During the month of April, I’ll be sharing Anna Maria Horner’s next collection for Free Spirit, Mod Corsage. Isn’t that a beautiful stack? One of my favorite things about Anna Maria’s collections is the way they coordinate without being obvious. Something that is definitely true about this one.As usual, I gravitated towards the blues first. With the hints of coral and the dashes of gold, there is plenty to liven things up. Even those who think blues are boring will find themselves getting excited about these.Especially when they’re cut up into hexies. I wasn’t ready for a long term EPP project so I turned my thoughts to pillows. I chose a gorgeous turquoise solid (Free Spirit Designer Essential) and worked up a design for a small rectangular pillow.I used my hexies to frame a design element from the gray colorway. I appliqued it to the solid, added hexies to the corners and quilted it up. It now has pride of place on my chair. It sure makes that IKEA gray pop, don’t you think?Here’s a close up of the echo quilting.Mod Corsage ships to stores next month. You might want to make a little room in your stash for some of these. Just sayin’.
Wow. April! Where is all the time going? The older I get, the faster it goes. Funny how that works.After a bit of a lull, I’m jumping into some sample sewing with both feet. It’s a pillow making fest here at the moment. I have Kaffe and Anna Maria and Juliana Horner fabrics all over the place. Lots and lots of pillows to piece and quilt. I’m looking forward to sharing those in May (Next month! Gasp!). Before that box of fabric arrived, I whipped up a few flat zipper pouches. I like having a few of these around. When they’re not in use, they can be stored away without taking up any room. I used some leftover Atrium by Joel Dewberry to make pouches similar to these. Instead of ribbon, I added a second print.And I finished knitting a pair of socks in Malabrigo sock yarn. The color is called Archangel. I’m still building confidence when it comes to knitting socks. But this yarn makes the experience well worth my efforts.For now, I have to get work on those pillows. No more distractions. Which means I better put away the other yarn that came in the mail today. Out of sight, out of mind. Or something….
Have a wonderful Friday and a relaxing weekend. Happy sewing!
Happy Friday! This week did not go as planned, but happily I still have something to share with you. This is the fifth practice quilt to come off the frame. (Isn’t it a good thing I had that stack of quilt tops waiting?)I used Joel Dewberry’s Atrium collection to make this crib sized quilt. If I hadn’t endured a migraine this week, I had planned to have a project sheet for you. But my brain was busy malfunctioning, so I’ll just give you a quick run down on how to make this. It’s so easy, a pattern isn’t even necessary.
Here’s what you need for this 44″ x 56″ quilt top:
- 63 – 4 1/2″ squares
- 10 – 2 1/2″ x 44″ strips
- 72 – 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles
- Backing (at least 1 1/3 yds. extra wide backing)
- Batting (crib or twin size)
- Binding (1/3 yd. to yield 5 – 2″ x WOF strips for double fold binding)
Make each row by sewing together 7 squares and 8 of the 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles. Make nine rows. Sew the 2 1/2″ x 44″ strips to the top and bottom of each row to complete the quilt top. It’s that simple.
I used Tula Pink’s Free Fall for Free Spirit for the backing. It measures 108″ wide and is so soft and smooth. The gray and the circles seemed like the perfect complement for this quilt top of colorful squares.
There were no tension issues with this quilt. (Yay!) I used Superior Threads Masterpiece. I was a little nervous to quilt this one for two reasons. One, the backing is different from the regular quilting cotton. Two, the solid in this quilt is not Free Spirit. I had a jelly roll of Moda Bella Solids in white which made the assembly process even easier. However, the texture, hand and weave are all unlike Free Spirit’s. The needle holes could be seen more easily. Since it was not pre-washed, I crossed my fingers and hoped the slight shrinkage would take care of it. It worked, but it’s something worth remembering.A scrappy binding finished it off. Optimistic colors for the Spring days ahead.
If you responded to the last post and haven’t heard back from me yet, I haven’t forgotten you. I just need to get my brain in gear for communicating. With another storm on the way in, I better make it quick before the next change-of-weather migraine hits.
Have a Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!