Wonky Log Cabin block

16 Oct

I had so much fun making my string quilt– I’m a fan of quilting that is a departure from really traditional fabrics and patterns. They’re fun, and a little wild, especially for a kid.

I found this link on patchworkdelights, and I decided to make a similar one for my new niece. Here’s the first block I tried with the blue fabrics…. thoughts?

A new little girl!

16 Oct

I found out the spectacular news yesterday that I’m going to be an aunt to a new little baby girl in March. So, of course, out came the fabric stash. I’m attempting to make this a stash busting quilt since I have a huge basket of fabric on my desk. I kind of have a fabric addiction. My brother is a Gator fan, sister in law is a huge Packers fan, so I’ve decided on orange, blue, green & yellow. I think I have enough of that….

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I might have to buy a little more yellow, but I should be set. Can’t wait to see this baby!

I have lemonade!

11 Oct

I finished what I lovingly called the Lemonade Quilt yesterday. Thanks to the fact that  my company observes Columbus Day, I had the day off and spent the majority of it sewing with Charlotte. Although she is of absolutely no help in the sewing process, she’s so darn cute that I have to let her sit on the quilt while binding it, smooshed up against me. Sigh. I love my dog.

I loved the way it turned out. I was a bit hesitant about the binding, worried that it would look too  busy, but I think busy was the right look for this quilt.

The front:

The back:

Close up of the binding:

The tag:

And lastly, Charlotte admiring her my handiwork.

I shall call you the lemonade quilt

10 Oct

Because you know that whole cliche, when life hands you lemons, make lemonade? That’s this quilt for me. For some unknown reason, quilting this sucker has been much harder than my other quilts. I think it might be because I’m using the plain orange background, and it’s a lot easier to see the quilting lines than it is to see them on the busy backing fabric I’m used to.

I started things off with grid-ed quilting lines on the top, got frustrated, and decided to just make them random. So the top about 1/3 of the quilt has grids, the bottom is just random lines. I kinda like it!

 

And when deciding on the binding, Andy and I thought it would be fun to use the leftover squares from the layer cake, cut it up in strips, and make a super cute (although a bit busy) binding.

Char got her little nose stuck in there to check it out. She seems to approve 🙂

On to trimming the quilt and sewing on the binding!

Orange

27 Sep

It was rainy and dreary this morning/I was in a hurry to get to work, so I had to take a picture of my finished quilt back inside this morning.

I’ve never used a solid fabric for backing, so this is really exciting for me :). Andy and I went fabric shopping last weekend and found this really fun, very vibrant, orange fabric. I pieced it together with some pieces to match the front.

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And similarly to the wonky block on the front, I decided to make a fancy one on the back. All that’s left is quilting and binding!

Back on the machine

27 Sep

I took a brief break in sewing due to the massive amount of travel I’ve been up to this month. But I’m putting together the back of the oh-so-cute Happy Zoo Animal quilt.

Preview of the back coming soon!

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Something that looks easy… but isn’t

24 Aug

I volunteered to help my friend Genesis make a tshirt quilt. She’s about to move to California (SAD!), and wanted to do something with all her old softball, UM, and Apple tshirts she had lying around.

She asked if I could help… I said of course- but only if you come over and do the cutting with me. Because nobody likes cutting.

Turns out t-shirt quilts are harder to make than I expected. She confirmed with me that it would be more than acceptable if it wasn’t quite squared off, it was just meant to have something to cuddle on the couch

Nobody likes sewing knits to quilting fabric. Nobody, of course, but Charlotte.