Sailboat Pillow for Cole

Sometime before Christmas, I found this pattern for a Nautical Pillow and thought it would be a fun gift for my nephew.  I had some leftover fabric from his Going Coastal quilt and thought it would be great for this project.  Since I was trying not to stress myself out with more Christmas sewing projects and I found another gift for my newphew Cole, I didn’t end up making this at Christmas.

Sailboat Pillow Front

In January, I started looking ahead at the busy month of February and planning for my daughter’s birthday, which is just a week before Cole’s.  I realized that I could make the pillow for Cole’s birthday instead.  He just turned one so I figured he wouldn’t be too upset that he didn’t get a toy and it would go with his quilt so well.

Sailboat Pillow Back

The pattern was very easy to follow and it was the first time I have sewn piping onto anything.  Besides  a leftover piece of Going Coastal, the grey and white is from Lotta Jandotter’s Echo line and the red fabric is Manzanita Branch from Joel Dewberry.  (I’ve always thought it looks like sea coral.)  For the back and sides I used a striped fabric that I think came from a Christmas collection.

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I’m very happy with how this pillow came out and I even had a little help from my son who stuffed it for me.

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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.