14 January 2011

2011 - 52 Projects in 52 Weeks Challenge: Week 2

Week 2 Challenge - Complete!

If you know me, you know I am a huge Amy Butler fan. I love, love, love to create products using her beautiful fabrics. I have a stash of fabrics from her Belle line that I can't even bear to cut into because I know I cannot get any of them ever again! I have made hundreds of items from her Belle, Midwest Modern and Midwest Modern II prints. I was so excited when I found out she had a new line being produced, but when I first got it, I have to admit that I did not love it as much as the previous lines. Nevertheless, I was determined to combine them into a quilt top, and I am so glad I did - I really LOVE the result!

Here's a closer look at the fabrics in this line:

I settled on a simple patch design using 6.5" squares, then bordered it in 2 of my favorite prints from the line. I can't wait to quilt this - it is just begging to be snuggled (though it looks FABULOUS hanging on my wall too):

Until next week - Happy Stitching!

2011 - 52 Projects in 52 Weeks Challenge

Happy 2011! This will be the year I actually post to my blog on a regular basis (really!). I've set a personal challenge for myself to create at least one new item per week in 2011 - I mostly plan/hope that these are quilt tops, but new product ideas will likely be thrown in the mix as well.

Week 1:
I'll just start out by saying I have enough fabric to open my own store . . . I have more than a few boxes/piles/stashes of fabrics that I have bought with grand plans to sew into a particular quilt or project.
My first challenge project of 2011 was to sew up these cute prints into a quilt top - they've been cut and sitting on my sewing shelf for OVER a year now. . . no more!

This is a very simple design for using up small pieces of fabrics, and for combining lots of prints - sometimes called a chinese coin design. This quilt top features a variety of prints in pinks, yellows and blues and fabrics from Heather Bailey, some cute Japanese prints and more. Crib size quilt - I plan to back it with a cute polka dot print and do some simple straight line quilting on it.