The Making of a Starlett

I finally started work on a quilt I was commissioned to do about 10 mos ago. Better late than never right?

The pattern is called Starlett by Me and My Sister Designs. The fabric collection is called Bandana and is also by Me and My Sister Designs.63D80EFA-ACCF-4B9B-8CDC-52C545C64180

Honestly,  neither the pattern nor the fabric would be top choices for me personally, but I LOVE the way these blocks are turning out.45808C0D-82CF-4E09-900C-38B1C5591963

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There are a bunch of HSTs which means a lot of marking.  I picked up this handy dandy board during a shop hop.  It’s covered w/sand paper and prevents your squares from slipping around when you mark them. It’s basically a large emery board. F572D366-C7B9-4826-86D6-C7B721706A42

I’ve been chain piecing and cutting. CB35AD46-D157-4C28-9195-B85A70D81665There are also a bunch of cut-offs, or leftovers or whatever you call them.  I know there’s a proper quilting term for them, but I just can’t think of it right now. C8531262-961C-4A21-8C79-35628E32F369

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Whatever they are called, they’ve made A LOT  of leaders and enders. Are they bonus blocks?A8378ECB-4BFB-40CF-A1FC-40804E17CBF1

I’ve made 8 of the 16 blocks.  When it’s finished it will look something like this but w/a border.Starlett

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The Party’s Over

Last week I got an Account Expiration Notification email from InLinkz,  saying my subscription would soon expire.  I was surprised to learn it had already been a year since I started my WHOOOMP There IT Is Linky Party! The notice said my options were to extend my account (pay) to create image linkups or use for free as a text-only linkup.  I opted for neither, and so the party has come to an end.

 And to be honest, I’m not sad about it. I enjoyed hosting the linky, which started out as a weekly party, and later became a monthly one, but something about me and deadlines…  After experiencing both sides; host and linky-upper, I like being the linky-upper better.

Alas, a huge thank you to all who linked up and partied w/me along the way.

Moving right along…

I had a fairly productive month and have a few things to share w/you today to prove it.

One night I was jonesing for a finish. It felt like it had been forever since I’d finished a quilt.  I needed to make one and I needed to make it fast! I dug out some blocks that were given to me. Originally there were seven and they measured approximately 16″ x 19″. I used six of them to make this scrappy little number.  I used the quick turn/envelope/birthing method (no binding), and a combo of stitch-in-the-ditch and other straight line quilting.  And Tada! I got my fix!

I had used the 7th block a few months ago to make a pillow for Moe. This is usually where he is when I’m sewing.

This is Zebrina. A fun applique quilt from Heidi Pridemore of The Whimsical Workshop.  My grandson says Zebra’s are only supposed to be black and white not “grey”. He was not impressed w/mine. She’s not grey though, She’s made w/Sarah Watts’ Shibuya in linen, from the Tokyo Train Ride collection.

I just have to add some quilting to the sky, and then she’ll be hanging on the wall in my sewing room.

Oh! I also finished Scrappy Litter Blox a pattern by Lillyella. I pattern tested this before it was released in the June Stash Builder Box.

The Scrappy Litter Blox  pattern will soon be available directly from Lillyella.

And here it is in crinkly splendor after warshing and drying. I used a lot of Alison Glass’ Sun Prints in this quilt.  I even got fancy and did FMQ meandering in the borders!

By the way, Stash Builder Box has been nominated for a Brassy award, which could mean $10,000 for their business if they are one of the winners. They have a great quilty box subscription program, and 20% of the proceeds go towards providing quilts for children in need.  They also have great ways for others to join in the giving – you can apply to be an Ambassador and help promote the program, or you can sign up to be a HeartBuilder and actually help create the quilts that are given out!  Go to www.voteforsbb.com to vote – you can vote once per day from now until Sunday, 10/9.
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My last finish is from my UFO Challenge 2016 list.  It’s a wall hanging for my grand-daughter and has been a wip for 1-2 years.

It’ll make the perfect gift for her 6th birthday next month as it has 6 tulips on it. I wish I could say that was the plan all along, but it’s simply coincidence.

The pattern is called Tiny Tulips by Quilting in the Rain. I won the pink fabric I used for the tulips from a QITR giveaway on IG! I got a little fancy w/the quilting on this one too. Anytime I say I did “fancy quilting”, I mean I did FMQ in the form of meandering or a back & forth I learned in an Angela Walter’s Craftsy Class. I also did my fave Faux Piped Binding.

That’s all I’ve got today for finishes.  But I do want to mention that I’m super duper excited Katy of KatyQuilts will be spending several months in AZ!  I have all kinds of sew days and such planned for us. She’s a talented and prolific quilter/blogger who inspires me immensely. Thanks Katy!

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #16 – My Binding Evolution

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How do you quilt? Some people quilt by hand, some by machine…and some by check. Check? Yep! I cracked up the first time I heard it…lol! What it means is, they pay someone to do the quilting for them. In most cases it’s a long-arm quilter.  Now, some long-arm quilters also offer binding services but…some don’t. So I had the awesome idea to offer machine binding services to local quilters who want to bind by check. =)  I’m currently working on a list of services and prices.

When I first started quilting I got anxiety when it came to the actual quilting, but even more so when it came to binding. My teacher wasn’t always available so I went surfing and came across Quilting in the Rain. I used Jera’s Binding and Blind Stitching Tutorial for awhile.

Before long, I decided that hand binding is for the birds.  I then graduated to her Machine Binding Tutorial. After using this technique for some time, I decided I wanted something w/a less bulky ending.  I went surfing again and found Binding by Machine by Carole at Fresh off the Frame. It teaches a smooth, mitered join at the end. It was exactly what I was looking for!

And then one day, either several months or a year later ( I don’t know exactly how long as life is busy and time passes way too quickly), I was visiting my friend jkfreeman13 (IG name). She was showing me quilts she’d made over the years and they were all finished w/a gorgeous and very polished binding that also had an accent color.  She referred to it as Susie’s Magic Binding.   It is also known as Faux Piped Binding  and it is AMAZING! I’ve written about this AMAZING binding before.  In the FPB tutorial, Trisha explains the difference in pressing the seam of your binding and accent fabric one way or the other. The effect is either “stuffed” like piping, or “flat” like a flange. This is my absolute favorite binding tutorial to date and will be an option that I offer w/my services.  Hand binding, on the other hand, will not be an option I offer.

Last week at our Quilters Anonymous Sit & Sew, in spite of excessive socializing, I managed to get all of the squares sewn together for this scrappy lap quilt I’ve named Lap Full of Flowers.

 Afterward, I came home and made a scrappy Jellyroll Race Quilt top.

And one more thing before I get to the linky, Craftsy is at it again! 
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