Yearly Archives: 2011

The Scramble

This past weekend, I went to my cousin’s baby shower.  It just happened that again, I worked on it until the last minute to finish it up by sewing the binding the morning of the shower.  Ever happen to you?

Anyways, the pattern is the popular Disappearing Nine Patch.  It has been in my bucket list ever since I saw a tutorial a couple of years ago by Rachel Griffith of p.s. i quilt blog.  Although it looks like a lot of piecing, it is actually super easy if you follow the steps provided in the tutorial.  The basic steps are creating a nine patch, cutting it up, rearranging the pieces, and sew them up!

The main fabric used was from Amy Schimler’s On A Whim 2 collection with the owls in earth tones.  I coordinated this fabric with other earthly tones and used Kona brown for a background.  I had fun with the background by piecing it with owls as the main highlight.  It would have been too busy with a solid background of the owl fabric, so piecing the back really helped complete this quilt.  Not only was it a scramble to finish, it was fun scrambling the blocks to have the layout be ‘random’, following some guidelines so no two similar blocks were near each other and the colors were evenly separated.

I will be linking up with Quilt Story – Fabric Tuesday.  I get a lot of inspiration by looking at the modern quilts linked on this site!  I will also be pinning this quilt on my Completed Quilts Board on Pinterest.  It is another site where the inspiration is endless.  Let me know if you are on Pinterest!

 

Basting: The Longest Part of Quilting

My favorite part of the quilting process is the actual quilting — the part that keeps the three layers together.  I enjoy cutting the fabric (unless it is one of my favorites and I am taking the plunge to use it!) and piecing the entire top.  However, then I tend to stall and wait hoping that the basting part will magically happen on it’s own.  The bigger the quilt, the more I stall.  Does anyone actually enjoy basting large projects?

I am currently working on the bed quilt for my son.  It is a full size bed, so I have been stalling for about two weeks.  Yesterday, I pulled out my basting tables and squeezed them into my living room.  The basting process is finally underway.  The only thing getting me through the point is that soon I will be working on my favorite part of quilting!

Here are some basting tips — let me know if you have others!

  • Use folding tables and line them up next to each other (it is quick to assemble/disassemble)
  • Curved safety pins add speed to the process.  Don’t be stingy and use lots of them.  Store them in the open position!
  • Make sure each layer doesn’t have any wrinkles and are taunt by using masking tape and clamps (found in hardware store)
  • Start pining in the center.  Work then outward and check along the way that there are no wrinkles

 

Windows on a Quilt

Oh how I enjoy reading Elizabeth Hartman’s blog – Oh, Fransson! It is on my list of favorites; thus, when she announced her book last year, I immediately ordered it.  It is a great book for a beginner quilter, as there is a very detailed section that provides quilting basics that could jump start anyone wanting to dabble in learning how to quilt.

Kitchen Windows is my first completed quilt from the book’s many patterns.  Isn’t it neat how it really does look like Kitchen Windows?  I really love her version and if I were to use this pattern again, I would definitely use more colors than just blue and yellow.  In the meantime, blue and yellow is perfect for a baby quilt.

Since this is really a modern quilt, I am linking up Sew Modern Monday hosted by Canoe Ridge Creations. Be sure to see the other modern quilts – you won’t be disappointed!  Also, I am linking up with Quilt Story’s Fabric Tuesday.

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

Project Recap

Since I wasn’t quilting over the past couple of months, my current projects all seem like UFO’s!  It seems like it has been ages since I was working on my New York Beauty squares.  It is good to have a regular recap to keep me from starting new projects before completing the old.

My current hot projects right now are to complete the quilting for Jimmy’s baby quilt and an alphabet wall hanging!  Although it seems like I am behind on this project since he is already 7 weeks old, it is still 3 weeks before his due date.  I love how the quilt is coming along!  In addition to his crib, his room has a full size bed — which makes this a very large ‘baby’ quilt.  There will also be a wall hanging in his room of the alphabet.  This wall hanging quilt is nearly complete, as it is just awaiting the binding.  There will be another post this week dedicated to the details of this fun project.  Hopefully both of these quilts won’t be considered a WIP next week!

Lee from Freshly Pieced Blog is hosting the Work-In-Progress Wednesday Link-Up.  Check out the WIP’s for this week!

Fabric Tuesday with Botany

Over a year ago, I saw the Nellie’s Needle Ink Pot Quilt Pattern in Moda’s Lauren + Jessi Jung’s Botany Line.  I loved it so much that I bought both the patten and the Jelly Roll.  I was surprised how well the green and teals mixed together.  It was a fun line to use for this quick pattern and the results were stunning.  The pattern is basically a block with several layers, finished with a snowball effect.  With three fabrics in each block, having a jelly roll was perfect!  I was able to play with a lot of color variations.  I then added a pieced backing.  Since being inspired by Julie of Jaybird Quilts, I have been on a pieced backing kick.  Here is her blog posting on pieced backs on Robert Kaufman’s Blog – Swatch and Stitch.

I finished this quilt in August for a wedding gift.  I am finally playing blog catch up by linking up with Quilt Story’s Fabric Tuesday.

Oh!  And here is a picture of my little pumpkin on his first Halloween.

Confetti Quilt for Jimmy

It has been some time since my last posting, as my I went into preterm labor and delivered my son 10 weeks early in September.  These past weeks have been quite busy with no time to quilt, but he is finally home!  We are now getting our rhythm down, and today is the first time in a couple of months that I have used my sewing machine for quilting.  The past few hours have been very productive!  I am looking forward to next month, when I will be able to do a lot more quilting — in between feedings, diaper changes, and snuggle time with my son!  Here is a picture of Little Jimmy on his quilt that his Grandma made for him:

Back in February, I finished my Confetti Quilt.  I was on a roll creating many baby blankets earlier in the year.  I loved my Confetti Quilt so much that I kept it for my future baby — which at that time, I wasn’t expecting.

In the NICU, the isolettes are covered with blankets and quilts from Project Linus and local church organizations.  When I saw the blankets and quilts, I knew the perfect quilt that I could bring in for Jimmy’s isolette.  The Confetti Quilt was used for his isolette and then used to cover his mattress when he graduated to a crib.  Now that the Little Man is home, his quilt will get a lot more use with tummy time!

I am sharing this post in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy’s Creative Side.  Click on the button below to view the festival of quilts.  It is only the first day and there are already over 200 quilts on display!

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Habitat Challenge Quilt Block

Two weeks ago, Jay McCarroll presented his new fabric line, Habitat, at our Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  He kicked-off the Modern Quilt Guild Habitat Challenge.  From the generous fabric package that each of us were given, we were challenged to create an original 12” block from various fat eights of his fabric and some FreeSpirit solids.  Together, these blocks will become quilts for Japanese earthquake victims.  Here is my completed block.  In the spirit of the line’s nature – or habitat –  theme, I created a modern leaf featuring 6 of Jay’s fabrics separated by the leaf’s veins.  This block was fun to make into a large quilt.  I can envision a bunch of leaves falling, as each block can be tilted slightly.  This may be a perfect Fall project!

 

Round 2 of Hidden Stars

Last week, I posted my Hidden Stars quilt using Kaffe Fassett fabric.  Since I love this pattern and I have LOTS of scraps (don’t we all) to use up, I started Round 2 of Hidden Stars this past weekend.  By the end of today, I had a complete quilt top.  Somehow you can’t even tell that I made a dent into my fabric scrap bin.  Does anyone else have good scrap quilt ideas?  Please let me know!

I am linking up Sew Modern Monday hosted by Canoe Ridge Creations.

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

Fabric Update

Sewing was limited this week; however, I was able to manage to spend few hours on my baby quilt.  By cutting into the 6 yards of fabric, I counted it this weeks stash report.  Also, I was able to start another hexagon quilt with fabric scraps.  With no fabric in this week, I was able to use 8 yards total.

See more stash reports with the Sunday Stash Report, hosted by Judy of Patchwork Times.

Hidden Stars

Over a year ago, I bought a package of 10″ squares of fabric from Kaffe Fassett.  I spent many hours last summer cutting 336 triangles and 168 hexagons.  In the fall, I started the assembly of these hexagon rows.  In the winter, I added borders.  In the spring, I pieced a backing.  Finally, after all four seasons, I quilted and finished the binding of this quilt.  So far, I must say that this may be my favorite quilt!  I named it “Hidden Stars” — as throughout the quilt, there are hidden stars!

I am linking up with Quilt Story’s Fabric Tuesday and Sew & Tell on amylouwho’s blog.

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