Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Yay! Another finish!

It seems that my progress on any quilting projects these days is so slow but then the finishes come all around the same time.  In my last post, I mentioned that I needed to find time to sandwich and quilt the baby quilt that had been hanging on my design wall. Drum roll please....
Not only did I need to get it done because the baby shower is coming soon but I also needed room on my design wall for the piecing of a wedding quilt. 
All the block pieces are cut, and 6 blocks are made...only 24 more to go! Pictures later!

This pattern is a version of a 9 patch with sashing separating the squares. I got my inspiration from this quilt.
All the fabric is from my stash! The main zoo print fabric is 2-d Zoo by Alexander Henry and the background is Kona White. I used a combination of 6 different print fabrics for the blocks. 
The back is pieced from fabrics from the top and the binding is scrappy...also made from pieces left over from the top.
I quilted a large X through the blocks and then overlaid a diamond shape. 
You can see it better in the first 2 pictures.
Along the larger sashing and the borders, I straight line quilted 1/2" apart. This gave it some structure yet allows it to be soft with some drape.
All labeled and is ready for the baby shower. I named this quilt Blue Zoo.
Another finish that I am so happy with!  
Definitely a feel good moment!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A small finish!

I have had this quilt pieced for a few months and finally got around to quilting and binding it. That seems to be my life lately...but school will be out in another 4 weeks and summer can officially begin! MORE TIME for quilting!

I had bought a few mini charm packs of Soho Chic for Moda by Sandy Gervais. I really love the colors but didn't have a plan in mind. I came across a quilt made with combining a snowball block and a nine patch and setting it on point. So I sketched it out and did some math and the results are in!
I used Kona natural for the snowball blocks. For the corners of the snowball block I found a matching deep orchid color. 
(I don't remember what cotton but I know it wasn't a Kona.) 
Since I only had so many squares to work with, the quilt isn't too big so I needed to find some yardage of Soho Chic to add some borders. This can be a little tricky because this line had come out a bit ago. 
Searching the internet, I came across Old South Fabrics which had some of the floral and leaf linen (binding fabric). They had only been on the internet for 5 months when I found them. Their service was great and they regularly sell Moda at $9.20 a yard.  
I am not getting anything for promoting them, I just was impressed with their price and service.

The backing is an old print by Jinny Beyer (1999) from my stash,  pieced together with a bit of fabrics from the front.  
I quilted a tic tac toe pattern through the 9-patch blocks, some octagon shapes in the snowballs with 1/4" spacing and straight lines in the borders using an deep orchid thread. 
Even my DH commented that he loved the colors in this quilt which, quite frankly, took me by surprise! 
Finished size: 36 1/2" square 
Another finish, albeit a smaller one, feels real good! 
Now to get to the sandwiching and quilting of the baby quilt that is hanging on my design wall and continue the wedding quilt piecing....

Friday, May 16, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Welcome to my blog! I have chosen the quilt that I made for my niece's wedding to share in the Home Machine Quilted category for the spring Blogger's Quilt Festival. This quilt is a variation on the traditional log cabin block. The blocks create an off-centered star with a diamond shape framing the star.
The fabrics used are 9 by Sanae and Kona natural. The quilt finished 
at 72" by 84".

I quilted this quilt with concentric circles centered around the offset star. I started with a small circle and echoed the circle varying the widths between 1/2" and 1".

This was my first attempt at quilting concentric circles. I really love how the back shows off the quilting.
I'm happy to say that the new couple loved the quilt! 

Now hop over to Amy's Creative Side to find links to many quilts 
from all over the world.  Thanks to Amy and her countless hours of
dedication to put this together and to the many generous sponsors.