Monday, February 13, 2012

Sugar and Spice for Baby

 After finishing this quilt... I had a bunch of Riley Blake's Sugar and Spice left over along with a couple of dresdens that I hadn't used, so I wanted to make an easy baby quilt. 
 Sometimes I take on projects that are so big that it was really nice to do something fast, easy and simple. There is no pattern here, I just cut pieces all the same size and sewed them together... I love how unplanned I am! (Most of the time)

 For the backing, I was able to get a ton of pinks and blues and greys from the Sherbet Pips line REALLY cheap online so I stocked up big time so I would have plenty of backs for baby quilts.  You can really find some great deals on backs if you have a general idea as to what you might need them for.
 For the quilting, I wanted to try a new pantograph that was pretty circular.  Circles are not easy to do freehand... actually impossible -- you need to use a template or something to guide your long arm in order to do a perfect circle.  So, my mom and I have been on the lookout for more pantographs that look like circles without investing SO much time to make perfect circles.

It turned out really cute and I was happy to give this one to a friend of mine who is expecting a daughter this month!

Monday, February 6, 2012

2011 Quilts

Here are the quilts that I made in 2011:  Pretty good for my first year of quilting!!!



Hopefully I can add a bunch more in 2012!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Oh if I had all the time in the world...

Sometimes I get sad about quilting... not really about quilting but perhaps the LACK of it.
This is a group of blocks that one of my quilt groups did as a swap.  I had big plans to make these into a tree skirt this year, but it just didn't happen.  Perhaps I will get around to it for next year.  I find that I often have so much I want to do, but never the time to make it happen.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Triangles in Progress

Awhile back, I posted about some blocks I wanted my Always Bee Learning quilt group to work on.  I received pretty much all of them back (though I think this picture doesn't include a few of them for some reason). 
They are all different and all look AWESOME.  I can't wait to find the time to get this quilt put together.  Right now I continue to have them on my design wall.  They are all quite traditional in design... such is often the case when working primarily with half square triangles.  So, I am trying to think about what I can do to make it more ME.  I plan on off setting the blocks in some way but haven't quite figured it all out yet.  I am sure I will show you when I finally do!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

November Bee Blocks

I have a couple more that I am still working on, but here are most of my November Bee Blocks:
 Garden Fence Blocks.
 Snowflakes.
 Flying Geese.
 Pinwheels.
 Purple/Grey Mosaic.
Hidden 9 patch.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Ruby LOVE

I'm in the process of making up blocks for a quilt that I have had in mind for awhile.  I am using the Moda Ruby line.
The block I chose was inspired by a quilt that I quilted for someone else.  She used charm squares to make her blocks and the blocks were HUGE.  I wanted to scale it down a bit.  I had several packs of Ruby charm squares and quartered each square to compose these blocks.  I also bought some extra yardage of all the pindot fabrics.
 The blocks are 11.5" right now (so they will finish at 11").  I am thinking that I will likely make one large block and surround it with these small ones, but I am still thinking about that.
In addition to the Moda Ruby fabric, I am also including some of the Bliss line into the quilt.  I already made a Bliss quilt awhile back and had some extra fabric to work with.  The two lines, both by Bonnie & Camille, work seamlessly together.  I am still going to have a ton of fabric leftover, so I am sure yet another Bliss/Ruby quilt will be on the horizon!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Love Birds Quilt- FINISHED

I just finished up this quilt for a friend of mine.  I bartered with her and made her a quilt in return for her taking our family pictures this year.  I still feel like I got the better end of the deal but she was very happy to receive this quilt, so that made me happy!
 I used Riley Blake's Love Birds line for this quilt.  The center was so busy that I wanted to break it up with the solid white.  I like how it turned out!  I don't remember the exact measurements but I believe it was around 70x70.
 I pieced the backing... I was very short on the fabric I chose which was also from the Love Birds line so I added some of the fabric I had in my stash.  The colors are really pretty-- I like how the back turned out.
 A closeup.
 Here is a closeup of the front where you can see some of the quilting.  I used one of the new pantographs that we got and I really loved it!    I can't remember it's exact name but it was a funky leaf/feather pattern. 
I used a very light pink Glide thread for this quilt but since the quilt itself is very busy, the fabric is more the show than the quilting.  Hopefully my friend will be able to enjoy and snuggle under this beauty!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

3x6 and 4x5 blocks

On Flickr, I have participated in several rounds of the 3x6 and 4x5 bees.  These particular bees have you making about 6 of the same blocks to exchange with other people (I make the blocks in their particular color choice)--- I posted my blocks from the 2nd quarter here .
Look at all the wonderful blocks I have received!  And they mostly all go together seemlessly!  I am still brainstorming on how to make this a little more fun.  I also am still thinking about what to do with it when I finish it.  We aren't exactly having a blanket shortage at my house!
Here are my blocks from a different angle.  I love them!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hometown

I LOVE Moda's Hometown line by Sweetwater.  It is just gorgeous and I have a lot of it...let's just say those aren't fat quarters stacked up and leave it at that.   
I am still trying to decide exactly what sort of quilt to make but I also plan on using the extra fabric to make pillows for our sofa.  I have decided my house needs to be introduced to my style because I don't feel like it quite represents me.  We will see if I manage to pull off all I want to with this fabric!

Brown and Pink Baby Quilt

I make a lot of baby quilts... I have lots of friends that keep having lots of babies :).  Luckily, these are just so fun to make. 
 I did a really simple log cabin design.  There was the picture fabric that is framed and then the other blocks have a center square with two frames.
 I used the leftover fabric to piece the backing.  I don't know the fabric line, but the main backing fabric is Lily and Will.
 I LOVE this quilting design.  the hearts are simple but fun.  I really like how they interlock with one another.  It is just a little different than most heart designs.
 I used a stripe fabric for the binding.  I still hand sew down all my bindings.  I am a little scared to machine bind for some reason... I think in my warped mind I think if I screw up on it the whole quilt is ruined.  I think one day soon I ought to try it though.
I hope this quilt is loved-- I just love pink and brown baby girl quilts!