Vera Bradley Quilt - Finished!

So, a while ago, I was asked to make a quilt with Vera Bradley fabrics. I was a little apprehensive - all I knew about VB was the ugly pre-quilted purses - what if the fabric was horrendous to look at work with?

Luckily, it wasn't! A few of the fabrics were a bit closer to home-dec weight, but most of the others had a great hand. The one on the top left {and second row, last on right} was a napkin and was especially soft and delicate. And nothing was pre-quilted. Whew.

And even though it's way more paisley than I would ever want, the colors are quite lovely.

Of course, sewers might recognize some of the info on the selvage!

{Also note the cat hair! It's nice to receive fabric already coated in cat hair, especially given CC's love for this quilt.}

She originally asked for my Twinkle Twinkle design, but there just wasn't enough fabric to do it - I'd have to cut the pieces down to 3.5" and most of the designs were far bigger than that. The fabrics were remnants {or napkins} so there wasn't much to work with.

Suzanne did some Googling and picked this design - Strawberry Fields from Material Obsession. Which....I own! I guess it was meant to be! I scaled the blocks to fit the fabrics we had {and seriously - I had 35" of the star points and needed 33"! No miscutting allowed!}

I love the economy blocks - I used the same elephant print in the second square of all of them to tie it all together. And this green-dominant block is my very favorite - that's why it got center square!

I went way out of my comfort zone - after plenty of paper practice - and quilted an all-over freehand paisley design. It came out way, way better than I thought. {Wait, should I be admitting that on a customer quilt?}

It's not perfect - sometimes I forgot that I was supposed to be "traveling" and ended up going in tight circles - but for the most part, it's exactly better than I envisioned it.

Which is good because the backing shows off every single loop, vividly!

{And how perfect is that backing against the binding? She did that from memory!}

Label is a simple corner label - as usual, not filled out yet. But this time because we're still trying to come up with a name.

Vera - after binge-watching Downton Abbey, I don't have a good association with that name. But then, Firefly...this is my very favorite gun... Suzanne briefly called it "My Blue Heaven." I suggested a Beatles name because of the original Strawberry Fields...but there's not really a blue Beatles song. There's a Blue Album, on which Strawberry Fields appears...

Eventually it will have a name on the label, though!

This quilt was well-loved by the cats - which is good because it's a lap quilt and Suzanne has a lap cat who is very dedicated to his job.

This is his "don't tell CC where I am" look.

Oops, too late.

Ahh, mine to snuggle.

I tried some staged shots...and decided I'm just not that good at staged shots. Should the lamp be there? I can't tell if it's distracting. I can read tutorials all day on lighting {in fact, thanks to Lori's advice, I opened and shut the blinds in the bedroom until I figured out which one was causing the dapples on the end of the quilt} but I just can't "see" a good shot. Oh well.

Quilt Details
Fabric: Vera Bradley remnants, Kona Silver
Backing: Joann's Cozy Flannel, Aquarius
Binding: Vera Bradley
Size: 65" square
Pattern: Strawberry Fields by Sarah Fielke

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Weekly Progress - TV Binges

This week, I watched every episode of Downton Abbey and Sherlock.

Oh, right, quilts.

Um, thanks to the binging of DA and Sherlock, I finished off two quilts this week.

{Oh, and actually watching DA did nothing to cure me of my desire for the fabric. I even want Edith's colorway now. Oh, Edith. And watching Sherlock did nothing to cure me of my desire for Benedict Cumberbatch. Though who needs a cure for that? Yum.}

QUILTS. Um, yes. That's what this post is about.

Finished

Vera Bradley - just a sneak peek. The binding is on, and I'm busy burying the quilting tails. Full post on Friday.


Piecing

Weekly Churn Dash - a favorite pink scrap from Bad Romance. Look, it's an adorable birdie in the top left HST!

And all four of the pinks.

And I looked through my notes on last year's RSC, decided on the number of blocks I want, and made the remaining pinks. 

Mostly because I knew I needed more beige Dimples to set this one, and I need it for Cat Tails, and I need it for something else but I need to find my notes on that after I remember what THAT is, so I can put in one order. 


Finishing old projects sucks when you can't find your notes.


Almost finished piecing the top for Reverse Hearts.

And since I'm almost done with Hearts, and I finished a commissioned quilt and a baby quilt and a UFO this month... {Oh, yeah, I pieced the back for Chunky Log Cabin and I'm quilting it today. Freehand feathers within the zig-zags. I'm terrified!}

Anyway, with all those finishes, it was time to start something fun for me. This is Spin Cycle by Cluck Cluck Sew and it's wonderful. The instructions are clear, it goes together rather quickly, and the blocks are adorable. Mine is from hoarded Bonnie and Camille fabrics.


Oh, and it's prettier than the picture. These were all taken late afternoon during a snowfall, so the lighting was terrible. But the snow is pretty!


And I organized my batting - very big chunks, chunks, strips, skinny strips, and a bag of too-small bits. The skinny strips are being chopped into rag quilt size. The scraps are going to be scissored into pillow stuffing size.

But when you share the sewing room with the playroom, and you clear the floor of project boxes and batting scraps, something else begins to take over...

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Weekly Progress - BOMs and UFOs

This week was a mixture of finishing and some block work. I'm still trying to settle on a good day to do my monthly BOMs...first Monday seems obvious, but...it just hasn't happened the first couple of months.

BOM
This is the 13th 12" block for the Fat Quarter Stars. I made the hourglasses before and decided not to use them because there wasn't any of the background fabric. I'm still not sure...but it's a block. And I found my list, so I can go ahead with the 9" blocks while I ponder this one.

Quilt Doodle Row-Along - I shrank the house block down to 10" to fit my plan. I think it will need a button wreath of some sort on the door!

And my weekly churn dash - it's really much brighter than the photograph! This was used as part of a dress for my niece, and it's just a very cheerful pink.

Finishes

The wind was disagreeable for getting a good picture, but the Vera Bradley quilt is pieced. I'm backing-hunting and quilting this week!

And since I was on a roll, I put the borders on the Chunky Log Cabin. When I finished the top, I swore I was going to keep going until it was done...in November...2012... But I already have the backing, so this time, I swear, it's high on the quilting list.

Piecing
I prepped the binding for Four Patch Frenzy, so that will get done this week.

And finally, the Reverse Heart project. It's been a leader/ender, so progress is slow, but slicing willy-nilly through my pink scraps has been fun.

I also stole back a storage table from the office and emptied two boxes of UFOs. Sure, technically it's just moving them from one holding place to another, but it's open wire bins. I can see them a lot better {and feel guilty} and they're separated out into their levels of done-ness. And I don't have to go digging through boxes trying to decide what to do next. So hopefully that will help move some projects to the done pile in the near future.

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Weekly Progress - #economyblockalong

I know, I know - I'm not a cool kid on Instagram. In fact, I can't even be if I wanted to, since someone {not naming any names but it starts with C and ends with...C} knocked my phone to the tile floor. Buh-bye, fancy phone. Hello, old phone.

Anyway, the owner of the Vera Bradley fabrics and I had many discussions over the best use of the fabric. Eventually she came up with this picture.

And I laughed, because of the super trendy Economy blocks. And then I laughed some more when I realized I owned the book with the pattern. So with a bit of fiddling to make it work with the sizes I had, I came out with this:

That was the biggest project of the week, though I managed to put the binding on this:


And as a leader/ender, put together this:

The panel pieces were already cut out, so I just paired them up with some 1.5" strips and whipped through to a finished project. Two, actually - the second one needs to be quilted and bound.


I also went though my pink bin and cut out my pieces for the weekly churn dash - sadly, no Sandy Gervais Valentine's! Mostly because I use them so much that only the smallest of scraps remain.

This one is Chez Moi, and ended up in Twinkle and Frolicking Pinwheels.


And I started cutting down scraps into 4" and 3.5" squares for a reverse heart quilt. It will be...very pink. I hope my eyes can handle it.


Weekly Progress - Some Little Projects

So, this past week was the first time since November that I wasn't devoting 1-2 hours a day to running.

I think it shows.

Finished

Central Park Sudoku - added the borders, finally. I was going to quilt it if I had time after the Flirt session, but it was snowing, so I went to the grocery store for my bread, milk, and eggs instead. The backing is already pinned to the zippers, so it'll get done soon-ish.

After my mother-in-law's marathon Christmas PJ pants sessions, my ironing board was looking sad. It already had the rips, but since my poor old iron leaks, I never use water in it. She didn't know that, so there were lots of water stains added. And the poor old iron gave up.

So I made a fresh new cover and got a fresh new iron. The cover is duck cloth, 54" wide. I left the selvages on and sewed some old double fold binding along the edges, popped in some elastic, and voila! Easy peasy way to brighten up the sewing room.

I moved the Dude's dress up bin to the other side of the play room and set the ironing board in front of the window so I could spy on the neighbors keep an eye out for the school bus. 

And notice the cat bed right underneath? And notice where CC is? Sigh.

I mustache you where you plan on keeping your allowance. {A wallet for the Dude.}


Piecing

Cat Tails - ran out of Dimples. More horrifying - no store around here carries Dimples! Everything is pieced except the rows that can't be, and I'm working on an online order.


Weekly Churn Dash - this was another obvious pick. The backing of Bad Romance and one of my favorites in the pink bin!

I pieced together the jumbled mess of Celtic Solstice pieces from last week. Now let's play "Spot the Error!"

The owner of these fabrics and I worked out a great plan for them. So off I go to piece!

I also cleaned in the sewing room enough to find my list of Fat Quarter Stars - yay! Still can't find the binding for FPF or the table runner pattern. Sigh.

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