Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello Darling Building Blocks

I love when I run across a pattern and go YESSS  I must make this!  That is exactly what happened at the beginning of January when Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs posted an update about things that were going on around her blog.  At the very end of the post she talked about her free pattern on the Moda Bake Shop called Building Blocks Baby Quilt (the #8 most viewed pattern at the Bake Shop).

Get your copy of the pattern here.
Seeing her version in Bonnie and Camille's Daysail spoke to me.  I just happened to have a charm pack of Bonnie and Camille's Hello Darling laying around and knew that it had found it's home.

The quilt went together very quickly and easily (which was just what I needed).  If you are finding yourself in need of a smaller quilt in a pinch, I would highly suggest this one.  The hardest part was deciding on what charms to put where...because I loved them all.

After everything was stitched together I could start planning the quilting portion of the show.  For the backing I chose to use one of the red fabrics in the line.

Miss Caroline claimed this quilt before it was finished.  I could not keep her off this red fabric.
I had a crazy idea to break up the center space into triangles and add feathers to the center.

However, I have never attempted to stitch feathers into a triangle space so I decided to do some practice runs.  Recently, I had purchased the class Ultimate Free-Motion Feathers with Patsy Thompson from Craftsy (side note, I have watched 25 or so classes, would anyone be interested in me doing reviews?  Would this be helpful info?).  After watching the first section of the class, I decided to give stem feathers and free form feathers a go.

I have been stitching feathers forever trying to get the movement embedded deep into my muscle memory.  In these samples I was trying to figure out if I should use stemmed feathers or free form feathers (implied spine).  I decided free form feathers felt more natural to stitch, so I measured out my triangle shape on practice fabric and gave it a go.  This is a shot from the back.

I was happy with the result so I bit the bullet and went with it.

As for the rest of the quilting, I chose to do ribbon candy in the small white borders, mimick the great orange peel pattern in the fabric on the pieced charm squares and simple straight lines in the turquoise borders.  I turned to my Aurifil thread collection to pick my quilting bling.

Aurifil 2250 Red for stitching in the ditch, Aurifil 2021 Natural White for the ribbon candy and binding, Aurifil 2886 Light Avocado for the orange peels, and Aurifil 1148 Light Jade for the straight line quilting.

After all the quilting yumminess was finished it was time to get this baby bound.  I chose Aunt Marti's (52 Quilts) Suszies Magic Binding once again for the final finishing touches.

With no babies in my future, I feel pretty safe to say that this quilt is all Miss Caroline's.  She watched over ever step of the process...tiny creeper that she is.

I have to say I loved every step of creating this small quilt.  My hat is off to Cheryl for another great pattern.  Don't forget to hop over to Moda Bake Shop and get your copy of Building Blocks Baby Quilt, and while your at it, show Cheryl some quilty love over at Meadow Mist Designs.  She has a great series on pattern writing going on right now, check it out.

How about a few more picture before we wrap this up?

And on a side note, I am super excited to be participating in the Craftsy Sweetens Up My Quilting Life Blog Hop going on right now.  It is being hosted by Julie (Pink Doxies) and Sandra (mmm!quilts) and they have put together a kick butt blog hop, if I do say so myself.  Below is a schedule for the hop.  Make sure you stop by and show all the ladies some love and take advantage of the super cool sales and give aways.  What a great way to treat yourself to something sweet!

Wednesday Feb 10th
Judy--Quilt Paradigm--Cindy Needham Design It Quilt It and Machine Quilting Wholecloth Quilts
Helen--Midget Gem Quilts--Jacquie Gering Creative Quilting With Your Walking Foot

Thursday Feb 11th
Cindy--Stitching At Home--Amy Johnson Quilting With Rulers on a Home Machine
Vicki--Vicki's Crafts--fabric purchases, deals

Friday Feb 12th
Zenia--A Quilted Passion--Elizabeth Dackson Start FMQ, Christina Cameli Secrets of FMQ, and Angela Walters Help! How Do I Quilt It?
Jayne--Twiggy and Opal--Supplies: Pressing/cutting mat and Mini iron

Saturday Feb 13th
Tish--Tish's Adventures in Wonderland (Me)--Angela Walters Dot-To-Dot Quilting, Caro Sheridan Shoot It!, and Jessica Marquez Product Photography At Home
Anja--Anja Quilts--Patterns; Postcard from Sweeden, 1 hr Basket, Star Bright, and Reusable Handwarmers

Sunday Feb 14th
Beth--Cooking Up Quilts--Amanda Murphy 20 Fresh Applique Techniques
Preeti--Sew Preeti Quilts--fabric purchase, Kaffe Fassett Classics Design Strips

Monday Feb 15th
Julie--Pink Doxies--Joan Wolfrom Color Play for Quilters
Sandra--Musings of a Menopausal Melon-mmm! quilts--Angela Walters Machine Quilting:Small Changes, Big Variety and Free Motion Quilting With Feathers, and review fabric purchases and patterns Sea Glass and Snowflake


  1. Such a pretty little quilt to be named after Miss Caroline. You did a great job on the quilting. I am very impressed.

  2. Your version is awesome! I love the quilt in Hello Darling and your quilting on it is simply spectacular!!!

  3. What a lovely quilt for Miss Caroline, she sure wants that quilt, doesn't she? I think your feathers look wonderful in the center, and the quilting really does bring this design to life. :)

  4. Craftsy class reviews could be helpful. It sure looks like the feathers one was worthwhile, because yours look awesome. If you do decide to review classes, I recommend becoming an affiliate first so that you can earn some money for doing what you'd be doing anyway. I'm one, and have an affiliate link in case you're interested in becoming one too:
    I love the quilting motifs you chose, and the fabric collection is darling. What a great pattern for a quick baby quilt! I can see why it's so popular. I'd love if you'd show your quilting insights at my new linky:

  5. Your quilting is fabulous. Was this done with your domestic sewing machine or a bigger one on a frame? Or?? I'm horrible with feathers which is probably directly related to not enough practice! Sigh.

  6. What a difference 10 days make--GRASS! as opposed to 3 feet of snow! How I love seeing this quilt in the sunshine! Loved being along with you on the journey, you and the Princess. ;-) As for your feathers, told ya! You can see in the comments how wowed everyone is-you rocked them. Have added the YouTube tute to my Quilting folder and will try it on the next quilt, fo'sho'

  7. Your feathers look fabulous Tish! Looking forward to the hop.

  8. Great quilting. It's a wonderful finish.

  9. What an adoarble kitty face! The quilting and quilt is lovely ... :) Pat

  10. I saw your thumbnail at Connie's linky and thought: Ohhhh look at that pretty quilt made with Bonnie and Camille! I appreciated the close up of your quilting....I personally need to practice my feathers more! I love the simplicity of this pattern and the possibilites it gives one for quilting. It's a great finish Tish.

  11. A beautiful quilt! Great feathers! Yes, please do reviews!!

  12. Practice makes perfect and your feathers look perfectly wonderful! The quilting is so good on this quilt Tish and pretty inspirational - makes me want to run in and start quilting Right. Now. :) Thanks for sharing on MCM!

  13. I love Bonnie and Camille fabric and this quilt is AMAZING! Your quilting is exquisite!!!

  14. Beautiful! I love the quilting! Visiting from Let's Bee Social. :)

  15. Beautiful quilt! Hello Darling is one of my favorite lines. Your quilting is gorgeous! :)

  16. Beautiful quilt, love the fabric and your stitching is FAB! TFS.

  17. Beautiful quilt and your feathers are fantastic!

  18. Your feathers are gorgeous. Since I do not FMQ, I am looking at them in complete awe!!!

  19. Wow, fabulous feathers! I know Patsy would be proud! Sounds like I need to add another Craftsy class to my library. And I know Cheryl is proud of your quilt you have created with her pattern. It's beautiful in every way!

  20. Your feathers turned out beautiful! Nice job. I love Craftsy classes too, and Cheryl's pattern really is beautiful. Thanks for linking to TGIFF.

  21. Beautiful quilt! I am working with a Hello Darling jelly roll, love the pretty colors in it.

  22. I love the quilting. Thanks so much for sharing.

  23. Such a lovely quilt and such a gorgeous little cat! I have had fun visiting the Blog Hoppers so far!

  24. You took a simple pattern, and made it shine with great fabrics and your fantastic quilting. FaBulous!!

  25. Lovely finish. What type of machine do you use for quilting? These are some of my favorite fabrics.

  26. Your feathers look great, and the fabrics make it such a sweet quilt. Beautiful!

  27. HELLO,quilt+cat lover just like me! Nice to meet you and look forward to following you! Thanks for sharing one of the prettiest quilts!

  28. Your quit is lovely, and the quilting is amazing! Good job!! Whoop whoop!

  29. Hello, just finished a quilt top (not quilted yet) following the same pattern and googled it to find ideas for the quilting. I'm glad I found your blog! I too love Cheryl's patterns. Your quilting is inspiring. Thank you for sharing your pictures and info on the process!


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