Cutting the (Par)cheesie

Flora by Lauren & Jessie Jung

Cutting Parcheesie

I spent the entire day cutting my stash of Flora by Lauren & Jessi Jung for Moda to make a Parcheesie quilt, pattern by April of Prairie Grass Patterns. This pattern involves a lot of cutting and finishes at 86″ x 86″, the largest quilt I’ve made to date!

Sixteen fat quarters cut into 21 pieces plus three yards of background fabric (Kona white) cut into 384 pieces = 720! That doesn’t include the back, boarders or binding!! It will all be worth it, it’s a beautiful pattern and believe it or not, I have fabric left over for pillowS!

This will be the first pattern where I’ve cut out all the pieces before sewing, I usually cut as I go.

Mettler Silk-Finish cotton thread

Mettler Silk-Finish Thread

Because Aurifil thread isn’t available to me locally, I haven’t won any and and Alex hasn’t sent me some, I’ve decided to use Mettler Silk-Finish cotton thread. It’s a fine, thin, long staple 50wt cotton with a very smooth finish. It will be interesting to see how much lint it produces compared to Aurifil and Gutermann.

DH received a package from Amazon.ca today and he was sweet enough to include a little something for me in his order, Aneela Hoey’s Little Stitches! Yes, I DO have the best hubby in the world! What I didn’t realize about this book is that it has ready-to-use iron-on transfers, AWESOME!!

 

Quickly editing to add that I’m linking this post up to WIP Wednesday

Lonestar Crazy

I started my day free motion quilting but by 10:00 a.m., I was slicing up more Vintage Modern jellyroll strips to make another lonestar block. This is not a quick block to make but very satisfying, I find the process oddly addictive.

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When I chose the fabrics, this is how I envisioned it though I did experiment with the circular fabric in the centre.

One little mishap that is happening less frequently the more I make this block is this little offset, it drives me a little nuts, especially if it’s 1/4″ or more.

So back to free motion quilting, something I haven’t done in a long while! It was fun to get back into it and although rusty and jerky, I had fun and am ready for more.

Have a great weekend!

Charmed Covert Robin

First of all, I just want to share this bundle of loveliness I scored at Pinked Fabrics, Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.  O . M . G soooooo pretty! I was able to grab 3 charm pack all together and I think I’ll get some yardage & a jellyroll when it’s officially released. If you want some Vintage Modern for yourself, Amy still has some charm packs available in her Etsy shop! These are some of my favorite prints from the line (click on the images for a larger view).

       

Earlier this week I purchased a copy of “Quilting Line + Color” by Yoshiko Jinzenji. Although some of these quilts are entirely pieced and quilted by hand — something I don’t have the luxury (or patience) to do at this point in my life, there is a lot of inspiration in this book! I began to think of using various fabrics in a different way. When I was still sewing garments, I had purchased a few yards of cotton velvet as well as raw silk and think I’ve come up with a beautiful and interesting way of using it in my quilting. Here’s a sneak peak because this will be sent to my Covert Robin partner.

It’s so nice to see the sun again, this weekend can’t come soon enough, we need more long weekends!

Swooning the Cuckoo Clock

Fabrics: Hideaway Cuckoo Clock in sun by Lauren + Jessi Jung for Moda, Kona White, Punctuation Tutor Stripe in yellow by American Jane and Quilter’s Linen in grey by Robert Kaufman.

I’m expecting more Hideaway within the next two weeks and am debating on whether to use this as a mini quilt for my Covert Robin partner or make a full size quilt as a treat for myself. I really, really, really love this fabric, I’ve found an online shop which seems to have a lot of it. My plan is to deplete it’s stock, muhahaha!

DH are planning our second week in Germany, we’re going to rent a car and drive into the alps again, this time to Hallstatt on the Austrian side. The scenery is truly stunning and purported to be the oldest settlement in Europe. Hallstatt is known for it’s salt production and salt mines dating back to 5500 BC. I just know that it’s going to be one of those places so beautiful that I’ll start crying. Yeah, I’m sucky that way.

Pez – pez – pez – red

After yesterday’s blockapalooza I decided I HAD to do something with all the blocks I’m making.

Pezzy goodness

So, I came up with this new cushion top. I have more pezzy goodness on the back burner but I’m out of time this weekend.

I’m not happy that I couldn’t settle down yesterday but all is not lost, I really honed my patchwork skills, something I needed to work on and I certainly learned some new tricks, always good.

Hope you were more productive than I was!

Quilt as You Go Urban Lattice

If you visited yesterday, you might (or might not) have noticed that I created a new page for tutorials up there, in the navigation bar.  This is my first “formal” tutorial and it’s only for one block. If you do try this, please let me know what you think of my instructions and if there are any errors or typos.

This block goes together easily and quickly, especially if you cut your fabrics and batting ahead of time. The above block, which is comprised of 4 12″ x 12″ blocks,  finishes at 24″ x 24″, I don’t have enough fabric for a full quilt so I’m just going to make yet another cushion cover (they’re really starting to pile up around here!).  This is one instance where fusible batting really came in handy!