Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Finished - Mod Mountains Baby Quilt

One quilt designer whose patterns I find consistently wonderful is Suzy Quilts. This is my fourth quilt using her patterns and I love each one.  Here is the Glitter and Glow quilt made for my grandson. Here is the Maypole quilt. And here is the EPIC Modern Fans queen size quilt for my son. This is Suzy's Mod Mountain pattern.

Using the backing fabric as the influence for colors, I found some fun fabrics for the mountains in my fabric collection.  The background fabric is Kona Kaufman aloe.  

Straight line quilting for a change from my usual free motion quilting.

And so soft and crinkly after being washed.

This was a fun quilt to make and I can see more in the future!

Finished - Milo's First Birthday Quilt

 Really, a grandchild can't have too many quilts, right?! I don't know if I will ever get back to quilt in-process posts on this blog but maintaining a catalog of finishes will ensure you get to see the final product.  

Economy block quilts are perfect for fussy cutting fun motifs for little ones. With the exception of a few Mickey Mouse prints, I had all of this fabric in my stash (see note below on the stash status).

I made a very similar quilt for Milo's older cousin and seeing how much it has been loved, I had to make another. I'm not usually a fan of borders on quilts but this blue border combined with the black and white
striped binding work well together.

And how about that super soft and adorable minky backing?!

Another fun finish!

About my stash:  Over the last year I have finished and started several quilts.  My goal was to use fabric on hand and, in some cases, this influenced the quilt style selected. With the exception of some very specific prints (like Mickey Mouse), one impulse buy and a lovely bundle of gifted Christmas scraps I have not added to my modest fabric collection. Now one would think that this would result in a noticeable decrease in the stash but that did not happen! I'm beginning to wonder if I will ever use all this fabric in my lifetime!  The more likely scenario is that I will continue to buy fabric that warms my heart and let the kids deal with the remaining collection after I'm gone!

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Finished - Ohio Star and Pillows

 Catching up on my finishes for 2020, I must include this one.  I started this quilt a few years ago with the goal of making a dent in my collection of peach and light orange scraps.  It is a traditional Ohio Star pattern inspired by the beautiful work of Red Pepper Quilts.

After completing the quilt top I stepped back and, really for the first time in my quilting journey, I was disappointed.  The color contrasts just didn't work as I had envisioned and some of the scraps jumped out more than I liked.  It got tucked away until earlier this year when I went on a campaign to finish everything I had started.

As is always the case, quilting helped quite a lot as did the wrinkles acquired from being washed.

I made three pillows using the City Pillow series by Kate Colleran included with the 2020 Quilters Planner.  Together the quilt and pillows lighten up this guest bedroom and I'm moving on.

Head on over to Michelle's page for her weekly blog link up post!

Finished - Christmas Quilt for Karen

 I've made A LOT of quilts in my nine years of quilt making.  Incredibly, this is the first one I've made for my one and only and very special sister! 

I've made this pattern one time before in muted tones and I love the adaptation for Christmas with the addition of a few trees and bright holiday fabrics. The pattern is Suburbs Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew, a pattern I highly recommend for how well it works with a wide variety of fabrics and efficient use of fabric layer cakes (10"squares).
I might have gotten a bit carried away with the quilting but it had been months since I finished a quilt and, well, all those swirls were therapeutic!

My sister is a medical professional and she has had quite the year.  I thought a happy quilt might be in order and based on her exuberant response she loves it!  Linking this one up with Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty's weekly finished project event!

Merry Christmas Karen!  I love you!

Finished - Milo's Christmas Stocking

My 2020 hand sewing project was a Christmas stocking for our precious new grandson.  His parents selected the pattern and I'm thrilled to report that it was finished before Santa's arrival. I have made cross stitched stockings for everyone in my family, my nieces and nephew and now both grandsons.  

As you can see, there is much to look at on this stocking.  

The pattern is Twas the Night Before Christmas, a Sandy Orton design by Kooler Design Studios.  The pattern instructions include half and quarter stitches, mixed flosses (and various thread counts), metallic threads and oodles of outlining.  

A fun dog Christmas fabric for the backing seemed necessary for this animal loving family.

Nana loves you Milo!

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Finished - Two Low Volume Bright Hope Quilts

 Catching up here on quilts finished this year.  I started collecting low volume fabrics a few years ago needing a break from all the bright fabrics and the calm was welcome.  Turns out I had A LOT of low volume fabric as I finished this queen size quilt and still had plenty to make at least two more quilts.  Earlier this year when I was looking for meditative quarantine sewing, I started making these partial seam blocks using Red Pepper Quilts Bright Hope block tutorial.  

I ended up with over 250 5 inch blocks, plenty for two good sized lap quilts.  

Finished with my favorite backing fabric, all over stipple quilting and hand sewn binding.  These washed up beautifully soft and crinkly.

Gifted to two important women in our family and a gift of quilt making therapy for me.

Keep smiling,


Saturday, December 5, 2020

Finished - My First Meadowland Quilt

 Who hasn't seen the Meadowland Quilt pattern by Then Came June?  Here's my first quilt using this pattern as I am sure there will be more.

The colors are based on that Kate Spain aria floral fabric and another quarantine quilt made exclusively from on-hand materials.

I pieced the quilt top differently from the pattern so that the squares of that lovely floral did not have to be cut up.
Just a simple stipple for quilting.

This is a great pattern, looks wonderful in just about any fabric combination and comes together quickly.  

Keep smiling,



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