Monday, November 6, 2017

blended baby quilt

I love this quilt!  Another simple baby quilt.  The hardest part was pulling fabric.  It started with pinks and blues and yellows and ended with magenta, peach, pink and a little purple.  I don't think you can go wrong with half square triangles.  Squares were cut at 5 inches and trimmed to 4.5 ( I use this method).  I love the way it turned out, but next time I might cut the squares bigger (cut 6 inches and trimmed to 5.5), only to make it faster.

For the backing I used a Sarah Jane Border Print.

 I must say, as much as I love half square triangles, the trimming can get a little tedious. It's totally worth it, but definitely laborious.
 Binding is tiny hearts.  I've used this print as binding before, and it's a winner.  Perfect for baby quilts.
Quilt stats
Finished size: 37" x 44"
Pattern: half square triangles (5" squares trimmed to 4.5")
Fabric: front-stash (various solids and almost solids) ● binding- Dear Stella Hearts ● backing-Sarah Jane Magic
Batting:  Warm and White

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Baby Hawk Quilt

Another baby quilt.  I didn't get very many full quilt shots of this one...I snapped a few quick photos before the baby shower.  This was one of the quickest quilts ever!  The pattern inspiration came from the book, Quilting from Every Angle. I enlarged part of a pattern (the cover quilt).  It is made up of half square triangles and flying geese. 
 I LOVE this bear print by Cotton and Steel.  Perfect for a baby quilt backing.  (It's super soft too).
 Classic blue and white binding.  I have used this binding MANY times, more than I can remember. I think this is the end of it.  :(

Quilt stats
Finished size: I forgot to measure before it was given to new owner.
Pattern: Quilting from Every Angle (inspiration from cover photo)
Fabric: front-Observer and Art Gallery solid Empire Yellow ● back- Teddy and the Bears (Cotton and Steel) ●binding- Sarah Jane
Batting:  Warm and White

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bird Baby Quilt

It must be baby season, I've got several baby quilts to share.  I love, love, love baby quilts! 
My number one rule for  baby quilts is keep it simple.
I used Empty Bobbins buffalo check quilt pattern, but I cut the strips at 4 inches instead of 6.
I used bella bleached white solid, Kona spruce, and I'm not sure what the lighter green color is, but I'm pretty sure it's a Kona solid.
Not only do I like simple for baby quilts, but lately I like to use solids on the front, and something fun on the back.

Quilt stats
Finished size: I forgot to measure before I sent it to it's new owner.
Fabric: front-mode bleached white, Kona spruce ● back- Sweet Dreams (Cotton and Steel) ● binding- Timeless Treasures
Batting:  Warm and White

Friday, September 29, 2017

I'm still here...

It's been a while since I've been on this space, but I'm hoping to be back more regularly.  Summer always gets the best of me, my kids keep me busy (as they should) when they are home all day...
I live just outside Houston, and we were hit by Hurricane Harvey a month ago. I can hardly believe it has been that long.  Our home went under mandatory evacuation and we moved as much upstairs as we could, packed up our car with a few items and our family and left.  What a roller coaster of emotions the whole ordeal has been! We were lucky and spared damage to our home, but we have been busy helping those less fortunate. The picture above shows how close we were to flooding.  I live on upper side of this creek, and just over the bridge was flooded. :(

I have new respect for natural disasters, and especially flooding. It is devastating! It's one thing to see it on the TV, it's another to walk into and see it in person. Working side by side with homeowners as we cleaned out their flood damaged homes, tossing so much of their lives onto the curb, and then gutting the damaged floors, walls, cabinets is heartbreaking. These are real people, just like you and me... Flood water is no respecter of persons. It's been very humbling for us. 
I have learned that people are kind. They are good. They want to help their neighbors. People aren't selfish, they are generous. There isn't as much hate as Facebook wants us to think there is. For over a month I have seen it in my community and in person. It gives me hope that the world is a better place than I might have thought it was before Harvey. It makes me really hopeful for my kids. They are going to be okay. This world isn't as scary as I thought it was.

As clean up winds down for me (not so much because the work is done, but because the homes have become so moldy that it's not safe for most of us to go into), I'm hoping to get back to normal if possible.
My youngest started Kindergarten this fall, so all four of my kids are in school now (after being out for 2+ weeks). I'm finding pieces of time here and there to sew again. I started another half square triangle quilt, because it might be my favorite block. No rhyme or reason to this one, just random pairings of fabric...and I really like it.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New starts

I'm still working my way through my scraps...it's such a slow process!  I should be finishing some of these quilts up, but instead I start something new.  Ashley posted a tutorial on her blog for this first one... I love her solid version A LOT!
Inspiration for this quilt was found on Pinterest.  I cut my rectangles 2.5"x3.5", but as I'm looking at my inspiration, they look longer, 2.5"x4".  Either way, I really like this one.  

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Triplets

I posted a peak at these quilts a couple weeks ago on Instagram, and have finally taken some proper pictures of all three to share here.  One of our good friends here in Houston just had triplets.  There were born 6 weeks early, but all were breathing on their own and all are home now and healthy.  It's such a miracle I got chills when she sent me pics from the hospital.  
All three babies are boys! and I had the hardest time settling on design for three quilts.  Then color and fabric was so hard to choose...  I ended up picking a favorite fabric for the backing and sticking to solids on the front.  I think three girls would've been easier for me than three boys (sorry boy quilts).

Another challenge was trying to keep the design equal on all three.  I didn't want one quilt to be more simple than the others, nor did I want one to seem more complicated.  They needed to "match" without actually matching.  I'm sure I overthought these things too much, I was stumped for several weeks...but in the end, I love them all.
The flag quilt was made using this pattern. ( I modified it a bit, and used sashing between the flags instead of a border around each flag).  I like this one.  I wish I'd made the flags bigger, but that's not a big deal.  I always enjoy a black and white quilt.
for the backing I used a print from cotton and steel, called Stork Nest.  I love the birds, but really love the green color.  It's a muted grass green.
for the triangles quilt, I used a dark green solid from Moda (I can't remember the name).  It has a little bit of blue in it.  I used this triangle ruler, the biggest size triangle you can make.  Cutting them out is a breeze, but sewing triangles together can be a challenge!  Matching up all those points is tricky.  I love the finish, and have mostly forgotten my frustration with points not matching.  

Backing is another print from cotton and steel.  

And finally a cross quilt in blue.  This is such a fast pattern to put together.  I cut my squares at 5 inches.  The blue is an Art Gallery Solid (don't have the name).

This backing fabric is my favorite of all the quilts.  It's adorable.  From Dear Stella, called Forest Dreaming, perfect for a baby quilt.
 And for the binding, stripes for 2 and this print for the 3rd.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spellbound Quilt along

Another new quilt pattern from Fat Quarter Shop.  This one is called Spellbound and uses 2 Jelly-Rolls (2.5 inch strips), plus yardage to make.  It also uses a specialty ruler from Creative Grids, the 90 degree Double Strip Ruler, I'm not one to buy all the quilting rulers, but this did make cutting triangles a breeze.  
 I used Carolyn Friedlander's new line called, Friedlander to make this, with some low volume prints mixed in for the background, but the low volume could easily be substituted for color and would give the quilt a totally different look.
 I'm still debating how to quilt this, it's a pretty big one, measuring 64.5x80.5"!
 The sun was really bright when I took the top pics, I felt like it really washed the quilt out, so here is a shot indoors.  I don't know if I will ever tire of Carolyn Friedlander fabrics.  They are so unique.
Additional Spellbound quilts can be found here.
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