Monday, December 22, 2014

Mini Charm Mix Quilt - Ta Da!

Mini Charm Mix - crib quilt

Today I get to show off this beautiful little crib quilt I made using the Fat Quarter Shop's free Mini Charm Mix Pattern.

The Fat Quarter Shop has not only put together a lovely free pattern - you can also watch this video where Kimberly gives you the quick and easy instructions.

Mini Charm Mix - crib quilt

I decided to make the crib size - the pattern also gives you instructions for a table runner and a lap size quilt. Lately there seem to be more and more babies arriving around me and a crib size quilt will be a perfect gift for one of them. I chose to make the top with Horizon by Kate Spain and Kona White. My version of the crib quilt, after a good wash and dry, is about 30" by 35".

Mini Charm Mix - crib quilt

I quilted this quilt with unevenly spaced straight lines. First I stitched all over lines in one direction. Then I took the quilt off my long arm and turned it so that I could quilt lines perpendicular to the first set. Of course, perpendicular straight line quilting is even easier to do on a domestic machine with a walking foot. Those additional lines were quilted only in the area where the feature mini-charm squares run. After a wash and dry, this quilting gives the quilt beautiful texture.

Mini Charm Mix - back detail

You can see the quilting effect well on the back. I used some beautiful prints from Violet Craft's Brambleberry Ridge for the back.

Mini Charm Mix - back

There is the whole back. It was my hope to make this quilt suitable for a baby of either gender. After a lot of auditioning, I decided on another Brambleberry Ridge print for the binding, which I machine stitched in place.

Mini Charm Mix - crib quilt

This crib quilt was fun and easy to make and the pattern is a great way to use mini charm packs. You could easily use mini-charms from more than one line of fabrics too, for even more variety in the prints. Or there are kits available at the Fat Quarter Shop too.

Thank you to the Fat Quarter Shop for including me in the blog hop for this new free short cut quilt pattern.



Saturday, December 20, 2014

If you were shopping... thank you to my sponsors

Today, I am reposting my if you're shopping....  Friday posts from two weeks ago. This post tells you a bit about my sponsors and is a thank you to them for their support this year. I'll be back with regular posts on the Friday after New Years.

If you or a loved one is  shopping this week for fabric or notions, all my sponsors have sales and countdowns and such so do check them out.

The Fat Quarter Shop shares with the online community in every possible way. The Jolly Jabber blog is full of projects and ideas, and the Fat Quarter Shop YouTube channel has grown into a remarkable resource for quilters. The Fat Quarter Shop also participates in several charitable endeavours each year. And of course, the Fat Quarter Shop has a tremendous selection of quilting fabrics to satisfy pretty much any taste in quilting, modern, traditional, or anything else.

Massdrop is an interesting group buying community that has worked hard to provide great products for modern quilters. Not only do they provide great deals on items, you can participate by suggesting a product and voting on which deals you would like to see. There is also an opportunity to chat about drops on their page.

Green Fairy Quilts features beautiful carefully selected pre-cuts, threads and notions. Judi shares her beautiful quilting and stories on her blog, Green Fairy Quilts, she writes patterns and books, and Judi and Clint are active in long standing charity work in Romania.

Oakshott Fabrics has been very active in connecting with the online blogging and designing community, especially on their Shotthrough blog. Oakshott has been putting together beautiful free pattern booklets and connecting with the online community for many different projects. And, the selection fantastic shot cottons manufactured by Oakshott continues to grow.

Fabric Spark is a relatively new Canadian online retailer. Daryl is focused on creating a carefully curated shop of beautiful fabrics which will spark your creativity - this is a shop to browse. Fabric Spark is also now carrying beautiful yarn from the UK. Daryl shares her ideas and news on the Fabric Spark blog and she is often collaborating with bloggers in various ways.

Southern Fabric is a lovely on line shop which features a large selection of beautiful modern and more traditional quilting fabrics. I have been enjoying the Southern Fabrics Blog where Aubrey has been sharing many new tutorials and ideas about quilting.

Cindy at Fluffy Sheep Quilting runs a small and beautiful shop full of carefully selected fabrics from mostly, popular lines. Cindy blogs at Fluffy Sheep Quilting and she often hosts charm and other fabric swaps to allow folks access to wider varieties of fabrics in a fun and affordable way.

Becca over at Sew me a Song has a very unique curated selection of fabrics. She has few of the latest popular releases and instead her shop focuses on Japanese and other quirky or unusual fabrics. I love browsing her store, there is are so many interesting fabrics that she has located and made available.

Mad about Patchwork is  Canadian shop in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada which you can visit in person as well, for a lovely selection of modern quilting fabrics. The Mad about Patchwork blog is a collaboration by the shop staff where projects and news is shared. Pam also hosts in person and online events, and gives back to the community by supporting local charities. 

Sew Sisters Quilt Shop is a lovely Canadian shop which features a full range of fabric from modern to traditional. They participate in the online community through their blog, Sew Sisters Quilt Shop where they share tutorials, organize Canadian blogging events, and generally get to know us all. You can also shop in person at their retail shop if you are in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

I hope you are enjoying the lead up to the holidays!



Thursday, December 18, 2014

Seven Days

Just popping in to let you know that my friend Debbie, who blogs at A Quilter's Table, put together a fantastic reference of binding tutorials over at Sew Mama Sew yesterday. I was tickled to see that my binding tutorial is first up, so my photo turned up in my reader, and maybe yours too, how cool is that. All the binding tutorials on that list are really excellent, I encourage you to bookmark or pin it or something for future reference.

And I have, this morning, made the to do list for the holidays, which are hosted for my family by me, at my house. Its going to be a busy and fun over the next seven days - which is good as I actually love all the fuss and hubbub. And thankfully, this year the list is not stressful or complicated.



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Blocks for Sydney

Hashtag blocks - these are 5.5" unfinished

Last night I spent an hour or so making those 8 hash tag blocks. They go together quickly, if you are making a bunch of them. The blocks are trimmed to 5.5" and it takes 180 blocks for a quilt. The tutorial for the block is here.

My internet friend Joshua, who blogs over at Molli Sparkles, has asked the quilting world to help him make some quilts for the families of the people who lost their lives in the siege in the Sydney, Australia shop this week. You can read his Help for Sydney Heroes post here. His plan is to make a quilt for each family, or, if enough blocks arrive, he will make 6 quilts - you can read the plan and the handy FAQ here.

I hope you will take a minute to send some blocks too.  If we all work together, we can send a hug and a message of goodwill to those families and to the folks of Sydney.



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December Scraptastic Winners

My red scrappy improv blocks are now a 35" strip. #Scraptastictuesday

I was able to do some more work on my red scrappy improv blocks tonight and I turned them into a strip - it is nicer in person, it is pretty late and dark here now. I have a plan to maybe cut them into an actual strip and add that to my black and white improv blocks from a week or so ago. We shall see.

Today is the day to award the prizes for the December Scraptastic Tuesday link. Thank you all for joining in. I have been enjoying the scrappy inspiration. If you have not yet had time to visit the links, I encourage you to do so - go here for the December links.

This month we had prizes from these fantastic sponsors:

A huge thank you to each of our generous sponsors and congratulations to our winners:
  • Massdrop - 15 fat quarter bundle of designer fabrics, plus two coordinated Aurifil threads (Mako' Ne 50/2) - #33, Patty, The Quilty Lady

We will be emailing the winners once it is morning in Canada - this post is scheduled to go up when it is morning at Nicky's house in the UK -  but feel free to email Nicky or I first if you read it here before we get to you, and then we can connect you to your prizes.

Please join Nicky and I using your scraps over the next few weeks - use our button or tag your posts #scraptastictuesday. And come back to join us for the January Scraptastic Tuesday link on the second Tuesday, which will be January 13, 2015.