large courthouse steps quilt

a quick quilt – courthouse steps-ish

I’m going to file this quilt under “I had an idea for a quilt but then forgot what it was and by the time I remembered it, it was too late so I decided to just power through and get it done.”  Has this ever happened to you?  This quilt totally didn’t turn out the way I planned and once I realized what my plan was, it was too late so I just played a bit and it ended up as a large courthouse steps quilt.  It still kind of worked out and I enjoyed just playing a bit.

large courthouse steps quilt

large courthouse steps quilt

The back is a fun numbers fabric that, honestly, is just fine for a bright quit like this.

large courthouse steps quilt

I must confess that the biggest mistake I made with this quilt is the quilting.  I had used my zigzag stitch for something just before I started quilting and forgot to change it back.  Instead of picking out the stitches, I just went with it and used zigzag stitching for all of the quilting.  It kinds of adds a nice texture to the quilt and I may just have to make this same “mistake” again sometime :-)

large courthouse steps quilt

This quilt is for Project Linus.  I’ll do a better job of planning out my next quilt to avoid the same frustrations!

churn dash quilt

churn dash quilt

I have to confess that I really don’t like the last quilt I made. There’s nothing really wrong with it, it’s just not “me”.  The colors don’t play the way I like fabric colors to play together which distracts from the pattern.  It was a fun experiment but once it was done I could not wait to start my next project.

Enter the churn dash quilt!  It’s a really traditional pattern and it was fund to use up a ton of fabrics that probably look boringly familiar to anyone who’s read more than a post of this blog. I like bright happy colors and I love how all the fabrics worked together.  The block is pretty simple but there’s a lot of pieces and a lot of trimming.  There are 80 blocks in this quilt and it was nice to work on a more “long term” project.
churn dash quilt

Amazingly, I managed to have 80 unique blocks.  A few are mirrors of each other but none are the same.  I know there are quilters that cut out their entire quilts before sewing.  I’m more of a start cutting and then do some sewing and see how much fabric the blocks use and the hope you don’t run out by the end. I really underestimated the amount of fabric I’d need for this quilt and ended up doing a few raids on my stash.  It all worked out – it usually does :-)

churn dash quilt

There are three scrappy-ish blocks that I absolutely love.  Can you spot two of them in the picture above?  I’m glad I didn’t make every block scrappy as I think that would have been too much.  There are just enough to make things a little interesting.

churn dash quilt

I had the perfect fabric for the back!

churn dash quilt

I absolutely love how this quilt turned out!  And I’m thrilled to be back in my “safe zone” of bright, happy quilts :-)

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 :-)

yellow quiltyellow quilt

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 :-)