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.

Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang ~ The Tilt a Whirl Baby Quilt

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! It’s the Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang time again. Today I’m excited to share my third project with you, the Tilt a Whirl Baby Quilt.

Tilt a Whirl Quilt Pattern by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

This baby quilt features fabrics from one of Art Gallery Fabrics newest designers, Sarah Watson. The fabric line is Luxe in Bloom and it is starting to arrive in shops now. It is absolutely stunning!

Tilt a Whirl Quilt Pattern by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

This quilt pattern is a simple paper pieced pattern. If you have never paper pieced before, no worries, I have a tutorial right here on my blog! The quilt goes together quickly and easily. I backed mine with minky making it perfect for keeping a special little girl warm this winter.

Tilt a Whirl Quilt Pattern by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

You can find the link to my new pattern on the Art Gallery blog.

As a celebration of the release of this *free* pattern for all of you, Art Gallery Fabrics is giving away a fat quarter set of each of the prints used in this quilt.

Luxe in Bloom by Sarah Watson for Art Gallery Fabrics
Top Row: LIB-8205 Extravagarden Bold, LIB-8206 Crystalline Reef, LIB-7205
Extravagarden Hush, LIB-7204 Flumes Citron
Bottom Row: LIB-7200 Marquise Azure, LIB-8204 Flumes Indigo, LIB-8208 Petite
Petalie Pearl, LIB-8207 Jeweled Peony Boreal

To enter, you just have to do a couple things.

My rules:
• Leave a comment on this post

Art Gallery’s rules:
• Follow Art Gallery on your favorite social media platform (Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook) and Subscribe to the Art Gallery Fabrics blog.

I will pick a winner Friday evening, December 28th.

And don’t forget to add photos of your finished quilt to the Fat Quarter Gang Flickr Group. Happy sewing everyone!

+++ Closing comments to pick a winner! +++

The winner is #55, Linda! Congratulations Linda, I will email you for your address! Thank you for commenting everyone. 🙂

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!

Twilight Lullaby

Twilight Lullaby

I am so excited about this quilt! A good friend of mine is having a baby boy in a few months. Today is the baby shower, but I had pretty much resigned myself to not having a chance to get anything made in time. Yesterday though, I decided to challenge myself and try to make a quilt in a day. Or a day and a half to be exact.

Twilight Lullaby 2

Months ago I was inspired by this quilt by Jolene, and I knew this was the perfect design. For those that have never made a wonky star – here’s a tutorial.

Twilight Lullaby 1

So I spent the last 30 hours (ok, really probably 12 in total) cutting and piecing, trimming and basting, quilting and binding. Those of you that follow me on Twitter got to watch the whole process unfold.

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I will be honest, by the end of last night, I was pretty sick of making stars. 🙂 But I really love the end result. This quilt is for a boy, but really I think these are pretty gender neutral colors. The star blocks are 7.5″ finished, the final quilt measuring 37.5″ square.

Twilight Lullaby Quilting Detail

Initially I was going to do straight line quilting, but I changed my mind at the last moment and did little free motion loop-de-loops. I’ve never quilted like this before, but I enjoyed the process and the result.

Twilight Lullaby 3

The binding is an adorable stripe from the Sarah Jane’s Children at Play line. Such classics. I can’t wait to wrap this present up…which I should probably do right now!