Saturday, February 12, 2022

Finished - Up North Quilt

 I just finished this fun quilt for my nephew and his wife who were married in front of their restored classic Air Stream trailer (that now sports a lime green door).

The pattern is the Up North Quilt by Pen and Paper Quilts.  I added a flamingo to the quilt to match the newlyweds decor at the wedding.  The bird is a foundation paper pieced pattern by PatternBrat.

Keeping with my goal of using long hoarded fabrics, the trees are from a fat quarter bundle of Succulents fabric by Heather Givans purchased at QuiltCon maybe 7 years ago.  

I used minky for the backing that yielded not only a lovely, heavy, cozy quilt but also showed off the wandering leaves I free motion quilted.  

This was intended as a one year anniversary gift and I was only 6 months late!

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Finished - Merrily Quilt

 The fourth and last quilt I gifted this past holiday season is this quilt by Gingiber featuring her Merriment fabric.  A few years ago I had purchased the panel with all the adorable forest animals and some fabric from this line.  When I decided to focus on making Christmas quilts at the beginning of last year, I knew I wanted to do something with this panel. But alas I did not have enough of the Merriment fabric for this pattern.  Thanks to a very sweet quilting friend who had just completed this same quilt and gifted me her scraps (!!), I had what I needed for the quilt.

It was gifted to my son and daugher-in-law who have many framed Gingiber art pieces in their home. Perfect!  

Although it took many months from beginning to end to complete the quilts I gifted this year, I am thrilled with each finish and so were the recipients!

Finished - Snowflake Quilt

 The next quilt gifted this past Christmas was the Falling Snow Quilt by Quilting for 4.   

This version is the large throw and honestly sews up surprisingly fast.  Given the heavy backing I kept the quilting style simple with an all over meander.

I think this winter quilt with plush minky backing will work well for many months in my son's Chicago home.  

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?!  

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