Baby Ric Rac Charm Quilt

I picked up a charm pack of Noteworthy a few weeks ago at my LQS. I set it aside, because my to do list was a mile long. And then one night I needed a fresh new project to play with, so I cut all of the charms into 4.5" 60* triangles. I got sort of stuck when I was playing with layout ideas, when suddenly I came up with this:

Baby Ric Rac Charm Quilt

I love the visual impact of creating diamonds from 2 charms of the same color, and by alternating their placement a fun zig zag forms, which I thought looked a lot like ric rac! Because the prints are all very soft in color, I added a thin, bright pink strip above and below the ric rac to set it apart a bit from the grey background.

Baby Ric Rac Charm Quilt

For the quilting, I played around a little more with the floral free motion design from Angela Walters' book. This time I echoed some of the flowers, which Angela showed us in her class at QuiltCon. I also added a few leaves throughout.

Baby Ric Rac Charm Quilt

The binding is the same bright pink that I used on the quilt front. The back is a large piece of a zig zag print plus some more of the bright pink.

Baby Ric Rac Charm Quilt

I love the grey thread on the bright pink! (Have I mentioned that I love Aurifil for free motion quilting??)

Baby Ric Rac Charm Quilt

Finished quilt size is 40" x 47".

I'm linking up to the Charm Madness over at Sew Lux! Be sure to check out all of the fun charm projects and link ups! Details are in this post!

Charm Madness at Sew Lux Fabric

Purple and Grey Goodness!

Last year I made this mini quilt for my coffee table. We've been using it ever since then, and I really like it. It adds a bit of color to the room and it's a great coaster/table mat! Unfortunately that means that it will get dirty...and get dirty it did. I tossed the mini quilt into the wash a few weeks ago and was quite disappointed to see that it shrunk up about 1" in both directions! It still "worked", but I was unhappy that a once perfected-fitted mini was now an odd-ball size. (The center of our coffee table/ottoman has a wooden table area with a lip around it, as seen below. I made the mini to fit exactly within this area...until recently!)
9-Patch Mini
So I made a new mini! This time I made it about 1" larger in either direction and washed it as soon as I was finished binding it. It's a tiny bit big in the width, but I'm happy with it!
Purple and Grey Goodness!
I used big chunks of some of my favorite prints, and each log is quilted in a different style from Angela Walter's book. It was a fun way to play around with different quilting styles, and I just love how it turned out!
Purple and Grey Goodness!
Purple and Grey Goodness!
Purple and Grey Goodness!
Purple and Grey Goodness!
On the back I used a large piece of a print from Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush line and a bit of bikes by Erin McMorris (this is one of my all time favorite prints!).
Purple and Grey Goodness - back
Although there isn't a ton of the orangey-coral color in the mini, I had to use the peach bikes for binding. I love that it's such a soft color and just flows with the rest of the mini quilt!
Here's a shot of the shrunken mini stacked on top of the new mini. That's quite a bit of shrinkage for such a small quilt! (Finished size of Purple and Grey Goodness is approximately 14.75" x 20.75".)
9-Patch Mini
And here's the Purple and Grey Goodness being put to use!
Purple and Grey Goodness!
I'm digging the change from the brightly colored 9-patch mini to the more subtle hues of this mini (plus it goes swimmingly with our lavender couch!). Although I will find a home for my 9-patch mini somewhere else, I'm sure!
You know it's a win when you want to just sit and stare at your finished project! I just wish I had yardage of all of these prints to make a larger quilt now!