There are two types of quilts I just never get tired of making – squares in squares and quilts for children. Last week a friend asked me to make a quilt for her to give as a gift for a baby shower. She picked the fabric color theme and I got free reign on the quilt design.
I pulled a couple fabric stacks and she selected one with blue, brown and some Heather Ross goldfish fabrics. (Sadly, this is just about the last of my goldfish in bags. End of an era!)
Each block has either two or three fabrics. They measure 12″ x 12″ each. I decided to do more wavy quilting on this one…thought it was appropriate with the whole fish/water theme!
Someone asked me how I did this type of quilting on the Mermaid pillow last week. I used the Running Stitch on my machine (Bernina 440QE stitch #4, looks like a zigzag) and maxed out the width and set the length to around 4. It created these lovely wavy lines.
The final quilt measures 36″ x 36″. I think it’s the perfect size for a playmat or draping over the baby on a walk or in the car.
I pulled another set of fabric centered around Sarah Jane’s Children at Play line and I made another little boy quilt from that for my shop. It’s all quilted and waiting for binding – I hope to share that with you next week!
May 31, 2012 37 Comments
Hooray, I’ve finished my Parisville quilt! This quilt was made using a fat quarter stack of Tula Pink’s Parisville fabric.
This fabric is a work of art, with hidden images in the prints. Just beautiful!
These blocks were not hard to make at all. I cut out 8.5″ squares from the fabric and then I cut those diagonally into large HSTs. Then I cut strips of Kona Snow, 1″ x 13″. I sewed those down the long side of the HST and then placed another HST on the other side of the Kona Snow stripe. Square up to 8.5″ and you get a square with a white strip diagonal down the center. If you are not totally accurate with your 1/4″ seams, that’s ok (just be consistently not accurate so it all lines up in the end. ;)). Simply cut your squares at 9″ instead and then square them up to 8.5″ when you are done.
For the back I used Kona Cerise and a Kona tan color that I’m not entirely sure of the name right now. I added a simple strip of Parisville fabrics to the back.
The quilting is free motion stippling. The binding carries over the same color as the diagonals, I feel like that really ties the design together. The final quilt measures 56″ x 64″ and will probably be listed in my shop shortly. If I can let it go.
September 29, 2011 37 Comments
I’m thinking of taking the next few weeks and working on some mini quilts. I would like to tackle a type of block or quilting style in each that I have not done before. What do you think? Anyone want to join me?
This mini is just such a quilt. I’ve done a bit of hand stitching, but not “official” embroidery from a pattern in a quilt until now. These adorable animals are patterns purchased from Penguin and Fish. They are great for newbies, with the most complicated stitch being a chain stitch and french knot.
This mini quilt is a baby gift finished just in time for a friend. I don’t think she reads my blog…or at least I hope not!
The blocks are made up of brightly colored squares from my stash. The embroidery has been done on Kona Ash. Each square measures 8″ finished.
I added a thin white border around the center section and then Riley Blake’s Feeling Groovy stripes as a thicker border. The binding is from Lizzy House’s 1001 Peeps. I think the bright colors will be perfect for this special baby as she grows.
The back is a fabric I bought awhile back at Ikea. I just really like the feminine but modern look.
I quilted this a few different ways. First I quilted straight lines 1/4″ on each side of the nine center block seams, backstitching at the start and finish. Then I went completely around the white sashing and rainbow sashing. Hopefully the below photo shows what I’m talking about a bit better.
Overall I’m really happy with this mini quilt! I hope the new future owner takes a liking to it as well.
August 22, 2011 24 Comments
It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Anna Maria Horner’s fabric. I have made several project from her Little Folks line and I just do not tire of it. The voile is so soft and silky making it a perfectly lightweight fabric for summer.
This is my first plus quilt and I love how it turned out. I feel obligated to point out the two mistakes I made before someone points them out for me. Ha! The top right and lower left, where there are 2 fabrics of the same color, those should have been different colors. I didn’t notice I did it until after the top was assembled and I didn’t have it in me to redo them. Live and learn!
The back is my latest favorite – giant blocks of fabric. I just love the scrappy look. The binding is Kona Snow, it frames the bright colors nicely. I quilted this one free motion and it really doesn’t effect the drape much, the fabric is just so lightweight and airy. It was a bit tricky quilting with voile totally covering the front and back. It’s a little slippery. But I managed and am happy with the results.
My husband was such a trooper on this photo shoot. He had woken up at 3am for a day trip to Atlanta. I should also mention he has horrible allergies. So when he walked in the door and I asked him to go to the Arboretum to take pictures by flowers and trees, I really didn’t expect him to say yes. But he did. I’m pretty lucky.
I used 5″ squares for this quilt and the final quilt measurements are 58″ x 62″.
I also wanted to share this photo (after the Easter photo failures). It was even my daughter’s idea to take their photo here in the flowers. Early Mother’s Day gift?
If you haven’t had a chance to sew with Little Folks, you can still find it on Etsy.
May 5, 2011 36 Comments