PMQG Medallion Quilt: X Row Accomplished

I don't know about you but I like sewing, quilting, heck even paper piecing! But when faced with 24 little x blocks for this round of Portland Modern Quilt Guild medallion along quilt I was determined to finish it even though it tested my patience a wee little bit.

That said, the results are well worth the many (dare I say hundreds) of little pieces required! But my bitching aside, this quilt is shaping up to be a top 5 favorite of quilts I've made so far.

So although this isn't a finish in the literal sense; I also can't go any farther until next month's instructions come out, so it is finished for now. Pattern for the X's was done by Cath at Wombat Quilts and she has posted for your use for free.

linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.


WIP: Planning my next moves

With my Quilt with Me QAL quilt all finished up and posted I started to wonder what I was going to blog about next. Well logically next up is a Work In Progress kinda day. So here's what I've been sewing and the next big things to come...

Making plans and paper piecing my PMQG Medallion quilt. With 24 blocks 
to make I started cutting out scraps and getting assembly ready.

Pieced and quilted my first red and aqua quilt! More on this later!

Spring is coming! This week we had high of 70 degrees and lots of going to the park!

Friends are cool and all, but when you have quilty friends that 
understand you love of DS Quilts fabrics, well that's awesome! Thanks Cath

 It's getting Glitzy for the PMQG Michael Miller fabric challenge!
I used Wild Zinnias a paper pieced pattern from Quilter's Cache.

 Another PMQG challenge, this one sponsored by Robert Kaufman, 
Modern Metallic Exhibit for Quilt, Knit, Stitch. I'm using really cool paper pieced
blocks I found on Pinterest! Really excited to see what this one brings

And last, but not least my next big quilt adventure. A commission quilt
for my mom in law, a bed sized (90"x95") solids that will be amazing! It is my goal
to get this started on April 1! I've got a week for fun then it's work time :)

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Linking up at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday! Join us and share what you are working on!


Quilted Finish: QAL Value Play Pantone Quilt

Hello! I am usually excited but today I am really excited to share with you a finished quilt that does double duty as a Pantone Challenge Quilt and a Quilt with Me quilt along (QAL) finish! When I started the QAL I had no idea there was a radiant orchid Pantone Quilt Challenge happening in these same colors. How cool that purple is making it's way into modern quilting. Purple can be a hard color to work with but when paired with a neutral like grey it allows the colors to shine through. If you'd like to make this quilt then stay tuned I'll have all the links you need below. But for now enjoy the photos of my value play quilt!

Full Quilt Front

Quilt detail front

Quilt Back: pieced with leftover fabrics

Quilt Back Detail

Quilt Back and Scrappy Binding Detail:

Quilt Detail

Quilt and FMQ Detail: Echo Triangle Quilting

This quilt is a crib size measuring at 36" x 54". It will be listed in my Esty Shop. 
Thanks for looking and thank you to the Pantone Quilt Challenge Hostess:  On the Windy Side and Play Crafts

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid

Here is a list of all links to the QAL posts to make this quilt!



Quilt with Me: Backing, Basting, Quilting, Binding Tutorial Links

Hello There!

So I've got a lot of good information for you today on how to finish the Quilt Along Quilt - or any quilt for that matter! Since I started quilting my methods have changed and evolved for what works best for me and feels right. When I  wrote tutorials for finishing a quilt it worked for me but since I started this blog I have learned a lot and changed how I do things mostly due to reading other quilting blogs! So instead of just saying hey read what I wrote I wanted to add in other points of view and ways to do things. So here is a big list of links for backing, basting, quilting and binding you quilts. And if all else fails, Google it.

Blue Bird Sews: Making a quilt back

Jaybird Quilts: Pieced Backing Tutorial

Red Pepper Quilts: Basting and Batting

Oh, Fransson!: Making the Quilt Sandwich

Sew Mama Sew: Binding & Quilting Resources

Blue Bird Sews: Quilt Binding Tutorial

Heather Bailey: Continuous Quilt-Binding Tutorial

Cluck, Cluck, Sew: Machine Binding Tutorial

Stitched in Color: Zig Zag binding Tutorial 

Canoe Ridge Creations: Straight Line Quilting Tips

A Few Scraps: Free Motion Quilting

PS.  Look for a post with just photos for the quilt finish coming up quick!



Bright n Scrappy Japanese x + Quilt Finish

Hello there!

Instead of a Quilt Along post today I am going to share with you a recent finish that is so happy and bright it just can't wait any longer.

Have you seen this block all over online quilt land? It's the Japanese x + block with tutorial written by Bad Skirt Amy and found here. It's a simple block that works so well in scrappy combinations. And you know I love me some scrappy goodness!

I slowly made these blocks over the course of a year out of scraps from other people's stashes. I was gifted some, won others and found a great bag of modern scraps at a local thrift shop.

Once all the blocks were together I had a tough time placing each one just right and choosing a background color to tie all the blocks together and fill out the empty spaces. In the end yellow won and I am so glad it did because this quilt couldn't be any happier!

I quilted in in diagonal lines and cross hatched them in the yellow squares. The back is a vintage gingham with a little pieced of patchwork. Binding is also a little yellow print with flowers. So much yummy sunny yellow!

This quilt measures 37" x 50" and is listed in the Etsy Shop here. 

Back to regularly scheduled quilt along next week where I talk about basting, quilt back, quilting and binding. Whew! Lots of great resource links then.



Quilt with Me: Sew those Rows into a Quilt

Hello there Quilt-Alongers! I have a tutorial for you, whew! Because I will confess I'm only days ahead of myself when I push that publish button! :) But that's okay because this quilt top is coming right along. I do love to see a quilt come together!

Oh and since I last shared with you I was told about the Pantone Challenge hosted by Adrianne from On the Windy Side and Anne from the Play-Crafts blog. The colors I am using are perfect, are you doing purple too? Well then let's join in!
2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid

All right so now let's get back to the quilt along! By now the blocks, side units and top and bottom units are sewn together and you've been playing around with the  layout on your design wall, dinning room table, open floor space. Great! Let me show you how to sew up a diagonal set quilt because it really couldn't be easier!

First step is to get that layout just how you want it. Start with the main center blocks. The quilt goes three blocks across, then two blocks, then three, then two, then three, then two, then three. On point there are 4 blocks down.

 Once those are laid out start adding in the side/top/btm units to get a nice variety of patterns and colors.

Next you'll add the solid corner triangles that are cut from 2-8" squares. Add those only to the ends of the top/btm rows. You will add them to the top/btm side units once the rows are sewn together (see photo below). 

With all the blocks laid out how you want them it's time to sew the blocks and units together into rows. Begin by matching up the seams in the middle and pin out from there to the edges on each block. There will be six rows all together. Once the six rows are sewn then sew the rows to each other. 

Join rows to each other by again matching up seams first and then pinning to the edges. On the blocks and the rows the edges of the side and top/btm units will be a little overhang from the triangle (like a dog ear) and this is good, you'll want that to create a seam allowance. That is why you pin from the seam and work out to the edges so that bit will hang off. 

Here is the first row all sewn up and read to attach the corner triangle to finish off the edge.

Work slowly and carefully matching up all the seams and pinning a whole lot especially when sewing all the rows together. The bias edges are very forgiving when stretching seams to match them up but they are also be very fidgety so pin well! A tip for working with the bias is to starch the heck outta them to make them stiff and flat!

Waaa-laaa! A quilt top all sewn up! Hooray! Hooray! So if you've got a question or need clarification on any step of sewing the blocks and row or corners let me know! I'll be back next week to talk quilting, but first I have to stare at this little gal and see what way she wants to be quilted! 

And share with me what you're making! Flickr here IG: #bluebirdsewsQAL



week 1 here: fabric choices/values
week 2 here: cutting instructions

QAL with Blue Bird Sews

Small Make: Needle Book for a Friend

Do you have one of those friends who loves to craft and  makes amazing things for everyone in their life constantly without ever asking for anything in return? Well I sure do. She's the best and she deserved a little handmade goodness in return.

Her current craft obsession is needlework and has been making the cutest little embroidery pictures. Just look at this one she made for me at Christmas! Ah, adorable!

So I thought a needle book would be the perfect accompaniment to her work. I was inspired by a needle book by Molly Flanders Makerie and used it as the starting point for my first ever needle turn applique piece. It's a little wonky so don't look to closely, but it turned out very sweet in red and black. Some of my friends favorite colors.

I really like the inside with a bit of polka dot ribbon and I added a few goodies for her. 

All wrapped up and ready to give! :)

What little things have you sewn recently?


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