Friday, September 23, 2022

Still Pretty Simple Jelly Roll Quilt / Beauties Pageant 187

When I was designing my latest PDF, the Still Pretty Simple Jelly Roll Quilt, I photographed the quilt I originally made from the design for the cover and was really pleased with how it turned out. The bright colors of that quilt make for an eye-catching cover. But this pattern includes five different layout optionsfour of which I had never sewn before!so I couldnt help but embark on a new project from the instructions.

And here is the final flimsy: a super-scrappy, two-color Still Pretty Simple Jelly Roll Quilt. This layout creates a huge star with what looks to me like four photo corners. (And if anyone is going to sew a 56-inch by 64-inch star, its going to be me!)

The nexus for the fabric pull was a set of black and white fat eighths that I won through my guild. There was everything from OG Cotton and Steel to Zen Chic to Sarah Jane fabric in it. One of our board members cut the pieces from her rather extensive personal stash. It was an awesome prize, and because I used only the prints that read as all white or all black, supplementing them with my own stash and scraps, I still have a good chunk of the bundle left over. 

Its going to be a while before I have the bandwidth to quilt this flimsy, but I want to pick the binding and piece the backing before I fold everything up and put it aside for a few months. This black and white quilt needs a little something for the binding—specifically, something that’s not black or white. There are infrequent bits of aqua, orange, avocado, and pink in the scrappy low-volume background, so they’re logical candidates for the binding. My current plan of attack is to go with a bold pink binding and coordinate the backing appropriately.

This is only my second two-color quilt project. (See my first one, a QuiltCon challenge reject, here.) It was fun to sew with these fabrics, and even though I homed in on two colors, there were plenty of fabric decisions to make. Have you made a two-color quilt? Id love to see the ones you have. Post one or two of them to this weeks linky, even if they are finishes from way back when. : )

The Still Pretty Simple Jelly Roll Quilt PDF is available exclusively through my Etsy shop. It’s priced at just $2, with proceeds going to support a Down syndrome organization in my area.

 


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Friday, September 16, 2022

Taffy Quilt Kit / Beauties Pageant 186

I tried something new: I made a quilt from a kit! 

In general, I dont consider kits very “me.” I enjoy the process of developing a palette and pulling fabric too much to allow a quilt shop to do those steps for me. When I won a Taffy quilt kit in Pure Solids through one of my guilds monthly raffles, though, it was time to challenge my thinking.

And I was pleasantly surprised. This kit was just what I needed for my May quilt retreat. My in-process projects were not easily picked up and schlepped to Maine for a weekend, so I cut out and organized all the Taffy pieces in advance of the event. After the three days of the retreat, the top was done, as were a few other items from my quilty to-do list.

Theres another selling point for working from a kit on this project. The large throw-size Taffy quilt requires 30 different fabrics in addition to the background. It would have been hard to find this particular spectrum of colors in any one quilt shop, and it would have been nearly impossible to buy the necessary yardage online without ending up with a lot of extra fabric. With the kit, however, I had just enough fabric.

Im really pleased with how this quilt turned out. The pantosized to my liking for a less crinkly washed quiltis subtle and doesnt detract from the bold design of the quilt top. The binding is a woven fabric that matches one of the mauves in the piecingit adds texture and interest next to all of those Pure Solids. And the backing, although simple and designed to use up stash, is one of my all-time favorites.

The only decision I would make differently in the future is the batting. The Pure Solids have a fine handtheyre beautiful, but theyre not a beefy Bella or Kona solid. I think Warm and White would have made that background in Pure Solid Snow shine more brightly than the Hobbs 80/20 does. 

I should note that I encountered some issues with the pattern. I found the 6.5"x 8.5" professionally printed booklet that came with the kit difficult to navigate. If youre considering making your own Taffy quilt, Id purchase the PDF; perhaps it’s laid out differently.

Also, the plus blocks should be trimmed to 11.5 inches (not 11 inches, as the pattern states). My blocks came out closer to 11.75 inches, so I adjusted all the sashing measurements to accommodate that. Instead of following the patterns instructions for the borders, I found it easier to figure out how I wanted the border blocks to line up with the focal blocks and figured out the math on my own.

Despite those points, Taffy is a beautiful design. If youre an experienced pattern reader and comfortable tweaking things a bit, youll be fine.

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Friday, September 9, 2022

Thimble Blossoms' Sunnyside Quilt and a Giveaway / Beauties Pageant 185

One of my goals this year was to sew through my Bonnie and Camille stash. Most of my B&C fabrics had been set aside for my Gypsy Wife quilt. Once that long-standing WIP was finished, though, I gave myself free rein to sew whatever I wanted with the rest!

First I sewed and quilted my version of Thimble Blossoms Rain or Shine pattern. (Thimble Blossoms is the name of Camille Roskelleys pattern company.) Then I moved on to the Sunnyside pattern, also by Camille, which proved to be a brilliant decision. : )

The heart of each Sunnyside half log cabin is a 5-inch square, so I used my favorite designs from the two charm packs of Vintage Picnic I had on hand. The design permitted me to incorporate a bunch of low-volume charms, which made my stash-busting little heart happy. Too often, low-volumes dont provide enough contrast with lighter backgrounds, but that was a nonissue with this design. 

In addition to the charm squares, this pattern call for two honey buns, Modas name for 1.5-inch strips. I instead culled through my mountainous scrap pile to cut what was required. It was tedious work, but the skinny strips helped me get good mileage from the oddly shaped bits and pieces I had after completing my Gypsy Wife.

Once the top was finished, I dropped it off to my friend Ophelia, who quilted a lovely swirly panto on the quilt. Needless to say, Ill be keeping this beauty for myself.


A Fabric Giveaway

OK! Ive mentioned that September would include some giveaways on From Bolt to Beauty. The first one was a free pattern PDF (see last weeks post). Its going out to newsletter subscribers today free of charge. If you missed out, you can still download the pattern from Etsy for just $2. The proceeds from each sale, less Etsy and PayPal fees, will go to the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress. (If you want to be in the loop for future freebies, sign up for the newsletter here.)

This week Im giving away the bundle of eight fat quartersall from Starry by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Ruby Star Societypictured below:

You have two opportunities to enter to win this fabric: (1) Upload your link to the Beauties Pageant below (just one link, please) and/or (2) leave a comment on this post about what youd like to see in a future giveaway (just one comment, please).

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4) on Thursday, September 15, 2022. 

IMPORTANT: The winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond before I pick a second name. If you’re a no-reply blogger or comment anonymously, please include your email address in your comment or send it to me at frombolttobeauty (at) gmail (dot) comotherwise, I have no way to contact you. And if youre not sure whether youre a no-reply blogger, send me your email address just in case.

Good luck!

UPDATE: The giveaway is over, and Nancy of Peace and Grace Quilting is the winner!

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