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I had such fun making this little mini for my partner in the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap!  She said in her interview questions that she loved foxes, and I took that and ran with it. I call him “Foxy”

Foxy for the schnitzel & boo mini quilt swap!

My original plan was to use the cross stitch block pattern by Pile O’ Fabric and the fox pattern by Making Life Prettier, but I wanted Foxy to be smaller and I was just not up for the tiny, tiny blocks that I really wanted to create.  I opted to use the fox pattern with solid blocks finished at 1.5 inches.  I quilted it with the crosshatch design to give the impression of the cross stitch blocks and added the Foxy borders with minimal quilting.

Foxy the schnitzel & boo mini quilt swap!

The most fun I had with this one was string piecing it all together. I love string piecing because, for me, it cuts down on a lot of the piecing errors I am prone to make. I don’t often have a chance to use the technique, though, because I don’t make a lot of quilt with squares that match up quite so perfectly. I guess TECHNICALLY I string piece all the time, but this was sort of extreme string piecing:

Foxy - String pieced

I think it’s tough to see in this picture, but the rows are all joined at each seam and you won’t be cutting them apart.  The only bear is pressing the strips while they are all connected, but with a little practice, it’s not that problematic.  At this point you can just fold the rows over each and either glue baste or pin without worrying about which row goes next. I’m all for short cuts. Also it leaves you back looking nice in neat without a bunch of strings hanging around. The only caution I have is that you can’t press your final seams open when you sew the block like this, so if you’re someone who likes to do that, then perhaps this technique is not for you.

Foxy the schnitzel & boo mini quilt swap!

It’s been a while OR, what I did in my year-long hiatus from blogging

It’s been quite a year in Alyson-land.  I mean, I worked, I played, I made some quilts, oh and I had a baby.

The heck you say? Yes, yes, I know.  Most of you already know.  But I did kind of leave the blog hanging and I thought i would catch you up, just in case.  So here she is, Erica Beth. Born January 31, 2014 at 7:22am. I couldn’t have been more surprised when I discovered my ‘condition’ and I couldn’t be more in love than I am now. She’ll be 11 weeks old tomorrow and she grins all the time, babbles near-constantly, sleeps almost enough for my liking, and is loved by everyone who knows her, including her big brother and the dog, much to my relief.

But this blog is about sewing and sewing we shall discuss. The quilt pictured was made not for Erica but for another new little friend of ours, Emily.  The pattern is “Bathtub Gin” by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time. I don’t have a Sizzix, so I created my own 8″ tumbler template and rotary cut the pieces. The fabrics are from Mod by Annette Tatum.
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I tried glue basting for the first time on this piece and I LOVE it. I will never pin again!  I mean, look at those perfectly matched points:

If you’ve never tried glue basting, I suggest you give it a go.  No more pin holes in in your fingers! Here’s the video that I worked from to learn the technique:

When the quilt was pieced and sandwiched, I quilted it using a watery free motion quilting design:

I have another quilt top that I put together with these fabrics but that hasn’t been sandwiched and quilted yet.  I’m thinking about finishing it up and putting it up for sale in the HastyQuilter Etsy shop.

Just as an aside piece of business, I unpublished the HastyQuilter Facebook page. It just became too overwhelming to even think about maintaining it. I doubt I will bring it back, but you can still talk to me through this blog and on Instagram, and if you’re a friend, my personal Facebook page too. :-)

Work in Progress: Zakka Style Baby Quilt

Hey look, it’s my First. Ever. WIP Wednesday post!  I so rarely take pictures of items that I’m working on, usually reserving the “big reveal” for the finished product.  Over the long weekend I did a lot of sewing but didn’t fully finish anything, so I took pictures anyway.

Baby Girl Zakka Quilt

This is a baby quilt pattern from Zakka Style: 24 Projects Stitched with Ease to Give, Use & Enjoy by Rashida Coleman-Hale.  I know I’m way behind in this and everyone who wanted that book already has it and its old news, but I only just bought it for myself, so you’ll have to bear with me.

It took such a short time to whip out this quilt!  It was complete and ready to photograph before the sun went down on Sunday, and I didn’t even get started until Sunday morning.  I love, love, love the birdies on white, so I decided to build my fabrics around that one.

Baby Girl Zakka Quilt (close up)

The quilt is 45″ x 60″ and I didn’t have any real linen on hand, so I used a linen-colored solid that I had lying around.  Unfortunately, that means that my long strips came up a touch short.  Oops! I had to piece some scraps onto the ends, but I alternated them in the quilt so they wouldn’t make a solid line and break up the quilt design in an odd way.  You can hardly see it, I think!

I’m still deciding how I want to quilt this one.  I always like the idea of somehow echoing the patchwork design in the quilting, but the reality is that an all over free-motion design is so much simpler.

The quilt is larger than I expected.  60″ in reality is way more than the fantasy in my head.  I hope the baby that it is a gift for will love it for years to come!

Farfalle Baby Quilt

Do you know what Farfalle is?  It’s the pasta that’s shaped like a bow. You know, this stuff:

Farfalle Pasta

Did you also know that “farfalla” is Italian for butterfly? Neither did I…

ANYWAY…this weekend, I made a flying farfalle quilt as a well-past-due gift for the baby of some friends.  (The baby is now 4 months old, so it’s not THAT far past due…)

Farfalle Baby Quilt

What a fun quilt to make!  I love how this turned out…well, most of it.  I love the wonky triangles and the colors.  I’m not usually a pink girl, but every once in a while I like to let my girlie flag fly. Plus I think the grey and other wonderful colors mitigate the glaring pinkness of it all, even if I did use hot pink thread to quilt it. ;-)

Speaking of the quilting, that’s the one thing I really don’t like.  I love my little loop-de-loops that I normally do and knowing that I was on a bit of a time crunch, I should really have stuck with them for this quilt.  But I wanted to try something different and ended up with this loop-de-loop-de-loop design. I guess the results are good, but this little 40″x40″quilt became such a BEAST.  My arms were completely exhaused and I think I started to develop tennis elbow. Add to that my basting spray refused to perform it’s proper function and hold the layers together…UGH!

Farfalle Baby Quilt detail

Still pretty. In the end, I don’t think I can be too unhappy with the results – what matters is that I made a special gift for some special friends and their beautiful little girl. Amiright?

I’ve been trying to find a tutorial to direct you to to make this quilt and I haven’t seen one. Maybe I’ll write one up myself. You’ll be the first to know if I do.

Nubees Block Swap update

So I’m still swapping like a mad woman in 2012.  I finished up two new sets for my hive members just this past weekend:

For Hive #1, March/April 2012 swap I made up a block based on the knee socks quilt block from The Modern Quilt Guild:

Nubees Mar/Apr 2012 - Hive 1

 The tutorial for the original block can be found here: http://themodernquiltguild.com/2012/03/04/100-days-week-of-using-what-you-have-knee-socks-quilt-block/ .  I’m going to have to explore it further soon, I love it that much.

For Hive #8, April 2012 swap I made wonky churn dashes for all (except one hive member who didn’t want a wonky block so I made her a special non-wonky one ;-) ):

Wonky Churn Dashes for all!

 I have a new love for churn dashes, I think.  The first time I really worked with this block was to make the baby quilt that is currently for sale on Etsy.  I really didn’t like the pattern then, but I was also working hard to preserve and use every scrap of the print because I only had enough for that one small quilt and it’s out of print now. With these I had a little more freedom to play around and I like the effect. 

Next up, a report on my Doll Quilts, the one I sent AND the one I received in turn.