Finished top and backing – Mistress Fairy Quilt Contrary

I’m getting lots of sewing done lately – unfortunately, not lots of blogging. So here’s a quick update and I hope to do more over the next couple of days. After I get some plants in the ground!

I finished up the quilt top for Mistress Fairy, Quilt Contrary. I think it looks fun! The outer-most border is strips leftover from making the squares, so varying widths. I meant to put the last pinwheel in the very top corner, but, um, oops. Oh well.

I love the backing – the applique fairy looks like she hopped right off the fabric. It’s the Secret Life of Fairies, designed by Salina Yoon for RJR Fabrics. I got it at the Golden D’Or Fabric Outlet in Dallas. If you live near there, you should totally go! It’s an, um, interesting neighborhood, but once inside, it’s a huge warehouse crammed with fabric – lots of home decor and clothing fabrics (we’re talking a whole room for spandex), but a decent selection of cottons. I’ve been twice and got close to 35 yards for less than $100. So obviously, I’ve got a lot of fabric to work through right now!

Published in: on May 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm  Comments (1)  

Pinwheels Are Directional – Mistress Fairy Quilt Contrary

And if you don’t pay attention to which direction 90% of your pinwheels are turning, 10% will have to be seam-ripped. If you’re lucky, you’ll figure that out within the first ten and only one will need to be re-done.

Wait, ten? Only ten? I’ve been sewing and trimming half-square triangles for weeks! And matching and sewing pinwheels for weeks! I run squares through the sewing machine at the beginning and end of just about every other project… These pinwheels take forever.

But I’m getting there. With ten, I laid out the beginnings of the quilt this evening.

Since I’m missing two strips of the pink, the pinwheels are only going in would-be-pink spots. I don’t think it looks too concentrated, though, since they spread out fairly quickly. Still, I might need to work on that top right corner. We’ll see once I get more pinwheels done and laid out.

I really need to calculate how big this thing is going to be – with so many little blocks, I can’t visualize the size and how many more pinwheels I need.

And oh man, it’s going to take careful, paying-attention-y sewing to make sure all those little blocks find their correct spots in the grand scheme of it all.

Published in: on April 27, 2010 at 8:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mistress Fairy, Quilt Contrary – Fabric & Pattern

My cousin gave me some guidelines for her daughter’s quilt – gardeny and pink and fairies.

It started as a simple four-patch in pinks and greens from Hobby Lobby.

Until she showed up. (From JoAnn’s.)

And started sprinkling pixie dust all over everything. (Pinwheel was originally the above Fairy Frost in Cloud by Michael Miller, which I have on hand for the Cinderella quilt. It doesn’t pop, though, so it’s been replaced with a sparkly blue from Hobby Lobby.)

WHAT? Oh come on, you knew this picture was coming.

I am slowly making half-squares and pinwheels every time I sit down and sew something else. Trimming half-squares makes me long for a kitchen-island-height craft table.

However, I’m finally close to having enough to put it all together! I’m thinking the pixie dust will scatter across the quilt and end in a final burst of…something. I’ve been watching p.s. i quilt’s pinwheel sampler for ideas.

Published in: on April 7, 2010 at 8:55 pm  Leave a Comment