Thursday, December 14, 2017

Irish Chain with a Seminole Border

78 x 98 

My friend started this quilt 10 years ago and asked me to finish it for her. She doesn't have much time for quilting and she wanted to give it to her husband for Christmas. She had everything cut for me already so I got to sewing.  I've never made a seminole border before so I was a little nervous if it was going to fit properly.  But it did!

I quilted one of my favorite pantographs on it called Square Spiral. It's a 6" panto. All the fabrics were Moda Marbles.

Crossing things off my to do list this week!  I'll be ready for a sewing break soon! (and pie too!)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Custom School Fundraiser Quilt

 50 x 62

When I was asked to make a quilt using kids hand prints, I wasn't really sure how it would work.  I thought I was going to have to cut and send the fabric to my customer and then work with whatever came back.  But she asked for some directions on cutting the fabric and took care of all the hand prints using a 9" square that she was careful to cut straight. I trimmed the blocks to 8.5" trying to center the prints as best I could since she didn't have a rotary cutter.

She choose this dot print for the front, so we used matching solids to border the prints. I picked 2 of each color.

For the back she wanted this coordinating stripped fabric from the Hungry Caterpillar fabric line. I was able to match the seam almost perfectly so you can't see it! It's between a blue and a purple line. i ironed one side first to get the fold in the right place.  I used glue to iron both pieces together. Then I sewed on the fold and trimmed the seam to a quarter inch.

This sure has been a year of making different kinds of quilts. It's getting close to seeing all the different techniques I've tried this year.  Hope you're getting caught up on all your December projects!

Linking with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Baby Memory Quilt

58 x 59 

I have been seeing baby memory quilts on pinterest for a while, but they usually look like a t-shrit quilt. I found this one and saved it to my board. I didn't happen to save any of my kids clothes so I was looking for someone to let me try to make a quilt. My friend agreed to let me make her a baby memory quilt and she chose one that had whole clothes on it.

I looked and looked for directions or a tutorial on how to sew the clothes to the top of a quilt but I couldn't find anything to help me. So here is what I did. Instead of stabilizing the clothes, I ironed stabilizer to the background fabric. I didn't want the clothes to be ironed down.  I cut the clothes in half and top stitched them down in a matching thread.  Although I didn't cut the socks in half, they were thin enough already.

This pink dress was really too big because I couldn't quilt it with all those pleats. I quilted a couple of straight lines under the pleats just to hold it down.

I tried to incorporate some uniqueness by adding sleeves where I could. I had to cut them off and resew them to get the right angle.

I didn't sew down the ruffles on the bottom of the pants or sew some of the ends of the sleeves and socks closed.

Sewing the back of the pants to the fabric was more challenging because of the roundness on the bottom.

I quilted a heart in the inside of both coats since they opened up to the solid fabric.  I also quilted the words "beautiful baby" on the top of the quilt. I intended to quilt something by the socks, but I forgot when I got down to it.

My friend just loved the quilt and was so excited to receive it. I might make some more of these, but I will warn you they do take some time. I rearranged many times trying to get things to fit. Then added in extra fabrics to fill the holes. Next time, I think I would cut some of the clothes into squares and only have a few that are top stitched.

Have you ever made one of these?  I'd love some suggestions on how to sew the clothes to the background.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Splash of Color - Rainbow Scraps

60 x 70

My second Splash of Color quilt is this fun scrappy rainbow!  The pattern comes from the book A Splash of Color - A Rainbow of Black and White Quilts by Jackie Kunkel.  I changed the pattern up just a bit to use 2.5" strips and my 2.5" scraps. You can find my first Splash of Color quilt here.

I loved working with my scraps.  Even some of the white fabrics are from my scrap bin. Some are white with black and some are white with gray.

I used the same dragonfly print for the cornerstones to unify the quilt top. I love the black polka dot sashing!  I tried to find some more, but I don't remember where I got it.

I love this quilt!  But I already have a colorful quilt on my chair. So you can find this one in my shop.

Thanks, Myra for hosting this fun quilt along! Go here to see what others have made.

Splash Quilt Along @ Busy Hands Quilts

Splash of Color - Black and White with Yellow

95 x 95

My first Splash of Color quilt is this black and white with a touch of yellow. I love this color combination. I have made this quilt before in a lap size, but this time it's a queen.

Blocks are a huge 19" finished. So this quilt comes together quickly. I've added in a few fabrics that have yellow in them.  I tried to use multiple fabrics for the yellow strip, but it just didn't look right.

Simple meandering quilting on a simple quilt. The black prints in this quilt didn't seem to make a good binding so I just used black Kona cotton.

You can find this quilt in my shop. Or you can make one for yourself with this free pattern.

I love this quilt a long because there was so much freedom to choose.  Freedom to choose the pattern, freedom to choose the fabrics and freedom to choose my splash of color!  You can see what others made for this quilt along here.

Splash Quilt Along @ Busy Hands Quilts

Friday, November 24, 2017

Outlook - A New Pattern From Busy Hands Quitlts

54 x 72

Meet Outlook, a new pattern released today from Myra of Busy Hands Quilts.  The pattern comes in several sizes and is available in her pattern shop. I used some fun fabrics from my stash to make a large lap size. You can use yardage or a layer cake to make this pattern.

I found a bolt of gray fabric in the closet (that never happens!) so I used it for the background and the backing. I love that it completely matches.

My quilt is for sale in my shop.  You can see Myra's quilt on her blog today. And all her patterns are on sale this weekend!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Regatta Quilt Along

Roseanne from Home Sewn By Us is hosting a quilt along to make the Regatta Quilt by Daniela of Block M Quilts. The quilt along will start in January.  I really like the original colors of Daniela's quilt so I picked these 19 Kona Cotton Colors. 

In case you really want to know what colors they are and you can't read them here they are:

Navy, Windsor, Cadet, Regatta, Copen, Evening, Denim, Blue Jay, Candy Blue, Cornflower, Blueberry, Cloud, Lake, Aqua, Ice Frappe, Pond, Aloe, Sage, and Delft.

I am getting ready early so that if I need to make a Kona Cotton order between now and then I will have my list ready.  I am also thinking of doing this in another color way.  Do you have any suggestions?  Maybe red, orange, and yellow?  Myra - I know you'll say, "Rainbow!"  But I'll leave that for you so you can join too!

Crazy Quilt

48 x 60

This quilt is really called Crazy Quilt. It's a pattern from the book Childhood Dreams by Susan Bennett Gallagher. Someone asked if I could make it for them and sent me the book. Sometimes I say yes before I realize what I am agreeing to! The quilt calls for 4 solids. I used Kona Navy, Amethyst, Bluegrass, and Malibu.

The pattern requires you to copy and enlarge 111 pieces and then sew them together according to the pattern layout in 4 sections and then the borders. There are some ridiculously small pieces hiding in there!   I used some pins to mark a quarter inch to check if I was placing the pieced in the right spot before I sewed. There was quite of bit of seam ripping at first.  But then I was surprised how nicely my points lined up once I got the hang of it.

She wanted the quilt to be bigger so I added a 6" border.  After I had already pieced the colored border I thought I should have just made those wider then the navy border could have been smaller. But it was too late at that point.

I was going to quilt it with some modern lines, but everyone in my house said I should meander it. I was shocked! I used a dark monopoly thread so it wouldn't be distracting.

This quilt reminds me of an art piece. I think I could be persuaded to make it again. I love that customers challenge me to try new things. It's good to be stretched!

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Birthday Quilt

54 x 63

My daughter wanted to make a friend of hers a quilt for her birthday last week, but she hasn't sewn in a while so I wanted something easy. I had 4 charm packs of something I don't recall and suggested she use it since it was already cut for her. I helped her pick a few more prints to add to the mix and she laid out this patchwork quilt.

She chose this black print from Hobby Lobby for the back.  I love it too. And it's perfect for her friend. The only thing I did for her beside coach her was to quilt it. She did all the sewing and the binding. Maybe she will start quilting with me more often!

Quilts make the perfect gift!  Hope you are getting all your holiday sewing done.  I've got a few more custom orders before I'm caught up. Then I'll get back to sewing the stash!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Splash of Color QAL - Blocks part 2

It's block time for the Splash of Color Quilt a Long over at Busy Hands Quilts. This is a fun quilt along because you get to pick your own pattern and your colors.  All you have to do is use black and white with a splash of color!
Blocks for the first quilt on the design wall.  I like it with and without the sashing!

And here is the second one. There are only 25 blocks in this queen size quilt.

Hope you are joining us.  It's not too late!

Splash Quilt Along @ Busy Hands Quilts

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