Monday, January 3, 2022

Finished - Sweater Weather

One of the people who had a major impact on me when I started quilting ten years ago was Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts.  Her patterns are fun, well written and impactful.  I looked forward to Lorna's regular blog posts, back in the day when I was actually good about following blogs and posting regularly myself.  At the same time, I was falling in love with modern fabric designers and couldn't get enough Tula Pink in my modest fabric collection.  Well, the stars aligned, Lorna published Sweater Weather using Tula's Holiday Homies line and I knew I had to make this quilt some day.  Right before my local quilt store (Keepsake Quilting!) closed, I did something I'd never done and still is a first, bought the quilt kit.

I free motion quilted with loopy circles and snowflakes.  

This is the second of four holiday quilts I gifted this holiday season, given to a family that is already well covered with KayakQuilting output but, what the heck, what's another quilt when it is this cute?!  

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Finished - Christmas Plaidish Quilt

Generally I am disciplined when it comes to discretionary fabric purchases except for a few categories such as Charley Harper prints and Christmas fabric of any style.  At the beginning of the pandemic (can anyone remember that far back?) I spread out my Christmas fabric collection in all its various shapes and forms and concluded that it was time to actually USE these precious slices of cotton.  

The Plaidish quilt is a FREE pattern by Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting.  It is an exercise in color value that yields some pretty great quilts as evidenced by many beautiful finishes. 

I couldn't be happier with my version of this gem of a pattern.  Looking closely you'll notice I used a wide range of fabrics that might not normally play well together. 

This quilt was gifted to one of the most important people in my life who is battling pancreatic cancer (like a super warrior!).  I have a goal to give everyone I love a quilt and she was long overdue for one of my creations.  

Regarding my Christmas fabric collection, this is what it currently looks like after finishing three quilts this holiday season and several last.  In conclusion, I am at zero risk of running low on this category.

Of course, in the venn diagram of my fabric purchases is my growing Charley Harper holiday fabric. No apologies!

Wishing you all the best for 2022! 

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!

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