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.

Aye Aye Captain Quilt

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.

Aye Aye Captain Quilt

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″.

Aye Aye Captain Quilt

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.

Aye Aye Captain Quilt

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.

Aye Aye Captain Quilt

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.

Aye Aye Captain Quilt

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.

Confetti Logs

Confetti Logs Front
Look how great my 6 year old holds a quilt!

This month the Naperville Modern Quilt Guild had a log cabin challenge. We were all asked to make a 36″ x 36″ quilt with log cabin(s) in a modern way. Last night was the meeting and everyone came up with such great designs! Really, no two were alike. It was a lot of fun seeing everyone’s quilts and the thought that went into all of them.

Confetti Logs

I decided to make all white log cabins with tiny strips of bright fabrics randomly incorporated into the logs. The logs are various widths, from 1-1/2″ to 1/2″ finished.

Confetti Logs Detail

This quilt was pretty improvisational. Although I had a plan for the blocks in my head, I wasn’t really sure about how to put them together. At first I was thinking about 1 giant block. Then it changed to multiple blocks. Then I decided I needed some separation to define the blocks. Ideas floated around from using neutral tan to narrow strips of color, stacked. But in the end I decided on larger color blocks.

Confetti Logs Quilting

I quilted this in straight lines, about 1/2″ apart.

Confetti Logs Back

The backing is one of my favorite prints from designer Anna Maria Horner.

Confetti Logs Binding

The binding was also something that changed at the last minute. I was planning on doing bright scrappy binding, but after it was cut it just seemed like too much. So I went looking through my stash and my eyes were drawn to one of my favorites from Violet Craft’s Madrona Road – the black text print. I worked in a couple spots of bright strips just to echo the design of the blocks.

And in an Arkansas Traveler update…I finished the quilt top! It looks great and the backing just arrived. I am still deciding on the quilting, but that will be the next large project to tackle on my list.

New Fabrics in the House

Well, I’ve been quite sick this week, so I have not spent any time at my sewing machine. Today’s post is going to just be some fabric eye candy. (Which we all like, right?)

The first photo up there is Type by Julia Rothman for Windham Fabrics. I absolutely love it! (And if you have a Paper Source store by you, they sell a notebook with those typewriters on the front as well.) I honestly have no idea what I’m going to actually do with it, but it was too cute to pass up.

The below fabric just came out and I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how excited they are to use it. Especially for making man-quilts for their engineer/architect husband.

It’s called Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman. There are a few additional prints that aren’t shown here – it’s a really great line. Brenda made a fantastic quilt using it at Quilt Camp.

I’m super pumped to get to work with a couple charm packs of Lotta Jansdotter‘s upcoming line, Glimma, for Windham Fabrics. This fabric will be for sale in April 2013. The colors are just beautiful and pair perfectly with Echo and Bella.

And just a few fabrics I ordered last week that arrived…

The clocks are by Melody Miller – Ruby Star Shining for Kokka. The others are a mix of Timber & Leaf by Sarah Watts for Blend Fabrics and Les Amis by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics. The matching was a total accident – I was clearly in a certain color mood that week!

I hope everyone is enjoying the last minute holiday preparations. Things will be a little quiet around here while I recover from whatever bug I’ve caught and enjoy the holidays. I do have a post planned for Monday with a new quilt pattern though. I hope you will stop by!

Cosmos Ribbon

Cosmos Ribbon Quilt

I was lucky enough this past week to have the chance to work with artist Laura Gunn’s upcoming line, Cosmos. Laura sent me a charm pack with 5″ squares of each of her new designs and Painter’s Canvas. As usual, the fabric is beautiful. If I had to pick a favorite, I think it would be the Tiny Cosmos print. I’m already thinking I need to buy more and make some pillows for my couch with it.

Cosmos Ribbon Quilt

I was debating what I should do with charms, and I decided to use the Ribbon Star tutorial from the Solstice Stars Series, with some minor changes. Since the charms were a bit larger than I needed for the 12″ block, I decided to increase all the squares that make the block slightly (up to 4″ x 4″ after trimming rather than 3.5″ x 3.5″). Simple enough change that resulted in a slightly larger finished block.

Cosmos Ribbon Quilt

I also decided to use several different shades of tan for the background rather than white. I just randomly selected these as I was sewing my HSTs. I quilted in diagonals, 1/4″ away from each side of the diagonal seams. The binding is Skinny Stripes in Citron, from another Laura Gunn collection, Poppy.

Cosmos Ribbon Quilt

Cosmos comes out in September, keep an eye out for it at your favorite local or online fabric shop!