Last year, Fat Quarter Shop hosted the Patchwork Quilt Along featuring 5" versions of several traditional blocks. I thought the small blocks were adorable and would look fabulous in my long-hoarded Chicopee fabrics.
I added in some coordinating solids and paired all that yummy color with Kona Bone.
I had originally thought I would frame the blocks in Bone and then add a darker solid for sashing since I wanted to omit the border in the original quilt. I nixed that idea because I felt it made the quilt a bit too busy. However, I had already framed the blocks, so I just left them that way when I pieced the top.
I wanted a lot of texture, so I quilted it with a one-inch irregular grid using 50 wt. Aurifil 2021 (Natural White). I'm not a big fan of rigid straight line quilting, so I rarely mark my quilts. I just eyeballed it, using the seams as guidelines.
I had enough Chicopee left to piece the back, but it would have used up most of my remaining stash...and I'm not quite ready to quit hoarding it yet. I came across this floral print which perfectly coordinates and I added in some of the solid scraps from the top.
I did use some of my Chicopee scraps to make a scrappy binding. I love the way it looks. You can see it a bit better in the picture below...
I snapped this pic immediately before the quilt fell to the ground. (Talk about good timing!)
This one is a nice throw size - it measures approximately 52" x 60" after washing. I think I'm keeping it - and throwing it over the back of the couch until I find the perfect reading chair...
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Y'all. Look at these wonky triangles!
This quilt was made on a whim. I was organizing my scraps and realized I had soooo many blue and green squares. I'm talking a 10-to-1 ratio compared to other colors. If anyone was confused about my favorite colors, there should be no question now! As I was planning, I decided to add in some yellows, just to add a bit of warmth.
This one came together quickly, and it was fun to pair up those contrasting colors, stack 'em, and whack 'em. This is a great design if you're looking for something with high visual impact without a lot of excessive detail.
I quilted this one with an irregular grid. I only marked the horizontal and vertical center points of each block just to give me a point of reference to eyeball while quilting the straightish lines. I didn't want the lines to be perfectly straight, but I also did not want them to veer off course too much. The lines are not equally spaced. This is on purpose as I wanted to accentuate the wonky factor. I used variegated green 50 weight Aurifl (4653 Spring Prairie).
This quilt is backed and bound with a coordinating batik. I also included some leftover triangle blocks on the back to add interest. After washing, this one measures approximately 54"x65".
This quilt has been sold. If you're interested in commissioning something similar, or something different for that matter, just contact me.
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Excited to share this Flying Geese quilt today. This was made as a gift for my uncle.
When designing this quilt, I kept going back and forth between using shades of brown or shades of grey. I'm so glad I decided to use both because I think it adds a layer of dimension and keeps things interesting. Although, I think it's that column in the middle, featuring the more greige geese and they white diamond, that brings it all together.
I'm very pleased with the quilting. Originally I thought I'd just do vertical lines. I quilted about five before I decided that wasn't working for me. This quilt has so much negative space; and, while straight lines are my favorite, this one just needed something different. So I ripped those lines, stared at the quilt for about a week, and then decided on this. It's still straight lines, just on the diagonal and quilted at different angles.
I couldn't sign off without sharing an image of the back. I used a wide back print from the Eclectic Elements collection by Tim Holtz. Not only does it include shades of brown and grey used in the flying geese, but it was a time saver since I didn't have to piece my backing or worry about straight seam lines on the back.
The quilt finally arrived in LA this past Monday and I am happy to report that my uncle was pleased with his gift.
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This was commissioned as a quilt for a new baby. I always recommend a small throw-sized quilt rather than a traditional baby sized quilt. This way the quilt is still manageable for the little one once they start toddling around, but can be also used as they grow up.
Baby's nursery was decorated in shades of peach and green, and we chose to have the quilt coordinate. I opted for solids in varying shades of peach and green along with coordinating shades of coral, blue, yellow, and beige set against an almost white background.
The back is one of Tula Pink's Bumble prints - Cotton Candy in the Sprout colorway with a coordinating stripe of olive green, and the binding is Dear Stella's Sunburst Stripe in orange, which reads more like a peachy coral when paired with the colors used in this quilt.
I quilted it in edge-to-edge chevrons, following the lines of the half-square triangles used to create the broken herringbone pattern. There is a Dr. Seuss quote on the label, "Oh the places you'll go!", and I wish I could take credit for the near perfect placement of the quilting on the label - where the quilting lines go up into arrows right by baby's name and the quote, but it was pure serendipity.
I measured the quilt once it came out of the wash; but in a moment of ditziness, I did not record the measurements. I want to say it's 40"x50" or 42"x49". Either way, it's of a size that this little one will be able to manage once she's moving around on her own, and will still be able to use as she grows, maybe curled up in her favorite chair reading Harry Potter or The Chronicles of Narnia when she's eight, or studying when she's older...
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I'm so behind on posting finished quilts this year; but I plan to remedy this over the next few months. So let's get to it!
First up, the constellation quilt which my cousin Suzi & her partner Dee commissioned as a wedding gift.
I made this quilt on a whim because I just had to cut into those beautiful ombres as soon as I got my hands on them. Don't you just love the way the color gradations makes the quilt appear to be shimmering?
For the past several months I've referenced a few secret projects I've been working on. I'm excited to share one of them with you now! Meet In Good Company, my very first tutorial for the Moda Bake Shop! (EDIT: If you're looking for the Cutting Diagrams for the colored prints, you will find them on the Tutorials page.)
While out on my morning walk on the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, I wandered into a crowd of people and realized it was Antiques on the Bluff today. I decided to take a look and see if there were any vintage quilts for sale.
I came across several, but none that really caught my eye. I was about to break off from the crowd and head down the steps to the beach when I realized there were a few more booths by the fountain. I'm so glad I decided to check them out because I found an amazing quilt top!
Last week was a success! I love it when I complete all the items on my list. (Let's ignore the fact that their were only 2.)
Last week I reorganized my to-do list for the rest of July due to a secret project that I will share later this summer. Long story short, I was originally scheduled to complete this project in June, but it got pushed back. Not a big deal, although the next several days will be jam packed since I need to complete this project before I leave for Michigan a week from tomorrow..
Even with restructuring my list, I was able to get a few items from last week completed: