This is a quilt I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. I wasn’t sure what the design would end up being, what fabric I would use…but I knew I wanted to make a quilt for my little girl’s bed. I feel a tad bit guilty that although I’m a quilter, the quilts on my kid’s beds are store bought. Well now at least one is handmade by mommy.
I started this quilt earlier this summer and planned to make a couple blocks a week. I sized each block at 17.5″ x 17.5″ unfinished so I would only need to make 20 for a twin sized quilt. My block progress stalled for awhile but when I went up to Holly’s for the weekend in July I finished them up.
Of course it took me a bit longer to make the back, baste and quilt. But I’m really happy with the results! The quilt is centered around Sarah Jane Studios’ Children at Play fabric line (one of my all time favorites).
I incorporated a lot of blenders from my stash. There’s really a little bit of everything in here – Patty Young’s Lush Running Stitch, Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelets, Laurie Wisbrun’s Modern Whimsy circles, some Art Gallery Oval Elements, dots from Heather Ross Lightening Bugs, some of the new stripes from Cloud 9′s Simpatico, some of the yellow Henna Garden by Sandi Henderson, a yellow print from Maude Asbury’s Kitchy Kitchen…plus some of the Children at Play blenders.
I didn’t follow a pattern for the blocks. I just started cutting the center squares and then pulled fabric and worked my way out from the center using different widths for each ring until I reached my goal size. I tried to follow a few rules for my blocks, such as each uses either 3 or 4 fabrics, no more, no less.
One of my favorite parts of this quilt is the back. I decided to incorporate the Parade print from Children at Play. I wanted the print to show across the quilt when it was folded down on her bed.
My poor husband, this quilt was SO big to hold up!
That meant the print needed to be upside down on the back. I added a bit of patchwork above and below. The solid pink is Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Blossom – SO wonderful.
I wanted this quilt to be nice and soft so I quilted it in a grid with horizontal and vertical lines, about 2″ apart.
I love how the quilt compliments her room. She clearly loves it as well!
I know there will be a time in the future (probably way too soon!) where she outgrows this quilt and doesn’t want it on her bed anymore. But I’m hoping it will always hold a special place in her heart and she will maybe even let her own little girls cuddle under it one day.
September 24, 2012 70 Comments
It’s the Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang time again! Today I’m thrilled to share my second project with you, a quilt pattern this time. Introducing…the Belle Wave Quilt.
This lap quilt features fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics absolutely beautiful Lilly Belle collection by designer Bari J. These fabrics are from the “Cool Sunrise” Palette.
This quilt pattern is great for beginners on up. The cutting and blocks go together rather quickly. I decided to quilt mine using a free motion meandering design in only the negative space. I think it really makes the fabric pop. For my neutral, I used Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements Linen White. It’s a really lovely off white.
As a celebration of the release of this *free* pattern for all of you, Art Gallery Fabrics is giving away a fat quarter set of each of the prints used in this quilt.
Top Row: LB-1108 Lilly Bouquet Dark, LB-1102 Flowerpop Zesty, LB-1105 Lacis
Blueberry, LB-1104 Henna Stripe Mustard
Bottom Row: LB-1106 Moire Aquamarine, LB-1103 Vintage Fence Lime, LB-1100
Garden Rocket Turquoise, LB-1109 Belle Vines Kohl
To enter, you just have to do a couple things.
• Leave a comment on this post
I will pick a winner Friday evening, September 21st.
And don’t forget to add photos of your finished quilt to the Fat Quarter Gang Flickr Group. Happy sewing everyone!
++ Closing Comments to Pick a Winner ++
The winner is #96, Sharon T! I’ll be emailing you for your address Sharon. Congratulations and thanks for commenting everyone!
September 17, 2012 218 Comments
Today I’m so excited to be able to share my first project as part of the Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang, the Fresh AG Tote!
I designed this tote with summer in mind, perfect for taking to the park or the pool. It’s a simple pattern for beginner bag makers as well. You can find the pattern over on the Art Gallery Fabrics blog and also the PDF download on their pattern summary page (if you don’t see it there right away, it will be there soon – just go to the blog post).
Now for the giveaway! Want to win all the Art Gallery prints I used on my bag (minus the solids)?
• Leave a comment on this post
I will pick a winner Friday evening, July 27th.
And don’t forget to add photos of your finished project to the Fat Quarter Gang Flickr group. Happy sewing everyone!
Closing comments to pick a winner!
The lucky winner is #124: Martha said “Love your tote:) awesome!”
Congratulations Martha! I will be emailing you for your address. Thanks for commenting everyone!
July 23, 2012 217 Comments
I’m off sewing with a few super cool friends in Michigan’s UP this weekend, but I thought I would share some new fabric photos with you while I am away. This is Indie by Art Gallery Fabrics. Pat Bravo’s new line will be available in August. I’m really loving the “Anthropologie” feel of the designs. Here is an Instagram small peek, on the right side of the photo, of what I’m planning for it.
Have a great weekend everyone!
July 21, 2012 7 Comments