Hoopla Top

I finished the top of my Hoopla quilt this today.

I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do for the back or the border. I'm going to leave it hanging up for a day or two and see what comes to me.

Hoopla!

I started a new quilt today using Hoopla by Moda.

I bought 3 charm packs, as well as some white solid fabric. This is the basic design I'm following.

I creating 20 large squares that consist of 4 charm squares sewn together.











I set aside 12 charm squares to use for the single colored tiles. And cut 31 rectangles (9.5" x 5") from the white fabric.








I've laid out all of the fabric and came up with layout that I like. So now on to sewing the rows.

I have tomorrow off, so I'm hoping that I will have the top done before I go back to work on Wednesday. Wish me luck!

Christmas Patchwork Throw

I just finished my last patchwork throw. This time I used squares from a Sparkle All The Way layer cake. I just love the fabrics in this line from Robert Kaufman.

And I again used Minky Dimple Dot fleece for the back. This time is a nice bright red.

Now All I Need Are Guests

I was up early this morning and immediately started work on pillows for the guestroom.

The duvet cover for this bed is white, so it really needed some color.

The green stripes match the quilt that will be on top of the duvet. They are all from the Kiwi line from Timeless Treasures.

I had some Minky Cuddle Lamb left, so used that to make the small white pillow.


And I just loved the J'Adore Paris fabric. I bought two yards. So this is the first of it - a bigger pillow for the bed. This fabric definitely adds some color.

Dream On!

My Dream On jelly roll arrived today. Yipee!











I'm going to make this Skinny Strips quilt. For the top you just need two jelly rolls, one patterned and the other a solid color.
 
You can read more about the quilt at AllPeopleQuilt.com. The pattern is also available for download there.

Wine Anyone?

I purchased some very cute fabric from Fabric.com and it arrived today.

First up is Jennifer Garant's Cycling Chefs and Chefs. And they are all carrying my fav - Red Wine!

And then there are these beauties: Wine Country Cork Screws, Wine Country Corks, and Wine Country Labels.

I'm planning to make some placemats out of these.

Two More Throws

I finished two more patchwork throws today!
 
The first one used a layer cake of Vera's Garden. For the back I used Minky Cuddle Lamb fleece.

I just can't say enough about this fleece. It was absolutely gorgeous!

The first one used a layer cake of Dill Blossom. For the back I used Minky Embossed Paisly fleece.

My Latest Purchases

Just got around to looking my latest purchases from Missouri Star Quilt Company.
 

I check their Daily Deal everyday - and quite often end up picking up a charm pack. My recent purchases include Origins by Moda, Sweet Hearts by Benartex, and Tidings by Nancy Halvorsen.

And then a great layer cake from Robert Kaufman called Sparkle All The Way.

I've spent a few minutes this morning laying out the squares. I'm going to turn this into another patchwork throw. I've already bought the Red Minky "dimple dot" for the back.

I guess I had better get sewing!

My First Applique

When I made the top for one of my throws a couple weeks ago I goofed and ended up to two identical block of fabric next to each other.

I had a couple squares left from the layer cake so I decided to add a couple applique hearts on the area to break up the space. It was my first attempt at applique but I pretty happy with the results.

I did a few practice runs on my machine but wasn't very happy with the results. So I ended up stitching them by hand.

Watched a movie and stitched - not a bad way to spend an evening.

Ready for Egg Nog

Spent a couple of hours this morning making some cute Christmas coasters. I used pieces from a charm pack Riley Blake's Colorful Christmas and some scraps of batting.


Now all I need is the homemade egg nog!

Eden Patchwork Throw

I finished my second patchwork throw. I'm very pleased with it.
The fabric was an Eden layer cake, and then I used Minky Dimple Dot fleece for the back. I have never used Minky fleece before. It's wonderful - plush and sooo soft.

I then started work on my next throw. I had purchased some white fleece online (not Minky) and had never taken a close look at it till now. It was so thin - just no comparison to how plush and soft the Minky fleece is. So I've order more of the Minky from Fabric.com, and will have to wait to finish the other tops next weekend.

Another Two Patchwork Tops

I finished the other two patchwork tops.

This top was made from an Eden layer cake.I just love the colors & patterns in this fabric line.
This top was made from a Migration layer cake. And then I added the fleece back to this.




I used forest green fleece. With right sides together I sewed around the edge, leaving a 10" opening. I trimmed around the corners to remove bulk and then pulled it all through the opening, making sure I had nice clean corners. Then pinned the opening closed and machine stitched 1/4" around the  entire edge.

My first throw is now complete!

Success, and a Mistake

I spent the day working on the tops of my patchwork throws. The first two went very smoothly.
This is using a layer cake of Vera's Garden.
I wasn't sure about this set of fabrics until
I had them sewn together. Now I just love them!

This was made from a layer cake of Dill Blossom.
And then my mistake. I'm still not sure what I did. I have the rows all labeled. But somehow I ended up with having to join rows 3 and 6, rather than 3 & 4. So I have to identical squares together in the middle of the quilt.
So I'm going to sit down this evening and read about applique. Maybe I can stick something in the middle of the two.
This was made from a Chirp layer cake.

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Weekend Prep

In preparation for the weekend, I've tried a couple layouts of the fabric squares from the Chirp layer cake.
Chirp by Robert Kaufman. I will use some Brown
Minky Dot fleece for the back of this throw.

A New Idea

It happened again. Saw a simple idea for making pretty throws, so I bought more fabric.

I'll leave it to everyone's imagination to visualize how crowded my walk-in closet has become. Besides my clothes, it's also where I put Christmas presents - and it's also our linen closet. Suffice to say, it is a well used storage space!

But back to the idea. Basically, take squares from a layer cake. Sew a bunch together. But instead of batting and a fabric back, use fleece for the back. No quilting and no binding. Very quick to do, and you have cozy winter throws.

I bought five layer cakes from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I managed to find ones that I liked and were also on sale.

Then I went to Fabric.com and picked out some fleece. So I'm hoping that on my next long weekend I will sew up a storm and get a couple of these done.

Here are some photos of the layer cakes I purchased.
Chirp from Robert Kaufman.
It has very pretty greens, pinks, yellows & browns.
I'm going to pair it with some brown fleece.
Dill Blossom from Robert Kaufman.
This line is full of very bright colors & patterns.
I'm going to pair this with white fleece.
Vera's Garden from Robert Kaufman.
Another line of very bright colors. I'm also
going to use white fleece with this.
Eden by by Lila Tueller for Moda Fabrics.
I'm pairing this with a yellow fleece back.
And finally Migration from Moda.
I'm pairing this with a forest green fleece.

My Third Quilt Is Done

To finish up my Martinique quilt, I quilted diagonal
lines through each square.
I used this brown floral pattern for my binding.
To finish up the quilt I machine stitched the binding
rather than hand finishing.
And it's done!
I know its a very simple design. But I just love the
colors & patterns in the fabric. And now our plain
turquoise duvet has a bright throw on top.

Modern Affair

As soon as I saw the fabric line Modern Affair by Patricia Bravo I knew that I was going to use some of this fabric to make another Lotus quilt. So yes, another order of fabric!
The colors and patterns of Modern Affair are beautiful!

Work In Progress

I quite pleased with my quilt made from the Martinique fabric line from Moda. I started with a couple layer cakes and a jelly roll. I choose 32 of the squares from the layer cakes (as I had two layer cakes I did pick some duplicates that were favorite patterns of mine).
I cut the jelly roll into 10" strips. I also added a
few pieces of  scraps of fabric that I had from my first quilt.

I made 32 squares that were made up of
5 strips sewn together. These squares had to trimmed
slightly to be 10" squares.


I laid all of the squares on the bed to determine
the layout of the squares.


I stacked my squares for each row and then labeled
them to ensure I wouldn't mess up my layout plan.
Each row was sewn, and then each row was sewn together.
The top of my quilt was done!

Martinique, Here I come!

There will be a total of 64 blocks - rows of 8 squares.
So I really didn't want to spend hours cutting my layer cake & jelly rolls. I mean, what's the point in buying pre-cut fabric if you then cut it up more.

Which lead me to create my own pattern. I'm taking my favorite patterns from the line and using the large layer cake squares as is. I am then alternating with squares made up of 5 strips from the jelly roll. I'll also have to use some scraps of other fabric I have.

I have the brown paisley from the Martinique line to use for the back of the quilt. And another brown for the binding.

Adding Color to the Bedroom

I've fallen in love with Martinique from Moda Fabrics.
OK - this is not what some of you are expecting. Get your mind out of the gutter!

We have a plain pale turquoise duvet cover on our bed. Very pretty color, but on a king size bed that's a lot of turquoise. So I've been wanting to find a way to introduce some other colors.


SO I am now the proud owner of a couple Martinique layer cakes and a jelly roll. The layer cakes came from Fat Quarter Shop, and the I found the jelly roll on sale at Craft Girls Workshop on Etsy.

Now I just have to figure out what to do with them.

Patchwork

Charm packs of Lumiere de Noel, Garden Song
and Breakfast at Tiffany's.
I love the look of patchwork quilts. Just a mish mash of squares that somehow all work together. So I naturally made the leap to charm packs. I would already have all the squares cut - and a variety of colors & patterns. And they coordinate. What's not to love?

So this is what I have purchased (from Fat Quarter Shop & Missouri Star Quilt Company).

My rational in all of this is I don't spend my time cutting. And I don't have inaccurate cutting to blame. So I will get very good at sewing 1/4" seams, and matching those seams, row after row.

Only time will tell.

My Second Quilt

I just love this lotus brick path quilt pattern (free on Amy Butler's site). It was very simple to do.

This quilt is going in our guest room. I bought a new white duvet cover & shams. This quilt will provide the color. With my left over fabric I think I will make a throw pillow or two.

Fabric

I may need to enter a 12 step program for this addiction. I even caught myself sneaking some into the house so hubby wouldn't see my latest purchases.

My first mistake. I found a couple quilting fabric websites.

The first one - Fat Quarter Shop.
I love this store. It carries the entire line of fabric collections. Great for someone like me who is struggling to figure out what patterns and colors coordinate.

And then there is the Missouri Star Quilt Company.
Their daily deals are amazing! I have this store to blame for getting hooked on charm packs and layer cakes.

Cutting - Yuck!

I hate cutting fabric. I'm always paranoid about making a mistake. So its takes forever as I measure & re-measure each piece. And then the ruler slips or some other stupid thing happens.

Even for the simple Lotus quilt pattern it requires 198 pieces cut.

But then I made a discovery - there is pre-cut fabric available. Brilliant!

The Lotus Quilt

When I saw this quilt pattern by Amy Butler I new it would be my next project. Just loved the modern feel to it. And it looked dead easy to do. That's my type of pattern right now. I want to get good at the basics - and be able to have a finished quilt in a short time. Immediate satisfaction please!

I found my fabrics at another quilting store here in Calgary, My Sewing Room. Was quite proud of myself. With my first quilt I became paralyzed and wasn't able to pick out many of the fabrics. This time I picked them all out on my own!
All of the fabric is from Timeless Treasures.