I’ve been having a lot of fun working on customer quilts lately. I have to admit for a little while I wasn’t having very much fun. But the weather has gotten better (yay for warm temps and less rain!) , our stay at home restrictions have relaxed, I’ve started teaching quilting classes at the LQS again, and hubby is back to work after a short lay-off. So yeah, things are looking up. But the most important change I’ve made is to give myself permission to take a couple days off each week. That has felt so good. If I want to quilt I can, but I’m not beating myself up if I don’t. I have time to do housework, watch a movie if I want, play in the kitchen, spend time in the sun, and (this is a big one), work on one of my own projects! How fun! 🙂

After the release of my latest pattern, Razzle Berry, one of the customers at the shop asked about making a scrappy batik version. I’ll be teaching a class on the pattern beginning in August and she was going through her fabric stash to select the fabrics she wants to use. Which got me thinking….what would an (almost) scrappy version look like. Hmm…

I recently bought a fat quarter bundle of the fabric line Radiance by QT Fabrics. I didn’t have a plan for it, just had to have it. You know what I’m talking about, right? So maybe I could use those to make a kinda scrappy quilt. I dug out some Robert Kaufman Quilter’s Linen in white from my closet, and added a blue grunge for the sashings and I was ready to go.

Radiance Fat Quarter Bundle by QT Fabrics

First, I paired the fat quarters in contrasting color sets. I figured I could make two blocks from each pairing, making them opposite blocks (yellow/purple HST and purple/yellow HST). And then I started cutting and sewing. I hate cutting fabrics for a pattern. I know it’s easiest to do all the cutting first, but I am always so impatient to get to the piecing part. So I cut pieces for two blocks, sewed them together, and then did two more. Probably why it takes me so long to get anything done, but hey, it’s the way I work.

Right now I have everything cut and mostly pieced for 10 blocks. I’m going to make a lap size, so only 20 more blocks to go!

Razzle Berry scrappy blocks by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

I’m not sure I’m loving the Grunge, but I’m going to power on and give it a chance. I do like that it pulls the bright blue and some of the teal colors. Maybe I’ll like it better once I start to actually put the rows together with the sashing strips.

So that’s the project I’m working on right now. Hopefully I’ll have more to share with you next week.

Over the weekend I finished the quilting on a beautiful machine embroidered quilt. I can’t show it to you right now because the owner has yet to see it, but I’m excited to share it. It was a fun, easy custom job. I am going to give you a sneak peek though, because I want you to see the new foot I have for my longarm.

HQ Micro Quilter foot for longarm

This foot is the Micro Quilter foot from Handi Quilter. It’s almost not a foot at all. It’s made specifically for micro quilting and working in tight spaces. Because there’s really no ‘foot’ part, my view isn’t obstructed when I’m trying to stitch close to the embroidery. I like it a lot, and used it for all the blocks on this quilt. I can see myself quilting with this foot often.

Another customer quilt I finished was a simple patchwork quilt. My customer asked for a dog design of some sort for the quilt as the intended recipient is a dog lover. The panto I found is called Puppy Love and I love the way it stitches out.

Puppy-Love-Panto

Isn’t that fun? Again, no full picture of the quilt just yet. We’ll have to wait until the owner has taken possession of it and then I’ll show it to you.

But here’s a full picture of another quilt:

Razzle Berry by Beth Sellers of Cooking Up Quilts

I took Razzle Berry to the shop where it will hang and be on display with the patterns during shop hop. One of the PT employees came in for a visit and ended up taking a nap. Someone snapped a pic and sent it to me. Don’t you just love seeing your quilts being used?? I only hope there’s no sleepy slobbers on it. LOL

Well, that’s it for me today. Hopefully I’ll have full size quilt pics to show you next time. And more progress on my sorta scrappy RB blocks.

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