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.


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.

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.)

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.


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 🙂

Lotta Lines – Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Amy's Creative Side

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!

Thanks for stopping by!

  • 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

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!

Finally…Baby Gets a Quilt

Jack is a funny little boy.  Just before Christmas, while I was in the middle of furiously trying to finish up some of the quilts that I gifted, Jack was adamant that his baby needed a quilt.  He was very persuasive…Casey’s babies had blankets and his baby didn’t have one.  I had just seen a tutorial on how to turn a pillowcase into a blanket for a doll on a blog called MADE and thought it was a cute idea if I were ever in need of making a quick baby blanket.  It turns out that I was in need.
After Christmas, when Casey’s babies got whole bedding sets (and bunk beds), the pressure was on even more.  I told him I would look for a pillowcase that we could turn into a blanket for his baby.  After a couple of trips into thrift stores in the last month, I couldn’t find any that were suitable for Jack or his baby.  But today, I went to a sale at the local quilt shop and they had some Cars fabric.  As soon as I saw it, I knew it was just right for Jack’s baby’s quilt – the right size, the right print and the right price.  For the back, I found a piece of red fabric with street signs.  
As soon as Jack saw the fabric after school, he was begging me to make the quilt.  30 minutes after Casey went down for her nap, baby had a quilt and Jack was a happy little boy.  While I was making it, Jack helped with the pins and also told me his thoughts on blankets – “The hole blankets [crocheted] are the hardest to make because when you’re tying it around, it’s hard to make the holes with the wool.  And the bumpy ones are hard to make too because it’s hard to make the bumps.”  For clarification, his bumpy blankets are just thermal receiving blankets. 
After he got baby’s quilt, he ran upstairs to get his quilt and actually asked me to take a picture of them together under their quilts.  He keeps saying it’s a very special day for him.  So here they are…nice and comfy.

Quilting in 2010

Back in May of last year, I made a quilt for my sister-in-law as a Mother’s Day/Baby Shower gift for my niece Charlotte.  And then I made one for my other sister-in-law and then I made a few more and by the end of 2010, I had finished 9 quilts and a table runner.  The last three I made in December for Christmas presents.  I started another blog with more details about the quilts, so if you want to know more about them, you can go  This is what I was doing when I wasn’t blogging quite so often…especially in November and December!  It feels good to see them all in one place.
My first quilt
Baby quilt for Nicky’s baby girl, Bryn

Front of quilt for my sister-in-law and Brady

Back of Brady’s quilt

Baby quilt for a friend’s baby girl, Zoe

Casey’s zig zag quilt

Jack’s Zoo quilt that I designed myself

Pinwheel quilt for my sister for Christmas

Box in box quilt for my mother-in-law for Christmas

Table runner for Jack’s teacher for Christmas

Patchwork for my mom for Christmas

The Christmas Quilts, Part 1

I made three quilts and one table runner between Thanksgiving and December 17th!  I didn’t really intend to be up against the Christmas deadline so frantically, but I was.  I’m so glad I finished them, especially the one I lamented about in my last post.

The first one I finished was for my mother-in-law.  She just bought a beach house and when I saw Moda’s Pure fabric line by Sweetwater, I knew it would go perfectly in her beach house.  I also knew that I wanted to do a square in square quilt so the planning for this one was pretty easy…it just took a bit of time to piece it.

I finished the hand sewing the binding the first weekend in December.  We were at our very own brand new beach condo for the first time which is a few buildings down from my in-laws’ place.  After I finished sewing the binding on, I snuggled under it for a bit…just had to make sure it was going to work well for a beach house!  

After I washed and dried it, it hung on my stair railing for a few days.  I still get a little shiver of pride when I see what I’ve created, so it was fun to walk by it every time I went up and down the stairs.

I used a layer cake to make the square in squares and I added a 5″ border around it to make it a little bigger.  I quilted straight lines on both sides of the blocks, horizontally & vertically.  I used a sheet for the backing which was a first for me.  It was a Wamsutta sheet that I got at Bed, Bath & Beyond.  I loved the feel of it after I had washed and dried it.  I bought a chocolate colored binding at the fabric store.  I think it might be my last store bought binding (unless I’m in a bind – ha ha) because the combination of it and the sheet on the back made it difficult to hand sew the binding.  It just required a little more effort and time because the needle didn’t slip through the fabrics as easily.

Jack’s Quilt

After finishing up my daughter’s quilt for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, my son, Jack, asked me every day if his quilt was done.  A few days later I finally finished it.

While I was making Casey’s quilt, Jack requested one for himself.  I had just seen some of Alexander Henry’s 2D Zoo fabric and asked Jack if he wanted his quilt to have zoo animals on it.  He most certainly did as long as there was a lot of blue involved.  I ordered a little bundle of fabric, including the 2D Zoo and some coordinating prints but I didn’t have much of a plan for it.  I knew Jack was going to bug me about it every day until the quilt was done, so I wanted it to be simple and quick.  I also wanted to try to showcase the 2D Zoo and not cut it up too much.

This quilt is the first quilt that I have designed myself and I’m proud of that.  But because I was in a hurry, I made a bunch of mistakes on it and all the way up until I put the binding on, I didn’t like it at all.  I just wanted to be done with it.  Thankfully, now that it’s a finished quilt, I like how it came out.  It’s backed in a light blue minky that Jack picked out himself and I used some Alexander Henry elephant fabric for the binding (not that you can see the elephants but it was the only piece that had enough fabric leftover and that matched the back).

To be honest, the quilting isn’t entirely done but after spending a night quilting straight lines like a mad woman, I didn’t have it in me to outline the big squares the way I wanted to.  And a 4 year old was demanding his quilt so I just let it go.  I might go back and finish them later.

Pretending to sleep after I first gave it to him.
Quilt burrito

But the best part of this quilt is the reaction from Jack.  He loves it.  Here is some of his praise:

“This is great for rolling on.  I love my new blankie.  I like mine 168…you know that Mommy?”  (He’s big into trying to describe things with numbers, the bigger the better.)
“Mommy, this has all kinds of good boy colors in it.”
“Casey is going to be excited when she sees my blanket all done Mommy!”
“It’s great for cuddling.”
“I can do anything with my new blankie!”
He really said all those things on the afternoon that I gave it to him.  I doubt I’ll ever hear such gushing praise for one of my quilts so I’m so happy that I got it finished, imperfections and all.  After school on Monday he even said, “Mommy I told Miss Holly and all my friends that you made a quilt for me!”  

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!