Friday, January 23, 2015

arbitrary

About time for some randomness, no?

First off, you probably saw the sketchbook cover I showed off the other day. I used this Journal Cover tutorial, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Yet I happened upon another tutorial (thanks Blue.Ridge.Girl!) by  Bloomin' Workshop, which has the added features of bound edges and rounded corners. I think it's good to have options, and would highly recommend both tutorials if you're so inclined to make a cover too.

And speaking of options, the paper-pieced Hack Slash block by badskirt that started off my sketchbook cover is now available as a traditional pieced block as well. (Thanks Amy!) I'm kinda crushing on this block right now!

Boy things are just leading one to another today! My guild-mate, Allison of Allison Sews shared a new-to-me technique for freezer paper piecing this week. She makes it look simple and neat and definitely worth trying next time I paper piece. I even have the suggested Add-A-Quarter ruler around here somewhere!

Have you heard about Heidi/Fabric Mutt's Sew the Library sew along and linky party? I find I often use my craft books for inspiration or technique and then go off on my own. Others, though, you've known me to sew from beginning through to the end. Either way, they are a treasure trove for sure. If you've sewn from your library lately, consider joining in!
sew along
  
Lastly, I randomly (right?) posted my Quiltyness Pinterest board on my facebook page last week, and it got shared around quite a bit, so I thought I'd mention it here. I go there often for inspiration and even just to soak up the beauty created by our quilting community. Another of my favorite boards is my Quilt BLOCKS board, where I stash blocks I want to try or even blocks I've made - just to remember.
 
Anyway, there's some stuff I've enjoyed lately and wanted to share with you. Happy Friday!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Oh, Baby!

Last weekend, daughter dear and I had the pleasure of hosting a baby shower for my goddaughter, Jessica. Besides silly games, tasty food, and goodie bags, it seemed like we just had to have some sweet fabric bunting. I was lucky to happen upon a tutorial by my guild friend, Louise of I'm Feelin' Crafty. She includes a pattern for the triangles, which I thought were the perfect size. I chain pieced all the triangles, and then happily made scrappy gray binding right out of the scrap basket. I found that 20 triangles sewn edge to edge made a 10' bunting, of which I made 2. I attached the binding with a narrow zig-zag stitch, which made the buntings secure while adding a decorative touch. And now that the shower's over, they will be sweet hanging in baby boy's room, right?

Of course I wanted to make baby a quilt. Jess, Rachel, and I happened to already share a baby quilt ideas Pinterest board, where Jessica clued me in to a few of her special favorites. I chose the Star Cluster, an enlarged version of a block by Judy Martin. Judy's block pattern makes a 12" or 16" block, where the baby quilt measures 40" square.
photographed before washing

The front of the quilt is a scrappy mix of baby's nursery colors, all set on Kona white. For batting, I used a baby-sized Pellon Legacy Wool Batting, fully washable, and therein lies just a bit of an issue with this little quilt. Though the batt description says otherwise, I did experience some bearding after a wash. If anyone else has had this experience with wool batt, I'd love to hear about it . . .
The quilt's backing is a teal and navy print from Waterfront Park by Violet Craft. For quilting, I cross-hatched each block using my machine's serpentine stitch as long and wide as it would go. All piecing and quilting was done with Aurifil 50wt #2021 (Natural White), the cone that stays on my machine for most of my everyday sewing. And binding was another scrappy mix, this time of white on white prints.
photographed after washing

The Star Cluster was a perfect block for supersizing and using a varied palette. Plus I think it's super sweet for baby.

This project is on my 2015 Q1 Finish-A-Long list.
Linking up with Finish it Up Friday.