Friday, June 23, 2017

Down the River Disappearing 4 Patch

 55 x 66

The disappearing 4 patch pattern was very fitting for this quilt. The focus fabric only has a few shades of blue in it and was really hard to match to the blues in my stash. I found a large piece of the moda marble in this dark blue shade that went well. I don't have too many 2 fabric go to patterns, but I have used the D4P before with great success.

I didn't worry about fussy cutting since there are so many different squares and I knew they were going to get cut up anyway. Here's a peek at a boat and the docks.

And here is a good shot of one of the lighthouses and another boat. I love the blue shades of the fabric, so much like a cloudy day on the river.

I thought the double strip on the back kind of mimics the pattern on the front.

Linking with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts.
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Friday, June 16, 2017

University of Alabama Elephant Quilt

70 x 90 

Crimson and White are the colors of the University of Alabama and their mascot is an elephant. A customer of mine wanted this particular elephant made into a twin sized quilt with her school's colors.

I picked an easy background pattern with over 10 different red fabrics to make sure the elephant would be the star of the quilt. The rectangles were cut 5" by 18".

The elephant was paper pieced and appliqued to the quilt top before quilting. I quilted it with an off white thread with straight lines on some of the pieces about a quarter inch from the seam. The tail got sewn in as I was doing the applique.

I really didn't know the proper way to quilt this guy since he was so big. I outlined him in read and then quilted just inside the white satin stitches with my longarm as I was doing the straight lines. This was really my first time appliqueing something this large. Is this the proper way? How would you have done it?

I learned a lot about paper piecing (and yes, it was much better this time) and even applique.  I may even do some more in the future!

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pure Baby Boy Quilt

36 x 42 

This is a Moda Bake Shop pattern called Pure Baby Boy.   I liked the simplicity of it so I dug through my scraps and pieced the top. I found a blue Kona cotton called Delft for the sashing and the binding.

I wasn't crazy about how they had done the back in the tutorial, plus I hadn't used a jelly roll so I didn't have any strips anyway. I looked in my stash and nothing large enough seemed to go with the modern look of the front.

Eventually I was able to find enough matching prints and pieced the back from 4.5" wide rectangles. I think they were cut 5" x 10". I didn't worry about trying to get it center when I loaded it on the longarm. I just wanted it to be straight.  And it's pretty close.

It looks so much softer after it's washed. Too bad that is hard to show in pictures. But all quilts look better in person, don't you think?  Hope you're having a great week!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Granny's Square Patch in Teal and Brown

60  x 70

This is another Granny's Square Patch Quilt made with Myra's pattern. This is one of my go to patterns because it looks great in three fabrics but can also be use with many fabrics. I'm still going through my stash and trying to use up fabrics that aren't really blenders.  This tan floral fabric fit the bill and looks great with the teal and brown I found in my stash as well.

I ran a little short on the back even with using all the leftover squares in a strip. A little character never hurt any quilt!

You can find this quilt in my etsy shop.  Linking with Busy Hands Quilts.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Summery Squares

57 x 67 

Here is a summery quilt that features a blue floral print I found in my stash. I used 4 colors from that print to add even more color and brightness to the quilt.

After I got the top done, it seems a little plain so I decided to quilt it with an orange thread. But even that didn't seem like enough so I choose to do a feather style pantograph.

I found this beautiful orange print in my stash that goes perfectly. You can't really see it in the picture but it is a geometric print in several shades of orange. 

It's listed for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Inlaid Tiles Baby Quilt and May Stash Report

40 x 40

This pattern is called Inlaid Tiles.  I have used it before and really liked it, but this time I'm not sure I picked the right fabrics to make this gray print look good. But once the blocks are sewn together there is not too much you can do to change it.

 I used the gray print for the back and the binding. Trying to get it out of my stash. There is still 2 yards left so hopefully I will pick a better pattern next time.

Fabric Usage

Lots of quilts were made this month, but not too much of a dent in the stash. I didn't really buy 23 yards of fabric this month.  It came from an gift certificate I got and felt I had to count it as coming in since I plan to count it going out. Still the numbers are going in the right direction!

In: 23
Out: 40

Friday, May 26, 2017

Scrappy Rainbow Star Baby Quilt

 36 x 36

This baby quilt is made from 2.5" scraps! I think it is my favorite baby quilt I have ever made. I saw this one on pinterest and knew I needed to stop everything and make one. I grabbed one of my sons and the scrap bins and the two of us had it laid out on the table in no time. little square should not be in there. 

 I used one of the gray and white prints for the back and binding so it wouldn't take away from the star. It is quilted with a light gray thread.

This quilt is for sale in my shop.  Linking with Busy Hands Quilts.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Table Runner

14 x 46 

This is the rest of the blocks I found in the box of fabric I mentioned in the last post. There were only a few of these, mostly half made.  At first I was going to make a wall hanging, but then thought to make a table runner.

The stripe fabric was just a tad short, so I added a piece of the brown to make it longer. I thought about meandering because it is fast and easy, but this runner is so small I opted to quilt down the centers of the X's.  Love it!

This table runner is available in my shop.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Checker Board

56.5 x 71.5

I bought a box of fabrics from a friend. In the box was a whole bunch of coordinating fabric and two kinds of blocks. The black set had 12 and the white set had 19. I've never seen a pattern like this before, but it was easy to follow because the blocks were sewn so well.

After doing some math, I brought each block up to 21 and laid it on my design wall.  It just seemed too small.  So I added another column and another row. Still looking too small, I found I could make blocks for one more row. So I ended up making half of the blocks for this quilt. Then I added a small black border to finish it off.

A large piece of the striped fabric was included in the box, so I used it for the back and the binding. I was able to almost match the two pieces together so the seam isn't really seen. Not perfect, but pretty good.

I used the stripe fabric for the binding too. Add a nice finishing touch to the quilt. 

Linking with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

T-Shirt Quilt

I haven't made one of these in a while. My friend asked me to make one for her daughter's graduation present. Shirts were cut 14.5" because that was the size of the smallest shirt. She chose a 1" gray sashing. Making this was easier than I remembered. So glad!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Rainbow Bargello

Made a lap size bargello quilt this week for a customer. She bought it for her MIL because she was starting chemo and wanted something cheerful. I think this fits the bill perfectly. It is such a bright and cheerful quilt. I hope it brings her some comfort.

If you'd like one too, you can find it in my shop.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Green and Red Chunky Race Quilt

Ah, my last chunky race quilt for a while. I made this one to demonstrate the process to a friend. She is now hooked on making these! She has made a black and white one (which was gorgeous), a red, white and black music one, and a purple one. They are so fast and easy and allow for fun quilting practice. My tutorial can be found here. You can make the top in less than two hours, cutting time included. You only need 10 fat quarters.

Some of these fabrics came from the "tub" of my out of date fabrics so I used as much as possible on the back. I love how it turned out. The gold prints really add a touch of richness to this color combo.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts

Monday, May 1, 2017

April Use Your Stash

This is a little quilt I made for Emma. She helped me pick out some fun fabrics from the scrap bins. Even the back is made from scraps from her oldest sister's quilt. She also tried to help layout the quilt on the table. Josie has one very similar that I made for her when she was three. It seems that is the age that they ask for their very own little quilt!

I quilted it with some hot pink thread. I added some words to personalize it - love, you, Emma, Grace, and a heart. This made Josie a little upset because she didn't get any words on hers!

Used the same striped fabric from the back for the binding. 100% scraps! 

I still need to make a quilt for Emma's bed, but I want to wait until we move and see who will be in what room before I do that. Who knows when we will be moving, but hopefully soon!

I have been very good again this month in not buying any fabric! Finally seeing the net usage number getting big. I am so excited to move some of this fabric out of my stash. I made 3 baby quilts and 3 lap quilts this month counting Emma's little quilt.

Fabric Usage
In: 0
Out: 36
Net: 119.75

Friday, April 28, 2017

Oh My Darling

 55 x 64

Here is Myra's latest pattern called Oh My Darling! It's a lovely pattern that comes in several sizes.  I made the large lap size.  I love this color combination of blues and yellows mixed with gray.

I used some leftover pieces from pattern testing on the back to fill in the gap. Seemed like a good way to not put them in the scrap pile. Then I gave it a quick meander in a light gray thread.

Stop by Myra's blog to see the original quilt she designed and you can find this wonderful pattern in her shop here.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Boomerang Quilt

  56 x 64

It's finally finished!!! I started this quilt because someone asked me about making a king size quilt. I didn't have any idea how long that would take so I made a few squares to find out. Well, it took me way too long and I had to price the quilt very high. So I set this aside for a couple months until I saw a paper piecing video on facebook that was much easier than the original directions which you can find here. This was my first time paper piecing and let me tell you, it will probably be the last!

So after watching the video, I did get a little faster by doing one part of all the pieces, then the next. But it still took more time to make these blocks than I'm used to. I made an 8" block incase you're wondering.

I used Kona cotton colors Iron Gray, Pepper, Sprout, Sunflower, and Bahama Blue. They work beautifully together in this modern quilt.  For the quilting, I really wanted to do something custom, but I was dreading this part too, so the top sat out on the hallway rail for another month. My husband and I spent some time trying to come up with something modern looking that wouldn't take hours to quilt. Finally, we decided on these wavy lines.

I think they turned out nice and add a bit of softness to the quilt. Not to mention it keeps the price down to a reasonable amount. Who wants to pay that much for custom quilting anyway? It was a good learning experience for me.  I learned I don't like paper piecing!

I'll be linking with My Quilt Infatuation, Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts this week.
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