Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Poppy Wall hanging

I won't have much to say about this little quilt except that I love it and will be making another!

The pattern is Poppy from the book Simply Fat Quarters by It's Sew Emma. It was so easy and quick to put together.

I made this with Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt and a couple pieces from my stash.

 I've been wanting to do this quilting design and this piece was finally small enough. I think it was the perfect treatment.

Here is the  back before I put the hanging sleeve on it. I'm taking this one to work!

 Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Poppy
Fabrics: Chicopee and stash
Finished size: 38 1/2" x 38 1/2"
Finished: 12/4/13

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Purple Diamonds!

It's finally finished! This started in February as my block for Make it Modern. They did such a great job that I decided to double the number of blocks to make it big and snuggly. This quilt is for my daughter who "loooves purple". So I got a photo of her with the quilt.

I was about 80% done with the blocks when she informs me she likes pink more than purple. So I added the pink diamond to add a little pop.

The obligatory back shot (with my assistant playing peekaboo).

This was a fun one to play with my quilting. It's still a little shaky, but it was good practice and i"m happy I did it. It would have been way easier on a longarm. I did swirls on the zigzag and some ovals on the diamonds.

Thank you to all the lovely ladies of Make it Modern and my friend Denise who also added a block for getting this quilt started. Sam and I love it!
 Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Purple Diamonds
Fabrics: scrappy
Finished size: 60" x 66"
Finished: 11/5/13

Friday, October 25, 2013

Tula Pink Anchor Quilt - Coral

Welcome to my little entry in the Bloggers Quilt Festival. If you are new here, welcome! Please feel free to look around. I have links to my finished projects at the top. :)  If you've never seen the Bloggers Quilt Fest, go check it out. There is tons of great quilty eye candy! I'm entering this quilt into bed quilts because it turns out to be a queen size quilt (here's the link to vote

As soon as I saw this anchor pattern from Tula Pink, I knew I was going to have to make it! When my sister asked me for one, I decided I'd make two. One coral for her and one blue for me (or my son). The first thing I noticed when my fabric arrived was that there are some value differences between the colorways. So I compared them and made my best guess on a couple switches. I laid out the beginning and took a deliberately blurry photo to get the effect.

Ultimately, these were the fabrics that I made changes to for the coral just in case anyone wants to make their own!

And the result...

This is a giant quilt! It's queen size. Here's a close up of the piecing so you can see how many pieces go into making this.

My good friend Denise let me use her longarm again to quilt this one. The pantograph is a square spiral which I am in love with! And I'm totally addicted to long arming.

The pattern had a few mistakes (including final dimensions which are below) and was a bit challenging. But nothing I could complain about since it was free! And it was all stuff you could figure out if you think about what you are doing as you go along. The one heads up I would give is that there are some cuts of the solid that require you to go length of fabric rather than width of fabric.

For the back I used a bunch of Kona gray and then I had this raindrop print leftover from my sister when she did her daughters nursery. I know there is no blue in the front, but when you are trying to make backing for a queen size quilt, anything is game!

My label is pieced in there as usual.

I am so glad I decided to make both of them at one time. I don't think I'd be going back to make a 2nd any time soon if I had just done one. Pixelated quilts are tedious!!

The blue one is pieced, but needs to be quilted. Excited to show that one to you as well! Hope you enjoyed this one. I'm thrilled with how it turned out and can't wait to hear my sister's reaction when she receives it!
 Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Coral Anchors Aweigh
Pattern: Anchors Aweigh
Fabrics: Tula Pink Saltwater, Free Spirit Pearl and Dogwood
Finished size: 90" x 95"
Finished: 10/15/13

Edited to add: My sister sent me this picture. I think it looks fantastic in her room!!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Heart Quilt

This sweet little heart quilt is going to my niece in FL. She's already got these colors in her room since I made her baby quilt in Neptune. So I pulled out the Tula Pink and  made this one to match but be a bit bigger!

This quilt is a Tula Pink Design from the book Sew Red It's so cleverly designed and comes together very fast!

You wind up with a lot of HST leftovers so I put them into the backing with my label.

The one note I'd put on this pattern is just to be careful with how you cut your prints. my directional prints all wound up sideways. It's no big deal, but something to be careful about if that will drive you crazy!

Binding is the teardrop fabric.

Quilting is hard to see, but I practiced my Angela Walters skills on this one! Swirls in the hearts and loops in the zigzags with straight lines on the borders.

My daughter fell in love with this one so you may be seeing more of these in the future!

Quilt stats:
Quilt name:Hearts for Mikaela
Fabrics: Tula Pink Neptune, Prince Charming, Saltwater
Finished size: 60"x 54"
Finished: 8/20/13

Sunday, August 4, 2013

A big quilt for a little guy

I have been finished this quilt for a while, but haven't been able to get it outside for photographs. The reason? It's another huge quilt!

I decided the spare bed in my son's room needed quilt so when he's ready to use the bed it's ready for him. Of course it's a queen size. I can't seem to go too long without making large bed quilts.

The pattern is "Sweet Talk" from Transparency Quilts by Ringle and Kerr. I LOVE this book and have earmarked almost every project in it to make. It's such a great resource for learning how to use colors to create illusions.

I've been wanting to do a shot cottons quilt for a while and this lent itself perfectly to using all shot cottons.  It's a little hard to see that they are shot cottons in the photos, but they are! Even the "white" is actually Ice. They are all from the Kaffe collection (I get all mine here).

I had my fabulous quilter Margaret quilt this one for me and as usual she did fantastic. I wanted something dense because the shot cottons seem a little thinner than regular cotton and because it will be on a little boy bed!

I'm really so thrilled with how this one came out. It's all boy!

Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Argyle for Evan
Fabrics: Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons
Finished size: 88"x103"
Finished: 7/1/13


Saturday, June 29, 2013

Housekeeping before July 1

So I don't really know much about how all this stuff works, but I understand that starting July 1, Google Reader will be no more. So, if you are still interested in following me, you can do that through Bloglovin'!

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In addition, I've opened up an Etsy shop recently and just added a bunch of quilts to it! If you are interested, it's here.  Here are some photos of the quilts I've listed because I don't like to post without some photos!!

Hope you are having a great weekend and a Happy Independence Day to my readers in the US!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Nautical Quilt - take 2

Many of you will remember this nautical quilt that I made for my sister. She has it posted on Project Nursery right here. Through that site a lovely woman contacted me and asked me to make one for her coming baby girl. Unfortunately, that quilt is made with Neptune, which is of course hard to find. I have some, but not enough to duplicate it. Fortunately, Tula Pink designed Salt Water recently. It has the same feel so I started with that as my main focus. I'm really happy with the results!

I did a bunch of customization for her. The boat flags are a Polish and American flag for the parents and I hand embroidered the baby's name on it.

I used an off white for the background for more durability for a baby quilt and since Salt Water has a a bit of off white throughout it.

The quilting I did the same way as my sisters.

She wanted to hang the quilt initially so I added corner pockets so a dowel rod could be inserted. I'm hoping it works well, I've never used this method on such a big quilt.

The binding I pulled from Prince Charming. It went so well I couldn't resist.

She also asked me to make her two coordinating pillow covers. I made one sailboat like the ones on the quilt.

The other I made an anchor with some patchwork.

I hope she's as happy with everything as I am! I can't wait to see what she does with the rest of her nursery.

Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Nautical Baby
Fabrics: Tula Pink's Salt Water and Prince Charming
Finished size: 46"x57
Finished: 5/20/13


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