Amateur Photo Shoot with FFO’s (FINALLY Finished Object)

Huzzah!  They’re finally done!

In a previous post, I showed off my piecing for my Patriotically Pink America the Beautiful quilt… I sent it off to my quilter, and she did a marvelous job quilting it with a very subtle stars and stripes.  I love it!

My teenager and I practiced styling it in a photo shoot…very amateur, but you have to start somewhere, right? At the beginning, I was the one suggesting how to set everything.  By the end, she was suggesting her own ideas.

Which America the Beautiful pic is your favorite?

 

 

The other UFO that is now an FFO is my coral and teal version of our Jamie Quilt pattern.  (See this post, here)  My quilter, Carla, suggested using a quilting pattern that was sort of Art Deco-ish, which worked beautifully.  I love how sophisticated this quilt looks!

As for the photos, I wish I had been taking pictures of the photographer, because it was fun to watch her lying on her back and aiming the camera upside down to get the photo taken in the orange tree.

 

(By the way, the featured image at the top of this post is one of the “practice” shots my budding photographer took)

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The Rippling Hexi Quilt

In the spirit of finishing our Unfinished Projects in 2016. I present to you today:

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Just a little back story on this project.  I LOVE hexi’s!!  I picked up this darling Jelly Roll of Riley Blake Hexagon fabric at Quilt Market 2014.   Needless to say that for over a year, I thought and thought and picked my brain on how to best use this jelly roll.  I knew I wanted to make something Hexi, but I wanted to go hexi big!  One day I was perusing all the beautiful log cabin blocks out there, and had light bulb moment.  I sat down the next day and started to sew.

My finished quilt measures 38″ x 53″ (But it is easily adaptable to go bigger or smaller)

Supplies for this project:

1 jelly roll-2 1/2in strips

2 yards coordinating fabric (I used 1 yard of a grey & white polka dot and 1 yard of a black and white polka dot)

Batting

Backing Fabric

Binding (I striped my leftover fabric and used that for binding)

Hexagon Template (Marti Michell: My Favorite Hexagon Ruler 6 sizes-2-4/12 Finished Sizes)

Cutting Fabric:

Using Template: Cut your beginning size hexagon out of chosen yardage fabric.  I chose to use the largest size on my template which has 5” sides finishing off to 4 1/2 inch sides and I cut my Hexagon out of the grey & white polka dot fabric. 

Cut the rest of your yardage into 2 1/2 inch strips for easy sewing.

Organizing for Sewing:

I went thru my jelly roll and organized my strips into rainbow order (Red Pink Orange Yellow Green Blue) and then I took the multi colored stripes and “placed” them where I thought they would blend in the best.  It was the same process for the black & grey fabric from the Jelly Roll pack.  It was my plan all along to alternate the black & white polka dot fabric between each of the jelly roll fabric.  Because I started with the grey & white, it was easy to alternate from there.

Sewing:

This is where it gets fun!  Grab your headphones, tablet, a book on tape or episode to binge watch and let’s get going. 

1. Take your hexagon and sew the first jelly roll strip to just one side of the Hexagon! 

2. Stop and press seam open with preferred method.  (I pressed to one side on this project)

3. Trim the excess strip with ruler and rotary cutter, being careful to trim exactly to the next side of the hexagon.   Repeat Steps 1 thru 3 of the sewing directions.  This time trimming the first sewn edge to keep the hexagon angles.Hexi 1

Strip 2:

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Strip 3:

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Strip 4:

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Strip 5: 

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Strip 6:

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And there is the beginning of your adorable Rippling Hexagon quilt.  Now, if you notice on the main picture of my quilt, I decided to off set the main hexagon for a fun variation.  To do this you need to decide how “wide” you want your quilt.  Add several rows of strips just like described above.  After you have made several rows around the main hexagon, you can square up the bottom corner.

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Keep sewing on the remaining three sides until you have achieved the “width” that you would like your quilt to be. When it gets to that point, square the second corner (taking care to make sure your hexi is straight) From that point on… you are only sewing on 2 sides and then on 1 side. 

Once you have reached the height of the quilt are making you can give it one good press, layer it with batting and backing and quilt it as you see fit. 

I find a scrappy binding is an adorable way to finish off a quilt as bright and scrappy as this.  Plus I love the fact that there is no left overs. 

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If you would like a printable version of this quilt, please visit our free projects page. (And if you aren’t registered, please do so. We pinky promise that we won’t share your information!!)

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The Hexi Bat Buster

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

As I was decorating for Thanksgiving this year, I needed a little something for my round table.  It sits sort of in the foyer area of our home, so I love having a candle burning as our guest walk into our home.  I didn’t have any linens that were appropriate for this size table so I hurried and whipped up this cutie.

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It is a revised version of the The Bat Buster Quilt.
Which you can get for free by going here!

The best part about this cute little table hexi is that you can make it as big or as little as you like.  And you are busting thru that stash of fabric and batting quick as a whistle.

Here it is before i adorned my table.  I love the colors and the shape. Perfect for Fall and Thanksgiving. thumb_IMG_4843_1024

And here is my table adorned with a garland and my hexigon shaped lantern.

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And because we are SO SO SO grateful for our StashLadies Friends, Family and Supporters: This also is a free downloadable pattern for you!  Just click here, (register if you need to) and it is yours.Thank you! We are so Thankful for your support!!

The Jaime Quilt

I’d like to introduce you to an old friend of mine.  This is the Jamie Quilt:  Several (ahem like 5 or 6) years ago I was looking for a really nice boy quilt for my son who at the time was 8 or 9.  He was too big for most of the baby boy quilts out there with cars and trucks and dinosaurs on them but not old enough for a more traditional quilt of an adult. I wanted something with angles and straight lines and not to frilly.  I sketched up this design and forwarded onto Stashmomma to see what we could do about it.

JamieOrginalSketch_jpg_300x300_q85After weeks of subdividing and sketching, figuring and sewing the Jamie Quilt was born.  We tested the quilt with lovely brown and blue cotton.  This was the result of those weeks of sketching, playing and sewing.  

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My son loved (and still LOVES) it! After all those weeks of hard work, it was decided that we wanted to share the pattern with you.  So we did some more working and sketching and writing. StashLadies is proud to present the Jamie Row by Row Quilt.  This is constructed in a row by row fashion.  The pattern is full of color diagrams and color pictures to help as you construct each row.  

We played with several color schemes: 

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Pink and Black

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Grey and Yellow

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Red and Yellow

We hope you love this pattern just as much as my son and I have.  The pattern is now available in our shop. 
We are also offering several quilt kits in different color ways.  
Click here for our shop! 

Inspiration

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I received a gift certificate to Home Goods for my birthday this year, and was in browsing around the other day not knowing what I wanted.  I was drawn to their display of china in a beautiful shade of sea foam blue…oh, I loved it!  I didn’t end up buying anything (yet!) but kept thinking about it.  The next day, I was picking out fabrics in my local quilt store for a  class I will be teaching in June on our Jamie Quilt, and remembered how beautiful the color was.  

Those were the colors I gravitated to, and found several beautiful choices of sea foam teal fabrics to use.  It will be the focal color of the quilt, and I am pairing it with the Sweet Mango and Tangelo fabrics from Eleanor Burns’ Ellie Ann line.  I think it will turn out stunning!

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And put all together:  (this is a mock up, so the actual design is screwed a bit to accommodate the size of blocks my design app works with)

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If you live locally to me, I’d love to see you in class!  

Hot Lips featuring X-Blocks®

Remember being a teenage girl?  That fleeting period where there was nothing more important than dishing about which boys were cute, knowing who liked whom at school, and having the latest poster of this month’s Teen Beat Heartthrob hanging above your bed.  

Inspired by our Teens, this fun quilt is a cinch to make!  Using X-Blocks® rulers, there is no triangle piecing- just simple nine-patch blocks!  The pattern includes directions for two sizes:  69″x 82″, and 77″x 90″, as well as the optional pieced border.

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Pattern and Kits NOW SHIPPING from the Shop.

Get Ready….Get Set…

…for our upcoming Block of the Month programs!  We were too excited to wait… we thought we’d let you peek under the wrapping paper to see what’s coming soon!

Roses for Freedom

This is a beautiful appliqued Rose of Sharon that uses fabrics printed by Island Batik from their “Quilted in Honor” collection, which is a fund raising initiative for Operation Homefront.

I fell in love with this quilt the second I saw it… it is Ah.Maze.Ing.  And, to have the proceeds benefit such a worthy cause… Can’t feel more warm and fuzzy than that!

Grizzly Gulch Mystery Quilt

A traditional pieced quilt that will absolutely “WOW” you when you see it!!  I can’t say anymore than that, or I’ll spoil the mystery!!

Little Blessings

An adorable new appliqued holiday wall hanging designed by Shabby Fabrics for each month of the year!!  These kits will have the applique pieces already laser cut and fused ready for you!  So quick, so cute, and so easy peasy!

Modern

Oops!  No peeking on this one!  But trust me, it will be something to die for!

 

All of these options will have limited spots available, so be sure to come back often! Or better yet, sign up for updates on the starting dates for each quilt.  If you absolutely cannot wait to get on the list, drop us an email, and we’ll take care of you!