10.30.2014

Since that seemed to go so well...

I'm entering another quilt!!! Please take the time if you can to join the Blogger's Quilt Festival and share what you've made. It doesn't have to be perfect, it doesn't have to be grandiose, it has to be something you enjoy. Really that is all a quilt show should be (even an online show) is sharing what you've done with people. Yes there are prizes to be had, but if you win, it's just icing on the cake, don't you agree?

So for more information on the Blogger's Quilt Festival put on by the amazing Amy Ellis, you can find all of the information needed to enter or to vote (voting begins this weekend!) by clicking here. 

For my second quilt, I am digging out one of my most nostalgic quilts that I've made to enter into the Hand Quilted Category.
 This is an older pattern of mine called From Grammy With Love. I made this quilt very traditionally with 1930's reproduction fabrics and I used solid white as both the border and backing.
 I quilted simple lines withing each of the pieces and then I quilted butterflies into the border. It's simple but sweet. As soon as the binding was done, I washed and dried this quilt and now it really has that crinkly vintage vibe to it.
 Here's how the quilt looks overall, it's been a fun small quilt to make.
I actually have had several people ask where I got this antique quilt from. They cannot believe that I actually made it myself with how it turned out! I think that is one of the biggest compliments for a quilt like this. It makes me think that all of those hours of quilting were worth it. This was my first hand quilted quilt and it was a doosy. I used Warm & White batting (not knowing any better) and it killed my fingers (and a few thimbles) to finish this quilt. It wasn't the batting I should have used, but now I know.

I'm glad they kept the hand quilting category in this years Blogger's Quilt Festival and I love the other entries thus far. Remember you too can enter your own quilt into one of the many categories through tomorrow, Oct. 31st! Voting begins Nov. 1st and I'd love to see your quilts entered! For more information about how to enter or how to vote, visit Amy's blog post here. Otherwise, if you'd just like some inspiration, head on over and take a gander at all of the quilts entered! There's so much to see, there's something for everyone!

Have a great weekend and a Happy Halloween!!!

Trying something new

I am entering the Blogger's Quilt Festival for the first time! I'm super excited and you should join too! For more information about the festival, visit Amy's page here for all of the details you'll need to either enter, get inspired, or vote for your favorites (voting starts this weekend!)
 When I started thinking about entering the Blogger's Quilt Festival this year, I was in the midst of working on this quilt. Little did I know at the time it would soon become one of my favorite quilts ever and so much more than I ever imagined!
 It's hard to believe, but this is how it started. I cut up a bunch of pieces from my stash and added in a few colors here or there to get a nice mix. I liked it but I wasn't in love. When I paused to grab a drink and was glancing at the quilt, I got this crazy idea to shift the colors within the quilt and fade from one to the next. Keeping 98% of the original fabrics and adding in minimal pieces to blend the colors well, I ended up with this:
 As soon as it started to come together, I knew I was on the right track! Granted there are a few places that I wish the transition was a bit smoother, but it still works well for me.

Also, if you're a regular reader of my blog and you're sick of seeing this quilt, I swear after this it will go away, but I'm still in love, so....eh. If you're new to the blog, welcome and it's good to have you! Alrighty, back to the quilt.

So then it was time to quilt it. I only knew when I got started that I wanted to quilt paisley feathers somewhat down the middle-ish and then have it branch off from there to both sides of the quilt. I was just going to echo around it to fill in the remainder of the quilt... But then I got bored. Quick.

So that's when I started adding in pebbles and alternating the direction of the echo.


When that got boring I added in some traditional feathers and swirls, and why not - I added in some woodgrain. There's so much quilting going on but it works. The colors make your eye move around the quilt and the quilting keeps it interesting as you look.
 So then in a weak moment of insomnia I stayed up waaaaayyyyy too late to create a scrappy binding to match the colors of the quilt... It was the most complex binding I've ever created, but my favorite! Oh, and all of the binding pieces came from my binding stash (in the egg basket to the left of the quilt in the above photo).
And then before you knew it, it was done and quilted and bound and washed and crinkly and I love it. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do and if you like it enough that you'd like to make your own, I have created a tutorial for the quilt complete with printable instructions, just click here to go to that post.

So, that's my quilt I'm entering into the ROYGBIV category. Even though it's scrappy, I think it fits here the best. I hope you all like it and I can't wait to see what everyone else has entered. Remember to head over to amyscreativeside.com for all of the information on the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

10.28.2014

Mini Scrappy Plus Quilt Tutorial

I know that as excited as many of you were for the larger Plus Quilt Tutorial, you were super excited for the arrival of the Mini Plus Quilt and here it is!
 This quilt was completely made by accident or by resorting to quiet work during insomnia really... I had a bunch of leftover pieces in varying lengths from another project. There were several solids that I knew coordinated since I used them in another project and all of the strips were 1 1/2" wide. So what's a girl to do at 4 in the morning when everyone else is sleeping (even the dog)? I redid the math for the Plus Quilt and made it square rather than rectangular and within an hour or so I had it all cut out, laid out, and ready to go!
 I quilted this up a few weeks ago with just some straight lines using my walking foot for the first true time and it went so fast. I literally quilted this while my Hubbin was getting ready, that's it! Why did I not try this sooner?! Alas, then I got it bound and then we had no sun for weeks (or we had it when I wasn't home) and without it I just couldn't get good pictures of the colors. But here it is hanging in my sewing room:
Yep, there's another mini I made that I still have to share and the Mustang I stare at every time I sew. If you haven't heard the story, my Hubbin loves Mustangs and wants one something fierce. Well, he got this die cast model for Christmas one year and promptly placed it in my sewing room so while I'm quilting and writing books I know what to strive for with all of my hard work ;) It started out as a joke, but the Mustang model is still there years later and I don't think it's moving any time soon!

Well, as with the larger version of this quilt, I've created a printable pdf file you can get to by clicking here that will tell you all of the details of this quilt. Remember, both quilts were designed to be scrappy so the directions tell you how many pieces to cut, not how much yardage you'll need. Especially with this little mini, you can easily get the pieces you need out of scraps without a lot of fuss.

Which reminds me, I rearranged my stash again (it will always be a work in progress) and I want to show you what I've done. It's working out quite well and I'm thinking I may need to dive into my scrap stash later this week... We shall see.

And as always, if you create one of these Scrappy Plus Quilts using either tutorial, please send me pictures!!! I'd love to see what you've done. And remember you can always find me at my email at rubybluequilts (at) gmail (dot) com or you can find me on Pinterest, Instagram, or Facebook at rubybluequilts!

Right now I'm finishing up my coffee, gonna eat some breakfast and see if it's warm enough to paint. I need to get a few things painted and I think today is the last chance I'll have to get it done. This weekend they are calling for icky wet snow already. Trick or Treating for Halloween is Friday night and it doesn't sound like the weather is going to be great... Hope you all have a great day and enjoy these tutorials! I have a few more in the works to share in the near future... Talk to you all soon!


10.25.2014

#notgoingtomarket post...

I have to say, I feel a tad bummed about not being at Market right now, but being able to see all of the updates and have a #virtualmarket with all the other quilters that are home has been nice. I kicked off my weekend with a trip to some local quilt shops to gather the last few bits of materials needed for some upcoming projects and now I can cut until my arm wants to falls off!
(I wanted to share a picture of my loot from my trip, but I tore into it like a Tasmanian Devil and it's all sorted into projects that I can't show..... So here's a picture of Paco) :)

I had so many projects that were almost ready to be cut, this one needed an accent fabric, this one needed a few more of this... Now I'm set and ready to go. I may need to find a movie or 6 to watch to keep me company, but I'm hoping I can cut a bunch and then sew when I can from time to time during the next few weeks or so.

Other than that, it's been kinda quiet around here, but that's quite alright with me! I finally was able to get some decent pictures of the Mini Plus Quilt so I will work on the details of that pdf and get that tutorial posted probably during the beginning of the week.

By the way, I hope you all are enjoying the Plus Quilt tutorial I posted earlier and I hope you like the printable pdf option. Once I worked out the bugs (hopefully before anyone got to it) and learned what the heck I was doing, I think you all have been able to access it okay. I haven't heard otherwise and I wanted to thank you all for the wonderful comments about the quilt. This quilt is currently right next to me on the back of the couch all washed up and crinkly and waiting to be used. So far I've just admired it, but I'm thinking tonight if I can use it without having to share it with the dog, tonight might be the night!

Aside from all that, I'm still waking up and drinking coffee so I apologize if I'm rambling. I tried a new allergy pill and I am pretty sure it's worthless so that is adding to the morning mental fog. Sorry. I'm going to go finish my coffee, head to the post office, and then cut into these lovely fabrics I got! My only problem now is which project to work on first! I want to do them all right this second!!! I know it's not going to happen, but a girl can dream!

What are you working on this weekend if you're #notgoingtomarket? Share it with me here or you can find me on Facebook or Instagram (rubybluequilts on both)!!!

10.21.2014

Scrappy Plus Quilt Tutorial

Sorry for the delay on this one, but here it is and I'm super excited about it. This quilt was a blast to quilt and was soooo much fun to plan and play with, it came out even better than I could have imagined!
 Now if you remember, this wasn't the original layout. Originally it looked more like this:

It was okay... but I wasn't sold. Then I got this crazy idea to fade the colors and it just clicked. I had to cut out a few more pieces to make the fabrics work well (especially around the edges) but it was soooo worth it.

Also, I have a mini version that is complete and quilted and bound, but I just need a good sunny day to take pictures. And well, it's Fall in Ohio and once I finished the quilt and hung it on the wall in my sewing room, no sun when I'm at home, at all. Just dreary rainy days and darkness. So stay tuned for another tutorial for the mini coming up soon too.
I made this quilt super scrappy and used a different fabric for EACH plus and I wouldn't have it any other way. So with that in mind, the printable pdf (below) has instructions on how many of each shape to cut, NOT yardage requirements.

If that scares you, don't fret. This would work great with fat quarters you have set aside or it would be an awesome opportunity for a swap with friends. Either way you decide to tackle this quilt, just remember to have fun! It took me longer to lay out this quilt than it did to sew it together, and if you're super crazy like me, you can add in a scrappy binding too. I stayed up waaaayyyyy too late working on the binding, but it's perfect.

Here is the link to the printable pdf file, just click here. Now, this is my first time using a printable pdf file, so I'm crossing my fingers and hope it works, let me know if it doesn't...

Alas, in the printable pdf, you'll find cutting instructions and tips on how to lay out the top and stay organized. As always, if you make this quilt, please take a picture and share it with me. You can always e-mail me at rubybluequilts (at) gmail (dot) com or find me on Instagram at rubybluequilts.

I can't wait to see what you create and I will hopefully be able to post the mini tutorial soon!

10.14.2014

And the Super Slacker Award for Blogging Goes To...

That would be me... Last week was just kinda rough starting out with an on again off again "quilter's elbow" and just life in general, let's just say it wasn't my week. 

I had all of the best intentions and yeah. Then I'm not sure what happened. However, I did lock myself at home one day with no plans but to sew. I did get some mini quilts done for swaps I've joined and just some fun sewing (so it's not like I'm sitting here doing nothing and eating bonbons all day) I thought about blogging, really I did, but I was in quilter hermit mode in my jammies and I got so much done, Moses couldn't part me from my sewing machine. And then I must've over done it because after a bit of hand quilting this morning and long arming, my elbow was screaming at me again... I don't like it!

Well, to prove I did get some stuff done, here's the one mini I made just because: 
It's currently basted and ready to quilt, once I finish a binding or five. No joke, really, that will be my weekend. I may need to get a few movies to watch, see anything good lately?

Well, that's it for today, I'll get back into this blogging groove soon, honestly I'm just enjoying the cool weather and being a hermit in my jammies from time to time. ��

10.07.2014

Tidbits

I have gotten so much done, but yet have so much to do before I can share it! How rude of myself! 

Well first things first, I quilted up a couple minis this weekend including this adorable number:
I quilted this while my hubby was in the shower, that's it. I finished it just as he was finished. Why didn't I play with my walking foot more in the past?! So, since that was so much fun I quilted this mini when we got done running errands:
I can't show the front yet, but I had so much fun and stayed up way too late binding them both. 

I will have tutorials for both plus quilts soon, but I think I've officially come down with quilters elbow, so I'm pacing myself with sewing and clicking the mouse and all things that affect it. Just too much sewing and binding lately I guess. But also I want to link to printable PDF files for each tutorial which is something new for me and I want to do it right, so give me some time to figure it out and get pictures whenever it decides to quit raining here and I'll be back in the swing of things!

Alrighty, gotta go quilt before my elbow screams at me, wish me luck!
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