Patchwork on Point and 100 Quilts for Kids

Phew! I’m back from a week away on vacation, my daughter has now officially started the 1st Grade, and I am finally finding a bit more time at the sewing machine! In fact, yesterday I managed to finished quilting and binding my latest quilt, Patchwork on Point.

This quilt features a variety of fabrics from Heather Dutton for Modern Yardage. You can read more about these particular fabrics in this blog post. I paired Heather’s fabrics with a few coordinating prints from my stash. I really love the colors in this quilt. I think it would be good for a girl or a boy.

The design is simple, squares on point, but I created a bit of interest by grouping prints in sets of four. I wanted this quilt to have a fluffy look and texture, so I only quilted the negative space in a free motion meandering design. The quilt measures 45″ x 45″.

Some of you may be wondering how this one washed up, since the Modern Yardage fabric has the design printed on it. I didn’t use any special detergents, just my Kirkland Free and Clear liquid from Costco (because I think the final recipient will be washing it in whatever they have at home). I would say it reacted as expected. A bit of fading on the darker colors. I don’t think it takes away from the quilt in any way, but just something to keep in mind as you select your fabrics for your project. You can read more about the suggested washing/drying for the fabric here.

I am donating this quilt as part of Katie of Swim Bike Quilt‘s 100 Quilts for Kids quilt drive. If you haven’t had a chance to link up your quilt to donate, you have until September 30th. It’s a great cause and a wonderful way for you to help in your own community. And there’s prizes too. :)

Sherbet Patchwork

It’s been a busy week with the kids here. School is winding down which means school-parties are winding up. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous too, so we’ve been outside more than inside. Less sewing but I’ve loved every minute with my kids.

Sometimes, after more complex projects, I like to do something simple. And I never tire of simple patchwork squares. I started this baby quilt after my Arkansas Traveler quilt.

I had so much fun pulling pinks, oranges, yellows and whites from my stash. (Those glasses, love!) I’m not sure exactly how many different fabrics are here, but I believe it’s close to 40. The squares were cut to 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″. There are 288 squares – wow! I always underestimate how long it will take to sew that many squares together.

The backing is my absolute favorite print of Aneela Hoey’s Posy line. I bought yardage, that’s how much I love it. I quilted this baby quilt in a diagonal crosshatch.

The finished quilt measures 32″ x 36″ and is up in my shop. This almost never happens, I’m so proud of myself. Ha :)

Whimsical Windmills

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We had such a beautiful weekend here (finally!). I spent almost the entire time outside with the kids and zero time at the sewing machine. We have to appreciate the warm weather while we have it, right? I did manage to get out to take a few quilt pictures though! Last week, I finished my latest quilt, Whimsical Windmills. (You can see more about the fabric and quilt blocks here.)

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It was really fun to get a chance to work with Full Moon Lagoon by Mo Beddell (thanks Andover!) I love the colors, the artwork, really everything about this collection.

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When I was brainstorming ideas for this fabric, I couldn’t stop thinking about low volume.

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I really enjoyed making this little quilt a couple months ago. I started thinking about how great Ashley’s low volume quilt, Marcelle Plus, looked, with the brights mixed in. So I gathered my low volume fabrics to use as a scrappy background to a vintage block and started working.

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After doing a lot of straight line quilting recently, I decided I wanted to get back to a bit of meandering free motion quilting for a nice, crinkly look. It took a few minutes to find my “free motion groove” again, but I just love the results – even if it is a bit harder to photograph!

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My local quilt shop happened to have the great panel from the Full Moon Lagoon line, so I thought that would make a perfect backing. I was a little short – opps – so I added a simple strip of white down the side. The binding is a lovely, soft stripe from Cloud9 Simpatico. The finished quilt measures 48″ x 56″.

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I know a lot of people have asked me about a pattern for this quilt, as I did paper piece my blocks. I created one and it’s in my shop – it includes the required fabric amounts, a cutting table, some quilt math for figuring how many of each print to cut, and the paper piecing template.

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If you haven’t paper pieced before, you can find a tutorial here on my blog. I really like to encourage everyone to learn. It opens up such a great world of opportunities for you!

Full Moon Lagoon is now available. You can find it at the following shops:

Stash Fabrics
Westwood Acres

Happy sewing everyone!

Aye Aye Captain!

Aye Aye Captain Quilt

One of the fun things about living with a 3 or 4 year old is their always-going imagination. My son has been in a pirate phase for months. He walks around with a cup on his foot (his peg leg), his finger curled like a hook and he’s even given himself a couple pirate names. Depending on the day, you can call him either Captain Willypanels or Captain Root Beard. That’s why when I saw Sarah Jane Studios fabric line Out to Sea, I knew it would make a perfect quilt for him.

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This quilt was really easy to make. I combined several of the Out to Sea prints with other coordinating fabrics from my stash. These include some of Moda’s Mono Pez, Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelets, Sarah Jane’s Children at Play, and Aneela Hoey’s Little Apples. I think one of the keys to making a quilt that really pops is using different shades of each color. As you can see, there are several obviously different shades of blue. But also, the yellows and reds are different. The prints with the white background give your eye a place to rest.

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I cut each rectangle 3″ x 10″ and the quilt has 6 columns and 24 rows, for a total of 144 rectangles. The finished size is 57″ x 60″.

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I had a definite picture in my head when I started this quilt, and that vision included rounded corners. I found a circular picture frame in my house that was just the right size, and used that as a template to cut the corners. It’s such a nice detail that softens the look of all those rectangles. Just don’t forget to use bias binding when you make something with round edges, or your finished product won’t lay flat.

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I also knew I wanted to quilt with wavy lines. It gives a nice texture and reminds me of the ocean which is perfect for this quilt. I’ve mentioned this technique before, but as a refresher, I use the Running Stitch on my machine (Bernina stitch #4) and max out the width and set the length to 4.0. I use my walking foot while quilting.

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The backing is a dark navy minky, which made for messy quilting! I had to really work the carpet in my sewing room with the vacuum after I was done basting. The binding is a dot from Sarah Jane Studios Children at Play line.

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My son loves the quilt. While I was working on it, he told me he wasn’t going to use it. I called his bluff though, and luckily I was right! It’s quite a nice feeling to know he’s spending time now cuddling under something I’ve made.