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”!
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 :-)
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.
All in all, a fun (and fast!) quilt to make. It’s for Project Linus :-)
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.
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? ;-)
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 :-(
This quilt is for Project Linus.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Is it weird that I’ve starting picking quilt patterns based on the size and amount of scraps it will use? Asking for a friend ;-)
Seriously, though, I have two scrap-intensive projects in the works, and oddly, I have run out of scraps. I’m really good at using up what I have and then quickly using the leftovers so while those projects are at a standstill, I figured I might as well make another quilt which will produce a sizeable amount of scraps for my in-progress projects. The good news is that the X Plus Quilt was super fun to make and, aside from all the cutting, came together really quickly. The bad news is that while I used the dregs of some of my fabrics, there wasn’t a whole lot left over to use in my scrappy projects. Not to worry – I’ve already started another quilt!
Each block has 19 individual pieces so there’s a lot of cutting. I tried to vary what I used between bright and dark fabric so there was movement when I put the pieces together.
I think the colors are busy, but in general play well together. I like that the hot pinks stand out and that one orange “plus” stands out.
The back is larger leftover pieces of some of what I used on the front.
I love how it came out – it’s so colorful and cheerful and busy. The blocks were a lot smaller than I thought they’d be – about 7.5″ so I wish that I had added a few more rows, but I think the size works for a baby quilt.
A secret fact about me is that I don’t like the color green. I love green in nature but when those beautiful greens are transferred to clothing or fabric, it’s just “ugh.” So when green fabric enters my home, I try to use it up as soon as I can. I got some greens for Christmas that were a particularly icky shade of green that would only work well with blue. So, I cut large half-square triangles and made them into a quilt that I don’t absolutely hate. High praise, right? :-)
I had to be super careful when sewing the pieces together so as to not mess up the colors of the stripes!
The back is just a bunch of left over green-ish scrap pieces I had. I was surprised I had so much! Now I have none, and I’m happy again :-)
The quilting is straight lines, shadowing the seams on the diagonal. I used my sewing foot as a guide and I like how it worked out. The quilt is small enough so it wasn’t super tedious to quilt.
This quilt is for Project Linus. There’s got to be a green-loving child who’s going to love this quilt!