Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Guess What I'm Going to Make with This!

Recently, I won a bundle of fat quarters from Bernie at Needle and Foot.   This was the June Blogger Bundle curated by Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms.  I love it!!!  So bright and summery.

So I immediately set out to find a pattern that would show off these fun summer colors.  I found the perfect pattern and I can't wait to make it!  This will be a little incentive for me to hurry up and get Ashley's quilt  done.  You want to see what I chose, I know!  But I'm just going to tease you a little bit and just show you a little at a time as I'm making it.  I'll show you my progress as I go.  As you may or may not know, I HAVE to get Ashley's quilt done first!

I FINALLY figured out why in the world I was dragging my feet so badly on my daughter's quilt. Remember this top that's been hanging around forever?

I love her to death!  And who wouldn't love this creatively costumed sweetiepie?

She's really excited to have it before school starts and I want to make her happy so why don't I just finish it already?!!!  I think I've been doing some psychological mind blocking and my subconscious knew there was something unpleasant still to do.  I picked her quilt up again a few days ago and I had completely forgotten that there was a big section of quilting I have to unpick because there's a huge spot that the fabric folded over on itself.  See this awful spot with a big fold quilted in?  Still not sure how that happened!
Well, I've obviously been avoiding this but no longer.  It needed to be unpicked and I finally did it.   So maybe now we'll have some progress!

I've been fiddling with little things here and there.  One of the things I did was kind of an impromptu project.  My daughter-in-law, Krystel has a baby blanket that used to be hers (so it's well used) and her youngest daughter is using it right now.  It had a stain on it that wouldn't come out and she asked me if there was something I could do to cover it up so this is what I did . . .

Applique is not my strength so I was pretty happy with the way this turned out!

I also completed a block for Jen Rosin who was our June queen for the Stash Been I belong to.  She gave us free reign to pretty much make whatever we wanted as long as they were tertiary colors.  The first time she used that word, I didn't know what in the world she meant!  Tertiary colors are colors made by combining a primary color with its closest neighboring secondary color (on either side when viewing the color wheel).   I could NOT get this picture to look like the true colors.  Pooey!
This is one of the blocks Jen suggested for ideas of something she liked.  The pattern is a block from Quilter's Cache called Chain Links.  The original block was just two colors but I changed it to four and it took FOREVER to figure out how many of what pieces to cut.  There are 75 pieces in this block!  it measure 16 1/2" square.   I started to write a tutorial for a multi-color block but decided probably not many would be wanting to make it.  I can definitely give you the pieces to cut for each color if you're interested, and really, once you have that, you can figure out the layout as long as you have a picture to look at.

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for this month is red.  I really need to use up my stash.  I have a lot of OLD fabrics.  Many of which I picked up at a yard sale from a lady who was doing a big destash.  My favorite color is red so I have a lot of it.  I decided to just start cutting as big of blocks as I could and start sewing them together.  So here we are with a bunch of 10" blocks plus two blocks made that size improv style.

Then I couldn't decide what color sashing to use and Louise at Quilt Odyssey to the rescue (be sure to read her most recent post entitled Delighted, it's a fun read!).  She told me she had been working with a red and turquoise color scheme so she suggested turquoise or a bright blue.  Perfect!  I happened to have enough of that particular color!

I had to make the sashing fairly skinny because I didn't think I'd have enough otherwise.   The sad thing is after making as large of squares as I could, it hardly made a dent in my stash!  Oh well.  I think it needs something more, don't you?  What else would you do? 

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  1. I sure hope you get your daughter's quilt finished. It is pretty! Also love how you fixed that baby quilt...just darling with the hearts now. And that red and turquoise one is nice too. Where do you find all of the time? Janice

  2. what great costumes! good luck on fixing the quilt - hate it when that happens. That was a good fix on the stained quilt a piece of applique does wonders doesn't it.

  3. Hi Janice! Ooooh, that bundle of fabrics look SO pretty. So no hint of what it's to become, huh? You're just going to tease us . . . that doesn't seem quite fair. Oh, darn it on that fold while quilting your daughter's quilt. That is so annoying. And how cute is your daughter, too, by the way. Hmm, I wonder if you added another border to your red and turquoise quilt top - maybe a darker color like navy? Just a thought. Happy Thursday! ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. How funny that your post is basically named the same as mine since we've both been flitting around in the project department! I LOVE the turquoise sashing--yay Louise! I'd just do some beautiful quilting like you did on the appliquéd hearts! So I'm curious, since I've never bought fabric at a garage sale what did you pay for it? Yay for the win - those are for sure such summery colours!

  5. All kinds of Quilty goodness happening at your house! Great job on the appliqués hearts! Your daughter is a cutie!

  6. Lucky you to get that happy bundle from Bernie (and Paige)! And yay for getting done picking out those stitches on that fabric flap. I was going to suggest just handstitching it down with little stitches. (I might have done that on the baby quilt for one of my grandsons. 🤪) Your red squares look terrific with the turquoise sashing. If you want to do more with it, maybe a scrappy red border?

  7. The heart applique fix worked so well! That will breathe new life into a well-loved blankie. I'm glad you chose the turquoise sashing, it really sings! I think the quilt just needs an outer border, and finding just the right fabric for that will be fun. Maybe something with a light background and blue and red graphics? A floral? A funky geometric? The raindrops from Paige's bundle would work! Congrats on winning that gorgeous selection. And congrats on getting that darn stitch ripping out of the way :)

  8. I love aqua and red together. Your quilt looks great. How about a piano key border? By throwing in some newer reds with some of the older reds you can give the illusion of a more updated look.

  9. Lucky you getting those great fabrics. I had a fold like that once, but not such tight Quilting. Good luck with that. The red and turquoise is a nice biright pairing. I agree with Louise about an outer border. I know you will find just the right fabric. The appliqué hearts were a sweet way to cover the stain and make it even more cuddly.

  10. Janice, it appears that your sewing room has come together! Making progress on that stash!

  11. I am so pleased you are loving the blogger bundle Janice! As for the red and turquoise - how about a piece border in red and turquoise? Flying geese or something like that? Great use of red scraps. :-)

  12. That's a great bundle of fabric. Congrats. Sorry to hear about the unpicking. Good luck finishig the quilting. You can do it!

  13. Super woman gave me quit a chuckle! Lucky you to win those cute fabrics, they do have your name written all over them:)

  14. Hello Janice,

    Those pink appliq ué hearts are gorgeous! If the blanket had never been stained then you would never have adorned it. I love the fact that your grand daughter has her mum's blanket with your own creative touch.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks. Your hearts are this week's featured project!

    Love, Muv

  15. I really like your new decorative designs! it's beautiful so much and good idea on site.



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