Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mini Charm Chiffon - Shortcut Quilt

Fat Quarter Shop has a new free pattern available today in their shortcut quilt series and it is called Mini Charm Chiffon!  Isn't this going to make a wonderful baby quilt?

The pattern is written for mini-charm packs (those 2 1/2'' x 2 1/2'' charms).  I used a regular charm pack of Happy Days  from Moda so my first step was to cut each charm square into 4 mini charms!  Such pretty fabric!

The blocks went together quickly - before I knew it, it was time to assemble the quilt top!

For the quilting, I used my new FMQ ruler foot and my first FMQ ruler from Creative Grids.  (You can read more about my FMQ ruler experiences on this post.)

Find more information about the pattern here.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Firefly Tote #2

This is my second Firefly Tote by Noodlehead (i.e. Anna Graham) and I love it.  It could be may all-time favorite made-by-me bag.

When this bag first started showing up in my IG feed, I knew I wanted to make one for myself.  I really liked the front pocket design and the size seemed perfect but I wasn't fond of - for my use - the drawstring closure.

I wanted a recessed zipper so 'practiced' on the project size version using canvas I've had in my stash forever.  I loved my bag - perfect for picnics - and couldn't wait to start on the tote size.  The pattern was incredibly easy to modify - just sewed the zipper at the step in the assembly process where you add the drawstring bag - it was that easy!

I took this bag on a road trip during a recent family vacation.  The outside pockets worked perfect as did having the ability to zip close the whole bag.

Anna's bags are really fun to make.  The instructions are clear and some bags even have video tutorials for the assembly process.  I also enjoy that they don't require some expensive stabilizers like other bags I've made.

Outside fabric is Robert Kaufman Big Sur Canvas - Dark Grey.  Lining and pocket fabric is from the Quantum line by Giucy Giuce .  Metal tag on the zipper flap was purchased at QuiltCon.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, October 11, 2021

I Believe in Dragons

My local MQG guild held an Improv and Color Play challenge.   Our programs this year had touched on these topics several times and members could play with improv, with color placement or with both.

My intent when starting my improv project was to only use scraps of blue solid fabric. I really loved the first two all blue blocks but found the rest of the blocks too boring. 

So I started cutting them apart and adding bits of orange. When it came time to arrange the blocks into one larger block, the quilt felt too busy with no place for the eye to rest. The resulting layout suggests movement and (at least to me) looks a bit like a dragon flying through the air.

As I reflect on my quilt, it represents the sameness of my days (especially because I'm staying home so much during this pandemic) and the bits of orange are the small differences to sameness of my days - be that a picnic lunch, a wonderful swim, or meeting a friend for tea.

Adding pops of hand quilting is one of my favorite things to do to an improv quilt.  

My quilt was faced and finished at 17" x 17".

You can see the other entries in our guild challenge here.

Have a wonderful day! Patty