Make It Do - a Finished Quilt!

  This finish came a bit randomly - as the name of the quilt inadvertently implies. 

A little background: I rent my longarm time, and I have to rent at least two hours at a time. Most of the time, I can do two quilts in that time. This week, I was all set to do two t-shirt quilts, but there was a slight snafu with one of them. So, Tuesday night, I was faced with "wasting" an hour of quilting, or...

...I grabbed the Make It Do top, a backing that was for a different quilt, pulled together four slices of batting scraps, and voila - a finish!

I actually finished off the t-shirt quilt faster than I thought, so as I loaded up Make It Do, I decided I had plenty of time to practice a panto. I rarely do them because they take a bit longer, but even I get tired of the ever faithful loops sometimes, and this one looked like a good practice of the feathering motion. {It's Antique Lace by Urban Elementz.}

It looks awesome on the backing, a plain yellow minky.

What a surprise - haven't filled out or stitched down the label yet! The binding is almost scrappy - it's two different stripe fabrics that look like they're from the same line. I had small chunks of both of them, but luckily just enough to bind!

The fabrics are a scrappy rainbow, obviously, and the border is Chez Moi. The background fabric is a subtle dot that I also used in my Fat Quarter Quilt Along.

It does brighten up a dreary landscape! {I think we're on day #80 without significant sunshine. And we're not even on the Seattle side of the state!}

46" square

pattern: Make It Do / Porch Swing Quilts

And - gulp - I talked to a new children's boutique in a nearby town, and it will be for sale there. In public. And if it sells, the owner is willing to sell more of my quilts.

See also: Finish It Up Friday/Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop/Confessions of a Fabric AddictTGIFF/Quilt Matters, Needle & Thread Thursday/My Quilt InfatuationFinish-Along/A Quilter’s Table

October - the Pattern Month

I think the biggest thing about October was the pattern testing! Oh, wait, I ran two half marathons. I suppose that was big, too. Last one for the fall season is Vegas, and I'm so looking forward to the drinking running.

But yeah, this month, I tested and brutally edited Jennie's patterns. Make It Do is already out, and the next three will be released every Friday in November, with a big finish right before Thanksgiving!

Taffy will have to count as my NewFO, because I'm way too lazy to go downstairs it's way too dreary to take a picture of Something New.

So that's what I've been piecing for the last couple of weeks, in addition to...

Ripples and Reflections Part 6 {and I still can't lay it out and get any idea on the quilt! Soon!}

And three out of four churn dashes. I don't have enough brown scraps, and I don't feel inclined to go buy a color I don't like or use anyway. I'll be digging into my "floral too large to count as any one color" bin to finish these off, I think.

And I finished the top for my Instagram mini-swap. Now I need a quilting plan. Like, soon!

I finished Gigi's Memory Quilt. Which reminds me, I need to stitch the label on before my MIL takes it east!

And I finished my Spin Cycle. It's perfect. I know. You're jealous.

And lastly, Summer Drinks!

So a pretty successful month - some new starts, the utter joy of wielding a red pen, and a nice set of finishes. November should be pretty similar, with pattern releases, a bunch of quilts that just need some binding, and another mini-swap quilt to work on. Oh, and a commission t-shirt quilt coming in!

My goal for November could be a lot of things {ahem, mini-swap deadlines} but I'll narrow it down to my nephew's baby quilt. Shower is before Thanksgiving, quilting is done, and the binding is already prepped!

And now I feel kind of bad that this post has no pictures of CC, so I'll leave you with my kids, at least. The Dude was Steve from Minecraft, which required nothing but a big head. {I learned from last year.} And the Little Man was Tigger, fourth generation - my mother made the costume for the Dude, and it has now been worn by all the grandkids around age 2-3.


WiP - Stores Closing and Opening

I went to the local quilt show this weekend - so much inspiration! But never, ever taking the Little Man out in public again. He says "cow" for car, and calls anything motorized a car...including EVCs with nice old ladies on them. Mortifying. At the show, I found out that a great online store is going brick & mortar! But then the major downfall - the Buggy Barn closed. I had no idea when I was there for the show this year, it would be the last. Buggy Barn was my first ever local quilt store when we lived on base the first time we were here, so I'm saddened by the news.

Anyway, I also sewed and quilted this week.

For starters, I finished off this quilt top, a pattern tested for Jennie. I'm giving away the pattern right here! And it is excellent-y edited, so go buy it. Or win it. Whichever.

Then, I polished off my Instagram mini-swap mini. I adore it, but I deliberately used fabrics that suited my partner, so I'm not tempted to keep it. I will be making another similar one, because the Dude asked for a quilt in a similar layout. Because heaven knows, my kids don't have enough quilts.

And then it was Ripples and Reflections. Oy. Another thirty-five minutes of cutting {there's only five shapes!} and one hour, fifty minutes of piecing. Nothing hard, nothing unsewed - just lots of points to line up and dog ears to trim and parts to keep track of. 168 total pieces in the four different sets.

And then finally, the gorgeousness that is Spin Cycle! She got quilted on Saturday, along with my Summer Drinks that was appropriated for my sorority little sister's new baby. I can't wait to get the binding on her!

Theme of the week is Broadway, and much like Disney, I didn't hesitate to claim my favorite. Although Carousel's poster doesn't exactly translate well into a color palette. I think Billy would be peeved if he knew his neckerchief was purple. But whatever - best.Broadway.musical.ever. Except for Wicked. And the Lion King. And Rent. And Les Mis. And Cats. And...okay, Broadway is awesome. I'm just going to go sing now.

Linked: BOMs Away Monday @ What A Hoot Design Wall Monday @ Patchwork Times Color Mondays @ Porch Swing Quilts Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced Rainbow Scrap Challenge @ SoScrappy Slow Sunday Stitching @ Kathy’s Quilts Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric

Make It Do - Finished Flimsy & Pattern Giveaway

So, I have been doing some secret sewing, pattern testing for the lovely Jennie. And I'm happy to say, it's an exceptionally well edited-pattern. Okay, really, it's well-written and easy to follow. Plus, obviously, it works on a very scrappy level! Inspired by the name of the pattern, and the fact that I spent a bit too much on new fabric this summer, I decided to Make It Do and make it stash-scrappy rainbow.

Mine took a little extra time because my scrap bins aren't organized, but once I had everything cut, it took less than twenty minutes to whip each block into shape. For my baby-size version, that means a fast finish that looks complicated - my favorite kind of quilt.

Plus, I guarantee you the pressing instructions are perfect. ;)

The borders are a delightful Chez Moi print and the only new fabric in the quilt - I figure every stash buster deserves a new border.

{I majorly big puffy heart the little churn dashes made by the sashing cornerstones.}

Jennie's version, full size {66x80"}, uses 30 F8s of Kate Spain's Horizon, and also looks fantastic! I'm excited about this because F8s are becoming very popular, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of patterns out there for them yet.

So, all you need now is the pattern {on Craftsy and $5 for one week!} and a F8 bundle.

Wait, what? How about WINNING a pattern and a F8 set?

Okay, right here you can only win a pattern. Poor you. Just a free awesome pattern. Use Rafflecopter below and tell me what F8 bundle, or color scheme, you'd use for Make It Do. {Stuck on a color scheme? Jennie just happens to host Color Mondays, where there are palettes galore!}

Then, head on over to her blog for another chance to win a pattern. And read all about her inspiration and thoughts on the pattern.

THEN, head on over to her Instagram, where you can win a F8 bundle from Westwood Acres!

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WiP - Back in Focus

Whew, it's much easier to work in a clean space {you know, minus all those Lego Duplos I keep stepping on} with a solid schedule. I can actually get things done!

Like the Denim Sawtooth Star quilt for my husband's grandmother. I admit, I wasn't a huge fan of making it, but now that it's done, I can't stop touching it.

Make It Do is down to the last borders. And a good pressing. I think things are about set with Jennie's pattern for a full reveal soon!

I pieced all the little bits for a Round and Round pocket panel for my Weekender, and then realized I completely underestimated how much background fabric I had left. And it's gone - none on Etsy, eBay, Google...even from the very few stores that may have had it. So now I'm trying to decide how it looks against a grey background. The grey flowers is the body of the bag, but I think there's red piping in between them.

So I can't decide if it looks like I planned badly...or if it's okay that the dots pop out as much as the stars...?

And then, inspired by Debbie's amazing Spiraled series, I played with my leftover Snowball HSTs. Last time they were out, I found one missing, which meant I wouldn't be able to have a perfectly matching set of pillows. So I had to let go of the symmetrical and just play...and it was FUN!

This won't be the final design. In fact, I think I'm going to pull it apart and make one of each solid color, because the near-solid reds blend too much. But it's nice to just move things around.

This week's color palette - rain. Okay, I'm a little more focused on the umbrella. I've wanted to make a red, black, and white quilt forever now. They just look so good together!

Oh, and there was no BOM work because I ran a half marathon on Sunday. Yes, my second in two weeks. No biggie. ;)

Linked: BOMs Away Monday @ What A Hoot Design Wall Monday @ Patchwork Times Color Mondays @ Porch Swing Quilts Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced Rainbow Scrap Challenge @ SoScrappy Slow Sunday Stitching @ Kathy’s Quilts Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric