Thursday, January 29, 2015

Simply Happy Lap Quilt {Finished!}

This Simply Happy quilt is finished!  
The quilting is in organic wavy lines, which Mrs.Singer neatly completed after I figured out she can only stitch forward, which is right to left for her.  This quilt was begun in September, quilted in November, quilting ripped and completed in January!  I ripped while listening to A Patriot's History of the United States with my son for US History class.
The backing is a green from the Simply Style line and a large polka dot on dark gray.
I love how the organic wavy quilting shows in this picture.  This is the first time I've used the word "organic" regarding my quilting!  This picture shows a lot of eggplant which overall is not an accurate picture.
This picture shows more of a balance of what's in the quilt but not the mustard - a little of aqua, navy, gray, green, eggplant, rose, and white.
I also made a coordinating pillow sham out of the leftover blocks!  It's a standard-size pillow sham, perfect for a sofa or bed.
Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern:  Double Slice Layer Cake by Missouri Star Quilt Co.
  • Size:  51" x 64"
  • Fabric:  Simply Style by V and Co for Moda with Kona Slate
  • Batting:  Cotton
  • Backing:  A green coordinate from Simply Style with a large white polka dot on gray.
  • Quilting:  Organic wavy lines in gray thread.
  • Binding:  An aqua coordinate from Simply Style with Kona Slate.
Pillow Sham Stats:
  • Size:  20" x 26" standard pillow size
  • Backing:  A green coordinate from Simply Style, envelope opening.

This quilt and sham are for sale in my Etsy shop!

This is my January finish for the 2015 Lovely Year of Finishes hosted by Sew Bittersweet Designs, so I'm linking up there!  I linked up this post at the beginning of January.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Custom King Size Sparkler Quilt {Cutting}

I am super excited to be making another Sparkler quilt!  This one is a king size and is a custom order from my Etsy shop.  I made one for my son last year - and when my customer saw it here on the blog, he chose it over a rainbow Barn Raising!
That's 1620 pieces of deliciousness in 41 different colors!

I ♥ chain-piecing!  It might be my favorite part of quilting!

Both rainbow stacks are in the exact same order.  Some of the fabrics are so similar in color I could easily put them in a block with a different fabric and not notice until it's too late.  I remember having trouble with this when I made my son's quilt, so I'm being very careful to prevent that from happening again.
Since redoing my sewing room last month {I'll show you soon, I promise!}, each project I'm working on goes into its own bin rather than lying on top of my cutting table. Everything for the project is in the bin - the planned backing, the extra fabric, the cut fabric, the instructions, and my notes.  It is SO nice to put each project away and have the table clear for a different project.  
My sanity in quilting lies in having many projects going at the same time.  I simply cannot work on one project at a time until it's complete.  This might drive someone else crazy, but working on one thing drives me crazy!  I enjoy working on one step on a project, laying it aside, and picking up another bin and working on that, and the next day working on the next step for a quilt and putting it aside again.  I could crank out custom quilts faster if I worked on only one quilt at a time, but then I'd not enjoy quilting near as much and it would become drudgery, and that is simply not okay!

Sparkler is a quilt pattern by Freshly Pieced.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Sleep Over Tote Pattern by Gingercake!

The Sleep Over Tote is a fun way to pack for a friend's house, for sports practice, the gym, or toting your crafts around.  There are interior pockets to keep stuff organized and a drawstring closure to hold it all in.  It also looks cute open.  The Sleep Over Tote is a roomy bag at 17" x 20", not including the handles.  That's big enough for Millie's ballet gear, and I plan to make one for her for Valentine's Day!  And one for myself, too!

This super cute Lucky the Elephant sewing pattern is also made by Gingercake.

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