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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.

April 4, 2013   52 Comments

A Very Cherry Christmas Quilt

Cherry Christmas Patchwork

Last week I decided to do a bit of selfish sewing and make my family a Christmas quilt. I tend to do all my Christmas sewing the last week in November. Three years ago it was the advent calendar. Last year it was the tree skirt. I guess I’m pretty motivated by a December 1st deadline.

Cherry Christmas Patchwork

Due to my self imposed short deadline, I chose one of my favorite quick and easy layouts – 5″ squares. And to make it even easier, I used mostly charm packs from Aneela Hoey’s Cherry Christmas line.

Cherry Christmas Patchwork

I really love Aneela’s artwork. The designs on the fabric are so pretty and holiday, but in an understated way. For some reason, I decided I just needed to add the black text print from Violet Craft’s Madrona Road into the mix. This led to the addition of a few other prints, including some pearl bracelets by Lizzy House, dots from Sarah Jane‘s Children at play, and a Kei Honeycomb.

Additional Fabrics

I really love that punch that the black prints add.

Cherry Christmas Patchwork

A bit of sizing details…I used 4 charm packs and 40 additional cut squares (5″ x 5″ each). The quilt is 13 columns by 16 rows. It measures around 59″ x 72″.

Wavy Quilting

I quilted using a wavy line. On my machine, I use the Running Stitch (Bernina 440QE stitch #4, looks like a zigzag), max out the width and set the length to 4. Although this led to some kind of boring hours of quilting, I love the finished effect.

Cherry Christmas Patchwork

The back is a flannel from Bonnie and Camille‘s line Vintage Modern. I used 4 yards with a tiny amount left over. I did prewash the flannel…I knew it would shrink a lot more than the cotton on the front. The binding is also from Bonnie and Camille, but their new line Marmalade. I just couldn’t resist it for a Christmas quilt.

So now I’m enjoying some snuggles under the quilt, at least until Spring!

December 3, 2012   43 Comments

Quilts for Babies

Baby Out to Sea Quilt

Over the last couple of months I’ve had the chance to make two baby quilts for little girls. I love smaller quilts, they make me feel like I accomplished something in a shorter period of time. They also allow me to dive into new fabric piles right away.

Baby Out to Sea Quilt

I’m not going to win any photography awards for these pictures but I wanted to share them with you anyway. It happened to be rainy and gloomy when I finished both – and they needed to be wrapped and gifted right away.

Baby Out to Sea Quilt

I made this first quilt mostly with fabric from Sarah Jane Studio’s line, Out to Sea. I did incorporate some others from my stash….some pink and white dots from Children at Play, a navy print from Sandi Henderson’s Secret Garden, a yellow stripe from Cloud 9’s Simpatico, a yellow cross hatch as well.

Baby Out to Sea Quilt

I used another squares-in-squares design, I hope you aren’t tired of those yet! Actually, these blocks came from my Lemon Squares quilt pattern (free!). I just didn’t use any white on this smaller quilt. I backed the quilt with minky to make it super soft and quilted it with wavy lines. I think it will be perfect for fall and winter in Chicago.

Baby Modern Cross Quilt

This next quilt is for a little girl I met in SLC at the Sewing Summit. I pulled an assortment of fabrics from my stash for this one. I wanted the quilt to be feminine without screaming “I’m a girl!!” Hopefully that came across in my color selections. I chose a modern, wonky cross design.

Baby Modern Cross Quilt

Somehow I’ve never made a wonky cross quilt before, only blocks. I had a lot of fun with this one. The quilting is random straight lines. I wanted it to stay nice and soft after lots of washing.

Baby Modern Cross Quilt

The backing is the parade panel from Sarah Jane Studio’s Children at Play with some pinwheels along the bottom.

Baby Modern Cross Quilt Back

Hopefully both quilts are well loved over the next several years!

October 24, 2012   21 Comments

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.

Children at Play

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   72 Comments