quilt

yellow quilt

Sometimes I struggle to execute a quilting idea in my head.  This is one of the those quilts.  I don’t know if it’s the color combination or the design, but there’s something about this quilt that I don’t love.  I like the fabrics . . . as individual fabrics.  I like the design . . . but not all together.  Actually, if I’m being honest, my favorite part of the quilt is the fabric I used for the back.  I suppose this is all part of both the learning and creative processes, but it’s hard not to feel like I’ve failed when I haven’t totally fallen in love with a quilt that I spent time designing and executing.  I’m not sure I would call this an “ugly quilt”, it just doesn’t sit right with me.  Maybe the next quilt will be a happier finish :-)

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yellow quilt

yellow quilt

spiderweb quilt

scrappy spiderweb quilt

I love the precision of paper piecing but I’m not a huge fan of the paper waste.  I’ve seen a bunch of very cool projects using paper piecing so I’m working on finding non-paper-waste work arounds (though I seem to have no problem with fabric waste – hmmm).  I’ve seen beautiful versions of a spiderweb quilt using paper piecing, but honestly, I’m not all that into precision and if I can make it scrappy, then all the better!

I used this tutorial and started making the blocks only to find out that I didn’t have enough scraps so I had to “make” more.  The white I used is practically see through and is very stretchy in this case, I didn’t really mind all the fabric waste.  I threw in a couple of yellow blocks for fun.  The blocks don’t match up perfectly, but I don’t mind – I LOVE how it came out!

spiderweb quilt

spiderweb quilt

spiderweb quilt

spiderweb quilt

For the back, I used up some larger panels that I had.  I did the same for the binding.

spiderweb quilt

This one is for Project Linus.

I had to take my machine in to the shop for a tune-up this weekend – cascading thread fluff from the top of the machine isn’t a good thing, right?  While I miss my baby, I’m already planning my next project :-)

moda love quilt

Moda Quilt Love

I seem to always be a few steps (years) behind the latest Internet quilt craze.  Case in point: the Moda Quilt Love has been around for a few years but it was only this summer that I became obsessed with it and decided I had to make it.

The pattern is written for three different sizes – mini, average and extra-large (my names for the size options).  I had initially thought that I wanted to make a bunch of minis and sew them all together.  The joke was on me as I sewed all those tiny pieces together!  I know there’s a bit of a movement toward “smaller sewing” but I won’t be joining that bandwagon anytime soon as I lack the skills for the precision cutting that going small requires.  My mini sample is adorable but at ~10″, there was no way I was going to have the patience to make “a bunch”!

moda love quilt

I loved the pattern and loved using the red fabric so I decided to go extra-large and make a scrappy red one.  My cutting accuracy skills and counting skills were really challenged with this (don’t ask), despite only needing to cut 9.5″ and 10″ squares.

I know I say this all the time, but I love how it came out :-)

moda love quilt

moda love quilt

moda love quilt

The back is nothing exciting – an old white sheet of my mom’s.  I think you can just make out how I quilted it – double lines to mirror the horizontal and vertical seams and then more double lined around the center verticals.  I used up a ton of random leftover batting on this too.

moda love quilt

All in all, a fun (and fast!) quilt to make.  It’s for Project Linus :-)

Houndstooth Quilt

Houndstooth Quilt

For the past couple of months, I had it in my head that I wanted to make a houndstooth-patterned quilt.  I’m not quite sure the reason for the obsession as I am not at all preppy and it’s not a pattern I would ever wear as a garment but I liked the idea of trying to turn the familiar into a quilt.  After spending an eternity sketching the pattern and trying to figure out the math, I found an awesome tutorial from the Missouri Star Company which clarified the technique.

The tutorial used only two colors but I had the idea that I wanted it to be scrappier, alternating a patterned block with solid yellow.  I cut out 5″ square blocks for the yellow blocks and if you follow the tutorial, using strips from fat quarters, you’ll end up with the right amount of blocks in the right colors, as long as you only sew two strips (in my case, a yellow and a fat quarter strip) together at a time and then cut them into triangles.  That will allow you manipulate the placement of the striped squares so they match the 5″ blocks.

Houndstooth Quilt

The quilt came out better than I ever could have imagined! There was a steep learning curve as I began cutting but once I really figured out the pattern and the seam allowances, it came together really easily. Once you sew together the two sets of striped triangles, it’s just sewing together 5″ squares. Easy, right? ;-)

Houndstooth Quilt

 

I’m still on a “use it up” kick so I used some larger scraps I had in my stash. I am sorry to report that this is the last of those yellow chickens :-(

Houndstooth Quilt

This quilt is for Project Linus.

dapper square quilt

happy quilts

The concept of “quilting as therapy” really speaks to me.  When life gets chaotic, I turn to quilting and channel my problems into my fabric.  I’ve also started to notice that the more complex my worries get, the brighter the quilts I want to make.  I went through two decades of wearing exclusively black so I find it kind of funny that now I just want to make bright happy quilts with bright happy fabric :-)  I made this dapper square quilt partly because I wanted to work out a couple of issues in my head and partly because I am kind of embarrassed at how much fabric I seem to be collecting.  I love how it came out!  The pattern was really easy to follow and I just kept cutting fabric until I had the right amount for the blocks and then put them all together – I didn’t really plan the layout at all.

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The pattern was really simple so I worked on my ironing skills and my piecing skills.  I think I need an ironing lesson – I feel like my seams are never even.
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I’m not sure if the colors “go” together but it makes me unreasonably happy to see all these bright fabrics sitting next to each others.
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The back is some yardage that I had originally intended to use to make a skirt but I gave up making clothes due to fit issues and decided I didn’t like the fabric all that much so I used it for the back and then used up some of the larger scraps that I had.  I am happy how the quilting came out!
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This quilt is quite a bit larger than the quilts I’ve been making lately and I’m so glad I went back to the larger size.  It’s for Project Linus and I know they can use the larger quilts.
dapper square quilt