Monday, February 22, 2016

A little boy Boomerang quilt.

I've been wanting to make the Boomerang Pattern from Crazy Old Ladies for a while now. I'm trying to pay more attention to "my style" and I'm definitely drawn to more graphic, geometric quilts.

Probably over a year ago, I saw this little monster fabric and just had to have it. Since then, I've been collecting what I would call "little boy" fabrics with no specific purpose.

Aren't those monsters adorable? (there are also lady bugs and pandas)
Then inspiration struck and I knew this pattern would be great to show these fabrics and still keep the quilt masculine.

The dinosaurs are my absolute favorite
I didn't have enough "novelty" fabrics so I hit up my stash to fill out the requirements for this quilt.


Backing with flannel is my new favorite thing and I found the most adorable 'monster' flannel!


 And sure enough, as I was putting this one together, my 4 year old little boy (he's four!?) was totally drawn to this and kept asking if he could have it! Of course he could have it, but then he didn't understand that he had to wait until it was finished!

I think I've mentioned before that my quilty goal for this year is to improve my quilting skills. I've been taking this Craftsy class  from Amy Johnson and got all the gear to start ruler work on my domestic. This quilt had to be a guinea pig!


I used one of the Westalee rulers that is intended for concentric designs but put them on end instead within the "boomerangs".  (btw- this company has the BEST customer service)


And I just used my walking foot for the straight lines.


Binding is all polka dots.


I'm pretty happy with how it all turned out. My son is already snuggling with this one and that's really all that matters.

Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Monster Boomerangs
Fabrics: The Littles plus stash
Finished size: 58" by 70"
Finished: February 2016




Monday, February 1, 2016

Anchor and Waves


Warning, this will be a picture heavy post because I just love this little quilt. This is my own design and I'm really happy with how it turned out. My sister in Florida asked me to make a quilt for her girlfriend who is having a baby this winter. She's doing a nautical room and my sister requested the coral and navy combo.

 
The fabrics are almost all Michael Millers "the Littles" line (which I see they have now expanded beyond nautical!!) and they are all nautical related. Whales, life preservers, boats and anchors. There are two other prints that weren't from that line that I snuck in, but I don't remember the names. One are little crabs that say "crabby" and the other is a boat print.



I did the clamshells with my AccuQuilt Go clamshell die and sorted them by color so it would mimic waves at the top of the ocean.


The white fabric is actually a tone on tone that looks like a nautical rope.

 
I free motion quilted the whole thing with swirls so it gave a watery effect. I used navy thread on the bottom, a coral in the middle and white on the top and only coral on the back.


The anchor I had designed previously with my Silhoutte Studio software for a past quilt. I printed it and then traced and cut the fabric by hand. I probably could have cut with the Silhoutte, but mine is pretty old and limping along. Sometimes it just eats my fabric at this point! I blanket stitched it to the quilt with my machine.

Label is pieced into the back per usual. Almost time to order more - do I redesign!?

 
And the binding is a gorgeous coral stripe from The Littles line by Michael Miller which I think sets off the quilt perfectly.


And now it's on it's way to Florida for a baby shower next week! I hope the mom loves it as much as I do.

Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Anchor and Waves
Pattern: none, self designed
Fabrics: The Littles plus stash
Finished size: ? forgot to measure!
Finished: January 2016





Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Pollyanna Swap with Philly MQG

At this month's meeting, we had our Pollyanna swap with the members. We use a site called Elfster to organize it and I highly recommend it if you'd like to set up something like this. The individuals sign up, create wish lists and the site matches up the partners. It allows you to ask anonymous questions of your parter too! 



Anyway, I got my good friend Cathy who asked for a table runner 32" in length. She requested neutrals with a pop of red. I've been in her house before so it helped me know what to make for her! I had a mini charm pack  of Circa 1934 which had the perfect colors.  The size of mini-charms are perfect for english paper piece hexagons and I have the plastic templates for them so they technically aren't paper pieced!   These hexies are all sewn together by hand and then machine appliqued down to the cream fabric.


I did all the free motion quilting on my domestic machine and am pretty happy with how it turned out.


The back is a solid piece of the typewriter print from this line.

It looked pretty good on my coffee table I must say. I almost kept it! I know Cathy loved it though and I'll be sure to visit it sometime!

Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Table Runner
Pattern: none, self designed
Fabrics: Circa 1934, Cosmo Cricket
Finished size: Approx 32" by 20"
Finished: December 2015
 
 



Monday, January 25, 2016

Modern Dahlia

I don't think I ever blogged about this little quilt finish.


This was for a swap that the Philly Modern Quilt Guild did at the Fall Retreat.  The challenge was for everyone to take a traditional block and 'make it modern'.

The pattern is Dahlia by April Rosenthal. And I was be honest, it's not for beginners. It uses templates, or she sells acrylic templates. There is a lot of hand prep before piecing. I was already working on a number of these for myself so I had a bit of practice before doing this one!

The back shows the quilting which I am most proud of! I basically followed the curves of the front and extended them off the quilt and it made this awesome pattern.


We did our swap at the retreat by pulling numbers from a hat and Nicole got my quilt. I'll take some pictures and post the amazing mini that I relieved later!

Quilt stats:
Quilt name:Modern Dahlia
Pattern: Dahlia
Fabrics: scrappy mix
Finished size: 25" x25"
Finished: November 2015



Monday, January 4, 2016

Ocean Waves bee finish

This quilt began in May 2014 when I asked my bee mates from the We Bee With It Bee to make me blocks for an Ocean Waves quilt.

They came through with great blocks but I wanted to make more so it would be larger.  Needless to say, that mean that it sat for a bit before I was able to get to it!


A year a half later and here it is!  Philly MQG had our fall retreat which I was lucky enough to attend. I knew it was a perfect opportunity to get this quilt finished. I pieced it in advance and had the top ready to go for the retreat.


At the retreat I was able to baste it and start working on the quilting. (yay for high working tables at the hotel - saved my back the basting ache!)  The quilting was done on my domestic machine with a walking foot technique from Jacquie Ghering's Next Steps in Walking Foot Quilting.   I used my quick curve ruler to mark the curves on this and I'm so happy with the results. I think this next picture of the back shows it off the best.


I'm always amazed when bee quilts work so well. When I made my color requests, I asked for any shade of blue or blue green and look how fun these scrappy blocks are!

 

A huge thank you to the girls of the We Bee With It group. Sorry it took me so long to put these beautiful blocks together!!  


This quilt has already been sent to my sister who loves blue. I will admit I gave it to her a bit selfishly so I know that I can go visit it! The binding is a scrappy mix of blues that I had on hand.

 
 
Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Ocean Waves
Pattern: none, used HSTs of the same size
Fabrics: scrappy mix
Finished size: 72"x 60"
Finished: November 2015




Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Apron Strings Finished

I decided to spend the end of 2015 trying to tackle a few of the WIPs that have been sitting around my sewing room for a while. I've been avoiding the actual quilting of my quilts as it's the least favorite part of the process for me (unless I can use a longarm - then I love it!). I've decided to embrace the quilting in 2016 and try and advance my skills in that area. 

 
 

The first finish as a result of this is my Apron Strings quilt. I blogged about the top finish and my issues with it in 2013 and it's been sitting around since then. After a break from it, I decided to keep the quilting simple.



You can't see it well in the above photos, but the quilting is straight line to mimic the lines in the quilting. 


 

The backing is the leftover strings, yardage and my label all pieced together.

 

Binding was a fun print I had on hand that matched the blue perfectly.

 

I did have a couple of seams pop when I was doing the quilting. I remembered that when I made this quilt, some of the squares did not come out perfectly square and I must have tried to stretch the piecing.  I wound up stitching over those seams on the top of the quilt. As a result, this quilt was donated to the local women's shelter. Hopefully, despite my frustrations with it, it will provide someone with comfort and warmth!

Quilt stats
Quilt name and pattern: Apron Strings
Fabrics: Chloe's closet - Moda
Finished size: 48"x 48"
Finished: December 2015
  


Monday, November 9, 2015

Lizzy House event with PhillyMQG






Philly MQG brought in Lizzy House this past weekend for a lecture and Meadow Quilt workshop. It was such a wonderful event. I met some new people, and of course was inspired. Her lecture was all about her journey to where she is now. A lot of what she said resonated with me in terms of my daughter and how I'd like to encourage her. It was fascinating to hear what's she done in order to accomplish all she has!




Here's a close up of the Meadow Quilt. Lizzy only teaches this class in person and there's a good reason for that. It's an experience!  And the quilt is complicated. It's so much easier to learn the techniques when you see it all in person. And if you have troubles, Lizzy is right there to sit down and sew with you.




She went around and spent one on one time with each person discussing their fabric selections. As you can see, I've gone with a very different color palate than I usually use. Because of that, I was lacking some oomph.  With some tips and ideas from Lizzy, I revisited my stash when I got home and expanded my color palate some. My 'centers' will be a dark charcoal which should break this up nicely.

But while we were at the workshop, we did a "test" block to get the techniques down.  Here was my test block:


And everyone hung theirs on the design wall. It's neat to see what effect different color combinations have! (sadly I was early taking my picture and a handful of people are not represented on here).


It was a great time. If you can get to one of Lizzy's classes while she's still teaching this quilt, I would highly recommend it! I'll keep posting here (and on Instagram) on the progress of my Meadow.







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