Monday, July 7, 2014

The Hand Quilted Swoon is Done!

Swoon Quilt

Hooray!  It's pieced, it's quilted, it's bound!  But it's not washed and dried yet!  Usually that is the first thing I do when I complete a quilt.  But I wanted to take some pictures before it crinkles, as I have never made such a large piece with hand quilting, and with linen....I just don't quite know how different it will look!  But I will let you know.

Swoon Quilt

Final dimensions (before shrinkage) are 107" by 90".  I have also resized these blocks, you might remember if you've been following me, to about 3/4 the size of the pattern.  So the original pattern has blocks that finish 24" and mine ended up at about 16.75" (please don't ask me to explain how that math works!  I have no memory how I arrived at the numbers I did, but it worked out.)

Swoon Quilt Detail

Piecing this one began in March 2013 and the top was finished in October.  I began hand quilting in January of 2014 and completed it at the end of June!  It works out to roughly about a block a week plus the borders and sashing in another 2 - 3 weeks. 

Swoon Quilt Backing

I love, love, love this backing I used which is a Denyse Schmidt print, from her line Greenfield Hill.  Unfortunately, as is usually the way things go, I did not have enough for a king size quilt and so I stuck in a panel down the middle of a Shelburne Falls floral print which I also love.  So yay!

Swoon Quilt Detail

What a joy to look at each of those stitches and feel a bit more connected to them, as each one constitutes a moment in my day, a precise movement of my own hands, a bit of my own concentration to make it just right, and so really... a piece of me!

Swoon Quilt

(The size of the quilt is ample enough for our king size bed, but I've pictured it on a queen size bed as it was easier to take pictures in this room.)

And finally all the details to sum it up:

Pattern:  Swoon by Camille Roskelley for Thimble Blossoms (resized to my own dimensions)
Print Fabrics for Blocks: Various Denyse Schmidt lines, including Katy Jump Rope, Hope Valley, Shelburne Falls, and Flea Market Fancy.
Background Fabric for Blocks: Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Flax
Binding: Chicopee Simple Plaid in Black by Denyse Schmidt
Backing: Greenfield Hill Preservation Peony in Blueberry and Multi Floral from Shelburne Falls by Denyse Schmidt
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. in 2325
Quilting Thread: Aurifil 12 wt. in various colours, DMC perle cotton
Batting: Warm N' Natural
Dimensions: 107" by 90"

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Baby Quilts for Boys!

Baby Boy Plus Quilt and S'More Love Baby Quilt

It started with the plus quilt on the left and ended with the charm quilt on the right... a commission to make a blue and green quilt for a baby boy coming (hope they aren't mad I added gold....)

Baby Boy Plus Quilt
 

Baby Boy Plus Quilt

Some wavy line quilting in my usual Aurifil (50 wt in light grey) using a stretched out zig zaggy stitch and my walking foot, plus some scrap-alicious binding...

Baby Boy Plus Quilt

And then I was reminded of another baby quilt I meant to make!  Some leftover squares from the quilt above (and some others) went so nicely with a few light squares I had left from a S'More Love layer cake from Moda.

S'More Love Baby Quilt

This simple quilt needed a little something special in the quilting department, so I happily chose hand quilting.  Not a hard sell to me these days!

S'More Love Baby Quilt

Some random lines in colourful perle no. 8 cottons and Aurfil 12 wt. cottons and we are good to go.  (Haha, get it? Go camping?)  Oh, and some wood grain print binding?  Yes, please!

S'More Love Baby Quilt

So squishy, so fun to do, so satisfying.... hand quilting.  Try it!

S'More Love Baby Quilt


Quilt Stats:

Baby Boy Plus Quilt

Finished dimensions:  29.5" by 38.5"
Fabric: various
Backing: Riley Blake flannel from Hooty Hoot
Binding: various
Batting: warm n natural
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. in light grey


S'more Love Baby Quilt

Finished dimensions:  25" by 34"
Fabric: S'more Love by Moda and various
Backing: Riley Blake flannel from Hooty Hoot
Binding: Faux Bois in Tan by Patty Sloniger
Batting: warm n natural
Thread: various colours of Aurifil 12 wt and DMC perle 8.




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Scattered Flowers Postage Stamp Baby Quilt

Subtitled:  Spring Has Arrived Here....Turned Out it Was Only a Quilt

I've been piecing this baby quilt out of leftover fabrics from the grandmother's flower garden quilt I'm working on.  All the squares that don't have 6 matching pieces for flower petals or are in the same pale green that my background colours are for that quilt got tossed in a big ziploc and emerged as this baby quilt.  (Plus some yardage of a blue flowered print from 3 Sisters Shangri-la)

Scattered Flowers Postage Stamp Baby Quilt

Since I was finishing this quilt during (another) snowstorm (the kind, incidentally, we have been getting about every few days since October 26, 2013.....) It is my only Spring. I will hold it, I will hug it, and I will love it. And then, if Spring every comes here for real, I will sell it in my Etsy shop :)

Scattered Flowers Postage Stamp Baby Quilt

Scattered Flowers Postage Stamp Baby Quilt

Scattered Flowers Postage Stamp Baby Quilt

Scattered Flowers Postage Stamp Baby Quilt

Pieced in Aurifil 50 wt in white and quilted in ivory. The backing is a textured solid in Tapioca from Pink Castle Fabric (not sure of the manufacturer) and the binding is from 3 Sister's line Paris Flea Market. Size is 36.5" by 43.5".   Did you know Spring could be so soft and crinkle-icious?!

Friday, April 11, 2014

William Morris Tree of Life Quilt

As if I didn't have enough hand quilting to keep me occupied with the king size Swoon! As the old saying goes, a change is as good as a rest, so I picked up this quilt and decided to hand quilt it too:

William Morris Tree of Life Quilt

Changing it up a bit by using traditional weight thread (as opposed to the 12 and 8 wt. I am using in the Swoon). I think this Gutermann hand quilting thread (with a lovely wax (?) coating to make it oh so tangle free) is a 40 wt.

William Morris Tree of Life Quilt

The fabrics, as you may have guessed from the title, are reproduction William Morris prints.  I thought them very appropriate to turn into tree of life blocks as the Tree of Life was a popular theme in William Morris tapestries.

William Morris Tree of Life Quilt

I am enjoying it immensely!! I am almost done with the trees, and then I will have to expand my hand quilting skills and figure out how to quilt some kind of garland motif in those big blue squares... should be fun!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sister's Paint Box Quilt

Sister's Paint Box Quilt

A year ago I bought two jelly rolls at a quilt show, one was Metropolitan Fair by Barbara Brackman and the other was Paint Box by Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts.  When I got them home and unrolled them (no, I cannot leave them all nicely packaged, I must inspect) I noticed how nicely they matched!

Metropolitan Fair by Barbara Brackman and Paint Box by Laundry Basket Quilts.

So they sat, and I waited until a jelly roll quilt pattern fell into my brain. And I thought Sister's Choice might be a good choice, as it has that traditional feel that the fabrics did to me. But the patterns I looked at would require some messing around with cutting. But then I found Miss Bonnie Hunter's pattern. All 2.5 inch squares and rectangles. Perfect!!

Sister's Paint Box Quilt

 My star points are all pretty scrappy, and I wanted to use the low volume prints, which there were plenty of, for the background instead of a solid (which is also what Bonnie did). It worked perfectly and I had enough stripe-y jelly roll strips left from Metropolitan Fair to make the binding!

Sister's Paint Box Quilt


Some yardage of a matching dusty blue Robyn Pandolph print in my stash became the backing.   Now I have a quilt that actually matches my house too. Most of the brighter, more modern quilts I've made don't actually co-ordinate with my living room which is more traditional colours. (Not that it stops me from strewing bright quilts all over it!)

Sister's Paint Box Quilt

Final Stats
Dimensions: 46" by 65" 
Fabric: Metropolitan Fair and Paint Box (both by Moda) 
Thread: Aurifil in the most typical (and boring? haha) Sand colour (2325) for both piecing and quilting 
Backing: Bed of Roses by Robyn Pandolph for Moda 
Batting: a recycled flannel sheet 
Completed March 2014

Sister's Paint Box Quilt
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