Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Circle of Geese Quilt {A Finish} + cute little faces

May I introduce Circle of Geese!  Its been done for a few months but I'm slow to blog these days.  Anyhow, Itsn't she lovely?  All of the circles you see are paper pieced by me and the lovely ladies of the 2014 CMQ bee. I LOVE how it turned out even though I didn't (at first) care for any of the layouts I tried.  I kept the "background" low-volume and only used my favorite (hoarded) subtle prints and even some linen for good measure.

I did three different quilting designs on the various blocks and it totally stretched my FMQ skills.  Raindrop quilting on the plain squares, FMQ echo-ing on the circle of geese blocks, then twisted rope FMQ on either end of borders. I auditioned a bunch of different designs but in the end liked how the twisted rope turned out.  Mine is rather large in scale but I think it suits just fine.

Quilt Stats:
56" x 68"
Each block is 12" finished
Circle of Geese block Pattern by Sometimes Crafter (Free!)
Quilted by me
Scrappy binding, of course
Target Threshold flat sheet for the backing. Yippee!

A little label to remember who what where when and why.

This quilt is already in use in my household, and makes an excellent tumbling mat according to my two year olds. 

Ok fine.  You twisted my arm.
Here they are.  Adorable, are they not?!  Fussy, stubborn, irrational, but definitely adorable.

And Eli started Kindergarten yesterday.  How can this be?! (I rather love it.)

Thanks for stopping by! 
If I can get my act together I want to get back to blogging… just not sure if there's a market for "Look what I made/did/finished" other than Instagram and Facebook groups.  Hmmm


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Another Plus Quilt for Baby {Finished}

Its true, I've been hooked on plus quilts lately.  My previous post was also a plus quilt but in more masculine colors.  This one, on the other hand, is quite girly and for my little niece! It matches her big sisters quilt since they share the nursery.

Its crazy how bold and modern a standard old patchwork quilt can become when you arrange the blocks just so… 

For the back my goal was to use up the bicycle print - as I've owned it for ages and was ready to clear it from my stash.  Good news - I succeeded. 

A little custom label for sweet baby.

Some straight line quilting...

And some big chevron binding...

Make for one cozy quilt!
All fabric from my stash (woohoo!)
Each block is 5.5" 
Quilt measures 44" x 55"
Quilted by me
Bound with Riley Blake Chevron in Grey, by machine. 

Is it just me or is it baby season?  I've got two new nephews scheduled to appear this spring and summer - yay! Baby quilt all around! ;-)

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Monday, February 2, 2015

A Plus Quilt for Baby {Finished}

I've had a plus quilt on my list for ages it seems - and I finally had an excellent reason to make a baby sized one!  I'm going to be an Aunt (again!) My sweet SIL is due in May and it's a boy!  I stealthily let her know I'd be happy to make little guys crib quilt and she told me the nursery colors are navy and grey, with a bit of green.  Well then, thats one of my favorite combos at the moment so I was happy to oblige.  

I started with this fabric pull from my stash and googled "plus quilt" and up came a bazillion links and images.  So I did a rough sketch and decided on 8 rows by 10 columns of 6" squares.  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy as my 4 year old said, the other day.  He's a goofball if there ever was one.

This quilt was literally pieced in ONE day… meaning 90 minutes in the afternoon and an hour after kidlets were in bed.  Fastest piecing ever and nesting seams equals no pinning rows together! Yes.  Oh yes.
How to quilt it was a whole other story, but I eventually settled on big loopy rows to keep it soft and drapey.  And medium grey thread since thats what I had on hand.  

The binding is all Kona Medium Grey with a corner pieced in of green Katie Jump Rope; aka KJR for us Denyse Schmidt addicts. ;-)  I adore a pieced binding, if you know me at all, so I had to work it in.  

Flannel is my new favorite backing fabric thanks to genXquilters so I perused Etsy and settled on this fun Navy text flannel from Robert Kaufman.  L.O.V.E. it!  So soft and very masculine. Adding nine inches of Riley Blake chevron to each end finished off the back nicely.  Glad I had that on hand.

Have you ever had a project in mind for YEARS and then finally make it happen and you were glad you did?  Well I've been hoarding black and white fabrics for a while now, and while editing this batch of photos I decided to switch on the b&w… The snow stays the same but I really love the look of a black and white quilt!  I think I may go for it this year! 

I digress.
Quilt details:
45"x 55"
Cream Rose Cotton Batting
quilted by Me

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