Finished Bungalow Quilt Top

Well this post is a long time coming.  Not because it took me long to sew together the quilt top (it actually went together pretty quickly).  But it was over a week after I finished the quilt before I could even take any photos!  A combination of rainy weather and a couple of late days at work where it was already dark when I got home and all of a sudden more than a week had passed.  So without further ado, here is my finished Bungalow quilt top!

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This quilt was made using the Easy Bricks Quilt pattern from Moda Bake Shop and I really like how the pattern allowed the larger prints from Joel Dewberry’s Bungalow line to shine.

Bungalow, quilt top, easy bricks

I haven’t worked a whole lot with precuts and I noticed when working with this layer cake that the 10″ by 10″ squares seemed to not be the right size.  I cut them in half (I measured 5 inches in from the left side) but when I paired them up with the 5″ precut white charm squares, many of the layer cake strips were too narrow.

Bungalow, quilt top, easy bricks

Luckily this pattern was pretty forgiving and with a lot of glue basting to match seams and easing of the fabric, I was able to make my seams line up well enough.  But I was a little annoyed about the inaccuracy.  Has anyone else noticed this with precuts before?

Bungalow, quilt top, easy bricks

I love the colors in this quilt.  There are some great jewel tones and really saturated prints!  I stressed a little bit trying to get the colors and prints balanced and I think I ended up doing pretty good!

Bungalow, quilt top, easy bricks

I’ve bought some yardage from the line for the backing and am going to do a little piecing for it but hopefully I’ll be able to get this quilted up soon!

Bungalow, quilt top, easy bricks

I can’t wait to finally have a quilt I get to keep!

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A Quilt for Me!

So far, every quilt that I have made has been a gift for someone else.  Don’t get me wrong, I love giving away these quilts and it makes me happy to see others enjoying them.  But I’d also love to have a piece of my hobby and hard work for myself.  So I decided it is time to make a quilt for me!

I was really drawn to Joel Dewberry’s Bungalow line and I bought a layer cake of it a while back but had never done anything with it.  There are a lot of big, bold prints in this line so I really didn’t want to cut it up too much as I didn’t want to lose the designs in small piecing.

I found this Easy Bricks Quilt pattern from Moda Bake Shop which really fit the bill and looked like it would go together quickly.  So I sliced the entire layer cake in half and got started.  I love how the stack of fabrics looked together!

Joel Dewberry, Bungalow, fabric

Then I proceeded to do lots of chain piecing and pressed open all of my seams (which honestly took a lot longer to do 84 times than I expected!)

Joel Dewberry, Bungalow, fabric, chain piecing

But I’ve already been able to get the entire quilt top laid out!  I’ve been making a few tweaks here and there since this late night photo to try to make sure the colors and patterns are balanced but I think it’s almost ready to start sewing up!

Joel Dewberry, Bungalow, fabric

Is there anyone else like me who has been negligent in actually making a quilt for themselves?

Star Light Star Bright Progress

I’ve been successful so far at keeping up with all of the weekly “assignments” for the Star Light Star Bright Quilt-A-Long.

After we had all of our components (squares and HSTs) ready to go, we started piecing different sections of the design.  First up was the block center:

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Next we did the sides of the block.  Since the pattern on the fabric I used here was so large, I had to make sure I was balancing the pieces that were more teal with the pieces that were more yellow/green.

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Now all that is left is the corners and we’ll be ready to start putting everything together.  You can already start to get an idea of what it will look like though.

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The corners are our assignment for this week so we’ll be ready to finish it up soon!

WIP Wednesday – Magic Stars Quilt

I’ve made some good progress on the Magic Stars quilt I’m making for the Intrepid Thread!

I’ve finished making all 42 of the 9″ squares. I did have a couple of squares that I had to rip apart and redo.  A couple of prints in my piles must have gotten stacked in the wrong order and as I was doing my chain piecing, I realized that the proper prints weren’t going to end up together.  Oops!  It all worked out in the end though.  Thank goodness for my seam ripper!

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Look at those beautiful piles!  I am really liking how the lighter whites and grays in the Sphere line really balance the bold teal, navy, and yellow prints.

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I also have everything laid out and am ready to start sewing together the top.

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Do you see the various shapes that are formed when the blocks are put together?

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I can wait to finish sewing up the top and get it quilted and sent off the Julie!

Quilt for The Intrepid Thread

I got a really fun package in the mail last week!  Julie, from The Intrepid Thread, sent me this lovely layer cake of the new Sphere fabrics from Zen Chic.

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Late last year, Julie put out a call for people interested in becoming sample makers for her shop.  I was so excited when she selected me as one of them!

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Don’t pre-cuts look so pretty from the side of the stack?

Now that she’s recently gotten the new Sphere line into her shop, Julie wanted a quilt to display in her brick and mortar store, showcasing the new fabrics.  She asked me to make a quilt using the Magic Stars pattern designed by Aneela Hoey (who blogs at comfortstitching if you want to check out some of her other work).

magic stars PDF quilt pattern

I love the different designs that appear throughout the pattern!  There are the stars that give the pattern its name.  But you can also see a cross design and just a general 4-patch too!

I’ve opened up the pretty layer cake and cut up all of my fabrics.  I decided to separate the more low volume/lighter prints from the darker prints and allow them to play off of each other a bit in the design.

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I’m working on getting everything sewn together but you’ll have to wait for the next sneak peek to see everything taking shape!

Star Light Star Bright – HSTs

Our assignment for this week in the Star Light Star Bright Quilt-A-Long was to take most of the squares we cut (in my case, it was my 32 3″ squares) and turn them into half-square triangles.

We used them same method for making the HSTs that I learned while making baby quilt I finished for last Christmas so this task went pretty quickly for me.  Soon I had 32 beautiful 2.5″ HSTs!

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Soon we’ll get to start putting everything together and I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone’s turns out.

Snow Day = Quilting Day

So today in Atlanta is a Snowpocalypse! The entire city has completely shut down! Granted, I was born and raised in the North so the ~2 inches of snow that we got is absolutely no big deal to me.

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But since Atlanta (and really, most of the South) freaks out about snow, the university where my lab is located has closed campus and my boss has told me not to come into work.  The entire state has been declared under a state of emergency.  Guess that means I’ve got a sewing day!

I’ve been working on all the piecing for my cross/plus quilt for my brother so hopefully I can make a good dent into that today.

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My dog Khloe has really been enjoying playing in the snow so I’m sure I’ll be out there with her for a bit too!

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Anyone else in the South getting a snow day today?