Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Cleaning Up My Sewing Room - Destash Sale - Robyn Pandolph for Moda Fabric

I started cleaning up my sewing room today and whoa!  There's a lot to do!  One problem is that I have more fabric than I have storage capacity.  I'm letting some of it find a new home in a destash sale.  Today, it is all fabric designed by Robyn Pandolph and produced for Moda Fabrics.  

I made my quilt Christmas Day (above) with Robyn Pandolph designed fabrics.  (I think the pattern is called Brand New Day; it is by Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.)  I really loved these fabric collections, I still do, but I don't think I will use them any time soon, so they need a new home.

I'm selling the fabric in nine lots, listed below.  If you would like anything shown, use the comment box to let me know which lot and indicate your zip code and your method of payment:  Zelle, Venmo, or Paypal.  I'll send you an invoice and put the package in the mail once paid.  

Lot A - 4 yards, from the Morning Glory collection by Robyn Pandolph for Moda.  The green background color came out most accurately in the picture in Lot C, below.  $30 plus shipping.

Lot B - 2 yards from the Sugar House line by Thimbleberries.  This is not a Robyn Pandolph design but coordinates perfectly.  The green background color came out most accurately in Lot C, below.  $16 plus postage.

Lot C - 4 yards in total; 1 yard of each fabric shown (top to bottom) from the Morning Glory line, cream with rose buds, green with rose buds, green floral tone-on-tone, green floral.  $30 plus shipping.

Lot D - 4 pieces from the Morning Glory and Aubrey Rose lines, including (left to right) 1.25 yards of red roses on cream, 1 yard of red and cream flowers on green, 1 yard of the same print on cream, and 4 yards by 24 inches wide (perfect for borders) of red flowers on green tonal stripe background.  $40 plus postage.

Lot E - Mostly from Folk Art Christmas II line - from top, 1.75 yards by 26: wide red roses on cream (plus some extra scraps of this print), 1 yard of red flowers on green background, 3/4 yard of green leaves on red background, and 3/4 yard of red on cream tiny floral print.  $27 plus postage

Lot F - 5 pieces ranging from just over 1/4 yard to 3/4 yard in size, almost 3 yards total.  From the Aubrey Rose, Rosehill Manor and Folk Art Christmas II lines.  $27 plus postage.

Lot G - 2.5 yards of the small floral on the left, 1.12 yards of the green check, 1/2 yard of the red check, 1/2 yard of the red tonal on the right.  $35 plus postage.

Lot H - 3 yards of the dark red floral tone-on-tone and 1.75 yards of the ecru floral tone-on-tone, both from the Morning Glory Line.  $37 plus postage.

Lot I - Lots of pieces, not all shown, ranging in size from 1/2 yard to pieces roughly the size of a layer cake square.  2 lbs. of fabric in total and perfect for a scrappy look project.  $35 plus postage.  

Keep in mind that mailing fabric can get pricey because of the weight.  Figure $7 to $22, depending on your location (I am in New Jersey).  

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Rainbow Connection #LittleBlocks365 Quilt

The quilt I made with my Little Blocks 365 is back from the quilter and I bound it - not a big job given if is only 43" square.  

I'm calling it Rainbow Connection.  I started with a fat quarter bundle of solids and made the blocks gradually, selecting from the blocks released each week in the Little Blocks 365 program.  Because my setting used only 56 blocks, I did not need all 365 blocks in the program and could finish before the end of the year.  Note, I adapted my setting from a quilt made by Brigette Heitland of Zen Chic.

I had it longarm quilted by the folks at Olde City Quilts in Burlington, NJ.   The quilting pattern is a panto or edge-to-edge design of large paisley-like feathers in white thread.

The quilting pattern is not too much on the blocks and shows up really well in the white borders.  

The back is solid white because I was afraid any print or darker color might show through to the front in the white borders.  Did you know that Kona comes in wide widths (60" and 108") in a variety of colors?  The 60" wide version was perfect for the back of this wall hanging size quilt.

I really enjoyed making these blocks and am tempted to start another set using a different color combination.  But that will probably wait until late this year as there are some other projects I need to finish.  And first I need to clean and declutter my sewing room - it looks like a cyclone blew through!

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

A Scrapbook of Quilts #pillowalong

Yes, I'm still here!  And working on this and that, but not doing quite as much sewing as I was doing this time last year.  I do have a little finish though.

It's this decorative pillow I made using the directions in the "Pirouette" chapter in the book A Scrapbook of Quilts by Joanna Figueroa and Carrie Nelson.  I went totally scrappy and used my stash of leftover 3 Sisters fabrics from various quilts I've made.  It goes with many of the quilts I use on our bed and looks great IMO.  The finished quilt is 16 by 20 inches.

And you need to add A Scrapbook of Quilts to your quilt book collection if you have not done so already.  It is really a marvelous book, not just for the projects in the book but also for all the tips and tricks sprinkled throughout and the writing style.  The day it arrived, I spent the evening reading it and was well entertained.  If your LQS doesn't have this book, you can buy it directly from The Fat Quarter shop, here.

But back to the pillow.  The central panel is half-square triangles sewn together then banded top and bottom with another fabric.  I quilted it using my walking foot, in the ditch on the pieced section then straight out into the borders.

I quilted the back in parallel horizontal lines, using the width of the presser foot to space them apart.  

I washed the pillow after I finished it because I'd used a chalk marker to mark the first line and it was being stubborn about not brushing out.  The washing machine took care of that though, and gave the pillow that soft, crinkled look.

I put a zipper in the bottom seam so I can wash the cover easily.  I basted that seam first (before sewing the other sides together) and inserted the zipper centered, like you would do for a zipper in the back of a dress.  It is easy to do (as long as you have a zipper foot for your sewing machine) and the instructions come with the zipper.  Carrie Nelson inserts zippers the same way she does for a zipper bag and it looks pretty easy.  She has a video with directions on YouTube; you can find it here.

I think I'll be making more pillows.  But I am so tempted to make the quilt version of the "Pirouette" design using my Fig Tree scraps.  And I have two hand sewing projects in the works, plus I have three quilts to bind.  But Thelma told me binding is winter work so...

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