Archive | June, 2011

Jack’s Baby Quilt

22 Jun

I seem to be having loads of friends who are bringing new little ones into the world. The latest was baby Jack, and he was the lucky recipient of a new quilt for his birthday.


You will likely notice the repeat of a handful of fabrics from my previous quilts. What can I say- I like recycling. I found a diamond shaped ruler at JoAnn’s a few months ago, and have been waiting to use it for awhile. I like the way it turned out!

As a bit of a departure from my usual backing, I decided to make the most of all the scraps I had. I didn’t have quite enough to make the backing out of one fabric, but I thought it would be fun to piece some good, matching stuff together to make the back. Jack’s room is decorated in green and blue, with alligators, so I knew this would fit right in.


And I finished it off with one more shade of green. Baby Jack- I do hope you enjoy your new quilt!

I will say- one thing I learned from this quilt is that patterns like those circles don’t really lend themselves to easy quilting. It’s really a huge pain to keep a straight cut, no matter how careful you are with the ruler and rotary cutter. I do LOVE the way the fabric looks, but I’m going to keep that in mind for the future. I’ll need to buy a little extra fabric for stuff like that, or just skip that kind of print altogether.


I’m back… with a string quilt!

11 Jun

I’m back from a long blogging vacation with two new quilts- this is my most favorite quilt EVER. I made it for a friends birthday, and I wanted to keep it! In fact, once I’ve recovered from the tediousness of cutting and sewing this much fabric together, I’ll probably make one for myself.

This was a collaborative gift from a group of friends- everyone picked out fabric that they loved, or that represented something about themselves, sent it to me, and I did the sewing. It also happens to be the biggest quilt I’ve ever made- it ended up being 5 blocks wide, 6 blocks long, and the blocks were 12×12 before being sewn.

I do love the way string quilts look, but man, it took a lot of cutting. All this fabric was cut in 2.25 inch strips, arranged with care to not include too many of the same fabrics next to each other, sewn together in 12 inch squares, then each of those squares sewn together. I used all the fun patterns my friends sent me and supplemented with scraps from my own stash.

The front… (click on it to view the details, full size. You can see my two top choices of fabrics in there- the University of Florida Gator print, and the black print with wiener dogs wearing cute sweaters!)

The back:

The binding:

The front and back together:

And as always, my favorite part of quilting….


Next up…. a cute little baby quilt (way easier to manage!)