Monday, September 26, 2016

Spoiler Alert - September Stash Builder Box

Spoiler alert!!!

I've been getting the Stash Builder box since it started. I was impressed by the mission -- 20% of every box purchased is used to buy supplies for their Heart Builders program, which makes quilts for kids in need. I was also impressed by other "kind" things they have done. One month they were generous enough to give me one box for free so I could "pay it forward" to one of my friends. This company just embodies so many things that I value, especially you get what you give. 

I have been happy with all of the fabrics I have received so far. They even let subscribers help pick some of the prints which is fun! There is always a pencil with a fun saying, and accessories that are useful like thread. There are patterns too. All around it has been a great box and I'm glad to be a subscriber. 

I'm even more excited about an upcoming change: the boxes will now have a full three yards of fabric! I must say that I often wish I had more than a fat quarter. This will give you a lot of options to work with, especially if it is a fabric you really love. 

Now, here it is, the September box!

Can you see the aqua peeking out from the bottom. I have been using it in my 100 Days 100 Blocks and I'm thrilled to get more. Plus I have a few other fabrics that will blend in so well with this!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival 2016 - Rebel Quilt

Because I've only finished a few quilts, my options for entries to the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side are limited. And let's be honest, there are some world class entries from some very well known quilters/bloggers. I'm brand new to this, so I'm not entering my quilts with the expectation of wining. I'm doing it to have fun and be part of the quilting community. So I decided I might as well enter a second quilt. 

This is my Rebel Quilt by from the pattern by Libs Elliot. I use it everyday and I love it. If you want to learn more about it you can take a look at my previous post here. This one fit in a few categories, so I'm just going to enter it into the decided to enter it into the Large Quilt Category

A little bit of a closer look (with feet of course). I quilted this on my domestic machine. I love the simple straight line quilting.

And here it is on a fence. 

I have really enjoyed looking at all of the entries and finding new inspiration! Thanks to Amy for hosting the festival, and thank you for stopping by to take a look!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Talk to me about: thread (with a mini finish!)

This weekend I finished basting this quilt top and I'm ready to get started on the quilting. Pattern is from Missouri Star Tutorial inspired by Amy Smart's version of the pattern. Fabric is Essex Yarn Dyed in Flax and Fruta y Flor by Verna-Mosquera.

The problem: what thread do I use on the back? I'm so new to sewing I don't have many different thread colors. And I live in a place where my options to buy thread are limited. With this particular backing, which is pink with strawberries, there is no way I can find a match to the pink without ordering online. And I'm just not willing to spend a bunch of money ordering different shades of pink hoping I'll find a match and never using the rest

I did find a red that matches the strawberries on the backing. I'm a little nervous about using it because let's be honest it will show all of my mistakes. And there will be many, because I'm still a total newbie and I think this quilt may be too much for my modest machine to handle. 

So last night I used some scraps left over from the top of the quilt and backing to make a mini. I thought this would be a great way to test the red thread on the back. Here is the front with a nice neutral thread that matches the linen: 

And here is the back, with the red thread.

So quilters, I think I'm just going to go for it and use the red. I love red, so why not? But what would you do in this situation? What color would you use? If you have limited options for buying thread where you live how do you manage it? 

Thanks so much for stopping by, can't wait to hear your input. Even if you think the red is an awful idea tell me, I can handle it!!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival 2016 - Sedimental Quilt

If you are here, chances are you have heard about the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy from Amy's Creative Side. Or follow me on Instagram @carriebeecreates.

I found Amy on Instagram around the time her #IGQuiltfest was happening. This was right around the time started diving into all of the quilty fun that happens on Instagram. Anyway, flash forward and she is hosting the Bloggers Quilt Festival. Follow the link to see all of the fun!

If it isn't completely obvious by now, I'm still a quilting beginner with almost zero blog content. Still, I love grabbing any chance I can to connect with other quilters and find other people to inspire me. So, why not take this chance to connect with other makers and enter one of my quilts!

I have finished three quilts and one that *might* be considered a mini, so I don't have many options to choose from for my entry(s). However, when I saw that there was a ROYGBIV category I knew this is exactly where my most recent finish belonged!

When I first decided I wanted to try my hand a quilting I had no idea where the journey would take me. Right around that time Craftsy was having a sale and a kit seemed like as good of a place as any to start. So I purchased the Sedimental Pattern. Who doesn't love a rainbow? So I bought it, and then other projects took me off in different directions. When I decided I might want to use some of these Tula Pink fabrics for my attempt at #100days100blocks I decided it was time to get going on this quilt so I could use the scraps!!!! 

So I started cutting and sewing and sewing and sewing. To make this amazing rainbow I needed a lot of pieces! And after a lot of sewing, I had a finished top!

Now for the fun part: quilting! The rainbow loving kid I made this quilt for requested pink thread. Couldn't really say no to that! I didn't realize the thread was polyester until after I had begun sewing. I've been using cotton but so far this thread seems like it is doing its job just fine. I couldn't believe how bright it looked in my machine!

Being a relatively new quilter I love doing the whole quilt myself. And I love the simplicity of quilting with straight lines. And it seemed like a great option for this quilt anyway. So I set off to sew line after line after line after line.

Here's an in-progress shot. I've got to include at least one with my feet, right? I'm rocking the polish!

It is difficult to get a picture that captures the pink thread well, but here are a few close ups.

Finally done with all those lines, it was time to bind. This is the binding that came with the kit, I wasn't sure what color of thread to use honestly. I went to my LQS but the options are pretty limited. So I just decided to stick with pink!

And now for the finish!!!! I decided to make the red on the "top" even though that was not how it was written in the pattern because otherwise the flower prints would have been upside down. It really works either way. (Also notice I wasn't great about watering the yard this year, I'd rather be sewing!!!)

I love quilts on a fence. Here you can see the pink back peeking out! It is definitely getting used daily.

So there it is, my entry for the ROYGBIV category for the Blogger's Quilt Festival! My third and most recently finished quilt.

Thank you so much for checking out this post. If you have a second let me know you were here by leaving a comment! And if you entered the Festival let me know so I can see your quilts!

Basic Info

Sedimental (purchased kit from Craftsy)

True Colors by Tula Pink

Warm and Natural

Aurifil 50wt Grey for piecing, and Gutermann 100% Polyester Bright Pink (Color 320)

Everything sewn/quilted on my very modest but hardworking Janome Magnolia 7330.