Saturday, July 31, 2021

UFO Busting #153


Happy Saturday!  Last week I found myself bitten by the squirrel bug and I'm hoping it didn't cause me to create two more UFO's (party security if it did).  It all started when my dear friend Sandra at mmm!quilts gifted me a copy of her latest pattern Let Your Star Shine.  OMG you guys!  This pattern is super easy and super quick to put together.  On my weekly Walmart run, I stopped by the fabric department and picked up some fabrics.  And in just a few short hours, this was born.

The problem was I couldn't get other fabric I saw there out of my head and the thought of how good they would look in this quilt.  So, really, I did the only thing a quilter could do.  I went back to the Walmart and retrieved those fabrics and BOOM!

Both quilts were made in the same day and that included store trips.  Let that be a testament to how great this pattern is if you need a quick wall hanging or baby quilt.  Heck stick four of them together and make a big block big quilt!  

I wasn't the only one distracted with this particular squirrel last week.  Carol over at Quilt Schmilt was also bitten by the same bug squirrel.

And of course we have the queen of providing us with lots of fun distractions, Ms Sandra herself.

If you haven't checked out Let Your Star Shine make sure you hop over to mmm!quilts to get the details and check out Sandra's Christmas version for the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop.

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Saturday, July 24, 2021

UFO Busting #152


Welcome back for another addition of UFO busting!  This week I'm celebrating a not UFO finish and participating in a super inspiring blog hop.  Wednesday was my turn on Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs Just One Charm Pack book hop.  

The quilt I chose to show case is called Star Surround.  One thing that I really love about the book, it's really not just for charm packs (though all patterns and instructions are written for charm packs).  With just a bit of quilty math, you can easily translate the patterns to accommodate mini charms and layer cakes.  So if you take that in consideration, you are really getting 3 for the price of 1.  If you would like to know more about this quilt and find out more about this amazing book, make sure you check out my post about it here.

Now on to some drool worthy quilting...Rebecca over at Rebecca Grace Quilting has hit the project jackpot.  A client has asked Rebecca to help her create the perfect whole cloth quilt for her mother.  And Rebecca is definitely serving up a hot hot dish of quilting.

Whole clothes are one of my favorite things in the quilting world!  Make sure you hop over and check out every detail she is stitching into this one.  It's leaving me a little weak in the knees but in a very good way.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Star Surround

 Welcome to my day on Cheryl at Meadow Mist Design's Just One Charm Pack book blog hop!  Oh, this book.  I LOVE this book!  Confession, I have a lot (like I have no idea how many) charm packs stashed around the house.  Pre-cuts are great because they allow you to indulge in a fabric line without purchasing yards of each print.  And, my friends, I will buy into this every time.  The problem...I get them home and have no idea what to do with them.  That's where Cheryl and Just One Charm Pack come to the rescue.  

Cheryl has created the hamburger helper to charm packs.  By adding yardage of a background and accent fabric to one charm pack, you can create anything from a baby quilt to a small lap quilt.  She has packed the book full of 18 different projects that you are sure to fall in love with.  For my project I fell in love with a pattern called Star Surround.

I dug through my stash and narrowed it down to a charm pack of Moda Hoopla that has been hanging around for quite a while now.

I knew instantly that the four patch squares in the center of each star would be a perfect way to show off all the fun prints in this fabric line.  The best part is it pieced together super quick and is totally beginner friendly.  Once stitched together, I could get to my favorite part...the quilting.

For this quilt, I decided to custom quilt each of the seven stars and break the background into squares that I quilted with simple switch back lines.  I used one layer of wool batting and 50wt Aurifil 2600 Dove in the bobbin and Aurifil 2024 White on the top.

Now I'm going to let you in on a little secret...this book gives you 18 patterns with clear easy to understand instructions for constructing them, but with a bit of quilty math, you can adapt the patterns to translate to mini charm packs and layer cakes.  And that is just what I did.

I pulled this mini charm out of my stash, and basically cut the measurements in half and boom...a smaller Star Surround wall hanging.

It's still waiting to be quilted but I had to share the finished top with you.  I'm also super itching to make one of the patterns using a layer cake.  This book is really super versatile!

If you haven't picked up a copy of Just One Charm Pack yet, don't miss out.  You can grab a signed copy over at Cheryl's store here or an unsigned copy here.  You can also check out all the amazing quilts on Cheryl's blog hop landing page here.  The hop will be going on until July 29th with different quilts being featured everyday.  Don't miss out!!

I hope you have enjoyed my stop on the hop.  Please feel free to stick around and check out my little piece of the world.  Each Saturday (barring something crazy) I host a linky party for everyone to enjoy.  Come hang out with us and share the projects you are working on.  We'd love to cheer you on.


Saturday, July 17, 2021

UFO Busting #151

 Welcome back for another week of UFO busting.  A party where we celebrate those UFO's we finish or start again, projects that never become UFO's and all those things that distract us from them.  The party took a two week hiatus while I was dealing with personal things.  Last week I had to say good bye to my dear dog of thirteen years, Becker.  

He was having some major health issues and he let me know, it was time.  But he would want me to get back to quilty things.  There are still cats and my 15 year old Maggie dog to keep warm.

So this week, I found the energy to finish up strip sets for a quilt that will be going on my bed.

The pattern is Wide Hedges by Angela Walters.  One of the super fun things about this quilt, is it uses extra wide fabric (usually for backing) to create extremely long strips sets that sew together quickly.  I LOVE that.  I will keep you up to date on this project as it progress.

For the week coming up, I will be posting in Cheryl at Meadow Mist Design's Just One Charm Pack Blog Hop.

My day is Wednesday the 21st and I can't wait to show you my project and share my thoughts on the book.  You can check out day one and two on her blog now.

And how it's your turn.  Link up below and show us what you've been up to over the past two weeks.
Becker would have wanted you to.

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