December 9, 2017

My Spiel for Teal ~ Mosaic Contest

While shopping at Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory for the perfect nine fabric swatches to enter into Rachel's (Stitched In Color) Toasty Teal mosaic contest, I came across a print, C'est La Vie in Winter, and and knew I must include it in my mosaic.


Maybe I'm drawn to the chartreuse/aqua/teal combination.  It's part of the beautiful collection, Joie de Vivre by Bari J for Art Gallery. 

Instead of a long-drawn-out story about how I crafted my Toasty Teal mosaic, I'll let the fabrics speak for themselves.


Thank you Rachel for hosting another fabric mosaic contest and Bobbie Lou's for sponsoring.  Now head on over see all of the Toasty Teal mosaics and be sure return when Rachel opens up voting on Monday, December 11th, so you can vote on your favorite Toasty Teal mosaic.


December 8, 2017

My Friend Mickey ~ Birthday Quilt

This quilt was finished back in August just in time for the 1st birthday of a special great nephew who has already undergone several surgeries for a bilateral cleft lip and palate.  And when nothing else can comfort him, Mickey Mouse can.  He loves Mickey Mouse!
I had the idea of a simple Mickey Mouse quilt, but finding licensed Mickey Mouse fabric was not so simple.  With a quick online search, I found a cute print and set out for my local Walmart which was supposed to have the fabric. They did and when I found it, the fabric was 100% polyester, not what I had in mind or would use.  The only cotton print they has was the red silhouette fabric which became the inspiration for the quilt.

While researching, I saw sunglasses on a Mickey and thought that would be cute on the yellow silhouette.  I machine appliqued the Mickey Mouse silhouettes using matching 100% cotton Aurifil 50 wt.


The gray and black dot fabrics are by Waverly and were purchased at the same time I found the Mickey fabric.  The yellow Kona I had in my stash.  I cut the squares 10 1/2"  thinking I would have a nice sized quilt, 40" x 50", and be able to use a width of fabric for the backing.  I would be WRONG.  The backing shrank to way less than 40" and was printed very crooked.

The top came together quickly and here it is pin basted and ready to quilt.  


I first secured the blocks by stitching in the ditch around each block and quilting very close around each Mickey head.  Which each block I changed thread colors to match the block.  I quilted meandering loops in all the blocks.  I tried to plan it where I could travel diagonally between the blocks as I quilted.


Fortunately , I had all the colors of Aurifil in 50 wt., I needed for quilting.


Matching the red, white, black and gray threads were no problem.  It was interesting when it came to the yellow thread though.  The perfect match was not found with the other yellows on the Aurifil thread chart.


The best match, Aurifil 5015 in gold yellow was found over in the greens/ browns on the Aurifil thread chart.


When quilted, it matched perfectly with Kona Cotton Solid in Canary.


I debated whether or not to quilt in the the Mickey heads and if I did what would I quilt?  The quilt show judge did mention that the Mickey heads would benefit from additional quilting and she's probably right.


There was plenty of the black dot left so I decided on that for the machine sewn binding.  I attached it on the back of the quilt and finished the topstitching from the front.


The black binding made a nice frame for the quilt.


Mickey was the hit of the birthday party.  There were even Mickey Mouse red velvet cupcakes.  I wish I had taken a picture before I took a big bite out it.


Quilt Stats
  • Finished size: 40" x 50" 
  • Pattern: Original layout inspired by a modified Mickey Mouse silhouette
  • Fabrics: Mickey Mouse licensed fabrics, gray and black dots by Waverly, Kona in Canary, and bleached white Bella solid by Moda
  • Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. in Natural White 2021; Black 2692, and Arctic Ice 2625; Red 2250; and Gold Yellow 5015 
  • Quilting design: meandering loops
  • Batting: 100% Cotton Warm & White by the Warm Company
  • Completed: August 2017

Linking to Finish It Up Friday with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts, TGIFF at Devoted Quilter this week with Leanne, Whoop Whoop Friday with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Show Off Saturday with Caroline at Sew She Can.


December 4, 2017

Quilted Memory Fabric Bucket

When I saw Christina Cameli's tutorial for a little quilted fabric bucket I had to drop everything and make one.  (I made myself finish binding a queen size, yes queen, charity quilt first.)


And why memory bucket, you ask?  You see, immediately I knew what fabrics I would use for this cute fabric bucket.

Three years ago, about this very same time, I was finishing up the Michael Miller Spring Cotton Couture Fabric Challenge.  I remember quilting a test sample, which I still had, of the various cotton couture fabrics to audition the color of Aurifil thread I would use.


I wrote the Aurifil thread number along the selvage so I could remember the thread color.  And the funny thing is, the free motion design I used was Christina's Leafy Lines.


I must have borrowed two colors from a friend because I don't remember finishing the spools.  I placed the Clover clip beside the other two colors I auditioned.



My quilted sample was smaller than the Christina's measurements, but I wanted to give it a try anyway.  I trimmed it down to  7 1/2" x 13 1/2" I decided to use left over bias binding for the cuff.



I sewed the seam with a 1/4" seam allowance and then trimmed it down a bit so I could cover the raw edge with some bias I had just used in making the current Michael Miller Our Yard Challenge.


It would have been awkward sewing the bias with by machine at that angle, so I just hand stitched it down in no time.  Christina's tutorial uses a lining but I decided to skip that part let the machine quilting show a much as possible.  That's the reason I covered up the raw edge.



 The bias strip ends were sewn together and and repressed which was 7 1/2" x 13 1/2".


I sewed the cuff to the to top edge and finished the edge with the serger.  To box the corners, I measured  width of the bucket which was 6 1/2" and divided the number by 4 and that's the size (1 5/8") I used for the square.  I had to redraw because I forgot to allow for the seam allowance along the bottom.

If you look closely, I didn't sew all the way across the bottom since that would be cut away.



I cut out for the boxing.


I stitched and overlocked across the boxing.  Now all that's left it to turn right side out and turn down the cuff.


This is what the bottom looks like after turning right side out.


And from the side.


And a close up of the rim.


My memory bucket is perfect for storing thread.  Without the lining you can see the raw edges of the seam in bottom but if quickly fill it up, the seams will not be seen much at all.


So I made the quilted bucket entirely from scraps.  And here's the reason I have fond memories of that fabric.  The quilt I made for the Michael Miller fabric challenge was After Dinner Mints and it placed 2nd at QuiltCon in 2015 at Austin, TX.  It was my first QuiltCon to attend and I was thrilled.


I'll have to write about the making of After Dinner Mints one day.  I will tell you this...in addition to the fat eighths provided by Michael Miller, I used a couple of charm packs and a jelly roll which were all prewashed using my my salad spinner method explained here.

Linking my little quilted memory fabric bucket to Main Crush Monday with Beth at Cooking up Quilts, Finish it Up Friday with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts and Sandra's next Dreami (drop everything and make it) link up at MMM! Quilts.  I am also linking to Bag It with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.