Friday, February 21, 2014

Finish it up Friday - the Penny Patch edition!

So it looks like at least one of my little guys will be getting his birthday quilt on his birthday this year!
That's right! I finished Max's Penny Patch!

I've loved the Penny Patch since first making it for my Penny Sampler, so when Rachel from Stitched in Color announced that she was going to do a Penny Patch QAL i knew that this was the quilt i wanted to make Max!

So with my fabrics already picked,

 I set about cutting and sewing and sewing and cutting. And thought i was doing really great with my time. So when the Christmas holidays rolled around i set it aside knowing that i would be able to finish it with plenty of time for his birthday. After pulling it all out again this month it turns out i wasn't nearly as far along as i remembered.

That being said this one came together so easily that i managed to take it all from this stack,

To a fully finished top in just a day and a bit. And that included making about twenty or so more of the little penny patch blocks than i originally started with.

I wanted it to read as primarily blue, while still having a bit of green to match Sammy's quilt (someday i'll get it finished!) And i think i successfully pulled it off, especially compared to the original layout.

My OCD is still a bit twitchy with a few of the blocks (three to be exact), but in the grand scheme of things i don't think it really matters. Especially to my two year old, who already is super excited that this is his!

fyi, he's not sitting down in this photo... enough with the snow already!!
I kept the quilting pretty simple with this one, just a quarter inchish outside each seam in both directions. I considered going diagonal as well, but i'm glad i stopped with just two directions. I think the quilt itself already has quite a lot going on without all kinds of quilting. That and i'm lazy. Yeah that's right, i said it, i'm a lazy quilter. But is there any better feeling than the one that comes with quilted intersections that aren't puckered all to crap?! Look at these intersections!! Go ahead, click to zoom in!

Awesome! I may be a tad excited about this, but in my defense, for the longest time i would only quilt one direction just to avoid the evil pucker ;)

I opted to machine bind this one for durability. I used a cute wave print from my stash and discovered that my machine has a wave stitch that i though i'd try!

I'm not overly thrilled with the result but the thread i chose was the exact same blue and you can't really see it. I'm not big on machine stitched bindings but i love the speed of it and again the durability factor. I guess i just need more practice!

I've used the ever popular Ikea Britten Nummer print for the back. A first for me and i will be using it again. Really people, 59 inches wide = no piecing for the back, and only 4 dollars a metre = more money to spend on pretty fabrics!

And it also speaks to the font nerd in me!

 Again with this one i had grand photo plans. That were promptly thwarted by our lovely Canadian weather. Can we not get a bit of spring here?!! Please! So again with the backyard picnic table shots, sorry.

The Stats:
Finished size after quilting, washing and drying - 53x65 ( i forgot to take the prewash measurments)
Pattern - Penny Patch by Rachel of Stitched in Color
Fabrics - too many to name, but mostly Sarah Jane's Out to Sea, Children at Play, and Let's Pretend.
Lizzy House Constellations, Red Letter Day and of course Pearl Bracelets (it's never a proper quilt without Lizzy House) Some Architextures, Waterfront Park, i could keep going. Let me know if there's a print you want to know and i'll try my best to get the details ;)
Quilting - simple straight lines, quarter inchish both sides of all seams, by me on my little old Ken.
This one also knocks out another on my finish along list!

That's it for me for today! I'm still plugging away on my Gypsy Wife blocks (just fussy cut the 25 center squares i need for the square in square blocks, stay tuned for those! Or follow me on Instagram for all the early bird shots - @snippets101 !!)
Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday!

High fives for a birthday quilt finish!!
xo nicole

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WIP Wednesday - the catch up edition!

 So i thought i'd be back sooner with a post, but life has a way of getting busy and time got away from me!

 For those that follow me on Instagram (snippets101), you'll already know what i've been up to!

That's right! I'm gypsy-wifing! And i know i said i needed to finish Max and Sam's birthday quilts first, but how could i resist! And in my defense i only made this block...

and this one.

And how could i not make this block right away?

And maybe i made this one too.

And this one,

and this one,

and this one!

And i have to say, i love this pattern so much!!! I've enjoyed making all these blocks, even with my wonky, misaligned points. I generally pull fabrics for one or two blocks at night while relaxing watching tv after the boys are in bed. (Yay!! Walking Dead is back!!!) Then sew them up the next day when i get a chance.

Most of the time i know right from the jump what fabrics i want to use.

And i've definitely enjoyed fussy cutting to get the look i want!

Sometimes though, with the blocks requiring more pieces it's been fun just choosing the fabrics as i go!

And then there's this...

Um.. that's not right.

And i have some of these because the instructions weren't clear enough... or i may not have been paying close enough attention, ahem. But the top unpressed hst's are leftover bits that i'm somehow going to work in.

And here they all are together so far,


So, i guess i may have gone a bit overboard with the not starting anything new. And i know my defense is pretty weak, though i bet there's a lawyer or two out there that would be willing to back me up ;)

And now onto Sammy's quilt. His birthday was last week and i'll be totally honest here and let you all know that i didn't get it finished. Anyone surprised? No? Didn't think so. It would seem that i have a history of getting quilts so far and getting stuck. Anyone else have this problem? This is where i stand for now.

The middle section is at a width i'm happy with, and when the three horizontal section are sewn together the height will be perfect. And i'm not happy. I'm having problems finding a good balance of block size as well as colour and value placement. I'm finding certain areas to be too light and i'm not happy with the x block right below the giant arrow on the right. And the more i look at it i don't really like the polka dots on the sides of the arrow either. I think the background of it needs to be green. Do you think with a green background on the arrow the x block below would then work? Am i over thinking this? I mean, it's for a four year old, and so far everything i've stuck on the design wall he loves. But i'll be living with this quilt too and shouldn't i make it to make me happy as well?
Now the bottom section... what i'm wondering is if i should shift the bottom section so the rights sides align and then fill the section on the left with something else to make up the width. Thoughts?
And then there's the top section, i think i have a plan for that now. Though it does involve taking apart the two sets of four blocks, but i'm pretty sure it will work. Needless to say, Sammy's quilt is going to be awhile yet.

But along with the boatloads of Lego's he did get for his birthday, i did manage to make him one handmade gift. In lieu of his quilt, for now.

That's right! Yet another Open Wide Zip pouch! Using Heather Ross's Frog Pond print from Briar Rose, love this print!

This is the first time i've made one using batting and quilting it. And i love it! Perfect to use up your batting scraps as well as giving enough structure that you don't need to use interfacing.

Simple green lining,

And matching zipper tab. I used only things i had on hand and the zipper is a long one. I considered cutting it down, but then though it would work out nicely as a handle.

This little zip pouch is the new home for Sammy's Olliblock matching game that i made him! Cute eh?! He loved it, though not as much as the lego's... or his party. Of which i'm quite pleased with!

I would now like to take this moment to apologize to my Pinterest followers, the last little while has been primarily party pins... in mass quantities. Two days before Sammy's party he changed his mind and cried for a Super Mario party. Now with two days to go i wouldn't normally change the entire party, but seeing as i hadn't actually started anything i thought, why not.

So the idea started with a cake...

 Crushed Oreo's make for a great race track! I had picked up the little Mario Cart guys a couple weeks ago for him and thought they'd be perfect on the cake.

I love my star cookies and the marshmallow mushroom pops that my little sis made!

I also made vanilla and chocolate "mushroom" cupcakes. (Sammy requested a marble cake this year so i had enough batter from each flavour to do the cupcakes.)
Round out the spread with chips, candy and pretzels and you have a bunch of hyperactive kids that wouldn't go to sleep that night!

And just so you know, i did have veggie and cheese platters and deviled eggs as well! It wasn't all candy ;)

So, what you ask have i on the go for today on this lovely WIP Wednesday? I'm not really sure. I finally printed off the Dala horse pattern for my Penny Sampler!

As well as the Maple Fox from Shape Moth's Forest QAL. I'm thinking about replacing one of the Dala horses in my Penny Sampler for the fox... i love foxes! We'll see.

Or maybe i'll pull out Max's Penny Patch and get a move on it! That would be the good mom thing to to.

Especially considering that i thought i was further along than i actually am. I could have sworn that i had all those little four patch blocks stitched together and i just needed to sew the six inch blocks all together, drat!

I do know i must finish this little secret...

 More on this one at a later date!

 But i can already hear the call of the Gypsy Wife...

High fives for the chaos!!
xo nicole

Linking up with the ever fabulous Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!