I hope you aren’t tired of seeing these blocks, but I have good news for you if you are. These are the final few! I am done with the paper piecing and will be completing the quilt top and quilting this week. I’m really excited to share with you the finished quilt soon ~ and the story about how I came up with the blocks and design.
Last week I had a big delivery on my front porch – many, many, many copies of my paper patterns. I am happy to announce I’ve been picked up by a couple of wholesale distributors (Brewer and Checker). If you are a shop owner and buy through either one of these companies, I hope you will consider carrying my pattern line. They are already listed at Brewer and hopefully will be online soon at Checker. And for you non shop owners, you can still buy patterns (paper and PDF) in my online shop here on the blog.
I spent a bit of time yesterday working with my daughter on her Halloween costume. She really likes these bird wings (found here and here). I usually don’t really make costumes – I know, I know. But this one seemed pretty straight forward and we are able to make it together. She of course picked out 2 of my most hoarded out of print fabrics (the orange Henna Garden by Sandi Henderson and the Pink Coriander by Amy Butler). Looks good in the wings though! If we don’t mess the project up too much, I’ll share the finished costume here next month.
Ok, back to work finishing the Modern Solids quilt!
Happy Saturday everyone! The last week has felt suspiciously Fall-like here, and that makes me want to sew! Here are some deals from my sponsors for the upcoming week. Enjoy your shopping!
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Today I’m thrilled to be the next stop on Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby’s blog tour celebrating her new book, Playful Petals. I first “met” (virtually of course!) Corey in my very first online quilting bee back in 2009. I was pretty new to quilting and I couldn’t believe I was invited to be in a bee. It didn’t take me long to realize Corey was amazing. I mean, REALLY, SUPER talented. Everything she made was to the highest quality. I could have been intimidated. Honestly, I was. But I also was motivated to try harder and do my best. I tell you this story because when I found out Corey had a book coming out, there was NO doubt in my mind it would be the highest quality designs and patterns. I was not disappointed.
Ok, another revelation. I didn’t know Petals were a thing. I’ve seen the shape before, and I’ve appliquéd a bit, but the entire Petal premise of this book was new to me. I love trying new things so this has been exciting.
Playful Petals is a collection of 9 quilt projects and 9 “mini” projects that accompany each quilt (think pillows), all of which use appliquéd Petals in different ways. Corey starts out the book with some really great information on appliqué basics (a must read), piecing, fabric, and finishing. (about 30 pages) The book then moves on to the projects.
I really loved so many of the patterns in this book. I decided to make the mini version of the Starflower Quilt. Here’s the full version:
And here’s the mini version:
Rather than make a pillow, I decided on a mini quilt to begin a mini quilt wall in my sewing room. That is, if my daughter doesn’t see it and snatch it for her dolls first. I followed Corey’s appliqué instructions in the book and easily put my quilt top together.
I stitched a blanket stitch around the petals (stitch #720 on my Bernina 750QE). I am the s-l-o-w-e-s-t blanket stitch stitcher in town. I used some of that new Aurifil Thread from the Favorite Things box!
I quilted a free motion meandering in the white background space. I love the texture it gave the quilt, combined with the appliqué. I quilted straight lines, 1/4″ apart in the outer wide turquoise border. I finished it off with a light gray plus print for the binding, from Cotton + Steel. I love how it turned out! Big thanks to Corey for once again motivating me to try something new.
You can keep up with more projects from Playful Petals on the below blogs:
September 15: Amy @ Stitchery Dickery Dock
September 16: Melissa @ Happy Quilting
September 17: Jessica @ Quilty Habit
September 18: Faith @ Fresh Lemons Quilts – Me!
September 19: Amy @ Diary of a Quilter
September 22: Sherri @ A Quilting Life
September 23: Amber @ Gigi’s Thimble
September 24: Lori @ Bee in My Bonnet
September 25: Amanda @ Crazy Mom Quilts
September 26: Lee @ Freshly Pieced
The blog tour will end with a giveaway on Corey’s blog, Little Miss Shabby.
I had one of those weekends where you barely have time to catch your breath – 3 soccer games, 1 wedding and 2 birthday parties. Sunday night I fell asleep at 8:45! It felt good Monday to get back into the routine. I spent quite a bit of time in my sewing space. On the wall, more blocks done for my Modern Solids Challenge.
And at the computer (as promised), I have been working on the pattern for the Modern Solids quilt I’m making.