Thursday, October 8, 2015

Plus Quilt

After 17 years of marriage you'd think my husband would have a million quilts to call his very own.  But sadly, that wasn't the case (unless one super soft, flannel, tied blanket that I made him for one of our very first Valentine's Days) counts?  No?  I didn't think so. 


Well, approximately 47 weeks ago I got the hair-brained idea that 
I would make my husband a Plus Quilt.  He was on board with the design and this selection of fabrics I pulled from my stash.  
I was thinking Navy with a little bit of grey for the color scheme 
(inspired by his alma mater, Brigham Young University).
I threw in a few more shades of blue and some whites/creams to help give it some contrast.  And then I got to work!



Oh, did I mention that my husband has told me several times over the years that he likes quilts with tiny pieces in them?  Fun, huh?  So I went as small as I could bring myself to go and cut my squares 2" and my rectangles 2" x 5". 


If you've never made a Plus Quilt before let me warn you that it's a very slow and tedious process because you have to lay each piece in each row out and then you have to keep it all in order as you move it over to your sewing machine and then repeat it by 100 rows (just kidding it was only 54 in this case).


But I stuck to it and one day I finally finished. 


It's a big quilt, big enough for my 6'2" husband to wrap up in comfortably.


It's backed in navy blue minky so it's super soft (and heavy!)

Cathy Barney in Alpine, UT quilted it for me with one of my new favorite edge-to-edge quilting designs called Marbled Cake by Karlee Porter.

I love it.  And I think he loves it.  And it's done.
Now he has a quilt to call his very own

~ Amber

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Scrap Quilt Challenge + My Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt + A Free Log Cabin Block Pattern

Have you heard about Fabrics N Quilts annual 
Scrap Quilt Challenge?


It's a great opportunity to bust through some of those scraps that I know you all have lying around (wink, wink).  PLUS, you get the chance to win some fabulous prizes!!!  Simply upload a photo of a scrappy quilt (that you finished this year) to the Scrap Quilt Challenge 5 Flickr Page by midnight on October 15th (that's just two more weeks, friends!) and you could win BIG!!! Click HERE for more details!

As one of the featured designers for this challenge,
I wanted to share with you my recently finished Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt!


I started this fun paper piecing project about 7 months ago 
and loved every minute of it!
♥ ♥ ♥
Now, there are lots of ways to make a Log Cabin block but I decided to go the paper piecing route because... 

#1 I love to paper piece
#2 I didn't have to pre-cut or press my strips
#3 Paper piecing ensures perfectly straight, square blocks!


Here are some details about my quilt:

Finished block size = 7"
Finished quilt size = 70" x 84"
Total number of blocks = 120
Total number of pieces = 1,560
Machine quilted by Cathy Barney in Alpine, UT.
Quilting design = Modern Loops


 Would you like this block pattern?
Click HERE for a free download.

+ check out my tutorial for a paper pieced Pineapple Block 
to help you get started!  Click HERE.

 

Now go on and get scrap busting!

~ Amber