Pinwheels and the Three Bears

Don't those little bears just melt your heart?  I used my Monthly Sparks bundle from Fabric Spark to make this sweet little pinwheel quilt.  The large squares were  cut to 5", and the small squares for the HST's in the pinwheels were cut to 3 1/4".  This gives you enough extra to sew them and then trim to 2 3/4" before sewing them together into pinwheels.

I've been trying out a few different weights and types of Warm Company batting lately, and this one I used Warm and White.  It's a flat lightweight batting, that gives just the perfect bit of crinkle when washed.  It's also perfect when using fabrics with a white background, as no cream or brown specks will show through as they might with a natural colored batting.

I'm excited to be collaborating with the Warm Company here in the future. They supply me with batting, and I'll be mentioning it here, trying out some of the different types they have available and letting you know what I think of them, etc, as well as convincing you to buy their brand;) (if you don't already.)

Pinwheels and the Three Bears

So excited to be back to a bit of quilting again!  This bundle of fabrics is the fat quarter bundle that I put together for Monthly Sparks at Fabric Spark!  There are also a few individual bundles left.

The whimsical black bears were my starting point for this bundle.  Somehow pinwheels seemed to be perfect to pair with the bears!

I took the 4 light background prints and cut them into 5" squares.  I took the remaining prints and cut them into 3 1/4" squares and made hst units out of them.  (Trim them to 2 3/4")  These 12 fat quarters will make a 40"x 40" quilt, with a strip of each left over to add to my scrap bin.

Granny Square Quilt

This little quilt is a trip down memory land for me!  I posted my first tutorial for this block on January 23, 2012!  Over four years ago.  It's still by far the most viewed page on my blog.

I so clearly remember the first two blocks I put together for my original quilt.  I was wanting to make a block that resemble a crocheted granny square.  I started with one 2.5" square in the middle.  Went around it with two more colors, added a white border, and then Voila!  It looked a bit like a granny square!

It was of course, a traditional quilt block already.  Often called the Album block, although I've seen it under many other names as well.  All I did was pull it out of the past and throw it into the online quilt blogging community.  It had all the right ingredients to be a popular quilt pattern, considering it's simple vintage appeal, the way it looks so good in scrappy colors, it is simply a pleasing shape.

So four years later, it's still a quilt design that  I find appealing!  It truly is a classic, which stands to reason, since it has been around for a lot longer than four years.  (Here' s where it would be nice if I had done some research on this block and could tell you about it, but I didn't:)

Star Quilt Top Complete!

The star quilt top for my son is complete!  It needs a good pressing yet, but it's going to be set on the shelf till the backing arrives so I'll wait with that.  Thanks so much for all of you that weighed in on the minky backing debate!  I don't know why I hadn't considered flannel as a compromise, but yay!  That's perfect!  I ordered some 108" wide flannel in Natural, which should be perfect since the top is 90" square.

I haven't decided yet if I will hand or machine quilt this one.  I thought I would put it on my quilt frame and get my mom and grandmas to help me quilt it, but I don't like to ask them to quilt around each star and really I think that's going to look the best.  Any other quilting ideas for me?