Friday, September 30, 2016

The Month of the Pillow

As you may already know, I love Instagram. There is such a community of quilters there that are welcoming, encouraging, and creative. I find much inspiration and motivation from the people I "know" there!

This month, the Modern Makers Retreat is hosting a pillow challenge. All you had to do was create a pillow, post a picture, and use a few hashtags. There are some amazing prizes! And, if you know me, I can't resist a good challenge!

This led to "the month of the pillow."

It all started with an empty couch at church. It needed some color! So I pulled out some aqua scraps and made two 16" pillows. I just sewed strips of fabric together and quilted it with my walking foot 1/4" on either side of each seam. Every pillow I made this month has an envelope back - because that's fast and effective!

Strip pieced aqua quilted pillow
Strip pieced aqua quilted pillow

Then I made the pineapple selvage quilt and had some selvage triangles leftover just begging to be used. I used them to make a dinosaur pillow - that both of the boys fight over! The dinosaur is sewn onto the background using raw edge applique. I just tucked the triangles under the edge before sewing it down. I put binding on the edge just like a quilt in order to bring some color to the outer edges. I should probably make a second one...

Selvage triangle dinosaur pillow
Selvage triangle sinosaur pillow

While sewing for the Henry Glass & Co. Desire to Inspire challenge, I stitched up a few hexies. I initially planned a table runner, but once I started laying them out, I had no where near enough! Pillow it was!

Sew Bee It fabric modern hexie quilted pillow
 
I've been wanting to try fabric weaving for quite awhile, so I decided to try it out for the Henry Glass & Co. Desire to Inspire challenge too! I stuck with a hexagon theme for the challenge, so it was only fitting that I turn the weaving into a hexagon pillow! This one has a 2" foam insert instead of a pillow form. I tried it as a regular pillow, but the sides pulled the weaving out of shape. This pillow is unquilted and only sewn down in the seams of the outside edges. The weaving is what holds it all together!

Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric weaving pillow

A scrappy pumpkin pillow has been on my want-to-make list for at least a year, if not two. I've had the orange fabrics set aside forever! I sewed up some half-square triangles and squares to make a pumpkin. I quilted it using straight lines 1/4" on either side of each seam - my favorite quilting method!

Scrappy patchwork pumpkin quilted pillow

The final pillow I made has been in the WIP pile for far too long! I originally made the paper pieced bat when pattern testing for Nicole of Lillyella Stitchery last October. I quilted it using 1/4" vertical straight lines. For this pillow, I added black binding to help frame the bat. This one is 12" x 16".

Midnight Bite paper pieced bat quilted pillow

I've loved all these fast finishes this month! Seven different pillows! I think I need to invest in some more pillow forms! Have you made any pillows lately?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Desire to Inspire Challenge

This month, I had the opportunity to work with some fantastic Henry Glass & Co. fabrics for their Desire to Inspire challenge! Each month, a different quilter is chosen to create projects from a different line of fabric. I jumped at the chance!

Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric
 Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric
 
Henry Glass & Co. mailed me a fabric panel and seven prints from the line "Sew Bee It" by Shelly Comiskey. The prints are so fun! Just look at the selvages!


Henry Glass & Co Sew Bee It Fabric

Because of the Labor Day weekend, I didn't receive my fabrics until well into the month. But that didn't stop me from trying to squeeze in a lot of projects!

I knew we would be traveling one weekend of the month. I now keep a stash of 1" hexie papers and 2 1/2" fabric squares in the car to keep me busy while I'm riding shotgun. I switched out my usual fabrics for the Sew Bee It fabrics and stitched up a stack of them. Once back home, I sewed them onto a white background to make into a 16" pillow. I love the quilt-as-you-go method for making modern hexies. And the finished pillow has such a great texture to it!


Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric Modern hexies pillow
Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric Modern hexies pillow
Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric Modern hexies pillow
Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric Modern hexies pillow

Also during September, MisterDomestic (Mathew Boudreaux) hosted a weave along. Mathew posted tutorials on his blog for several days to encourage people to try fabric weaving. I had been tossing around the idea for awhile, so I knew this was the time to try it!


Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric weaving hexagon pillow
Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric weaving hexagon pillow
Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric weaving hexagon pillow

After finishing the weave, I trimmed it into a hexagon shape and stitched it up into a pillow! This time I used 2" foam for the insert so the weave would hold it's shape. Have I mentioned that I love trying new things? I will definitely be weaving fabric again! It's such a cool effect! If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend it! Very different from normal quilting, but a great way to challenge your brain!


Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric weaving hexagon pillow
Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric weaving hexagon pillow
Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric weaving hexagon pillow
Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric weaving hexagon pillow

Keeping with the hexagon theme, I used six of the fabrics and a solid black fabric to create a throw quilt. Each hexagon is about 8" across. The size of the quilt (about 45" x 60") was determined by running out of one of the fabrics! (Tell me I'm not the only one that has ever happened to!) I sewed the quilt top in an afternoon, then quilted it the following afternoon! I used my walking foot to quilt horizontal straight lines just under an inch apart. This quilt is my 38th quilt for the year!


Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric hexagon quilt
Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric hexagon quilt
Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric hexagon quilt
Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric hexagon quilt
Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric hexagon quilt

One of fabrics in the Sew Bee It line is a border print. I knew immediately it would make a really great apron! The apron is made so that it is one giant pocket! Just think of all the things I can stash in there! (On a side note, the tree was much better at taking selfies than I was! Also note, when I wear the apron, the straps are long enough to go around me all the way and then tie in the front. So I'm not quite as big around as this tree!)


Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric apron

Lastly, I wanted to make something fun for the boys. I fussy cut a beehive, two flowers, and three bees and made a mini quiet counting book. Times two. Because, siblings. Each page in the book is about 3 1/2" square.


Henry Glass & Co. Sew Bee It fabric mini quiet counting book

It is now the end of the month, so I've run out time for creating projects for the challenge. However, I still have a fabric panel and some fabric left that I didn't have time to use! I have a few more projects planned in my mind, so as they say, watch this space!

Here is the link to the announcement on the Henry Glass & Co. blog that I am the September challenger.

Here is the link to the final blog post on the HG&C blog with my projects and a little bit about me too. (Will add the link when it is posted on Friday, September 30th.)


If this is your first time stopping by, hello! You can see all the quilts I've made by clicking on the Quilt Finishes tab at the top of the blog. Take a look around and say hi! I'd love to meet you!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fruit of the Spirit

Have you caught the selvage bug? I admit I'm not really a fan. But I am a huge fan of challenges, so when the selvage challenge popped up on Instagram, I was all in!

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

The selvage (or selvedge if you speak British English) is the factory edge of fabric. It does not fray, so can be used in projects differently than cut fabric.

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

The selvage challenge is hosted by Stash Builder Box (a monthly subscription box for quilters with a great pay it forward philosophy). The premise of the challenge is to use selvages (the part of the fabric traditionally thrown out) to create a quilt or other quilty project. Of course there are some awesome prizes too!

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

The Stash Builder Box sold some selvages and scraps in scrap bags in preparation of the challenge. These scraps were from the Fancy and Fabulous fabric by Fancy Pants Designs for Riley Blake Designs. Since I don't normally save my selvages, I wanted to create my quilt exclusively with these scraps.

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

When I started brainstorming ideas for the challenge, I knew I wanted to do something different and outside of the box. Most of the selvage projects I've seen are made from sewing the selvages together into rows and then cutting those into blocks. I decided to play with the idea that the selvages wouldn't fray and tried coming up with ways to capitalize on that trait.

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

Not long after, the idea for this pineapple quilt was born.

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

I cut the selvages one inch wide, cut them 2 1/2 inches long, then ironed them into triangles.

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

I sewed these triangles into rows that finished only 1/4 inch apart. The triangles are only sewn into the seam along one edge. This created an overlap with an amazing texture.

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

After basting, I sewed several leaf shapes above the triangles to create a pineapple top. I left these with raw edges to add a softer texture to the quilt top.

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

The back is pieced from the rest of the Fancy and Fabulous scraps. I'll be honest - the back is a hot mess. I didn't realize until well into piecing the scraps, that most were not cut straight. This caused the back to not lay flat. Once quilted, there are several puckers. However, I didn't want to start over. Plus, it's the back. So it's perfect just the way it is.

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

I used my vintage Bernina 930 Record to quilt the Bible verse Galatians 5:22 onto the quilt: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." In order to make quilting easier, I actually turned my sewing machine 90 degrees so the bulk of the quilt could be rolled up under the arm, but I could "write" the words from left to right.

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

The binding is a yellow from my stash. It is from the fabric line Knock Knock by Dana Brooks by Henry Glass Fabrics.

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

I used white thread for the piecing and quilting. The batting is low loft 80% cotton and 20% polyester. The finished quilt measures about 28" x 40" - a great baby quilt size. It is my 37th quilt finish for the year!

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

Even with imperfections, I love this quilt! I'm very pleased with how the pineapple turned out, and I have several ideas spinning in my head to use the same technique.

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

Stash Builder Box uses a percentage of their profits to create quilts to donate to children around the world. They have encouraged participants to donate the quilts created for the selvage challenge. This fruit of the Spirit quilt is going to my local Pregnancy Resource Center to bless a new mom.

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

Be sure to check out all the entries in the challenge by looking through the #selvagechallenge2016 on Instagram.

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

I want to know - do you save your selvages? Have you ever made a selvage quilt? Or do you use them for cat bed stuffing?

Selvage pineapple fruit of the Spirit quilt

Monday, September 19, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Entry 2 - Butterfly Quilt

Amy Elllis of Amy's Creative Side is hosting the Blogger's Quilt Festival this month. Quilters can enter up to two quilts in the various categories. It's a great way to meet some new bloggers and see what others have been up to in the quilting world!

Reverse applique butterfly mini quilt

My second entry is my Butterfly mini quilt. I could have entered it in a couple different categories, but I decided on the applique category.

Reverse applique butterfly mini quilt

I made the butterfly quilt as part of a blog hop for Pat Bravo's Dare Fabrics.

Reverse applique butterfly mini quilt

I love trying and learning new things, and this quilt helped me learn several things!

Reverse applique butterfly mini quilt

You can take a look behind the seams and read more about the quilt on my original post here.

Reverse applique butterfly mini quilt

I used a reverse applique technique to create the butterfly. I sewed and quilted the entire quilt on my vintage Bernina 930 Record.

Reverse applique butterfly mini quilt

Reverse applique butterfly mini quilt

The quilt is 16" x 20". It is made with Pat Bravo's Dare and Essentials II Fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics.

Reverse applique butterfly mini quilt

You can see my first entry in the Festival here.

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Reverse applique butterfly mini quilt