Sunday, August 22, 2010

Easy Piece

Phew - that was a busy week!!
Kind of glad it's over - even though there was a lot of fun involved...

I'm starting to think about Christmas gifts (I know - a little late off the starting block...), and I have all of these super fabulous vintage sheets laying around. I decided to try to make 4 comfy couch quilts to give as gifts but I wanted something that went together really quick. This is what I came up with. Just a simple patchwork design, 4" finished squares, with some 8" squares thrown into mix it up a bit. I also added some kona solids to give it a more bold looks, and I love the way it came out. I got some minky at fabric depot for 50% off (!!) to back these with. I haven't done a minky backed quilt yet - so if you guys have any helpful tips or tricks, let me know!

Also, this week was the PMQG's August meeting. It was a blast! Christina did a great presentation and demo on free motion quilting, and she's also hosting a quilt-a-long on her site - check it out. There were several other people demoing as well, and I feel like I got a lot of good tips. Can't wait to have some time to myself to try it out.
There was also a hexagon swap at the meeting - these are the castle peeps (and coordinating) hexagons I brought in, and Tania picked them. Hope she has fun with them!



These are the hexagons I picked - how cute! I don't know who made them though - let me know if they are yours, I want to say thanks!



Last but certainly not least - I want to show off the super adorable needle book and fab lush fabric that Megan gave me. Seriously, how cute is this? I LOVE the wizard of oz fabric, and look at the inside - it's the yellow brick road! It really was a good week - just a long one.

8 comments:

  1. I hope I end up with some Castle Peeps scraps after I cut out my quilt because those hexies are rad!

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  2. i like your squares vintage sheet quilt... those fabrics just make everyone feel nostalgic!

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  3. That Wizard of Oz fabric is so cute! For the minky back--don't stretch it too much when you're making your quilt sandwich and pin way more than you usually would. I tend to speed through the quilting and had to go much slower with the minky to keep the fabric from puckering in the back. Good luck!

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  4. what a pretty, pretty quilt! minky is a great idea for the backing---so comfy!

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  5. Thanks for the tips!! I'm so glad you guys are liking the quilt - I have 3 more tops to make now before I do the quilting, but now I feel more prepared!

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  6. I like the interspersed larger squares! I want to hear all about your Minot adventures as I've never used it!

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  7. You may want to use some wash-a-way interfacing with the Minky before you quilt it, or maybe starch the living daylights out of it. I agree with Natalie that the Minky tends to bunch. Thank god I was doing a baby blanket and babies can't complain about puckers!

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