This quilt was made for a very special family friend who had a baby boy. My mom and I collaborated on the design and that was maybe the most fun I've had designing a quilt. We literally sat down on the floor with my laptop and started browsing. We initially settled on the idea of doing an animal quilt...then we stumbled on Three Patch Craft's Counting Sheep pattern. I liked the sheep and their personalities, but came up with my own layout.
I also decided to make a few sheep more "bold" than others - hence the name "Wild Ones." I pieced them in contrasting primary colors, and made the other sheep predominantly gray with fun ears and bells, in some cases. For the Butterfly and grass blocks I hand-drew paper-piecing patterns.
I quilted a 2" grid all over the quilt sortof like the sheep are standing behind a fence, and then bound it in Michael Miller's wide black and white "Clown Stripe." I backed the quilt in a little blue and white grid (Penny's Dollhouse in "Lake" by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman).
I'm happy to report that the quilt has been delivered and is currently in use!
Several years ago someone asked me to make a lonestar quilt. At the time I saw all the little diamond pieces and was very intimidated, so I said "No." Fast forward 5 years. One day I came across this post by Terri Ann of Childlike Fascination on the Moda Bake Shop. Here was a way to make a Lonestar quilt using strip-piecing. Settled - I was going to make the quilt.
From the moment I decided to make the quilt, it all came together very easily. I'm not saying that it didn't take time and effort, but this quilt was very rewarding. The fabrics were all pulled from my stash (excluding the backing) and I didn't second guess my fabric choices...no internal debating...no ripping and re-doing. I just pulled fabric, sewed it together and was happy with how it came out. It all felt so good.
I backed the quilt in "Puff" fabric from Cotton + Steel, and bound it in two different beige prints that were also used on the front of the quilt. The quilt measures approximately 72in. x 72in. (I added bigger boarders than the original pattern).
This quilt is destined to be gifted and I hope that the recipient loves it as much as I do!
In August (July?) I joined my first mini-quilt swap organized through Instagram (@goosequilts). If you're unfamiliar with swaps like this, you generally sign-up and create an inspiration "mosaic" on Instagram. Then partners are secretly assigned and you begin to "stalk" your partner on various social media platforms. For example, you can go to their Pinterest profile and see what they've pinned, look at things they've made and posted on Instagram, check out their blog...facebook...you name it.
My partner didn't post a whole lot, but did seem to like Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet. She is a fabric and pattern designer who likes scrappy traditional blocks, done in a cute current way with one or two-color fabrics. Fresh and fun, but not overly modern.
I used this block as inspiration and drafted my own block.
I quilted a free-form spider web in gray all over the quilt and bound it in the bright green fabric that I used in the center of the quilt. The block finishes at 18 in. square, so I pieced together a backing from a few fat quarters.
My partner received the mini-quilt and was happy, and I liked the block so much that I have decided to use this pattern to make myself a full-sized Halloween throw quilt! Here's what it's going to look like:
It's done!! (I think that getting around to taking pics, editing pics, and writing a blog post took as long as it took me to piece and quilt it.)
This is my Molehills quilt (pattern by Latifah Saafir) that I started at Sewtopia Chicago (a quilt retreat) and I love it. I think it's the fabrics that make the quilt for me - them, and my paper-pieced spiky arcs (my own addition). I didn't over-analyze or over-think my fabric pull for this quilt (which was completely from my stash by the way - yay!) and I love how it turned out. It's wild and bright and fun and playful.
I quilted this quilt with semi-straight vertical and horizontal lines that were 1 - 2 inches apart, and machine bound it.
This quilt is roughly 62x64" and I'm not sure about it's future. I love it, and don't think I will part with it. I thought it might live on the bed of my youngest son (the colors are perfect for his room), but now he's adopted another quilt that better fits his bed. For now I am entering it in my local guild quilt show in August and we'll see what happens after that.
This was my 4th finish for my Q2 Finish-a-Long list (my best quarter for finishes ever!), but I had to submit an Instagram picture since I didn't get around to blogging in time for the finish deadline. I also finished my two donation quilts (see them here and here), and my last purple flying geese cabin quilt.
All four Cabin Quilts are done, Done, DONE! Happy day! I've already posted about my Bear Paw, Wonky Stars, Pluses...and now here is a little information on my Wonky Flying Geese Quilt. (If you haven't been following along, back in early 2014 I began making these 4 quilts to go in a bunk room here in Colorado.)
Just as with the other three Cabin Quilts, this one is made entirely out of Kona Cottons. The background is Kona Eggplant, the flying geese are Ivory and Sage, and the backing is Cayenne. I used my machine to bind the quilt in Wine. I machine quilted all of the quilts with lines spaced 1" apart.
Today I delivered these 4 quilts to their permanent home and it felt so good! This project has been about 18 months in the making and I'm happy with how everything turned out.
This is my first finish for Q2 of the Finish-A-Long with Adrienne from On the Windy Side.
I've finished my third quilt in my series of "Cabin Quilts": the Wonky Stars Quilt. You can read more about this quilt here. I finished this quilt top back in October of 2014 and then it sat in my "Work in Progress" pile while I quilted 2 of those quilt tops. I wanted all four of the cabin quilt tops to be completed before I started to quilt any of them. I did it this way so that I could study the completed tops all together and settle on one pattern for quilting all of them.
Like the other cabin quilts, this quilt is made entirely of Kona Cotton. The background is Kona Winsdor, the stars are Ivory, Bone, and Cloud. The backing for the quilt is Wine, and it is bound in Eggplant (my new absolute favorite Kona color).
As I did with my first two completed cabin quilts (Plus and Bear Paw), I quilted straight lines across the quilt, spaced 1 inch apart using my machine. Now on to the last quilt: my Wonky Flying Geese!!
As I've mentioned a few times already, I attended Sewtopia in Chicago this April (2015). As part of the retreat, they sent us a collection of Michael Miller Fabrics. The idea was to make something (anything!) out of the fabrics and enter them in a friendly competition or "challenge." This was a new one for me! You had to use some of the fabrics that they sent us, but you could add any other Michael Miller Fabrics.
The colors of the fabrics that were sent out were bright and a little bit outside of what I normally work with. However, I found a very cool coordinating fabric to use for the backing and used that as inspiration for the front. (Is that backwards?)
I used all of the fabrics that were sent, and added: White! (Michael Cotton Couture in Bright White to be exact), and went with a very traditional "broken dishes" layout of half-square triangles. The HST blocks finish at 5 inches, and the entire quilt is 40x40 inches.
I echo quilted on both sides of every seam and love how it created little perfect stars where the blocks meet.
This quilt has been listed for sale in my Etsy store.
It is time to make my To Do list for Quarter 2 (Q2) of the 2015 Finish-A-Long. Here goes (the first 5 are shown above):
1. The last of my Cabin Quilts: the Purple Wonky Flying Geese. This one needs to be basted, quilted and bound. You can see this quilt here.
2 & 3: I have made two quilt tops from donated scraps. These tops will be donated to a local charity. These needs to be basted, quilted and bound. You can see the quilt tops here and here.
4. I have all but one of my 2013 & 2014 Mod Q Impro B Bee blocks. In 2013 I asked for people to make me improv house blocks, and then in 2014 I asked for improv trees. The one block missing is the block that I need to make. (Ha!) These guys need to be laid out, sewn in to a top, basted, quilted, and bound. You can read more about this quilt here and here.
5. I've finished hand-quilting (and embroidering a nose for) my paper-pieced Rudolph block. This is destined to be a pillow It needs to have the envelope backing assembled and attached.
The last two projects are ones that will be started (and hopefully almost completed) at the Sewtopia retreat next week. The patterns are picked and the fabric has been pulled (and some cut) for these two projects:
6. A pillow made in Rita Hodge's class on how to make Kansas Dugout blocks.
7. A baby quilt using Latifah Saafir's Molehill pattern.
Linking up with Adrianne from On the Windy Side.
I finished another in my series of "Cabin Quilts." This is the second of my "Cabin Quilts" to be completely done and is the second (and last) item that I finished from my Q1 Finish-a-Long List.
You can read more about my Plus quilt here and here. This quilt is made entirely of Kona Cottons. The background is Kona Wine, the pluses are Ivory, Holly and Eggplant. I backed the quilt in Spruce and bound it by machine in Windsor. As I did with my the first cabin quilt that I finished, my Bear Paw quilt, I did straight line quilting every inch or so.
Outstanding items from my Q1 List:
- I still have my last two Cabin Quilt tops to baste, quilt and bind
- I haven't managed to get any further on my improv house and tree blocks.
Linking up to Adrianne from On the Windy Side.
On to Q2 now!
One of my personal goals for 2015 was to attend a sewing retreat. To that end, I've signed up to attend Sewtopia in Chicago next month (April). There's more info on Sewtopia below.
Now that we are less than a month out, I'm starting to work on a few projects for the retreat. First on my list was to create something (anything - there were no restrictions!) for a swap.
Just when I was starting to seriously think about what I wanted to make for the swap, I received an email from Kristy at Quiet Play asking if I would be interested in testing a new paper-pieced pattern for her. I jumped at the chance and decided to kill two birds with one stone: I pieced her new "Geometric Butterfly" block and then finished it off into a 12.5" mini quilt for my swap item. (Earlier I had a chance to test a penguin block for Kristy. You can see my finished guy here.)
For this project, everything that I used came from my scrap bins, except for the black and white stripe fabric. I had a lot of fun digging through my pink, red and orange scrap bins. Since the block is so bright and busy, and the background is full of words (Allison Glass Sun Print Text), I opted to keep the quilting simple and just stitched in the ditch around the red wings, and then did 1 "echo" line around each wing in white (hard to see, but it's there in the above photo - and is clearer in the photo below).
I bound the quilt in a skinny black and white stripe from Timeless Treasures, and added a few hanging pockets on the back. (Click here for a tutorial on the hanging pockets from Lori Holt.)
For fun, I added one of my labels from my fabric gift bags and called it done!
Two other projects for Sewtopia, involved picking fabrics for the two classes that I will be taking with Latifah Saafir from Latifah Saafir Studios and Rita Hodge from Red Pepper Quilts.
Latifah is teaching us to make her molehill quilt (curved piecing - upper left). Above (right) are the fabrics that I've picked out.
Rita is going to work with us on making a Kansas Dugout mini-quilt. I had fun using Electronic Quilt (design program below) to try out different color and fabric schemes for this one.
Last up on my Sewtopia To Do list is to finish a challenge project using designated fabrics from Michael Miller. More on that one to come...