Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Finished Irish Chain Twist Quilt !

It's Finished!

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I've always wanted to make an Irish Chain quilt, but felt intimated because they all look so complicated.  When I saw that Melissa,  from Happy Quilting blog , was have a Quilt-A-Long, with her excellent tutorials for each step, I knew that this was the time for me  to jump in and learn how to make an Irish Chain quilt!

I chose to make the lap size quilt:  60 " x 70 "
design layouts by Melissa @ Happy Quilting

I chose my fabrics:   a hoarded  FQ set -   This 'N That  by Nancy Halverson -  Benartex 

I cut the pieces:   

Components for the 3 different blocks    

Before I knew it, we had pieced together all of the blocks!

I decided to make the backing out of a large piece of Michael Miller Fairy Frost in a bright yellow,  and add a center section made from 4 more fat quarters from my bundle! I love my backing  piece , too!

I quilted long wavy lines, down the whole length of my quilt, using my walking foot.   
I actually set up a card table in front of my sewing table,  so that I could keep my quilt layed out flat,  in front of me , as I quilted along.   I used my 36 "  long  x 1 1/2" wide Omnigrid  ruler to mark off ( with pins) the column width , to keep my  wavy vertical lines within this 1 1/2" width.  My curves are very freestyle!   I wanted the distance between the curves to vary .  

** This is a huge step in my ' machine quilting' growth.    Up to now, I have done a lot of outline quilting, straight stitching,  and in- the- ditch quilting.   I will be using this wavy line machine quilting a lot!  It gives the right amount of quilting texture to my quilt.  And I love using my walking foot.  **

And yes,  I did have a few  "cat naps" along the way...
my quilty helper, Whiskers, insisted on taking her afternoon baths while I was machine quilting!

               I added some of the Riley Blake  Lazy Day teal hexagon fabric for my binding.
               (Machine sewn to the front, and then hand stitched to the back of the quilt.)

And here it is after a fresh wash and dry.... all bright and crinkly  and happy!

Irish Chain Twist Quilt         made by Susie's Sunroom

The back side -   You can see the wavy lines 

I am thrilled with it!

Isn't Melissa such a talented designer?!!  Guess what?   She has a new book out , called 

"Irish Chain Quilts: Contemporary Twists on a Classic Design "     {available here} 

It looks really awesome, and has 15 Irish Chain  patterns in it!

You can see all of our finished quilts in this Quilt- A- Long at   Parade of Quilts
                      on Melissa's blog today..... Happy Quilting

                                                                                   *  Flickr group

Instagram at   #irishchaintwistqal
I'm off to my sewing room!

"I think I see a thread , Mom !"

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Petals QAL

The Spring Petals QAL

Making a  Spring Petals Table Topper along with The Crafty Quilter

Guess what we are making over at The Crafty Quilter, with Julie?

A spring table topper!

We'll be getting the instructions and tutorials on  each Friday, to finish up the table topper on  June 7.

This is one of Julie's table toppers 

So, I am getting ready for Spring  at Susie's Sunroom !

Fabrics:      all from my stash!

          Petals-   16 selected 5 " squares from-   Charm pack of Summersville Spring   by lucie summers for Moda
          Background-  for low volume  -  a fat quarter left from a bundle of  This 'N That by Nancy Halverson  by Benartex  AND  some  Grunge   by Basic Grey  Moda  in a cream/gray

            Triangles-   Yellow  Bella  solid  by Moda

 16 charm pack petals  laid out on top of the low volume background
The yellow triangles will be on the sides

I felt that my  Summersville Spring charm pack was too busy to be used as the background fabric.  (Even when I turned them to the back of the fabric, as Julie suggested.)
So I looked in my stash and found this soft gray swirly fabric ( This 'N That) and the gray/cream fabric (Grunge).  I cut them into 5 inch squares ( 8 of each) and pieced them together in rows of 4. 

Julie provides an excellent piecing tutorial on her blog.  { here }  I learned a lot from the week 2 lesson!

The next step in the Quilt-A-Long:   I will be cutting  out and applying the fusible applique' onto the petals!

  It's not too late for you to sew your own table topper,   too!  There's even a variation of the pattern, which has no applique'.    {here }

Look , Ma!  No applique' ! 
I want to make this variation of her  table topper, too!  

I am so happy that it is Spring!

I'm off to my sewing room!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Zoo Animals

Zoo Animals BoM

BoM at Quiet Play 
March Zoo Animal :   Polar Bear   pattern (here)

Polar Bear     by Susie's Sunroom

One of my friends on Instagram told me that she thought he looks like he just woke up from a long sleep!

April Zoo Animal:  Walrus   *free pattern during April ! * (here)

Walrus  Zoo Animal BoM     by Susie's Sunroom

This little guy's  name is Moda. I think he is looking at you to see if you'll give him  a little fish snack!

January, March and April Blocks     

I'll be working on my February block, the Penguin, soon!      
I'm off to my sewing room!

                Linking up at:  Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict                         and              Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts               and
                                      Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts