Friday, November 16, 2018

Another Friday, Another Flimsy / Beauties Pageant 8

The flimsy parade continues here at From Bolt to Beauty! I may not have touched Me-wow! since blogging about it last week, but I did wrap up the sewing on my Garden Plots quilt top.


This quilt, designed by Alison Vermilya for Moda Bake Shop, is a just-because project for me. In other words, I started this quilt just because I had the fabric on hand, just because I thought the pattern well suited the fabric, and just because I wanted to start something new instead of finishing up a WIP.


My plan evolved as I sewed blocks together, decided I didn’t have enough fabric for/didn’t quite like the look of my blocks, and embarked on some unsewing and resewing. (Plus, I got rid of the heavy-handed pink entirely.) It wasn’t the most efficient of processes, but I tell myself that quilts can come together in organic ways—it’s not all about whipping through project after project, right? And anyway, I really like the final outcome.


One of the fun aspects of making this top for me was the color palette. Before this project, I couldn’t have imagined saying that I wanted to make a gray, teal, mustard, and mint quilt. But seeing those colors together, they work! The mint in particular was an odd selection for me. It was a necessary low-volume addition to the palette, though.


The question now is how I’ll finish this quilt. I pretty sure I’ll bind it in teal. A quilting plan eludes me, though. Should I do something with straight lines on my home machine? Labor over a free-motion plan? I’ve signed up for a longarm lesson at a local quilt shop, so I could also wait and quilt it with a pantograph. Comments and suggestions are welcome ...

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Me-wow! / Beauties Pageant 7

The forces of the universe have been aligned against me of late. Between contractors coming in and out of my house for the past month, a series of sunless days, and the overall dwindling daylight as winter closes in on New England, it’s been hard to get any decent pictures of quilts. And I’ve been growing impatient. Eager to show you one of my multiple finished quilt tops, I decided I was going to make a photo shoot happen today, no matter what!

I started off inside, draping one of my finished quilt tops—I’m calling it Me-wow!—over the banister in my foyer ...


That shot gives you a nice idea of the design and colors of this project, but I wanted one that would show you just how many kitty faces I made. So, in an act of desperation, I employed my almost-10-year-old in the endeavor ...


See? There are cats. Lots of cats. One hundred cats!

I’m making this quilt for my sister, whose birthday in early October has long come and gone. I got about 75 of the 100 cats sewed up in August and September and then lost steam. But my guild’s retreat motivated me to prep the remaining blocks and sashing pieces. I spent the entire three-day event—minus time for socializing and fabric shopping and such—working on finishing up this top.


These blocks, which are actually 25 different designs, are free and from Elizabeth Hartman. Elizabeth held a sewalong years ago for these kitties. At the time, I didn’t have the scraps or inclination to embark on assembling my own litter. Now I’m glad to have scoured my scraps for pretty little piles of monochromatic prints and solids.


Now that I’ve finished this top, I keep encountering these cats elsewhere, on blogs and on Instagram. DonnaleeQ whipped up six comparable kitty blocks, complete with whiskers, for a fundraiser. Angela put out a call to receive these blocks for a quilt for her daughter. I was happy to oblige her by shipping six of my extras to her. : )


What have you been working on? Are you in the home stretch of some quilt projects, as I am? If so, we want to cheer you on—link up below!


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Friday, October 26, 2018

All Sorts of Inefficency / Beauties Pageant 6

Don’t get too excited. I’m currently unsewing all of these blocks!

Confession: I started a new project.

Now, I was not in the position to begin another quilt, but I ran out of fabric for the two-color QuiltCon challenge I had been working on. (This happens when you buy fabric before you decide on a design. Ack—inefficiency!) I could have worked on a variety of WIPs while waiting for reinforcements to arrive—like my Gypsy Wife quilt or my No Latitude quilt or my Modern Medallion quilt—but I succumbed to the allure of novelty.

Grabbing a fistful of fat quarters from Maureen Cracknell’s Nightfall line, I printed out a copy Garden Plots, a quilt Alison Vermilya designed for Moda Bake Shop. I’ve had that pattern on my radar screen all year. I love how it builds on big chunks of fabric—perfect for showcasing Nightfall’s bunnies and owls.

But Garden Plots calls for a jelly roll and yardage. All I had on hand were fats and a tiny bit of yardage. With minimal planning and no idea whether I had enough fabric, I just started cutting and sewing. (You see what I’m doing here, right? Setting myself up for another fabric emergency.)

I was feeling OK with my first few blocks (see picture above), but then I sewed this beauty ...


So now I’m reworking those first few blocks and using a print and solid in each of the frames. Doing suits me more aesthetically. It also helps me make the most of the limited fabric cuts I have.

How about your past week of sewing? Did you, like me, take a rotary cutter to a bundle of pristine fat quarters? If you finished up a project in the works, we want to hear about it. Join the linky below!


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  • Post your finish in the linky tool. (No links to your own giveaway or linky, please!)
  • Point your readers back here with a text link or use the button above.
  • Visit and comment on other participants’ finishes.



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