Starting a new project

Hmm... what am I up to? ;)

After not quilting pretty much all summer (except to finish the granny squares quilt) I’ve got the bug again. I kept seeing everyone’s tweets and posts about Quiltmarket and got inspired again 🙂 I decided to replicate this quilt I’ve had pinned for a while:

Should be a nice and easy pattern to get me back into the swing of things. I’m using scraps and fabric from my stash, unless I need more white. Don’t think I will, I bought a ton for the Granny Squares quilt and didn’t use half of it.

I’m hoping this one will go quickly since I want to have it done by Christmas, but I’m not holding my breath 🙂

Granny Squares!

Still working on my Positively Perfect Quilt, I actually finished the backer tonight but couldn’t jump into quilting it just yet. I don’t have a big enough space in my home to baste quilts, so I take it to our shop and baste it there. 🙂

So in the meantime, I got started on ANOTHER quilt that will be a wedding gift! I saved some of the pink jelly roll strips from the Positively Perfect quilt to use on this one. This girl seriously LOVES pink; her wedding this summer is pink-themed. The bridesmaids are even wearing pink dresses! (I should know… I just picked mine up!)

I have been wanting to try out a Granny Square block, it seems like they’ve been popping up ALL over the quilting blogosphere! I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try it out. I’m SO glad I did! I am LOVING Granny Squares! They’re so FAST and EASY to make, I got three done in just about an hour and cut out the pieces for a fourth. Here they are on my improvised design wall:

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I seriously need to get some better lighting in this apartment.

It’s going to be really fun coming up with new color combinations with this. I want all of the blocks to have at least SOME pink in them. This one combines some Cape Ann prints (pink) with Michael Miller (yellow):

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Some more Cape Ann with a purple solid I picked up in the remnants bin:

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And these are both Cape Ann:

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So, three blocks down, at least 17 more to go! I hope this one comes together quickly. I want to have it ready for the bridal shower, which is just around the corner.

Have you make Granny Squares yet? What quilting design do you think you would use?

Another Quilt Top Finished

First of all: so sorry I went MIA for the last couple of weeks! My husband came down with pneumonia and we ended up going to the hospital to take care of it. 🙁 It was pretty scary at first but the awesome staff there diagnosed and treated him quickly. Within a few days he was feeling much better, thank goodness! I was getting pretty swamped trying to run two businesses by myself. It’s taken me all this time just to get caught up again.

And of course I couldn’t really touch my sewing machine the whole time. Between taking care of him and making sure everything was running smoothly, I had no free time. Yesterday we were able to spend the whole day together just relaxing and not thinking about work AT ALL. It was so nice.

And today I finally had some time to spend on my quilting. I’ve been working on this Positively Perfect quilt I posted about a few weeks ago. The pattern is from the Moda Bakeshop and I used Moda’s Cape Ann by Oliver and S. When I finished all of the plus and dot blocks, I wasn’t sure about my fabric selection… it seemed like there wasn’t enough contrast between the pink blocks and the white background:

And I was afraid it was too pink. I decided to use green and blue fabrics from my stash for the borders to make it a bit more gender neutral, since it’s going to be a wedding gift for a couple getting married next month.

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I guess it’s still pretty girly, though. :blush: The green skinny border I used was left over from this Coffee quilt and the floral border is the second fabric from the right in this post.

Now I just need to piece the back together and quilt it. The pattern writer did straight line quilting vertically and horizontally, but I think I will do a simple diamond pattern. I think it will look nice on this pattern and it should go pretty quickly… which is good, since I need to get this thing in the mail in the next couple of weeks to be in time for the wedding!

Happy quilting everyone, hope you had a nice weekend. 🙂
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