Friday, December 26, 2014

Wonky Logcabin Quilt - Gifted

Have you ever finished a large quilt or sewing project and the leftover fabric just stares you down saying "Turn me into something too!" Well it didn't take much thinking to decide on a way to use up my Vice Versa Quilt scraps.  

I have an amazing neighbor, Linda, along with her family, who helps our family in countless ways from watching my girls while I go to Preschool pickup and borrowing tools, to bringing over little treats for the kids, to count a few.  And lets not forget that gorgeous Antique dresser now living in our playroom!
They are amazing people and I could think of no better way to show them our gratitude than to make them a quilt! 

Its lap size, about 48"x 56" and perfect for keeping cozy while watching tv or going to a High School football game.  I drew up this Improv Wonky on-point design after shooting down three or four others ideas that didn't quite tickle my fancy. The "cursive L" is a favorite go-to quilting designs that always goes fast, and gives a nice soft drape to any quilt.   

As always, a scrappy binding finishes it off for a little fun.  I hope their family enjoys this quilt for years to come!

What quilts or quilted items did you gift this year?  I'd love to see pics too if you have a link! Just post them in the comments!

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a healthy one too! 
My entire family of five is sick in one form or another, since last weekend, but we're all turning for the better, fingers crossed!  Thank goodness for on-call Pediatricians and pharmacies that are open on Sunday mornings.  Sigh.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Vice Versa Quilt {A Finish}

*Beware: this is a picture post!*
My Vice Versa Quilt is done! J'ai fini! Ganz getan! It has already been used in multiple forts, cuddled under, and napped under.  Which is exactly what I had hoped for!

I started this quilt way back in January with Gen X Quilters (aka AnneMarie) as part of her  Block of the Month 2014. Each month we made two blocks, really, two identical blocks but the inverse of each other.  If you look closely, you'll see pairs of blocks, but each pair contains an opposite - thus the name "Vice Versa." Clever eh?   I love how the blocks are set On Point which is unexpected and Modern!

Some months were more challenging than others.  I proclaimed 2014 to be my year of Selfish Sewing so this quilt was my one main goal, and I think I hit my two block goal every month.  It was gratifying to know I'd have a finished quilt by the end of the year, since my current world is very kid-centric.  Some quilters finish one quilt a week.  Not I....oh not I.

The wavy line quilting can be seen best in this photo, I think. I had the privilege of using a HQ Sweet Sixteen mid-arm quilting machine at Sewtopia last month. I had it completely quilted in about two and a half hours.  UH-mazing.  The quilting lines are fairly spread out (and running on the diagonal to match the theme) which leaves it soft, drapey, and not stiff. This was also my first time using Pellon's Cotton & Bamboo blend batting.  Its pure white, soft, and I'd definitely use it again.  Very easy to quilt and I'm confident the white batting will stay inconspicuous behind the white fabric of the blocks.
All piecing was done with Aurifil 50wt thread, my favorite!  It leaves seams nice and flat after pressing - its a nice fine thread.

Anyhow - isn't this a lovely location for a quilt shoot? This building is the "Arts & Crafts Building." LOVE those giant quilt blocks decorating the side!
Funny Story:
I was leaving a friend's house and decided to take the road-less-traveled in order to find a nice field or old barn for a few photos.  I stumbled upon the County Fair Grounds and proceeded to drive around, as it wasn't gated off.  I mosey around and find the horse area of the grounds and a lovely row of white stalls and a wooden fence.  I proceed to drape the quilt across the fence and a lady yells at me "That blanket is going to scare the horse coming up the lane! Pretty blanket, though!"  I turn and see a horse pulling one of those little chariot looking race harness get-ups about a hundred yards away and so I grab my blanket and camera then make a quick getaway to another part of the Grounds. 
(I know nothing about horses or their tendency to be averse to bright blankets, ahem, er, Quilts.)  The lady yelling at me convinced me right quick though.
Cannot believe she called it a blanket. Sigh.

The back is pieced from leftover blocks and fabric. All the solid purple is FLANNEL and I am so glad I did it!  I went for the good stuff by Robert Kaufman and its so soft and cozy.  It was rather a bit of a search to find the right jewel toned purple instead of lavender or lilac! Thank you Robert Kaufman for making solid flannel in somethings besides baby pastels! And it quilted up just fine.

I used all Kona Cotton Solids for my blocks, and the light grey background is actually a subtle crosshatch print called Widescreen by Carolyn Frielander. I love a scrappy binding so again I used my extra Kona Solids in no particular color order.  I did machine bind it for extra longevity - its going to go through a lot of wear and tear in my home so why not just plan on it.  

And... to my backyard for some full shots of this quilt:

We had two sizes to choose from - either lap size or twin size.  I went big, and I'm so glad I did!  
74" by 74" 

See that little bit of cursive in the quilting?  It says "SLC" (for "Salt Lake City") as a little memento for my Sewtopia trip. 

 AnneMarie even created special labels we could add to our quilts, so perty!

Ok, I just like folded-with-binding-showing quilt photos. Humor me.

If you want to see the journey of this quilt from fabric stack to finished quilt, look here.

 So there we have it! I'm so glad I chose to participate in this BOM!  All the blocks were "new to me" and lots of skill building went on! Sometimes I tend to go the Easy route - and this quilt made me stretch my quilting muscles for sure.  
If you've never done one,  AnneMarie happens to be starting her 2015 BOM and its even more amazing than this layout, if you ask me.  It's called Moccasin and it is stinking gorgeous.   Go check it out. Really, go!

I'm looking forward to a new year and new projects! Now that I own a serger... maybe some handmade clothing... hmmm.

Thanks so much for stopping by!