November 30, 2015

Churn Dash

Hopefully everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving meal and was surrounded by great friends and family. We ended up doing a Thanksgiving marathon, with 4 meals total. Whew, I'm stuffed.

These last couple of weeks have been super busy, but I have been able to get some quilts finished. The first quilt finished was my Churn Dash quilt. This quilt has been looming over my WIP list since the spring retreat. The quilt turned out super sweet using both a layer cake, and a charm pack. 

Quilt Stats: 

  • Finished Size: 60 inches x 60 inches 
  • Pattern: Churn Dash
  • Fabric: Fresh Cut by Moda
  • Batting: 80/20 Blend
  • Thread: Connecting Threads - Light Pink
  • Quilting: Stipple 

The backing using up extra charm squares

While visiting my parents for one of our Thanksgiving day feasts, I tried going up to our local arch and taking pictures. It was way to windy up there to get any good shots, but it would have been cool. Here is the only shot I took.

- Patch & Chels

November 14, 2015

Sunday Stash

Lately I've been good better about limiting my fabric purchases, still looking to finish the year at net zero. Well really, I need to be at net negative 50 yards, but I am a realist and zero sounds better! Although, I found these pictures from summer while cleaning out my photos folder and thought I should share. The image below is all fabric my roommate purchased for me while she was traveling through Paris and Amsterdam this summer. Don't you love that blue dot and the floral? I loved each and every one of them, so pretty. 

Then I couldn't resist getting some of the Modern Background fabrics by Moda. I also couldn't resist that floral on top by Cotton & Steel.

Then I saw this bundle of Kona solids by Emily Cier that I couldn't resist. So, they also got purchased!

Even though these fabrics were technically purchased before my net zero start I am going to count them as a + 10.25 yards.  This puts me at -23.75 yards for the year so far! 

Happy weekend all! 

- Patch & Chels

November 10, 2015

Little Baby Girl Quilt

It's official, fall is over. New England is in that dreary season where everything is dormant and isn't covered in snow yet. The world is a depressing shade of gray. The background does nothing to the contrast of this little quilt made for a dear, best friend for her first baby. The collection is Wildflowers from Camelot. 

She was very specific in her request, no pink and not overly girly. Well then, peach it was and although this quilt isn't pink it's still girly (I win). The chartreuse and aqua balance it out to make it less girly, but it's still sweet. I used the Penny Patch pattern from Stitched in Color.  It's been on my to do list for quite sometime and ended up playing well with the colors from this line. I sewed up extra parts and they became bits and pieces for the backing.

Net Zero Update: 

This little quilt used 4.75 yards in total, including the top pieces, binding and pieced backing. Last month I was a net of - 25.25 and I am starting this month down another -4.75 yards, for a total of -30 yards. Yay me!

- Patch & Chels

November 07, 2015

HST Quilt Along

Over the last year my guild has been doing a half square quilt along. There are 72 different patterns in all, but I only did 29. Instead of making them 8 inches, I scaled up and did 12 inches instead. This made the quilt come together much faster.  I also went with 1 inch sashing, it worked out perfect! It might just be my new favorite sashing width. Just enough to separate the blocks but not too much that it creates too much white space. 

For fabric I used a fat quarter pack of Gypsy Caravan by Amy Butler. They are not my "typical" colors but I was drawn to the color palette as a whole. For the background I used Kona Bone. The red and blue blocks are my favorite patterns in the bunch.

Over the summer I was at a discount fabric store and spotted some of the line for this quilt. At $4.99 a yard it was going to be the backing! The quilt was originally going to be 5 by 6 blocks but I hated one of the blocks, so the front became 5 by 5, and I used the other four in the backing. It ended up working out perfectly with the yardage I already purchased. 

Check another quilt off my WIP list! Now I can bring this one into my next guild meeting to share/brag to my guild mates this quilt along is done. Next, I just need to get started on my Patchwork City blocks .... 

- Patch & Chels

November 04, 2015

Pouch Production Line

While pursing Craftsy trying to avoid their sale, I stumbled upon their blog post of 17 Thing Only Quilters Understand, and look what happened to be featured after #13.  Insert loud squeal, it's been so great to have such a great response to my first pattern, thanks everyone for your love and support. 

A while back, after I learned about zippers, I downloaded a bunch of patterns with zippers and this little Lola Pouch was one included. As a retreat project I decided I was going to make 14 of them, in one day. Hahaha, that didn't happen but over a day and a half I did get 12 done, and 2 more just need zippers.  Here is the lot so far.  The pattern comes in two different sizes and this is the smaller size, although I just ordered more zippers to make some larger pouches. 

This was such a good way to use up scraps. I have to admit those two Cotton + Steel prints on the left side are my favorites! 

- Patch & Chels