Thursday, February 9, 2023

Finished - Big Boy Bed Quilt

 When the oldest grandson matriculates to a twin size bed a new quilt from Nana is required.  This is Star Pop Quilt by Emily Dennis of Quilty Love.  

The fabric is mostly Adventure is Calling by Dani Mogstad and is perfect for this sweet, adventurous, outside loving boy.  Big loopy swirls for the quilting add to the softness.

With the half star point cut offs I made a little quilt for his stuffed animal friends.  

Even though this is the sixth (!) quilt I have made for him, he was thrilled when he unwrapped it on Christmas.  What more could I ask for?

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Finished in 2017 - Tula Pink City Sampler

 To the extent that I am keeping this blog alive it is to catalog finished quilts.  Therefore it surprises me that the finish of this epic quilt had not been blogged.  Correcting that, here we are almost six years after the finish and eight (!!) years after I started making blocks finally sharing pictures of the finished quilt.

Tula Pink's City Sampler quilt was extremely popular early in my quilting days and has spawned many quilt alongs since its publication in 2013.  Having only been quilting for a year, I remember thinking that making these 100 blocks to the books specification would help to improve my piecing accuracy.  I happily purchased a few fat quarter bundles and coordinating solids and set off at my own pace to make each block.

I looked forward to taking the time to fussy cut Tula's fabulous fabric and select matching solids.  The block construction effort ranges from pretty straight forward to challenging and I love them all.

All 100 blocks were finished in 2015 but it took some time to conclude on a layout.  Again at the time there were so many people making this quilt and I was impressed and perhaps a little intimidated by the clever way in which people arranged the blocks.  In the end as I had not made the blocks with any forethought as to color, I went with a random block layout and a sashing suggestion from the book in a neutral gray.

Continuing the multi-year saga, in 2017 I quilted this very large quilt on my Handiquilter Sweet Sixteen.  By then I had been free motion quilting all my quilts and had been heavily influenced by on-line tutorials, classes and books by quilting master Angela Walters who, it turns out, had quilted the quilt blocks in Tula's book.  Therefore, I continued my apprenticeship with Angela and attempted to follow her quilting style on my quilt.  I loved every minute.  

In conclusion, this is one of my favorite quilts and it began my love for Tula Pink's happy, bright fabrics.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Finished - Summer Haze Quilt AND Blog Assistance!

 Hello to anyone who is still reading this blog!  I have two goals with this post: to continue to document  a finished quilt and to see if there is a technical problem with this blog.  In May I created four finished quilt posts that yielded zero views on Bloglovin.  Now, I know that this little site has been quiet, but really, noone???  Now that I have more time on my hands I'd hope to reengage with the blog community that was so important in my early days of quilting.  How do you read blogs?  Is there a blog reader other than Bloglovin that I should research?

Back to the important matters.  Baby quilts are a joy to make and give.  This lovely quilt is SuzyQuilts Indian Summer Quilt (that has been rereleased as Summer Haze) made out of a gorgeous bundle of fabrics from Cottoneer Fabrics perfect for a baby girl who will be spending lots of time outdoors.

If anyone is keeping track this is my sixth SuzyQuilt finished quilt.  

There's nothing like the soft crinkly in a quilt after washing.  Love!

Keep smiling!

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Finished - Baby Modern Fans

 A couple of years ago I made a queen size version of Suzy Quilts Modern Fans.  You can see that beauty here and here.  I loved making that quilt.  Sewing the curves was so relaxing and rewarding.  I had some fabric and partially sewn components remaining and tucked them away for another quilt.  We are fortunate to know people having babies and "needing" a KayakQuilting quilt.  

This little baby quilt will join two others that I gifted to older siblings, each quilt unique to the child.  When I saw pictures of the baby's nursery decor including dark blues and golds, I knew exactly the quilt I would make.

I try to learn something new with each project and this one has two experiments.  All my quilts to date have been finished with cotton batting.  For this I tried wool and I get it!  I understand why people love the texture and drape of wool.  It washed up beautifully with just a little shrinkage.  

This quilt is also the first time I have added a significant amount of hand quilting.  Researching tutorials and videos I kept playing with the right position to hold the needle and quilt.  By the end I had found a position that was comfortable for me and I'm sure I'll be doing more hand quilting.

Finished - The Judy Quilt

 Sometimes you just have to buy the fabric.  I purchased a small bundle of Savanna Sunset by Tatiana Abaurre and went in search of a pattern that would showcase the prints.  The Judy Quilt by Kitchen Table Quilting was the perfect choice.  This is just a baby quilt but I think the effect comes through!

I used my walking foot to quilt it, something I rarely do.

There will be more Judy Quilts in the future as I scan my fabric stash and acknowledge the amount of larger print fabrics that would be highlighted in this pattern.  Hooray!

Finished - Disappearing Nine Patch

In my early days of quilting and building my fabric stash, I purchased fabric that I obviously liked at the time but somehow never used.  I am trying to sew down my stash and I decided to do something with a few charm packs of Etchings by 3Sisters Designs.  

It's a simple disappearing nine patch pattern but I have to say I like the result.

This is the third of four recent finishes, each with a different approach to quilting.  I free motion quilted paisleys all over this quilt.

And voila!  Another little tiny pile of fabric put to use!

Finished - Color Value Quilt

 A few years ago I had the great pleasure of taking a class on color value instructed by Cheryl Arkinson at QuiltCon.  I brought a pretty random selection of fabrics to the class and this quilt top was the result!  

I had fun quilting this one with feathers and bubbles.  Oh I do love to sit down at my Sweet Sixteen with a smallish quilt and just play.  

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