Monday, July 18, 2011

{Sew} Modern Monday #27

It's that time again!

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

{Sew} Modern Monday!

June was my month to serve as Quilter for the BLISS circle of do.Good Stitches {a charity bee}.  I asked the talented ladies to make two bow tie blocks using my tutorial using fresh, summery fabrics paired with white. As the blocks came rolling in, I really started to get more and more excited to put this quilt together.  I just love the idea of so many people, living in all parts of the US, coming together to make one special quilt for charity.  It is seriously something special.


Once all the blocks were in, I sewed the top together and waited.  Waited for some quilty inspiration/motivation to FMQ and finish it up.  Surprising that inspiration came this past weekend in a little Google chat with Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Betsy.  On a whim, I asked her how she bastes her quilts and she guided me to this tute from Kristie from OCD: obsessive crafting disorder.  spray basting + dumbbells = brilliant!


Not only did she share the tute, but she also gave me the courage to just do it!  When it comes to quilting and especially basting a quilt, I tend to stress to the max.  The OCD kicks into overdrive and it really makes for a bummer of a sewing experience.  But, taking her words in stride, I just went with it.  And in less than 2 hours I had this quilt basted and quilted!  Spray basting rocks my world!  (thanks Elizabeth!)


I finished it up with a bit of bright blue Kona cotton (sorry, the name is escaping my memory at the moment). I love it!  Now all I have to do is ship it off to our charity, Wrap Them In Love.


Quilt Stats
Size: 50" x 50"
Pieced by: myself, Don't Call Me Betsy, sasikirana
Quilted by: Me

Now it's your turn.  What have you been sewing on this past week?  psst...rules are over here.


  1. Beautiful quilt! So happy and summery. I too am a fan of spray-basting my quilts. But I put my backing fabric down first (wrong side up) and tape it in place with blue painter's masking tape. Then I spray with the spray basting stuff. Then I roll out my previously cut-to-size batting, smoothing as I roll to be sure of no wrinkles or folds. Then I spray that with the spray stuff. Then I roll out my top (right side up), carefully smoothing again. Then I pin! Probably over-kill, but I don't like wrinkles. Then I mop the floor - there is always over spray from the spray basting stuff and if I don't mop, it will just about pull the socks right off my feet when I walk on it!

  2. This looks so awesome!!! So cheerful. I know this will make someone very happy!

    I'm going to have to get brave and give the spray another try. I haven't had much luck, but I need to give Kristie's method a closer look.

  3. Your quilt rocks. It absolutely rocks. I love love it.

  4. Your quilt is absolutely amazing!!! So bright colors !!!! I just love it:)

  5. Ooh, I'm feeling the pressure now - June was my month too, for the Love Circle. Guess I better get cracking! : ) Your quilt is absolutely beautiful!

  6. Hi Megan! This quilt is so beautiful! Great pattern and those colours look so nice with the white! Someone is going to be so happy to have it!
    Have a wonderful week! xxx Teje

  7. Oh, I'm so glad that you went with it and just did it! The quilt looks super fab, you picked a great block, and it looks so cheerful and happy now that it's finished! Yay!!!

  8. Love your quilt, it is beautiful! I have the spray just need to try using it, thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Love your quilt! The colours are beautiful and the bright blue binding is just perfect. How lovely that it will go to charity. Pure happiness wrapped up in a quilt.

  10. Love this quilt, Megan! I'll have to take a peek at your tutorial. It's really a beautiful quilt and the colors all came together so nicely!

  11. Your bow ties are so bright and cheerful, such a nice quilt!

  12. This is so beautiful! I love the back too, and especially that bright binding. So amazing!

  13. Great job on your quilt! Your photography is very nice!! Thanks for your Sew Modern Monday!!

  14. It's a beautiful quilt! Someone is going to be a very lucky recipient :)

  15. Just found you on flickr, joining the party for the first time.

    I'm also a new quilter in do.Good Stitches and this makes me so excited to start! You did a gorgeous job.

  16. What a gorgeous quilt. I love the vibrant colors!

  17. Megan, I just love this quilt! The colors are perfect, so bright and summery!
    I've got your tutorial marked, I'm definitely making one of these someday!

  18. That is one pretty quilt. Love the colors!

    BTW I'm hosting a Fabric Giveaway over at my site and giving away 12 FAT quarters. Swing by if you get a chance: