i have my spring garden planted and looking great, so it’s back to some quilting. i hadn’t bought fabric in two weeks! so i made my way to the 1/2 off table at Beverly’s this past weekend and ended up with some great fabric.
i’m obsessed with the HBO series Game of Thrones [it's my quilty pleasure] and when i spied the Elizabethtown by Jo Morton for Andover Fabrics, the colors and prints inspired me to create a ‘Game of Thrones’ quilt.
i’m almost finished piecing my lone star quilt, but i’m taking a break to get started on my GOT quilt!
‘coming home’.. another birthday quilt, using Juliana Horner and Denyse Schmidt fabrics from various collections. the pattern is on page 12 of Precut Quilts.. although as you can see, i won’t be using precuts..
yeah!..i finished the ‘coming home’ quilt last night! another completed birthday quilt, and just in time, since she’ll be in town this weekend!
i made a lap size quilt, using 16-10″x10″ squares vs 30, and i omitted the 1″ sashing around the edge of the quilt because i couldn’t find a fabric that i liked.. i think it came out adorable..
once again sunny california is not sunny, in fact it’s gray and gloomy, which i’ve decided is a given when it’s time for me to take photos of a quilt, i’m quite sure the sun will come out after i’ve already posted these photos..
- measures: 51″ x 51″
- fabric: juliana horner, denyse schmidt and kona solid in ivory
- fabric back & binding: juliana horner trails
- batting: warm and natural
- thread: aurifil 2310
‘man’ quilts.. am i the only one who has a hard time picking fabrics and patterns for a masculine quilt…? i need to whip together a quilt for my son-in-laws birthday this week. he likes old worn in t-shirts, pandas and the color black and grey.. honestly, that doesn’t give me much to work with..
i narrowed down my patterns to two quilts from issue 9 of Quilt It Today , and ended up choosing “Game Night”, a fun quilt with big bold arrows, and chose six prints from Juliana Horner’s Modbox Collection..
watch this video to discover Juliana’s inspiration for her most recent collection, p.s. she’s absolutely adorable, and has her mother’s beauty..
well, who said, you can’t start a quilt at 10pm… haha
progress report. 3-25-14
i’m loving these prints..
note to self, don’t start cutting at 10pm, when i’m tired, i wasn’t paying attention, my ruler slid and i cut a whole strip wrong.. and of course i had the minimum amount of fabric, so i’ll be making a trip back to the fabric store..
[keep reading to see the finished quilt...]
a finished quilt…hurray!!
this is a birthday quilt for my step daughter, she loves fairies and when i stumbled upon this yummy alexander henry fairy fabric, i had to have it!
i went with a basic block because i really didn’t want to lose all those whimsical fairies, so i fussy cut them, added sashing and the coordinating alexander henry ‘sprinkles’ fabric as a border…
- size 48″ x 48″
- fabric block: everyday eden flower fairies by alexander henry
- fabric border: everyday eden sprinkles by alexander henry
- sashing and binding: small dots
- backing: kona bone
- thread: aurifil 2021
- batting: warm and natural
it’s not edible.. no calories involved.. yet still exciting, because it means you’re one big step closer to a finished quilt!
if you google “basting a quilt” you will come up with oodles of ways to baste a quilt.. i’m sure there are even debates on the subject, but just like any handcrafted project… do what works for YOU!
so far, this is what works for me [but i reserve the right to change my mind in the future..lol]
- the front of a beautiful project
- the backing, i.e. a solid piece of fabric, a cotton sheet, a pieced backing, even another front for your back..
- batting, i love Warm & Natural and/or Warm & White and have no experience with anything else, it just works for me!
- 505 Spray and Fix Adhesive
- old sheet for overspray
i roll out my warm and white onto a sheet and size to fit my quilt front, making sure to have at least 1-2″ on all 4 sides, this allows for movement when quilting. cut your batting.
note: as you can see i lay my quilt onto a sheet bigger than my project so that it will catch most of the overspray..
we had a dear friend of my husbands admitted to the hospital with no exact explanation as to exactly what has happened, he was a healthy guy and this was quite unexpected. he’s still in ICU and doctors are working hard to diagnose the cause…
meanwhile their medical bills and additional expenses of his wife’s loss of income along with having to travel 2 hours round trip to be with her husband is adding up. friends and family have really stepped up with raising funds for this sweet family and i wanted to do my little part…
so what’s a girl to do…?? answer: quilt!! the finished quilt will go up for auction when complete and 100% of the funds will be donated to their family.. i’m really excited about it!
i had such a good time working on my eight little squares quilt and with presidents day weekend approaching, i knew i wanted to go with a patriotic theme, not to mention our friend is a fellow police officer, so it just felt right.
progress.. february 18.. i’ve batted, basted and begun my quilting!
my first quilt for sale on Etsy is a sweet pink vintage style baby girl quilt! it measures 35″ x 41″ and is on sale for $85 with free shipping within the United States.
i originally bought the pink print fabric to make a toddler dress and when i got home from the fabric store i laid out all my fabric and i literally said out loud, “oh these prints have to become a quilt”…
so i started cutting 2.5″ strips and and began piecing. for all the details and additional photos you can click on the image or the link to my Etsy Shop in the menu bar.
this is one of those quilts i started before finishing the previous project… but oh what fun it was to make! i had to start on a quilt for my brother in laws wedding this past valentines day, so i have yet to finish it. i haven’t decided on a back yet or exactly how i’ll quilt it, but i really like the colors and for the most part all my blocks matched up! hurray!
i say “finished” quilt because as i’ve found out from reading other quilters blog, i’m not the only one who starts another quilt before the last one is complete.. it must be a quilters illness or have some sort of catchy name.. because i’m already shopping for fabrics for 1,2,3 more quilts before i even have the front of my current ‘quilt in progress’.. i shall call it “QIP”.. i bet that’s not original, but for now i’ll go with it!
for my maiden voyage i chose 4 coordinating fabrics along with white and went with half square triangles.. and although, i know where all my “oopppss” are, i really love this quilt… maybe it’s because it’s my first!
it’s perfectly imperfect, just like me!
what did i learn from this first quilt..?? well, i learned that starch and my Rowenta iron are my new best friends!
i learned that a 1/4″ piecing foot with guide is a must have!
i learned what a walking foot actually is and why i love it so!
i also learned i’m not a big fan of binding.. booo for binding… in fact, it’s my least favorite part of the whole process [i bet i'm not alone]..
binding and i need to come some sort of an agreement.. what that agreement is, is yet to be determined! it may just end up a love, hate relationship.. i love the finished quilt, i hate the process of binding…
time will tell..