Friday, August 15, 2014

Origins Quilt

Origins Quilt

Origins Quilt

Origins Quilt

Origins Quilt

Origins Quilt

Origins Quilt

I've noticed a couple of things as I'm teaching myself to hand quilt.  Like the appearance of my stitches.  In general, I am pleased as they are neat and even.  But when I look at pictures of antique quilts, the stitches appear (1) tinier and (2) smaller, hahaha!  Like just a dot!  The way my stitches look with this thinner hand quilting thread better suits perle cotton, I think, as the stitches look a little big to me (see the close up).

A question: how many stitches per inch do people generally get hand quilting?  Mine are about 9 stitches per inch in this quilt.  Which calculates out to..... about 27, 216 stitches!  (378 squares, 8 inches of stitching per square and 9 stitches per inch?  Correct me if I am wrong!)

Quilt Stats:

Print Fabrics: Origins by Basic Grey for Moda
Solid Fabric: Kona cotton solid in Ivory (?)
Thread: Gutermann Hand Quilting thread 100% cotton in Ivory
Batting: Warm & Natural
Backing: cut from a 100% cotton Ikea duvet cover
Dimensions: 50" by 58"

Thursday, August 14, 2014

S'more Love Camper Quilt

S'more Love Camper Quilt

S'more Love Camper Quilt

S'more Love Camper Quilt

S'more Love Camper Quilt

S'more Love Camper Quilt

Before one leaves on another an epic camping trip... one needs a new camper quilt for one's RV.  Naturally.

This simple, easy to piece, easy to quilt and "perfect to showcase a fun fabric" pattern, is what I made this year for our camper quilt.  It is called Easy Bricks, by Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter, and can by found on the Moda Bake Shop site.

I used a layer cake of S'more Love by Cosmo Cricket for Moda.  I took out a lot of the lighter prints which ended up in this baby quilt:

S'More Love Baby Quilt

I replaced the lighter S'more Love prints with darker prints that coordinated from my collection.  (As Amy did in the pattern, using 2 layer cakes and reserving the light prints for a different project.)

I pieced it and quilted it up on my machine using a white Aurifil 50 wt. and it is ready to go for our annual September RV adventure!

Quilt Stats

Pattern: Easy Bricks by Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter (found at Moda Bake Shop)
Print Fabrics: S'more Love, Cosmo Cricket for Moda (used for top, backing and binding) and other various prints
Background fabric: Kona cotton solid (in Oyster, I think?)
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt, white
Batting: Warm & Natural
Dimensions: 60" by 81"
Completed August 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Lush Uptown Quilt

Lush Uptown Quilt

Lush Uptown Quilt

Lush Uptown Quilt

Lush Uptown Quilt

Lush Uptown Quilt

Lush Uptown Quilt

Lush Uptown Quilt

The first thing one realizes after getting sucked into the siren song of this super cool, modern and unique fabric line is how difficult it is to find a good quilt pattern to do it justice!

I think I found it in Thimbleblossoms' Red Velvet pattern.  The perfect pattern to let you show off those big beautiful deer and trees and chrysanthemums....but not too modern where you are just looking at giant squares, or squares in a square.  

I did leave out several prints (some smaller scale and the paint by number birds), as I want those large scale deer and the fall foliage to shine.  And I ended up going with a sampler bundle of shot cottons for the star points instead of what I originally imagined incorporating some of the smaller scale prints for.  I think the colours and the added depth of the shot cottons is spot on for this quilt.

I pieced it with my usual Aurifil 50 wt in 2325, and I also machine quilted it with the same threads, but used a light grey on the top thread and 2325 in the bobbin.

Oh, and you may have noticed I orientated the deer to be looking at you when the quilt is what you might consider horizontal, rather than vertical.  That's because it is going to hang on the back of my couch :).

Thanks for coming by to look!

Quilt Stats

Pattern: Red Velvet by Thimbleblossoms
Dimensions: 66" by 59"
Main fabric: Lush Uptown by Moda
Backing: Turquoise sheet from Ikea
Batting: Warm & Natural
Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt
Completed August 4, 2014

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 & 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 & 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 & Natural
Thread: various colours of Aurifil 12 wt and DMC perle 8.




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