Friday, May 03, 2019

TGIFF - So. Much. Purple.

Hey there! I'm Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge and I'm happy to be hosting this week's edition of TGIFF. If you're new to my blog, have a little tour around and check out some of my past posts.
I kind of felt like I should have photographed this one in the rain, but that was beyond my photographic skills!
This Kona strip quilt was made purely from my stash. Normally, I work in a pop of colour here and there, but this little lovely is destined for a new baby of a co-worker. I know her room is primarily purple, but I have no idea on accent colours!
As I said, these purples were from my stash, so most of them were already labeled. I do like to keep a running log of Konas used so I can keep my Kona Love list semi up to date! If you've never made an endless strip quilt or a jelly roll race as some people call them, you really should! They're a great stash buster and are super easy! Here's a quick tutorial by Wisecraft. Full disclosure: I didn't use this tutorial, but I thought you might like some instructions!
 These quilts can get a little messy, but the end result is satisfying!
I like to sew my strips into groups of four rows and cut them to width. I then lay them out on the design wall to ensure a pleasing distribution of lights and darks. It's scappy, but planned!
As for quilting, I like to break up the linear-ness (is that even a word?!) of the piecing with some wavy organic quilting. It's also easy as all get out. And it looks better and better each time it gets washed. Baby quilts get washed.... a lot!
Binding? Scrappy. Lawn? Not green enough yet for nice pictures.
Spring is coming in Eastern Canada, but not fast enough for my liking. Thank goodness for these happy crocuses that we (Double Trouble and I) planted last fall.
I even hit the stash for my backing. Kona Snow with a pop of purple. I'm also planning on adding the wee little girlie's name to the back, but I didn't want it in the pics! Here's hoping that the new mama (and her kiddo) like it.

The Deets  
Title: Purple Rain for Miss E
Size: 35 by 45 inches (my preferred baby quilt dimensions!)
Fabric Used: Kona from my stash
Konas Used: Bright Periwinkle, Dahlia, Hibiscus, Lavender, Mulberry, Orchid, Pansy, Petunia, Regal, Tulip, Violet
Quilting: Wavy organic
Backing: Kona Snow
Binding: Scrappy purple Konas!

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Sunday, March 03, 2019


Shockingly, I'm still here. Part of me wonders if you are too!

Sewing is still a massive part of my life. It's my escape. For 2019, I've made a goal to sew every day. Even if it's only 15 minutes of handsewing. One way to keep myself on track is this calendar.

I cross off every day that I sew. I don't beat myself for the days that miss. I accept and move on!
Here a few wee things sewn up during those sessions in recent months!
I'm kind of obsessed with these wee phone stands. So far, I've made three, but I'm definitely going to make more! Factotum of Arts has this awesome tutorial!
GT got her first big girl doll from Santa. I might add that she's still miffed that Santa didn't bring the pink and purple dog that she requested in her letter. Anyway, Abigail had some lovely indoor clothes, but there was a risk of her getting cold when out visiting.
It was determined that she needed a coat. And of course, momma went a little overboard. I've gone down a rabbit hole of new sewing opportunities (as though I needed more). The ensemble pictured above is Sofie's Winter Sports Outfit by Sofie Clareese. I've resisted buying more patterns, but just barely!
In 2019, I'm doing Random Acts of Craftiness. One of my first acts came in the form of this mini mini quilt. I'll tell you more about it in a future post!
For Christmas, I sewed up a number of these portable cutlery rolls. I've been thinking so much about garbage lately. Plastic, in particular. These rolls started out as a way to transport my metal straw. I hated the idea of it floating about in my purse.
While I haven't been blogging much, I'm pretty active on Instagram. And it keeps feeding me more ideas for things to make. More sewalongs. So. Many. Things. To. Make. I was totally sucked in to the #tinydresdenparty in January. It's a fun little pattern from Quilty Obsession!
And hand stitching! I finally finished my Hawaiian appliqué pillow.  Well, at least the appliqué portion. I'm seriously considering hand quilting it, even though I've never hand quilting anything! It seems like the right thing. The kit and workshop were Himself's birthday gift to me last year. I spent a couple very pleasant hours at the Maui Quilt Shop last March.
I also got down to work on my Violet Craft EPP Peacock. He's certainly going to be a bright fellow! The pattern's been looking at me from the design wall for some time. If I'm going to get down to business on The Night Quilter's Pollinate quilt, this one needs to be finished first!

That's just a sampling of some of the projects I've been plugging away on when I haven't been working on the blog. I'm going to be back again soon... sharing more details about the projects above and bringing you up to date on some others!

Hope you're still out there, dear reader. I've missed you!