In Progress – Summer Sampler 2016 – Block 3

I’m quilting along on my Summer Sampler 2016 quilt! This week, block number three was released and it’s called Snow Cone for obvious reasons. 🙂 This was the first time I’ve ever made a quilt block with curves and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. I used lots of pins and lots of patience! 🙂

Block #3 – Snow Cone:
Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt - Block 03 - Snow Cone

Here are all three of my blocks so far:
Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt - Blocks 1-3

Finished!! – Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt

You guys!! It’s finished!! Back in January, I decided to join in on the Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt Along created by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts. This quilt came out even cuter than I could have imagined! ❤ ❤ ❤

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt - Finished!!

I used Kona Solids for the sweaters and binding, snowflakes background by Studio E, argyle backing by Michael Miller and thread by Aurifil, of course.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt - Backing

I had so much fun making this quilt! I had originally decided to make a baby or lap quilt size, but it was so much fun, that I ended up making the maxi quilt size.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt - Closeup

It was quilted by the lovely and talented Robin at Ormond Beach Quilts. Her work is always top-notch and this quilt is no exception. The quilting pattern is called Snow Winds. Is it perfect for this quilt or what?

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt - Closeup

I’m just in love with this quilt and I think I’m going to leave it hanging up for a while even though Christmas is still seven months away. 😀 😀 😀

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt - Label

This is my second finish for the 2016 Finish-A-Long – 2nd Quarter.

In Progress – Summer Sampler 2016 – Blocks 1 & 2

I first saw a picture of Summer Sampler 2016 on Instagram and decided I didn’t have enough projects in my life (haha!), so I signed up. The initial download came with a blank coloring page so I used Photoshop to color it and decide on my fabrics. I knew I wanted to use a bright orange as a focus fabric, so then I selected a turquoise and a green to go with it. Then I chose two lighter blues and one darker blue to complete the range and of course, white as a background. I’m nothing if not predictable with the white background! 😀

Here’s my quilt coloring page mockup:
Summer Sampler 2016 - Coloring Page Mockup

The Kona Solids I’m using are shown below:
kona-white White
kona-persimmon Persimmon
kona-kale Kale
kona-celestial Celestial
kona-turquoise Turquoise
kona-jamaica Jamaica
kona-robinegg Robin Egg
I think these will work really well together. 🙂

One block will be released each Monday until all 20 blocks are out and about in the wild. Each pattern also includes a sample quilt layout using just that block. At the end of the subscription, three sample quilt layouts will be provided or you can make up your own layout.

The first block was released a week ago and the second one was released today. I finished up the first one last night and I had a little time to kill today, so I got the second one done too. Here they are:

Block One – Turkey Vulture:
Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt - Block 01 - Turkey Vulture

Block Two – Summer Slice:
Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt - Block 02 - Summer Sampler

Finished!! – Easter Bunny Wall Quilt

Here’s a quick recap on this project. I’m making a series of wall quilts to hang over our ugly fireplace in the living room. I found the Bunny pattern from Elizabeth Hartman. I wanted one big bunny though, so I enlarged her pattern by 400% to get the right size. I think it came out really cute!

After I got the top done, I sent it off to Robin at Ormond Beach Quilts for her to work her long-arming magic on it. She used a super cute design called Daisies Galore on it and I think it was perfect. ❤

Yesterday, I cut into some lovely black and white striped fabric to make the binding. I just love striped binding! Here's the finished Easter Bunny Wall Quilt:

This is my first finish for the 2016 Finish-A-Long – 2nd Quarter.

Quilting Previews!!

At the same time I sent my Easter Bunny Wall Quilt to the long-arm quilter, I also sent my Double Cross Mystery Quilt and my Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt. I got preview pictures of the quilting today and I’m so happy to share them here!! Thanks to Robin at Ormond Beach Quilts for doing such a great job as usual! ❤

Double Cross Mystery Quilt: Quilted in red to add some interest. I'm going to bind it in red too. 🙂
Double Cross Mystery Quilt - Quilting PreviewDouble Cross Mystery Quilt - Quilting Preview

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt: Quilted in a snowflake pattern! Perfect for a Christmas quilt! 🙂
Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt - Quilting PreviewUgly Christmas Sweaters Quilt - Quilting Preview

In Progress – Easter Bunny Wall Quilt – Quilting Preview

So, I sent my Easter Bunny Wall Quilt to the lovely and talented Robin at Ormond Beach Quilts for her to work her magic on and she sent me this preview a couple of days ago. I LOVE IT!!! ❤ The quilting design is called Daisies Galore and I think it's perfect for this quilt. ❤

Easter Bunny Wall Quilt - Quilting Preview

In Progress – North Woods HST Strip Quilt

This was such a fun quilt to make! I finished up the top a couple of days ago and finally got some good pictures of it. I really like how this came out. I’ve gone from no Christmas quilts to two this year! I was thinking about sending this one to the long-armer, but I think I may do it myself. We’ll see I guess. 🙂

Finished top: North Woods HST Strip Quilt - Top Complete

Detail of the finished top: North Woods HST Strip Quilt - Top Detail

In Progress – North Woods HST Strip Quilt

My latest quilt is coming along quite nicely! I really like this pattern and it’s super easy to make! Here are a few photos from the past couple of days work on it.

Untrimmed blocks laid out to get an idea of the final layout:
North Woods HST Strip Quilt - Layout

Trimming blocks using my Bloc_Loc ruler (I can’t recommend these rulers highly enough!!):
North Woods HST Strip Quilt - Trimming

Finished blocks ready to sew into rows:
North Woods HST Strip Quilt - Blocks

And of course, I can never resist a picture of the trimmed off edges:
North Woods HST Strip Quilt - Trimmings

In Progress – North Woods HST Strip Quilt

Back in March, I won a jelly roll of the upcoming North Woods line by Kate Spain for Moda. I’ve been trying to decide what to make with it and I finally came across the HST Strip Quilt pattern by @saracecilquilts and Red Rainboots Handmade. I think it will be perfect for this jelly roll! On Friday, I got my strips ironed and sewed into four-strip sets. Yesterday, I cut them into 8.5″ blocks and cut my solid (Kona Bleach White) into 8.5″ strips. Today, I’m going to cut the solid into blocks and start making my HST blocks. 🙂

North Woods HST Strip Quilt

In Progress – Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt – Top Complete

I got finished the last three of 20 blocks yesterday and got my sashing and borders cut last night. I intended to get the sashing on the blocks and the blocks sewed into rows, but when I got going, I didn’t want to stop. Here’s the top completed except for the outer border! 😀 😀 😀

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt - Top Complete!

So, sometime this week, I’ll get the final borders on and get it sent off to the quilter. Can’t wait to get it back and finish it up! 🙂