I’ve been spending a lot of time in the library searching for more traditional patterns for inspiration. I found a great book, Quilts Quilts Quilts by Diane McClun and Laura Nownes, which has some of the patterns that I’m particularly interested in. Does it take you a long time to think about the construction of a quilt and the colors? Sometimes I think I spend more time thinking about my projects during the planning phase than I do actually making the quilt! I didn’t really have anything pressing on my “to make” list, so I thought I’d make the star sampler with the pattern from the book. A friend recently gave me some random fabric that I wasn’t in love with, so the colors (red, black and yellow) self-selected. I would not say I followed the pattern exactly – what a surprise! haha – mostly because I am not very careful while sewing HST’s and I need a lot of trim allowance. Believe it or not, all of the blocks were supposed to be 14″ square. As you can see, only two achieved that size.
I used up a lot of random pieces on the back. I kind of love the back?
I had fun making the quilt but I neither love it nor hate it. I feel like this quilt can be filed under the “I made a quilt and it was ok” category. I guess some quilts are like that? :-)
Thought it’s hard to believe after my last quilt that I would still have a sizeable collection of scraps, once I started to sort the remainders, I realized that not only did I still have a lot of scraps, I had a lot in the pink/purple/orange and yellow color zone. I decided to make a bunch of quarter log cabins and see how it worked out. To be honest, this quilt is not at all how I imagined it would be. I think it works but I like the one in my head that I was unable to execute better :-)
The quilting was a real hot mess which was really disappointing. I think there were too many seams, too many fabric directions and too much lousy ironing, which made it pull at my first row of quilting and just got worse as I went on. Don’t ask how many times I re-basted! I got it to work eventually but it was very frustrating. If I washed it before taking these pictures, I don’t think the pulling would be all that noticeable…
I love the back – orange it one of my favorite colors! And I am thrilled that I *almost* got the zigzag to line up – I didn’t have enough fabric to get it to line up and make a 10″ stripe but I love it just the same.
After my last few projects, I realized I had an abundance of scraps. Fortunately, I love to play with scraps! I had this idea that I would make something along the lines of Charlie Brown’s t-shirt – a bit of a zigzag. Instead of making it all scrappy, I had some blue fabric that I thought might work as the center to create the zigzag line. Full disclose: the blue fabric was what was going to be a summer dress. After two pattern alterations (one with the professional advice of my mom), the darn dress still didn’t fit so I gave it up and threw it in my stash. It was very cathartic to cut up the remains of that dress and put it to use in this project! I have to admit, this is one of my most favorite quilts that I’ve made so far. Fortunately, I still have a ton of that blue fabric left over and I am always making more scraps!
I purposefully made the blue strips uneven widths so as to add to the wonkiness scrappiness of the quilt. I think it works!
The back is some Marimekko yardage that I got for cheap at the Crate & Barrel Outlet. It’s a bit heavier than quilting cotton so it was a dream to quilt – no puckers! The quilting is very simple – I did a single line through all of the blue fabric and then another single line the opposite way.
I love how this quilt came out and was so pleased with the process that I’ve lost a bit of my “sewing mojo”. I’m slogging through my latest quilt . . .
Another friend had a baby so, I happily got to make another quilt for a friend! I went with a really simple pattern – a charm quilt made of 5″ squares. Can you tell that Lauren had a girl? ;-) I love the rose fabric on the back though I’m not super crazy about the white thread on the black background. Once it’s used/washed a few times it won’t be so obvious. I can’t believe how girly this quilt is – I love it!
It’s so rare that I get to make quilts for people I know. Most of the quilts I make get donated to Project Linus so it’s a bit of a treat when a friend has a baby and I get to make a quilt that will be loved by someone I love. My friend Leigh just had a boy so I made the Moda Love Quilt in yellow. I made one a while back in red so I knew it would be lovely in yellow. It came out great! So soft and cozy looking :-) The pattern comes in three sizes but I altered it so all of my finished blocks were 7″ – perfect size for a baby.
These pictures are a little dark, but I assure you this is a bright, sunny, happy quilt! I hope Leigh and little Valin Xavier love it! :-)