Candy Pinwheel Quilt

Candy Pinwheel

My daughter trying her hardest to hold up the quilt

As promised, today I’m sharing the finished Candy Pinwheel quilt, made from my Candy Pinwheel block of the Festival of Half Square Triangles. (To see more on the block and quilt assembly, check out my Candy Pinwheel tutorial.) A few of you asked how I was planning on starting and ending my rows. As you can see, I decided to use a solid turquoise fabric. I really love this color, it’s probably one of my current favorites – FreeSpirit Designer Solid in Light Jade.

Candy Pinwheel Corners

For the corners, I left off one half square triangle to give this angled look. I thought that was pretty cool…my daughter (the recipient of the quilt) almost starting crying because “my quilt is missing the corners!” Well, I still like it.

Candy Pinwheel 1

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I decided to make the Candy Pinwheel blocks either all warm or all cool colors. Mostly…there are always exceptions to the rule and I do have a few that used a warm/cool combination.

Candy Pinwheel Detail

I quilted this with straight lines, 1/4″ down each side of the diagonal seams. I was actually a bit nervous to quilt this, because my daughter wanted minky on the back. I followed many people’s advice to just use a lot of pins and my walking foot (which I already use anyway) and really, the quilting proved to be a non-event. No issues whatsoever. And the end result gives a nice, poofy look to the quilted squares.

Candy Pinwheel Back

The quilt measures 39-1/2″ x 47″. It is bright, happy, super cuddly, and already much loved. And on a very random side note, does anyone know what kind of daffodils these beautiful flowers are? :)

Daffodils

Bee Block – Stars

November TATB Bee Block for Sarah

We are in the second to last month of the Twice Around the Block Virtual Quilting Bee, and this month Sarah asked us to make star blocks. She sent fabric from an out of print Anna Maria Horner collection called Bohemian. I decided to use the same layout I used this summer in my Wonky Little Star Quilt, only this time I made Friendship Stars. I’ve heard this layout now referred to as “interlocking stars” and I think that’s a great description. I’ve really enjoyed seeing them pop up all over.

I had a lot of questions after that quilt regarding how to layout the fabric squares to achieve the look. I created a little diagram…

Star Layout

It’s the same layout as a Plus Quilt, where you start with the blocks in the middle and work your way out to the edges.

Next month is my turn to send out fabrics for the bee, so I am hoping to come up with a final plan over the next two days. If only there were more hours in the day!

Infinity Scarves

Scarves

Now that the weather is turning cooler here in Chicago, I have been motivated to make a few new things to keep me warm. Last year, Anna Maria Horner posted a tutorial for a Figure 8 scarf. I decided to go ahead and buy one of her kits and make one for myself. The reason I bought the kit was that you need 18″ x 72″ of two types of fabric. So, unless you want to make 2 of the same scarf (which isn’t a bad idea for gift giving), you will have left over fabric if you don’t buy a kit.

Figure 8 Scarf

I had never sewn with velveteen before – it’s quite beautiful and I think it would make a fabulous winter skirt. Because I was sewing voile to the velveteen, I took Jeni’s advice and used lots of pins and my walking foot. This worked perfectly and I didn’t have any shifting or stretching as I worked.

Figure 8 Scarf

So, after I finished and tried it on I decided I probably would prefer this scarf to be a bit less bulky for my body frame. (Although I haven’t altered it yet and I am still wearing it). I think if I had it to do again, I might try 13″ x 72″ for each side.

Infinity Scarf

I wanted to make another scarf with some Nani Iro double gauze as well. But that fabric is kind of pricey and I didn’t want to buy a lot of extra to get the 18″ x 72″ for each side, so I followed Jeni’s alterations to make a thinner, longer scarf, that would be wrapped 3 times around my next. Her method only uses 2 half yards of fabric so is a bit more affordable if you don’t have a kit to buy.

Scarf Comparison

Here is a side by side comparison of the finished scarves. You can see the first one I made is much wider, a bit shorter. The longer one is thinner and also more lightweight due to using double gauze fabric on both sides. I will say that I do feel a bit like I’m going to accidentally strangle myself when I’m wrapping that one three times around my neck. But as you can see, it is just as full as the following the original pattern.

Both of these scarves cost about $25 to make and I think something handmade like this would make great Christmas gifts. My favorite fabrics overall were voile and double gauze. I may now make some lightweight scarves like I found on Flickr here, here and here.

Multitasking

Is “multitasking” a nice way of saying “not getting anything finished?” Well, I don’t have a completed quilt to show you just yet…but I swear I haven’t been sitting around watching tv all day long. I have a lot of projects “in the works”. The above photo is from a quilt top I just finished, using my Off-Centered Squares quilt pattern. The colored fabrics are Moda Cross Weaves, the tan is an Essex Linen and the white is Kona White. Let me just say, making a quilt out of mostly cross weaves is challenging. Lots of stretching and fraying.

I’ve also finally cut into my Little Apples fabric by Moda designer Aneela Hoey. I fussy cut out her cute designs and have been making various size squares.

In an act of bravery (or lunacy), I cut into some of my remaining Anna Maria Horner Good Folks fabric stash…looks like I will be making a quilt from half square triangles! I wish this line would have a reprint…sigh…

Drawstring bag for the little miss

I made a little drawstring bag for my daughter to carry around her princesses. This uses Jeni’s awesome tutorial. The bag fabric is from Heather Ross’ Far, Far Away 2 and 3 lines. On the right is a bag I toooooootally copied after seeing this fabulous bag by Darci on Flickr. The pattern is by the talented Anna of Noodlehead, her Runaround bag. The fabric is from Moda’s Hometown line.

New Lizzy House

And…I have a bit of new incoming fabric, including these pearl bracelets from Lizzy House’s Outfoxed line and these turquoise and red prints from Meet the Gang, by designer Marisa Haedike of Creative Thursday.

So that’s what’s keeping me busy! What are you working on this week?