Introducing Round Trip Quilts!

Sorry for teasing you guys with my sneak peak earlier this week but now I can finally share with you the new long-term project I’m taking part in!

A small group of us from the 2014 New Quilt Blogger’s Blog Hop got together and decided to start a round robin style quilting bee. Many of us (myself included!) are new to this format so it’s exciting to be taking on a new challenge.

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We decided to call our group Round Trip Quilts. It works by creating a starting block(s) and sending it to then next person on the mailing list.  Each person adds a little bit to the quilt and eventually the quilt top will return to it’s original owner completely finished.  Hence, the round trip part!

I debated for a while on what I wanted to do for my quilt start.  We’d talked about giving each quilt a theme and I just didn’t really have a theme that was speaking to me.  So I started looking through my Pinterest and was drawn to my color schemes folder and was just really loving the bright colors in this inspiration picture.

Color inspiration, Round Trip Quilts
I pulled some fabric and was completely smitten so I decided to run with it and make my theme a color scheme!  So as long as people stick to the color scheme, they are free to let their imagination run wild when adding to my quilt!  I did buy some yardage of a background solid (Timeless Treasures in Sky) that I’ll be sending along as well just to give the various additions some cohesiveness.
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I really like geometric shapes and I figured those would give a ton of options for others to coordinate with.  So I put together a quick improv block.
Round Trip Quilts, improv block
But then I was browsing Pinterest some more and I came across this improv chevrons block and I loved it.  So I made one of those too!  (This block took way longer than I thought it would to put together but I love the finished result.)
Round Trip Quilts, improv block
But then I felt like the improv chevrons block didn’t include very much of my background solid so I made a dozen cross stitch blocks that my group members can fit somewhere in my quilt top.
Round Trip Quilts, cross stitch blocks
So I don’t really have a starting block to send off to the group.  I have a handful of starting pieces.  But I love how they look together and I can’t wait to see what everyone else decides to add!
Round Trip Quilts, blocks
We also decided to send along notebooks with our blocks.  These would allow us to share more details about the original inspiration for each quilt as well as giving a place for us each to write about what we were thinking as we make the additions to each quilt.  I found this cute notebook at Target that seemed perfect for this project!
Round Trip Quilts, Journal

Round Trip Quilts now has a Flickr group and you can follow us on Instagram using #RoundTripQuilts!

The full list of members is below:
Heather at QA Creations
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Kim at Ties That Bind Quilting
Liz at Green Cheese Quilting
Mary at See Mary Quilt
Christina at WIPs and Tuts
Jennifer at Never Just Jennifer
Chelsea Huckins at Patch the Giraffe

Check out what they’ve all put together!  These are going to be some awesome ladies to work with and I can’t wait!

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Quick Sneak Peak

I’ll should be ready for a big reveal later this week but I wanted to show you guys a quick sneak peak for a long-term project that I’m really excited about and will be sharing here on the blog from now until next summer.

Color inspiration

I am in love with these bold, bright, beautiful colors!  Check out this fabric pull!

Fabric Pull

Hopefully in a few days I can have a complete post to share with you.  I’m such a tease!  🙂

Jelly Roll Jam Quilt

Man – It has been a crazy last week and I feel like I’ve hardly spent any time on my sewing machine!  Between my tennis team and my husband’s tennis team both playing in playoffs last weekend, to losing my grandma early this week and going out of town for my sister-in-law’s PA school graduation this weekend, time has just flown by!

I did manage to put a little bit of time in getting started on a new baby quilt though!  I mentioned back when I started on the Baby’s First ABCs quilt that I had bought a jelly roll of Riley Blake’s Boy Crazy line but didn’t have time to put that quilt together in time for her baby shower.  Well that same friend is due this month so I wanted to turn that jelly roll into a Jelly Roll Jam Quilt using the Fat Quarter Shop’s free pattern!

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Don’t jelly rolls look so fun all rolled up?  🙂

I chose a couple of prints from the Boy Crazy line to feature as the backing and the binding.  The backing is the Boy Crazy Main print in teal and the binding is the Boy Crazy Circles in teal.

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I was able to divide the 2.5″ strips into three groups and get each group sewn together.  I tried to evenly balance the colors from each group and I was able to use every print in the line except for the coordinating solids.

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Hopefully I can spend some more time at my sewing machine this week so I can have this quilt ready to go as a welcome home present for her new little boy (whenever he decides to make his appearance!)!

Target is Now Selling Fabric!

I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing but Target stores are starting to carry fabric!  A company called Fabric Editions who focuses on pre-cuts has put together a line called Fabric Loft that will be sold in Target stores.  They’ve even created a variety of free projects to go with their fabric.  Target is already a dangerous store for me to enter because I always end up buying more than I plan.

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There are currently 4 different collections in Fabric Loft: Escape, Motley, Trapeze, and Vogue.  Each collection contains 100% cotton, canvas, and burlap pre-cuts.  You can see all of them here.  My Target had 1 yard cuts of canvas ($9.99), 1 yard cuts of cotton ($5.99 – solids, $6.99 – prints), fat quarters of cotton ($1.79), 1 yard cuts of burlap ($7.99) and burlap ribbon ($4.99).

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I don’t know much about burlap so I can’t comment on its quality but the 100% cotton felt pretty nice.  It was heavy enough that it won’t be see-through like some other inexpensive fabrics and it felt like it would hold up well.  It wasn’t quite as soft as quilt-shop quality fabrics but would probably work really well for certain projects.

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The canvas felt really sturdy.  I haven’t worked with canvas before but I do have a little bit of Koi canvas in my stash for a bag I’m planning to make and the Fabric Loft canvas is definitely heavier than the Koi canvas.  I really loved the colors in the canvas they had available.  Some of them were really vibrant!

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I resisted the urge to buy some (I already have plenty on my plate at the moment) but I don’t know how long I’ll be able to hold off on trying them out.  I think they’d be good options for things like pillows, bags, etc.

You can see all the Target stores that currently carry the fabric here and if there isn’t a store near you, you can request your area for expansion.  Has anyone else seen these or maybe even gotten the chance to try them out?  What do you think about them?

Progress on Born to Quilt

I was able to cut into my bundle of Born to Quilt fabrics this weekend and start working on my mini quilt for the Windham Fabrics booth at Quilt Market.

First I jumped right in to fussy cutting the fun text print.  I wish I’d taken a picture of just the fussy cut phrases but I was so excited about making my plan work that I jumped immediately into all the quilt math to figure out how much spacing I could put between each phrase to stay within my 18″ by 18″ size requirement.  I decided to have the phrases run in a diagonal stripe across the quilt and quickly had them sewn together and trimmed down to size.

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As I mentioned last post, I really wanted to use the striped print for my binding but when I actually did my calculations, I wasn’t sent enough of that print to bind the whole mini quilt.  I decided I’d intermix some of the black chalkboard fabric with the stripes to give me enough length.  I alternated sections and put together my binding so it will be ready to go.

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Now I just have to make the corner triangle to complete my 18″ by 18″ square.  Yay for lots of quilt math!  I’ve decided to make these corner triangle out of a square quilt block and two smaller triangles, like this:

Corner Triangle

The square blocks are going to have to finish at 5.5″ so they will be pretty small.  I think I’m just going to do some scrappy stripes using multiple prints from the collection for the side triangles.  So the full corner will look something like this:

Corner Triangle Plan

I don’t know what blocks I should use for the square though.  I’m thinking I’ll do a different block for each corner.  Any recommendations? What is your favorite block (that would hopefully translate well to such a small size)?

Born to Quilt

After working two really long days both yesterday and the day before and then coming home last night to find thousands of pieces of glass all over my garage (two beer growlers exploded while I was at work), finding this lovely little bundle on my doorstep was just what I needed!

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Windham Fabrics sent me a bundle of some of the prints from their new “Born to Quilt” line (available in May 2014).  I’m going to use this new line to make an 18″ square mini-quilt for Windham Fabrics.  And guess what?  They’ll be displaying it in their booth at the International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh, PA in May!  I’m really excited!

Born to Quilt is a chalkboard-style collection and it contains some really cute prints!  Check out this fabric!  I think this print is just begging for some fussy-cutting!

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The line is mostly black with white designs (like a chalkboard).  I really like the soft polka dots.

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Windham Fabrics also sent me this fun geometric green fabric (not from this collection) to use as the backing.  And I think the striped print will make a good binding.

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I’ll be honest – all of the ideas I had come up with for this quilt got shot down when I saw the fabrics I received.  I’m used to working with bright colors but I think designing around this bundle is really going to stretch me and make me think outside the box.

Time to start designing!

Pile O’ Fabric Skill Builder BOM 2014

In addition to the Stash Bee that I already shared with you, I’ve also decided to join Pile O’ Fabric‘s Skill Builder BOM 2014.

How could I resist this awesome sewing themed quilt?!?  I thought it was just too fun not to make!

I wanted to stick with solid fabrics as I’ve never made a quilt with solids before and I really liked the bright, saturated colors used in the pattern.  I decided to stick with a similar color scheme too but I did pick a few different shades than the pattern.

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I’m using the following Kona Solid fabrics for this quilt:

  • Kona Pomegranate
  • Kona Sunny
  • Kona Cypress
  • Kona Turquoise
  • Kona Storm
  • Kona Shale
  • Kona Shadow
  • Kona White

I got started on the first couple of blocks yesterday since I was off work for MLK day.  I finished the ruler and I love how it turned out!

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I have all the pieces for the spools of thread cut and I’ve started piecing them together so hopefully I’ll have another completed block to share with you soon!

We’re just getting started so it isn’t too late to join the fun!