Slicing the Layer Cake

I stocked up on Snippets layer cakes when they were in closeout at Cotton Patch Quilting.  I knew I would eventually put them to good use.  I broke into one of those layer cakes this weekend and can’t wait to to get the quilt top together.  I’ve got the blocks done, but I still have to lay them out.  I’m excited about this quilt.  For starters, I love the fabric…the 30’s reproduction that reminds me of feed sacks.  And secondly, it’s a super easy pattern that uses 1 layer cake plus some yardage of a neutral, and the pattern is all mine! :)

Hopefully I’ll make good progress in the coming days, that is of course as long as my 4 year old gets over the virus she has.

Baby Blues

I put the Black, White, & Red All Over quilt aside (for now), and started on a baby quilt.  My friend is due the beginning of June, and she’ll likely deliver sooner, so I wanted to be sure and get this done quickly.  She requested a blue and brown quilt, and never haven worked with those colors before I was excited….I love that color combination!!!!

I used the boy pattern of the Baby Mine pattern, and I got the whole thing pieced. It took me a few days to figure out how I wanted to quilt it.  Usually quilts “speak” to me and tell me what what I should do, but not this time.  Bah!

I’ve never marked a quilt top for quilting before, but I tried it this time.  I wanted to do some straight line kind of stuff.  I’m still kind of on the fence about marking, and while I really like how some straight line quilting turns out, by and large I’m an all over meander quilting kind of gal.

I’ll show pictures of the quilting soon.

Spring Flowers Recap

Spring Flowers is done! :)  And I LOVE it!!!!!!  For starters I used Camille’s Baby Mine pattern.  The pattern is a great deal because you get 2 patterns for the price of 1–a girl quilt and a boy quilt.  I wasn’t 100% sold on the flower applique pieces that go with the girl quilt.  So I hunted through my library of patterns and found one that I love…it’s called French Roses by Heather French.  Some day I’m going to make an entire quilt of French Roses (I even have the fabric for it), but since that’s down the road I figured I give the French Roses a whirl by substituting these flowers for the ones that came with the Baby Mine pattern.

The French Roses pattern  uses the soft edge applique technique, which I thought is perfect for a baby girl’s quilt.  I’m certainly in love with soft edge applique!

I’m so glad I made this modification.  I think the French Roses flowers are softer, more feminine, and just downright adorable.

The quilt measured 40 x 50 prior to washing and measures 37 1/2 x 47 1/2 after washing…perfect size for a baby.

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Polka dot binding matches the inner border

Label: I used a piece of muslin, cut the edges with pinking shears, wrote on it, then soft edge appliqued it to the quilt

Fabric: Butterfly Fling by Me & My Sisters Design for Moda, the white is a white on white design with butterflies, the polka dots and some of the fabrics in the flowers are from my stash.

Side note: I started working on an improv project tonight.  I got everything out and set up (machine, ironing board, started cutting fabric etc.), then went to sew, and my sewing machine won’t sew! Grrrrrrr!  So I’m bringing it in tomorrow to get serviced, because one can’t have a non working sewing machine when one NEEDS to sew! 😉

Chocolate Covered Raspberries

My daughter’s preschool is having a silent auction, and I volunteered to make a baby quilt.  I love baby quilts, because they are quick to make and oh so satisfying.

I chose 2 charm packs of Sultry by Basic Grey for Moda and set them 8 x 10.

No matter how many quilts I do and new styles I try, I absolutely love the simplicity of the 5 inch squares.  It’s probably quiltmaking at its simplest, but I’m so drawn to these quilts.

The post wash measurements are 33 x 42.

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The back of the quilt is white muslin, and I quilted with Sulky Blendables Vintage Rose (#4030) thread.

Caterpillar’s Meadow

Thanks for all the votes for naming this quilt (both in the comments section and in person).  While I liked both names best I think that Caterpillar’s Meadow fits both the quilt and the new mama the best.

The post wash measurements are 33 x 41…just the right size for a new baby.

I think this quilt is really pretty and the new mama is going to love it! :)

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If you remember I used the Sulky Blendables thread…see how nicely it blends

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This is the back and you can see how nicely the thread blends into the blocks at the top, but in the rest of the white backing you can see the color variations, which I think looks really cool.  And since I used a light blendables thread it still hides mistakes on the white fabric.

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Baby Quilt-Needs Name

I love making baby quilts!

One of my best friends is having her second baby.  She’s having a girl.  My friend doesn’t really like girly colors or baby colors (ie, no pastels and nothing overly girly).  She likes earthy colors.  So I dug deep in my collection and came across a fat quarter bundle I had of About Town, by Monaluna for Robert Kaufman.  Perfect.

I chose the Sanpshots patern from the Happy Hour (by Atkinson Designs) pattern book.  I love all the patterns in this book, and can’t wait to try them all!

So loving how this baby quilt is turning out!  It’s girly, without being overly girly and it’s also earthy with the browns and greens!

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I need help naming this quilt!!!  Any suggestions?

It’s Snowing

Here’s another finished quilt that I will be gifting later in the year.  (wink, wink) 😉

I love the reds and aquas.

I love the pieced back of reds and greens.

I quilted this one with white thread, and the unwashed, and unlabeled quilt measures a 57″ square.

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Fabric is It’s Snowing by Deb Strain for Moda

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Merry & Bright: More Than A Peak

Linda kindly asked me to reveal my Merry & Bright quilt, and since I’m 99.999% positive the recipient of this quilt does not read this website I figured it would be just fine to share it with all of you.

If you remember I started with a layer cake, and because sometimes I think simple is best, I decided to just sew the 10×10 squares together.  You really get to appreciate the entire line this way, and I really do love the simple squares.

I absolutely love this quilt, and I’m so glad I bought 2 layer cakes, because this way I can make one for us too…but that will have to wait because I have so many projects I want to do! :)

So here is the unwashed and unlabeled “finished project.”  It measures as a 57″ square (prewashed).

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Rocqua Rhythm: Done :)

I love how this quilt turned out…so cheerful and fun.  It shrunk A LOT in the wash–a whole 5 inches!  With all the quilting it is a bit stiff, but that’s fine with me because I absolutely love it!

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Rocqua Rhythm Back

One unexpected surprise from our new earlier mornings since Ethan started kindergarten is that Ellie, who was once phasing naps out, definitely needs a midday rest.  What does all this mean?  I have found that I now have 1 to 2 hours of time during the day all to myself!  And guess what I decided to do with that time?  Quilt…shocking I know!

On Wednesday I had the creative itch during this new found time, and I sewed up the back for the Rocqua Rhythm quilt.  I designed the back, and I just love it!  It’s kind of a large modified log cabin.  When I originally bought fabric for the back my intention was to just use the turquoise and the white with pink flowers.  After I finished the top and laid out the backing fabric, I felt the back needed some more punch and pizazz.  So, I played around with the leftover fabrics from the quilt top and the turquoise and white with pink flowers until I found an arrangement I liked.  I really do love how it turned out…in fact, I like the back as much as the front!

The binding is going to be the apples from the quilt top.

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