Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Next Canvas

After making Leanne/shecanquilt's Canvas pattern baby-sized last year, I knew I'd have to do that again sometime. It really is sweet and quick yet packs a modern punch.
I repeated the use of both solids and prints in the center blocks this time, though in a different arrangement. Something about the mix just adds a bit of fun. Also repeated are the borders in Modern Solids in grey by In the Beginning. There's something about this particular solid that I like. Back in the day when they were selling fabric, I'd purchased some at Pink Chalk Fabrics, who described them this way: "These fabrics are yarn dyed, woven fabrics with one color in the warp and another color in the filling. The warp and weft threads are generally a tonal variation of the same color creating an iridescent look. The color changes as the cloth moves in the light. The base cloth has a silky smooth hand and beautiful drape." The movement that 'iridescence' gives to the finished quilt is really something.
I dug in my stash for a backing and came up with teal Michael Miller ta dots. To bring it up to size, I fussy-cut a Cotton + Steel border print from Melody Miller's Mustang collection. Dare I say, I thought it worked out beautifully.
For quilting, I used my machine's serpentine stitch, which appears to be my 'go-to' stitch for baby quilts. Kinda playful, fun to stitch, and for reasons not totally understandable, it always goes so fast. One wrong turn at the machine and I found myself quilting a grid rather that the one-direction I had planned, but oh well! Rather than take it out, I went with it, and honestly, I kinda like it! I quilted using Aurifil 50wt #2600 (Dove), a good match for the border while leaving a subtle effect on the aqua and teal.

To finish, binding is of the same grey solid, just to keep the focus on the center spots of color. Measuring 36" square, a good wash and dry gave this little quilt a cozy softness and crinkle, just perfect for baby.

This quilt is on my 2015 Q1 FAL list!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Afterwards

So I just returned from a delightful {sunny} weekend retreat with my quilting buddies, and besides being a lovely time of reconnecting with good friends, I also was successful in at least making progress on the 5 projects I took along. Progress, yes, and you'll see more of all that in the days to come, but finishes? Just one, but boy was it fun.
It was a sweet and useful Patchwork Bucket using the tutorial by quarter inch mark. I thought the bucket would be handy on my cutting table, and it was a perfect use for the Lighthearted little bundle Ayumi/Pink Penguin sent a few weeks ago.
For the record, I made my bucket sized just like Chase did in her tutorial, and let me tell you, 8" diameter by 8" tall is pretty generous! However, a formula is given to make any sized bucket you wish - handy indeed. Seriously though, I was just tickled to be able to use Lighthearted in this project - they just seem made for each other. 
Above is the patchwork strip of 2 1/2" (unfinished) squares destined for the sides of the bucket, and below is a view of the finished bottom, considering I used one of my favorite prints from the line there.
I made one little tweak in the tutorial, only because I didn't have the cotton webbing for the handles on hand. I decided coordinating fabrics would be just as nice, and fresh from using Noodlehead's clever method in my Cargo Duffle {check out Step 4}, I paired 2 of the fabrics with batting inside, and honestly, they stitched on {with an 'X'!} just beautifully. Plus I really like the look, so win-win.
The bucket's now at home in my studio, which is making me smile as I get on with that pile of w.i.p.s I brought home with me . . .

Linking up with Fabric Tuesday.