Friday, August 22, 2014

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Just a little baby quilt to share with you today.  My cousin recently had a little boy so I made this for him.  His middle name is Bloom so I thought the gardening fabric was a perfect match.  The backing fabric inspired my front chevron colors along with Kona Bone.  I used Crazy Mom Quilt's tutorial for piecing the top.

The more I quilt the more I find that the actual quilting ends up being a huge part of whether or not I'm pleased with the end product.  When I first started quilting nearly all my quilts were tied, but in a loose grid.  They're still wonderful and soft squishy quilts but I'm really liking the machine sewn denser quilting that provides the extra texture to make the quilt come alive. The crinklier the better for me :)

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilt's Finish It Up Friday.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spools Mini

I have been eyeing the many spool mini quilts, pillows, lap quilts, etc that have been popping up in blogland and instagram.  Then a dear friend gifted me some 1.5" fabrics in pinks and yellows for a another project I'm working on and I thought I must do some selfish sewing with a few of them.  And then my very own spools mini was created!  

I drew on graph paper my spool design to make sure I liked the proportions before I started to sew everything together.  Then I figured out how wide I wanted my sashing between the spools (although now I wish I'd made them slightly larger).  I also had some triangles left over from making the spools' tops and bottoms, so I turned them into liberated diamonds and put them across the bottom, as I didn't want to waste any of my friend's fabric.  

I love how one "thread" ended up reading "men fashion," because as my husband pointed out, this is as far from men's fashion as one can get :)

I used Cluck Cluck Sew's tutorial for using the backing as the binding and I was really pleased with how well this turned out mitered corners.  The only pain was that due to my dense quilting I had a lot of threads to burry.

These japanese prints are so sweet and they have lightened up my sewing space!  Every time I see it I am reminded of the kindness of others and to pass it along.

Linking up with Quilt Story's Fabric Tuesday.

Friday, August 8, 2014

All Tied Up

There's so much to say about this quilt but first a little background.  This quilt was for my cousin and his wife for their wedding present.  I knew that his then soon-to-be wife loves bows, and that the main flower at their wedding was going to be sunflowers.  For me when I make a quilt for someone's wedding I really try to make the quilt about the couple and their wedding day.  That way when they see the quilt in years to come it is never about how its not their style or doesn't match their living room, but rather it hopefully will conjure up memories of the day they started their lives together as a team.

So with those two components in mind (bows and sunflowers!) I scoured around for sunflower fabric (very hard to find at the beginning of summer! All shops kept telling me they wouldn't get anything in until autumn).  I also recalled seeing in the book "The It's Okay If You Sit On my Quilt Book" by Mary Ellen Hopkins a block for a bow (non-affiliated link, I just love the book and highly recommend it especially if you're into designing your own quilts).  Instead of a bunch of bow blocks all sashed together though, I decided to just make a quilt out of a single block blown up!  I've wanted to try a "one block quilt" for awhile so it was a perfect opportunity. Plus it made the process much quicker.

Did you see how many fabrics are on the front?! Three! THREE!!!  I have never in my life made a quilt with only three fabrics (heck I even repeated the sunflowers for the binding!).   In order to see the ribboning bow you need to make sure your front and back bow fabrics contrast well and that the back reads as darker than the front.  I was happily surprised looking through my stash that the Botanics mustard and gold metallic fabric went well with my sunflower print.  The glittery gold gave this quilt just that extra little something it needed in that sea of white.  

This is also my first quilt with so much negative/empty space.  I was nervous at first that the quilt would appear 'flat' but the vertical line quilting gave it enough dimension and a cozy texture which I really like.  The backing is fabric number four, a light yellow crosshatch from Carolyn Friedlanders Architextures  line.  I had originally bought it for a different quilt's backing but it was on hand and just too perfect not to use on this quilt.

Want to make your own?  See the book for the block, and my plain squares I cut at 8.5", my squares to make HSTs using this method I cut at 9.5" and trimmed down later to 8.5", then I added 8.5" borders in the background fabric all the way around.  The quilt will finish at 72" square, perfect lap size quilt for two!

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday!

Special thanks to my husband/quilt holder/child-carrier-and-wrangler 
during our hike turned photo shoot :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sewvivor- Piece At Last- Rachel

My cargo duffle bag is my audition piece for Sew-vivor Season 3: Quilter's Edition.  I love this bag so much, and thoroughly enjoyed making it.  While it's not a quick make, I learned so much about construction during the process.  I used a favorite Tula Pink print (Acacia Arrowheads) for the main body, Essex yarn-dyed linen in black for the bottom panels and gussets and handles, some Pearl Bracelets for the pockets, and Kona Coral for the accent color on the handle, inside pockets, and main lining.

This was only my second quilted bag (the first being a tote style bag) that I've ever made.  And that welted pocket in the lining was a first for me.  I love how this bag challenged me!

I hope I make it as a contestant on Sew-vivor!  I've got so many ideas swimming in my head for the announced challenges.  Good thing I just learned how to make and sew hexies two weeks ago :)