Monday, November 22, 2010

Another Bake Shop Recipe! Lily & Will Log Cabin Baby Blocks!

Be sure to hop on over to the Moda Bake Shop today! I have a special recipe featured!

I made these using Bunny Hill Designs' Lily & Will line, with just 2 charm packs!

You may recognize that these log cabin "blocks" were based on my original Project Quilting Log Cabin block entry made with a Basic Grey Eva charm pack


Monday, November 15, 2010

My Above All Fabric Wish List

Melanie of Above All Fabric is holding a fun little contest! Her site has a handy wishlist feature and three lucky winners are going to win gift certificates just for blogging about what's on saved on their wishlist!

Here's just a bit of mine!

I finally got some voile, the last bit of Melanie's Coloring Garden, also in Dusk, and it has such a nice texture!

It's no secret I love Oliver + S patterns! I'd really love the pick up the latest, especially the Hopscotch Skirt & Knit Top and the Nature Walk Pullover & Knit Pants!

For the Nature Walk Pullover I've been eyeing the super-cute Riley Blake All Star 2 line! Here's a little mock-up I've made using a photo from the Oliver+S website and fabric photos from Above All Fabrics - add the magic of Photoshop and....

That's Mini Star - Orange on top and Bullseye Star - Orange on the bottom.

Also on my wishlist, the adorable Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress!

I think it would be so cute for Spring in Jenean Morrison's Picnic Parade Mingle in Pink!

And with that I'll end my wishlist post. I do still have more on my wishlist, and even more I've been admiring but haven't added on yet, but I can't post it all! :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Farmhouse Funk Pillow

I had the pleasure of working with another one of Trish's (aka Two Peas in a Pod Homegrown Designs) lovely patterns a while back and I've been so eager to so you all the result! She debuted finally debuted the pattern at Fall Quilt Market!

Trish has such a fun style! The Farmhouse Funk Pillows really show that off too! Mixing various fabrics, leaving raw edges and using a fun freehand stitch/sketch technique on appliques create a playful end result.

I made a "rooster" pillow but was inspired by the bits and pieces of Bloom & Grow fabric I had left over from my girls' Sydney dresses.  Instead of using the applique pattern included I fussy cut one of the birds out of the large print I used for the dress bodices and made the front panel of the pillow from the fabric I used for the hood.

I didn't have enough fabric left to make the backing just as Trish described in the pattern, so I had to piece together scraps. (My brand new pillowform was extra fluffy at first! The back doesn't gap open anymore.)

And those cute little tail feathers? Those are from the tiny bits I had left of the fabric for the skirt panels, some are even trimmed of selvages I'd saved back! I also used a piece of felted wool that was once a $1 thrift store sweater and a piece of denim from a ripped pair of jeans! 

I didn't have any cording (or any coordinating fabric left) so I used some pretty crocheted lace to trim the pillow.

I just love the result! Don't you? I really want to make a few more pillows to go along with it! I think I will have to try the cute bouncing daisy and buttons & bows designs next time! You can pick up Farmhouse Funk Pillows Pattern at the Two Peas in a Pod Homegrown Designs Etsy shop or at one of the retailers that carry Trish's patterns!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A few more strip-pieced pleated skirts!

It's been such a pleasure to hear from people who have used my Moda Bake Shop tutorial and see their results too! I wanted to share these for your inspiration!

This skirt was made by Marci for her 1-year-old!

And this cute skirt was made by Meredith!

Much to my daughter's dismay I send the original outfit off to be displayed in the Moda Bake Shop booth at the International Quilt Festival in Houston going on right now. I'm hoping to get a picture of it on display for her, so if you happen to be visiting tomorrow, snap a photo for me in booth #1938!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Fall 2010

It's time for another Blogger's Quilt Festival! I've joined in 2 of the previous 3, so I really wanted to jump in and post for this one!

I've posted about this one before, back this summer when I made it and entered it into a contest. I call it "Windy Days Pinwheels."

This quilt is 36 1/2" x 36 1/2".

In the previous Blogger's Quilt Festivals I've posted about each of my girls' quilts (here and here). They coordinate and use a lot of the same fabrics, so it only made sense for me to post about my little boy's quilt this time! I used a lot of the same fabrics again, but just omitted the girly-er prints and used a darker cranberry instead of the rose pink. I also started collecting extra fabrics in these color families as soon as I found out he was a boy, so 2 1/2 years of collecting creates quite the stash. :)

Here's a peek after I chain pieced all 96 half square triangle units together!

My little guy thought it was only fair if he got to help make his own quilt! I hid the rotary cutter--he was safe, don't worry! Although I probably should have hidden it from myself. Not long after I took this picture, while trimming down the half square triangle blocks, I proceeded to trim a bit off my own finger! It was a horrifying sight, but my fingertip healed much better than anyone anticipated. My left pointer finger is just a bit more pointy now. :)

After I got up the nerve to touch the rotary cutter again, I pretty quickly finished up piecing his quilt. I machine quilted it on my sewing machine with a simple diamond grid pattern and added the binding.

Best of all, my little guy loves it! :)