Thursday, January 30, 2014

City Sampler Quilt

My City Sampler quilt top is finally finished, and I'm so happy with it!  This quilt is going to be a gift for my husband's mom for her 70th Birthday, and so it is constructed of 70 blocks, 7 rows of 10.  It's a bit of an odd size -- long enough for a double bed, but not quite wide enough -- but I think it will be a lovely "cuddle quilt" for her living room.
The fabrics are Sugar Pop by Moda, the same fabrics I used for my Farmer's Wife Quilt.  In fact, most of the squares were made from leftovers and scraps!  I threw in a few pink, brown and turquoise solids, too, and the background is Kona Snow.  I used an alternating square/diamond setting again, just like for my Farmer's Wife and Granny Square quilts.  I just love this setting!

I love how this quilt looks out in the snow!

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Works in Progress (1/29/14)

I've had a busy week, with lots of projects in various stages of completion!
I finished up my blocks for my do. Good Stitches bee,
scrappy inverse stars (tutorial here).

I'm trying out making fabric covers for these bins from Ikea.  I'm planning to post a tutorial once I'm happy with the measurements and the way the covers fit.  This is going to give my basement storage a much needed makeover!

 I've also been working hard at finishing up this quilt top:
 I completed the last few blocks yesterday, and now just need to get them all sashed and into a quilt top.  I'm hoping I can finish it by Friday, to enter it into the contest at Sew Sweetness.  The winner gets to have their quilt top quilted by Angela Walters -- what a treat that would be!

(Linking up to WIP Wed at Freshly Pieced)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Starburst Spools

 My quilt top for the DQS14 is finished!

I think this might be the most challenging quilt I've ever made.
The pattern is adorable (Starburst Spools by Charise Creates) -- but getting all of those seams to line up was quite a difficult task!!!  And since it's a quilt I'm sending to someone, I couldn't bear for it to not be perfect (or at least close to perfect)!
This little quilt measures 15 x 15 inches.
Now I just need to figure out how to quilt it. . . 
I'm thinking about hand quilting the center starburst, and then free motion quilting a small design in the white background, so that the spools really pop.  If you have other advice, though, please share!!!