Sparkle Quilt

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So, by now it’s pretty clear that as a beginner quilter, one of my favorite resources are Misourri Star Quilt Company tutorials. Well, here’s another example of why.

One of MSQC’s recent tutorials on YouTube was for the Sparkle Quilt ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHaT-ZXDm-c )  . It immediately caught my eye, and I had just the fabrics in my stash to use for it. But, I’m reversing the prints. I had a big roll of mostly low volume prints from Out of Hand (best modern fabric shop in Calgary), and knew I had to use it. I paired it with some teal polka dot fabric, and actually managed to get a start on it.

Here’s what I have so far. It won’t be done for a while, thanks to some amazing weather and fun beach days with the kids. We are so loving being in Nova Scotia for the Summer.


  

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Mandala Quilt. Man, I like this one.

I think I have now got more projects on the go than I can reasonably finish. At least this Summer. However, this one came together so quickly and easily that I had to see it to the finish line asap.

If you haven’t seen any of the Violet Craft patterns before, take a look. http://www.violetcraft.com/  They’re beautiful and really well written. I have bought a few more of her paper piecing patterns and am really looking forward to getting started on them. This one is the Violet Craft Mandala Quilt. http://www.violetcraft.com/pdf/the-mandala-quilt-pdf-pattern photo 1man2photo 1 (2)man3photo 3thumbnail_photo%205[1]thumbnail_photo%203[1]thumbnail_photo%204[1]thumbnail_photo%201[2]

The Mandala is a great way to use up some stash or favorite fabrics. I’ve already started a second one, again, using all different colourways etc. I’ve searched #mandalaquilt on Instagram, and founds lots of examples, and the ones with matchy fabrics are just as stunning.

I think this one, with all it’s flaws (operator errors), will be hung on the wall. This new house is huge and we have empty walls just crying for some love.

For now, it’s back to the pool. Enough typing on my phone. Back to Summer with the kids. ❤

Lucky Penny, Completed.

While the quilt itself is pretty quick to put together, it’s amazing how three kids and a full-time job can hamper progress.

This was my first quilt using Fireside as a backing, and it will definitely not be my last. It’s soft like minky, but not nearly so stretchy, making it great to work with. It was also my first attempt at adding lace to a quilt, and I’m not mad at it, but I had hoped it would have kept its shape a little better than it did. Not sure if I’ll use it again.

As per usual, my free motion quilting skills are so beginner, and it shows. Oh well, they say newborns can’t really see much at first, so here’s hoping that’s true.

Lucky Penny, Lucky Indeed!

Ever since the Missouri Star Quilt Company (https://www.missouriquiltco.com/ )   came out with their “Block” magazine ( https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/magazine ), I have been a faithful buyer. A local quilt shop here in Calgary, Along Came Quilting ( alongcamequilting.com )  , offers subscriptions, delivered to the store at a fantastic price. They also carry the MSQC line of templates etc. Each issue is as good as a full quilting book, at a fraction of the cost. They are very beginner friendly, and really well written. As a bonus, a lot of the patterns found in “Block” have tutorial videos on the MSQC YouTube channel.

This pattern, Lucky Penny ( https://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/detail/21422/msqc/-/lucky-penny-quilt-pattern ), caught my eye as soon as I saw it. I’ve now, finally, started to attempt it.

I’m impressed at how quickly it’s come together. All three kids have been sick this past week, and as a result, yesterday was the first chance I’ve had to sit at the sewing table.

So happy to say that they’re all on the mend, and now keeping me from sewing thanks to requests for playing. Such a relief, and I’m thrilled to oblige them.

This is the progress I managed to make last evening after they were all snuggled in to sleep though. It will be a baby quilt for Little Miss #4 coming this Spring, and is my first attempt at using Fireside as a backing.

I’m loving this ‘Free Spirit’ fabric.


  
  

Learning My ABC’s Part 2

These alphabet blocks from Moda came together so well. The kids had a blast spelling stuff with the blocks and playing hopscotch on them, I hope they like the finished quilts as much. Please see my previous post on this for links. 🙂

I highly recommend doing two of these quilts (or more) at a time. I made two this round, and may attempt three at a time the next go ’round. I figured if I was going to take the time to cut and piece 26 different blocks, I may as well do two of each, and I’m glad I did.

My oldest picked flannel zebra print backings for these, and they’re pretty wild. 😉


  
  
  

Learning My ABC’s

Middle Little is the most energetic creature I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Her thirst for knowledge is the only thing that rivals her energy level. She’s been wanting to learn to sew (sit on my lap while I sew) for ages, so this weekend, she did.

We found the perfect project, an alphabet quilt using the free patterns from the Spell it With Moda Blog Hop from a few years ago.  http://blog.modafabrics.com/2014/02/spell-it-with-fabric-setting-directions/

It took a lot of hunting and gathering to get all the patterns, but each and every blog the hop brought me to was impressive, and I would recommend it to everyone.

With three girls, and another on the way in the Spring, I’m hoping to finish four of these.

Here’s the start of two. I used jelly rolls for the letters, and yardage for the background. They come together really quickly and the kids already love playing with the blocks.


  

I’m No Gymnast, but I Can’t Resist Cartwheels

This is the third Cartwheels quilt I’ve made from jelly rolls. I can’t resist how quickly this top comes together, and I love the look of the pattern.

This one was made with Prairie by, of course, Moda (http://www.fatquartershop.com/moda-fabric/prairie-corey-yoder-little-miss-shabby-moda-fabrics ) . The pattern is free in the Moda Bake Shop (http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/08/cartwheels-quilt.html ).


  
  

Swoon Part 1

Bonnie and Camille fabric, it’s beautiful. Every line they put out is gorgeous. Camille designed the quilt pattern “Swoon” a few years ago (http://thimbleblossoms.bigcartel.com/product/swoon-pattern-142-pdf-pattern ) . I put off attempting it because the large block size was intimidating to a newbie like me.

Today, I finally took the plunge, and I’m so glad I did. The pattern is well written and easy to follow. My first block came together in just a few hours, and for future ones, I’ll cut several at once.

I’m making this version with some of my Miss Kate ( http://camilleroskelley.typepad.com/simplify/2014/03/id-like-you-to-meet.html ) fat quarter bundle I’ve been hanging on to forever.

If you’ve been swooning after Swoon, go for it. It’s a beautiful block.

  
  

For Fox Sake

I’ve been known to toss around a few f bombs, especially when I make mistakes that involve having to haul out the seam ripper. So, when someone at my guild showed their beautiful ‘Fancy Fox’ quilt (design by Elizabeth Hartman) I knew I had to give it a try.

Elizabeth’s patterns are well done and easy to follow. My oldest and I loved watching Fred the fox come together. In true tween girl style, she choose some unicorn fabric to mix in with it. We just did a simple 5×5 inch blocks style to go with Fred, and equally as simple stitch in the ditch to finish it up.


  

Chevron Love

I have loved chevrons for as long as I can remember. Once I realized they’re a very easy quilt pattern, I loved them even more.

I found this beautiful Miss Kate (by Moda)  layer cake ages ago, and began the quilt top. Somewhere along the way, I got busy and other things (three kids and an adorable husband) took priority.

It’s finally finished, and I love  how it brightens up the room. I used a simple diagonal stitch using masking tape. I wanted ‘somewhat’ straight lines, but knew better than to aim for perfection.