Despite my continued “Multitasking“, I finished a quilt this week! I mentioned this quilt top last week. It has been in process (ahem, on the design wall) for maybe six months? I had initially planned for it to be as big as my original Off Centered Innocence quilt but I decided to face reality and time constraints and finish this one up as toddler sized. The pattern for this quilt is my Off Centered Squares pattern.
This quilt uses a variety of Moda cross weaves, combined with Kona white and a tan Essex linen. I have now quilted with a lot of different types of fabrics – cotton, linen, voile, double gauze, shot cottons, home dec, flannel…cross weaves have been my biggest challenge. They really like to stretch and shift. However, the end result was worth the stress. This is one very soft quilt.
The back of the quilt was made with left over cross weaves as well as some white and tan Kona cottons. I quilted it using a meandering free motion style and the binding is also a cross weave. It measures 36″ x 48″ and is listed in my shop!
November 4, 2011 23 Comments
It’s done! I finally finished up my Summer Sampler Series quilt. I am *so* happy with how it turned out.
Honestly I never thought I would make a Sampler quilt. They are definitely beautiful and a lot of work goes into them…but I always thought they were too traditional to peak my interest. I guess that just goes to show that you should never say never. Although these blocks all have traditional roots, I feel like the fabrics and sashing give this quilt a distinctly modern feel. Even my husband likes it! (And that is saying something. :))
For those that didn’t follow along, the solids I used for the quilt blocks were from Pat Bravo’s Pure Elements collection. I am very much in love with the fabric – the colors, the silkiness. I plan on keeping some permanently in my stash. The 2″ wide grey sashing is Free Spirit Designer Solids Nugray. I also am really happy with their solids and plan to order more. I need a swatch card!
For the backing I used a print from Tanya Whelan’s Dolce Fabric collection. I had been saving this fabric to make some clothing, but….well, that never happened! And in the spirit of using what I have, I decided it would make a great quilt backing. There is also a dark purple stripe which is from the Pat Bravo Pure Elements line that I used on the front.
I decided to quilt this one in a free motion meandering style. There are a *lot* of seams on this quilt and I wanted to do some heavy quilting to make sure it all stays in place for a long time.
The binding is Free Spirit Designer Solids Manatee. The final quilt measures around 44″ x 58″.
I have really enjoyed watching so many of these quilts come together in the Flickr group. If you haven’t checked it out, be sure to stop by and be inspired. Also, if you weren’t able to quilt along with us, don’t worry. The tutorials will be up indefinitely, so you can always make yours at a future date.
September 14, 2011 59 Comments
I think one of the most exciting moments I have as a blogger is when I receive an email from a reader that made one of my patterns or tutorials. I LOVE seeing the photos and hearing the story behind the quilt. I thought I would feature a few here.
The second quilt you see above was a really fun surprise.
Photo from Laura Gunn blog
Last May I received an email from Lynne Miller of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild. Fabric designer Laura Gunn asked the guild to make a quilt for Quilt Market using her new Painter’s Canvas line. Lynne chose my Lemon Squares pattern. She did such a great job, it is really stunning. And I was honored to even have a little tiny piece of me at Quilt Market…talk about exciting!
The third quilt in the top photo is by Shannon and is also the Kaleidoscopic Kites Quilt Pattern. This was Shannon’s first quilt where she followed a pattern from start to finish. Her fabric selection and quilting is just beautiful.
Photo from Shannon’s blog
Photo from Mitzi’s blog
Last but certainly not least are these twin beauties by Katie of Katie’s Corner.
Wow! She used my Lemon Squares pattern with Kate Spain’s Central Park fabric collection and I am totally loving the results. Katie added more blocks to make these twin sized. Beautiful Katie.
If you have made a quilt from one of my patterns, or do so in the future, I would love to see it.
August 14, 2011 16 Comments
I took a break yesterday from a “secret project” to make a new pillow for my couch. I decided to bring some new colors into the room, which is mostly earth tones. I really love these prints, half from Anna Maria Horner’s Loulouthi collection and half from Tula Pink’s Parisville collection. The solid is Kona Ash. Since I am feeling much more confident in paper piecing after the Summer Sampler Series, I created my own templates for this pillow. I think it turned out quite well!
I quilted 1/4″ on each side of the seams and I love this little star it created in the center of the pillow.
The binding is a yellow print from Parisville. I was going back and forth on that choice, worried it was maybe too bold. But in the end, I think it adds a little extra punch to the pillow.
I plan on making one more pillow for the other side of my couch, but I will probably do another design with the same fabrics.
August 9, 2011 24 Comments