Friday, April 11, 2014

It's SPRING!

Boy, this quilt like bringing spring into your house! My Typewriter's Patchwork felt really wintery but this one says nothing but spring.

I saw this free pattern, Ribbon Box Quilt (PDF), on Hawthorne Thread's newsletter a while back and thought it would be perfect to show off the beautiful fabrics in Leah Duncan's new Meadow collection.

I didn't buy the whole collection so in order to have 12 different fabrics as the pattern calls for I added in some various prints by Anna Maria Horner, Juliana Horner and an aqua chromatics. I think they work really well together in this pattern!












































On the back, I used some Meadow prints along with a Pearl Bracelets in yellow and Kona Cotton solid in Cypress. The Cypress coordinates PERFECTLY with Meadow!















What a fun quilt this was to make! Figuring out the layout (and remember what went where) was a bit tricky so I cut a small strip off the selvedges and made a little layout on paper. It helped a ton to keep everything organized! But I think I may have been a bit hasty in placing the fabrics because I wish I had made one of the greens vertical instead of both being horizontal. Oh well, I'm still really happy with it!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Typewriters

UPDATED: I totally forgot to say that this quilt was 100% inspired by this Patchwork Love Letters Quilt!
Okay, so it may seem that I'm whipping up quilts in no time flat but in actuality, I just had a lot of works in progress that are all getting finished around the same time.

This one is soooo cool, I LOVE it! Of course, it was pretty hard to use up such a big chunk of the small amount of Melody Miller Typewriters fabric I have but the result is worth it.

I cut 6" squares from this stack of fabrics. The size ended up around 53" by 64" after washing.






















I quilted it in vertical straight lines varying 3/4" to 1.5" apart.















So many fun fabrics were used, I just love the color combo! I wish my pictures were better but it's been so cloudy and windy here lately that it's been tricky.



Thursday, April 03, 2014

In progress today...

Happy Thursday!
Today I'm quilting...















...and planning my next project (always the fun part!). I think I've settled on these colors with a background of Confetti Dots.















What are you up to today?

Monday, March 31, 2014

custom baby quilts

Alright, I'm posting these two together so I can get caught up on showing you what I made back in February.

This little quilt had very specific requests to be very simple and minimal, using only white and navy and various shades of blue for a nautical themed nursery. I was inspired by this quilt I saw on Pinterest.
















I especially love the back. It's a Two-Inch Stripes in Navy and to make it a bit longer I added a few extra stripes in the anchors fabric.





















She was sweet enough to send me pictures of the nursery all ready for her little's arrival!

















This quilt was requested in gender-neutral greens, blues, yellows and browns with animal prints. Just some simple disappearing nine-patch blocks.





















Love the Heather Ross strawberries print!!!















It's been hard to be indoors with the nice weather we've been having lately. Hope everyone else is seeing signs of spring too!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tango Throw Quilt

For this custom quilt I used Cluck Cluck Sew's new pattern, Tango. It's a breeze to make really and nice to not have to do the calculations myself! I used the requested color combination of lots of neutrals with a bit of pink, turquoise and yellow. It was a wedding gift for a couple who live on the beach. It definitely has a nice beachy vibe...I hope they love it!



For the backing, along with leftover scraps, I used a large piece of Lizzy House moons (from the Constellations collection) between a Sun Print X and Plus in the stone colorway. That X and Plus print is really great, the perfect warm gray. And 
 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

going waaaay back

Boy oh boy do I have a treat for you today!
Last weekend my mom had a huge garage sale/moving sale. She wants to downsize a bit and move to a place where she'll enjoy when she's retired in a few years.
As I was helping out at the sale I came across all kinds of quilty goodies for the old days. I'm telling you, this is a real peek into my quilting past!

First off, a "quillow"...who remembers those? I suppose they're still around but you don't see them much in the modern, online circles. Who knows how old I was when I made this, 12 maybe?
Next up, probably one of the last quilts I made in my youth at home. Aren't those fabrics sweet!? I picked them all out myself (I was probably 13 or 14 maybe?). And I was in the process of hand quilting it (that's how my mom made most of her quilts, which explains why not too many actually got finished). Predictably, I lost steam on the hand quilting and never finished it.

Oh and this one is showstopper LOL!

P.S. Someone actually bought this at the sale.
This is a testament to my love of whimsy (it goes waaaay back!). I remember pouring over this booklet and wanting to make everything in it!

I actually found a lot of stuff that appealed to my current sensibilities. Like this book, Feathered Star Quilts. So many amazing variations.
This quilt was made between 1815-1830. Gorgeous!
This one was made in 1900 in Gainsville, TX, just up the road from me! Such bright colors.
All in all, while I'm not a fan of garage sales (because they are so much work!), Mom's garage sale took me down memory lane. And that was fun!

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Washi tunic

Well I've had two quilts finished for a few weeks now but I've been a lazy blogger. And, I want to show you something different! A Washi tunic for me!

I downloaded this pattern over a year ago but hadn't taken the plunge until now. I never could figure out what fabric I wanted to use. But when I saw a plaid version in the Washi Flickr pool, I knew that's what I wanted for a fall/winter version.

The only major thing I changed was to add about 4" in length to the tunic pattern. And I shrunk the sleeves waaaay down so that there would be no gathers in the shoulder and it would be more fitted. I'm so happy with how it came out! I was pretty nervous about it because making clothes is not my strong suit, nor do I enjoy it much.