Out to Sea Bed Quilt

I’m excited to have this quilt to share in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival this fall!  I entered mine in the bed quilts group.

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As soon as I saw Sarah Jane’s Out to Sea fabric, I pinned a picture of the collection and knew that I wanted to make a big quilt for my daughter’s bed out of it.  I loved the color way with the navy blue and hot pink because the pink worked perfectly with the princesses already on the wall and I’m trying to impart my love of navy blue to my daughter.

Before I could even get my hands on the fabric, I searched the internet for inspiration on how I would put the quilt together.  I decided on a patchwork quilt with some larger panel pieces added to it.  I love the world maps and I knew that I wanted them to be somewhat of a focus in the quilt.  (I love them so much that I have a few panels still waiting to be turned into pillows for this bed.)

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So far this is the largest quilt I have made.  It comes out to about 88 x 88.  It fits perfectly on her full sized bed and if we ever upgrade to a larger bed for her I think it will still work well.

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I had two ideas for the quilting.  One was diagonal lines through the blocks and the other was wavy quilting.  I actually quilted a diagonal line halfway through the quilt to see if I liked it and then a wavy line.  I think I would have liked the diagonal but it seemed like a lot more work and after finally having it all pieced, I didn’t have the patience to mark my diagonal lines on such a big quilt.  So,
I quilted it with wavy lines from Bijou Lovely’s tutorial.  It seemed appropriate considering the nautical theme.  It was tough going…my tension seemed to get off and I had to redo the first couple of waves.  And if there’s anything that makes me procrastinate on sewing something, it’s knowing that I have to pull out the seam ripper.  So the quilt sat for quite a while until I finally decided to get on with it!

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The other hard part of this quilt was taking pictures!  Don’t mind the carpet that I tried to roll out of the way in the picture below.  I was able to stand on the balcony in my house and take a picture looking down on it.  I tried to hang it from the balcony but I didn’t have strong enough clips to hold it up.

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The backing fabric is a dark grey sheet that I got from Target and the binding is a solid coral color that matched the coral blocks in the quilt.

This will probably always be one of my favorite fabric lines and I’m so glad I was able to turn it into my vision for a bed quilt and that my daughter is snug and cozy under it each night!  Now I just need to get rid of some brown curtains that don’t match (not shown) and sew up those pillows.

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Lotta Lines – Blogger’s Quilt Festival

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Thanks for stopping by to check out my quilt.  I finished this quilt just in time for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival Fall 2012 hosted by Amy at Amy’s Creative Side.  
I received a stack of Lotta Jansdotter’s Echo line for Christmas last year from my sister.  For a while I just looked at the pretty stack of fabric but then I decided I needed to do something with it!  I started this quilt in the spring and had to pause for a few months as we moved from eastern Virginia to western Tennessee.  
The pattern is a disappearing nine patch and this is my first time trying it.  It’s a fairly large throw quilt at 57″ by 72″ and I think it is the biggest quilt I’ve made so far.  I’ve been adding it to my side of the bed the last couple nights and it covers me all up and keeps me warm.
I backed it in a grey and white sheet that I found at Target and the binding is Kona Coal.  I’m definitely on the grey bandwagon right now.  I did straight line quilting on either side of the blocks.    
This is also my first time taking pictures of a quilt at my new house.  There is a beautiful tree that hangs into our backyard and it looked like the perfect corner to take pictures on a beautiful fall day.

I’m proud of this quilt because I think it is my most precise quilt.  I tried to be so careful about everything!  I’m also excited because this is the first quilt I have finished that is for me!  I’ve given all the others away and I’m looking forward to hanging out with this one a lot.

The dog kept an eye on things while I snapped pictures!

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  • Quilt Measurements – 57 x 72
  • Special Techniques used, if any – D9P, straight line quilting
  • Quilted by me
  • Best category – Favorite Throw Quilt, Favorite Home Machine Quilted Quilt

Cole’s Coastal Quilt

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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!

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Fall 2010

This is my first time participating in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy of Amy’s Creative Side.  I’m excited to have just finished this quilt for the show.  This quilt has been a labor of love and a labor of frustration and I’m so happy that it is done!

 I love this quilt because I love the fabrics.  It is the first quilt for which I went to a fabric store and picked out all the fabrics instead of using a coordinated line.  They are mostly good quality quilting fabrics but they were all in a discount store in Maine and I have no idea how old they might be.  This summer when I was visiting my parents there, I asked my mom to watch the kids while I spent quite a bit of time picking out fabrics.  At first I was overwhelmed, but then I just found a few fabrics that I loved and started looking for others to coordinate with it and ended up loving the resulting stack of fabric.

I couldn’t wait to start making something with these fabrics when I got home to my sewing machine and I decided to try a zig zag quilt.  I used a quilt is nice’s zig zag tutorial.  This was my first experience with half square triangles and they frustrated me a little bit.  Once I realized I needed to do a little squaring, it all started coming together a little better, although a lot slower than I wanted.  

The dog and my daughter were both trying to “help”.

In the middle of the process, my 4 year old son wanted to know who the quilt was for.  I told him it might be for his 2 year old sister…the colors would look great in her room.  He didn’t like that answer so much…if she was getting one, he wanted one too.  So I started trying to finish this one up and order fabrics for him.  I love that he wants me to make him a quilt, but I am definitely feeling the pressure on all the Christmas projects that I have planned and now a quilt for my son.

In a way, this festival has been just what I needed to get this quilt finished (along with the looming Christmas deadline).  I’ve been so frustrated the last few days knowing that I was so close to finishing it but seeing everyone else start to post their quilts.  The four year old social scene around Halloween left me very little time to work on it.  In my haste to finish though, I messed up the binding.  After putting my quilt sandwich together and trimming, there were a few rows where the batting was still a little wider than the row.  I decided I would just use a wider binding but when I sewed it on, it ended up being too narrow in the front and didn’t catch the edge of the quilt top in a couple places.  Grrr!  I decided to just finish the binding and I will fix it later.

The finished size ended up being 48 x 60 and the backing is a lavender minky.  I even took my kids to the quilt shop to pick out their minky backings and they had a great time.  I quilted along the zig zags with my walking foot, about a half inch from the top of each fabric.

Anyway, I love how this quilt turned out and I will fix the binding soon.  This will be the first quilt I’ve made that will live in my house, so I’m glad to be able to see it on a daily basis.  Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for my son’s quilt soon!