Friday, May 10, 2019

Spare Parts

The creation of my Bernina 125th Anniversary Quilt, Vibrant Celebration, resulted in a few spare parts. 

These 6″ blocks cried out from the darkness of their storage crate, “Help us!” Albeit, their pleas were slightly stifled by the plastic bag containing them. I sought out a new home for the poor captives, and found one in the Snowflake Quilt Along

You may be thinking it’s an odd time for a winter quilt, but if you weren’t taken aback by my conversing with household objects like Belle of Beauty and the Beast (The townspeople aways said there was something peculiar about her.), you may as well give me a pass on this one. 

Rather than creating a 4 Patch for the centers of the Snowflake blocks, I substituted my blocks. 

I paired each block with a coordinating Michael Miller Fairy Frost fabric, as these shimmery shiny blenders have the same extroverted personality as the Tula Pink prints within the blocks. 

I selected a creamy solid for the background to tone down the wild party crowd. 

To accommodate the size alteration, I cut the Fairy Frost strips 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ & 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. The cream strips were cut 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″. 

The resulting blocks measure 10″ finished. I arranged these like the Snowflake quilt, and cut some setting triangles for the on-point layout. 

I quilted Spare Parts using my sit-down Bernina equipped with a ruler foot. Blocks were outlined along the seam lines in clear Aurifil thread

I segmented the background using 1/4″ lines and filled with whatever free-motions patterns struck my fancy. 

Practically every style of design I know is in there somewhere.  

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Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day! Kate Buckles took these photos of us during a Mother's Day Mini session last weekend. Kate was patient and good with the kids, set a beautiful scene, and made the process as stress free as possible with clear and prompt communication and easy online scheduling. If you're near the Albuquerque, NM area, I recommend considering adding a mini session to the yearly holiday card pictures and first birthday photo gigs that are easier to bear in mind. Kids change so much, so fast!

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Perfect Treats Final Reveal

Ta da! I've wrapped up Perfect Treats in time for the weather here in sunny New Mexico to convey unabashed summery exuberance. It's much more fitting to crave a frosty fruit pop now than when we first began.

For those who are late to my large scale (68" x 74" without the optional border, to be exact) popsicle party, it's not too late; you can catch block and assembly instructions in my previous posts:

Perfect Treats Quilt Along

Fabric Selection & Requirements
Popsicle Block
Push Pop Block

Ice Cream Sandwich Block
Snow Cone Block
Ice Cream Cone Block

Top Assembly

As quilting on my domestic machine is my schtick, and this one is toward the larger end, I left my top in the capable hands of brilliant custom longarmer and Albuquerque, NM local, Tisha Cavanaugh of Quilt Icing.
To avoid thread changes, Tisha chose a versatile blending neutral hue, Aurifil #2846 Iceberg, for the entire quilt.

To give you some ideas for your own Perfect Treat top, I'll give you some closer peeks at Tisha's custom free-motion selections. The popsicle block features ribbon candy and pebbles.

Feathers look lovely on the twin pops.

Straight lines and scallops highlight the ice cream sandwich.

The push pop was treated (pun intended) to a flowery spiral, wishbones, and straight lines.

Snowcones show off cross-hatching, wishbone, and curves.

Spirals and a grid were just the right fit for the the soft serve cone.

FIGO Perfect Day Food Toss in Pink was my backing of choice. 

The binding was created from FIGO Perfect Day Pinic in Beige.

I want to thank FIGO, Northcott's modern division, for sponsoring the luxurious fabric resources for this quilt along. Their collections are brilliant for any sewing project, and their quality material has the feel and longevity you want when pouring your time and energy into a labor of love. Check out their upcoming lines, and you'll be all 😍.

I'm going to get back to my wild littles now, because this is what it's all about. I intend for my Perfect Treats quilt to be loved and used, and my boys sure know how to show their appreciation.

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