July 30, 2009

it's done

The pink/orange top is done! Thankfully it's of a manageable size approx 37x46, hopefully this will get me motivated enough to finish the Christmas quilts done.

love pink and orange?

If you remember the post a few spots down about all that gorgeous pink and orange fabric I bought well, this is what it's becoming!!

It's a free pattern from Christa Quilts. There are 3 patterns for download at the top of the page, the one I used is City Blocks by Kitty Yoshida. I used 4 half yard cuts and 3 fat quarters. Just a word to the wise, if you're using only 6 different prints like I did, the sashings are cut 2 1/2 inches x WOF, cut the sashings first, other wise you'll end up just a smidge short on a few.

This pattern also lends itself well to jelly rolls and charm packs. The original pattern calls for 5 1/2 inch squares but it's very easy to adapt. It's also a good way to use up scraps too!

July 29, 2009

wanna win a $50 gift certificate??


Rachel at p.s. i quilt is giving one away!!

Now, you can get up to 3 entries!! Just click the link above the picture and get to entering!

July 28, 2009

check the sidebar!

If I'm not crazy enough I've decided to join a Christmas block swap at modernjax. Using a tutorial posted at Oh, Fransson! I agreed to commit to 12 blocks. Shouldn't be that difficult. Really looking forward to it, I'm getting bored with what I'm "working" on right now.

July 26, 2009

next quilt

Ok, yes, I've officially lost my mind. Not sure I exactly had one to begin with but I digress. My favorite color is pink, hands down LOVE me some pink. If it were appropriate for a grown woman to have a screamin' pink bedroom I'd be all over it. If I ever get my own sewing room it's for sure going to be pink. (Wow, that was quite a tangent)

Now on to the fabric, that's what y'all are here for right? I got these from Home Grown Pillows on Etsy. There are a couple Valori Wells and the others are Michael Miller prints. Not sure what the purple one is that's laying horizontal in the front, it doesn't have any identifying information on the selvage.

I've played with some options in photoshop but not loving them. I'll figure something out.

July 17, 2009

need help finding a pattern

While doing the July Fab Shop Hop I found a pattern but was in such a hurry to click the darn button that I kicked myself when after a quick glance I closed the tab. I *think* the name was tic tac toe. But it wasn't a tic tac toe quilt with x's and o's. I remember it was mostly white, had strips of fabrics with pink and possibly orange, almost like a rail fence with an odd number of strips per block and the middle strip being the patterned fabric. Wish I remember where I saw it because it was REALLY cute!! If anyone can help I'd be more than appreciative!

July 12, 2009

found a giveaway!!

**UPDATE**It seems the post has been removed, sorry about that!

I found I'm in good company being addicted to moda pre-cuts. Vickie over at Mid-Ohio Quilter and a frequent poster over at Moda Bakeshop is giving away a Neptune Charm Pack!! She recently posted a Windmilll table topper on her blog using a Neptune Charm Pack, you have to check it out, it's absolutely adorable!! Head over to her Blog to enter!!

(We all love a free charm pack, don't we?!)

July 11, 2009

are you ready for this post?!?!?!

You really sure, I really don't want you passing out at the fact I've completed TWO(!) yes, TWO quilt tops in a matter of just a few weeks. I'm the queen of procrastination, that's just how I roll, so doing BOTH of these while I still have a quilt sandwich sitting as a UFO in my shed, is not something to balk about.

This is my son's quilt, it's made using a variation of the disappearing 9 patch. I used 4 Arcadia charm packs, I actually still have most of the 4th left and an unused fifth one, and about 2 1/2 yards of 36" wide natural muslin. I'm going to batt it using warm 'n natural so this way it doesn't show through the muslin. *please ignore my husbands shoes, in 7 years I've yet to sway the man from black gym shoes*

Now this is the girls quilt. It's made using a rail fence style but as you can see NOTHING matches up to be a rail fence :p And I'm ok with that! I had some seaming issues at the bottom so there are little button adornments to try and hide it, this is the misadventures of a beginner quilter after all! As you saw in the previous post I used rick rack and cotton lace to embellish it. My daughter did see it and loves it but she doesn't yet know it's for her. Made using 2 Soiree honey buns.

Very few left over pieces, maybe 5 or 6 squares, it wasn't enough for a full row. I did score a Soiree charm pack for $5.21(!) on ebay so I'm going to piece the back with those and possibly some white muslin. Maybe large pinwheels??

So is it everything y'all hoped for and more?!

July 9, 2009


any tutorials i publish can be found here!
obviously, it's barren at the moment

July 7, 2009

hold up!!

What's this?! This can't be another quilt! Just how psychotic can I get by attempting to work on 3(!) quilts at once?! Well, I only have one thing to say, My name is Audrey and I'm addicted to Moda pre-cuts. My latest purchase as you can see is an Oh Cherry Oh charm pack by Me & My Sister Designs for Moda. And don't worry, I've already ordered a 2nd charm pack to be sure I have enough.

Yes, crappy photo but oh well. I don't know if you can tell what exactly I'm doing but I'm going to attempt a pinwheel quilt! Not sure if it's going to be all pinwheels or if I'm going to do a solid square in between each pinwheel block. We'll see. My 2nd fabric is just a bleached white muslin.

What are the lines you ask? See that little 'ruler' thingy in the photo? Made by Omnigrid for Fons & Porter, it's a quarter inch seam marker. It's 1/2 inch wide, has a line down the center, and each end is cut at a 45 degree angle. You line up that angle with the corner of your square, line it up diagonally with the opposite corner and draw lines on either side of the ruler. You then stitch on these two lines and cut down the middle and you have two triangles! Saves time from cutting each square of fabric separately into triangles.

There's no rush to get this quilt done so it might not appear as frequently as the other two. Each Oh Cherry Oh charm pack contains 33 squares, I have 2 so I'll have 66 squares or 132 triangles, we shall see what comes of it!!

July 4, 2009

i've got pictures!!!

Calm down!! I realize it's been a bit since I've had photos but don't panic, I've got some now. I've started putting the girls quilt together:

See those cute little butterfly pins? Joann's was having a 50% off quilting notions sale for the 4th so I bought them. They're longer and a little finer than my regular pins and they make a HUGE difference. Only problem, they're expensive, $3.99 for 40 of the butterflies. The flowers were $4.49 for 40.

And look at the little surprises! A little rick rack peeking through:

Some dainty pink cotton lace (on clearance so even more awesome!):

So far I've only had a couple seams not match up. Thinking of raiding my button stash for even more embellishment! It is for a little girl after all. I realize I didn't show you the second honey bun all stitched up, but I went for the quick route, I stitched together fabrics all in the same colorway. Boring yes, but so far it's looking like it was an awesome decision, really makes the quilt.

And the backing you ask?? I'm definitely going to piece it, going to see if I can score a layer cake for relatively cheap, if not I'll settle on a couple charm packs, border out the top and use the rest to piece the back. So, the majority of the back I'm thinking this:

And the binding I'm thinking this:

Oh and the boys' quilt top is finished :p No, you're not going to see it until I reveal the girls top! One BIG reveal post!! Haha! If I did that I'd be spoiling you all, I can't do that this early in the game, I need to keep you coming back somehow!

July 1, 2009

in my absence

I have been working on the girl's quilt! I got that second honey bun in and went to town. I got them all cut up into squares yesterday and have about 1/2 the rows assembled! I even threw in a little surprise on this quilt that wasn't planned. I'm hoping to get the rest of the rows assembled today and maybe, just maybe I'll sew all the rows together. Pics to come!
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