Friday, September 26, 2014

Finish It Up Friday :: All the Small Things

Happy first Friday of Fall! I'm thrilled that my favorite season is upon us, the cooler weather, the pumpkins, the baking...bring it! I've been sewing up a storm over here so I have lots to share.

First up a batch of birthday messenger bags from Zaaberry - a great free tutorial and one of my favorite gifts to make. Fill with an assortment of cute goodies and you're set.

Next up, pillows for market. I sew samples for Blend Fabrics which is based here in Atlanta and I feel really lucky to get to play with all their fun new collections. This is the new line from Cori Dantini. These are big panels that feature 4 different animals - love them all. My child has of course put in an order for one of her own.

They also come in this smaller size - also completely adorable. And now I can throw away the kleenex box I was saving with her artwork on (yes I am crazy like that).

I made a couple Sprockets pillows using Alison's free tutorial over at Cluck, Cluck, Sew. This pillow looked like it would be fussy to make and it was NOT. So easy I licked myself for not making one before this. This line is called Luckie by Maude Asbury.

The rest of the line from Cori Dantini - check out that wood grain!

And those acorns - super mega love.

Finally a batch of Lazy Days skirts from the free tutorial on Oliver and S. This is one of my kid's favorite items of clothing lately and I couldn't be happier about it.

Plus the liberty knock-off and Halloween stripes were about $4 a yard on sale at Hancock's - score!

Hope everyone is enjoying the start of a new season and finding some time to make something you love. Happy weekend all! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

RJR Solids Supreme Giveaway Winner!!

First of all let me say a huge heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who left such kind comments about my quilt, they made me so happy! I love quilting and sharing here and it's so wonderful to be part of such a kind and supportive community.

So Mr. Random Number Generator picked #54, pippirose who said 
"What a gorgeous quilt! The colours are so vivid and rich. Beautiful!"
I'll be passing your info along to the generous folks at RJR Fabrics who sponsored this giveaway. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

RJR Supreme Solids Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Happy Friday everyone! Last month I was contacted by RJR Fabrics and asked if I wanted to be a part of their Supreme Solids Blog Hop and it took me about 2 seconds to say YES. I love solids anyway and the projects I'd seen people doing with these had shown me a gorgeous range of colors that I was thrilled to play with.

As I thought about my design I kept coming back to an Autumn color palette - I'm so ready for cooler weather, changing leaves and pumpkins I can't even stand it! In addition to color I'm always drawn to large blocks that make a big impact design wise, which led to this jumbo sized flying geese quilt. I'm calling this one Flying South and I am delighted with how it turned out.

The colors were just as rich as I'd hoped and when they arrived I couldn't wait to cut into them. After combining all the color pairs to make the individual blocks I laid this out probably 5 or 6 different ways and finally settled on this after some *very* helpful suggestions from a friend. Aren't quilty friends the best?! I love the movement from the random chevrons and that the chevron pattern isn't obvious, but kind of comes as goes as you look at the arrangement.

I love how all the colors of play together and glow when you put them next to each other!
Because these are large blocks they sew up very quickly - I had all the cutting and piecing done in one morning. If you're busy, big blocks are your friend!
I used masking tape to mark straight vertical lines randomly spaced for quilting.

See the color on the very tip-top ends of those leaves? No? Look closer. It's there, I swear.

So this is the high tech way I plan out my blocks and quilts, starting with a graph composition book and a pen. I wanted these blocks to be FQ friendly so I made sure my layout would work even with FQ's that might be a bit wonky - I think this gives you the biggest flying geese block possible with a FQ. You'll need 2 FQ's to make 2 blocks. 

Measurements for cutting EACH block are: cut TWO 8.5" squares and ONE 8.5" x 16" rectangle.

If you use half yards instead (like I did) you'll get 4 blocks from 2 half yards.

I like this tutorial for flying geese blocks - I used the traditional method for this block.

For this quilt I used 18 half yards, making 4 blocks of each colorway. 
My layout was 4 blocks x 9 blocks and the finished size was approximately 64"x72". 
I used flannel on the back and I had a piece in my stash that was about 4 2/3 yds that worked great.

You can check out all the gorgeous RJR Supreme Solids right here. You can find a good selection of RJR Supreme Solids at Pink Castle Fabrics. If you're interested in seeing the other amazing projects in this series you can find them all on the Blog Hop facebook page.

RJR Supreme Solids colors I used in Flying South:
130 Pumpkin
198 Cocoa
341 Stormy Night
199 Chocolate
285 Golden Topaz
131 Carrot
229 Mahana Beach
342 Peridot
282 Gale Force (also used for binding)
351 Pewter
267 Boxwood
219 Pinot Noir
201 Espresso
314 Oriole
92 Golden Rod
110 Red Wagon Red
318 Craft Paper
343 Martini Olive

RJR Fabrics has generously offered a Fat Quarter Bundle of ALL the fabrics I used to one reader (US and Canada only please)! Just leave a comment on this post - giveaway will be open until Midnight next Tuesday (9/9/14) and I'll post the winner Wednesday morning :-)

RJR Fabrics provided me with the fabrics for this project and giveaway but all designs and opinions expressed are my own.

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