Friday, January 17, 2020

Finished - Baby Quilt #4 for Foster

I have been trying to break the habit of buying fabric that called out to me (with mixed success).  Several years ago I purchased a stack of 10" squares of the sweetest baby fabric, Sweet Dreams Little One by Pink Chandelier for Wilmington Fabrics.
And it sat on the shelf waiting for just the right occasion to cut into it.  Welcome beautiful Foster to the world last year and the wait was over.

Wanting to waste as little of this as possible (not that scraps are waste mind you) I turned to Aneela Hoey's Little Apples quilt pattern and threw in a few blocks of my remaining precious Comma from ZenChicModa for the quilt top.

Trains on the back and some fun quilting to finish!

Foster (and his parents) were very pleased with this latest addition to their collection from KayakQuilting!


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Finished - Baby Quilt #3 Maypole

In truth this is the last of three quilts that were finished in 2018 (!!) but never blogged about.  I promise more recent finishes soon!
Have you ever used the backing fabric as inspiration for the quilt front?  Baby's mom is a yoga instructor and farm animals doing yoga, well that just the obvious choice.  

Based on the backing, I picked solids to coordinate on this Maypole pattern by SuzyQuilts.

Another quilt finished with straight line quilting and not free motion quilting.  Interesting...

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Finished - Baby Quilt #2 Foxfire

There are so many patterns in my "someday" list, duplicating a previous make is pretty rare.  This was a special request for the Foxfire quilt made out of Maureen Cracknell's Nightfall collection.

All the information is on this post from the first time.

Another instance when I thought I would make a dent in the fabric remaining from the first quilt BUT then I needed more to fussy cut those large center blocks...and, oh well, I have more beautiful Nightfall fabric scraps!

Quilted in a big loopy meander and backed with more soft flannel (sorry no picture).

Love those owls and bunnies!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Finished - Baby Quilt #1 Simple Patchwork

Isn't there something lovely about simple patchwork?  Particularly when the fabric is soft, organic cotton such as Park Life by Elizabeth Olwen from Cloud9 Fabrics.

A little straight line quilting seemed like enough.

 To add to the softness I backed it in a yummy flannel.
Sometimes it is best not to overthink things and just enjoy the process.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Hello 2020! Levi's Christmas Stocking

Has it really been almost one year since my last post?  Lots of reasons that I won't bore you with for my absence but there was one technical issue I will share that others may have encountered.  For over a year I have not been able to comment on your blogs regardless of the device I used.  Also, I was not getting notified when a comment was made to my blog.  I've always felt that blogging was a community where two way communication was critical.

After much research, I finally determined that all my devices are from Apple and the recent operating systems just do not recognize my gmail account on Safari.  I downloaded Chrome and voila!  I can now interact with your blogs as I have in the past and hopefully the comments function will work!  (Hint, hint...)

OK, enough of the technical stuff, on to the important matters.  In fact, I did very little sewing in 2019.  I started this blog when I began quilting in 2012 to not only connect with the wonderful community of sewers but also to catalog my finishes.  Therefore, I will use the next few blog posts to catch you up on my creative completions from last year.
The project that represented my largest creative investment in 2019 was this cross stitched Christmas stocking for my two year old grandson.

From July to December, all available creative time was dedicated to this endeavor.  The pattern is 18 count with lots and lots of thread changes, thread mixes and stitch varieties.  I'm not sure that he really appreciates it yet (other than for the functional value as a receptacle for Santa's gifts) but I'm so pleased with how it finished.  

This is where I purchased the kit.
More updates coming soon!  Looking forward to chatting more in 2020.


Friday, January 18, 2019

Finished - Low Volume Trip Around the World Quilt

Why work on just one queen size quilt when you can work on two at the same time?

Thanks so much for all the love here and on IG for the Modern Fans Quilt (post here and here).  Indeed I loved making that quilt (but then I can't remember the last quilt I didn't enjoy making) but all the new components of that project required focus.  Making this Trip Around the World quilt was like therapy.  Everything about it was lovely, calming and relaxing.  Even though it is the biggest quilt I've ever made (just a few inches larger than the Modern Fans) I was a little sad to have it finished.

The pattern is of course the tutorial by Quiltville.  This is the second quilt I've finished using that pattern (the first is here) so I was familiar with the technique.  Digging into my stash for low volume fabrics with a gray leaning created a colossal mess in the sewing room but was quite rewarding.  That is, until I realized that even with the fabric requirements of a queen size quilt I was barely making an impact on my low volume stash!  See my 2019 goal post for more on that challenge!

Calculating the number of blocks I would need for a queen, I cut over 400 strips of some of my favorite fabric.

Over a month or so I would sew up 10 blocks at a time and unpick the seams (see the tutorial as to why this is done) while relaxing at night watching TV.  And soon enough, there were 72 beautiful blocks.

Keeping with the therapeutic nature of this project, I just placed them on my design wall and didn't stress too much about the adjacencies of each block.  This picture is the layout in process with my not quite queen size design wall.

Table basting to save the back and knees!!
Ah then the quilting.  Over several days I quilted a leafy pattern completely covering the quilt.  The flowing, repetitive movement of the leaves was so enjoyable to quilt and it adds a lovely softness to all those little blocks.

Several hours of hand sewing the binding later, the quilt was finished.

At least I know the quilt went to a good home and I can visit it whenever I want! My son and daughter in law loved the quilt and we had fun photographing it on a gray Christmas Eve outside their lovely antique home.

Let's talk about the backing.  It's Charley Harper Birch organic Western Birds and the best part is that it was a wide backing piece that I had in my stash!  It takes a lot of hands to hold a queen size quilt up.

Those birds are almost sitting on the leaves in the quilting.

Sorry about all the pictures but I do love this quilt!! Although I had plans to finish three bed size quilts for my three sons for Christmas, I ran out of gas and gave one son an I.O.U. in the form of fabric selected for his quilt.  He knows I'm good for it!

Have a great day,

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Modern Fans Quilt Finish - Part Two

Photographing this quilt top was a challenge.  At 84" by 112" my usual quilt holder gets extra credit for effort.
Then it was time to baste.  Except for very small quilts, I have basted all my quilts on a table.  Maybe one of these days I'll get my act together and document my process on this blog.
I do all my own quilting, usually on my sit down Sweet Sixteen quilting machine.  However, I wanted to do straight line quilting on this one.  My second sewing machine was set up on the dining room table, a folding table added off to the left for support, attached my walking foot and I went to work.  One inch quilting lines, 84 of them, 112 inches long.  This took a few days and lots of patience but I am so pleased with the results.
As much as I have enjoyed creative pieced backings, there are occasions when wide (108") backings are the only way to go.
Miles of hand sewn binding later, we have a finished quilt!!  After I gifted it to my son on Christmas we were able to enlist he and his brother to hold the finished product for pictures.

I loved making this quilt and my son was appropriately thrilled to have this addition to his apartment in Chicago.
With all that pre-washing, there was very little shrinkage after washing.
Thank you Suzy for such a wonderful quilt pattern and all the support! I will definitely be making another, perhaps a bit smaller next time!

Have a great day,
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