You Are My Sunshine

Yay!  I have a new nephew! :)  Just the excuse I needed to start quilting again.  I love the combination of the yellows and grays…it’s like sunshine on a cloudy day (you know how the song goes–You are my sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray….).

Baby quilts are so fun to make, since the whole quilt comes together relatively quickly.  I just love how it turned out!

I used the Snapshot pattern from Happy Hour by Atkins Design.  I love this pattern (I used it for Caterpillar’s Meadow).

I hope my nephew, Ben, loves his new quilt!

Post wash measurement: 34 x 42.

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The back: yellow with white dots

The label

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The binding: I love a striped binding!

Summer Breezes

I designed this quilt a long time ago while traveling for my kids’ swim meet.  In fact, I came across the original design sketches that were on an Embassy Suites notepad.  So it’s fitting that I’m donating this quilt to our swim team’s silent auction.

I love the oranges and aquas, and there just might be another quilt with these same mix of colors in the works.

Post wash measurement: 56 x 64

Front

Back and binding is same fabric as back

Urban Blooms: Done

I always love when I get to hand deliver a new quilt to its new owner.  I love to see their reactions, and I do believe B loved it.

The prewash measurement: 53.5 x 62.5.

The postwash measurement: 52 x 59.5.

Love me a striped binding!

Urban Blooms: Pin Basted

A few days ago I finished sewing the Urban Blooms quilt top together.  The Lemon Squares quilt pattern yields blocks about 10 inches, but then the directions call to trim the blocks down to 9.5 inches.  I’m so glad I didn’t forgo that step, because piecing the top together was so easy with all those perfect 9.5 inch blocks.

With the quilt top done, it’s time for basting and then on to quilting.  So loving the colors!!!!

One of my favorite blocks

Urban Blooms

It’s been far too long since I sat behind my sewing machine and created., far too long since I’ve started a quilt, and far too long since I’ve finished a quilt.

Sewing and quilting is cathartic and peaceful.  I love the creative process and the accomplishment.

And so we start a new year and 2012 promises to be filled with lots of quilts! Yipee!

2012 musts:

  • Make quilt for a bff who moved recently
  • Finish quilt for a cousin’s wedding (ahem…she got married a long time ago…gack!)
  • Make quilt for another cousin’s upcoming wedding present
  • Make baby quilt for a cousin’s first baby
  • Finish Ellie’s quilt
  • Make a quilt for myself

First up is called Urban Blooms (unless I come up with a more creative title ;) ).  I’m loosely using the Lemon Squares pattern by Fresh Lemons.  More than a year ago I bought a quilt kit that was on sale.  It didn’t have the pattern with it, but that was fine, because I bought the kit for the fabric anyway.  I loved the colors and I loved how the colors were out of my normal repertoire/comfort zone.  I’ve been waiting for the perfect occasion and perfect recipient, and I found it.  This one’s for you B:

City Blooms by Benartex

Block “A”

Lavendar Fields Baby Quilt

My cousin asked me to make a baby quilt for one of her friends, and since I love making baby quilts (well, all quilts really, but I especially love baby quilts), I jumped at the opportunity.  It’s the same pattern I used for Life’s a Hoot, but I altered the dimensions a bit.

I was told the new mama likes light green, purple, and brown.  I had a bunch of Hushabye (by Tula Pink for Moda) charm packs and I pulled out all the green and browns, and then I added some purples to the mix.  I love this color combination!  And because I love me a polka dot binding, the green dots on brown was just perfect!!! The purples, the green geometric backing, and the brown with green dots are all from different lines, but they coordinate perfectly with the greens and browns from Hushabye.

The post wash  measurement is 37 x 45.

I hope my cousin and the new mama like it!

Welcome to the world Samantha!

Productive Quilting Day

Yesterday was a very productive day for quilting.  I pin basted the Lavender Fields quilt top, quilted it, and sewed the binding to the front of the quilt.  Now I just need to hand sew the binding to the back.

Lavender Fields?

I’m making a baby quilt for my cousin’s friend’s baby.  The colors are purples, greens, and browns, and these are the fabrics I came up with.

I’m having a heck of a time coming up with a name for this quilt.  Sometimes names can be so hard!!!  So far I’ve come up with Lavender Fields.  Do you have any other suggestions?

Ethan’s Quilt: Make Life

Here is Ethan’s quilt.  He and I started this quilt back in January during snow days.  4 months is a long time from start to finish for a 7 year old (I actually finished the binding on April 2, which is Ethan’s birthday, but I didn’t label and wash it until this weekend), so he didn’t really recognize it.  But once I refreshed his memory he got really excited and he slept with it last night.

I tried something new with this quilt.  I used a sheet for the backing because I liked the polka dots (shocking, I know, but I love me a polka dot quilt back!!!!).  But, the sheet was not 100% cotton, but since this quilt was for Ethan and I could test it out, I decided to give it a try.  I must say it was nice to lay the sheet out to sandwich the quilt rather than to piece the backing (although I do love a pieced back).

Here’s my review on the cotton poly blend sheet backing: I don’t think it shrunk at the same rate as the quilt top and the batting.  But I think the biggest drawback is that it didn’t give me the super crinkly look that I so love.  So I think I’ll stick with 100% cotton for the backs (unless of course I find some really cool blend fabric) whether it be from sheets or quilting fabric.  I’m working on one more quilt with a cotton poly blend back and that’s Ellie’s quilt.  It’s been quilted for some time, and I just need to bind it.

Fabric is Make Life by Sweetwater for Moda.

Post wash measurement: 55.5 x 64.5.

I also made this quilt super special for Ethan by quilting his name.  He loves that!!!

Hawg Wild

I took a deep breath and opened the washing machine and smiled broadly…no reds or blacks ran onto the white!  Woohoo!!!!

Here’s a little background on the quilt’s name.  My son swims competitively for the AquaHawgs, and my daughter will also swim on the team this fall.  The reason we are a part of the AquaHawgs is because of Coach Amy.  We all adore her, and she really ignited the swimming passion in both of my kiddos.  If not for her we likely would not be a part of the AquaHawgs.  So with her departure comes lots of sadness, but also true excitement for her and her husband as their life’s journey takes them elsewhere.  Our family has truly been blessed to have had Coach Amy involved in our lives for the last 2 years.

When she told me she was moving, I of course knew I needed to make her a quilt to thank her for everything she’s done for us.  Since the team’s colors are red, black, and white, I thought a quilt with those colors would be perfect.  Wherever she is she can wrap herself in some AquaHawg love and some Chriss family love.

For the quilt’s label, I had all 4 of us sign our names…for an extra special touch.

We love Coach Amy so much, and we are going to miss her!

Post wash measurement is 56.5 x 63.5.  The pattern is Quilted Windows, and I modified the pattern a bit to make the quilt wider.  The fabrics are mostly Mingle by Monaluna for Robert Kaufman.

I absolutely love how this quilt turned out.  I’ve had this post sitting as a draft for nearly a week, because I didn’t want to post it until I gave Coach Amy her gift.  We are bringing her gift to her today…hope she loves it!

Back…I love a polka dot back!

The quilt label.  I incorporated it into the pieced blocks of the backing.

Solid black binding