I now have most of my blocks from the 12 Squared Bee. I’m not sure how I’m going to put them together…
Some of both?
Or I might go in a completely different direction all together! We’ll see!
In other news, we just found out that we’re moving. To the house directly next door to my sister. Needless to say, that’s great! The house is slightly bigger than where we are now (we’re talking moving from 700 square feet to 850? Maybe?) and I’ll have a dedicated sewing space so we’re really excited. It’s gonna make the blogging mellow for a bit but you’ll all be here when I get back, right?? We’ve been in our place for almost seven years so there’s loads of packing that has to happen that will cut into the sewing time! I can’t wait for a fresh start with a new place though. It’s a cute little old house (old for California – build in 1927) that we’re excited to make our own!
I always love when you first see the quilt in your head.
For me it then gets quickly drawn and I pull loads of fabrics.
Usually I instantly want to get started…
… and make some progress! I’m auditioning this green as the background but I’m thinking it’s not right. We’ll see.
Hope that you all gets loads of sewing in this weekend!
I finished up this simple and fun baby girl quilt top. I’m calling it Pink Stacks!
I took some (horrid) photos as I went so I thought I’d show you how I made it. I’m hesitant to call it a tutorial as there’s so much winging it involved and I didn’t keep track of my fabric quantities…. Plus it’s super easy!
My finished quilt top is 45″ x 60″.
First, I cut out (at random) what seemed like enough rectangles of fabric that would make up my “coins.” The goal was to have enough fabric to make up two stacks of coins that, when sewed up, would each be 60″ tall.
I cut more than I thought I needed and it ended up being just enough. I knew that I wanted to include a small pop of blues so I also cut those bits of a fabric.
My rectangles vary in width from 6″ to 14″. Make sure you have some variety in widths from narrowest to widest.
Next it’s time to add the background fabric to either side of the coin fabric rectangles.
Cut out your background fabric so that when sewed onto your coin fabric, it will measure 23″ wide. I do this by sight, putting the rectangle on my cutting mat and just using the inches on the mat to know how much white to cut. Be sure to account for seam allowances. I always err on the side of cutting too much as it’s easier to trim it down than redo it!
For example, if your rectangle of coin fabric is 7″ wide by 9″ long, your background fabric should be 17″ wide x 9″ long.
Next cut the background fabric down the middle and sew the two peices of background fabric onto either side of the coin fabric rectangle.
Trim down to 23″ wide and cut into strips of varying widths. My strips varied from 2.5″ to 4.5″ wide.
Repeat this process of framing your coin fabric rectangles in background fabric and cutting it into strips until you have turned all of your coin fabric in to coins.
Using a design wall or the floor (get those cats closed in the bedroom!), arrange your coins in two columns in a fashion you like.
If you need to make new or different coins, do! I found I didn’t have enough wide ones so I made some more and added them in. Take time to make sure that the coins are arranged so that you have wider and narrower ones evenly spread around the quilt.
Finally, assemble the top by sewing together the strips into two columns, and then sewing the two columns to each other.
You have a quick and easy finished quilt top!!
Finished up a quilt top that’s a commission. A version of this quilt in all neutrals was requested. It was a stretch for me because I usually use so much color but I am happy with the outcome!
The commission was for April, who’s blog is Regretsy. Have you ever checked out that blog?? There’s some stuff on there that you cannot believe actually exists. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I love keeping my hands busy with these little hexes! Something so cute about each one and the little bundle they create with their little paper inside. They sure do make it easy to cut into the precious scraps.
Not going to think long term at all about this project. Who knows what these will become or when it will be finished. Just enjoying that they give me a sense of accomplishment while I watch a couple of hours of tv in the evenings.
Off topic - I wanted to mention because some of you asked, the Purl Soho warehouse is in Tustin in Orange County and it’s open to the public. Location and number found here!