Rainbow Pinwheels Quilt Top Finish

I’ve finished the top for Rainbow Pinwheels. It’s finished at 41.5″ square and made almost exclusively with scraps with my scraps bin, except for the white borders and sashing and the flowered border. I’m so happy with how it turned out, it’s bright and colorful, the perfect tummy time quilt for a baby girl. I even fussy cut a couple of the pieces for the second border. There’s a bicycle in there along with a frog, and a sun and a cloud.

Since it finished at less than 43″ all around I’m hoping I can find a big enough piece of yardage in my stash for the back without having to piece it. Wouldn’t that be nice!!

Thanks for reading! I’m linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday and Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday.

Design Wall Monday March 6 2017

A lot of progress made on Rainbow Pinwheels this week. I sashed up all of the blocks, added cornerstones, and added an inner border. It was only measuring 29 inches, a bit small even if I did add another outer border, so I decided to add another border. At first I tried to use more bonus triangles, but there weren’t enough to do a border all the way around. So I decided to make this one scrappy. I still have to make the top and bottom scrappy borders, then I’ll probably add another white border, and finish with that colorful flower print as the final border. Four borders in all.

My scraps bin STILL overfloweth.

I’ve used so many scraps for this project, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at my bin. I have them separated by color inside this bin, it makes it so much easier to find what I need this way. I will probably bind the quilt with that herringbone-ish colorful fabric sitting on top in the bin. I used it to bind Meet in the Middle and I loved how it looked.

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Stash Report March 5 2017

Since I’ve got a finish this week, I can show some movement on my numbers. I still have two baby quilts to do, I’ve started on one at least. And two more people have asked if I would be willing to quilt for them on commission. I’ll be moving soon so I’m not sure how realistic that will be to take on. We’ll see!

Used this Week: 7.75 yards

Used year to Date: 17.5 yards

Added this Week: 0 yards

Added Year to Date: 1.5 yards

Net for 2016: 16 yards de-stashed

Loving this movement on my numbers! Hoping to make a big dent in my stash this year. Thanks for stopping by. I’m linking up with Patchwork Times.

Butterfly Blossoms Quilt Finish

Butterfly Blossoms is finished!

And here’s the back. I had one block left somehow, so I used it and some fabric for the back.

This was made using a tutorial from The Missouri Star Quilt Company. The front uses fabric from the Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda fabric line from a couple years back. Aren’t the fabrics gorgeous?

The back uses left overs as well as some Lavender In Dreams yardage from Dreamscape by Rae Ritchie for Dear Stella fabrics. Here is a close up of it.

The quilt finishes at 51″x65.” I did an all over free motion stipple for the quilting with white and purple threads. I was using a hand me down purple thread which gave me all kinds of trouble with thread tension, so the quilting isn’t as perfect as I would like. I also didn’t do a real excellent job with basting so there’s a couple areas that puff up a little, but no puckering or folds. Here’s some pictures of my favorite blocks:

I love binding close-ups, even though in this case the binding is the same as the border fabric:

This quilt is a gift for my cousin who is expecting a baby girl. Here’s hoping mama and baby love it!

Thanks for reading! I’m linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday and Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday.

Design Wall Monday February 27 2017

I’m late, but better late than never! Butterfly Blossoms is officially off my plate, it’s all quilted and bound, I’ll be posting about that one on Friday. I’m back to working on Rainbow Pinwheels. You can see in the top center, I pieced the block with 1″ sashing. It ended up being too small, so I pieced the first block on the second row with a 1.5″ sashing. That one turned out perfectly, so I’ll go back and fix the first block. Once I add sashing to all the baby pinwheel blocks, I’ll go back and add sashing to the big blocks. I think I’ll add some cornerstones, too. Then I plan on doing at least a couple of borders to finish the top off, but I haven’t decided on the fabrics yet. One border at least will probably be white.

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Design Wall Monday Feb 20 2017

Not much new on this front. My design wall hasn’t changed since last time. I spent last week changing my domain name which took longer than expected, but everything is up and running again (for which I’m grateful!) I did finally get Butterfly Blossoms basted and got started on quilting:

#quilting away…

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The quilting is not turning out as well as I wanted but I think it will do. I’m using different threads for the top and bottom of the quilt and they’re not really playing nicely together. I’m hoping to get it done this week because my to-do list just got longer:

  1. Finish quilting & bind Butterfly Blossoms.
  2. Finish piecing, then quilt & bind Rainbow Pinwheels.
  3. Begin A Star is Born for baby boy due in July.
  4. Mike’s T-Shirt Quilt.

Yes, I decided on a pattern for the friend of mine that I just found out is expecting. It looks like a simple & quick pattern and perfect for a little boy.

Check out what everyone else is working on this week over at Patchwork Times and Quilting is more fun than housework.

Design Wall Monday February 6 2017

I am working on basting the Butterfly Blossoms quilt too, but here’s what is on my design wall.

I was ready to baste and realized the batting I had was too small, so I decided to get started on an idea I had for my next quilt. Back when I was making the Hungry Little Caterpillar, Leaves and Berries and Sunburst quilts, I was cutting a lot of bonus triangles and on a whim, decided to save them. If you don’t know, bonus triangles are fabric that are left over from trimming blocks. I thought that some day I might be able to make a quilt from them.

So a few days ago I got inspired to play around with them and see what I could make. Immediately I thought that making pinwheels would be a fun way to use these up. Originally I planned on making the pinwheels more scrappy, but it looked a little messy and confused so I decided to make each pinwheel the same fabric, or as close as I could get. The big pinwheels were all made from bonus triangles from the Hungry Caterpillar quilt. The smaller ones are mostly from the Sunburst quilt, but there’s a couple from the Leaves and Berries quilt and I also dug into my scraps stash to cut a few more.

I came up with this design for the top and I think it looks pretty cute. I’m calling it Rainbow Pinwheels. I’m going to make four smaller pinwheels into a block the same size as the bigger pinwheels. I’ll probably add in some sashing and cornerstones as well. I’m also going to add at least one border, maybe two, but I don’t know what those are going to look like yet.

All of the fabric I’ve used so far I’ve counted as “out” for my stash reports, so I won’t be showing a whole lot of movement on my numbers, but that’s OK. I’m happy to put a dent in my overflowing scraps bin.

Along with the cousin that Butterfly Blossoms is for, I have another cousin expecting a baby and then I just got news that a good friend is expecting a baby, so I’ve got to get cranking on these baby quilts! Good thing these go fast. I’m also thankful I have enough of a stash that I probably won’t need to buy any fabric to finish off this quilt, or the next one.

Check out what everyone else is working on this week over at Patchwork Times and Quilting is more fun than housework.

Stash Report February 5 2017

Nothing in or out this week. I’ve finished piecing Butterfly Blossoms but I’ll count that once I finish quilting it. I’m still working on basting it at the moment. Here’s a funny picture from when I was piecing the top… I accidentally sewed a border on backwards, lol!

Used this Week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 9.75 yards

Added this Week: 0 yards

Added Year to Date: 1.5 yards

Net for 2016: 8.25 yards

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Butterfly Blossoms Ready to Quilt

This past week I finished off the top and the backing for Butterfly Blossoms:

As I suspected, once I added the final borders, my need for more purple was fulfilled. I absolutely LOVE how this quilt top turned out. The Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda fabrics really were a great choice for this pattern. I also finished the backing:

It’s a lot larger than it needed to be, but I made the backing too small on my last quilt and it really irritated me, so I wanted to be sure to not make the same mistake this time!

Now I’m all ready to quilt it, but I’m having a hard time deciding how I want to do it. Last time I quilted an applique quilt, I did highly designed quilting around the applique and a different design for the border. I’m leaning towards doing an all over stipple on top of the applique on the white center, and then another design on the purple border, maybe diamonds? Or maybe just a stipple in purple thread.

Thanks for reading! I’m linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday and Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday.