Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

Winter Rainbow : Worth the Wait

Winter Rainbow Front

It’s finished! I still can’t believe it. I have been working on this quilt for 6 months and boy am I glad to have it completed. So many things to say about this one…

As I mentioned in my sneak peek post (um, a LONG time ago!), this quilt is inspired by a beautiful quilt by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts. Her work is simply amazing.

Winter Rainbow Closeup

Oh, SO many lessons learned and things I would have done differently on this one.
1) I made the first 3 blocks forever ago and then waited months to make the rest. I didn’t write down anything – sizes, seam allowance, squaring up size…not smart.
2) I switched sewing machines in the middle of making the blocks. And used different feet. Again, I wouldn’t recommend this! LOL
3) I used charcoal thread in the bobbin and really am not happy with how it looks on the back. Sigh.
4) In my quest to be Rita-like, I tried machine stitching the back of the binding instead of hand sewing it. Let’s just say, I’m no Rita. LOL

This quilt ended up being a 64″ square which I think will be perfect to fit our family for lunches in the park this Spring. The binding is a stripe by Lizzy House Red Letter Day. I know I just used that for a binding, but I had a lot and I like it. :-P Although the sashing looks black, it’s really Kona Charcoal. And the prints are just a rainbow selection of my favorites.

The back is 9 large squares using giant blocks of colors from the front. This part was a bit painful for me as I used up some of my favorite out of print fabrics. But I kept telling myself that I bought the fabric to use, not to hoard. So use it!

Winter Rainbow Back

I quilted it using free motion and used Warm and Natural batting. I prefer Dream Cotton Request Loft batting and even though it’s more costly, I think I will go back to using that. It’s more lightweight and I feel like it’s just a better quality.

Winter Rainbow Back Blowing

So now I’m moving on to my quilting bee quilt, my Dolce quilt and my Hope Valley quilt. Always more in the pipeline than coming out of it!

On a side note (but more importantly), today my little man is turning 1. Happy Birthday Kyler!

Birthday Boy

ETA: more gratuitous baby and quilt cuteness. :)
Kyler Winter Rainbow

March 11, 2010   24 Comments

Sew New to Me VQB Blocks and a New Design Wall

SNTM Feb Blocks

In the last week I received 3 more blocks! I’m getting really excited about this quilt. I need to get on it and finish the inner blocks I’ll be making – seen here if you don’t remember.

These blocks were sent to me by Lisa of Sophia Aster, Heather of A La Mode Fabric, and Lisa. And do you see how I have them displayed? It’s my new design wall! Ever since I saw Ashley of Film in the Fridge’s GIANT design wall, I’ve really really really wanted one. Ok, so mine is 1/6th the size. But it really works in the space and I think it will be a great place to display ideas while I hash them out.

It was really easy to make. I went to Ikea and bought the largest black frame they sold. I wrapped the plexiglass and backing in a piece of craft sized batting and hung the frame. So easy!

Design Wall

February 28, 2010   5 Comments

Winter Rainbow Quilting

Winter Rainbow Quilting

It’s about time, right? I love this quilt, but it has been hanging over my head for what seems like forever. I think it’s my love of it that is the reason behind the length of time it’s taken me to create it. First I wasn’t sure of the layout. I wanted it to be perfect. Then I wasn’t sure what to do for the backing. Then I wasn’t sure the thread color and quilting design. And already I’m not sure of the binding. Does this ever happen to you?

Well I have quilt a few quilts in progress, so I decided I needed to make a decision and act. Here’s to one step closer to finishing this quilt!

February 26, 2010   7 Comments

Sew New to Me VQB : 2 More Blocks Received

SNTM - Cristin

How lucky am I?  Yesterday I received 2 more blocks in the mail!  The one above is from Cristin over at Hazelnut Designs.  I just love the 4 columns, it makes it really stand out!

The one below is from Katie over at See Katie Sew.  These have such a beachy look to them, don’t they?  Well, I’m in Chicago, so obviously I can dream!

SNTM - Katie

February 11, 2010   4 Comments