Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mini Swoon


A Mini Swoon Finish

I have grown to love seeing the amazing  projects on the Instagram app. It is so handy to see what is new, using my phone.     Recently, Camille @Thimbleblossoms, 
hosted a SwoonAlong { #SwoonAlong}.  I just  had to join in with everyone!
Besides, Camille has 3 different sizes of her Swoon block that I could make! (available here at Thimbleblossoms )  Oh, and she has a Patchwork Swoon, too!

Some of you may remember that I added 4 sweet regular - sized Swoon blocks to the back of my Clambake quilt......

This is my  very first Swoon block....


My first Swoon Block     ( 24 " )            Love those strawberries from Hello Darling!

My Clambake quilt, with 4 Swoon blocks on the back!!


Sew...since it was a busy time of year, I purchased the Mini Swoon pattern to join in sewing in this Swoon Along!  I thought it would be do-able to make 4 mini 9" blocks.

For fabrics:   I decided to use up the leftover 5" charm squares that I had, from a charm pack of "Miss Kate"  by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.   Win- Win !!

Miss Kate Charms squares plus a bit of  Hello Darling yardage for the binding

I cut out the pieces for all 4 blocks before I started to sew .  I like to do this on small projects.

My muffin tin holds the small pieces... it's a hand-me -down that my mother had from our family

It only took about a week to fit in time to make up my 4 sweet Mini Swoon blocks! ( 8 " each)  The mini quilt comes out to be about 19" x 19".



My favorite block ( winning by a narrow margin !) is the dramatic red and dark blue one!


My Miss Kate Mini Swoon quilt

I think that it was helpful  that I had experience making the biggest Swoon block, before I made my mini blocks.  I am relieved to see my  points and corners where they should be for the most part!

I still had some small pieces left, so I made up a scrappy label.  And I added the triangles to the two top corners, for easily-made holders for a small dowel rod. 

For quilting:  I quilted  straight lines in a 1 " grid, with my trusty Aurifil #2021 thread and my walking foot.  (The batting was scraps of Warm and Natural batting.)


The back 


I like to seeing my Mini Swoon in my kitchen area, leading into my pantry!


                                 



My Mini Swoon quilt

You can see what I am currently making, as well as  past projects, if you follow my Instagram account at @SusiesSunroom .     ( Look at the right margin of my blog page!)

I had fun sewing along with Camille and allof  the other sewists making their own gorgeous Swoon projects!  What inspiration!






I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:     Let's Bee Social  @ Sew Fresh Quilts      and
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                       Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts   and
                        Can I Get a Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict   and
                      Fabric Frenzy Friday @  Fort Worth Fabric Studio   and
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Cherry Tree Lane Quilt

 My Cherry Tree Lane Quilt Finish


Cherry Tree Lane quilt by Susie's Sunroom

I finished a  quilt , during the Christmas holiday, and am just now finding time to share it with you.

I first saw this beautiful quilt pattern, while following Samantha, of Aqua Paisley Studio,  on Instagram (@aqua_paisley).   Samantha  hosted a fun
  Cherry Tree Lane Quilt Along on Instagram  ( @cherrytreelaneqal)  , when she released her brand new pattern,
                     Cherry Tree Lane.  Her inspiration came from Mary Poppins. 
Pattern available at Aqua Paisley Studio

I was drawn to this pattern immediately, as it uses Jelly Roll strips ( 2.5 "  x 40 " ).  And the pattern can  look differently depending on how you sew the pairs of strips and lay them out. (Like colors with like colors, or light and dark  colors together, for contrast, or just plain scrappy , etc.)

I realized this pattern would be a perfect way  to use the leftover  scraps of a Jelly Roll , from making my first official quilt.  That was a Scruffily Quilt,  by Rachel Griffith,  from Moda Bake Shop .   The fabric is "Glace",  by 3 Sisters for Moda. I still LOVE this fabric !   I had only used a 2.5" square off of 36 strips, plus some of the  strips to make a scrappy binding.  It had been sitting in a drawer since 2009.... looking pretty.  

All I had to do was round up  the Glace' leftovers and  3 Sisters yardage that I had in my stash, and count up the number of strips that I had available to use. 

I was only  few strips short of the Glace' fabric for the quilt.  So , I went in search of stashed  Moda red fabric ,that blended nicely  with the reds in this Glace' fabric.   



Cutting the strips into triangles
 I had fun laying out the blocks.   



See the holly leaves?

I love the brown fabrics in this collection !

 Of course, my #1 Quilty Helper, Whiskers, was there to help me keep the blocks in the right order as I built them! 


Whiskers on the job!!
Aqua Paisley Studio's pattern instructions are clear and easy to follow. The diagrams are excellent.    I was happy how the X's turned out in each block!

X hits the spot!
Before I knew it, it was time to add the sashings and corner keystones!

I love the small red squares in the center of each block


 Flimsy top  of Cherry Tree Lane Quilt

My CTL quilt- ready for the binding to be hand sewn on the back


Quilt Statistics:

Pattern:   Cherry Tree Lane Quilt   by Aqua Paisley Studio  ( here )
               Jelly Roll Friendly!
Fabric:   Glace'   by  3 Sisters  for Moda      (leftovers from an early quilt)
Size:    58 " x 80"  approximately
Thread:   Aurifil #2021  50 wt for piecing 
Batting:   Warm and Natural
Quilting:  Aurifil #2021 with walking foot on Viking Topaz sewing machine, large zigzag stitching
Backing:    Glace' (last of leftovers!) , in the  paisley, and Into the Woods - Lella Boutique by Moda,  in red.  I did have to buy this.  It turned out to be a beautiful match!

I really love this red "Into the Woods" fabric on the backing!

The back of the quilt,  with a scrappy label

I used red fabric for the binding, too!

Cherry Tree Lane quilt   front and back

I am pleased with how the quilt turned out!  I can use it all winter.


Cherry Tree Lane quilt
Well  , you know I just had to do this... pull out the first true quilt I made  and compare it to my latest quilt....      2009 vs 2016  !   


They look pretty together, don't they?
My Scruffily Quilt  -       technically simple, with raw edges
                               and quilted around each 10 inch square "in the ditch"
                          


Scruffily Quilt close up

Notice how I " carefully selected"  staged the  blocks that matched up pretty well in the above photo?

True Confession:     Here are some of the "problem"  blocks that didn't match up very well.
I didn't know how to make the blocks meet at the corners back then !

My Cherry Tree Lane quilt-  more complicated design, with sashing and cornerstones 
                               and zigzag quilting 
                                

Cherry Tree Lane Quilt
I had so much fun making my Cherry Tree Lane quilt... with that added bonus of using up some favorite leftover fabric!   It's been such a fun quilting ( and learning) journey so far!   


I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:     Let's Bee Social  @  Sew Fresh Quilts    and  

                               Building Block Tuesday @ Quilter In the Closet    and
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                          Can I Get A Whoop Whoop ! @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict   and
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                         Finished Or Not Friday   @ Busy Hands Quilts
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

An Iconic January

An Iconic January

I am kicking off the New Year, by making some cute  paper pieced Icon Blocks! 

These are part of the newest edition of "Paper Piecing 1/4 "  "  , issue 12 Jan- Mar 2017,  the digital magazine by Janeen at Quilt Art Publishing.   {here}

New Issue 12  Jan - Mar 2017
{here}
The first block:  Hiking  Icon    design by Quilt Art Designs

 I used some solid Kona cotton, in a charcoal color , for the background.
        
And some happy purple  Dimples fabric  (Andover) for the hiker.....


Hiking Icon block   by Susie's Sunroom

                                   
 These blocks are easy, and make up quickly!

The second block:     Caravan Icon       design by Quilt Art Designs

I used the same charcoal background, and a few other fun purple fabrics from my stash, to accent the purple Dimples caravan camper!!

Caravan block    by Susie's Sunroom
Want to see what I made with the blocks?   A simple  zippered pouch!





I sent it as a Christmas gift to a young woman who likes to hike!  It made up into a nice medium sized  12 inch square pouch , with a zipper across the top. 

Lots of space for.....



Room for Colored Pencils and sharpener


Or......


A tablet and power cord

If you are looking for some fun blocks to make, check out the rest of the icon blocks in this newest edition of "Paper Piecing 1/4 " "..... click HERE !  There are 20 different icons!!   



Available to purchase HERE


 Wouldn't the wine bottle and glass icon be cute as a 'WINE BOTTLE' mug  rug, when you add it to a bottle of wine as a gift?!  


I'm off to my sewing room!


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