Friday, September 29, 2023

Malted Mystery Quilt and A Few Other Things


This is a whoops I did it again post.  About a month ago, while on vacation, I ran into charm packs at a quilt shop and fell instantly in love.  The charms in question were Dance in Paris by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics.

I knew that if I bought a background fabric and coordinating fabric, I should be able to make something from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs Just Two Charm Pack Quilts book.  So, I guessed at fabric amounts and headed home.  Turns out the amounts I purchased where just enough to make a second version of Snapdragon Cove.  

The picture doesn't do these fabrics justice.  I'm so in love with this finished top.  Of course, it joins large piles of other tops needing finished, but at least this little earworm is out of my head.  I mean there are still probably 50 more in there crawling around begging to distract me.

Speaking of Cheryl and Meadow Mist designs, her yearly Mystery Quilt kicked off in July.  

I was lucky enough to pattern test once again for this project.  I love getting a sneak peek before the actual event.  I tried to take pictures of my progress so that I could share during the actual hop.  Probably for the first time ever, I used the same colors she used in the pattern.  They just spoke to me.

I went with print fabrics that for the most part read as solids.  

This is my progress for the September instructions.  If you would like to join in the fun and have a chance at winning some very cool prizes hop over to Meadow Mist Designs.    

And I will leave you with a project I am playing catch up on.  I was asked to make a T-Shirt quilt for my niece.  I have most of the bits pieced and the T-Shirts are all ironed to stabilizer.  The hope is to get this one finished before the holidays get here.  Wish me luck!

Friday, September 1, 2023

Psychedelic Crazy Cat Lady Quilt


I present to you Psychedelic Crazy Cat Lady Quilt...finally finished!!!  This quilt began life as a finished flimsy back in 2016.  The pattern is Fat Quarter Shop's (free pattern) No Bake Jolly Bar.  

I ordered two 10" square packs in Cat Lady and Mosaic Blooms from Connecting Threads to create my own 5" x 10" rectangles. 

It's like these fabrics were made to be together. 

And together they would stay, married to a fun white on white print for 6 years (well technically for life) until I decided enough is enough, I want to quilt this quilt!

So, it was time to come up with a plan.  For the quilting I used a light Aurifil 50wt gray thread, the Piece and Quilt 4-in-1 Mini Quilting Ruler and the Handi Quilter Scollop Ruler.  Each white section received a different filler and each row of colored squares had a different free motion quilting motif.  Inspiration for those motif's came from Natalia Bonner's Let's Stitch a Block a Day  and Angela Walter's Shape by Shape books.

I shared a few quilting videos on my Instagram page that you can check out below.

Needless to say, I had so much fun quilting this one!  

I wish all quilts quilted up like this one.  Actually, I think they do, it's just me that gets in my own way.  This finish definitely has me supercharged wanting another one.  Fingers crossed I'll have another finish soon enough.

If you look to the left of the quilt, you can see where the deer have been bedding down at night to stay warm.  So, it's kind of like having a bed with a quilt.  

Full disclosure....I actually wrote this post back in March and somehow forgot to post it.  I call it tax season brain.  I promise there have been no freak snow storms in August.  Though, honestly, nothing would surprise me.

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