Thursday, April 16, 2015

Irish Chain Quilt-a-Long Finish

Today, I would love to share my finished Irish Twist wall quilt.  I made this quilt during the Irish Twist-a-Long designed and hosted by Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting.



As usual, Melissa's pattern is beautiful and her instructions are very detailed and clearly written.  I love her quilt-a-longs and was so excited to have a chance to join another one of her quilt-a-longs.  I decided to make the wall size version (about 30" x 30") as decoration for my sewing room.  My 5 year old daughter had other ideas and claimed the quilt as soon as saw it; so the quilt is going to go live on the wall in her room :)

For fabrics, I used a whole bunch of Bonnie and Camille fabrics on a Kona Navy background.  I think most of their past 5-6 collections are represented.



I made a couple of changes to the pattern mostly due to the fact that I was making the small wall quilt instead of one of the larger versions.

1.  I made the X blocks straight instead of wonky.  If this was a larger version and there were more X blocks, the wonkiness would have looked more intentional, but I was afraid that having only 4 X blocks in my version the wonkiness would look more like messiness.


2.  I eliminated the pieced blocks and replaced them with the appliqued petal blocks.  I really was excited for this quilt along to try some applique because I have only really tried it once before so I decided to use 5 petal blocks instead of the 1 petal block and 4 pieced blocks. 


For the quilting, in the background I used a dark blue Aurifil thread to outline the petals and fill in the areas with some tiny stippling.  I used a light cream Aurifil thread for the Bonnie and Camille fabrics using a wishbone pattern on the petals and a back and forth squiggle in the X blocks.






I finished the quilt off with a scrappy binding.  Thanks for looking!
Here are my work-in-progress posts for the quilt:
X blocks - February 17, 2015
Petal blocks - March 25, 2015

I am linking up the Irish Twist Quilt-a-Long finish post:



I am linking up to Link a Finish FridayWhoop Whoop FridayThank Goodness Its Finished FridayFinish It Up FridayFabric Frenzy Fridayand Show Off Saturday @ Sew She Can.






Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WIP Wednesday - April 15th

Happy tax day everyone!  I am excited that today is the tax deadline so that my wonderful quilty friend Paige, who is a bookkeeper, can be done with her crazy hours.

I have a few work-in-progresses to update you on:

1.  Grande Scrappy Tiles



I have a pattern called Scrappy Tiles which looks like a randomly pieced top but is a layer cake pattern which contains baby, toddler, and lap sizes.  I have been asked multiple times if the pattern can be enlarged to a twin or queen size.  The pattern can be used to create larger sized quilts, but the number of fabric pieces starts to get a little ridiculous.

Therefore, I decided to create Grande Scrappy Tiles, using the same block pattern as the regular Scrappy Tiles but making 24" square blocks instead of 12" square.  The result is the same great scrappy look using many fewer pieces (and only 16 blocks for a queen size quilt) with cutting instructions for 1/4 yard cuts and fat quarters.

Here is my queen size quilt top that I made using the April Showers collection by Bonnie and Camille along with some coordinating solids and prints.  Once this is quilted and bound is is going on my bed (the last bed in the house without a homemade quilt).

2.  Sea Star



This is one of my oldest work-in-progresses, the first block being shown on the blog a full year ago.   The quilt uses Kona blue plus signs and creates stars as a secondary pattern.  I am excited to start quilting and finish this one up, right now I am planning on using an all over open swirl pattern.

3.  Plus Plus

I have a new pattern coming out in coordination with my stop on the RJR solids blog hop on April 26th.  The baby and lap size quilts are finished and the pattern is with testers right now.  Here are just a few sneak peeks of the finished quilts, a baby size and a lap size.




I am very happy to link up with Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh QuiltsNeedle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, and WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Foothills Mystery Quilt Parade!

Welcome to the Foothills Mystery Quilt Parade, we have 16 versions of the quilt pattern on parade today!  Thank you so much to everyone who has been taking part or following along in the Foothills Mystery Quilt! 

Just as a reminder, the mystery quilt instructions can be found in the tab above and they will never be taken down so you can start at any time.  (I also have the entire set of instructions for sale as an easy downloadable pdf).)

Without further ado...here are some of the wonderful Foothills Mystery Quilt finishes!



Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs


Megan @ Sew Stitching Cute




Carol Johnson

Kristin Kipper

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Karen Schleier

Donna Kinsler

 Joyce Alexander


Joanna Yost

Betty Caudill

Johellon George

Dagmar Theodore

Darlene Stanford

Sue Burton

Lynn Parker

Foothills members - I tried to get everyone's name spelled correctly 
and placed with the correct quilt.  If I made a mistake, please let me know

There were a number of quilters in my local guild that did not make the April reveal meeting.  As people send pictures of their finished quilt tops and quilts, I will add them to this post so that all of the finishes can be in one place.


Announcement: New Mystery Quilt-a-Long Starting in July!

I had such fun with this mystery quilt that I will be hosting another mystery quilt this year!  The quilt-a-long will start in July 2015 and finish in March 2016.  There will be prizes this time, I hope that you will consider joining in!

I am linking up to Link a Finish FridayWhoop Whoop FridayThank Goodness Its Finished FridayFinish It Up FridayFabric Frenzy Fridayand Show Off Saturday @ Sew She Can.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Nordic Playlist - Quilt Finish and Tutorial

I am excited to share another finish with you today! The Bear Creek Quilting Company has such wonderful fabric, I was so excited to when Shari sent me a fat quarter bundle of Paradiso by Kate Spain for Moda.  I used the bundle to create a queen sized quilt called Nordic Playlist which is now living on my daughter's bed and she loves it :).  

Nordic Playlist finishes at about 90” x 90”, a nice double/queen size.  Each 18” x 18” (finished) block in the quilt uses a fat quarter of a print along with some background fabric, so the size of the quilt is easy to scale up and down.   The free quilt pattern is now up on the Bear Creek Quilting Company's blog



I used a horizontal looping pattern for the quilting and just followed all of the seam lines for virtually no marking.  It still took a really long time to quilt and I will posting some tricks I learned soon for horizontal quilting a larger quilt with a domestic sewing machine easier.



I backed the quilt using a 108" wide Robert Kaufman print that was perfect for the Paradiso line (with the added bonus that I did not have to piece the backing).  Instead of using yardage for the binding, I used three of the left over fat quarters from the line for a matching, yet scrappy binding.  


 

Taking pictures of the queen sized quilt proved to be quite a challenge, anyone have tips on getting good pictures of a quilt that large?

Once again, here is the link to the free pattern :)

I am linking up to Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, and WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced, Link a Finish Friday, Whoop Whoop Friday, Thank Goodness Its Finished Friday, Finish It Up Friday, Fabric Frenzy Friday, and Show Off Saturday @ Sew She Can.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Foothills Mystery Quilt - My Reveal

Thank you so much to everyone who has been taking part or following along in the Foothills Mystery Quilt!  Here is the reveal of my Foothills Mystery Quilt!

Please stop by again next Thursday (April 9th), to see the Foothills Mystery Parade showing off everyone's versions of the quilt pattern. (If you have a quilt top or quilt complete, please send me an e-mail at cheryljbrickey (at) gmail (dot) com including a picture of your quilt top/quilt and what you would like me to link to (instagram, blog, flickr, etc). 

Just as a reminder, the mystery quilt instructions can be found in the tab above and they will never be taken down so you can start at any time.  (I also have the entire set of instructions for sale as an easy downloadable pdf).


For my version, I used a bunch of the different bright prints for the Fabric Set A forming the stars and diamonds, a mixture of low volume prints for the Fabric Set B forming the background, and a Kona coal solid fabric for the Fabric Set C forming the hourglasses.


For this quilt, I decided to try some fabric combinations that were outside of my comfort zone; it only seemed fair because I already knew the "mystery" pattern.  I think that it might be a bit too scrappy for my taste though it is growing on me.  I think that if I had done either the Fabric Set A or Fabric Set B as scrappy I might have liked it better than using scrappy prints for both the Fabric Sets A and B.

For quilting, I was originally going to quilt each section differently, but I soon found out that with such busy prints, the quilting did not really show up at all.  Therefore, I decided to go with an overall pattern that was a combination of a stipple and a paisley pattern.  You can see the design more clearly in the close up picture on the solid hourglasses.  I used a light cream colored Aurifil thread for all of the quilting.


In my effort to use up fabrics I had, I pieced the backing from some orange crosshatch fabric from Carolyn Friedlander and some green crossword puzzle fabric and used a scrappy binding to finish the quilt off.


Please come back on the 9th for the full parade, there are some absolutely beautiful versions of the Foothills Mystery Quilt!

I am linking up to Link a Finish FridayWhoop Whoop FridayThank Goodness Its Finished FridayFinish It Up FridayFabric Frenzy Fridayand Show Off Saturday @ Sew She Can.