Thursday, May 21, 2015

Color Explosion - ROYGBV category

My second entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival is my Color Explosion mini quilt for the ROYGBV category
I made this mini for the Schnitzel and Boo mini quilt swap.  I picked through my scraps and tried to find my favorites for each color.  I used Elizabeth Hartman's octagonal orb block and it came out about 16inx16in. 

I call it Color explosion because it starts out small with the low volume colors in the center and just gets brighter.  Real original.  lol

I quilted with a baptist fan design - using my walking cheating.  The thread was Aurifil 2024. 

You can see my two original posts here and here. This is the first rainbow anything I have made, and I am in love with it.  I think I should make one for myself. 

Thanks for stopping by!

 - Katelyn

Triangle Baby - Small Quilt Category

My first entry to the Blogger's Quilt Festival is Triangle Baby. I am entering the 40x45 baby quilt in the Small Quilts category
A while back I wanted to try out triangles.  My cousin was having a baby girl and I knew that would be the perfect small project to try them out for the first time.  I had a 60 degree triangle ruler and after picking out a few scraps of pink fabric I cut the largest sized triangles I could, 5.5 inches.  Then I used some Kona Berry for my background - man does it pop!
I love the randomness.

The back is made up of Kona - bright pink, azalea, camellia, carnation, medium pink, baby pink.

I quilted straight lines using my walking foot at random depths.  I used Aurifil 50wt in Pink Taffy.  The varigating thread looks so nice.

You can see my original post is here.

Thanks for visiting.  Please be sure to check out all of the other quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. 

- Katelyn

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sew Eclectic

Fat Quarter Shop has a quilt along benefiting St. Jude (man I would love to work there some day).  The second block is an adorable sewing machine and I knew I had to use it.  My most recent #birthdayclubhandmade gift was a great chance to do that. 
March's birthday love's bright colors and low volume.  Her fav brights are lime and orange.  Those colors are not quite my forte so when i picked out the fabrics I was afraid that I wouldn't like how it turned out.

But it was cool.  Bright and I love it. 

I used this time to try out "new-to-me" FMQ.  I had so much fun sewing on this and trying new things.

Background Pebbles

I tried for point-to-point
tiny match-stick and some criss-cross

I was trying to make the thread look like thread.  lol

I had to make sure that she always remembers that it came from Tennessee!  And I tried to write "handmade" in the blue.  I'm so happy I did it in blue.  lol

Yes, I did momentarily forget the permanent ink.

The back is this adorable quilter's newspaper...I think it is timeless treasures, but I can't say for sure. 

I bound in a Sour Apple solid and I think it brings out more of the green in the mini.

What are some quilting stiles you would have tried?  Or want to learn?

- Katelyn

Friday, May 15, 2015

Too small or just right?

I wanted to make a table runner for my #birthdayclubhandmade friend Tiffany.  I haven't ever made a table runner before.  And I didn't even try to think about how long it should be. 
I decided on a pineapple block because she loves Rita from Red Pepper Quilts.  And her fav fabric combos are b&w and rainbow. 

I had no idea how long this little paper pieced block would actually take me!  With my limited sewing time, her birthday quickly came and went without a finished table runner.  

Then I had these four cool pineapple blocks and realized that would not be enough. 

So I made some others.  Its pretty cool how by changing the order of the fabric colors the block looks entirely different. 

I do love the way it turned out, but I would like to make a pineapple something - not a big something - someday that really has that pineapple block look.

The table runner is 14x28.  That is fairly small.  But I told myself that she might have a small table AND you don't want food to actually go on it, right?  :)

Backing - Jay McCarroll Center City Los Angeles  and Binding is Kona Cotton in Slate    

These kids thought it should become a toy - lol.

So have you made a table runner before?  What is your go to measurement?  How how to you decide how long to make it?

 - Katelyn

Friday, May 8, 2015

Giving is living

Well, I already missed a week.  Opps.  I think Test weeks are gonna be no post weeks. 

I wanted to share the two #birthdayclubhandmade gifts I sent off  for the October and December birthdays.  I loved making these gifts - doing things I had never tried before and "new-to-me" patterns.

Abby is a huge starwars fan - so I made a circle and started hand quilting during lectures.

Then when I finished and sent if off - I forgot to take a picture.  So I stole this one from Abby's IG.

I was so happy it actually looked like the death star when I was done.  It ended up being about 12x12. 

Then Kelsey loves blue as much as I do, so I went with an all blue palatte.

I used a paper piecing pattern for the dresden.  And turned it into a pillowcase.  I have a dresden ruler...but I have never used it.  Someday.  Do you have any special rulers you love to use?  Any dresden tricks to share?

 - Katelyn