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 :-)

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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 :-)

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.