Brown Eyed Quilter Lakeview Quilt

When Emily the Brown Eyed Quilter needed testers for her quilt pattern - the Lakeview Quilt and mentioned scrappy and jellyroll roll friendly - well, I had to sign up! I have one of those big plastic storage containers full of jellyrolls and have been looking for a great quilt pattern to use some of them up. 

When I pulled out my box I found that I had several strips of black and white prints. There were several different patterns and I had varying amounts of each print.

I then looked at my shorter cuts of solids looking to see what I thought would look good with black & white prints. Immediately a few bright almost neon solids jumped out at me. I cut them into the required strip width out of what fabric I had. Had the largest scrap of the green and orange colors and smallest pieces of the turquoise and pink.

When it was time to start sewing my black & white strips together I laid them all out on my table in value order. I put the prints with the most white on the left and the prints with the most black on the right. The center had prints that were close to 50/50. 

I had the most of a white print with a black paint splash like pattern. So much of it that almost every set of three strips used one in it.

As I sewed my sets of three strips I grabbed a strip from the light section. middle section, and the dark section. This way I would have a graduation from lighter to darker in my blocks for a more cohesive pattern.

This method worked well for the fabrics I had since they were all the same color scheme. If I had done colorful strips for my scrappy quilt, then I would likely have gone with a more random pattern. The most difficult part was trying to create a randomness to my neon colors when piecing the top. The use of a design wall was super helpful in doing this part. It also helps to think out the math of it too.

 I knew I had 9 blue and 9 pink blocks. There are 8 rows so I knew 7 rows would have 1 blue and 1 pink and there would need to be one row with 2 blue and 2 pink (but not the same row). I also knew I had slightly more green than orange blocks. I love Sudoku games and use a similar mindset when arranging my blocks. I try to make sure I have the same number of items in each column and row and that like ones don't touch.

I tried hard not to create any discernable pattern and I played around with block placement for a day. I left it up on my design wall and moved pieces as I felt they needed it. After a day I felt good about how it looked and started sewing. 

I love that the Lakeview Quilt Pattern included instructions to make this a zero waste pattern. By simply sewing an additional line you create extra "bonus blocks" that you can then use to make something else.  I made the Twin size Lakeview Quilt and the Bonus Blocks would have been more than enough to make a baby sized quilt. 

My first thought was to use the bonus blocks in piecing a back for my quilt. Then my son said he liked the quilt and I figured it would look great on the daybed in his game room. The daybed is one of those that is made to look more like a sofa. It's a faux leather with a solid back and has arms like a sofa. So I thought making two pillow shams to sit across the back of the daybed would probably look really nice and the bonus blocks would be perfect for it.

I want the pillow shams to semi match so I did make a repeating pattern with my bonus blocks.  I love how the bonus blocks coordinate with the quilt, but also contrast with it at the same time. Since I did organize my strips from light to dark, the bonus block are much darker and make the quilt appear much lighter. 

I absolutely love how my quilt top turned out. I am even more thrilled that my 22 year old son actually wanted it for his game room. His game room is a bright blue color similar to the blue in the quilt and I think it is going to look great in there. I'm sending the Quilt and Pillow Shams to Emily to work her magic long arm quilting it. I'll be sure to share photos when it is completed.

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Running Stitch Quilts Deltille Quilt Pattern

I signed up to test the Deltille Quilt by Running Stitch Quilts not long before I had surgery on my hand. I loved the look of the pattern and was excited to do the scrappy version which used fat quarters. I have a few fat quarters of Anna Maria Horner fabrics and scraps from previous quilts and other projects that I thought this would be a great project for those pieces.  I got all my pieces cut out before surgery.

After surgery I was in a rush to sew.

My surgery was on my right middle finger and I could not sew while it healed. It took way longer to heal than I anticipated. I could hardly wait to start on my quilt top.

However, once I got started on my Deltille Quilt - I made so many mistakes! They were all my fault for not reading and comprehending the instructions correctly. I have never used my seam ripper so much before. 

I won't bore you with exactly what mistakes I made. I won't bother pointing out all the mistakes in my quilt either. It's not that I am ashamed of my mistakes - I'm not.  It's that often many feel like they have to excuse their work when it is complimented by replying - "Thanks, but I made a mistake"  while they proceed to point out said mistake. No one is perfect. The fact is you probably can't point out my mistakes on your own, so why should I point them out?

In years to come as I use my quilt and run my hands over the fabrics I'll likely think of many things. I'll remember using pieces in a top I made. I'll remember using some prints in another quilt. I'll remember when my friend Sharon gave me one of these fabrics to complete another quilt. I'll remember buying a few of these fabrics from a destash. 

I'll also remember the first time I ordered some of these fabrics directly from Anna Maria Horner - about a month before I had a hysterectomy. I placed the order online and the email confirmation had a phone number on it. I thought I'd place another order and thought I'd call to see if both order could be shipped together. I was surprised to learn the number  listed was for Anna Maria Horner's home! I was not expecting to talk to her.

Yes, I will also see the mistakes. I will think back to how I ran into so many problems as I sewed this quilt and will laugh at it. I'll think of all the nights I spent watching TV with my husband seam ripping various pieces many nights and how much my husband gave me a hard time. I'll also think of how I was almost to the last step and was ready to cry knowing that I was too far along at that point to seam rip everything. How I thought about starting all over from the beginning. I'll remember how I slept on it and came up with a "fix" in my dreams. 

I absolutely adore my Deltille Quilt and can't wait to sit down and get it quilted. One of these days - maybe later this year - I need to recover from the thoughts of all my mistakes - I will make another Deltille. My husband never really comments about what I make. He knows that his opinion doesn't matter to me. I tend to make what I like and don't worry about what anyone else might think. But my husband really like the ombre mockup on the pattern that I printed out. He knows that I've been talking about eventually making a quilt for our King sized bed and said he thought that Ombre Quilt would look good. I have to agree and will have to figure out some colors as I want to do shades of blue and green - maybe include some purple.

My sashing on my Deltille Quilt is a Moda Grunge by Basic Grey. I think this is the tan color. I lucked out and got about 10 yards from Made Whimsy Fabric for only $2 a yard! I plan to set some of this aside to make my King size Deltille Quilt

I can't finish this post without showing my two furry helpers. 

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Lazy Cozy Quilts - Mod Cabin Quilt Pattern

I'm so excited to share my latest quilt pattern test. I recently tested the Mod Cabin Quilt Pattern for Lazy Cozy Quilts (Posting this very late - I tested this pattern back in April and forgot to hit publish!). I tested the throw size and knew I would love this quilt for myself. I am often cold sitting at my desk in the fall and winter and thought I could use a throw to put over my lap. 

Since I was making this for myself, I decided to use some of my favorite fabrics. I love just about anything by Anna Maria Horner and have long hoarded a few designs. One is Centerpiece from the Hand Drawn Garden collection. The print is large and I wanted a pattern that would highlight the centerpiece fabric.

The collection of flowers and colors in the Centerpiece design is just perfection. I paired it with designs from the Field Study and Dowry Collections. 

The pattern includes the option to add a border to the quilt top. Initially I wasn't going to add one. But then when I saw my completed top I realized that the Eggplant Cracking Code print really stood out. I only had scraps left of that print and did not have enough left to make a border.

I went online to find some more fabric and ordered two yards. When I received it, it was the wrong color. I was crushed. I was ready to admit defeat and leave my quilt top without a border. Then my sweet friend Sharon (her blog is Sweet Mama Life) let me know she had two small cuts in her stash. I sent my son to her house to pick them up and I had to do a lot of piecing to get my border completed.

I added the border and at the time the bluebonnets were in full bloom and I decided to go to a nearby field to get photos. 

I have to admit, adding the border was the perfect touch to the top. I love how it frames it.

Of course I had to do a quilt swirl photo to post on Instagram for #quiltswirlwednesday 

I timed myself making this quilt top as it is touted to be able to be made in a day. Other testers also timed themselves and I have to admit, I was so much slower than most of them. It took me exactly 2 hours and 11 minutes to piece the top without the border. That doesn't include the time to cute the pieces - I would say that took about an hour. I also didn't time how long the border portion took since I wasn't able to cut just the strips I needed. If I had cut the border with the rest it probably would have added a few more minutes.

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George + Ginger Bonnaroo Tank

The pattern of the Month for May at George + Ginger is the Bonnaroo Tank. Summer will be here soon which means I will be living in tanks until September. I recently reorganized my closet to match my new work from home wardrobe. I think I was in denial last year and still had so many office clothes hanging in my closet that I haven't worn now since spring/summer 2019! I counted how many sleeveless tops I now had in my closet and counted 67! You would think I wouldn't need anymore, but I think many of them can probably go away as some I don't think I've worn since I made them. I'm telling myself to wear each one - or at least put it on and if I don't like it, it needs to go bye bye.

I noticed I didn't have too many simple tanks. Many of my sleeveless tops have a boatneck or have a more flared fit. As I'm outside getting more exercise in the warm weather, I really need sleeveless tops that have a lower neckline and I wanted some that were slightly more fitted.

The Bonnaroo Tank is a simple tank, but actually includes some cute shoulder ties to keep it from being ordinary. I decided to omit the ties as I didn't think I would like feeling them on my arms as I go for my daily walk. 

The Bonnaroo Tank is intended to be a bit of a looser fit. It is quite comfortable on and is relaxed enough that I don't feel like it's clinging where I don't want it to. 

I made my Bonnaroo Tank with an athletic brushed poly from Zenith & Quasar. The Bonnaroo Tank goes together quickly. I often remove length for my height, but I did not this time. I plan to wear this tank with leggings and wanted the extra length.

These photos were taken in my backyard. Many people like to plant beautiful flowering plants. Me - I plant veggies. Behind me is a Zucchini and a Squash plant. I find their big yellow blooms beautiful. 

The Bonnaroo Tank is on sale for the entire month of May. 

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Greenstyle Staple Tank Revisited

I hate to admit this, but I didn't remember making the Greenstyle Staple Tank before. It's one of the patterns on sale for April and I thought I'd make one as I can always use a new tank top - especially as the weather heats up. When I saw the pattern in my downloads on the website, I had to look in my file cabinet to find the pattern. It was no where to be found. I only know I made it before as I apparently tested the pattern and am in the listing photos.

I had to take a look at the pattern instructions and print my size(s) up. I decided to use this fun DNA print athletic brushed poly (abp) from Zenith & Quasar. It is a design by Robyriker.  I love the abp for a cool and comfy summer tank. I'm wearing RTW joggers that I bought many years ago. 

I did bands on this Staple Tank and notice that the one I made years ago I did a binding. I also noticed that the old one looks like it fits better above the bust. See my first one in my blog post HERE.

The Staple Tank front and Back both have almost the same amount of scoop. The front is about 1/4" lower. Definitely mark your back somehow so you don't put it on backwards.

See those wrinkles I have above the bust? I think those are due to me being too short for this pattern. I definitely need to remove length about the bust to correct this. I think I could get by with only removing the length from the front as the back looks fine. 

The fit issues don't bother me and I won't bother trying to "fix" this Staple Tank, but definitely something to keep in mind if I make it again. Fit issues like this is why I really appreciate patterns that come in petite sizing. 

The Staple Tank is on sale through the end of the month of April.

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Greenstyle Waimea Rash Guard

The Greenstyle Waimea Rash Guard is not a pattern that I would normally make. I have never worn a rash guard and don't see myself wearing one to the pool anytime soon.

However, I thought the Waimea would make a cute t-shirt and that the color blocking might be perfect for some t-shirt upcycles. I have a slew of old t-shirts I have collected over the years that are 100% cotton with no stretch. I thought I might be able to hack the Waimea to use those t-shirts for the center panel. 

For this Waimea I used a poly knit that had only 2-way stretch (the purplish constellations) and a 4-way stretch supplex for the rest. I think using a no-stretch/little stretch fabric for the center colorblocking works - if you make sure the finished bottom measurement is not smaller than your hipline. The fabrics I used are from Zenith & Quasar.

The outer colorblocking (stripey supplex) and I used it for the sleeves as well to ensure I had full range of movement.

When I was making my Waimea, I noticed that there was a drafting error in the pattern and the side seams did not match up. I was hoping to receive an updated copy and make a new version before the end of March (when the pattern was on sale) but that did not happen.

I  was informed that the pattern was updated and to go to my account to download a new version. I have not taken the time to reprint the pattern to see if the drafting error has been fixed or not. I can say that the drafting error only seemed to effect the larger sizes. 

Maybe later this year I'll reprint the Waimea and give it another try and use it for the upcycle I had in mind. 

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Apricity Heirloom Quilts Apricus Quilt Pattern

I had so much fun testing my first quilt pattern, that I didn't waste any time signing up for more. The next quilt pattern I tested was the Apricus Quilt Pattern by Apricity Heirloom Quilts. According to the designer Apricus is inspired by the sunlight after a fresh spring rain and the pattern left behind by raindrops. 

I selected by fabric thinking about sunshine, spring and rain. I decided to use batik fabric and picked colors and prints that went with my vision, with some solid colors thrown in. The blue batik above made me think of rain running down the window and also ripples on water.

The yellow batik was chosen for the sunshine. The blue and green batik was to signify the green of spring and leaves with rain drops on them. Then I used shades of blue to for a bright blue sky following the rain and white for the clouds in the sky. 

I was over the moon when I got a segment all laid out. I have never made a quilt with such an intricate design before. 

We were in the middle of a winter storm when I was sewing my Apricus Quilt and I had momma kitty inside as it was way too cold for her to be outside. She loved hanging out with me by my sewing machine.

I got the top completed late one night. My windows are all covered with fabric trying to keep the cold out of my house. 

The next day it was time to give it a final press before I went outside for some real photos. 

The weather was so windy and I had to do a few quilt flag style photos. It looked so beautiful against the bright blue sky. 

I am so in love with how this quilt turned out and can't wait to finish it. I think I will quilt it myself as I am trying to convince myself that I should quilt all my quilts that are a throw size or smaller. 

Does this make you think of sunshine after a spring rain?

I got Felix to help me with photos, but the wind was not helping us.

I found this tree by the lake and it was pretty good for attaching my quilt to for photos. I just had to be patient and wait for the winds to die down to snap a few photos.

Billowing quilt photos are good too.

I waited and waited to get a good full shot, and this was as close as I got. 

I ventured into the woods and tried another tree and had a bit better luck. 

This quilt was so fun to make and extremely satisfying. The pattern has two options for construction. One version is almost all half square triangles, and the other has some flying geese thrown in. I made the half square triangle version and do believe that a  confident beginner can make this quilt and feel amazing about it when they are done.

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