In November I had the opportunity to test the
Chic Kisses pattern
Sew Kind of Wonderful
. This pattern uses the
Quick Curve Ruler
, which I had been curious about but hadn’t used. I’ve sewn a few curves with success and wanted to give it a try. I ordered the ruler and ended up choosing fabrics in a traditional Christmas color scheme.
Having never used the Quick Curve Ruler before, I worried that I’d mess things up because this is a more complicated pattern. To my relief I found it easy to follow and my first four blocks came together quickly and painlessly. I stopped at four blocks to make one ring and decided on a mini quilt.
The quilting Jenny does on her quilts amazes me. I could stare at it for hours. I had her work in mind as I quilted this little thing. It was good practice for me – full of mistakes – and I tried something new.
This quilt pattern is really amazing. I’ve got a bundle of fabrics I’m going to use to make a big Chic Kisses quilt. I just need to decide on solids. If you’re considering the QCR or any of the Sew Kind of Wonderful patterns, I recommend them! It’s a lot of fun!
My chic kisses mini hung in the living room during the holiday season and I enjoyed seeing it there. It was great to have the chance to test the pattern and learn a new technique. Today it’s all packed away and the year ends tonight. It’s been a good year and we’ve been very blessed, but I’m excited for a new year and all it will hold.
Welcome to Day One of the
Sweet as Honey Blog Tour!
I’m honored to start things off by sharing my projects made with
lovely new fabric collection,
Sweet as Honey.
I loved her first fabric collection, Reminisce, and was waiting eagerly for Sweet as Honey to arrive. It does not disappoint!
This collection has captured my heart with its beehives, hexagons, and nestled deer. I’ve been drawn to the warm yellow, coral and orange tones in this line. They remind me of a sunrise – my favorite part of the day. When the light hits these fabrics just right, they seem to glow. The warmth and color make me smile.
Bonnie generously sent me this beautiful little package to play with, which I immediately paired with a natural linen to create a Hunter’s Star pillow.
I hand quilted the pillow front with perle cotton to emphasize and frame the eight pointed star.
I used a coral solid for the pillow back and chose to bind it with a low volume print for added contrast.
The textures, colors and design harmonize well together and the pillow has quickly become a favorite. It’s a cheerful sight on all the rainy, overcast days we’re having lately.
While I was planning this pillow, another idea came to mind and I couldn’t resist trying it. I enjoy growing lavender on our property and every summer I marvel at the wonder of dozens of honey bees surrounding me as I harvest. The Sweet as Honey fabrics reminded me of that feeling and fueled the endeavor.
In my first effort at English paper piecing, I made 125 half inch hexagons, pieced together in a scrappy style to create a Sweet as Honey beehive!
Once again, I preferred linen as a background and added the hexagon print from Bonnie’s line for a binding. This mini quilt measures 15″ by 16″ and also features a single honey bee, embroidered in white, in the corner.
It seemed only appropriate to use the peach honey house print on the back! 🙂
I wanted to add dimension to the beehive, so a variety of coordinating perle cottons were used to hand quilt around each hexagon. This step took time, but was completely worth it. I love the shine of the threads mingling with the colors and prints of the hexagons!
I’ve been watching the growing mini quilt craze with interest, and this is my first mini. It already hangs in my sewing room, a bright reminder that Spring is on it’s way.
Thanks so much for visiting, and many thanks to Bonnie for creating such lovely fabrics and for allowing me to participate in the
Sweet as Honey Blog Tour
! Be sure to keep up with the tour, as there are many talented people creating beautiful things with
Sweet as Honey
. Tomorrow’s feature will be
Jessica at Haile & Co
. Make sure you visit and see what she’s made!