Stepping Stones Sneak Peek

Stepping Stones Peek

A few weeks ago I had a burst of creativity…an idea for a quilt using my Little Folks voile by Anna Maria Horner. I went to work cutting lots and lots of tiny pieces. And then cutting lots and lots of tiny white rectangles.

Little Folks Cut Stack

I am very excited with how this quilt top is turning out. I finished 10 columns of prints so 6 more to sew onto the quilt, along with the white between the columns. I have an unofficial goal to have the quilt completed by the end of next weekend. We’ll see if the kids cooperate. :)

And you may have noticed….the quilt top in progress is draped over that bench I found on the curb for trash. I’ve been cleaning, fixing, and oiling it. It’s currently on the porch with no seat yet. Still trying to figure that one out… :)

Seaside States Quilt Top

Seaside States Top

I’ve {finally} finished the quilt top for my month of the Sew New To Me Virtual Quilting Bee. I asked everyone in the group to make blocks using the Map of the States tutorial from Elizabeth at Oh, Fransson with a fun selection of Amy Butler Daisy Chain and a few coordinating Kona Solids. How great is my group? Their blocks are all fabulous and work perfectly together!

Seaside States Top Full

I added in the blocks with the white sashing, also using the Map of the States technique.

Tonight I’ll be working on the back. I have a plan in mind and fabric on hand. Then I just have to wait for the batting I ordered to be delivered. Can’t wait to share the finished quilt!

Far, Far Away Sneak Peek

Far Far Away Peek

There is no greater motivator than a 3 year old girl asking you if her princess quilt is finished yet. This is a little sneak peek. It is turning out to be a really fun quilt. I spent yesterday afternoon sewing together the top, which was a bit hard considering it looked like this outside.

Spring Tree

I’m going to head to my LQS today to see if they have the Kona solids I need for the back. If not I will look this weekend. We are going to Cincinnati for a family visit and my mom and I are going to visit The Fabric Shack. I am already forming my shopping list, I’m pretty excited!

Winter Rainbow : Worth the Wait

Winter Rainbow Front

It’s finished! I still can’t believe it. I have been working on this quilt for 6 months and boy am I glad to have it completed. So many things to say about this one…

As I mentioned in my sneak peek post (um, a LONG time ago!), this quilt is inspired by a beautiful quilt by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts. Her work is simply amazing.

Winter Rainbow Closeup

Oh, SO many lessons learned and things I would have done differently on this one.
1) I made the first 3 blocks forever ago and then waited months to make the rest. I didn’t write down anything – sizes, seam allowance, squaring up size…not smart.
2) I switched sewing machines in the middle of making the blocks. And used different feet. Again, I wouldn’t recommend this! LOL
3) I used charcoal thread in the bobbin and really am not happy with how it looks on the back. Sigh.
4) In my quest to be Rita-like, I tried machine stitching the back of the binding instead of hand sewing it. Let’s just say, I’m no Rita. LOL

This quilt ended up being a 64″ square which I think will be perfect to fit our family for lunches in the park this Spring. The binding is a stripe by Lizzy House Red Letter Day. I know I just used that for a binding, but I had a lot and I like it. :-P Although the sashing looks black, it’s really Kona Charcoal. And the prints are just a rainbow selection of my favorites.

The back is 9 large squares using giant blocks of colors from the front. This part was a bit painful for me as I used up some of my favorite out of print fabrics. But I kept telling myself that I bought the fabric to use, not to hoard. So use it!

Winter Rainbow Back

I quilted it using free motion and used Warm and Natural batting. I prefer Dream Cotton Request Loft batting and even though it’s more costly, I think I will go back to using that. It’s more lightweight and I feel like it’s just a better quality.

Winter Rainbow Back Blowing

So now I’m moving on to my quilting bee quilt, my Dolce quilt and my Hope Valley quilt. Always more in the pipeline than coming out of it!

On a side note (but more importantly), today my little man is turning 1. Happy Birthday Kyler!

Birthday Boy

ETA: more gratuitous baby and quilt cuteness. :)
Kyler Winter Rainbow