Category Archives: Completed Quilts

Dino, Stripes, Dots, and Solids

What an odd combination, but in this quilt I used dinosaurs, stripes, dots, and solids — all paired together into this charming baby quilt.  Traditionally baby quilts are pastels; however, my baby quilts tend to be bright primary colors.  For instance, yesterday’s post showcased Ann Kelle’s Ready Set Go fabric in bright yellows, oranges, and blues.  Ann Kelle also has another great line – Urban Zoologie.  I loved the Dinos in Navy and found these great matching fabrics.  The color scheme is different from my normal pallet, but I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

The pattern is Charm Squares Baby Quilt by Elizabeth Hartman for Sew, Mama, Sew!  It uses one charm pack and contrasting/coordinating yardage.  Since I didn’t have a charm pack; I made my own with 3 fabrics and cutting 5″ squares.  Even with a limited number of fabrics, this quilt pattern worked.  Though, it would have saved some time using an actual charm pack!

The instructions were well written (similar to Elizaebth Harmen’s books).  Another positive is the exact yard of fabric that can be used for the back.  With the approximate 3′ quilt top, the baby quilt is perfect for tummy time!  Also, this is another quilt with my label tacked onto the binding.

I am Sewing and Telling today on AmyLouWho’s Blog.  Be sure to see the other monthly online projects 🙂

Personalized Quilts

I have an embroidery module with my sewing machine that hardly gets used.  To incorporate embroidery into quilts, I personalized the back of this baby quilt.  I just embroidered the fabric and then trimmed and pieced it into the quilt.  While I had my embroidery module out, I did a few personalized swatches to piece into other quilts that I am working — one is my Chopsticks quilt (sneak peek from yesterday’s work in process post).

The quilt pattern used for this quilt top is a fat quarter quilt tutorial by Two Little Banshees Blog.  It only uses six fat quarters and with the large blocks, it is a quick quilt to make.  The airplane themed fabric is Ready Set Go by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.  As a bonus, it is organic too!

I am linking up with TNT (Trying New Things) with the Happy Quilting Blog.  This was my first personalized quilt, so this post definitely falls in the new things category.

ABC Panel Quick as 123

Recognize this wall hanging?

This wall hanging uses the same fabric panel as the one in Jimmy’s wall hanging.  Only Jimmy’s wall hanging had a horizontal orientation, sashing, and some borders.  {Here is the link to full scoop on Jimmy’s quilt.}

The panel is Jenn Ski’s A to Z.  Using the panel was super quick.  With no piecing, I simply had to baste, quilt, and bind.  In three steps, it  was done!  I normally don’t do panels, as they are hard to incorporate into quilts; however, making simple panel quilts are perfect for kid quilts — especially with the ABC’s!

Although late, I am still working on Jimmy’s crib quilt, where the foundation is based from a panel.  Also, I am making slow progress on a car mat from a quilt panel of a town with roads.  Since these are both panel quilts, they should be quick quilts…somehow, I keep putting them off, as I finish up some other quilts.  I will share my progress on these and my other works in progress on Wednesday.

Penn State Quilt

Back in the beginning of January, I finished a disappearing 9-patch using Penn State fabric.  I should have posted then; however, I must of been distracted with all of my other quilt projects.  I had the ‘background’ color of grey and the school colors of blue and white throughout.  Prior to creating the 9-patch, each square was 5 inches.  This quilt is a really simple design and having the third color of grey really grounds the quilt and brings it all together.

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I am just finishing up the binding on a few other quilts.  I will be show them later this week!

Somehow I Quilted in 2011

Over the past year, I have been sidetracked with either being pregnant and being a new mom.  Since it took me six months to complete Little Jimmy’s Quilt, I was surprised when I went through my blog to pull pictures together to recap the year.  I don’t know when I had the time; however, I completed 18 quilts, plus 2 wall hangings.  I even know that there were months when I didn’t even turn on my sewing machine!  Here is my collection of 2011 quilts.  I am looking forward to 2012!

Jimmy’s Quilts

After six months, Jimmy’s quilts for his room are finished!  It was such a great moment to see my son rest on the bed quilt today — smiling the whole time.  We even got a shot with his dog, Dunder.  Just above his bed is a wall hanging with animals illustrating the ABCs.  I am looking forward to many bedtime stories on this special quilt.  My goal was to use fun happy colors and I couldn’t have been more pleased with how they turned out!

Onto the details…

The bed quilt is full size at 84″ x 93″ using the Yellow Brick Road pattern by Atkinson Designs.  It is a great quilt for fat quarters.  Although this was my first time using the pattern for a bed size quilt, I have completed a lap quilt and several baby quilts with this pattern.  Each quilt looks so different with the color variations.  For this quilt, I used 24 fat quarters with my main inspiration from Amy Schimler’s original Animal Party collection.  I originally bought a half-yard of her Quilts for Kids Monkey Fabric when I was in New York for my cousin’s wedding in November 2009.  Since then, I have been collecting the Animal Party line and coordinating fabric!  Once I found out I was pregnant, I started to dig into this wonderful stash of fabric to pick my baby’s quilt fabrics.  As a side note, the line was designed for the Quilts for Kids organization, providing quilts for children in need — including babies in the NICU.

The wall hanging is a fabric panel that I chopped up and reassembled with sashing.  The panel is Jenn Ski’s A to Z.  Like Amy, her illustrations a fun, whimsical, and artistic.  She is currently releasing a new line with Moda called Ten Little Things.  It is hot off the press, as she just blogged about it today!  The panel was originally the length of the fabric and was vertical.  To hang over a bed, I redesigned it to have a horizontal layout.  The panel’s background color was originally a bright blue.  You would never know with the Kona Sand sashing and orange border.

Over the past month, I had to take a break from all other projects to complete Jimmy’s quilts.  Now that this project is complete, I should be able to get back into blogging.  I just started a new quilt class and I am finishing up some major projects that have never been shown!  It will be a fun blogging month!

Oh and since, I am very excited for this quilt, I will be posting everywhere: