Coral & Aqua Quilt Take Two

I created this quilt using extra fabric I had on hand from making a baby quilt for my niece last year.  My sister asked for coral and aqua colors with some grey.  In this quilt I added a few more neutral grays and beiges.  I love the simplicity of the rectangles and how the coral and aqua combine with the neutrals for a modern look.

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For the backing, I used a Riley Blake fabric with cute little animals on it called Woodland Tails.  And, I finally added a label to a quilt!  I wrote my own label with a  permanent pen and whipstitched it onto the back.  IMG_2358IMG_2359I quilted the fabric with vertical straight lines about an inch apart.  It’s probably some of the most dense quilting I have done and I love how crinkly and cozy it immediately looked when it came out of the dryer.
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I headed to the nearest park on my bike one afternoon to take photos.  This is the first quilt I’ve taken pictures of in Florida.  I took a few pictures of the quilt by climbing on top of some playground equipment and leaning over as far as I could to try to get a square picture.  It looked good on the preview but when I tried to rotate it in my editor, it was clear that I didn’t quite get it square.  I’m sure the park attendant enjoyed my antics though.

This is my first listing in my Etsy shop!  I’ve been planning to do this for about a year…and I dragged out the making of this quilt for about that long.  But I finally bit the bullet and opened a shop.  Of course Etsy recommended that I have put 10 items in my shop, but this was all I had.  (I’ve since added a couple more and I’m working to finish even more.)

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Red Sox Quilt

I made this quilt for one of my best friends from high school for her third baby…her first boy!  My inspiration was from a Red Sox quilt made by Tracey at traceyjay quilts.

IMG_1671When I saw Tracey’s quilt, I knew I wanted to make one for baby Paul.  I grew up in Maine, listening to the Red Sox on the radio on summer nights. And my friend’s husband is from Boston, so they are both Red Sox fans.  For their little boy, I knew I had to figure how to make this quilt.

IMG_1659I ordered a bunch of red and blue polka dot fabrics, figured out how to cut triangles and got to work.  The cutting of the triangles was not so tough…it was getting them lined up correctly.  This is also the first quilt that I have done appliqué.  It was kind of fun once I figured it out!

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For the backing fabric, I searched a local discount store (Mardens) back home in Maine for something with red and found this big polka dot print.  I was excited to add something to the quilt that I found in our hometown.

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I made this quilt when I was living outside of Memphis, Tennessee and this is one of my favorite photo shoots.  I went to a nature trail near a golf course and took these shots on a wooden bench and on a strange fishing platform made of green mesh-like metal.  IMG_1672I think baby Paul was few months old by the time I got this to him but I doubt that he noticed how late it was 🙂

Cole’s Coastal Quilt

Amy's Creative Side

Time for my semi-annual post on my sewing/quilting blog!  I’ve sewed and created a little more than what the blog shows but I just don’t seem to have time to get posts up on this blog and my family blog too.  However, when Amy’s semi-annual Bloggers’ Quilt Festival comes around, I get excited to get a post up and see all the other wonderful quilts.  The festival was one of my biggest inspirations for starting to quilt.  Although I haven’t been making a lot of quilts, I still enjoy it when I have the time and there are always quilt ideas swirling through my head.

I made this quilt for the newest addition to our extended family.  When my sister-in-law had her first ultrasound, the tech said it was a boy.  Then she had a second ultrasound and they said it was a girl.  It was around this time that I asked her for some ideas on the color of the baby’s room so I could work on a quilt.  She said the baby would be sharing a room with big brother.  Big brother’s room is sports themed and mostly red and blue.  At first I was a little disappointed to be making a quilt for a little girl with red and blue.  But then I did a little fabric search and found some beautiful fabric bundles with red, blue and pink and I thought they were just perfect for the room – the right colors but definitely girly!

I started cutting my pieces and then ended up taking a break for a bit.  I was just about to get back to the project when we got a phone call that a third ultrasound (pretty close to her due date) showed that it was definitely a boy.  Back to square one.

I did some online fabric searching again and I couldn’t seem to find any cute bundles in red and blue for a boy.  Strangely, it had been much easier for a girl.  I had already purchased some of Emily Herrick’s Going Coastal fabric but I was unsure if my sister-in-law would want a coastal feel to the quilt.  I decided to go with it because the colors really were great for the room.  I picked up a few more of the fabrics, including the madras plaid that I knew I wanted to use for the backing and the stripe down the middle.  

When I went to put this together, I realized that only had enough different fabrics for 5 stripes instead of the 6 that I had planned.  Somewhere along the line I missed getting the green that I wanted.  I think Cole was already born at that point so I found some Joel Dewberry fabric in my stash that worked well.  To be honest I’ve always thought that the fabric was little bits of coral but when I read the selvage I realized it is a Manzanita branch.  It still looks like coral to me and in the context of this quilt I imagine that’s what everyone else will think too.

The inspiration for this quilt is from Holly at Bijou Lovely Designs.  She posted her Color Block quilt and I knew that I definitely wanted to make one.  She mentioned that if there was enough interest she would come up with a pattern.  After I didn’t see one for a while I decided I could figure it out myself.  Especially since Cole was already born and I needed to get this quilt finished and in the mail!  I think the size came out to be 45 x 54.  Shortly after I finished this, Holly published the pattern.   

When I realized that I didn’t have quite enough of the plaid for the whole back I decided to do a kind of reverse of the front.  I love how it came out and even happier that I managed to get it lined up well when I was basting because there wasn’t any excess fabric in that middle section.

For quilting I was again inspired by Holly and used her video tutorial for wavy line quilting.  It looks like waves and so it ties in perfectly with the beachy quilt. And it was so easy!  I’ve always done straight line quilting on my quilts and have yet to branch into free motion quilting yet but after doing the wavy quilting I think I might enjoy some FMQ.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my quilt and its story!

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Fall 2011

Welcome to my Fall 2011 Blogger’s Quilt Festival entry!  I’m excited to be participating in Amy’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival again.
This is the second quilt I’ve finished this year and my first blog entry of the year.  After making four quilts in less than a month last year for Christmas, I thought I’d take a break.  It turned out to be a little longer than I thought.  But I’m feeling creative again and this quilt is a little bit of a triumph for me.
I bought this fabric with my mom in mind.  She saw some other red and turquoise fabric that she liked so I thought I would get this bundle and create a quilt for her for Christmas.  Unfortunately I made a huge mistake in my calculations and didn’t half even half as much as I thought.  I had my squares all cut out and threw them in a drawer.  I was so upset with myself.  
About a month ago, I was working on another project and for some reason I had this fabric sitting on the table.  All of a sudden I knew how to put them together to make a big enough baby quilt for a friend who had just had a little girl.  I’m so happy that I was able to figure out a way to use these beautiful fabrics and turn my mistake into a success (to me anyway).
The backing is a super soft flannel that I found at Hancock’s and I’m so glad that it coordinated well.  I seemed to have a hard time finding anything that would go with these aqua colors.
The pictures are not great because I finished this quilt with minutes to spare before heading over to my friend’s house with dinner and this as a gift.  I was getting ready to take it outside for a quick photo shoot when it started thundering and raining.  So, indoors it was.  With my kids trying to help.  In the last photo, my son took the picture while I held it up, but I love how my daughter was in the frame, taking a picture with her camera too! 
This quilt was the first quilt that I sewed the binding on with the machine on both sides.  I usually hand sew the binding and I really like that process, but did I mention I finished with minutes to spare?  

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my quilt.  Hopefully I’ll have more to show soon with a few other quilts, but I won’t be working so frantically close to Christmas this year!

Hello Betty…It’s A Girl!

I finished this quilt just two days before Baby Zoe was born.  For the sake of getting the quilt finished, it’s a good thing she was over a week late, although not for her poor mother.  Again, I didn’t know whether the quilt was going to be for a boy or a girl until the baby was born.  Zoe’s mom already has two boys so I was hoping it would end up being for a girl.

I started this quilt when I got my new sewing machine (a Janome Magnolia 7330).  I already had a quilt top pieced and didn’t want to jump right into quilting with my new machine.  I had a Hello Betty charm pack sitting around so I starting organizing them into a patchwork quilt.  Then I played with offsetting the squares and I really liked how it looked.  I also liked how it didn’t require me to match up my corners.  I added white sashing strip to make it a little bigger and to make the colors pop a little more.  The finished size is 43″ x 45.”

The backing is also from the Hello Betty line by Moda and it has a yellow binding.  I quilted a 1/4″ from both sides of the horizontal seams and in the ditch around the patchwork.  I thought this would be the quilt I tried free motion quilting on but I didn’t have a darning or FMQ foot and didn’t feel like running to the store again, so I went back to the straight lines.  In the end, I really liked the modern look of it with straight lines.

The pictures aren’t quite doing this quilt justice.  It’s a lot more vibrant in person and the backing doesn’t look like digital camoflauge in real life.

Brady’s Quilt

Brady’s quilt didn’t have a name until a few days ago when Brady was finally born and we found out he was a boy!  I made this quilt for my sister-in-law’s baby shower.  Since she didn’t know whether she was having a boy or girl, I had to go with gender neutral fabric.  I used 2 charm packs of Frolic by Sandy Gervais for Moda (along with 2 white charm packs) and I thought it turned out pretty cute. 

The backing fabric is Cosmic Flowers in Grass from the same line with the leftover charms for my first pieced back.  The backing was perfect since I didn’t know whether it was a boy or girl…mostly green with blue and pink on it.  (Although not too much pink, now that we know he’s a boy.)  I used the Patchwork and Points tutorial from Moda Bake Shop but used binding instead of prairie points.

I feel like I rearranged those charms over and over to get them *perfectly* random but I was either really tired when I did it or they got rearraged during sewing.  Now I see too many similar colors and patterns beside each other, but I’m working to let go of that perfectionism because I really do like how it came out.

Kelly's Quilt - Front

Kelly's Quilt - Pieced Back

If I asked my son to pose for a picture, he wouldn’t…he’d close his eyes and try to hide his head.  But since I was trying to take a picture of a quilt, he thought he should jump right into it.

Bryn’s Quilt

Oh my goodness…I just won a contest (my first!) through JayBird Quilts sponsored by Above All Fabric and now people are coming to my quilting blog and I don’t have much to show yet!  I started this blog a few days before going on vacation and in the frenzy of packing and obsessively cleaning, I didn’t get a chance to post about the other 2 quilts that I have finished.  Anyway, I am excited about the beautiful new fabric coming my way…more quilts to come!

But here’s more about the second quilt I finished…

Bryn's Baby Quilt

This quilt was for one of my best friend’s daughter who was born in June.  I used a tutorial from the Moda Bakeshop called Welcome Spring.  The fabric is Verna by Kate Spain for Moda and is one of my favorite fabric lines from Moda right now.  Some day I have plans to make myself something with it, but there are some more friends having babies coming up.  And I need to start planning for Christmas presents now if I want to get some of the ideas out of my head and onto the sewing machine before December 25th.

The quilt was very easy to make although it definitely didn’t turn out square in the end.  Something about sewing long strips of fabric together is still a little difficult for me.  I thought using a jelly roll ie precut fabric would help keep things straight and even, but I probably need to work on the accuracy of my seams.

This is my favorite quilt so far…you know, of the two I’ve made.  Actually there’s a third that was finished around the same time this was so there are 3 to compare.  I loved using the crisp white fabric along with the beautiful colors from Verna.  The backing fabric was a green paisley from the same line.