Thursday, October 8, 2015

baby boy postage stamp quilt

This seems to be a bit of a baby boom year among my friends.  I had 4 friends that had baby's within a few weeks of when August was born, and there are several more due before the end of the year.  I would love to make quilts for all of them, but I need times to do things like sleep and do the laundry so it isn't really possible ;)
But I have a friend who is having a baby boy and who has a son in my son's kindergarten class, and I thought would really appreciate something handmade.  So last week I started to pull out some blue and teal and black and white and brown scraps and put them together.  

I wanted to do a postage stamp quilt, but I wanted to add a little structure to the scrappiness so I arranged the darker squares in plus signs with low volume squares between them. 

Initially I wasn't even going to share this quilt because it is pretty basic and while it makes my heart happy, it's not really anything new.  But I did want to share the fabric that I used on the back which is Robert Kaufman 1" Carolina Gingham.  It is wonderfully soft and I absolutely love it as a quilt back.
postage stamp baby boy quilt
I also did one other thing differently on this quilt: I cut my binding strips to 2.75" strips.  It didn't make a huge difference, but I enjoyed the change and I think I might play around with even wider binding in the future.  

Thank you so much for your support on my last post.  I hope no one got the impression that I was negative towards people who sell their quilts, because I'm not, I think it's great!  All I wanted to get across is that we all have our own feelings and intentions and goals with quilting and we should respect and understand that there is more than money to gain.  

Sunday, October 4, 2015

I do not work for free

There have been several posts over the last few years about appropriately valuing the things that you make.  Let me start out by saying that I think these are very valid posts and many people probably find them helpful and validating when they price their handmade items, but they have left me feeling a little uncomfortable and belittled when I don't think that I deserve to be belittled. And today when I was washing dishes in my kitchen, I realized the reason why these posts have made me a little uncomfortable.

I never work for free.

That doesn't mean that I make money off of all of my quilts or that I make a decent hourly wage when I do charge money.  It means that every time I make a quilt, something valuable happens as a result.

Many of my quilts go to my friends and family.  And when I am able to give them a quilt I feel love and gratitude that I am able to have that person in my life and that I am able to give them a gift that helps them feel loved.
flower garden quilt
Some of my quilts are donated to people in hospitals or foster care.  When I donate these quilts I am able to give someone comfort.
February do. Good Stitches
Sometimes I do sell my quilts to someone who will love and appreciate them.  I am able to cover the costs of the project and make a little money (which I then usually re-invest in quilting supplies), and I am able to share something that I love with someone out there who will cherish it.
sundown II quilt
Occasionally I make a quilt for a book or a fabric manufacturer.  Sometimes I receive a fair payment for this contribution and sometimes it is just the satisfaction of contributing to the quilting community.
welded quilt
Some quilts are made for no particular purpose and are more of an exercise in creativity.  Sometimes I am able to sell these and sometimes they get donated.  Sometimes they sit on a shelf in my house until I realize the perfect person to give them to and I realize that there was a purpose, it just took a while to reveal itself.
small world quilt
And sometimes I make quilts for my own home and these are the most valuable.  Being able to see my family snuggled under something that I made is amazing.
verdant quilt
I am so proud of the people who are able to contribute an income to their household by their quilting.  But for me, at least right now, quilting is something else.

I guess my point is that are all in different situations and we are all here doing different things for different reasons, and that is okay and wonderful and I am glad we can be here to support and help each other.

Monday, September 28, 2015

desert blooms medallion

Do you know Nancy?  She is fantastic and she has a fantastic new book.  A few weeks ago Nancy allowed me to sew one of the quilts from her book as a little preview for all of you.

Meet the Desert Blooms Medallion.
desert blooms medallion
I love that squash blossom block as the center square.
desert blooms medallion
Since the pattern is called the "Desert Blooms Medallion," I tried to stick with a desert-y color scheme which was quite uncomfortable.  But sometimes it is good to work with uncomfortable colors.
desert blooms medallion
The most uncomfortable part was the peach.  I made the peach flying geese and hung them in my sewing room for two weeks before I sewed them on.  I'm still not sure if they were the best choice but I grew to like them.
desert blooms medallion
I kept the quilting pretty simple with some crosshatching.  The lines are 3" apart.  Since there are a lot of small-ish pieces in the quilt, I wanted the quilting to keep it drape-y.  
desert blooms medallion
Do you want to see more patterns from Quilting From Every Angle?  Check out Nancy's blog and the #quiltingfromeveryangle hashtag on Instagram.

Note that if you plan to make this quilt, please check out the Errata page.  

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Welded Quilt

This is the third AGF Stitched quilt; this collaboration between the Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics brings you free patterns and video tutorials.  My version of the first two quilts in this series can be found here and here.  

I have the pleasure of introducing you to another quilt in the AGF Series: the Welded Quilt.  This one is a great beginner-friendly pattern and it is quick! and big!  It's just a few inches short of twin sized.
welded quilt
(Forgive the quilt hanging on the wall in my un-glamorous dining room.  My quilt photography assistant husband is working long hours and as nice as it was for my 7 year old to offer to help take photos, she just isn't tall enough.)  

I have to be honest: when I was choosing fabrics for this quilt, my number one priority was to find a way to use that Hello Bear buck fabric.  It is amazing and the pattern had enough yardage that I could fussy cut bucks for the bucks in the center of the quilt.  This quilt is a great way to highlight your favorite prints.
welded quilt
This pattern lends itself well to a boy-ish color scheme so I combined the bucks and a couple of other Hello Bear prints with some equally amazing blue/green/teal-ish fabrics from Katarina Roccella's Imprint collection.  I ended up using one fewer print than the original pattern just because I wanted my range of colors to be pretty narrow.  
welded quilt
Yes, there are bucks on the back too ;)
Want to make your own Welded Quilt?  
Check out more beautiful versions of this pattern by following the links below
John of Quilt Dad
Kitty of Night Quilter
Michele-Renee of Quilt Matters
Christina of Sometimes Crafter
Svetlana of Sotak Handmade
Caroline of Sew Caroline
Riane of Vessel Quilts
Megan of Quilt Story
Kaye of Miss Print
Natalia of Piece N Quilt

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Peppered Cottons Giveaway Winner

Thank you everyone for your kind comments on my quilt.  It was a fun one to make.

The winner of the Peppered Cottons fat quarter bundles is. . .
Congratulations Lori!  Watch out for an email from me so I can get you your fabric.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Peppered Cottons Plaid Quilt (and a giveaway)

Welcome to day 17 of the Jaftex 85th anniversary blog hop.  Jaftex makes beautiful Peppered Cottons which are a personal favorite of mine that I have used a little here and there and various projects (a few places here, for the binding here) and I was interested in being able to make a project entirely with this beautiful fabric.
peppered cottons plaid
While all of the colors are really lovely, I was particularly drawn to the more neutral tones and felt like they would make a great baby boy quilt.  This may have been on my mind because I have a 4 month old baby boy ;)

peppered cottons plaid
The fabrics were wonderful to work with and the finished project is so buttery soft.  My favorite use for this fabric might be as the quilt binding.
peppered cottons plaid
Jaftex has provided me with 20 FQs of Peppered Cottons to share with you.  To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post.  I will choose a random winner on Sunday September 20th.  The giveaway is now closed.

As part of their anniversary celebration, Jaftex is having a huge contest which you can enter below.
85th Anniversary Giveaway

The celebration is continuing for a couple more weeks.  Follow along to see more projects.
September 1 - Kim Diehl guest posting @ American Patchwork & Quilting
September 2 - Pepper @ Pepper at the Quilt Studio 
September 3 - Anjeanette @ Anjeanette Klinder 
September 4 - Leanne @ The Whole Country Caboodle   
September 5 - Mark @ Mark Lipinski's Blog
September 6 - Heather @ Heather Kojan Quilts  
September 7 - Heather @ Trends and Traditions  
September 7 - Martha @ Wagons West Designs  
September 8 - Linda @ Linda Lum DeBono 
September 9 - Heidi @ Red Letter Quilts 
September 10 - Jill @ Jillily Studios  
September 10 - Dana @ My Lazy Daisy  
September 11 - Penny @ Sew Simple Designs  
September 12 - Ida @ Cowtown Quilts 
September 13 - Liz and Beth @ Lizzie B Cre8ive  
September 14 - Melissa @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs
September 15 - Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl    
September 16 - Amy @ Kati Cupcake 
September 16 - Barbara @ QuiltSoup2 
September 17 - Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting 
September 18 - Leona @ Leona's Quilting Adventure 
September 19 - Margot @ The Pattern Basket  
September 20 - Sylvia @ Flying Parrot Quilts   
September 21 - Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts  
September 22 - Kim @ Aurifil Threads  
September 23 - Rebekah @ Don't Call Me Becky   
September 24 - Julie @ The Crafty Quilter 
September 25 - Mary Ellen @ Little Quilts  
September 25 - Mary Jane @ Holly Hill Designs 
September 26 - Daisy @ Ants to Sugar
September 27 - Melissa @ Happy Quilting
September 28 - Janet @ One S1ster
September 29 - Jenny @ Martingale& Co.
September 30 - Teresa @ Third Floor Quilts
Jaftex Corp. was founded in the 1930’s when Jacob A. Fortunoff started selling fabric on the streets of New York.  At that time, the mainstay of the business was women’s sleepwear and lingerie.  In the 80’s, Jacob’s grandson, Robert, dramatically changed the business of the company.  The business focus was transferred to the over the counter quilt industry when Robert purchased companies like A.E. Nathan, Henry Glass, Stylemaker, Chanteclaire, Fabric Editions/Studioe and more recently The Blank Quilting Corp.  Robert is now joined by his two sons, Scott and Greg.  Scott currently is the President of Studioe Fabrics, The Blank Quilting Corp. & A.E. Nathan Co., Inc.  Greg just joined the business in late 2014 and has successfully spearheaded the company’s foray in to precut fabrics among other contributions.

Friday, September 11, 2015

flower garden quilt

A few days ago I received an e-vite to my sister-in-law's (my brother's wife) baby shower.  Oops!  I have been putting my plans to make them a quilt on the back burner as I worked on other projects and all of a sudden . . . it was baby shower time.
flower garden quilt
Since I live in San Diego and my brother and his wife live in Utah, I don't see them very often and I don't feel very in touch with their style.  So I scoured their registry and her Pinterest boards and am hoping that this will work for them.
flower garden quilt
This quilt uses Camille Roskelley's Flower Girl pattern.  The original pattern has 16" blocks which seemed a little overwhelming for a quilt this size, so I shrunk them down to an 8" block and added some little green squares in between.
flower garden quilt
The backing is this gorgeous Carolyn Gavin print from her Petite Fleur Organic collection. I like how it is girly but it has some attitude.

I feel like the quilt turned out with a Mary Engelbreit feel, which I love, and I hope she loves it too!

Finished size: 40" x 40"
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