Friday Finish: Lizzy House Mini Swap

After such a rough start to my Cotton and Steel Mini Swap, I really was against joining another swap.  I was really worried about getting another quiet partner, and I was thinking of thinning out my to do list, but then my friend Sarah signed on to be one of the swap leaders for the Lizzy House Mini Swap, so I knew I would be in good hands.  

My partner was awesome.  We had very similar style and she was up for anything.  And the best part, was that her IG was full of photos!  Win!

So my first step was to gather all my Lizzy.  I'm a fabric hoarder, but didn't think I owned much.  Ha!  I just kept finding more and more in my stash (even after I had finished my mini).  My partner really liked Catnap, which I was a little light on, but a friend generously let me cut some of hers up.

I brought my pile of Lizzy to my guild's retreat in April without a plan, but once I started looking at the fabrics I had, I knew that the best direction was something that would let me fussy cut.  I separated my fabrics into a pile of fussy-cut-friendly fabrics and a pile of blenders and noticed that there was a complimentary blender for each fussy, which is perfect for Elizabeth Hartman's Sparkle Punch pattern. 

I cut up all my white-ish pearl bracelet fabric (which was just enough!)  and got to making stars.  Then I ditch quilted along each seam to hold everything in place while I did some big stitch quilting in perle cotton.  I think the quilting was my favorite part of this quilt, and I'm already planning on doing more, which means I'll need a bigger stash of perle cottons.  

I'm so pleased with how this one came out, and my partner loved it too, so that's a big win.  I need to buy another yard of the white pearls to make another for myself.  

Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday.  And this is one off my list for the 2015 Finish-Along!

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Friday Finish: Rainbow DNA Mini

In the fall, the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild is putting on an exhibit on modern quilting at the Gathering Quilt Show in Manchester, so we decided to have a little challenge to get everyone in the spirit.  Everyone picked out a traditional block and our assignment was to modernize it using only solids.  

I pulled the Snake in the Hollow block, which is really just a Drunkard's Path block with eyes in the corners.  I didn't know what I was going to do with it, but I knew I wanted a bunch of colors to play with, so I ordered a charm pack of Denyse Schmidt's Modern Solids.  

Once the pack arrived, I started sketching out ideas, but in the middle of one doodle, I'd have another idea.  Before I knew it, I had several pages of colorful doodles, and couldn't decide which one to go with.  So I pulled the very first idea I had, made a tiny drunkard's template, and made a couple test blocks (remember this tiny mini?).  But I realized that I really didn't love making those tiny curves, and couldn't stand making more.  So I picked a different sketch!

So I went with the one idea I had that didn't involve sewing all those curves!  I pieced a bunch of the solids together, on point, and trimmed it to size.  Then I made a mile of bias tape to do the curves, and realized that it was not going to be a very smooth curve.  Then I found this post by Dorie about her Bias Tape Applique Challenge quilt.  She talks about using bias bars to get really skinny strips to sew down.  I loved the idea, so I just used the technique without buying the bars.

As soon as the top was done, I knew I wanted to graffiti quilt it, and that I would need monofilament to make it work with all those colors.  I absolutely hated working with the stuff (it took ten tries to wind a bobbin, the tension was weird, and where there was buildup, it gets a bit shiny) but it worked out in the end.  

I named it Rainbow DNA because it was super late the night (actually morning) it was due when I finished, but I needed a title for the label, and I couldn't stop thinking that all the straight lines between the curves looked like a flattened strand of DNA.  Yeah, I'm weird.

Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday!  And this is one that I can cross of my 2015 Finish-Along list!

And one more link!  Finished just in time to be entered into the Applique Category of the 2015 Blogger's Quilt Festival!  Be sure to go and check out all of this year's great entries!

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