Friday, July 27, 2012

Something a little different

The last couple of quilt projects have been big (really big).  I have avoided working on my current WIP because it is hard to handle, sew, press, etc.  I really needed a break - something quick and easy, and most of all small.  So, when I saw this post over at Mama Spark's blog, I became inspired!  I have seen lots of mini quilts, and thought they were cute, but couldn't imagine them looking good in my house.  I'm a minimalist at heart and don't have knick knacks or stuff all over the place.  I'm happiest with surfaces cleared of clutter, but when I saw this picture, I thought I would really like to hang some mini quilts in my sewing room - they look great as a grouping on the wall.  The picture was posted over at Sentimental Quilter.

(From Collecting American Country by Mary Emmerling )

So this morning I set out to make a mini quilt.  Lynn over at Patchery Menagerie had posted a tutorial for her Exquisite quilt yesterday, and it was perfect timing :)  I remember when she made one of these a long time ago and I just loved it.  It's a scrap buster, which makes it even more appealing to me, since there is no shortage of scraps in my house.  So without further ado, here it is - a mini Exquisite

I started it this morning and it's all pieced and quilted - I love how the blocks make wonky stars when they are assembled.  I still have to bind it, but that will be a snap since it finished at 18" x 18"  So, there you have it - my first mini quilt.  It won't be the last - that is for sure!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

2012 Finish Number 6

Gold Rush is done - finished the binding this evening :)

This quilt finished at 102" x 102"

and was quilted in an all over fall leaves pattern.

I hope you all had a good weekend!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Why I Love Moda

Because even if I have made a quilt using Moda fabric that was purchased several years ago, I can almost always find a newer fabric line that coordinates perfectly.  Take this Gold Rush quilt for instance.  I purchased a big fat quarter bundle of Moda Autumn Breeze five or six years ago (sometimes it takes a looong time for me to figure out just the right project for the fabrics I hoard have on hand).  I finally finished this top and picked it up from the quilt shop today, but didn't have enough fabric left over for the binding...rats!  Well, I looked around the quilt shop for something that would work.  Check this out...

It is a newer version of Moda Autumn Breeze!  Although the print is a little different, it coordinates beautifully, and check out the cool leaves on the selvedge :)

So, when I got home I made 470 inches of binding...

Attached it to this monstrous quilt and settled into the couch for some hand sewing.  

Sitting here with the air-conditioning blasting and dreaming of autumn. 

Hope you are staying cool wherever you are and praying for all the folks suffering in the terrible heat wave gripping such a large portion of the country.