A few months ago, I bought a “Sugar Plum and Friends” layer cake from Handcut Fabric. I really do not need another Christmas quilt, but I just could not pass up Sugar Plum. The mice! The nutcrackers! The peppermints!! I added a bit of fabric from my stash and made it quite a bit bigger than I originally anticipated. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to quilt this, but then my husband’s aunt asked me if I wanted her hand quilting frames!!! Thankfully we have an unfinished basement and a place to store them when not in use, so we said yes! I have used it now on two quilts and I LOVE it! I quilted this in a No 8 Perle cotton in a simple diagonal cross hatch through the “center” of each block. It is backed in an Cotton + Steel brushed twill backing and man, this quilt is going to be SOFT and snuggled and loved forever.
Possibly the most feared bag for most of us is the Sew Together Bag. The pattern does not have many diagrams, there are a lot of steps, etc etc etc. However, there are many blogs out there that have tips and photos that make the process less scary. I have made several now and as long as I take the time to understand each step, it goes very smoothly and well.
One of my dear sewing friends had a birthday in September and I thought it would be fun to make her a Sew Together Bag. Much to my joy, she requested a pink bag! I looked through my pink fabrics and tried to pick few different ones with varying hues of pink. In the end, I was very happy with the outside (all of it, really 🙂 I made an extra one for myself as well!
The second I saw the 2018 Kona Cotton Color of the Year, I started scheming for which quilt I’d like to use it. I LOVE the challenge of using such bold, saturated hues and helping them fit harmoniously into a quilt pattern as if they were made for each other. Last year, I made my adorable Garden Snails quilt using Pink Flamingo and this year, I decided on Alison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew’s Pumpkins Quilt. Tiger Lily is sooooo gorgeous and perfect for this quilt.
I looked through my stash of low volume fabrics and chose the ones that had black and white in them. I was surprised I had so many! I love when that happens. 🙂
Since I chose to only make the non-patchwork pumpkins, this came together super quickly. I decided to quilt it in a 2″ crosshatch pattern using a matching orangey red thread and bound it in a fun black checker print.
My sweet husband was such a good sport (as he always is) when I wanted a staged fall photo with this quilt. We carried this quilt in a back pack as we looked for the perfect spot. I’m happy to say we found it and I love the setting with the beautiful fall tree.