Friday, July 12, 2019

Pageant Highlight Reel / Beauties Pageant 40

Quilty friends, welcome to another Beauties Pageant. Instead of confessing to starting yet another project (and let’s face it—I have done exactly that since I last posted), I thought we’d look back at highlights from the past few months of pageants.

One of my favorite finishes of late is the Footnote Quilt that Chris, of Chris Knits Sews, made. The pattern achieves the same effect as the Dutch Windmill Quilt I sewed with my guild a few years ago. I love that Chris used prints, though, which soften the subtle curves of the overall quilt ...


And then there’s this flying geese wall quilt from Gretchen, of Gretchen’s Little Corner. The modern tone of this project isn’t her usual MO, but—wow!—it’s well executed. The pieced flanged binding, in particular, is brilliant.


I have a weakness for Christmas quilts, so Alison’s Christmas Churns Quilt has been on my radar since she posted the corresponding tutorial on Moda Bake Shop. Head to her blog, Little Bunny Quilts, for more information and a link to the tutorial while there’s plenty of time before the holidays to make one for yourself. ; )


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Friday, July 5, 2019

Serial Project Starter / Beauties Pageant 39


I cannot stop starting new projects. I have nine in various stages of completion on my sewing table right now, and that didn’t dissuade me yesterday from compiling a new fabric pull for yet another quilt. I usually max out about 5 or 6 works in process. It’s been weirdly masochistic to see how many I can embark on without losing my wits about me and shoving it all into the closet.

Case in point: these lovely granny square blocks. I’m making them because I have the fabric (some of it already cut into the requisite 2.5-inch size) and, well, because I want to. There are 41 squares in each block and more than 1,200 in the lapsize quilt I have planned. My scrap pile had better look visibly smaller once I remove that number of 2.5-inch squares from it.

I have yet to trim up these beauties, but we’re still in the middle of Cain Renovation 2019 and I can’t find my square ruler (or my washi tape or my lens cap—but don’t tell my husband because it’s really his lens cap!). Who knew that erecting a wall and renovating a kitchen would wreck havoc on every corner of our home?


The triumph here, aside from busting through scraps, is that I’m nesting seams instead of pressing open and pinning. And—look!—the results are pretty good ...


I am dreadfully behind in responding to emails and clicking through to pageant participants, but I hope you’ll share your recent finishes nonetheless!

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Rainbow Bright / Beauties Pageant 38


As I predicted last week, the quilt tops are piling up!

I just finished piecing this colorful strip-and-flip baby quilt. Is there a baby in my life who needs a rainbow quilt? Well, no. But it was a delight to assemble this fabric pull and a cinch to piece the strips.


The quilt requires a 2-inch strip from each fabric, not enough to make a dent in my yardage on hand. To bust through a bit more fabric, I cut enough for two quilt tops and two pieced backs. : )

To make your own strip-and-flip quilt, check out Allison Harris’s tutorial here.

What have you been working on? If you, like me, are producing just tops this summer, we want to see them. Share your finishes big and small in the linky below!

I thought you’d appreciate a real-life look at a FBTB photo shoot. Ten minutes before I had to leave for a vet appointment, I was taping this project to the wall in my family room and taking pictures!

Linking up to Favorite Finish and Main Crush Monday ...

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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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