Friday, December 3, 2021

Plaid-ish / Beauties Pageant 154

Hey, there—long time, no post! I’m happy to be back on my blog after an unplanned break that included a month’s worth of appointments compressed into a week, a visit with my in-laws, and Thanksgiving with my side of the family. Aside from one deadline-driven project I’m working on, I’m hoping to mostly coast through the end of the year. Lucky for me, I have projects close enough to the finish line that I will still have fun stuff to share, even though sewing is in low gear for me through the new year. : )

Pictured here is one of those finishes! It’s my first Plaid-ish quilt. It’s also my only Plaid-ish quilt—until I finish my Gypsy Wife quilt. I’ve decided that feat will earn me a second Plaid-ish. What makes this pattern so much fun? It’s the fabric pull, friends. I love sitting down with my scraps and stash, and developing a palette. It’s almost as much fun as designing patterns. What makes Plaid-ish extra satisfying is that it uses no background fabric, so it busts through a ton of fabric.

 

And there are so many good fabrics in this beauty. Two collections from Kate Spain—Aria and Canyon—set the stage color-wise. (I had bits left over from this quilt and this quilt and this quilt.) I built the palette from there, focusing on salmon, periwinkle, grassy green, aqua, navy, and gray. There are selections from Alison Glass, 1Canoe2, Lizzy House, Janet Clare, and other fabulous designers. The pattern, a freebie from Erica Jackman, of Kitchen Table Quilting, is built around low, medium, and dark tones. If you’ve never played with value before, it’s a blast—you’ve got to find the time to sew a Plaid-ish!


I splurged and sent this project to Narda at Maz Q’s Sewing and Quilting Studio for an edge-to-edge panto. I like to quilt my tops myself and considered stippling this one, but it’s an oversize throw and I knew Narda’s work would give it a polish that my domestic and I couldn’t. 


We have so much to catch up on! Please share your finishes from the past few weeks (more than one upload is encouraged!) in the linky below. It’s nice to be back. : )

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Friday, November 12, 2021

A Last Hurrah with My DS Stash / Beauties Pageant 153

I’ve come to realize that there are two ways to clean up my sewing space: the fast way and the slow way. The fast way is tossing fabric bits that are too small to use, selling no-longer-loved bundles, and passing orphan blocks to friends who will do something with them. The slow way is by finishing projects—ha! I go through spurts when I sort and organize to determine what stays and what goes, but always in the background are the slow projects, chugging along and waiting to be pushed to the head of the queue.

The hearts made with Denyse Schmidt fabric that you see at the top of the post are one of those slow projects. I’ve always loved Denyse’s designs. In fact, I’d say that I came to modern quilting through the DS door, and for the first few years, it was rare that I’d finish a project without at least one of her fabrics in it. And then two years ago, I decided to use up my DS stash once and for all. I was going to make several quilts and then sell off whatever scraps and yardage I had left over. It was time for some turnover in my stash!

That decision resulted in Farmhouse Chic, a quilt of concentric squares that uses fabrics from Denyse’s Eastham and New Bedford lines, along with scraps from other designers ...

To read more about Farmhouse Chic, click here.

It also led to two Ship’s Ladder quilts, as well as a version of Stepping Stones ...

This is the throw-size Ship’s Ladder. Read about it here.


Read more about Stepping Stones in this post.

Now I’m happy to say that I’m on my last quilt with my current DS stash. It’s a catch-all project and comprises many DS lines, for both independent quilt shops and big-box stores. I’m using this tutorial, called Random Hearts. Of course, I finished 15 blocks and then had to set them aside to take care of higher-priority projects, but the project has already proved to be a fun, fast sew.

Are you a fellow fan of Denyse Schmidt? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments—or better yet, post a project using her fabric or one of her patterns in the linky. DS finishes old and new are welcome!

 

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Friday, November 5, 2021

An Ombre Jelly Roll Giveaway / Beauties Pageant 152


Hello all you lovely quilters! A month ago, I posted pics of a finished quilt top on Instagram (and here on the blog) that pretty much blew up my feed. The response to my Ridiculously Easy Jelly Roll Quilt rendered in V and Co’s Ombre Fairy Dust was so positive that I couldn’t help but follow up with a giveaway. So when I needed a little more in my cart at the Fat Quarter Shop recently to get free shipping, I picked up another ombre jelly roll. I’m giving this precut, along with a PDF copy of my Ridiculously Easy Jelly Roll Quilt, to one lucky winner, just to say thanks!

All entries to the giveaway are being accepted on Instagram. Head to my IG feed, and look for the giveaway picture for more details. (BTW ... This giveaway is open internationally.)

As your friendly neighborhood fabric enabler, I have to add that Ombre Fairy Dust jelly rolls are still available at some online retailers. Check out the Fat Quarter Shop, Lark Cottons, and Shabby Fabrics. ; )


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