Thursday, March 26, 2015

Economy Block Baby Quilt

Economy Block Baby Quilt
Economy Block Baby Quilt
Economy Block Baby QuiltEconomy Block Baby Quilt
Economy Block Baby Quilt
Economy Block Baby QuiltEconomy Block Baby Quilt
A little scrappy quilt I just completed. I have to admit, I struggle a bit with scrappy. It may seem like a "quilter's sin" but I do. I like congruous. I like a lot of harmony and I like fabric lines. I like scraps in rainbow arrangements, though! 

 Anyways, I DO like the economy block and you might see this block again here. In matchy, matchy fabrics, haha!  And I DO like this quilt.  I can't resist it's crinkliness and sweetness.  It is a quilt after all, and a quilt means LOVE.

QUILT STATS

Fabrics: Scraps and a bit of American Jane for backgrounds
Binding: American Jane Happy Campers
Backing: Aunt Grace by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics
Batting: Warm & Natural
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt in 2021
Dimensions: 32.5" by 39.5"

For sale in my Etsy shop!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Rainbow Charm Baby Quilts

Rainbow Charm Baby Quilt
Rainbow Charm Quilt 1
Rainbow Charm Quilt 1
Rainbow Charm Quilt 1
Rainbow Charm Quilt 2
Rainbow Charm Quilt 2
Rainbow Charm Quilt 2
Rainbow Charm Quilt 2
What can I say?  I had a craving for nice and simple squares in a rainbow of colour.  I cut piles and piles of squares at 4.5" each from my stash and scraps.  Backed with flannel and machine quilted in straight lines, both of these are so cuddly and such a bright shot of joy.   These are now for sale in my Etsy shop.
I had to share some Instagram pictures, as my little son joined me one day when I began these quilts and sweetly drew his own charm quilt designs in my notebook, and then helped be a quilt "holder" with his bigger brother so I could share my work in progress on Instagram.

QUILT STATS:
Fabrics: 4.5" squares from my stash and scraps
Batting: Warm & Natural
Backing: Riley Blake flannel
Binding: Scrappy (quilt 1) and Navy Oval Elements (quilt 2)
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt for piecing and quilting
Dimensions: 38" by 50" (quilt 1) and 38" by 38" (quilt 2)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

William Morris Trees of Life Quilt

William Morris Trees of Life Quilt

William Morris Trees of Life Quilt

William Morris Trees of Life Quilt

William Morris Trees of Life Quilt

William Morris Trees of Life Quilt

William Morris Trees of Life Quilt

William Morris Trees of Life Quilt

William Morris Trees of Life Quilt

Here is my hand quilted William Morris Trees of Life quilt.  Finally done!  

This quilt is special for many reasons.  Shall I tell you a few?  Way back in 2012, I went to Paris with my husband and two oldest sons.  It was an amazing, amazing trip.

Before we left, I, of course looked up whether there were any quilt shops in Paris I could get to.  I was very excited to find one called Le Rouvray just a few blocks from our apartment (which was fabulously also a few blocks from Notre Dame Cathedral - oh my goodness, I loved it).  THEN, on my birthday just a few weeks before we left, my sister in law gave me the book you can read a bit about on the Le Rouvray website (it is now out of print).

When I got to Paris, I saw the shop had this fabulous antique quilt hanging up made with Tree of Life blocks.  There was a pattern for a similar quilt was included in my book and since I had several William Morris fat quarters (I was thinking about his Tree of Life tapestries...) It came together.

Then I decided to hand quilt it.  Well, that took a long time, but I enjoyed every minute.

Sadly, Le Rouvray is now closed.  But here is a picture I took of the outside of the shop.  You can just see the Tree of Life quilt that inspired me through the window.



QUILT STATS:

Dimensions: 53" by 67"
Fabrics: Various fat quarters of William Morris reproductions by Fabric Freedom, blue Strawberry Thief print by Barbara Brackman from her line A Morris Tapestry. Bella Snow.
Batting: Warm & Natural
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt for piecing, Gutermann hand quilting thread for quilting in Ivory.
Binding: In the Beginning, by Jason Yenter
Backing: Eiffel Tower by Michael Miller (wide width, no seams!)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunshine and Showers Baby Quilt, Part 2!

Sunshine and Showers Baby Quilt 2

Yes, I have made this quilt before.  But I think it was worth it, as they are very fun to make.  I sold the first one *twice* over the Christmas holidays (yes, I really did) and needed to make another one for a customer.

Sunshine and Showers Baby Quilt 2

The 1.5" strips, as you can see, are half "low volume" from my stash, and half bright rainbow colours from my scrap collection.  I sewed them together in a log cabin fashion and ended up with blocks 5.5 inches.  I do love log cabin quilts.

Sunshine and Showers Baby Quilt 2

But, does anyone else get confused when sewing log cabin blocks?  I seem to need to do them all in a short span of time, or I forget.  I like the nice staggered blocks of colour, but I often end up starting to sew them incorrectly so that there is more like a square of colour with wings.  (See my previous post on the subject.)

Sunshine and Showers Baby Quilt 2

I bound this one in a Kona Purple (that is precisely the colour) again as requested by the customer.  It is backed in a soft grey polka dotted Riley Blake flannel.

Sunshine and Showers Baby Quilt 2

I've pieced it and quilted it all with Aurifil 50 wt.  The piecing was all done in white (2024) and the stippling stitches in the quilting are white in the top thread and light grey (2600) in the bobbin.

Sunshine and Showers Baby Quilt 2

Oh, it is so squishy and soft.  So bright and happy.  I might have to make one for myself one day! Incidentally, as soon as I began this quilt I was invited to join posting pictures of it with folks also making scrappy log cabin quilts on Instagram using the hashtag #scrappylogcabinqal, which you should definitely check out.   And thanks for visiting me!

Sunshine and Showers Baby Quilt 2

QUILT STATS:

Dimensions: 29" by 37"
Fabrics: scraps and various prints from my collection
Backing: Riley Blake Scenic Dot Grey in flannel
Binding: Kona Purple
Batting: Quilter's Dream Blend
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt in 2024 (white) and 2600 (light grey)

Sunshine and Showers Baby Quilt 2

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Farmer's Wife Quilt

Farmer's Wife Quilt


Hey everybody!! I finished the Farmer's Wife Quilt this past week!  Here it is in all its giganticness in my driveway, being held up in -20 degree weather by my husband (6 feet, 1 inch tall) and my 19 year old son (6 feet, 3 inches tall) and standing on blocks of wood.

Farmer's Wife Quilt

This quilt was conceived in 2011 while on a trip with my sister to Seattle. We stopped in a quilt shop, we stopped in a book shop and I found a jelly roll of Kansas Troubles Perennials and a copy of The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt. The colours are my mom's style and I was itching to try the sampler quilt - so it made a great reason to get started on a quilt for her. Obviously. And much more fabric than a jelly roll later, plus a few years, here we are!

Farmer's Wife Quilt

I managed to quilt this behemoth on my little home machine (which has quite a small throat space) by doing it in two, separate horizontal parts. I joined the top pieces then sewed the backing together by hand and carefully quilted over the area right down the middle.

Farmer's Wife Quilt

Astonishingly, I didn't get any puckers - which means that I must have been helped by a quilting fairy. (I was totally prepared for failure as events leading up to this quilting were decidedly not smooth. I reversed the direction of the two pieces, which meant that I quilted right to the edge of the WRONG edge on one piece. Which meant I had to pick out the quilting in about a two dozen different spots, re-quilt farther back from the edge, which meant I had to bury threads on the starting and stopping spots of the re-quilted sections - about 2 dozen sections as I said - and then go back to the side I left un-quilted along the edge and quilt that section. ALSO, while pressing a fold in the cream muslin backing to prepare it for hand stitching the pieces together after the quilting was done and the top was joined... I scorched it brown with my iron!! It was right smack dab in the centre where one might not ever see it, but I still needed to fix it and ended up making a 3" by 4" patch that I hand stitched over top of the scorched area, and then requilted over.)

Farmer's Wife Quilt

Anyways, I am VERY pleased with how it turned out. And so is my Mom! And my Dad even picked up the Farmer's Wife Sampler book and looked at it while I was stitching down the binding over New Year's at our house and we chatted about quilts and quilt history and how they are made. So that was fun!  When can I start another one??

Farmer's Wife Quilt

QUILT STATS:

Pattern: Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt
Fabric: Various lines from Kansas Troubles by Moda
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt in 2325 for piecing and quilting the top (2021 in the bobbin for quilting)
Backing: Kona Premium Muslin in Natural
Batting: Quilter's Dream Blend
Size: King

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