Fabric of the Week

ModernYardageHD-3

No project to really share this week…working on a deadline while spending mornings at the pool for swim lessons.

Pool

While I was out of town, a lovely bundle arrived from Modern Yardage to play with, fabric by designer Heather Dutton.

ModernYardageHD-2

I’m excited to cut into this as soon as I finish my current deadline-quilt. If you aren’t familiar with Modern Yardage, you can find out all about their fabric printing process on their Informational Page. The neat thing is you get to select the scale of your print.

ModernYardageHD-4

These prints (in no particular order) are:
Fun-Fetti in Twilight Blue, Large
Take Flight in Walkway Grey, Large
Berry Branch in Emerald, Medium
Veranda in Noir, Medium
Tidal Pool in Ocean Depths, Large
Coral Reef in Kelp, Large
Molecular in Arctic Blue, Medium
Chaise Lounge Chevron in Citron, Medium

But as I mentioned, first I am working on a quilt I can’t share yet…but I can show the yummy fabric stack.

CMBundle1

Lots of Bonnie and Camille prints with a couple others from my stash worked in. Can’t wait to show you more!

A Quilt for a Teacher

My daughter finished Kindergarten last week. I know everyone says it, but time goes by so fast! I feel like she was just a baby, and here she is, done with her first year of school. I guess there is no stopping the growing up.

She had such an amazing year at school. We were blessed with just the best teacher. She made school fun and constantly challenged the kids. I am blown away as I sit next to my daughter reading chapter books, when she really couldn’t read much at all only 9 months ago! I really wanted to make something special as a “thank you” for being a hugely important part of my daughter’s life over the last school year.

I completely copied Kelly’s quilt idea this time. The only difference is that instead of cutting 4.5″ squares for the corners of the blocks, I used 5″ charm packs. So this quilt top was made from 1 layer cake and 2 solid charm packs. The fabric is Kate Spain’s Honey Honey. My daughter said her teacher likes orange. That’s all the direction I was able to dig out of her. haha

The backing is a gorgeous floral print from the same line. The binding is an aqua print from Bonnie and Camille’s Vintage Modern line. I quilted a meandering free motion design. I ended up washing it after taking the pictures and it came out nice and crinkly.

It was a fun quilt to make. I’m so thankful to all the hardworking teachers out there. Onward and upward to 1st grade!

Central Park Squares

quilt-front-details

I think after doing a more complicated pattern, I was ready for some simple piecing. Is anyone else like that? I love these charm pack quilts. They are great when you really like an entire fabric line, but just don’t want to commit to a bunch of yardage (or even a FQ set). Three charm packs will get you 10 squares by 12 squares and a whole bunch of variety.

Central Park Quilt

This quilt was made using Kate Spain’s latest line Central Park. I really love those little trees…so much that I did buy a bit extra once I saw them in person. The colors in this line are making me think Spring, even if it did just snow again 2 days ago. Sigh…

quilt-back

For the back, I once again did some random blocked sections. I am really getting addicted to these backs. I added a couple prints from the line, as well as Kona Snow and Kona Cactus. The binding is Kona Cerise – one of my all time favorites!

quilt-draped

I quilted this one 1/4″ down both sides of the seams, in both directions. You can see the quilting lines on the back. Although it seems like straight line quilting takes me longer than free motion, I like the drape of quilts that are quilted this way, and I love the look.

The final washed and dried quilt measures 42″ x 50″. A nice little lap quilt or crib quilt. I have it listed in my shop.

And just an update on my Good Folks Scrappy quilt, I donated it to the Katy Kidney Beans who are raising money for research to help children with kidney problems. They are doing a month long of auctions on their Facebook page, and the Good Folks Scrappy quilt will be auctioned March 16-18. To participate in the auction, simply “Like” their Facebook page and place your bids on their wall when they post an item. I hope you guys check them out!