Meow, a Cat Quilt

What do you do when the feline favoring teenager of the house spots cat fabric in her favorite colours – black, white, and Splash? You order it and make her a cat quilt. ūüôā

After finished a Lisa the Unicorn quilt, this easy peasy Misourri Star Quilt Company pattern was a welcome easy finish. Here’s the link https://www.missouriquiltco.com/land/tutorials/pins-paws-cat-quilt/index.html

And here’s the fabric line, super cute and this year’s colour of the year Splash! matches purrfectly. Yes. I did that. Yes. I too rolled my eyes.

The blocks come together quickly and easily. It’s a great quilt for a beginner for sure.

 

 

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Crystals or Corals? Both.

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When Emma Jean Jansen released her By the Bundle¬†book a few¬†months ago, the “Crystals” pattern jumped out immediately. It looks like a perfect pattern for replicating coral reefs, which would go perfectly with my Coral Queen of the Sea fabric bundle. Surely, I knew my mermaid obsessed girl herd would love it.

I set out cutting and prepping this easy to follow pattern and began work on it at my once yearly guild get away. I was pleased with how much I was able to accomplish in only 2 days, especially since I was also working on my Lisa the Unicorn quilt. Having a house full of girls sure makes for some fun quilt projects.

The pattern is best suited for someone who loves half square triangles, and if you don’t have yourself a Bloc Loc ruler, this is the time to get one. I know this because I did not.

Link for the book : https://www.amazon.ca/Bundle-precuts-patchwork-quarter-friendly-quilts/dp/194065517X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534265947&sr=8-1&keywords=by+the+bundle

Fabric by Moda : http://www.unitednotions.com/fcc_coral-queen-of-the-sea.pdf

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Heart Quilt

I recently discovered a stash of Scrumptious in a local quilt shop. I’m talking a serious stash. Layer cake, jelly roll, and several charm packs. I picked up the layer cake, not quite sure if I would use it, or even keep it. But, it didn’t take long to see why the attraction to this Bonnie and Camille collection is so wide spread. It’s gorgeous.

The heart pattern is one widely available for free, and I used the one provided by Cluck-Cluck-Sew. It’s a fast and easy pattern, great for beginners, and my two oldest kids loved making their own. Not sure what they’re going to turn their hearts into, maybe pillows or pot holders, but I turned mine into this.

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We’re in a Magazine!?

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When you first start out quilting, there’s a plethora of resources to gain skills and inspiration from. Some of my favorites are magazines. One of my favorites of those, is American Quilter. Imagine my excitement to open up the latest issue today and see my daughter and her quilt, as well as my quilt, featured in an article in that very publication.

It.Was.Amazing. I have been sharing the news everywhere, so my apologies. The entire thing began with a writer spotting my alphabet quilt at the Heritage Park Festival of Quilts this past May and contacting me. Such a¬†sweet lady, and she asked further questions about Little’s quilt and the children’s display. Fast forward to today, and she has photographed and featured my quilts on her blog, and now written this article where several quilts from Calgary and the Festival are being showcased for the entire reading community for AQ. So thrilling. Here’s a link to Kim’s blog.¬† http://www.kimhansonquilts.com/quilts-in-the-summer-chief-mountain-and-beautiful-waterton-lakes-national-park/

 

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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.

 

    

  

 

Hello Darling

Well, Hello Darling. If you haven’t already noticed this beautiful fabric collection from Moda, go take a gander. It’s pretty, cheerful, and incredibly adaptive. I love the bright happy colors, vibrant prints, and bold florals. Add in the all around vintage look to it, and my heart swoons.

I had snagged a jelly roll of this beauty back in June, and was waiting to find just the right project for it. Once we got back from our trip at the end of August, I was able to get my hands on another, plus a layer cake and a bit of yardage. Finally felt safe enough to start cutting.

I decided on the Floral Bouquet pattern from the book “Jelly Roll Quilts” by Pam & Nicky Lintott.


  
¬†¬†¬†¬†Because no straight line was ever cut with wine, hubby brought this home for me. I’m the youngest sister, not the middle sister, but our middle daughter is nicknamed “Rollercoaster”. ūüôā

Whitewashed Chevron

As per usual, another Moda precut has stolen my heart. We recently bought a new to us camper, and are thick in the process of making it over inside. The girls picked out quilts for their bunks, and I’m finally putting this layer cake to good use for a quilt in the master bedroom. I’m using that term very loosely.

Love the soft hues in this line, and to switch it up, I bought a few yards of one of the fairly innocuous prints to use instead of my usual white. I like it so far. Just needs the borders etc. Just. Ba ha ha. Hopefully I’ll get around to it this camping season.

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Sewing Machine? Check. Thread? Check. Saran Wrap? Uh…Check?

What the what? You’re going to quilt with Saran Wrap? I sure am. Press n Seal to be truthful. My husband had the foresight, and generosity, to know I would want a machine with BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator). He may have overestimated my skill set. Not to worry. I saw a pin somewhere on how you an trace a pattern on to the PressnSeal and then quilt over top of it. Worth a shot. Especially for me since I have awful handwriting which can only translate to terrible FMQ (free motion quitling). Wanna know something? It works. Really well. I do not have a surgeons hands, but it works.

Picked up this little gem at a bookstore. SO MANY ideas in here to make it more than worthwhile to purchase.

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Traced my little flower…

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Okay… I forgot to take a pic of this one before I traced another, so the pics don’t exactly match. #mombrain.

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Voila! Nowhere near perfect, but it’s got cotton batting, so the wrinkles will hide any imperfections. Mostly. What a great theory. I wish it applied to my face (wrinkles hiding imperfections).

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It’s Coming Right Along

The weather has been so hot here the last few days (+30C), and today it has finally cooled off. I am looking forward to getting these rows sewed together with the windows open and not hearing the ac run. Have I mentioned how in love with this fabric line I am? Swoon!

I am really pleased with how quick and simple, but beautiful, this pattern is.

Just in case you missed it, both the fabric and pattern are by Moda. The fabric line is Ambleside and the pattern is Cartwheels from the Moda Bake Shop, found here. http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/08/cartwheels-quilt.html

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