Scandinavian Star Ornaments Photo Tutorial

A few weeks ago my friend taught me how to make these cute Scandinavian Star ornaments in exchange for a pillowcase lesson! There are a million tutorials out there and a bunch of videos but I had a HARD time wrapping my head around what was happening while watching the videos and had to pause rewind play pause on repeat so… in case anyone is like me and ended up ignoring what they are explaining and just LOOKED at the still image to figure it out,  here is a photo journal of how I made these ornaments just now! I am by no means an expert and these crafts are a bit out of my wheelhouse so my terminology may be a bit wonky! Bear with me 😂. I’ll also link to some videos at the bottom of this post!

Here is a Scandinavian star!  It’s four strips of fabric all folded and tucked.  Thats it!  If you want to hang them on your tree just use a needle and thread to make yourself a little loop at the top.  If you want to ensure they stay together forever you could always put a stitch in each of the valleys between star points but they do stay together pretty well.

You need 4 strips of fabric 3” x  12”

Fold in half lengthwise and press

Now that you have a center crease, hold open…

and fold each side in towards the middle and press again

Fold back in half along your original crease and press again… you now have a double fold bias strip!  Repeat with all four strips.

Fold your four strips in half leaving one end just a bit longer than the other.  You can just finger press the fold, things are going to shift around a lot so don’t worry too much.

Here is where all the tutorials and their words really lost me 🙂  If what I’m saying doesn’t make sense, just try to make your pieces match the photos!

Place one folded strip inside the “loop” of another strip.

You’ll have one strips tails facing up and one strips tails facing left.

Slide another strips’ “loop” around the “tail” of your strip facing up.

Take your fourth strip and place your loop around the tails on the right…

and insert tails facing down through the last loop.

Pull the tails on opposite ends until you tighten the middle up a bit.

Flip it all over so that the longer side of the tails is facing up.

Starting with your bottom tails, take the top portion of the tail, flip it to the top and hold with your fingers.

Now take the left tail and flip the top over the first all the way to the right.

Hold that guy over there while you take the top tail and fold it down

Take your final tail on the right and flip to the left, and tuck under and through the loop created by the first fold you made.

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tug all your tails to tighten things up again

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You need three-ish inches for the next step so trim all your tails even with each other at about the three inch mark.

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Ok, your strips around some will be coming from the back side and some will be coming from the front side.  Pick a strip thats coming from the BACK right now.  Fold at an angle OUT…..

Then DOWN

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then over on top to sandwich the triangles, then tuck your loose end into the inside of the star.

Do more!

Once all your ends are tucked give it a quick press and you’re good to go!

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Here are MORE demos in case these photos aren’t your learning style!

Youtube Demo

MODA Blog tutorial

Holiday Pillow Cases!!!

A few years into marriage my mother-in-law, Jean (who was basically the QUEEN of all things Christmas) started a tradition of making her kids (my husband, sister-in-law, and myself) all a goofy Christmas pillow case that we would be gifted on Christmas Eve. As any great Christmas Queen would be, she was prepared for the year by July so even the year that she passed we still received Jean’s hand made Christmas Eve pillow cases. I Know. I KNOW!

The following year I picked up the mantle and added pillow cases to my annual Christmas todo list to carry on her fun tradition. This year I decided to move it up a bit and have a beginning-of-the-season family event and gift pillow cases early so that we can enjoy them all season long.

I am SO glad that Jean started our family pillow case tradition… it’s super special and fun to us but pillow cases are also really fun and fast to make! There are a million ways to make a “magic pillow case” or “burrito pillowcase” but here is the rundown of how I made these.

You’ll need…

  • 2/3 yard (27″ x WOF) Main Pillow Case Fabric for a STANDARD sized or closer to 1 yard for a KING pillowcase (I cut my king cases at 34” WOF last year, but leaving them at 1 yard is aok too)
  • 1/4 yard (9″ x WOF) Main Trim Fabric
  • 1.5″ x WOF Strip for narrow trim

Lay out your picks and admire your handiwork!

Lay It All Out!
Lay out your pieces

Layout the pieces for each case

Press it
Fold your Skinny Trim in half and press

Similar to making binding, take your skinny trim piece, fold in half (wrong sides facing) along the length and press

Stack It!
Stack your main trim, feature fabric, and skinny trim one on top of the other

Stack everything up… lay down your 9” strip right side up, place your feature pillow case fabric (right side up) on top of it, and your skinny trim on top of that, lining up all of the raw edges at the top.

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Stacked on on top of the other, lined up at the raw edges

Line them all up even on the raw edges and start to pin

Start Pinning!
Start pinning across the width

Pin the layers (4 layers… trim, main, and two layers of skinny trim) across the top width

Pinned
I like to pin across these three stacked first….

Sometimes at this step I will go ahead and sew a basting stitch about 1/8” or scant 1/4” so that I can ditch the pins faster.  Your call 🙂

Roll it up!
Roll/fold your feature fabric over and over until you find the other side of your main trim fabric

Once pinned (or after you’ve sewn your basting stitch) roll up your main fabric until you find the 9” trim panel underneath.

Fold it up
Fold your main trim piece up to match it’s raw edges 

Flip your 9” trim piece up now your right sides will be facing, match the raw edges and either finish pinning across the top or if you went ahead and made a basting stitch in the last step you could even just hold it in line as you sew the next seam along that edge (1/4” or maybe 3/8”, just make sure you’ve captured all layers and that if you made a basting stitch you’ve moved past it)

Move your pins
Then I go back and move my pins! 

Pinned

How things look
Peek at how things look at this point!

Now you should have all your layers lined up, sew yourself a nice seam if you haven’t done that already!  This is how everything looks rolled up in there.  Very strange and magical, I know!

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After you’ve sewn a seam you can flip your burrito inside out!

You’re the proud owner of a pillow tube… flip it inside out!  Grab some of the inside roll-up and just start working it’s way to the outside until it’s totally flipped and then give it a nice press.

Fold your wide panel in half (right side out, wrong sides facing) and line up all your edges, right sides are out to start for making a french seam to enclose the raw edges.  Sew a 1/4” seam down the side and across the bottom.

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Right sides out you now have a seam… next give it a little trim.  I trim down to about 1/8”

It was about here that I stopped remembering to take photos, SO… Now, flip your pillowcase inside out and give it a press.  Then sew another SECOND seam, generous 1/4” (or 3/8” ish) down the side and across the bottom to encapsulate your original seam allowance.  This is called a FRENCH SEAM.  When you flip it back right side out, you should have no seam allowance still sticking out.  If you do, ITS OKAY… flip it inside out again and sew yourself another seam farther in until you’ve captured all that pesky seam allowance.

Flip it right side out!  Press it!  Put a pillow in it!  Congratulate yourself!  Make MORE PILLOWCASES!!!  Here are a few of my favorites from what I’ve made so far this year.  some years I make things I like to look at and some years I make super goofy ones… they don’t have to be photogenic.  Mix it up, do whats right for your family!  I think last year I made Christmas Pokemon cases and this year I helped a friend make some out of an amazingly kitschy Christmas Cowboy fabric they found at our local re-use shop!  You can’t go wrong and they’re super fun.

Meadowland Quilt (+tutorial) & New Bundles

I think it’s safe to say at this point that Meadowland is the most prolific pattern I’ve come across!  After pattern testing for Then Came June, I ended up made it three different ways this year and plan to make one more before the year is done!  This pattern even spurred me on to start offering curated fat quarter bundles so that you can make one just like it if you want!  Cutting up fabric for all of you has become such a super fun way to connect with the quilty community and I’m so glad everyone pushed me to make the leap!

Here are the three Meadowland Quilts (that link goes to Meghan’s Shop if you want the pattern!) I’ve made so far…

Floral Meadowland Quilt
Meadowland Quilt Pattern by Then Came June Quilt & Fabric Curation by EvQuilts & Co
Black White & Blue Meadowland Quilt
Meadowland Quilt Pattern by Then Came June Quilt & Fabric Curation by EvQuilts & Co
Black White & Blue Meadowland Quilt
Meadowland Quilt Pattern by Then Came June Quilt & Fabric Curation by EvQuilts & Co

 

It was so much fun to make Meadowland two ways with the Black White & Blue Bundles!  Each uses an Essex yarn-dye linen as the background fabric… one in “flax” and one in “black“.

Two Meadowland Quilts
Meadowland Quilt Pattern by Then Came June Quilt & Fabric Curation by EvQuilts & Co

Here’s a peek at some of the bundles up in the shop!

There will be a bundle coming for this floral version too that uses Leah Duncan Poppy print and a bunch of really yummy solids.

Floral Meadowland Quilt
Meadowland Quilt Pattern by Then Came June Quilt & Fabric Curation by EvQuilts & Co

You may have noticed that in this floral Meadowland I changed the way it was constructed to keep the floral pattern in full squares!  To use full uncut squares in your background fabrics take these steps….

1.  The pattern will have you put each block together one by one.  When you reach this step you can put together your center block “row” of one geese, your middle 9 patch, and second geese.

2.  Do NOT put together your top and bottom rows of each block.

3.  When you have all your geese and all your center 9 patches constructed, cut your background fabric blocks (fewer of them… count out how many based on which size you’re making) at 8.5” instead of 4.5” (and any background fabric for the very edge of the quilt will be 8.5” x 4.5”).

4.  Lay everything out until you’re happy with placement and construct entire top row by row.

5.  Left to right you’ll put a background square, then combine two geese from the blocks above and below, attach background to double geese.  Let me know if you’re walking through this process and this didn’t make sense!

Floral Meadowland Quilt
Meadowland Quilt Pattern by Then Came June Quilt & Fabric Curation by EvQuilts & Co
Floral Meadowland Quilt
Meadowland Quilt Pattern by Then Came June Quilt & Fabric Curation by EvQuilts & Co
Floral Meadowland Quilt
Meadowland Quilt Pattern by Then Came June Quilt & Fabric Curation by EvQuilts & Co
Black White & Blue Meadowland Quilt
Meadowland Quilt Pattern by Then Came June Quilt & Fabric Curation by EvQuilts & Co
Black White & Blue Meadowland Quilt
Meadowland Quilt Pattern by Then Came June Quilt & Fabric Curation by EvQuilts & Co
Black White & Blue Meadowland Quilt
Meadowland Quilt Pattern by Then Came June Quilt & Fabric Curation by EvQuilts & Co

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Black White & Blue Meadowland Quilt
Meadowland Quilt Pattern by Then Came June Quilt & Fabric Curation by EvQuilts & Co
Black White & Blue Meadowland Quilt
Meadowland Quilt Pattern by Then Came June Quilt & Fabric Curation by EvQuilts & Co
Black White & Blue Meadowland Quilt
Meadowland Quilt Pattern by Then Came June Quilt & Fabric Curation by EvQuilts & Co

Quilt Facing Tutorial : Dusk to Dawn Quilt

How do you finish your quilts?  Skinny binding?  Wide binding?  Ever tried a facing?

Facings are common for art quilts or wall hangings but I’ve even seen them used on your every day couch cozy quilt!  I’ve definitely run into quilts where putting a border binding on it just felt wrong and sometimes I’ve just bound with the background fabric to solve that.  But facings, facings can take your quilt to the next level.  It’s a very sharp and clean finish!  The only quilt I’d ever made a facing for was an itty bitty mini quilt and I’ll be honest, I made it up as I went and cut some corners, so this time I actually did some research.

How were other people doing it?  I didn’t find too many tutorials and the ones I did find… I had beef with at least one little detail, so I pieced together what I liked from each and made my own adjustments.  Here is a step by step detail of how I faced this quilt!  Let me know if you try it out and how it works for you!

  1.  Measure the perimeter of your quilt and cut whatever number of 3” wide strips you need just like you would for your binding.  If your quilt is 60 x 40, you’ll need (60+60+40+40=200 inches) 200 inches plus maybe 10 flex inches to accommodate any length lost as you sew your strips together.  Sew your strips together just like you would for normal binding.

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  2. Fold in half and press (most of the tutorials I saw suggested to fold 1/4” under and press but I didn’t like that it would leave a raw edge only secured by a blind stitch and frankly, it felt like a PITA!  Fold in half and press may waste a wee bit more fabric but it felt like it would be more secure and it was just plain faster.)

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  3. Now you have a nice big roll of wide binding/facing strips!

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  4. Starting with the top and bottom, measure the width of your quilt top and cut a strip for each 1/4” less than your measured widths.  The 1/4” difference will mean that the strip is just a tad taught and will help flip the facing all the way to the back of the quilt so it doesn’t show on the edges.

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  5. Matching ends of the strips up to ends of the quilt first, pin the strips across the top and bottom to prepare for sewing.

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  6. At each quilt corner, carefully peel back the facing strip, quilt top, and backing away from the batting and trim just a bit of batting out of the corner.  About a 1/2” square ish.  This helps keep bulk out of the corners when you turn the facing to the back.   Be super careful you only trim the batting and don’t cut into your quilt face, backing or any quilt stitches.  You can see here that I had some stay stitching at the very edge and I unpicked a few stitches at the corner so that i could trim.

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  7. Replace layers of backing, quilt top, and facing strips and repin.

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  8. Starting on the side of the strip, use a walking foot and start sewing a 1/4” seam.  You may want to start a few stitches in from the edge and back stitch a couple to secure the edge of the strip.
  9. 1/4” from the corner, turn and run 1 or two stitches diagonal as you turn

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  10. Continue to sew across the length of the binding strip until you’re a few inches away from the next corner.  

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  11. Stop a few inches away from the next corner with needle down and carefully pin back facing strip back

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  12. Peel layers apart a bit and trim another square half inch or so out of the batting taking extra caution to not cut quilt top or backing.

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  13. Replace layers and continue to stitch, taking a couple diagonal stitches at the corner

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  14. Sew to edge of strip and back stitch a few to secure

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  15. Repeat on other end

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  16. Now take remainder of the facing strips and starting about 1/4” in from the sewn edge of your first strip, sew down the side.

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  17. When close to the end, trim your strip  about a 1/4” away from the end.  (You could also totally do this step by measuring each side and cutting your strip ahead of time)
  18. Repeat on other side

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  19. Trim any excess backing/batting
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  20. Starting with your most recent strips, Pull strip and seam allowance to the backside of the quilt, pin or clip in place and hand stitch down the side using a blind stitch.
  21. Repeat with second side

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  22. Time to flip over your top and final facing strips.  This is what it should look like before you flip over the rest.

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  23. Flip the top and bottom strips over kind of like an envelope and pin or clip in place.

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  24. Hand stitch using a blind stitch down the length of these last two strips

    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
    EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
  25. You’re done!!!!  BASK IN THE GLORY OF YOUR NEWLY FACED QUILT
EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial
EvQuilts.com Quilt Facing Tutorial

 

Quilt Pattern : Then Came June Dusk to Dawn Quilt

Fabrics : As detailed here

 

Show Me the Fabric! : White Black & Blue Meadowland Edition

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I’m back with more fabric lists!!! I’m super excited to get this meadowland quilted and the pattern releases NEXT WEEK.  Meghan (Then Came June Patterns) even released the fabric requirements so you could go ahead and gather your fabric pull or order what you need.  SO, if you’re looking for what’s in the White Black & Blue Meadowland, look no further!

BWB Meadowland Bundles now for sale HERE!

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Background is Essex Linen

Cotton & Steel :

  • Sprinkle – Black Cat
  • Sprinkle – Counting Stars
  • Sprinkle – Stardust
  • Netorious – Black Cat
  • XOXO – Chocolate Chip
  • Add it up – Rainy Day
  • Black & White 2016 – Whoos there
  • Black & White 2017 – Double Dots Dark Grey
  • Alexia Abegg Sienna – Wildflower in Ink
  • Alexia Abegg Firelight – Many Moons in Neutral
  • Alexia Abegg Printshop – This That in Black
  • Alexia Abegg Flowershop – Bowties in Night
  • Sarah Watts Magic Forest – Squirrels in Neutral

Carolyn Friedlander :

  • Gleaned – Snake in Ash
  • Gleaned – Snake in White
  • Gleaned – Jungle Border in Black
  • Doe – Ladder Lines in Ash
  • Doe – Sharps in Warm Grey
  • Carkai – Dentals in Pepper
  • Friedlander – Shirting in Snow

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Show Me The Fabric! Dusk to Dawn Edition…

What is that!

I have to have it!

This project comes almost exclusively from my stash so I can’t promise that you’ll be able to find all of these but let the hunt begin!

Pattern :Then Came June Dusk to Dawn Quilt

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Light to Dark, by designer and (collection)

Block 1

  • Carolyn Friedlander “Leaves” in Curry (Botanics)
  • Carolyn Friedlander “Ladder Lines” in Ash (Doe)
  • Carolyn Friedlander “Branches” in Ash (Botanics)
  • Carolyn Friedlander “Dots” in White (Friedlander)

Block 2

  • Cotton and Steel Sprinkle
  • Sarah Watts for Cotton and Steel “Bees” in yellow (Magic Forest)
  • Carolyn Friedlander “Intersections” in grey (Doe)
  • Carolyn Friedlander “Lightning” in yellow (Doe)

Block 3

  • Sarah Watts for Cotton and Steel “Squirrels” in neutral (Magic Forest)
  • Carolyn Friedlander “Sharp” in yarrow (Doe)
  • Alexia Abegg for Cotton and Steel “Many Moons” (Firelight)
  • Unknown solid grey brushed coton

Block 4

  • Sarah Watts for Cotton and Steel “Squirrels” in yellow(Magic Forest)
  • Carolyn Friedlander “Sharp” in grey (Doe)
  • Carolyn Friedlander “Branches” in grey (Botanics)
  • Cotton and Steel “Sea Farer” in gold metalic (Black and White 2017)

Block 5

  • Carolyn Friedlander “Sharp” in black (Doe)
  • Carolyn Friedlander “Ladder Lines” in yarrow (Doe)
  • Cotton and Steel “Double Dots” in dark grey (Black and White 2017)
  • Unknown solid charcoal brushed cotton

Campfire Quilt : Throw to Twin-ish Size Conversion

Hi there again, friends!

Here is a quick post to tell you how I converted my Suzy sized throw into a bed-sized twin quilt!  Suzy’s pattern is written for a square and it’s totally gorgeous that way but I wanted to throw this on my kiddo’s coming big girl bed.  I toyed with the idea of just adding a longer background border to the top and bottom but had a bunch of scrap strips and decided to continue to extend the logs past the existing pattern.

Suzy’s pattern looked like this when I finished my test.

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NOW, it looks like THIS 🙂

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To convert to a twin-ish size similar to what you see here:

*** NOTE : This definitely is a SMALL twin (I didn’t want much hang over cause the kiddo needs rails on both sides of her bed), so read through these, decide exactly how big you want your quilt to be and use this as a template to grow your quilt top.  ***

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  1.  BEFORE YOU ADD THE 6” WIDE BACKGROUND BORDER AROUND YOUR LOGS:  Construct an additional four rows using the 55” wide measurement from the pattern or simply measure your widest log (which should be the width of your entire top at this point (before borders), Alternate 1.5” strip background and 2” wide strip color as you’ve been doing, only to the top and bottom until you’ve added four more rows of color to each end (or keep adding top and bottom until you have a length you like!  Conventional twin size is something like 70”x90”)
  2. Check in on your length and see if you like it.  At this point refer back to Suzy’s pattern and add the side borders of 6” wide background fabric (or add a wider border to get closer to the 70” width, you could up to a 10” border on each side)
  3. I increased my border size from 6” to 8” on the top and bottom to get a longer length closer to twin but you could easily keep alternating color strips as in step 1 above.  (or an even wider border)

Now that it’s been washed and dried my finished quilt measures right about 62” x 82”.  I did a little bit of trimming of the border because I misaligned my backing without realizing it, so don’t be too weirded out by the difference in width from Suzy’s 65 1/2” width for the throw.  I think between a slight trim and some shrinkage/crinklage it’s pretty close to the width of the original pattern.

Happy Making!

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Campfire Quilt : What Colors

Hi there, Quilty Friends!

I’ve gotten SO many inquiries about the fabrics I used in my Campfire Quilt so I promised to put together a blog post detailing which shades are which!

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First, if you haven’t checked out Suzy’s latest pattern… CAMPFIRE QUILT… do that!  It’s a tad technical in precision but truly, if you’re patient with yourself totally anyone can take on this pattern.  Check out Suzy’s blog post where she details a few tips that all the testers came up with.  Things about pressing and starch vs no starch and mostly… PATIENCE 🙂

I had the pleasure of testing Suzy’s pattern coinciding with the ever strong maker-mama NEED to make my kiddo a new quilt for her coming very-first BIG GIRL BED.  So I made the throw sized pattern and added some extra borders to make it a mostly-twin-sized.  More on what adjustments I made later!

Without further adieu…

Fabrics used here are all RJR Cotton Supreme Solids and it’s backed in Cotton and Steel Sprinkle

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Background is Raven (decidedly charcoal… very dark grey but def not black)
Tourmaline (bright and light yellow with a hint of green… this is pretty bright in person, difficult to photograph)
Ballerina (lightest pink)
Just Peachy (warmer peachy pink)
In the Buff (reads anywhere from tan to mauve depending on what it’s paired with)
Kerchief (a just off-white)
Meissen Blue (I’m calling this like 80% blue 20% green)
Beach House (and 80% green 20% blue)

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In this photo colors are top to bottom In the buff, Just Peachy, Tourmaline, In the buff, Kerchief, Meissen Blue (x3) and then left to right Tourmaline, Beach House, Tourmaline, Tourmaline, In the Buff, Ballerina, Meissen Blue

 

Happy Quilting!

WHAT SHADE ARE YOU : BLOG HOP

Friends!  I am truly totally over the moon to share this quilt with you!

When I got the opportunity to make a quilt for the RJR Fabrics WHAT SHADE ARE YOU Blog Hop I was SO excited and when I found out that I would be sharing my quilt on the same weekend I ring in my 34th birthday?  Well that was a done deal!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

Hitting 34 feels like a total level up to me.  In the past my birthdays always came and went without much pomp and circumstance.  I’ve never been a real celebrator and lets be honest, I can come up with an excuse for a treat from Rose’s or my favorite ice cream without much effort, so who really needs a birthday?  But this year, THIS feels like something.  I’ve been treading water through the hardest years of my life and I’m still here!  If you follow me on Instagram you know that we recently moved into a new home after three moves in three years, I’ve declared this my year of re-learning self care, and I am feeling the momentum building!  As one of my absolute dearest just said to me, “34!  the year of kick-assery!”, and so CHEERS!

Alright, get on with it; onto THE QUILT.  That why you’re here, yeah?

Like I was saying, the opportunity to make a quilt for RJR’s WHAT SHADE ARE YOU was a no-brainier.  The Cotton Supreme Solids are gorgeous, have ALL THE COLORS, and have that nice silky hand that we all know and love from Cotton & Steel and other high quality designer quilting cottons.  So yes, yes please.  I will absolutely make a quilt out of RJR’s Cotton Supreme Solids and you know what?  It may be so dang fun that I make ALL FUTURE QUILTS out of them too.  Or at least a lot of them.  They’re THAT good.  Really.

When I got my colorcard in the mail I did what all good quilters do – SLICED AND DICED.  I cut that sucker up and started scooting colors around.  I started with a color scheme in my head that I just hadn’t been able to shake and built from there.  I used 12 colors and at first I felt lame for only choosing 12 out of the hundreds and especially for a quilt project that was ALL ABOUT COLOR.  But as the quilt developed and colors built context into each other, I felt like they took on different lives in the different corners of the quilt.  It started to feel like I was working with double the colors!

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Here is the list of the 12 colors I chose:

Chalkboard 382
Argento 362
Tourmaline 103
Carrot 131
Sunnyside of the street 379
Kerchief 364
Spearmint 389
Teal 401
Iceberg 377
Paris 235
Gelato 414
Jean Jacket 429

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With a total blank slate I asked myself what I’d been dying to make and never made the time.  I thought about all my most favorite classic and modern quilts and GEESE is what I kept coming back to.  I started sketching some geese and playing with scale.  I really loved how the ebb and flow of the geese felt like the ebb and flow of our life right now.  With our kiddo having CP, sometimes things feel so stagnant and slow or like we’re moving backwards, and then sometimes it feels like she’s changing and gaining skills at the speed of light.  We’ve really noticed that she has a total mind of her own and does things not on our time, not on her therapists time, but on HER time. So these geese were born out of my mama life with our Eleanor.

I really wanted to focus on color development for this quilt so I threw caution to the wind and made a few of my own foundation paper piecing templates. I did close to no actual math for this top (which is totally not my usual quilty way) and really just thought through color context as I went piece to piece. There are three separate blocks here, one with four skinny geese, one with three medium geese, and one with two large geese. I was so excited to see it all come together that I didn’t even mind when I was all set up to baste I realized I still needed to tear all the papers out!  Actually I was relieved – who really likes to baste?  NOT ME.

I quilted this with simple 1” straight line quilting in a 28wt blueish grey Aurifil.  It’s backed in Chalkboard with a few leftover blocks pieced in.

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I am so pleased with this quilt and love the mile marker that it is for me in this place and hope that as it hangs in our home it will be a great reminder peace and acceptance and celebration. Thanks so much to RJR for the chance to pitch in along side other amazing quilty friends!  Thanks to everyone for stopping by!

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