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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pretty in Pink Quilt-Along {Fabric Selection and Cutting}

Heather Mulder Peterson of Anka's Treasures is hosting a Pretty in Pink Quilt-Along.  I have long admired her work, so I am jumping at this opportunity to quilt along using one of her projects.  My quilt Mrs.Starlight is made from one of Heather's patterns.

This is one of the many colorways in which Heather made Pretty in Pink.  There are lots of colorways shown in her quilt-along blog post.  This one's my favorite.

I plan to quilt along using the fabric collection Twice as Nice by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake.  This 10" stacker has been waiting for just the right project, and this is it!  It's a lovely collection whimsical flowers, trucks, checks, and dots in reds, pinks, aqua, gray, and white.  Heather is making a mini quilt using charm squares, but I'm making the large version with 10" squares, a total of 20 which will be a nice baby size.  The pattern is found in her book, Living Large.

Heather's helpful post gives instructions on fabric selection and cutting, reminding us to be careful of directional fabrics, which I promptly forgot!  I cut one of the pickup truck fabrics in this line the wrong way, and I've no choice but to leave it that way.

In the past, I would not have cut the white strips into segments as directed in the pattern; I'd have left them and strip pieced the squares to the strips and then cut them apart.  In Camille Roskelley's Precut Piecing Made Simple Craftsy class, I learned to go ahead and cut the segments first.  Then when sewing two fabrics RST, pin the tail end of the two pieces together before stitching and then keeping just a tad of tension on the pinned end.  It works great to keep the two ends lined up, and I always pin like this now.  This tip has improved the accuracy of my quilting.  I've learned a lot of tips like this that have improved my quilting in Craftsy classes.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Custom Twin Size HST Quilt {Finished!}

It's HST ♥♥♥ at my house today!  Finished up is a custom order twin half-square triangle quilt.  I have wanted to make a 100% HST quilt for a long time, and this custom order nudged me over the edge to do it!  
I used this method to create 8 half-square triangles at a time.  I'm finding this is a really efficient method, and as long as I pin generously and sew very carefully, the HSTs don't need trimmed other than dog ears - a major time-saver.  I trimmed ZERO of the 264 HSTs in this quilt!   {NO KIDDING!}
Perfectly adorable to the tip of her corners!
My customer chose the backing to match her favorite pink fabric in the quilt top. I used my Moda Bella color chart to match it perfectly.  A row of HSTs were used in a strip across the back for a nice touch.
The binding is the same solid pink as the backing for a nice finishing touch. 
Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern:  Half-square triangles
  • Size:  Twin 67" x 88" after washing; 70" x 91" before washing.  Shrinkage 3" each direction.
  • Quilt Top Fabric:  Customer-supplied prints with Kona White.
  • Batting:  80/20 cotton/poly, thin.
  • Backing:  Moda Bella Pink with one row of HSTs.
  • Quilting:  Allover meandering in white thread on Mrs.Singer, my antique 31-15 mounted on a long-arm quilting frame.
  • Binding:  Double fold, attached by machine in Moda Bella Pink.
  • Value:  Absolutely adorable!
This quilt is a custom order in my Etsy shop, Busy Hands Quilts.

Linking to:
Crazy Mom Quilts
Fort Worth Fabric Studio Sew Stitching Cute quilts

Included in The Ultimate DIY Bundle is the eBook, Act On Your Craft:  How to Sell at Craft Shows and Farmers' Markets.  It's full of information to help you decide if this is the right path for you.
Getting Started With Social Media is also included in The Ultimate DIY Bundle.  If you are still trying to figure out hashtag this and hashtag that {like me!}, this would be a good place to start!

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Quilt and Craft Patterns in The Ultimate DIY Bundle + Lilla Rose Hair Clips Sale!

I am loving looking through my Ultimate DIY Bundle and picking out projects or skills to work on.  Here's a few that are at the top of my to-do list.  These are in addition to the free Craftsy class you get!

Lucky the Elephant is a PDF sewing pattern that is included in The Ultimate DIY Bundle.  Isn't she adorable!  The pattern includes 12 pages of detailed instructions.  I will be making this for sure!

Color Plus is a super striking quilt pattern by Alison Glass.  I can easily envision it in other colors - a RAINBOW, or gray with blues and greens.  It is a very versatile quilt pattern.  This pattern sells for $12 on Craftsy but is included in The Ultimate DIY Bundle!  
Also by Alison Glass is Spectrum, a quilt pattern that's perfect for bold, luscious fabrics.  I have a wonderful collection of Jennifer Paganelli, Amy Butler, and Joel Dewberry fabrics, and I've been looking for just the right quilt pattern for them, and Spectrum is it.  Spectrum is included in The Ultimate DIY Bundle!

The Ultimate DIY Bundle is valued at $1200 if all items were purchased individually, but as a bundle it's only $34.95 for over 76 eBooks and eCourses - you can see what a deal this Bundle is - there is so much more in it than what I've shown you!

If you're looking for more Do-It-Yourself inspiration, check out the DIY Ultimate Bundle which is only available through Monday!  You can read my previous post about other fantastic eBooks and eCourses included in the DIY Ultimate Bundle.

In other exciting news, Lilla Rose is having a one-day Flash Sale today only!  Lilla Rose Flexis are super comfortable!  They do not give me a headache like plastic claws have done in the past.  Today's sale is the perfect time to buy one and try them out for yourself!  You will save 25% off everything on the website!  This sale is from today only until 8 PM PST, so don't delay in getting your order in!

Myra Barnes
Independent Lilla Rose Consultant
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