Thursday, May 14, 2015

More and More Sparkle!

The Sparklettes quilt is really coming along!  
Here's my design wall now. 
Sashing comes next!


Happy Stitching!
Staci

PS Fabric is PB& J by Basic Grey. White is Kona Cotton.
Sparklettes Pattern from the book "Fat Quarter Style" by It's so Emma. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Time to Sparkle!

When I first saw this quilt on the cover of Fat Quarter Style I knew I had to make it!  
The pattern is called "Sparklettes". Stars are my favorite, and these have such a unique shape it really was love at first sight.  This is a great little book!  One of the best things about it is the inclusion of multiple sizes for each pattern. I settled on the Twin size. 

Deciding on fabric took me a while though since I have so many pretty things in the stash right now.  I finally decided on my fat quarter bundle of PB& J by Basic Grey.  I pulled out the navy, red and aqua prints and my bolt of white Kona.  

There were a few hours of cutting & drawing lots diagonal lines across the squares.

Finally piecing the star points could begin. 

Here's the first two finished stars!  Soon I'll have an entire constellation! So excited!!

Happy Stitching!
Staci

Friday, May 8, 2015

Fabulous Friday Finish! -- Nicey Jane Irish Chain

A long, long time ago I bought a Craftsy class, Twisted Irish Chain with Amy Gibson. I bought the class for one reason, I fell in love with her "My Favorite Things" pattern. 

As soon as I saw the quilt pattern I knew I needed to make it with my long hoarded stash of Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey.  I held on to it knowing that sooner or later I'd find the perfect project for it and I'm so glad I did since it is one of my all time favorite fabric lines.

The soft yellow background fabric is Kona cotton.  I believe the color is called Corn. 

Construction of this quilt went surprisingly fast since the 'chain' blocks are strip pieced.  I was very very careful and these blocks were as close to perfect as I could make them. 



 The outer triangles for the square in a square blocks are just a little bit oversized so the blocks can be trimmed to the perfect size.  

Arranging the blocks on the design wall took a while!  As you can see, here I am just trying to figure out where to put the square in a square blocks so I can evenly distribute the prints.  Once I had this placement figured out, it was just a matter of adding the chain blocks in between. 

The quilt top came together pretty quickly, since all the units were so accurately pieced.  I don't have a good photo of the quilt top due to inclement weather.  I finally just snapped this iPhone photo and sent the quilt off to the long arm quilter.

The quilt waited quite a while for binding, and then a long while waiting for photos.  It's a big quilt, about 85 inches square, so I needed 2 quilt holders and a sunny day!  The time finally arrived last week, and here it is--my Nicey Jane Irish Chain!  As you can see, it was a breezy day!  My quilt holders (daughter and hubby) had quite a time hanging on to the quilt!



The long arm quilter did a beautiful job on this quilt!  I couldn't be more pleased with it. 

The quilt is backed with a white on white print, although in the bright sunlight you can't actually see the print.  The quilting does look lovely from the back, doesn't it?

This is definitely one of my favorite quilts of all time.  Right now it's hanging in our entry way right across from this computer.  It's like summer sunshine and flowers and I smile every time I walk past it. 

Happy Stitching, everyone!
Staci