Friday favorites…on Saturday

Greatest Adventure Fabric

As you can tell from the title of this post…I had every intention to sit down and post yesterday and the day got away from me!  So Friday favorites are Saturday favorites too.  :)  

I ordered some new fabric this week.  I replenished some basics and bought a few cute Riley Blake prints for a baby quilt (I think this line is called Great Adventure). 

Greatest Adventure Fabric

I also bought some of the new Dear Stella plus prints: 

Plus fabrics Dear Stella

They are “positively” awesome.  😉  Really though….the scale of these is perfect for quilting.

I saw this pillow on Pinterest this week, and it has me wanting to cut up all our old jeans pronto (like my maternity jeans…woohoo!).  

Hexagon Pillow from old jeans

My very first quilt was made out of jeans…I had no idea what I was doing and it was the ugliest thing ever made.

  This is my favorite old-jean quilt of all time made by Nicole.

One Line A Day, 5 year journal book

I filled up my One Line a Day, 5 year journal last week!!!  I ordered another one right away (this one is also cute for baby gifts).  I’ve never been able to stick with a journal before, but I love these for jotting down what we did that day or something funny my kids said before I go to bed.

  I’m constantly telling my husband what we did that same day in the last 5 years and driving him nuts.  😉  

Sew Sampler Box July

I had the best surprise yesterday when my Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop came with 10 Dixie fat eighths in it!  Since they barely shipped I’ll keep the rest of the box a secret…but it’s a great one!

Dixie Tile Prints

Speaking of  Dixie, it’s shipping and in stores now…finally!  Check with your local quilt shop or online shop and see if they have it yet!  

If you made it to the end of this super long post, have a great weekend!  

 

 

 

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Aqua Charmed by Kathy

Aqua Mini Charms Quilt

Technically I didn’t make this and it was a gift…but I figured you wouldn’t mind seeing this darling quilt!  Kathy was so sweet and sent this to me for Jane, even using some of my favorite fabric prints, and the softest Amy Butler flannel backing.  

This would be a great way to use those mini charm packs (a pack of 40 or so 2 1/2″ squares), or even 2 1/2″ or larger square scraps. 

Scrappy Binding Aqua Charms quilt

The scrappy binding and the label just make this quilt even more special.  Kathy’s quilting is amazing too of course…see those cute loopty loops in the print squares?  Love that idea!  

Jane and her Aqua Charms quilt

This little gal approves.  Jane is already 6 weeks old!  I want to hit “replay” on the past 6 weeks…it went by too fast!  

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She has the craaaaziest hair.  I wet it and comb it down and by the time it dries it is sticking straight up in the air!  She rocks it. 

 

 

 

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Friday Fri-yay!

Scrappy Strips

This week was a doozy…I’m ready for the weekend (and an extra set of arms to help around here)!  

A pile of scraps is a good sign of a productive nap time.  I cut a whole bunch of 2 1/2″ strips for a project…then changed my mind.  So next time I need strips I’ll have a whole bunch ready to go I guess!

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The winner from my last post for the Aurifil thread box is Elaine W., who is going to a juggling festival with her daughter…love that!  I emailed you Elaine!

Dixie Aurifil Thread

Have you seen all the amazing heart quilts being made and donated for the victims and families of the Orlando shootings?  Many of them use the 10″ heart block tutorial found here.

 You can see a whole bunch of beautiful heart blocks and tops here on instagram, and you can find out more about how to help on the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild website.   They are still accepting blocks, quilts, or donations.

Tutorial for Heart Blocks in Multiple Sizes

I loved reading your comments with your summer plans.  I even got some great ideas for things to do with my kids this summer, as my 9 year old is currently laying at my feet telling me he’s BORED (this is one of my favorite posts ever if you have bored kids).  

Oh Summer…I love/hate you so much.  😉 

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Have a nice weekend!  

 

 

 

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Dixie and Aurifil

Dixie Aurifil Thread

I’ve had all these pretty pictures of thread on my camera just waiting for me to get a free second to write a post and share them!  This thread collection was a collaboration with Aurifil to match my Dixie fabric.  

Heart eyes for all these pretty colors together: 

Dixie Aurifil Thread

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These thread kids are available at Fat Quarter Shop in big or smaller thread sets.  They are also available for wholesale buyers through your Aurifil rep.

Dixie Aurifil Thread

Giveaway Closed…thanks!

Let me know in your comment if you have any fun summer plans coming up!  Our fun summer plan is having NO plan…except maybe a couple weekend trips to the coast and Vancouver, BC.     

Dixie Fabric

Dixie should be shipping to stores very soon…I’ll let you know when I know!

 

 


Ben’s Fish Quilt

Ben's fish fabric quilt

It’s the opening day of salmon fishing here….so I figured I should probably share this fishing quilt I made for my son’s birthday 3 MONTHS ago.  Holy cow 3 months went by fast!

 I decided to make my son a fishing quilt for his bed since he is fishing obsessed.  On a whim I bought a whole bunch of fishing related fabric, and then endured sewing torture making a twin size quilt with fishing fabric. It is so hard for me to sew with fabric I don’t really like!  

Ben's fish quilt

What better place to take a photo of a fishing quilt than on our (((piece of junk that takes up room in the yard))) fishing boat?!  Oiy. 

 I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut when it comes to the amount of fishing paraphernalia in our home…since my quilting stuff takes up a whole bedroom and all our storage.  😉

Ben's fish quilt

I found most of the fishing themed fabric on fabric.com, then I mixed in basics and some fun prints to match.  The pattern is Easy Bake, modified slightly to make smaller blocks. 

 Kathy quilted this with a wavy-water looking pattern, with thread that matches the awesome backing.  This quilt has great weight and texture, and is a little poofy thanks to the blanket backing. 

Ben's fish quilt

Since I’ve already used the word “fishing” in this post way too many times let’s talk about this amazing backing: 

Using a blanket for a quilt back

I bought a few of the Threshold fuzzy blankets at Target during their Black Friday sale last year.  They are so extremely soft and don’t shed like some of their other blankets.  This one is pretty thick, but not much thicker than regular minky fabric, and it’s probably even a bit lighter.  Since this is for my son’s bed and he doesn’t use any other blankets I also used batting in this quilt.  

I would definitely recommend these fuzzy blankets for backings…but there are a few things to think about: 

  •  If you are quilting the quilt yourself…they are hard to use and hard to baste with, whether using spray or pins.  They don’t slide as easily through your machine when doing free motion or straight line quilting, and they are so thick they are tricky to get under the presser foot.  
  • Ask your long arm quilter if they are OK with you sending a blanket like this as a backing.   I emailed Kathy ahead of time to clear it with her first.  I know some quilters won’t use minky, or sheets and blankets. 
  • Buy a size larger than your quilt.  I made a Twin size quilt, and I bought a Queen size blanket so I would have enough extra around the sides for the long arm quilter to use. 
  • Prewash and preshrink your backing blanket/sheet!  
  • Backings from yardage can easily be $50 + if you buy the yardage is states on the pattern, so quality cotton sheets or blankets like these can be a great alternative.  I LOVE the new cotton 108″ wide backings offered now…and that might even be a cheaper option if you are just looking to lower your cost of the backing.  I’ve bought the 108″ backings from Fat Quarter Shop and Hawthorne Threads in the past.  

I think that’s it but if you’ve used blankets or sheets as backings and have any other tips, or a good source to buy quality sheets from, please put it in the comments below!  

 

 

 

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