I squeezed in some time this week to sew together the remaining blocks I was missing for my Garden Party quilt project.
I’m so excited to have it all sewn together! I love how bright, bold and colorful this turned out.
I was able to scrounge enough of the red fabric from my dwindling garden party stash to add a border. I think it looks so much better with the border.
It turned out to measure about 43 inches wide by 56 inches tall, which will be a great size for a lap quilt.
I have the backing and binding all ready to go; just need to pick up some batting to quilt it.
It would be so awesome to finish this by the end of the year. In the meantime, I’m so happy I got this far with it.
I’m excited for the holiday season. But I’m not quite ready yet to deck the house in all the fa la la la la.
So I’m just setting out a little at a time.
It’s wonderful to be able to set out so many handmade holiday decorations this time of year.
I am enjoying the peace and quiet, and time to work on projects, including catching up and planning ahead.
Have you set out your holiday decorations yet? Finished your shopping or gift-making already too?
It’s time for the Bloggers Quilt Festival: Fall 2011 – an online festival where quilters from all over the world share a picture of one of their recent favorite quilts. It takes place over the same time period as the International Quilt Market, a wholesale trade show where fabric manufacturers and fabric designers get together to share their treasures with fabric shops.
I am happy to share my favorite quilt again with you today.
I used Randi’s pattern and my favorite fabric collection, Chocolate Lollipop. I did free motion stippling all over, which was quite fun to do once you get into a zone.
I think the print for the backing and binding is so charming.
I have big plans to make a quilt from each of Anna Maria’s fabric collections. In addition to this one, I have a zig-zag quilt made from the Good Folks collection, and a quilt-in-progress from the Garden Party fabric collection. I’m hoping to make a quilt with the Innocent Crush fabric collection using a 25-patch pattern, and the Loulouthi collection using a star pattern. I also have a stack of Loulouthi flannels cut up to make into a warm, cozy quilt to curl up in winter. And I’m hoping to make a string quilt with my stash of the Little Folks voile collection. I know, it’s quite ambitious to think I can make that many quilts, but it’s still fun to dream about it.
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I have received 10 of 12 blocks from my quilting bee partners to make my Garden Party quilt.
A couple blocks came back smaller than the directions, so I will likely end up taking those apart and resewing them together to make sure they are the same size as the rest of the blocks. Since I don’t have much fabric from this collection in my stash, I don’t have a lot of wiggle room to make additional blocks. I’m hoping to get the other two missing blocks back soon, and I’ll be ready to piece this burst of color together.
My husband asked me to make new mini quilts to put on our nightstands. He was bored with the previous ones. So I laid out a stack of fabrics I thought he might like, and let him choose two prints for his nightstand and two for my nightstand.
Here’s what his looks like:
Here’s what mine looks like:
He went with a combination of an African safari map and batik fabrics. He also wanted a simple patchwork design, so I used my pattern for my checkerboards (which are sold out). I love how rich they look on the wood stain of our nightstands. I also love how easy and quick these minis were to make over the course of a week.
I made a bag for a friend who shares my love for chocolate lollipop fabrics.
I use my bag to hold my sewing tools and notions in.
She fell in love with it when she saw mine at our quilting retreat this summer, so she requested one for herself.
She sent me a big stack of fabrics, so I thought it would be cool to make this into a trade. She sent me some fabulous dots and basics that I’ve never seen before, so I’m excited to find creative ways to incorporate these fun prints into my stash.
With my busy work schedule these days, it’s been awhile since I’ve done any sewing, so I was pleasantly surprised when this bag took me a little more than an hour to make. Relieved I still remember how to sew!
I can’t believe I finished my Floating Stars wall hanging already!
I started this project at my annual summer quilting retreat.
Only a month later, it’s quilted and bound, and ready to hang. I did some echo quilting inside each star and inside each border, and then some free-motion quilting in all the white space.
This was one of those projects that I just made up on the fly, and I’m loving the results!
PS – forgot to mention that this wallhanging measures 32 inches around.