Cubs Quilt ~ Blocks

Cubs Quilt Blocks - Shoo Fly

If you aren’t a sports fan, you may want to avert your eyes for today’s post. I’m continuing my streak of gift-quilts with a fourth quilt (deadline at the end of the May). This one is for a man. Yes, the dreaded “man quilt”. I sort of break out into a cold sweat even thinking about making something that a man will like. I’ve discovered much of my fabric has flowers on it. Who knew?

Cubs Quilt Fabric

But I do know enough to know the recipient is a big Chicago Cubs fan. I decided to take that theme and run with it. I found a couple different Cubs fabric scraps on eBay and built my color palette to coordinate. At first I considered making this quilt out of rectangles – pretty much the same thing I did with the Spiderman Quilt. Then it hit me – Shoo Fly Blocks!

Cubs Quilt Blocks - Shoo Fly

I thought they sort of looked like a baseball diamond. Yes? Maybe? These blocks are easy to make. Simple nine patches with HST corners. All measuring 4-1/2″ unfinished, making the block 12-1/2″ unfinished. Hopefully I will find the time to get the quilt top assembled over the weekend!

Vignette

Vignette by Laura Gunn : Fresh Lemons Quilts

A few weeks ago I received a special package in the mail from Laura Gunn ~ Vignette, her latest collection for Michael Miller Fabrics. I’m a huge fan of Laura, from her fabric to her paintings and prints.

Vignette is a collection of beautiful floral artwork. I decided to make drunkards path blocks from my bundle, using the 3-1/2 quarter circle templates I bought awhile back from my friend Jen. So handy!

Vignette by Laura Gunn : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I selected nine of the prints and kept my background low volume scrappy. I played around a bit with the layout, finally deciding to place my blocks on point.

Vignette by Laura Gunn : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted straight lines, using my BERNINA walking foot edge as my spacing guide.

Vignette by Laura Gunn : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The quilt turned out about the size of a wall hanging. I love the neutral background against the floral prints.

Vignette by Laura Gunn : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the backing, I went scrappy with the remnants of the fat quarter bundle.

Vignette by Laura Gunn : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You can find Vignette popping up in shops now. I hope you love it as much as I do!

A Doll Quilt Finish

Kansas Dugout Quilt Block

A finish is a finish no matter how small, right? Confession: I am really, really bad about completing projects that I start in a class. But when I got home from Sewtopia and started unpacking, my daughter saw my Kansas Dugout quilt blocks that I intended to make as a doll quilt for her, and she asked me finish it up that night. So we went upstairs to my sewing room and I let her pick the backing and binding, and even the quilting style. She helped me pin baste, selected a meandering pattern, and watched as I finished it up.

Kansas Dugout Quilt Block

I was so incredibly slow making these blocks in class. It probably didn’t help that I was talking to friends the whole time. I only made 9, but I think they turned out cute! I even fussy cut the mermaids from my precious Mendocino scraps. I’m pretty sure the doll and my 8 year old are happy with the quilt!

Kansas Dugout Quilt Block

I’ve also made progress on my Scrappy Kaleidoscope Quilt this week. The top is finished! (The picture was before I sewed the rows together.)

Kansas Dugout Quilt Block

I mentioned before that this is one of two gifts that I need to get done before the end of the school year. Feeling pretty good to not have waited until the very last minute for once!

Sewtopia Chicago

Sewtopia Chicago

Last weekend I spent my time in downtown Chicago at the Sewtopia retreat. It was super fun / exhausting! Organizers Amy Newbold and Jemellia Hilfiger and class assistants Rossie Hutchinson and Jen Carlton Bailly did an awesome job putting together a smooth running and really enjoyable weekend. The getaway was located at The Drake which is right at Michigan Avenue and Lake Michigan. It was really the perfect spot and I just loved the historic hotel. I feel like I’ve driven by it a thousand times but never gone inside.

I arrived Thursday around lunch time. Most people were out on the shop hop so I did a bit of relaxing, walking around Michigan Avenue to pick up a couple surprises for my kids, and (of course) eating! Thursday evening was the Welcome Reception and open sew time. I stayed with two of my favorite sewing friends, Lee and Angela. They both live less than 2 hours from me but we don’t get together nearly enough! It was so good to see them. :)

Sewtopia Chicago

Friday and Saturday were filled with class time and open sew. Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts taught her Kansas Dugout block (HELLO y-seams!) Yep, I am going to brag for a moment. I-GOT-TO-TAKE-A-CLASS-FROM-RITA-OF-RED-PEPPER-QUILTS. I never thought I would even get to meet her, let alone take a class from her. Oh, and see her quality work in person. Just as amazing as it looks on her blog. She was just the kindest person as well. What a great experience!

Latifah of Latifah Saafir Studios (you may also know her as The Quilt Engineer) taught her Molehill pattern – lots of curves which she made non-scary and achievable! Latifah is not only crazy talented, but a born teacher. She just has this way of explaining techniques and the reasoning behind them that makes it look so easy.

Sewtopia Chicago

Between sewing time, we were able to go out and take in the (mostly) crazy beautiful weather for Chicago this time of year. I ate great good, had a lot of goofy laughs with friends, and just really recharged. I’m completely exhausted now…but it was totally worth it!

Sewtopia is a traveling retreat. The next event is in Portland and sold out, but they just announced the following city on their Facebook page. I definitely recommended attending!