Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Scrap Happy.

While I was in Michigan this past weekend for Easter, I did my usual raid of the scrap bins at home. I picked a few things with some new projects in mind.

All of these scraps are left over from a project where cutting directions were wrong in the pattern so all of the triangles were half the size that they were supposed to be. Part of the triangles got made into a project (that I'll be showing off later this week!) but I still have a lot of triangles. I'm planning to make them into shelf scarves for my baker's rack.

I also brought one of my mom's books and some fabrics to some blue and grey batiks that I've been collecting and found a great pattern for them.

I made all of the four patches called for in the pattern and then started working on the triangle units.

I made myself a pattern for the triangles to paper piece them, of course. I'm going to have to add in some additional cream or grey background fabric to have enough to make the whole quilt.

Linking up with Freshly Pieced at WIP Wednesday!! Don't forget to vote for the next block in our QCQAL! There is still plenty of time to jump in or to just make whatever blocks you choose!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hip To Be Square Kits Now Available!

We are excited to announce that the Honey, Bunny, and Doll Etsy shop has expanded our fabric shop!

We are starting small, but we hope to expand a lot over this year!

We now have four colors of 108" wide backing fabric as well as black and white Kona cotton! Here are the current colors we have for 108" wide fabric -- at only $13 or $14 a yard, depending on what color you choose!

We are also now offering kits for our Hip To Be Square pattern in the colorway shown in the original quilt including binding!

Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or requests! We want to offer what our readers are interested in buying!

Monday, April 21, 2014

QCQAL Block #4: Jacob's Ladder

Another Monday, another QCQAL block to share with you! Block #4 is Jacob's Ladder.

Go here to vote for block #5!

This block is a great one on its own in quilts -- check out all this quilty inspiration on Pinterest! This is a great option for scrappy quilts!

On to the good stuff:

Two 5 inch squares background fabric for HSTs
Two 5 inch squares for HSTs
Two strips 2.5 inches by 25 inches (minimum) -- each one a different color for four patch units

Sew your strips for your four patch units together. Press to one side and subcut into 10 2.5 inch segments.

Quick note on cutting your strips:
You'll be subcutting the strips into ten - 2.5" segments so if your fabric is shorter than 25 inches, you'll have to cut more than one strip. I cut one long strip from a fat eighth that was ~22 inches long and then cut two more 2.5 inch squares of each color. In total, you'll need enough length to cut 10 2.5 inch squares of each of your two colors.

Sew your 10 units into 5 four patch units.

Lay out your pieces as shown below. You should have one color along one diagonal and one color along the other diagonal created by the four patches.

Here's my finished block:

Here are all four of my finished blocks:

Don't forget to go vote for block #5 and to share your blocks in the Flickr group!

QCQAL Block #5 Voting

It's time to get the votes in for the next block! Click here for the poll!

This round's options are below -- click to explore block inspiration for each on Pinterest!

Broken Dishes
Card Trick
Double Pinwheels
Granny Square
Log Cabin
Mariner's Compass

Don't forget to check out all of the lovely blocks that everyone has made on Flickr!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

My First Commissioned Quilt!

I am so excited to share that I am getting ready to start making my FIRST commissioned quilt!

I am making a kid-sized throw quilt for a friend who was my RA my freshman year of college using  this quilt from Pink Chalk Fabrics (picture from their site) as the inspiration:

It was such a fun process to "design" this quilt! Right now, all of my fabrics have arrived in the mail and I am ready to start cutting and sewing!

Instead of a white background, the background will be Kona Ash. Hopefully this will show the stains and smudges of love from little ones a little bit less than pure white would! The backing fabric is going to be Kona Navy. I got the New Classics Kona jelly roll to use for the colored strips and binding.

Normally I wouldn't go for buying the pre-cuts, but in this situation, it was the best option so that I didn't slave over picking 25 colors from a color card or in a store or online and then worry that the colors won't blend perfectly. This way, I'll just pick 25 of the 41 in the roll and not worry about it!
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