Playful Petals

Playful Petals Mini Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

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.

Playful Petals by Corey Yoder : Fresh Lemons Quilts

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.

Playful Petals Starflower : Fresh Lemons Quilts

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:

Playful Petals Starflower : Fresh Lemons Quilts

And here’s the mini version:

Playful Petals Starflower Mini Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

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.

Playful Petals Starflower  Mini Quilt: Fresh Lemons Quilts

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!

Playful Petals Starflower Mini Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

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. :)

Playful Petals Blog Hop by Corey Yoder : Fresh Lemons Quilts

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.

Quilt Improv Blog Tour

 

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

Today I’m very excited to share with you a new book by designer and author Lucie Summers, Quilt Improv: Incredible Quilts from Everyday Inspirations. Many of you probably know Lucie through her fabrics for Moda. I have a fair share of them in my stash and I’m constantly reaching for them when working on scrappy projects.

When I first opened Quilt Improv, I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of the photography. I have a very large library of quilting books. (Sort of a quilt book addict.) I think I can easily say, these are the most beautifully photographed quilts in my entire collection.

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

Seriously. If I could spell out what would make a perfect setting for quilt photos, I would probably say rustic barns…

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

fields…

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

historic looking stone walls…

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

And what is this? A truck full of flower bulbs? (LOVE!!)

Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers

I want to move into every picture! I honestly feel like this could be a coffee table book. Drool worthy.

Quilt Improv has directions for several improvisational techniques, referred to as The Building Blocks: Applique Circle, Basket Weave, Chain Pieced Strips, Chevrons, Crazy Triangles, Half Square Triangles, Log Cabins, Pieced Squares, Portholes, Quarter Circles, String Blocks and X Blocks; as well as 12 Quilts. Is is absolutely packed with information.

I decided to make a little project out of the book, and in the spirit of one of my New Year’s Resolutions, include one of my kids in the fun. I showed my 4 year old the project – Chain-Pieced Strips. I let him dig through my scrap tubs and lay out all the fabrics.

Quilt Improv ~ Chain-Pieced Strips : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I trimmed them to size and sewed them together. It was actually a really fun project to work on together. He was so excited, he kept saying “I can’t believe I’m making my very own quilt!!”

Quilt Improv ~ Chain-Pieced Strips : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted and bound it and now it is a very special quilt for his stuffed panda.

Quilt Improv ~ Chain-Pieced Strips : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Improv can be a little scary, but it’s also quite freeing and a great way to sew with kids.

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour – some stops even have giveaways!

Modern Mini Challenge with Ellison Lane Quilts

Confession: Yesterday was the first time I’ve sewn a stitch in about 2 weeks. If you follow me on Instagram, you know my family spent the last week at Disney. The week before that, I was in full vacation-prep mode. So when I finally sat back down at my machine, I decided a mini quilt was a great project to freshen myself back up.

And just in time for Jennifer of Ellison Lane’s Modern Mini Challenge. (Details a bit below.)

So, this mini quilt has kind of a funny story behind it. I feel like for awhile, every time I logged into Facebook I saw an ad for Missouri Star Quilt Co. And I really liked the star quilt block on their logo. The design, the colors – right up my alley! So, I made that star. Same colors and everything. :)

I still need to add the binding, but it’s almost there. It measures 20″ x 20″.

Are you interested in joining in the Modern Mini fun? (And yes, there are prizes!) Challenge yourself and try something new: a new technique, a new pattern, a new quilting style, new type of fabric, etc and make a mini quilt.

The details:
You can enter any mini quilt that you’ve made within the past 6 months. Remember, a mini quilt can be a mug rug, a mini quilt, a pillow, a table topper, etc. Only one entry per person.

Size requirements:
Mini Quilt must be at least 6″ x 6″ and no bigger than 24″ x 24″.

You can enter a mini quilt made from your own design or from a pattern.
Please give credit to the pattern designer in your description.

Get inspired at the blog hop stops and then start sewing!

June 5: Ellison Lane Quilts and Happy Quilting
June 7: Swim, Bike, Quilt
June 8: Craft Buds
June 9: From the Blue Chair and Sewing Under the Rainbow
June 10: The Sewing Chick
June 11: Flying Blind on a Rocket Cycle and Me!

Starting June 12, you’ll be able to link up your entry at Ellison Lane. You’ll have until 5:00 PM EST on June 16 to add your mini quilt. Link from your blog (a NEW post please), your Flickr account or your Threadbias account. Remember, you don’t have to have a blog to enter.

And the awesome list of prizes:

$125 Gift Certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop
$75 Gift Certificate to the Intrepid Thread
$50 Gift Pack of Pellon Products
$50 Box of Coats and Clark Threads
(2) $50 prize packs of Dritz sewing products
$25 Gift Certificate to Christa Quilts
A Bundle of Marblehead fabrics from Fabri-Quilt

The $125 Gift Certificate winner will be chosen by Jennifer’s husband – his is the Wild Card Choice! The other prizes will be awarded by random draw.

Happy sewing everyone!

Circular Edge

Circular Edges Mini Quilt ~ Washed

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend. I spent both days traveling to the city for various birthday and Mother’s Day parties – May is a very, very busy month in our family. I did manage to get a photo of me and my kiddos yesterday. Usually I’m at the other end of the camera so it’s always a special treat.

I wasn’t able to spend any time at my sewing machine, but I did finish up my newest mini quilt last Friday. This quilt was so fun to make. Mostly because of the great fabrics from Laura Gunn. The colors are really amazing!

Circular Edges Mini Quilt

When making this quilt, I first cut my neutral squares at 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″. Initially I thought this was going to be a pillow, so I set it up to finish at 18″ x 18″. This means there are 9 squares across and 9 squares down (for a total of 81). I pieced those together first, and then created my quilt sandwich for quilting. The neutral fabrics I used are all Free Spirit Designer Solids – Pearl, Sand Dune and Dogwood.

Circular Edges Mini Quilt

After that was all set up, I started placing out my circles until I came up with a layout that I liked. I used Heat n Bond Lite to fuse the circles to the squares.

After I was done ironing everything into place, I did the quilting. I’m not sure if this is a weird order to go about the process, but I thought it would be fun/smart to combine the applique and quilting steps. (As opposed to appliqueing the circles onto the squares, and then sewing them together, creating the quilt sandwich, and quilting).

Circular Edges Mini Quilt

At first I started just going around the edge of each circle, but after one row I changed my mind and decided on something a little different. So I ripped out those stitches and started quilting 4 straight lines through the middle of each row and column. Just something a bit unexpected.

Circular Edges Mini Quilt ~ Washed

From the beginning, when I was thinking about this project, I envisioned raw edges fraying in the finished quilt. I’ve washed it a couple times now and it’s only now starting to fray a little. I think I need to throw it back in a couple more times. I’m really enjoying the texture it’s creating.

This week I’m hoping to sit down and do some design work, and also get back to work on my Simply Style work in progress. Finger’s crossed!