A Backyard Baby Jellybean Finish!

Man oh man, memba this?

Well, I finally finished it! I had originally started quilting fans on my domestic machine but found it too difficult and figured it best left to the long arm quilters. So, this week I spent two evenings unpicking all the quilting I’d done.  I wasn’t really sure how I would quilt this, I love the fabrics and didn’t want to detract from them so I thought I’d just keep it simple.

I used Camille’s Jellybean quilt pattern with Patty Sloniger’s Backyard Baby fabric, so cute and perfect for a boy!

My friend Linda is now expecting but she’s decided not to find out the sex of her baby however, I’m going to go ahead and make the In Reverse quilt pattern by Frivolous Necessity using a mixture of Ruby, Vintage Modern and Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille. If she has a boy, I’ll just have to make something else! 😀

See you tomorrow with yet another new hair style!

Jellyroll Lonestar… Kinda.

I signed up for Kimberly Einmo’s Jellyroll Quilts class on Craftsy and I really loved her tutorial on the easy Lonestar. Even though I’m not a big fan of stars in general, with the right fabrics I think they can look really good. After I’d pieced my four quadrants, I shuffled around the pieces. (Sorry about the weird colours in my photos.)

Typical Lonestar

Half Lonestars

I love this but don’t know what to call it.

These remind me of flights for arrows.

This is what I ended up doing using Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for the stars and quilter’s linen.

For the back I used Tula Pink’s Damask Dot in Pomegranite.

Fabulous Fabric

Have I used that title before? Ah well, it never gets old!

This is one of Tula Pink’s earlier works, Plume, released in the fall of 2009 before I started quilting and simply stunning, IMO. I won’t lie, it’s expensive if you can find it, typically on Etsy. And speaking of rare fabrics, I also purchased this rare set:

I can’t believe how soft this fabric is, it almost feels like voile! I think I’m going to make myself little zippy pouches and Michelle Patterns pouches with it, just for myself and perhaps as gifts for special bloggy friends. 😀

I finally broke down and got some Far Far Away III which I think I’m going to use with this cute tote pattern purchased from Pinked Fabrics on Etsy.

Also from Pinked Fabrics I bought more Happy Mochi Yum Yum and this adorable grossgrain ribbon.

I don’t think I’m all bagged out yet, there may be one or two left in me but they may have to wait till I get back from vacation, 11 more days if you’re counting along with me.

Denim & Ruby Bag

Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic and positive comments on my Denim & Ruby Skirt Bag, I think this is the one I’m going to take to Germany with me but I’m going to add a magnetic snap. I’m also going to make another with an inset zipper at some point (don’t think I’ll have time this weekend).


Other naughty shopping items I’m waiting for are pearl snaps and Japanese linens (from China). Will keep you posted on shipping and quality when they arrive.

Have a great week, let’s hope it goes by quickly!


Denim & Ruby

What looks great with a pair of blue jeans?  Ruby by Bonnie and Camille!

Last weekend I took advantage of Keyka Lou’s anniversary sale (now known as Michelle Patterns). I waffled around wondering what fabrics I wanted to use for this pattern. I hadn’t intended on using denim but I found a pair of jeans my husband no longer wore and decided to cut them up.

I didn’t want  to make the bag entirely out of denim and this print from Bonnie and Camille’s Ruby line looks so sweet with it, a great contrast of masculine and feminine. I happened to have some yellow top stitching thread which came in handy for this project.

I was going to use denim for the strap but the way I cut the jeans ruined that idea so I decided to make one out of fabric. I put a piece of batting inside and top stitched 4 times.

This bag is generous enough to hold an iPad or book without being oversized, I also love the little side pockets, cute and functional.

Shoo-Fly Hand Pieced Block

Shoo-Fly Quilt Block

Now I know why only 2 fabrics are used in the Shoo-Fly block but I just don’t have the energy to redo it, it took me 4 evenings, one for each little 13 piece square — 52 two little pieces in total, to finish this. Lesson learned, let’s move on. ;D Next on the Hand-Pieced Quilt-Along is the Friendship Star Block, that looks fast, easy and fun, looking forward to it!


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Granny Square Quilted Skirt

I was able to finish two skirts this weekend, this is the Granny Square Quilted skirt. As previously mentioned, the squares were cut 5″ and pieced. I layered a piece of white muslin under the block then cut out the pattern and quilted them together with straight lines 1/2″ on either side of the block seams and repeated for the other side of the skirt. I bound the hem as you would a quilt and used jellyroll strips of Kona white for the waist. For the draw string, I cut 1 & 1/2″ strips of fabric, joined them then pressed in half and pressed the raw edges in toward the fold. There is a piece of elastic approximately 13″ joining the two drawstrings in the back which makes for a better fit.

I used Ruby by Bonnie and Camille as well as Picnic and Fairgrounds by Denyse Schmidt as well as a charm pack of Kona white. This skirt is a little stiff but I think it’ll soften up after a few washings.

For the second skirt, I used a linen/cotton blend from Melody Miller, Ruby Star Rising and the same pattern though instead of creating Granny Square blocks, I inserted a contrasting strip fron the same line. I LOVE this fabric, the weight is light and airy and I love working with it.

Sorry, no iPad tutorial this weekend, my appologies. I had inserted the zipper a different way and prefer the invisible zipper.

Sew Happy Geek

Also linking up with M-R at Quilt Matters for this week’s TGIFF!


Bear Paw.v2 Update

Progress, finally but not without removing some stitching… Turns out that the corner pieces are too small as are the centre of the Bear Paws. I measured my half square triangles then cut the corner squares the same size, 1 & 1/2″ and they fit perfectly.

Although the paw centers are a smidge too small (1/8″), I stretched the fabric to make it work.

Today I’ll be working on my patchwork skirt, I think I’m going to use Ruby by Bonnie and Camille. I have a full yard of the Swoon print I purchased from Pinked Fabrics a little while ago as well as yardage of some other prints in the line. I can always mix in a little Vintage Modern as they all work together. I also bought some chevron twill tape in a few different colours which I’m going to use as the drawstring in my skirts and maybe a little embelishment, it’s too pretty to hide!

Happy holidays everyone, looking forward to many more long weekends!!