Jun 272012
 

So back in February (February!!) I started Swooning. By the time I got done with all 9 blocks, I was worn out and quite frankly, a bit tired of looking at them. Even the motivation of having an amazing quilter waiting for my finished top could not get me moving again. Until last week that is!

After weeks  of carrying the blocks back and forth from the shop, I finally got it sashed and made a back. You would not believe the relief I felt to have the silly thing done. A happy dance was most definitely performed and a beer drank in its honor!

I give you my finished Swoon top ……

Finished Swoon Top by Lola Pink Jen #swoon #lolapink

(Sorry for the less than stellar photo. Was in a rush to get it in the mail and did not get a pic that really does it justice.)

Wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with the back. Tried a couple of different options but we’ve been selling out of a lot of the prints so my options were limited. So I took the fabric that we had a lot of and just mixed in some of the leftover prints to give it a bit of flair.

Finished Swoon Back made by Lola Pink Jen  #swoon #lolapink

I always learn something with every bit of sewing I do. With this back, I learned the dangers of choosing a backing fabric that was linear in nature. I had to piece it and when I cut the fabric, I did not think about having to keep the linear look across the entire back. Once I got the lines matched up, I lost a good few inches off my finished size. I ended up going back and adding the strips of snow to make it a bit longer and give at least some overhang. I will definitely pay more attention next time when choosing my fabrics!

I packaged this baby up and sent it off to the wonderful and amazingly talented, Lisa Sipes to quilt. So excited to see what she’ll do with it!

And of course, the week I finally get this quilt-along behind me, I just into another … the HexyMF over on Fat Quarterly!! Lord, help me! This quilt scares me but I am determined to conquer it.  More to come soon!

 

Mar 012012
 

Did any of y’all have an Easy Bake Oven growing up? I absolutely LOVED mine. I was making cakes all the time even making them for neighbors on their birthdays. And although they weren’t the best cakes ever, I was so proud of them! The Easy Bake got me started and my love for baking grew from there.

It’s so fitting that the first quilt I ever made and finished was the Easy Bake by Cluck Cluck Sew.

Easy Bake Quilt

This quilt, quite honestly, could not have been easier. One – you can use a layer cake which means half the work is already done for you.

For those who don’t know, a layer cake is 10″ by 10″ squares of fabric from an entire collection. You usually get a couple of squares of each fabric in the collection. We have several in the shop now under Precuts & Fat Quarters. They really do make things a whole lot easier when making a quilt.

And two – you can stack up several layer cake squares and cut them all out once, yes! I’m all about saving time and getting to the sewing!

The most time-consuming part for me was trying to figure out which fabrics to use for the individual blocks. For this one, I kept most of the red, purple, and green fabrics in one block set and the blues in another. Then it was just a matter of spacing the blues throughout the quilt so they didn’t get bunched up.

For the back, I used Kona Solid in White and a charm pack from the same collection.  A charm pack is the same as a layer cake only it’s 5″ square rather than 10″ squares.

Easy Bake Quilt Back

I kept the quilting pretty simple. I just lined the edge of my presser foot up against a seam and sewed a straight line on either side of the seam. Anywhere there was a seam, I sewed my straight lines.

Easy Bake Quilting

Although the quilting was pretty easy, I love how it looks on the back.

Easy Bake Quilt Back

Truth be told, I have yet to actually stray from straight-line quilting yet but I’m working up the nerve.

I’ve got one more finished project to share, a rag quilt that turned out pretty cute and some strip quilts that are just about finished.  Other than that, I’m still chugging along on my Swoon quilt for the Swoon-Along although I’ve run out of Kona Snow and it won’t be back in stock until next week – boo! And I cut some fabric for my third Schoolhouse Tunic .. yep, I said third! My love for the Schoolhouse will need a blog post of its very own.

I would love to know what y’all are working on and whether or not I’m the only one with project-ADD? I mean seriously .. it’d be great if I could just focus on one project at a time but that’s just not happening!

xo, Jen

 

Feb 232012
 

I finally got a chance to work on some of my Swoon-Along blocks and I am so excited with how they are turning out! There are over 860 members in the Flickr group now and so many inspiring  Swoon blocks.

Lola Pink Swoon Block #1

There’s a lot of cutting and prepping to do but once you get everything ready, the block goes together so easy. To make it go even quicker, I started layering 2 fat quarters on top of each other and VERY CAREFULLY cutting the squares. Definitely sped up the process. :)

Lola Pink Fabrics Swoon Block #2

The fabrics I’m using are from the Domestic Bliss collection by Liz Scott. One of my favorites that we have in the shop right now. The background fabric I’m using is the Kona Snow. Only we sold out before I could get enough to finish the quilt. Hopefully I will have enough to keep be going until we get it back in stock.

This is going to be one of those collections that I’ll be so bummed when we’ve sold out of. I’ve got a sewing portfolio project that I’m dying to do if I can ever get the time to sit down and figure it out. I also want to do the skirt that’s on the cover of  Sew Serendipity by Kay Whitt. It would look amazing with these fabrics.

Flickr Group: Swoon-Along

Pattern: Swoon by Thimble Blossoms

Fabrics: Domestic Bliss by Liz Scott

Apr 112011
 

Hi everyone and welcome to the official start of our Spring Quilt-Along!  We will begin by gathering our supplies, arranging our charm squares and cutting the sashing.  If you need a copy of the supply list, please click here.

Fabric Cutting:
Ok, first let’s cut the sashing.  I am using Basic Grey Citronella Grunge.

The sashing will be cut into 6 strips measuring 2.5” times the WOF (width of fabric).

Once you have your six strips, subcut one of the strips into two lengths of 14”.  Subcut another three strips into lengths of 29.5”.  Subcut the last two into lengths of 33.5”.

You should now have the following sashing pieces:
2 strips 2.5” x 14”
3 strips 2.5” x 29.5”
2 strips 2.5” x 33.5”

Now let’s tackle the border fabric.  I am using Heather Bailey Swirly Buds.  Cut four strips 5” wide times the WOF.  Subcut two of them into 33.5” lengths and two of them into 42.5” lengths.

You should now have the following border pieces:
2 strips 5” x 33.5”
2 strips 5” x 42.5”

Finally, we’ll go ahead and cut the binding fabric.  I used the recommended 2.5” wide binding because that’s what I always use for quilts.  Cut 5 binding strips measuring 2.5” times the WOF.

This is a good place to stop for the moment until our next installment.  However, if you’re like me and want to get your hands on the fun fabric, go ahead and start on the next step.

Arranging Charm Squares:
Ok, next comes the fun part!  Find a space to tryout your charm square layouts.  I always use my foyer floor for things like this.  You will arrange 4 groups of nine blocks each like this:

When trying out arrangements, I think that taking digital pictures and looking at them on the screen helps you see things you wouldn’t normally see, like two dark reds too close together, etc.
Once you are happy, stack up your rows in an order you’ll remember or use sticky notes to remind you that you stacked them from left to right, etc.

In the next installment of the Quilt-Along, we will begin sewing the charm squares together to form the four blocks.

Thanks for joining us and don’t forget to share your progress over at the Flickr Group!

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Changing to a layer cake or adding extra charm squares?

Layer Cake Sashing: 1 1/3 yard fabric
10 WOF strips each 5” wide.

Subcut:
2 lengths of 29”
3 lengths of 62” (join together two strips, then cut to 62 inches)
2 lengths of 71

Layer Cake Border: 2 1/4 yard fabric

Cut options:

Length of Fabric Option:
LOF (**not WOF**) into (4) 10” LOF strips.

Subcut two of the LOF strips into 70.5” lengths and tack leftover onto other two LOF strips.

OR WOF Option:

Cut outer border into 8 WOF strips each 10” wide.
Join pairs of strips to make the border strips.

Extra Charms:

For Sashing Strips
6 strips that measure 2.5 x 14
4 strips that measure 2.5 x 45.25 (You will need to join strips and subcut)
2 strips that measure 2.5 by 49.25 (join strips and subcut)

For Border Strips:
2 strips 5 x 49.25
2 strips 5 x 58.25

Mar 252010
 

A dear friend of mine had a little boy recently.  I honestly can’t remember what I have given her over the years.  (and that is if I got around to giving her anything.  *sigh*  I am THAT person.  *double sigh*  My issues could definitely fill this blog daily from now until eternity… :-) )  In any case, I was really excited when she had a little boy because it gave me a chance to use the Sock Monkey fabric from Moda!

sock monkey baby quilt

It’s a little quilt. Just the right size for a crib or stroller cover up. Or for a little tummy time on the floor. Easy to throw in the diaper bag or stroller. I didn’t want it to be too large. I hope that she can use it and enjoy it. I enjoyed making it. I stole the idea from my friend, Elena. (Who will be having her little boy today! Of course, I can’t give a quilter a quilt…so who knows what I’ll give her!)  My quilt has no plan.  No rhyme or reason.  Just some cute fabric cut into random sized rectangles and sewn together.  Probably not the best approach, but remember, I am not really a quilter.  Just a sewist that sometimes feels like quilting! :D

All the sock monkey fabrics are in my here in my shop.  And I’ve also started a section on my website for boys fabrics.  It is not all-inclusive, but it’s a nice place to start!

Feb 032010
 

I get by with a little help from my friends

Bloom & Grow Quilt

Check out this quilt that Elena made! Isn’t it fantastic? It’s the Popp’n Posies Quilt Pattern by Izzy & Ivy. We used Bloom & Grow for the fabric. Throw in fantabulous turquoise Jumbo Ric Rac, 3 delightful colours o velvet ric rac and you’re got yourself one adorable quilt! (Yes, I make up words, and sometimes I pretend I’m British…espcially when I’m listening to the Beatles and so I have to spell accordingly.)  Anyway….I’m very very glad I have a friend who loves to quilt!  And she is SO good at it too!  Wouldn’t you agree?!?!?   :-)

Bloom & Grow Quilt

Bloom & Grow Quilt
Bloom & Grow Quilt

The kit is availalbe here. It’s also available in the Just Dreamy fabrics (also by Riley Blake)

By the way, I’m considering starting every single post with lyrics from songs.  Wouldn’t it be fun to play a little game. Like you had to guess the artist? But it couldn’t be super easy like the Beatles and Google would probably ruin the game. I’d have to work hard to be sneaky.  Hmmm….maybe next time because

If I listen close I can hear them singers
Voices in your body coming through on the radio