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High Five Quilt

So, I hopped on here to post about my 3rd (and final) January quilt finish and realized I never posted my second!! I’m really going to have to nail down some blog time soon. It’s nice finishing things faster than I can blog about it though. So, after this I have another quilt to post about as well as a post at some point (hopefully) dedicated to my mini quilt swaps and bee blocks! January was a pretty productive quilting month this year!

But on to the good stuff. I finally finished my High Five Quilt that I began working on when I was pregnant in 2015. I began it because I wanted to play with scraps and needed a break from working on the quilts I was making my kids for Christmas. 2016 was a slow year as far as quilts go. The baby needed a lot of attention and well, she’s the last so I needed to give it! Funny how quickly things are changing. She still takes up a lot of time but she nap times and sleeping through the night help free up some time for quilting.

So, here’s my High Five in all her colorful, scrappy glory!

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Isn’t she lovely???

This was such a fun quilt to play with scraps! Sometimes the girls would pick out color combos for me and just stack them by my machine while I pieced the blocks. I love that they are interested in sewing and quilting! Hopefully, I am passing the love of handmade items on in my family!

I also really love the combination of small and large blocks in this quilt! Scrappy, bright and colorful really is my favorite.

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This is another quilt from my often mentioned favorite quilting book Sunday Morning Quilts. What? You don’t have that book? Seriously, order is now! You will not regret it! (I promise I do not get paid to say that – I just seriously love that book!) Anyway, it’s written by the amazing Amanda of Crazy Mom Quilts and Cheryl of CherylArkison.com.

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Honestly, I cannot remember where I got this backing fabric. It’s something I ordered in a clearance sale but it goes with this quilt marvelously! I used my darning foot to quilt some loopy lines. I think this is one of my favorite quilt ways to quilt. Heavens knows I cannot do anything too fancy!

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The binding is actually scrappy but all black and whites.

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This quilt is already a favorite around the house!

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And yes, this is normal January attire for the Mississippi Gulf Coast! Don’t worry, we’ll need jackets in a few days. We have some crazy weather around here!

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First Finish of 2017 – Scrap Vortex

So, I finished my very first quilt of 2017 on January 1st! My Scrap Vortex quilt!

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I began working on this sometime in 2015 and wasn’t even sure what I was going to do with the blocks. I just began sewing fabric scraps together. Not long after I began that, I found the tutorial for Amanda’s Scrap Vortex quilt over at Crazy Mom Quilts. The quilt along was over and I may have done my steps a bit different but it pretty much was the same idea so I decided to make my improv blocks into a scrap vortex quilt!

I certainly didn’t work on this all at one time. I would work on it between projects when I wanted a project where I didn’t have to check measurements, worry about what color to grab, and just wanted some soothing sewing. I would make a block or two (I even made those in different sizes – whatever I felt like at the time!) here and there for over a year!

Over Christmas break I pulled the blocks out and started putting them together, filling in sections that needed connecting – it was like putting a puzzle together. Then I had the bright idea to get each of my kids (except the baby!) to do a part. Rebekah, Landon and Gabby all made 12 x 12 blocks, Shiloh stitched a long skinny piece and Daunte made a bunch of four patches. I added all their bits into the quilt!

I finished the quilt top on New Years Eve and quilted and put the binding on New Years Day! It was lovely finishing a quilt up on the first day of the year!

I only got around to taking photographs today.

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I even pieced the back with odd bits of leftover fabric from other projects…

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And of course, the binding had to be scrappy! I used almost all my leftover binding from other quilting projects. I wasn’t sure about scrappy binding on a scrappy quilt to start with. I thought it might be a bit much but I do love the final outcome!img_0154

And it happens to already be a favorite quilt around the house!

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Also, the weather was beautiful today!!

I actually finished another work in progress this morning so stay tuned for pictures of it soon!

 

 

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Curves Continued

I posted awhile back about my first attempt at sewing curves. I’ve been slowly adding to the pile and I now have 17 blocks completed.

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I’ve been having a blast with this quilt, even though the cutting takes me forever! I’m also have attention issues so I cut some, sew some, work on another project some, then come back to cutting. I think I need at least 24 blocks, maybe more, to make a decent sized quilt.

Here are a few up close progress pictures showing some of my fun fabrics. I’m especially fond of the one with brown script – it’s the words from When You Wish Upon a Star. I bought it years ago, have used it in many, many projects, and these are my last little bits of it.

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I’m loving how this is coming together and cannot wait to finish it!

 

 

 

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Bee Block for March

So, I’m finally mailing off my March Bee Block at the very last minute. This was a fun block to make. Part of the block uses paper piecing and I kinda fell in love with paper piecing at the end of last year. I haven’t had much time lately to do any paper piecing so this was a great excuse to get back to some of that. This was a very simple paper piecing project so if you’ve never done it, this would not be a bad starting place.

The block is called Wanta Fanta and the instructions for making it can be found here. This is one of my favorite of the Blossom Heart Beehive Blocks. The repeat is very similar to an orange peel block when done but without applique!!

My queen bee wanted the block done with black and gray for background fabrics and yellow, blue, turquoise and purple for the accent colors. Here’s how mine looked.

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I certainly squeezed in a few favorite fabrics. I love the gray with the equations on it. That yellow cotton + steel number is a favorite as well. I even cut up some of my prized cotton + steel bluebird fabric I’m saving for a project I have in mind (I only needed a teensy bit!) Oh, and Moda grunge fabrics are at the top of my favorite list right now!

I’m really enjoying being a part of a quilting bee. It’s fun to work with color combinations that you wouldn’t necessarily have thought of yourself. It’s also fun to try the different blocks.

Two more blocks to do before it’s my month to be Queen Bee. I suppose I should start nailing down what I want to do…

 

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Whimsical Fabric Quilt Along

I said I wanted to be more involved in the online quilting community so I’m jumping right in with a few quilt alongs. I’m really excited about being a part of this. Whimsical Fabric will be hosting one of the quilt alongs I’m going to participate in and the tutorials for the January block(s) were up today.

It’s a very simple, two inch nine patch for this months block(s) and I already has some pretty small scraps on my sewing table. I picked out some of the pink and blue fabrics and began trimming them down to two inches.

I decided to make five blocks. I’m not sure how the quilt will go together yet so I’m prepared with extra blocks. If I do not use them all in the quilt I’m sure they will make nice pin cushions later on!

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I had to take individual block photos to enter them in the Whimsical Fabric Quilt album on their facebook page so here they are. I’m loving these colors together!

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I may or may not have been tempted to go ahead and sew four of these nine patch units into a big 36 patch…wouldn’t it look amazing?

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I’m going to be good though and see how the quilt will come together in the end. If I decide to only use one of these nine patch units in the final layout I can always sew the last four together, right? 🙂

This sews up really, really fast. This would be a great quilt along to join in if you are busy or a beginning quilter. I think it took me thirty minutes to cut and sew these up! I’d love to know if you are going to participate…or if you are doing any other quilt alongs.

You can check out all the blog posts about the January Quilt Block Party by clicking the button below!

Happy quilting!

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Candy Coated Complete!

With just a bit of September left, I managed another completed quilt! Woohoo! I posted a sneak peek of it a little over a week ago. Here she is, in all her glory – Candy Coated, from the book Sunday Morning Quilts! (FYI, if you do not have this book buy it! Buy it now! It’s amazing! I get nothing but the warm feeling of knowing you will get a great book by saying that.)

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I really enjoy scrap projects so much. It’s always fun to sort through fabrics you’ve used in various projects and remember what they were from. Rebekah will point them all out and remind everyone (everyone who  doesn’t really care) what they’ve been in before.

“This one is in my bird quilt.”

” You made Alexis a dress from that one.”

“This one is from my Bake Shoppe Birthday Party.”

“That was the pants that went under my elephant shirt.”

“That is from Paxton’s baby blanket.”

“That was on my heart shirt.”

She rarely doesn’t know the original purpose of one of my scrap fabrics and I love it!

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I used a similar color combination as the book suggested. My colors are darker (she used softer pinks, less reds than I did) but we both used reds, pinks and grays. I had  a lot more dark pinks than I would have thought. I’m not a big pink person (although I like pink – I just rarely seem to purchase pink fabrics!) Obviously, I’ve accumulated more than I thought I had.

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It is fun to see these fabrics playing nicely together. Fun to see fabrics going together that when I purchased I’d have never dreamed would be paired together.

I love this Sara Jane Wee Wander fabric for the binding. I tried a few black and white combinations for binding and wasn’t happy with how they auditioned. This bright pink was a much better choice, methinks. I also cut the binding to three inches. It made it easier to bind than my regular 2.5 inch binding but I think I like the look of 2.5 inch binding better. Oh well, it was worth the try.

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And here’s a look at the backing fabric. My girls think this is the coolest. My step-son said it doesn’t work well with the front and the combination gives him a headache. Lol.  I happen to like it.

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Here’s a better view of the entire backing…

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This makes nine quilts completed in 2015! Only two more to pass up how many quilts I made in 2014. I think it’s very likely I will be able to do this (although basting this quilt on the floor with my 8 month pregnant belly was quite the chore!)

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Because I Just Need a Scrappy Project in My Life

It really doesn’t matter if I’m not finished with my last scrappy project! Here is my latest obsession!

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Aren’t these wonky log cabin blocks yummy? I made this batch last night. They will be trimmed down to five inches before I sew them together but right now they are all sorts of sizes and shapes. So much fun!

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And here they are with tonight’s blocks added in. I had the girls help pick out what fabrics to use. They had a blast finding contrasting fabrics to build these blocks. I do have a feeling I’m going to have some quilters on my hands!

One more view! I cannot get enough of these blocks! (Which is a good thing. I have 35 of the 240 needed made. I have a long way to go!)

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