Monday, June 20, 2016

Lots of Pink Baby Quilt

I have always been a fan of darker, more muted colors.  So when I started quilting I found something surprising: I really like pink.  And not just the sweet, soft pinks, but the bright, crazy pinks.  So for no particular reason I decided the other day that I needed to make a pink quilt.
pink, pink, pink quilt
Quilt held by my sister-in-law, thanks Denise!
I decided to make a hexagon quilt because they are fun and they are fairly quick and it's not a shape that I work with very often.  And other than squares, it seems to be the shape that I most closely associate with quilts.
pink, pink, pink quilt
I quilted it with an "organic" grid again.  It isn't precise or perfect looking, but I love the feel it gives to the finished quilt.  
pink, pink, pink quilt
My color inspiration came from this great Sarah Jane quilt.  That bunny is too cute.  
pink, pink, pink quilt
The binding fabric is a new favorite: Kona Punch.  

Finished size: 40" x 49"
Backing: Sommer Bloom Tulip Tangled (available here, here, here, or here)
Binding: Kona Punch (available here)
Batting: Quilter's Dream Cotton Select

This quilt is now listed in my Etsy shop.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Debbie Quilt - A Pattern

After I finished working on The Carol Quilt pattern, I knew that I wanted to make a lap size version of the Striped Chevrons Tutorial that I made almost 3 years ago (crazy!).  I have received several emails from people asking for fabric requirements, more detail, or instructions on how to make the quilt larger.
The Debbie Quilt Pattern
So I decided my next project would be a lap size version of this quilt with fabric requirements, diagrams, and more clearly written instructions.  Meet The Debbie Quilt!  It is a generously sized lap quilt at 65" x 74." The free tutorial will remain on my blog, but this pattern is easier to follow.  Also, this pattern is the perfect size to use with a jelly roll!
The Debbie Quilt Pattern
I had some wonderful, extremely helpful, and talented pattern testers test this pattern for me.

1.  Carol's Salt Water Taffy Quilt
I love that Carol used such a wide variety of colors, her quilt is stunning!
Carol's Debbie Quilt
2.  Camille's quilt 
I was so excited when I saw that not only was Camille's quilt beautiful, but she used a dark background fabric for her version.  It gives the quilt such a different look!  And she used a Little Ruby jelly roll, I love how it turned out.
Camille's Debbie Quilt

3.  Sally's quilt
Sally used a Cotton + Steel fat 8th bundle for her quilt and gave me some helpful suggestions on using smaller cuts of fabric for the pattern (thanks Sally!).  Her quilt is so bright and fun!
Sally's Debbie Quilt

This pattern is now available on both Craftsy and Etsy.  If you make your own version, I would love to see a photo or tag it on Instagram with the hashtag #thedebbiequilt.

Finished size: 65" x 74"
Batting: Quilter's Dream Cotton Select

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Ugly Scrap Quilt

Edited to add: I hope this post doesn't come off in the wrong way.  I made much more traditional looking quilts for my son's teachers and, since this is a small school, they will likely see the quilts I made for each other and I am worried she is going to wonder why I made this crazy quilt for her.  I do like the quilt, it is just much louder than I expected so I wasn't sure what to do.  Thank you for all of your words of support!

Have you ever finished a quilt top and thought, "Wow, that is kind of ugly!"?  I posted this question on Instagram the other day when I finished the quilt top.  I had some very sympathetic, helpful responses, and while it does usually help to quilt and bind the project, I felt a little like I was putting lipstick on a pig. This one is a little crazy.
the ugly scrap quilt
Normally when I make a scrap quilt I spend some time evaluating how the scraps will work together. This time my only criteria was that the scrap was large enough to cut a 3.5" square from it.   The hard thing about this quilt for me is that I love of the fabrics that I used.  A lot!  I just don't love them together.  
the ugly scrap quilt86-Edit
I do think that adding a pretty backing and binding helped to temper the crazy.  And quilting always makes everything better.  My original plan was to give this quilt to my daughter's 2nd grade teacher as an end of year gift.
the ugly scrap quilt
So now the question is, do I give her this ugly scrap quilt or give her an unused quilt from my stash? (actually the better question is why did I make a new quilt when I have unused quilts in my stash, ha ha)  the ugly scrap quilt
I don't totally hate it, I'm just not sure if I want to gift it to someone.  What would you do?

Finished size: 60" x 66"
Backing: Palm Springs in Navy from Hatbox
Binding: Dime Store Dot Navy
Batting: Quilter's Dream Cotton Select

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Quilts for Twins - Part 2 (with instructions)

I spent some time this weekend finishing up the second quilt for my new twin nieces (see the first one here).  If you didn't guess from the first quilt, the second quilt is the second half of the rainbow.  These quilts were super fun and quick to make, so I thought I'd share quick (very rough) instructions in case you want to make your own.
Quilts for Twins
Cut (42) 6.75" squares for each quilt.  I used different shades of three different colors, but yours doesn't have to be rainbow-y.  It could be scrappy or a single color or whatever you want.
Quilts for Twins
Pair the squares together to make half square triangles.  Trim the HSTs down to 6.25" and sew together the quilt top so that it is 6 blocks x 7 blocks.  
Quilts for Twins
When I was finished with the quilt tops I was a little stumped about what to use for backing.  I wanted to use the same print in different color ways and I was convinced that I wouldn't find anything out there that matched both of my quilt tops.  But I checked my stash and was delighted to find out that my fabric hoarding had paid off: I had enough of this Alison Glass print in orange and in blue to back the quilts. Yay for having too much fabric!
Quilts for Twins
If you want a quick way to quilt a project, I highly recommend the "organic grid."  It is one of my favorites. You don't have to mark any lines, just start sewing without making an effort to keep the lines perfectly straight.  I have tried making my lines intentionally crooked, but it looks a little funny and I am pretty good at making my lines a little crooked without trying.  This method gives the quilt a great feel and it is so fast.  
Quilts for Twins
My nieces are still in the hospital, but are just on oxygen while they get fattened up a little bit.  
Quilts for Twins
So I just need to get these in the mail so they are waiting for those sweet baby girls when they come home.

Finished size: 35" x 40"
Backing: Alison Glass Sunprint
Batting: Quilter's Dream Cotton Select

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Quilts for Twins (Part 1)

A few days ago my sister unexpectedly went into labor at 33 weeks with her twin baby girls.  I had made quilt tops for her a few weeks ago, but they weren't at the top of the priority list since we weren't expecting the babies to be born for another month.
Quilts for twins part 1
Both babies doing well and weighed around 5 pounds.  They are going to be spending a little extra time in the hospital which gives me a little extra time to finish their quilts.  I spent the last couple days finishing the first one and am hoping to finish the second this weekend.

I knew I wanted to do something that was quick and colorful, so for this quilt I went with pink/orange/yellow (can you guess what the second quilt will look like?) HSTs.  They finish at 5.75", making this quilt 36" x 41".  My sister regularly uses the quilt I made for one of her other kids (this one), so I knew I wanted to make the quilts a good carseat/stroller size.
Quilts for twins part 1
The backing is from Alison Glass' Sunprint collection and the binding is from Elizabeth Hartman's Rhoda Ruth.  I quilted it with an "organic" grid, meaning that I didn't mark the lines and made no real attempt to have them be perfectly straight.  I really like the result and I particularly like that it doesn't involve marking lines.  

The twins were actually born the day after this little guy's first birthday.  I can't believe my baby is one!
August turns 1

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pretty Playtime Quilt Along

Today begins Week 1 of the Pretty Playtime Quilts book by Elea Lutz.  Over the next few weeks, blocks from the book will be highlighted by different bloggers.  Watch for my turn on Week 11 ;)  In the meantime, check out this adorable book!
Week 2 - Erin from Why Not Sew?
Week 3 - Wynn from Zakka Art
Week 4 - Anorian from Samelia's Mum
Week 5 - Amy from Diary of a Quilter
Week 6 - Renee from Sewn with Grace
Week 7 - Jemima from Tied with a Ribbon
Week 8 - Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Week 9 - Debbie from Happy Little Cottage
Week 10 - Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset
Week 11 - Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting
Week 12 - Kristyne from Pretty by Hand
Week 13 - Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Week 14 - Brigitte from The Family Hearth
Week 15 - Lorrie from Sew Mod Designs
Week 16 - Kristin from They Grow Up Too Fast

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Carol Quilt Pattern - Now Available

All right guys, this is an exciting and scary day for me.  My first ever quilt pattern is available for purchase!  I have written patterns for magazines and fabric manufacturers and I have done tutorials, but this is a whole new thing.

The pattern is now available on Craftsy and Etsy.

Thanks to some wonderful and extremely helpful pattern testers, I feel like the pattern is ready for you. And I have images from the testers to share.

I was so excited that Alison was willing to test the pattern for me.  I admire her work so much and she always has such a unique perspective.  She did not disappoint!
Alison's Carol Quilt
I love how pretty her version turned out and I love how she mixed up the colors on the side triangles.  And the background fabric is gorgeous!
Alison's Carol Quilt

Adrienne went nice and scrappy with a cooler color palette.  
Adrienne's Carol Quilt
These colors are right up my alley and I love the way they pop against her scrappy, low volume background.
Adrienne's Carol Quilt

Dawn had a family emergency and didn't quite get her quilt finished, but she made up for it with a very helpful list of pattern edits.  She sent me some in-progress shots and I will post photos of the finished quilt when she gets a chance to finish it up.
Dawn's Carol Quilt
She used similar colors to the pattern, just a little brighter.  I love those happy pink triangles.
Dawn's Carol Quilt

Thanks so much to my pattern testers!  Writing this pattern taught me A LOT and it gave me a whole new appreciation for quilt patterns.  I hope you enjoy this one!
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