Friday Finish: Quick Strippie

A few weeks ago I posted about the baby quilts I’m making with the mountain of Cat Nap’n fabric in my stash.  I’m trying these quilts finished so I can drop them off at the Project Linus sewing day in March.  I know I could drop them off anytime and one of the quilt shops here in town, but having that deadline motivates me to get them finished and out of here. 

Here are the first two finished Quick Strippies.  This is a free pattern at MaryQuilts.com (pattern link here).  I follow her blog and over the years Mary has shown a number of these quilts and every time they turn out great.  It is such an easy pattern and you just need a cute print or two to make it work.

QS1

QS2

The other thing I like about this pattern is perfect to try out quilting designs for borders.  I quilted a variety of things in these quilts and it was fun to do. The rows are short so even “fancier” designs are quick to quilt.

QS1 closeup

QS2 closeup

I’m making progress on these quilts; four are finished, but will have to work a little harder to meet my goal of 12 by the end of March.

Linking up today with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Click the link here to see what projects have quilters whoop-whooping!

WIP Wednesday: Another Rainbow Scrappy Project

For quite some time I’ve had in the back of my mind that I would like to make this quilt:

It is Tula Pink’s Bird Seed Quilt and the free pattern is available here.  It is worth taking a look at the pattern just to see her adorable kitten helpers.

Once I had that lovely stack of purples out last month, I took the plunge and made 48 flying geese units and 24 orange peel appliques in all shades of purple.  Here are just a few of my blocks.  Now I’m really excited about this project and look forward to seeing it come together.

This morning we were up way before the crack of dawn to catch a plane to Atlanta.  The reward for that early start was this gorgeous sunrise above the clouds.

We had a rainy drive down to Savannah, but it cleared up once we got here and we spent some time walking around, taking in the sights and stopping for a little refreshment.

You only need to spend a little time here and you will never forget that Johnny Mercer is Savannah’s favorite son.

Can’t wait for QuiltCon tomorrow!

DWM: Making Progress On Lollies

The weather here has been so unseasonably nice it’s been hard for me to concentrate on sewing.  I did manage to put some time in on the Lollies blocks.  They are easy to make, but time consuming—lots of mindless sewing.  All 30 blocks are finished now and up on the design wall while I try to arrange them in a “pleasing manner.” 

Lollies

This first attempt was not pleasing because the blocks were turned every which way so the rows don’t align.  It was so distracting I couldn’t focus on color.

Lollies-2

It took three tries, but I think all the blocks are turned correctly.  It is a tremendous help to put blocks on the design wall and photograph them.  It makes it so much easier to see areas that need help in a picture.  Take a look at the second row.  There are four blocks in that row that look the same (the outer part of the block is a white print) so even though the center colors are different, the blocks are too similar.  I’ll have to switch a couple of those to balance it out better.  

I like how bordering two sides of the blocks automatically creates sashing and offsets the blocks a bit so you don’t have to worry about matching seams.  Very clever!

If you are looking for some Monday morning inspiration, check out the Design Wall Monday links at Patchwork Times.

A Valentine’s Day Finish

A couple of years ago I bought a fat quarter pack of Valentine’s Day fabric.  I’m not sure how many pieces were in the group, maybe 15-20, but it’s taken me forever to use them up.  I think 3 quilts came out of that pack and this is the last of it.  Just a simple sashed checkerboard strippie.

checkerboard valentine

It was a beautiful day here yesterday and as you can see, our snow is almost gone.  Very unusual for February, but I’ll gladly take it.  It was so nice to take a walk outside and get some fresh air. 

It’s only a week now before I head down to Savannah for QuiltCon—SO excited! Savannah is already one of my favorite places to visit.  Strolling through the squares and seeing all the beautiful homes and gardens is a walker’s dream.  With all the great restaurants we’ll have to do lots of walking!  Oh my.  The quilt show is just icing on the cake!

DWM: Lollies

This week I am hoping to spend a lot of time sewing.  It is the first week since I can remember that there is NOTHING on the calendar.  So this morning I got up early and starting piecing a new quilt.  This is Lollies by Thimble Blossoms.  Awhile back I came across a layer cake of Chance of Flowers and wasn’t sure what to do with it.  This may not have been a good choice because there are several lighter fabrics in the line and I’m not sure they will work with all the light background.  So far, I have six of 30 blocks pieced so I’ll wait until they are complete before I think about coming up with a Plan B. The centers are the same color as the star points, but in the picture they look different.  Must be size and/or pressing technique, but I think they will all look the same once it is layered up with batting and quilted.

It’s nice to have a bigger project with some mindless sewing.  Just what I need right now!

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times. Check out the links here to get a dose of quilty inspiration.

Busting the Cat Nap’n Stash

In my stash there is a LOT of this fabric called Cat Nap’n—we’re talking probably 50 yards or more. It’s kind of goofy looking, but the colors are bright and cheerful.

catnapn fabric

As I found out with my 40 yard dash project a couple of years ago, it takes a lot of sewing to use up that much fabric.  I acquired all of this in a round about way and am sick of it taking up shelf space.  I haven’t been inspired to use it, but in my quest to reduce my stash by half, it is past time to jump into action and get it out of here.

First of all, I picked a couple of quick patterns, Quick Strippie from MaryQuilts.com and  perennial easy favorite, Yellow Brick Road by Atkinson Designs. I had to buy a little bit of solid looking coordinates to make it all work (I know, crazy to put money into this!), but once there was enough variety, I started cutting; six of each quilt.  They should average close to 4 yards a piece so that would get rid of 48 yards.  Once those are finished, I’ll see what’s left and either make more or donate the rest of the fabric.  I’m sure I’ll be tired of looking at it by then. 

Right now, two Quick Strippies are pieced, one is on the frame and the other ready to load.  The blocks are made for all six Yellow Brick Roads and two that look like this are pieced.

catnapn YBR

My goal is to have these four finished by next Monday.  They aren’t big so I can finish one pretty quickly.  So far, it’s been an easy, fun project and will be so nice to empty some shelf space.

Linked to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times.  Click on the links there to see some great projects in progress.

Friday Finish: Puss in the Corner Baby Quilt

This was such an easy quilt to make, but once I finished the top, it took forever to find time to quilt it.  Happy to say, it is now FINISHED!! 

Puss in the Corner baby quilt

I used soft, time-worn colors to emulate the vintage quilt I saw on Ebay that was my inspiration.  The background is Moda’s Bella solid in butter.  I’m obsessed with this color right now and want to make it the background of every quilt I

The quilting is randomly spaced straight lines.  If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t have quilted it so heavily—it’s kind of stiff. The back is a solid gray flannel so that should help soften it up after washing.

puss in the corner closeup

When I posted this in progress a couple of months ago, I got some requests for the pattern so I wrote up brief instructions that may be found here.

It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for “Can I Get a Whoop-Whoop”.  Click here to see what other quilters are cheering about.

UFO Update: Christmas Stars

While searching for UFO parts, I came across another one—Christmas Stars.  This was a very pretty block of the month, block of the week or some other series quilt we kitted at the shop.  The finished quilts I’ve seen from these blocks were very pretty.  Mine was abandoned more as a kit than a UFO because the only thing done on it was a little cutting.  All 12 block kits were in the bag so it looked like a project that could easily move forward.

We weren’t home very much of the weekend, but I managed to get four of the blocks mostly pieced.  I say mostly because the blocks can be set together with all four quadrants the same, like this:

christmas stars-same

or in a scrappier manner with each of the four quadrants different, like this.

christmas stars-scrappy

The scrappy version will take a bit more effort to lay out to make sure like fabrics don’t touch and colors and prints are balanced throughout, but I will probably like it better.  Luckily, the decision can wait until all twelve blocks are pieced and I can just mindlessly sew them together right now.  Unfortunately, I got a little too mindless about it and sewed some blocks wrong and had to do some reverse sewing.  I’m back on track now and am happy to finally have a UFO that is showing some progress.

Linking up today with:
Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Moving It Forward at Em’s Scrapbag
Main Crust Monday at Cooking Up Quilts


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