’re not supposed to be able to see the dowel, but it’s hanging out of the end on the picture below (oops). I basted this wall hanging on my carpet and am not happy with how wrinkley it turned out…lesson learned! I won’t be basting anything no matter how small it is on carpet again🙂
Making Waves

I can’t wait to make more mini quilt wall hangings! I’m also super excited to finish a few more things from issue #3🙂

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Silver Polka Dot Scarf

Okay so this isn’t about quilting, but I thought it was still worth posting. Plus I haven’t posted in so long I needed something to put up quickly🙂 I made this scarf as a project in a Craftsy class called Beginner Serging taught by Amy Alan. I loved using my Bernina serger for this project and learning more about the things I can do with it.
Infinity Scarf

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I really adore how it turned out and it’s one of my favorite scarves to wear now!


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oh, the Places you’ll go!

Oh the places you'll go quilt

This is a sample I made for the Quilting Bee…I really enjoyed working with this color palatte and building new blocks. I haven’t sewn anything ‘wonky’ yet and this was a really good introduction into throwing caution to the wind and cutting something up without measuring!
Oh the places you'll go quilt
This picture looks wonky, but is in fact square🙂
There were some blocks with quotes from the Dr. Seuss book, ‘oh, the Places you’ll go!’
Oh the places you'll go quilt
These stair blocks were really fun to build, and out of all the fabrics used in this quilt, that rainbow looking print was my favorite.
Oh the places you'll go
This is the finished quilt top
oh the places you'll go quilt
What a colorful quilt!