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When I was designing my latest PDF, the Still Pretty Simple Jelly Roll Quilt, I photographed the quilt I originally made from the design for the cover and was really pleased with how it turned out.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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Friday, September 2, 2022

Free PDF Pattern / Beauties Pageant 184

 

Hello! I hope you had a lovely August. After a few weeks away from my sewing machine, a trip to the beach, and (alas!) a case of Covid, Ive settled back into my usual routine, working on projects and writing about them.

September and the reopening of school always feel more like the beginning of the year for me—moreso than January 1 does—and I wanted to mark this fresh start with some giveaways, along with updates on recent finishes.

With the first giveaway, everyone is a winner! I’m designing a free PDF for the quilt pictured above (and three other possible layouts from these blocks). This is my Still Pretty Simple Jelly Roll Quilt, and it comes just in time for National Sew a Jelly Roll Day on September 17. 

All that is required to sew this beauty is a jelly roll and 1.75 yards of background fabric. The sample here was sewn with Denyse Schmidt’s Franklin collection, but Im working on a new version in black and white fabrics. Im excited about it!

The easiest way to get your copy is to sign up for my newsletter; I’ll send the PDF as an attachment on the September 9 mailing. (After that, it will be posted in my Etsy shop for a nominal fee, with proceeds going to charity.)

The From Bolt to Beauty newsletter is just another way for me to keep in contact with other quilters. It goes out monthly (or at least thats the plan—I’m trying to get more regular about it!) and includes:

  • A recap of blog and Instagram happenings
  • The latest FBTB tips and tutorials
  • Info on upcoming pattern releases and quilt-alongs
  • Special discounts and newsletter-only freebies

I have a few other surprises up my sleeve for September. Swing by next week to learn more.

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Friday, July 29, 2022

Three Popcorn Pouches, One Easy Zipper Project / Beauties Pageant 183


Please note: This is my last post of the summer. I’ll be taking a break in August, to return on September 2 with a series of finishes and giveaways!

 

For the past two years, a bag full of prepped Popcorn Pouches has been living in my fabric chest. Whenever I open the bottom drawer, I move this bag out of the way and carefully replace it before I close the drawer back up. It’s been so long since I selected the fabric for these pouches and cut the necessary pieces that I can’t remember my plan for them, but surely I envisioned something better than moving their pieces from here to there and back again!

There’s something to be said for having projects at the ready, though, because when my guild held its bimonthly sewing bee, I knew those pouches were the perfect project to cart there.

This is not my first go-round with the Amista Baker’s Popcorn Pouch pattern (available here). I did make a slew of these little numbers back in 2020, four of which are pictured in this post. I added some bling to that bunch and sent them off as Mother’s Day gifts and as thank-you gifts for pattern testers.

The latest round includes three pouches—one in the mini size and two in the small. If your zipper stash is getting unwieldy, this is a quick and easy pattern to put those zips to good use.

 

My advice for easy zipper installation is to use Steam-a-Seam 2, a double-sided fusible tape that’s a quarter-inch wide. I find that using this tape, and then adding some Wonder Clips for good measure, keeps my zippers in place as I stitch. The skinny adhesive gets hidden away in the seam allowance. I also use it to keep the back side of my binding strips on these pouches neat and tidy.

My other tip: If you’re making multiple pouches, try to find one thread color to do all the work. I used the same off-white Gutermann thread for everything except finishing the bindings. The limited number of bobbin changes and rethreading episodes made the process go faster.

For you fabric nerds out there, the selections represented here are all oldies but goodies. In the pics throughout this post, you’ll see Persimmon by Basic Grey, Turkish Delight by Josephine Kimberling, and Lark by Amy Butler.

I am signing off for the month of August. Come back in September for new posts, the latest linky, and some giveaways! Wishing you all a wonderful end to the summer!

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Friday, July 22, 2022

An Ombre Ridiculously Easy Jelly Roll Quilt / Beauties Pageant 182

I am in love with my latest finish, an ombre version of my Ridiculously Easy Jelly Roll Quilt

There was no recipient in mind when I took this project on; I simply wanted to see what a jelly roll of V And Co’s Ombre Fairy Dust would look like in REJR form. I think we can agree: It’s pretty amazing!

The hardest part of this project was getting it to the top of my priority list so I could finish it. At one point I decided to send it to a longarmer, and then I realized that I had spray-basted it months before, thinking that would motivate me to quilt and bind it. Getting it longarmed was, therefore, out of the question. (Blerg.)

In the end, I quilted straight lines that mimic the chevron shape, which I also did in this version. It was both super effective and super fast, and made me feel silly for putting it off for so long.

At the suggestion of my local quilt shop owner, I bound this beauty in the same hue of eggplant that appears in the strips. I think it was the perfect solution and better than the navy I originally had planned.

Truth be told, with all that navy, this is not a Golden Retriever-friendly color palette, so I’ll be selling or gifting this beauty. No worries … I am officially an ombre convert and have a jelly roll of V And Co’s Ombre Galaxy to sew up next with a light background. 

If youve made your own projects with ombre fabric lines, Id love to see them. Please post them in this weeks linky!

To read more about my process of sewing this quilt top, click here.

To sew your own Ridiculously Easy Jelly Roll Quilt, click here.

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Friday, July 15, 2022

An Ameroonie Designs' Mug Rug / Beauties Pageant 181

 

My happy place is throw-size quilts. Why? Throw-size quilts are practical! Throw-size require less time to complete than bed-size quilts! You cannot have enough throw-size quilts in your house!

Every so often, however, I’ll take on a small project and think, Hey, that didn’t take long at all—maybe smaller projects are where it’s at. 

Consider the mug rug I made this week. Based on a pattern from Ameroonie Designs, it was a small and satisfying sew. In fact, I have a second, almost identical, one that’s in the home stretch of completion.

The challenges I encountered making this mug rug and its twin were minor. First, I had a hard time cutting the tiny pieces as cleanly as I would have liked. The issue may have been related to the scissors I used for that task moreso than my technique, though. Then there was the problem of keeping tabs on all of those little pieces. When I couldn’t locate one, I was never sure whether it was hiding somewhere on my sewing table or whether a certain naughty puppy ate it. (This dilemma pertains to many missing-in-action items in my life.) It was only after binding the mug rug that I remembered Yvonne’s recent Instagram post about making a quick and easy portable design board, which would have kept everything together.


I rarely incorporate any applique into my projects, quilts or otherwise, so the raw-edge applique strawberries were a fun departure from my usual piecing. I recommend this pattern—which also includes watermelons, lemons, and cherries—and instructions on different quilt-as-you-go options.

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Friday, July 8, 2022

Camille Roskelley's Rain or Shine Quilt / Beauties Pageant 180

Today’s post merits some fanfare. Cue the angelic choir/ticker-tape parade/drumroll ... I finished my Rain or Shine Quilt!

Earlier this year, after completing my Gypsy Wife Quilt in Bonnie and Camille fabrics, I set out to use up the rest of my B&C stash. Rain or Shine is one of two projects that resulted from that effort (the other is waiting to go to the longarmer). The nexus for this project was a charm pack of Miss Kate I had on hand, and with the exception of the striped binding, everything came from my stash.

 
The quilt pattern is one from Camille Roskelley, the C in B&C fabric. My favorite part of the top is the 42 stars sprinkled along the sashing that transform the otherwise simple plus sign design into something special. The pattern instructions offer the option to sew regular cornerstones instead of the more time-consuming stars, but I chose to snowball 336 corners to create my star collection. It was well worth the effort.
 

The back features a large swath of one of the Miss Kate fabrics that also appears on the top. To get the cut to the length I needed, I incorporated some leftover Gypsy Wife blocks into it. (Do not underestimate the satisfaction of using orphan blocks in a humble quilt back!)
 

As time goes on, I’ve been employing the services of a few different longarmers to get projects over the finish line and focus on the designing and piecing stages of quilt making. But all these plus signs and stars were asking for something simpler, so I polished off this project myself with simple straight-line quilting on an angle.
 
As much as I am pleased with the results of this finish, From Bolt to Beauty world headquarters is bursting at the seams with quilts. The next item on my to-do list is to determine which friend or family member will receive this beauty. : )

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