09 September 2017

Bunny Quilt, Two Ways

Over the summer, my sister in law and I decided to work together on a quilt for our friends who were having a baby. This incredible R2D2 quilt was the result of that collaboration. It was the first time either of us had used the pre-printed interfacing grid and we were both shocked at how quickly it seemed to go together. 

While visiting my husband's family over the summer, I made a stop by Sew Special Quilts in San Antonio and was buying more of the grid interfacing. They asked me what I used it for, and as luck would have it, R2D2 was in my car as he was getting delivered that evening. They hired me on-the-spot to teach a class on the grid interfacing technique. Ps: Link to the class info is over here. This is the little table topper sample I made for the class out of two mini charm packs in Moda's Fragile. 

Then I might have lost my mind a little. I love science and data, but it went a little extreme. I decided I needed a BIG sample to show the students. And I also thought it would be helpful to have a comparison quilt. Armed with my love of bunnies and a pattern from YouPatch, I dove right in. This first quilt is the traditionally pieced version.

And this is the version pieced with the pre-printed grid interfacing (sooo many seam lines).

Now I had to compare the two. After endeavoring to finish them exactly the same: same batting, same backing [only in different colorways], same binding [differing solid colors], both all in the same brands of solids, and quilted with the same brand/weight of thread in as close to the same places as I could manage, differences emerged. Here is a compilation of the differences I observed both throughout the construction process and after finishing. 

So basically, they are both great techniques, and like everything in life, they both have their own quirks and problems. I am not willing to say that one technique is better than the other, because it simply depends on what you are looking for, and what your preferences are. If you have any questions or need any clarification, feel free to shoot me a comment here or over on my IG (@opal.august). 

30 October 2016

Honey Hill Block

***EDIT: IF YOU ARE JUST NOW MAKING YOUR BLOCK, PLEASE USE RED AND WHITE/LOW VOLUMES!!***

I know, I never blog anymore. This really does not even count as a blog post as it is just a way to convey information to my fellow Honey Hill Pinheads about a bee.

So, for my block month, I am going to give two options.

Basically, I made this bunny quilt to donate to the rescue organization I adopted my bunnies through.

The woman who adopted my foster bunny requested one in a larger size, so to scale it up, I am going to put borders of X-Plus blocks on the right and left, and Kaleidoscope blocks on the top and bottom. Since some people seemed new to paper piecing, I figured giving one paper pieced option and one non-paper pieced would be prudent. Here are all the specifics for what I would like.

X-Plus blocks (aka the traditionally pieced block) 

  • The tutorial can be found here: http://badskirt.blogspot.com/2011/04/japanese-x-and-scrappy-quilt-tutorial.html
  • For the focal fabric, please use differing shades of blues and greens. Feel free to swap the placements from the little diagram I included. It can be scrappy, or not. Whichever you feel more comfortable with. I would prefer not too many solids. 
  • For the background (I marked these with tan in the diagram), please use some kind of low volume cream/tan.
  • Please use red and white/low volumes
Kaleidoscope (aka the paper pieced pattern)
  • The tutorial is found here (link to printable template is on the top right of the tutorial page): http://www.quilterscache.com/K/KaleidoscopeBlock.html
  • Please use a combo of either light blue/dark green or light green/dark blue for each individual block. 
  • Please use red and white/low volume
  • The tutorial says that it makes a 12" block, but really, each little kaleidoscope block is 6.5" when unfinished. I do not expect you to make 4, but if you want to make more than one, go for it! So if you only want to make one, only print one copy of the template. 
  • If you do make more than one little block, please do not yet sew them together. I will work on placement based on colors. 
  • Please make sure the template is actually printing out at the correct size. 
  • No need to trim the final block down, that way if some did print a bit off, I can size them. 

14 October 2015

Two Sashiko Projects

Sashiko and orchids wall hanging quilt, sayagata background quilting. Sashiko and orchids wall hanging quilt. I used a spotted fabric for the lip. Sashiko tote bag, side 1, yokogushi rows and Archimedean spirals. Front 1 of my sashiko tote bag, with traditional sayagata stitch design. Profile of my sashiko tote bag, showing a teeny bit of both sides. I went with Lush fabric for the lining.

Small Quilted Thingamajig Catch-Up Post

I made this for a mini-swap. Not too shabby for my first DWR!
Mug Rug Revival- My first mini DWR block.

I even liked the way the back turned out.
Mug Rug Revival- It's rare that I like the back as much as the front of something I make, but this is one of those times!

This was what I made for the spring pillow swap.
I forgot to take an overall shot.

I had been desperately wanting to do some low volume EPP... The result made me not so happy. But meh. Luckily it is a potholder so it will be covered with sauce anyways.
Finally finished a potholder! It doesn't look exactly how I planned, but it is functional and relatively pretty.

Here is the back with the quilting. I also forgot to change the bobbin thread. Meh, all around on this poor potholder.
Finally finished a potholder! It doesn't look exactly how I planned, but it is functional and relatively pretty.

This was what I came up with for the fall pillow swap...
Finished Fall swap pillow

Back zipper/envelope closure.
Finished Fall swap pillow

Fabric close-up
Finished Fall swap pillow

Then I made a postcard for absolutely no reason whatsoever. Wooo.
Postcards + quilting = happy Sabrina. This one needs a home.

This was what I came up with for the Teal Mini Swap for Ovarian Cancer on Facebook. It is a Lone Starburst.
Teal Mini Swap

I got a little crazy with my new walking foot. Oooops!
Teal Mini Swap

And this is what I'm working on for the winter pillow swap. To be continued...
Is this going in the right direction?

Gratuitous Catch-up Food Post

This post will cover all of the new and exciting recipes I have tackled since April. Wow. I am bad at updating. Let's start in the past and work our way to the present...

I got married (June 5th)! We made our own cake! It is a German beesting cake
Beesting cake with Bavarian cream. I cook when my brain won't turn off.

Sourdough rye breads (James Beard recipe)
Saturday Sourdough: James Beard's sourdough rye recipe.

Buttery sourdough paprika rolls
Whole wheat sourdough rolls with paprika butter!

Braised short ribs, our first meal to cook together as a married couple!
Our first meal to cook as a married couple. <3 Braised short ribs, Brussels sprouts, cucumber salad, and rosemary focaccia.

Roasted veggies
I'm not sure what I love most about roasted veggies: their taste, smell, or appearance!

Spaghetti squash with homemade marinara and quinoa sticks
Spaghetti squash, roasted marinara sauce, quinoa cheesy "bread", and spinach salad! Omnomnom.

Pork chops and roasted poblano soup
Nothing like making poblano soup and pork chops during 100 degree weather to take the edge off!

Peach chicken with veggies and mashed cauliflower/sweet potato/red potato
Peach chicken, mashed red potato/sweet potato/cauliflower, with steamed broccoli and carrots.

Mushroom, garlic, salmon, cream cheese, asparagus quiche with standard crust
Nearly everything quiche, with standard quiche

Mushroom, garlic, salmon, cream cheese, asparagus quiche with hashbrown crust Nearly everything quiche, with hashbrown crust

04 March 2015

Food and Swaps

I am catching up on blog posts, so bear with me. This will be a quick one.

I made this tote for the Sew Sew Modern 6 swap.
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This is what I'm tentatively working on for the Mug Rug Revival swap.
Partner, is this any good or should I try again with more colors of the rainbow?

This is the Valentine's Day Feast I made for my fiance, mom, and cousin: Crown rack of lamb with roasted veggies.
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I also made this from an episode (Frontier Fiesta) of the Pioneer Woman show: Tequila lime chicken, refried black beans, and cheesy rice casserole. We loved the chicken and black beans, but the rice was slightly boring. I would rather just make my great grandma's Mexican rice.
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02 March 2015

Tardis! Tardis! Tardis!

My fiance's best friends are having a baby boy, named Topher, and he is due any week now. In January, I helped to throw them a Dr. Who themed baby shower.

For the shower, I made some triangle bunting with multi-Tardis fabric (is the plural of Tardis Tardii?) and K9 fabric.
Close up of the multi-Tardis fabric. Is it Tardises or Tardii?

I did not think to get a picture of them. But I do have a picture of the Topher blocks I made into bunting. 
Decorations for a Dr. Who themed baby shower I'm throwing for a friend. So much Tardis fabric!

Hopefully the letters and triangle bunting will all end up getting used for something now that the shower has passed.

As for my shower gift, I decided to make a Tardis quilt. As for the design, I made up the pattern as I went, so if you are interested, let me know and I can get you my diagrams and cutting measurements. Here it is in phase 1, without a border.
Tardis quilt front for Dr. Who baby shower gift. Does it need a border?

I'm calling it "Tardis Sunrise." Sticking with my goal of using up my fabric stash instead of immediately buying fabric for quilts, it was made entirely from my stash!
Tardis quilt finished! Just in time for the Dr. Who baby shower.


The quilting was done in royal blue thread and is just random straight lines which created some neat geometric shapes.

The soon-to-be parents sent me this picture a while back. It shows the quilt in its new home. Yaaay! Thanks to Mike and Jamie for the picture.