Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

A Quilt for Her Bed

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This is a quilt I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. I wasn’t sure what the design would end up being, what fabric I would use…but I knew I wanted to make a quilt for my little girl’s bed. I feel a tad bit guilty that although I’m a quilter, the quilts on my kid’s beds are store bought. Well now at least one is handmade by mommy.

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I started this quilt earlier this summer and planned to make a couple blocks a week. I sized each block at 17.5″ x 17.5″ unfinished so I would only need to make 20 for a twin sized quilt. My block progress stalled for awhile but when I went up to Holly’s for the weekend in July I finished them up.

Sarah Jane Children at Play - Twin for Avery's bed

Of course it took me a bit longer to make the back, baste and quilt. But I’m really happy with the results! The quilt is centered around Sarah Jane Studios’ Children at Play fabric line (one of my all time favorites).

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I incorporated a lot of blenders from my stash. There’s really a little bit of everything in here – Patty Young’s Lush Running Stitch, Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelets, Laurie Wisbrun’s Modern Whimsy circles, some Art Gallery Oval Elements, dots from Heather Ross Lightening Bugs, some of the new stripes from Cloud 9′s Simpatico, some of the yellow Henna Garden by Sandi Henderson, a yellow print from Maude Asbury’s Kitchy Kitchen…plus some of the Children at Play blenders.

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I didn’t follow a pattern for the blocks. I just started cutting the center squares and then pulled fabric and worked my way out from the center using different widths for each ring until I reached my goal size. I tried to follow a few rules for my blocks, such as each uses either 3 or 4 fabrics, no more, no less.

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One of my favorite parts of this quilt is the back. I decided to incorporate the Parade print from Children at Play. I wanted the print to show across the quilt when it was folded down on her bed.

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My poor husband, this quilt was SO big to hold up!

That meant the print needed to be upside down on the back. I added a bit of patchwork above and below. The solid pink is Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Blossom – SO wonderful.

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I wanted this quilt to be nice and soft so I quilted it in a grid with horizontal and vertical lines, about 2″ apart.

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I love how the quilt compliments her room. She clearly loves it as well!

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I know there will be a time in the future (probably way too soon!) where she outgrows this quilt and doesn’t want it on her bed anymore. But I’m hoping it will always hold a special place in her heart and she will maybe even let her own little girls cuddle under it one day.

September 24, 2012   70 Comments

Patchwork Pips

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I am probably the last person in blogland to use Aneela Hoey’s Sherbet Pips fabric. I just adore these little girls on swings. They remind me of my daughter on our tree swing in the backyard and that makes me smile.

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I decided to showcase that print and pair it with some coordinates from my stash. They include designs by Patty Young, Dena Designs, Liz Scott and Urban Chiks. The turquoise solid is a Moda crossweave and so pretty. I really love the combination of yellow, turquoise, white and pink!

Patchwork Pips

I went for a simple design, just 5 1/2″ patchwork squares. I quilted it 1/4″ on each side of the horizontal and vertical seams. It came out of the dryer nice and poofy, a good quality for a child’s quilt I think!

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The main print on the back is a floral from Sandi Henderson’s Farmer’s Market line. I was really hoping to use up some of my stash and I think it worked out well with this project.

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The final quilt size measures 39″ x 47″. I think this quilt would make a lovely addition to a little girls room. It is listed in the shop!

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June 23, 2011   21 Comments

Odds and Ends

Breezy Good Folks Strip

I hope everyone in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We certainly did and now that we have returned home, we are getting a dose of winter temperatures. I have been avoiding going outside to take photos, but things I wanted to share were starting to pile up. So I braved the cold and wind (see above photo) – it is just plain blustery here in Chicago!

Good Folks Strip

I had quite a few strips of Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks line left over as scraps and I finally put them to good use for this crib quilt top. I probably can officially say this is my favorite line of fabric. It reminds me of something you would buy in Anthropology – so bohemian.

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I’ve also added a bit of new fabric to my stash. I loved this print, Zen Garden, in Patty Young’s new line, Sanctuary. It’s such a great basic to have on hand.

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In the spirit of the holiday’s, I finished my first Christmas gift for my 1 year old son. I affectionately call him Linus as he drags his blankets all over the house. I’m hoping he’ll love this Dr. Seuss blanket (with a ribbon tag). The back is a soft blue plain minky. Very cuddly.

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And finally – and this is really getting into the minutia of my life over here – I ordered new packaging for my rag quilt kits in my Etsy shop! Boring, right? Oddly enough, I’m pretty excited about this. I ordered some felt off Etsy a few weeks ago and it was sent to me in a bag made by EcoEnclose. Biodegradable, reusable, made in the USA – it was such a great thing! So of course I needed to get some too.

I hope everyone is sewing up a storm for the holidays. I have a few things on my to-do list and hopefully I get motivated to stop huddling under quilts on the couch and start working.

November 30, 2010   11 Comments

Eye Candy

Echino Stack

There is nothing like coming home from a weekend away to this goodness. I finally bit the bullet and bought more Echino. I already have the scooters, and used that great Birdsong panel last week. That fabric is addicting.

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I stocked up on some basics I’ve been wanting or had used up.

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And hopefully I find time to use it all. Because I just scored this bench at the curb for *free* and am hoping to figure out how to refinish it for our front porch!

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May 17, 2010   14 Comments