An Heirloom Finish

Heirloom Front

I’m pretty embarrassed to post this quilt today. Not because I don’t love it – I definitely do. But I finished this quilt top over 1 year ago and it sat for that long, waiting patiently to be quilted and finished.

Heirloom Drape 1

I’m not sure what exactly took me so long. Other projects with deadlines mostly. Forgetting it was in my pile of quilt tops as well. It wasn’t until the Naperville Modern Quilt Guild did a tangerine/aqua challenge that I was finally motivated to finish it!

Heirloom Detail 2

The fabric for this one is from Joel Dewberry‘s Heirloom collection in the Citrine palette. The sashing is Kona Solids in Stone.

Heirloom Wall

I cut my squares to 7.5″ (unfinished) and my sashing is 1.75″ wide (unfinished). I love the on point, simple look of the design. The finished quilt measures around 61″ x 75″, so it’s a good size for cuddling under on the couch.

Heirloom Detail

It took me awhile to figure out how I wanted to quilt this one. In the end, I decided on a free motion meandering. I kind of wish I had done straight lines, but I really wanted to get it done by the NMQG challenge meeting deadline and honestly, I felt like the quilt top had sat for long enough and I needed to just get it done.

Heirloom Drape 2

I’m still deciding what I will do with this quilt, but I’m leaning towards giving it as a Christmas gift this year. I think I know just the person. :)

Compass Quilt

Quilt Front

Despite the beautiful weather we’ve had here in Chicago over the last week, I managed to finish another quilt. I’ve had these blocks done for awhile now, waiting to assemble into a quilt top. I finally was able to work on that last week and then finished up the binding while we went on a trip to northern Michigan this weekend. Check out this cool photo my mom edited for me of my husband and daughter flying a kite.

Kite Time

This block is no doubt attributed to many quilt designers, but one of those happens to be…Nancy Cabot! She called this block the “Thrift Block” and you can find a paper piecing template for it created by Tamiko of Patchwork Notes in this blog post.

Quilt Block Detail

When I first made these blocks, I thought I would make about 25 and turn them into a mini quilt. Then I started brainstorming alternate quilt layouts and decided on a bit more unexpected layout. I am really thrilled with the finished quilt. Almost equally thrilled when we drove past this apple storage building on our trip and my husband suggested we stop for pictures!

Quilt Front Back

The backing is Kona Ash, the binding is probably my favorite deep blue print, Lizzy House’s Outfoxed Jewels in Blue. The white is Moda’s Bella solids white. I have a bolt of it and I really just think it is the softest white. I quilted this in a free motion meandering design and the finished quilt measures 53″ x 59″.

This quilt is headed for a local charity auction here in Chicago in May, raising money for the Melanoma Research Foundation.

Kaffe Improv

Kaffe Improv Stripe

I am almost embarrassed to admit how long I sat on this quilt top and back, waiting to finish it. Apparently, I had plans 8 months ago to baste and quilt it right away! Ha, well things must have crept up and it just was pushed further and further down the priority list. It feels really good to check this UFO off my list.

Kaffe Improv Stripe

The blocks and cornerstones of this quilt were all made using Kaffe Fassett’s striped fabrics as well as Moda cross weaves. I am SO sad to say that I just heard last week from Brenda at Pink Castle Fabrics that Moda has discontinued their beautiful cross weaves. It’s really a shame, I hope they bring them back at some point. But for those that are hoping to stock up or try them out, you can find a few still on Etsy.

When I originally made these blocks, I wrote up a quick tutorial. The blocks actually came together rather quickly and I love the variety of them. Then I used 3″ finished white sashing with corner stones between the blocks.

Kaffe Improv Stripe Back

It’s actually hard to see the detail in the photos since I washed this quilt before taking pictures, but for the back I used two blocks of solid fabric and then incorporated strips of Kaffe stripes and Moda cross weaves. I love the look.

Kaffe Improv Stripe Back

I quilted this in a free motion meandering style, giving it that cozy, crinkled look. It measures about 44″ x 58″. I’ll be putting this quilt up for sale in my shop soon.

Kyler Birthday

This weekend was my son’s 3rd birthday. We spent both days celebrating, relaxing, but not sewing. But that’s ok, I really love this guys and can’t believe how fast he is growing up. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Bee Block – Stars

November TATB Bee Block for Sarah

We are in the second to last month of the Twice Around the Block Virtual Quilting Bee, and this month Sarah asked us to make star blocks. She sent fabric from an out of print Anna Maria Horner collection called Bohemian. I decided to use the same layout I used this summer in my Wonky Little Star Quilt, only this time I made Friendship Stars. I’ve heard this layout now referred to as “interlocking stars” and I think that’s a great description. I’ve really enjoyed seeing them pop up all over.

I had a lot of questions after that quilt regarding how to layout the fabric squares to achieve the look. I created a little diagram…

Star Layout

It’s the same layout as a Plus Quilt, where you start with the blocks in the middle and work your way out to the edges.

Next month is my turn to send out fabrics for the bee, so I am hoping to come up with a final plan over the next two days. If only there were more hours in the day!