AVTR Houndstooth Rag Quilt Blog Tour

 

Hello there!!! It’s only been a couple of weeks since my last quilt post but I’ve been at it again!  This time it was quite interesting 🙂

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This is the Houndstooth Rag quilt from A Vision To Remember.  Bobbie was kind enough to mail out my favorite color (purple) from her fabric shop.  The print is called Briar Rose and it’s so lovely!  The darker purple is from my own stash and the light pink is a cotton solid from Riley Blake. You can find both of those in her Etsy shop.  Just follow the links! My purple didn’t quite match, but this quilt is for me….and the more purple the happier I am 🙂

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I didn’t have quite enough of the pink to make up the second fabric…so I improvised with the darker purple.  It was actually easier than it looks!  I cut everything out and made my blocks.  Then I unpicked the ones that needed 3 fabrics, resewed with the correct color (pink or purple) and viola!

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I would love to see each of the houndstooth as a different color!  I think it would be a really cool rainbow quilt. For the boarder, I didn’t follow any directions.  I made it up as I went…kinda in a log cabin style.  There is a border option in the directions, though.

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I thought I would need extreme hand holding from my quilting friends to make this, but I didn’t!  So if you are looking to try something different give this one a go.  It looks more intimidating than it actually was.  I will warn you…..there is a TON of cutting.  I hear there are special scissors for rag quilts.  I do not own those so…. yes, I cut all of this with regular scissors.  But I will be looking to invest in those special ones!  I watched almost 2 movies to get it all cut.  Try it!!!  I would love to see what you make!!

Until next time,

JaNette

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Be sure to check out all the amazing blankets on tour this week!

3/21/16: Larissa from Connected By a Thread

3/22/16: Essence from Amazing Adventures of Bubba and Bug

3/22/16: Bethany from Sew Not Perfect

3/23/16: Rebecca from Finn’s Door

3/24/16: Denita from HattieLu Handmade

3/24/16: JaNette from Merri Poppins

3/25/16: Kelly from Handmade Boy

AVTR Blog Tour {Rag Apron Pattern}

Hi everyone!!!! It’s kinda been a little crazy around here lately but I have managed to make my 3rd A Vision To Remember rag style item!!! I’m so excited that I am finally getting the hang of it.  Today I am sharing the Women’s Rag Apron by AVTR made from one of my favorite fabric lines….Lost & Found Love by Riley Blake.  Bobbie was kind enough to send me some from her stash to make this.

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I didn’t exactly know what I wanted the finished apron to look like when I started, except for where to use the heart fabrics.  From working with this fabric before, I knew I wanted to spotlight them again!  Included in the pattern there is a layout you can print out and label if you wanted to.  I probably will do something like that next time.  I’ve kinda been just winging it with the others.

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I have *finally* clipped the edges enough so that it frays!!! I definitely needed to take smaller snips than I had been. Bobbie sent me this video of her making a rag quilt and it helped to see someone else going through the process. I learn best when I have a step by step demo.  Check it out here.

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I do a ton of baking and it would make sense for me to wear this and whip up some MerriPoppins Signature cupcakes, right? Only I have a really small kitchen, bad lighting, and Miss H is much more photogenic than I, so we had to take these outside.  Which makes me sad because it would have been perfect for my most recent order…..

I also made a couple minor changes.  Instead of a frayed ruffle, I did hem mine by serging it then turning it over 1/4 inch.  I also shortened my scalloped trim on accident.  The kids interrupted me and before I realized it, I had lined it up at the wrong spot and I already started cutting. Ooops!  So know that yours will be a little longer than mine.  It still hits Miss H at a decent length, so I wouldn’t worry about it too much if you make the same mistake.

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I also cut some extra long satin ribbon for the ties.  I made them longer so I could tie in the front or back. All in all though, I think it turned out really cute!  It’s sweet and sassy!  I love the fabric combo and how everything went together since I didn’t plan every piece of fabric.  This would make a cute gift for a wedding shower, birthday gift for someone who likes to bake, or maybe as a housewarming gift.  There are some free tutorials to make hanging towels or oven mitts that you could coordinate a set.  Just leave me a comment and I can send you the links.

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Well, I hope you enjoyed my version!!!!  Check back later to see what else I’m cooking up!!!

AVTR Apron Blog Tour:

 

3/1/16: Larissa from CBAT

3/2/16: JaNette from Merri Poppins

3/2/16: Patricia from Sew Far North

3/3/16: Melissa from Rebel & Malice

3/3/16: Ula from Lulu & Celeste

3/4/16: Denita from HattieLu Handmade

3/4/16: Essence from Amazing Adventures of Bubba and Bug
Until next time….

JaNette

 

Addy Mae wrap up

Last week, I shared pics of the Addy Mae blankets from the A Vision to Remember blog tour with you. I hope you enjoyed the blankets and the posts all week. Each one was unique in its own way. I love that about sewing- even when you are all using the same pattern, they all come out different!

While everyone else was busy sharing their blankets with you, I was busy at the machine sewing up my own blanket! I am in love with this one! I don’t know if I will list it for sale, gift it as a baby gift, or keep it for myself!

*The fabric and pattern for this quilt were provided to me by Bobbi, the designer behind A Vision to Remember, the opinions and fabric placement are all mine though*

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I love that these blankets are quick to come together! One of the reasons…

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Quilting 101: Addy Mae Car Seat & Tent

I love her bright colors!!!!

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The hardest part about making any quilt is choosing the fabric. This is even harder when I don’t know who the quilt is for, don’t own a car seat – or a baby for that matter! Originally I was going to hack this pattern into a cat cage cover. After all, those furry critters get chilly in their cages, but a friend is expecting her first grandchild in spring, so I decided to make the pattern as is. It looks so very cute after all.

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My girlfriend, an accomplished quilter and seamstress says quilting isn’t usually undertaken by the young for the following reasons. Fabric, notions and miscellaneous supplies can be expensive; it calls for time, which most people don’t have; it calls for precision and the ability to follow instructions carefully. I’m not sure I agree with her to he honest. I see a lot of…

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A Vision to Remember Blog Tour

The Addy Mae Quilt by A Vision To Remember is the absolutely perfect go to for an easy gift to make for a new mom!  This is one of those things I wished I would have had for my 2 babies who were born in Oct and March.

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I made this on Friday when it started snowing here. I thought I would be able to hang it on my make shift clothesline for some pictures outside….but no.  It’s still snowing!   So the banister will have to do.

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The most time consuming about this is cutting out the squares or rectangles. And the instructions tell you what order to sew the squares and rectangles so don’t be scared to try this!!!  It goes together quickly!

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This is a gift for my neighbor but she doesn’t know what the gender is right now. Soooo if she ends up having a girl, I will probably add some bows to this!  I think it would be adorable!! I didn’t use batting so that it’s not too warm of a blanket.  She has a few months before her baby is due and the really cold weather will be gone by then. The brown dot is flannel (so so snuggly!) and the rest is woven cotton.  I also left off the baby canopy tabs for now, but once she gets her carseat I will add them.

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So for now, she has a cute little rag quilt. I hope you check out what everyone else made in the Blog Tour!!  They have some cute fabric combos as well 🙂 Thanks for letting me make this Bobbie!  It was a fun sew!
A Vision to Remember Addy Mae is the perfect gift for all those little babies this winter! Be sure to check out the different blankets this week!

Jan 26- Larissa from Connected by a thread

Jan 27- JaNette from Merri Poppins

Jan 28- Patricia from Sew Far North

Jan 29- Essence from Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Jan 30- Jona from Stitches & Spills

 

Until next time,

JaNette