Modern Crosses Baby Quilt - A Finished Top!

It was a busy sewing weekend over at my house, and I'm super happy to have a quilt top to share with you guys today :)  The pattern comes from the amazingly simple yet beautiful Modern Log Cabin Quilting: 25 Simple Quilts and Patchwork Projects by Susan Beal, which I highly recommend - and is on sale at Amazon right now!  I actually enjoyed this pattern so much that I may do a scrap quilt with this pattern this year - I think I'll just randomly make blocks as my scraps pile up and put it all together at the end of the year.


After tons of chain piecing and ironing, I finished the blocks some time on Saturday, and had a pretty easy time putting them together.  I really love how simple this quilt top is - simple but elegant.   This quilt will be going to brand new baby Nicholas, and I'm excited to give it to his parents later this week, I hope.


I pilfered my FQ and scrap stashes to pull together the fabrics for this one, and I'm pretty happy with how this one came together.  There's some Liberty, Metro Living, Urban Circus, Greenfield Hill, Ta Dot, City Weekend, Groove - there's tons of different fabric lines in this one.  I'm most especially happy with not having bought any fabric for this quilt!  You'd think I'd shop from my stash more often, but it's so pretty that I sometimes have a hard time disturbing it!!  I didn't even buy an inch of fabric for the backing, which I finished up last night.


I'm either going to do some simple echo quilting or an all-over free-motion stitch TBD, I can't seem to decide.  I was thinking about trying this jigsaw puzzle free-motion stitch I've seen on a few quilts, but I'm not sure if I've got the patience at the moment.  I'm suffering from some serious quilty ADD at the moment, I can't seem t to commit to just one project and keep it moving, so we'll see.  What have you been sewing this weekend?

I'm sharing today over at {Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations.  Hop on over there to see some awesome modern finishes!

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1,320 pieces of fabric later...

Thank you all for your feedback and what to do with my spiderweb quilt top last week.  Ultimately, I decided to stick with no sashing around the blocks, and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  Although, I'm not 100% sure I'm calling it done.  I'm seriously considering adding a white border, followed by a pieced border, but it's entirely possibly I may just skip it.  Either way, I'm setting it aside for a little while.  This quilt top and I need a little bit of space.


This quilt started with the fantastic girls in the {Sew} Beautiful bee, but then when I realized that there were only 11 of us, and the finished block for this quilt was 10.75" inches, I realized I'd have to make more blocks.  Lots more blocks.  So I made 19 more, for a nice 5x6 quilt.


There's roughly about 1200 strings in this quilt top, plus 120 kites, so we're looking at around 1300 pieces of fabric in this quilt top.  I have a good bit of fabric left from the strings - uncut and whole fabric, that is - so I definitely plan to do a pieced back, although I think I'll keep it relatively simple.


I have no idea how I'm going to quilt this bad boy just yet - maybe straight lines?  Regardless of how I quilt it, I know I want to quilt it densely, to try to tame those seriously bumpy spiderweb middles, where there's as many as 10 fabrics meeting up at one center point.


Now I'm going to fold this quilt top up and set it aside for a few weeks before I do anything else with it.  I'll think on the quilt back and the quilting, while I try to work on some other projects, like the Pillow Talk Swap round 5, which is super short and I need to get a move on like yesterday!

I'm linking up with {Sew} Modern Monday this week at Canoe Ridge Creations - hop on over to find some other fun modern finishes!

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

Also linking up with Lily's Quilts' Fresh Sewing Day for the first time!

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A Hooty Supernova: Complete!

I am so excited that my Hooty Supernova quilt is complete!  This is quite possibly my favorite quilt that I've made thus far, and not just because it's all mine.  :)

Hooty Supernova - finished!

Once upon a time last fall, I positively fell in love with MoMo's fun It's a Hoot line.  I quickly managed to stockpile a darn good bit of it, thanks to obsessive shopping habits and a husband who bought me some lovely fabric for Christmas.  Fast-forward a few months...while I still enjoyed eyeing the fabric, I just wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it.  Then, Lee announced the Supernova Quilt Along.  She advised against large prints, so I hesitated about using my prized It's a Hoot stash, but ultimately, I decided to go for it.

Hooty Supernova Close-up #2

I definitely learned some things on this quilt, and not just technically speaking.  I learned (the hard way) about the importance of labeling rows whilst working on the quilt back, I learned that pressing seams open seems to lead to more accurately pieced blocks, and I learned that I have a 1/4" stitch on my sewing machine...which isn't compatible with my 1/4" piecing foot.  It's something to use with my regular plain sewing foot, but it was nice to learn that.

Hooty Supernova - Close-up #1

I learned to trust my instincts about fabric - even when I'm wrong.  There are a few prints that look kind of unusual in this quilt, because of their large scale, but I actually kind of like that about them.  Normally, I'm a big rule follower, but I guess I'm learning that when it comes to quilting, it's best to let your gut lead the way rather than the rules.

Hooty Supernova - Plus back

I also realized something...while I love straight-line quilting and the clean look it gives, I really prefer the way a stippled quilt washes and gets all crinkly.  Not only that, but I really enjoy FMQ.  It's one of my favorite parts of quilting, aside from the sore shoulders it often gives me.

Hooty Supernova - Plus back - close-up

Thank you, Lee, for sharing this pattern.  I had so much fun putting this quilt together and I'm so glad I participated in this quilt-along.  If you haven't joined in yet, what are you waiting for????  Hop on over!

Quilt Stats
Name : A Hooty Supernova
Size: 62" x 62"
Fabrics: MoMo It's a Hoot by Moda Fabrics
Quilting: All-over free-motion stipple with white Gutermann thread
Pattern: Front- Supernova Quilt Along at Freshly Pieced; Back - loosely based on Jeni's Plus Quilt tute

Linking up today with {Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations - I can't wait to see what everyone else finished up this weekend :)

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

Bookshelf mini quilt - finished!

I've officially finished off my bookshelf mini-quilt for my Make Mine Modern swap partner.  I really love how this turned out, after being terribly unsure of whether or not this would be any good for not.  I think my partner will really like it.  I like this little mini-quilt so much that I'm thinking of making another one, since I have a good number of selvages hanging around and quite a few friends and family who love books.  Would you guys be interested in a little tutorial?

Better shot - Finished MMM bookshelf mini-quilt

This mini-quilt was shamelessly inspired by a quilt block I spotted on Flickr a while back, made by the wonderful Amber of One Shabby Chick for the super awesome Ringo Pie bee.  I loved what she did, and favorited it for a rainy day.  Fast forward a while to my partner assignment in Make Mine Modern, and I knew that I wanted to do this mini-quilt for my partner.  I had a lot of fun working on this one, sketching it out and figuring out how to make it as awesome in reality as it seemed in my head.

The book titles, with one exception, are all selvages, which I added some simple double-sided fusible web to, and then adhered them in place after stitching the book fabrics all together in a layout that was pleasing to me.  The one book title that is not a selvage comes from Sweetwater's Make Life collection.  I tell you, Sweetwater makes the best fabrics currently that use text.  I especially love their fresh Sweetwater collection, the colors are so cheery and some of the text fabrics are just gorgeous.  But, I digress...

The binding on this little mini-quilt comes from AMH's Innocent Crush collection.  I love the varying sizes of the stripes.  I'm a big fan of striped binding, and I really like how it works here.

I also love the back of this quilt.  This fabric is a completely random find I stumbled upon at Fabricworm, from Victoria & Albert's Grand Tour collection.  The whole collection is a series of reproduction prints from the Victoria and Albert Museum, and some of them (like this one) are just so stunning!  And just so you know, the painter's tape on the back?  Totally not some kind of weird artistic thing, I was just covering up my partner's name :)

I added the embroidery at the bottom after I finished the rest of the top and thought it needed something extra.  After an hour of digging through quotes about reading, I stumbled on this one and felt it was just the sentiment I was going for, and it wasn't fifty words long, so it was perfect.  My embroidery skills still need a bit of work, but I like how the embroidery turned out.

All I need to do now for this swap is find the right box to start packaging up all of the goodies in.  I simply cannot wait to get this swap mailed out and see what my partner thinks.  Stay tuned!

I'm linking up with {Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations.  Pop on over to see some other recent modern finishes!

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

I'm also linking up with Fabric Tuesday over at QuiltStory!

My seam ripper and I were really tight this weekend.

I attempted two firsts this weekend.  In between trying to assemble some scrappy quilt backs, I decided to try to tackle my first project for my Make Mine Modern partner, a selvage pincushion totally inspired by Live a Colorful Life.  I decided it needed some piping to make the selvages pop a little, so I hiked over to Jo-Ann's and bought a nice assortment of colors, then proceeded to visit Sew 4 Home, one of my favorite tutorial sites.  Their piping tute seemed pretty good.  I read it and re-read it, then I felt pretty good about how to do it, so I tried.  It was bad.

So out came my seam ripper.

I tried again, using the same method, and again, had to get out my seam ripper.  Again.  And again.  And again.  I think I ripped the piping out at least five or six times.  I also got out lots of obscenities and my husband came to check on me to make sure I didn't hurt myself or something.

I went back to Google, and found a tute at Clever Nesting that got me over the hump and got to me forgive piping, which I swore off in this process with a slew of four-letter words.  I finished off the first pincushion, filled it up with some rice, and shoved some pins in it.  I wasn't sure I was in love with how it turned out, so I decided to churn out one more, see if it was any easier, if it turned out any nicer.

Piping the second one was infinitely easier.  Miles easier.  I only had to get the seam ripper out once.

I'm really looking forward to the next project I have planned for my swap partner, but I'm not going to get started on it for a few days - I see some actual quilting in my future now that I've finished off some quilt backs.

I'm linking up with {Sew} Modern Monday over at Canoe Ridge Creations, check it out to see what other goodies everyone's making!

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

I'm also linking up with Fabric Tuesday this week over at QuiltStory.  I can't see what Heather and Megan are up to, they have gorgeous taste in fabrics!

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