I Finished Something!

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I finished something quilt-like!!

Granted, it’s not the 9-patch quilt top I vowed to have done by tomorrow night, but I couldn’t stand looking at those ugly fabrics anymore – not when I’m surrounded by gorgeousness. I had to go into JoAnn’s today for some thread and a border print for The Ugly Country Quilt, and while I was there, I found this adorable tiny quilt kit with perhaps the most darling fabrics I have ever seen. They charm me down to my toes and make me happy. I have to find out who makes them. They may be my new absolute favorite colorset. Ok, my absolute favorite until I break into the Moda charm packs…

Speaking of which, I am All About Moda. I am in love with Moda. I am especially in love with Moda on eBay. I found a seller offering Moda charm packs for about $5 apiece, and I scooped a few up (not under the influence of Ambien, even.) They arrived today, and oh my – they are lovely. Breath-taking.

This may be the most photo-heavy post I’ve made yet, which is really saying something, but here we go!

Here is the finished little quilty throw I just completed a short while ago:

Chocolate Mint Blanket

Chocolate Mint Blanket

It came with the fabric included, but I have to find out who makes these prints – they are wonderful. The centerpiece has really sweet scenes, one of which plucks my heartstrings and reminds me of myself as a little girl.

This makes me think of me, much younger

This makes me think of me, much younger

There are puppy dogs and CHICKENS!
There are both stripes AND polka dots!

Stripes & dots

Stripes & dots

The flannel animal scroll print is adorable and clever. I didn’t even notice the animal shapes at first – I just saw “scroll.”

Animal Scroll

Animal Scroll

The alphabet in milk chocolate brown marches across Andes-mint-green in a jumble.

Animal Scroll Print

ABC's

All of the prints – all of them are perfection. The kit said “don’t pre-wash,” so I didn’t – and I liked it. The cutting wasn’t even problematic… except at one point when my rotary cutter just suddenly decided to take a sharp left turn for No Apparent Reason, cutting right into one of the blocks. Limited fabric, no way to get around it. Boo! I reassembled it as best I could, and in the finished product, it’s barely visible, thankfully.

When rotary cutters go wrong!

When rotary cutters go wrong!

It’s not flaw-free, oh no, not at all. But I’m giving myself a pass on this one, because one component of the kit was the equivalent of Fabric Satan: 100% polyester fleece. This stuff is an abomination. It does not respect irons. It does not respect PINS. It squirms and slithers and stretches and morphs and mutates. The guide advised pinning it every half-inch. Oh, ffs. Fine. I did.

Every half-inch? Seriously?

Every half-inch? Seriously?

It didn’t help. I’d start pinning a panel together, making sure the tops were nice and aligned; put in two pins, still aligned. Third pin? Suddenly, the tops were off by a good 1/4″. What the hell, polyester?

This instability resulted in Shenanigans:

Sigh

Sigh

So many shenanigans:

Le sigh

Le sigh

Oh, dear.

If I make this pattern again, and I may well, I’ll be replacing that crap with a nice, chocolate brown Kona solid.

It’s a cute little blankie, and it’s going on my wall. I don’t want to put holes in it, however, so how I’m going to put it on my wall remains a minor mystery. I may do some stitching in the ditch on the top, but I want to leave it as it is for the moment. I topstitiched around the edges to close up the turn-out hole and to give it a bit more structure.  There’s no batting and with no quilting on the top… it’s really just a pieced blanket, but I love it. 🙂

I want to rip the ugly country fabric off the design wall and put up the charm packs, but I vowed to finish that sucker. Is the vow more important, or having fun? Even though I finished a project, I also started that same project today. The original thought was to finish something, anything, and I picked that stupid country quilt. Maybe this counts, instead, and screw the 9-patch for awhile.

[Our DNS was down for a couple of hours, so I went back and started another project]

Today, JoAnn had surprisingly awesome stuff. Check this out:

New project

New project

I love all of these little charms, except the weird brown frondy one. Charm packs may be the best thing going for me right now. I don’t have to cut them, and if I don’t prewash them, there’s no pressing, no clipping. They’re all the same size. The pinked edges even make it easy to line them up. It’s a good way to take a colorway for a test run, see if you like it in person, what looks good with it, before you spend a metric honkload of money on yards of it.

I like neato fabrics shown off in big, simple squares. I’ll probably pick up another 4 or 5 packs of these to put together a full-sized quilt. It doesn’t match a single thing in the house, but I really like these patterns. Plus, cold weather is coming – I’m going to want something to cuddle up in. Heck, maybe I’ll take it to work – it’s always about 8 degrees in there (but this is good – better too cold than too hot!)

Now, take a moment to still yourself, so you may bear witness to Moda’s Aviary collection – sublime.

Moda Aviary

Moda Aviary

Equally fabulous – Fig and Plum:

Moda Fig & Plum

Moda Fig & Plum

I don’t like several in the following Twiggy collection – the bark, the sparser trees – but I really like some of them:

Moda Twiggy

Moda Twiggy

Likewise Northern Solitude:

Moda Northern Solitude

Moda Northern Solitude

I so fantasize about being a size 5 and making a cute little full-torso apron out of Hello Betty! I suspect this will go into a strippy quilt, and not into blocks.

Hello Betty

Hello Betty

Each group has one or two prints I’m not wild about, but most are grand.

JoAnn also had a couple other packs I liked:

Pink Attack

Pink Attack

This one will be hard – not only is it pink, but there are hearts. <shudder> It’s ok – I’ll make a small little project out of it, it’ll be fine and maybe it’ll cure me of hating it. The only saving grace is the brown – turns out, I like pink on brown, or vice versa.

They also had a “Vintage” pack strongly resembling Aviary:

Just Joann

Assorted

The far left green scroll, the charm pack and the brown/red floral are from JoAnn. The other three are from Hancock’s of Peducah or some such place. I adore the paisley! I also really like the green scroll. The lighter floral is nice, the darker floral is for a border on the country quilt, maybe.

Ok – it’s late, I need to go to bed. But I’m all excited about Projects With FanTAStic Colors!!

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2 responses to I Finished Something!


  1. Clover makes a “fork” pin which is a u-shaped pin that works wonderfully for pinning nested seams together. Hard to describe but really helpful to keep the matching seams together while you’re sewing them. Best part is that when you have it pinned so that the seams match, they will still match after you’ve sewn it. Too often when trying to use separate pins I would find that it would shift during the actual sewing. Not with these pins. They also hold down the seam allowances so that they don’t flip over creating a bump when you are sewing the seam. Love the colors of your chocolate and mint quilt.

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