Friday, 3 July 2015

Little Blooms {in Kona} Redo - a finish

99 is a pretty big number. But it looks like it was well worth all the hard work.



I shared a few posts previously herehere and here, updating my progress on the making of these blocks of scrappy Kona Cotton goodness. 99 bottles of beer on the wall. 99 bottles of beer....




Truthfully, I was getting kind of worried that the blocks would not look as nice in rows and columns as they did in a big ol' mixed up pile. Once I got them all together I started second guessing myself. Wondering if I should not have gone so scrappy.




But in the end....
I absolutely love it!

I chose my last piece of Widescreen Crosshatch in Grey by Caroline Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics for the backing. The binding is Scribbles in Black by Ed Emberley for Cloud 9 Fabrics. I got the last yard available from Mad About Patchwork. And ordered more of the Widescreen, too. My happy mail was delivered on Thursday at 1:00.




I used the "Rita of Red Pepper Quilts" binding method, once again. This time I was going to try glue basting to keep the binding folded over to the back, but it was too messy. I opted to pin as I went along instead. And am super pleased with the results this time! The width of the binding was much more even along the back and so was the stitching.




These blocks remind me of a brightly filled in colouring book. And that's why I chose the Scribbles for the binding. The black really makes those Konas pop. And it also helps make the transition to that soft grey backing fabric.




Getting pretty predictable here. Surprise! Organic wavy line quilting. Again. I was going to straight line quilt along the seam lines. And did do one and a half passes. But ripped it out. And proceeded to simply enjoy myself and the process. However, there is a surprise. I quilted vertically instead of my usual horizontal edge to edge this time!







This quilt was much too large to fit on the side of that old hay wagon. So I rounded up the kids. And the cat. And the dog. And we went out into the front yard for the photo shoot. The sun was bright, the grass was green, and the sky was true blue and filled with fluffy white clouds.




Little Blooms measures approximately 63" x 77" and is for sale in my Etsy shop here.




A special thank you to my quilt model/photographer Erin. You are a doll!




Now this finish was completed on Thursday late in the afternoon. And these photos were taken immediately afterward. No. I didn't take the time to use the lint brush first....

Keeping it real here....


This Little Blooms quilt was the 44th use of my 100 labels ordered from


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I have added Large Size to the Little Blooms pattern here.
And Mad About Patchwork is now offering custom order Little Bloom quilt kits here






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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Let's Bee Social #79

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social! I can hardly believe it's already the first day of July!

This week I am so excited to have finished all 99 of my Little Blooms blocks. It was just one month ago that I embarked on this mission - to make a large quilt using 99 of the 7" Little Bloom blocks made entirely from Kona Cotton Solids.
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This quilt top finished at 63" x 77" and was basted and quilted on Monday. The binding fabric was ordered from Pam of Mad About Patchwork and am hoping for a Friday Finish! If you are interested in making a Little Blooms quilt of your own, Pam has quilt kits for sale in her shop here.



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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Fat Quarter Shop Giveaway!

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Friday, 26 June 2015

Hillside Houses QAL finish



After all these weeks of piecing the blocks...
And fixing a few last minute mistakes...
Hillside Houses is finished!



I lucked out when looking for what to use for the backing. Wanting to use some of my older stashed fabrics, I found a few yards of this pretty clam shell print called Yoshiko from Blank Quilting 2006, which was also used for the binding. I made a pieced backing with a grey strip down the middle made from Widescreen Crosshatch in Grey by Caroline Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.




I really had no idea how I was going to quilt this. But when the time came, I went with Superior Threads' Omni #3023 in Light Grey on top and in the bobbin. And made those organic wavy lines using my walking foot. The grey thread blends in nicely with all the bright Kona cotton solids on the front and with that bright backing.




There have been many inquiries as to how I quilt those wavy lines. And requests for a tutorial. So this time I got my daughter to film while I was quilting and I have uploaded this short video if you are interested. This is my video debut!


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The binding was sewn first to the front of the quilt. And then "stitched in the ditch" along the binding from the front to catch the fold on the back. This was my fourth attempt at this method and I am getting better at it. It's difficult to get a consistent width of the binding folded over to the back of the quilt. I think I will try glue basting the fold over next time and see how that goes. I love the scalloped look of that print along the binding edges!






This Hillside Houses quilt was the 43rd use of my 100 labels
ordered from MyOwnQuiltLabels.

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The Hillside Houses is offered as a free quilt along,
by Cristina of Pretty Little Quilts,
and the details are available here.

Thank you for a really fun quilt along, Cristina!





This Hillside Houses quilt finished at approximately 60" x 75"and is for sale in my Etsy Shop here. Kinda have my fingers crossed that this one doesn't sell. I have never actually kept one of my quilts for myself before and this one is the perfect size for me!







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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Pattern Markdown - Summer Sale!

First there were Foxes and their Raccoon friends...


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Then along came the Elephants.  And a herd of ZebraZ.

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Next came those long necked Giraffes. And then the fun lovin' Monkeys.

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And some piggies... And crazy squirrels...

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If a block pattern is more to your liking, we have WoW-E! and On Point...


And don't forget about those Pretty Butterflies and Little Blooms...



In celebration of Summer 2015, and due to the success of the Sweet Watermelon pattern sales, I am offering all my patterns for HALF PRICE. All you have to do to receive this 50% off discount price is to share/like it on social media via twitter or facebook.

This is a limited time offer and the discount ends June 28th.
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How? It's so easy!!! Head to my Payhip Pattern Shop. Click on a pattern you like. This will open the page for the details on the pattern. On the right hand side, below the price, you will see a "Share & get 50% off" button. Click on that button and share to your social media. Easy peasy and you get a half price pattern!!!


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