Monday, April 20, 2015

bride and bridesmaid dress quilts

You may remember the tree quilts that I made last year. This was a project where a client had asked me to incorporate a bridesmaid dress into the quilt. The same client came back this year with another friend having twins. This time a boy and a girl AND she had the wedding dress in addition to the bridesmaid dress.

Challenge accepted!

You'll have to excuse the photos. We had a stretch of yucky weather and since I had to give these to the client before the baby shower, I had to make due.


First there is the baby girl quilt. She requested purple and grey. The binding and purple flower are from the bridesmaid dress. The white flower is the wedding dress.  And let me tell you - my palms were sweaty when I cut up the wedding dress!!


The purple was hard to photograph because it was so dark. Here's the best shot I got of it!


What I did was make a long tube of fabric and then used Vanessa Christenson's technique for a twisty flower. The tube of fabric was to eliminate raw edges. The client requested that the quilt be washable.



The pattern is Tres Flores by Quiltstory.


Here are the adorable fabrics on the back.


That little polka dot??  It's actually hearts!


And so on to the boy quilt. The client suggested a football quilt with the laces being the wedding dress. Once I figured out how to make that happen (interfacing and zigzagged edges on my seams) here is the final result.



I got the pattern here at Connecting Threads.


I went to my LQS (Byrne Sewing) in search of an interesting brown for this quilt and found what I think is the coolest fabric ever.  It's a Robert Kaufmann Fabric called Kona Dimensions.  The ovals on this fabric have a slight metallic to them and are amazing in person.  It's called a jacquard? I was not familiar with it but wound up buying more here in different colors.


I think the fabric really made this quilt interesting. It had the potential to be very boring flat brown. but this brought another dimension.

All the quilting was done my me on my domestic machine. Free motion stippling. I'm feeling much more comfortable with my free motion skills and I'm proud of how this turned out.




The client was really happy with these and I hope the mom was as well!!
Quilt stats:
Fabrics: bridesmaid dress, wedding dress, kona dimensions, various purple and gray from LQS
Finished: 3/20/15


Monday, April 13, 2015

Burp cloths and aprons

Even though I haven't been blogging a lot, there's been a lot of sewing happening.  My sister was going to a baby shower and requested a pack of neutral burp cloths since the mom wasn't finding out the gender.


 Aren't these fabrics the cutest. I got these at one of my LQS. I recently learned it is closing (Sew Smart in Doylestown for any locals) and I'm so sad. They always had the best selection of everything, but in particular, adorable baby and kid fabrics.


Some closeups.


My sister also requested a set of matching aprons for her and her son. At first I thought no problem! But then I realized how tough it was to find appropriate fabrics for mom and son to wear (son being 7). Sew Smart came through for me with this fun mushroom print.


For the pattern, I used a combination of this free Michael Miller reversible apron pattern and a favorite apron of mine for sizing.



Here are the two aprons together. They both seem happy with the results!










Friday, April 10, 2015

Cuddle Monsters

A while back I bought this adorable pattern from my LQS intending to make one for my son. It's called Cuddle Monsters and is by WhistlePig Creek.

I made it for him for Christmas and never posted any photos of it. Mostly because he was unimpressed and won't wear it. He opened the box and said, "There's nothing in here"!! Ah - way to break a momma's heart. I get it though, he's 3, he wanted toys....


However.... My daughters eyes got wide with longing!  She requested a pink and green monster.



I actually already had these flannels on hand and had planned to make pajamas. But since I don't really like garmet sewing, this was the perfect excuse NOT to make them!


She loves her monster, I let her pick the scales, ears and eyes so it really is her monster. The flannel makes them nice and snuggly too.


My sister saw them and put in a request for a friend of hers. She requested her's be blue and red. (and my daughter generously modeled for me)


This one I only used flannel on the inside for the snuggle factor.

This one is now living with it's new owner who seemed a bit more excited than my son did when he received his.


If I can ever get a picture of him in his, I'll be sure to post it. I used minky for the inside of his and I think I'm still cleaning the fuzz off my sewing room floor!




Thursday, February 5, 2015

Nautical Economy Blocks


If you spend any time on instagram you know that, a while back Red Pepper Quilts posted a tutorial for the Economy Block. Initially I wasn't sold on the block. It's great for fussy cutting and "I don't really have a lot of novelty fabrics" is what I thought.


Then I was organizing my fabrics I realized that I have a ton of novelty fabrics and they are all one theme. Surprise surprise. Nautical!


So this project became a leader/ender project that I've been working on for many months.


These are fun little blocks, but you do need a LOT of them to wind up with a quilt of any size. I kept thinking I had plenty only to find my quilt was more the size of a doormat.


Ultimately, I think this will make a great I-Spy quilt for a kid. It would also be great for baby tummy time! 


I also backed this one in flannel for a little extra warmth and snuggle factor.

Quilt stats:
Size: 40"x50"
Pattern: Economy Block
Fabrics: Mix of scraps and stash
Quilted by: Myself
Finished: 1/20/15




Monday, February 2, 2015

Chopsticks Finished



This pattern is one of the greats. It's called Chopsticks and is by Jaybird Quilts. Why do I say it's a great pattern? For one thing, Julie always makes her patterns so easy to follow with great diagrams. There is no 'trying to figure it out'. It's so easy! The other reason is that if you do a google search for this pattern you will see it in so many colors. You can't go wrong, all fabrics look great with this pattern!!


Mine was made with Joel Dewberry's Bungalow. I fell in love with this line immediately and knew I needed to make something just for me!


Of course when I was laying it out to baste it, both my kids wanted to lay claim to it!  I think my daughter may have wanted it for the backing. I used flannel on this one and the color screams Anna from Frozen (at least to me!).


You can really see my straight line quilting on the back with that flannel. What I wound up doing was dividing the triangle into equal parts and then stitching a quarter inch from the edges. I think it gave it a nice texture.


I used up my scraps for a scrappy binding.


I will definitely be making another Chopsticks!


Quilt stats:
Size: 49" x60"
Fabrics: Bungalow
Quilted by: Myself
Finished: 1/25/15






Monday, January 5, 2015

Diamond Quilt finish


I got in another finish in 2014 that I never got a chance to blog about. This one will be hard to talk about because honestly, it took me so long, I don't remember much about it! I started this quilt in 2013 after I started back to work. This quilt was planned to match the colors at work so I could hang it in my office.


When I pulled this out of my WIP pile this year, I had labeled the backing with Fall 2013.  Whoops! It sat in my sewing room for a year finished, back constructed, but un quilted!


I also don't remember the pattern I used. I know this was a really old pattern and it was paper piecing. I remember struggling with this because when I made copies of the one block, it must not have been laying flat on the machine. I think there were some slight bends because it got a little fiddly as I was putting it together. As a result, it is not the most flat wall hanging. But only you and I know that! ;)


I did have a lot of fun with the quilting on this one. I practiced my fmq on this in the green parts and then did a pattern I got from Angela Walters latest book Shape by Shape. Side note - fantastic book, highly recommend it!


As always you can see the quilting much better on the back. My straight lines need a little more work, but I was pretty happy with my stippling!


So there you have it!  Sorry for the lack of information. It's now been taken to work and hangs in my office.

Quilt stats:
Size: 50"x50"
Pattern: Unknown
Fabrics: Mix of scraps and stash
Quilted by: Myself
Finished: 12/2014



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