Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pretty Pink Princess

Can you get more girly and princess-y than pink and gold?


I wasn't sure I was going to love so much glam, but I do!
 I added a 1in border so I wouldn't lose any of my points in binding.  So the quilt top became 50x50. 

I practiced a regular swoon block here, before doubling the block size and making this quilt.  I'm a tad ocd, but it was most likely not necessary.  The block is super easy, just a bunch of steps/pieces.

In fact, it really took no time at all to put this together.  The quilting, however, is another story.

I chose to FMQ in a Stipple pattern for this quilt.  I wanted something that would no detract, but that I could practice at the same time.  I picked a pretty light pink thread that matched the pink background.
It was going great...until I turned it over.

I was devistated.  The front looked amazing.  But the back - was a monster.  My bobbin tension was all kinds of OFF.  I had quilted 3/4 of the quilt and 1/4 of that - looked like this.

I cried.  I threw the quilt.  I went to sleep.  The next day I got to unpicking my mess.  It took me days.
Then I finally got to get back.  I checked my tension and set to work.
 Until this:


I don't know what happened.  Honest.  I did not sew through this pin.  Yet it still got stuck...in the bobbin thingy (I know - be astounded by the technical jargon). 
And it broke my machine.
Not sure if you can see - but the needle wouldn't go down because it was hitting the bobbin thingy.
There were more tears, some cursing, and complete boredom.
Don't you hate it when you CAN'T do something - then that one thing becomes the only thing you want to do.
Alas, my local repair shop fixed it first thing on Monday and I got to get back to it.




Of course, I am sure that you realize that by the time I got the machine working again, all I wanted was to finish this quilt.  To get it out of my sight and never see it again.  But, I still love it. 

She crinkled up so nicely in the end. 



And you can't see any mistakes on the back - so glad that light pink blended so well on both sides.  lol



Truly fit for a princess - Stubborn, pitiful, full of drama and high maintenance, and fabulously beautiful. 


 


Quilt Info:
 washed -  it's about 48.5x48.5
 Fabrics -
    Top ->    Michael Miller Glitz Metallic Quarter Dot Pearlized Blush
                  Michael Miller Mirror Ball Dot Sunshine
                  Kona Cotton Medium Pink
    Back ->   Michael Miller Glitz Metallic Confetti Single Border    
                  Pearlized Mist
    Binding -> Michael Miller Mirror Ball Dot Sunshine
Pattern - Swoon (by Thimble Blossoms)

I Only hope that the princess this quilt now belongs to doesn't give her mother as much trouble.  ;)

 - Katelyn


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Happy Mail - Mini Swap Version

I posted earlier about the mini quilt I made for the Schnitzel and Boo Mini quilt swap here and here.

It was rough mailing it off.  But Look what I got in the mail:


A gorgeous mini and fabulous goodies!  Its blues...I love blues.  ;)

I love what my partner Katie made me!

Those are some cool fabrics and neat quilting.


And her quilt tag is so cute.

Check her out on IG and Flicker.

I have enjoyed this swap SO MUCH!  It has introduced me to so many new IG friends and tons of new blogs too.  @sewgoclimbing and I keep saying we have tons of new minis to make now.  lol.  They were all so much fun and so beautiful.

Thanks so much for Kristy at Schnitzel and Boo for putting it all together!
This has been such a wonderful and eye-opening experience.   I just can't wait to do it all again (I think I have said that 5 times.  opps.  But you know it's true.)

Have a lovely weekend!

 - Katelyn


Monday, July 14, 2014

And Then I Gave it Away...

*Picture Heavy Post

I finished the quilting and binding, sent it off, and waited... 
My partner was out of town.  But she got it yesterday!
I am so excited.  She told me that she loves it.  So that is...well...fantastic!




I went with baptist fans for quilting.  I don't think I will be doing that again.  Perhaps I just need practice, but it was crazy hard and time-consuming.  I do love the affect though. 
Then my gray binding pulls it together. 
I adore my finished mini-quilt.

I worked hard to pick all of my scraps - I wanted them perfect. 

reds

pinks

oranges

yellows

greens

aquas

navys/darker blues

purples

Then I had to go for a rainbow low volume in the center...cause how could I not, right?

I didn't have anything orange (and that is lime in the green).

Then I had to gather some goodies!

two fat quarters - Lotta Jansdotter and Anna Maria Horner

Then a tiny pin cushion, it is 4inches.  The pattern is by Kelly at Jeli Quilts.  I got it on Craftsy - You have to check her patterns out.



I made a small boxy pouch too.  SO much fun.  I need to make more.  I used the kelbysews tutorial. It was pretty easy, though I think that I will use a heavier interfacing next time. 

I added some nail polish too.  Cause I went slightly overboard.  But it was too much fun. 


of couse I made a card...

I enjoyed this process so much.  I LOVED making new friends and creating new things that I have never made before.  I can't wait for next year. 

See my original post here

The Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap has been a blast.  I cannot wait to do it all again next year. 

 - Katelyn


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Scrappy to the rescue!

I signed up for the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap. (So did hundreds of other people. Lol)  I had never made a mini and was super excited to make one - and to #makeaquiltmakeafriend. I got my partner email and we seemed to have lots in common, like fabric designers and quilters we like- but she likes rainbow. I have never made anything rainbow before. Perhaps that stems from the ROYGBV requirements of my previous job. �� ��.
I always love rainbows other people make, but I have just never tried it out. So I knew that I had to give it a go. 
After finding out standard sizes for minis (about 12 in to 24in - though some people include smaller sizes like mugrug size) I went looking for a pattern to use. I found Elizabeth Hartman's octagonal orb block. It was PERFECT for my mini!! 
I ended up being able to use all scraps for the triangle portions. 



I think I liked it before I ever sewed anything together. 


Then $#!% got real. It's gorgeous. 



No bragging. I just love this. I can't believe how it came out. 
I think I love rainbow now. 
And I am wondering why I had to be so selfless, first to use scraps I do not have any more of (for a stranger) and second to give this away (to a stranger). I hope I really do have a new friend when this is over. ��. 
In truth, I have made many new friends on IG. 
I can't wait to finish everything and mail it all off!

(link for original quilt swap post on Schnitzel and Boo here.)  


Happy Weekend!

 - Katelyn