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


Hoping to “Catch” Some Color

I’ve worked fast and furious on the Hawg Wild quilt.  Here’s a peak at the layout:

I put the quilted and bound quilt in the washing machine along with 4 color catchers (yes, 4!) and said a little prayer: oh please, color catchers do your job and let the white stay white.  I hope it works!  I will be devastated if it doesn’t, because I won’t have enough time to make a new quilt before Amy leaves.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Hawg Wild

I’m finally getting back into quilting.  I had to take some time off to get a few time involved work projects finished up.  On Tuesday, one of our kiddos’ beloved swim coaches told me her husband got a new job in another state, so they are moving.  I am beyond devastated.  She has had such a profoundly powerful and positive influence on our children, that she will be missed immensely.  That said, I am very excited for her and her husband and life’s newest journey.

So I think this occasion calls for a quilt, stat!  The swim team’s colors are red, black, and white, so how about a little red, black, and white quilt?  I think that sounds perfect, and luckily I had mostly everything I need to get this quilt started and finished asap!

Aren’t these pretty?

Sandy Dunes

The Sandy Dunes quilt has been completed for awhile, but I just haven’t had the opportunity to take any pictures of it until this weekend.  I love the soft pleasing color palette, and it was fun to work with these colors.

It’s a late wedding present for my cousin and her new hubby who happen to live by the beach, so hopefully she and her hubby love it! :)

The post wash measurement is 56 1/2 x 65 1/2.

Back

I heart a striped binding!

New Fabric Lovelies!

Look what the mailman brought me today!  Aren’t they beautiful???  There’s 11 fat quarters, 3 Dilly Dally charm packs, and 1 yard of coordinating fabric from the Dilly Dally line.

I must give a huge shout out to Stitches N’ Giggles!  They’ve got great fabric at superb prices.  Not only that, but you get your order super fast….I placed my order Monday and got my lovelies today (WEDNESDAY!!!)  Now that’s service! :)

Summer Soiree Baby Quilt

Here’s Summer Soiree all finished and fresh out of the dryer.  I absolutely love the bright colors, and it makes for the perfect baby quilt.  The fabric is Soiree by Lila Tueller for Moda, and I used the Stacked Coins pattern from Moda Bakeshop (I changed up the backing design just a bit).

The post wash measurement is 38 x 46.

I love this fabric so much, and luckily I have extra charm packs of it, so I just may have to make a larger one for myself!

Sandy Dunes

I’m working on a quilt for one of my cousins who recently got married.  Yes, another late wedding gift, and I also have another late wedding gift that I must start asap.  Anyway, she lives near the beach and likes a softer color palate.

A few years ago I bought a bunch of charm packs of Swell by Urban Chicks for Moda when they were on clearance.  I went through the packs and took out all the reds and pinks, which left soft blues, soft greens, soft yellows, and a little bit of brighter green..and they “spoke” to me and I got a real beachy feel.  I generally like bolder brighter colors, but, as it turns out, this is a really pleasing color palette.

It’s pieced, bound, and quilted.  Now on to the binding.

Be Giddy

My Be Giddy quilt has been complete for some time, but it took awhile to actually snap some photos.  I absolutely love this quilt (don’t I say that about all of them?!?), because the colors are so cheerful.  I used the Piece of Cake 2 Pattern, by Camille Roskelley @ Thimble Blossoms.  It’s a great layer cake pattern, and I love how the pattern shows off the fabrics.

The post wash measurement is 56 x 66.

And this yumminess is all for me! :)

When I washed the Black, White, and Red All Over quilt, a bit of the red bled onto the white.  I was able to get most of the bleed out with stain stick and multiple washes, but ever since that experience I’ve used 2 or 3 Shout Color Catcher each time I was a quilt (especially quilts that have red and white).  Boy am I glad I did this time.  The backing for Giddy is red with pink dots and the front has lots of white.  I’m certain had I not included the 3 color catchers, some of the white would’ve turned pink or red.

2 color catchers from the wash load sandwiched between a fresh out of the box sheet.  They definitely caught lots of color!

Summer Soiree

A friend of ours in Oregon had her second baby girl this past week.  A brand new baby is such a great excuse to stop everything I’m doing and make a baby quilt!  I love the coin pattern, and it’s so simple to make (I used the stacked coins pattern from Moda Bake Shop).  I’ve had some charm packs of Soiree, by Lila Tueller for Moda, that I’ve been saving to use for this very quilt, and finally someone had a girl!

I involved my kiddos too.  As I sat at my sewing machine I had them pair up the 2.5 X 5 rectangles and then they gave them to me to sew.  They loved it, and I love how proud they are when they see their work turns into something cool.

I got the top and back all pieced together and realized I didn’t have anymore white batting.  So last weekend I hunted through town, and didn’t find any on sale, so when I came home I ordered batting (read: a lot of batting), and waited until the batting arrived.  I was so excited when it was delivered on Wednesday that I got straight to work basting it.


Now onto quilting this beauty.  I think I’ll call this quilt Summer Soiree only because I can’t come up with anything else.  If you think of a cool name, let me know!  Thanks!

Thread Breakage

Nothing irritates me more than thread breakage while I’m quilting.  Why?  Because I have to stop what I’m doing, rethread the machine, and pick out the last few stitches before the thread broke off so that I can secure those threads.  That all takes time.  And to me, that’s really time wasted.

I have been using Essential Cotton Thread from Connecting Threads, and I’ve had very good luck and very little breakage.  The great thing about this thread is 1) it’s cotton, 2) little breakage while quilting and piecing, 3) each spool comes with a lot of thread, and 4) it’s inexpensive for how much thread you get.  But the last 2 spools I’ve used have been giving me trouble with breakage.  Perhaps I just got an off lot, but it’s irritating enough that I ordered the Essential Pro Thread from Connecting Threads to give it a try.  One of my really good friends is a long arm quilter and swears by the polyester thread.  So I’ll try it out and see how I like it.