Sunday, December 8, 2013

Liam's Quilt Complete

I finished up Liam's quilt just in time. I presented it to his parents a week and a half before he entered the world and they loved it. I'm very happy with how it turned out and I learned a lot from my first 60 degree angle triangle quilt. I am very fond of the colors I found to use and I think it will be perfect for little Liam.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Quilt for Liam

After I finish the quilt listed below I am taking another page out of craftyblossom's book to take a whack at this little gem. My family has a special little boy coming in November that I have decided to make it for.

I bought an equilateral triangle ruler for the project so I'm excited to see how that works for me. I will be sticking pretty closely to the color choices here, but will have to modify the size.

Some Inspiration

I am starting another baby quilt for a family friend. I am basing my design on this one by craftyblossom.

I haven't decided what color to use for the backing fabric or blanket binding just yet, but the top are these exact gray colors :) I like how simple and clean the design is. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Birthday Quilt for a Girl Named Everette

I also finished and mailed the quilt I was working on for that special little girl mentioned in a previous post: Everette. The fabrics look so great together and I hope she get's as much use out of this baby blanket as I did out of mine :)

There's is something about making things for others that brings me such joy when I'm working on a project. It keeps me motivated to see it through to the end. 

Wedding Quilt Complete

I finished the quilt for our friend's wedding and got it all wrapped up for the big day. The couple loved it and I hope it is something they keep for years to come.

First queen sized quilt, done! Now on to some more baby quilts for the numerous friends of mine that are expecting.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

A Fresh Quilt

I started a new baby quilt for a special little girl. Here are the fabrics I'm working with.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pinned Up

I laid out my quilt, batting, and backing fabric. I pin basted it all over the place so I can begin the quilting process. I am going to stitch in the ditch and maybe after I'm done following the horizontal and vertical lines of the blocks I will also go back and follow the zig zag lines of the herringbone pattern. I am going to try and quilt it on my machine at home, which is pretty small, but I just don't think I'm ready to commit to hand quilting a queen size quilt...we'll see what happens.

Back It Up

I found my backing fabric at connecting threads. It is going to work perfectly for the couple I'm making this quilt for.  They love the outdoors and spending time surrounded by nature. It has tiny little repeating leaves in natural tones.

Making Progress

I have the top of my quilt sewn together and ironed out. I still need to add my border and decide on a backing fabric.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Time has Come

I have been out of the sewing game for a while, well at least I haven't been posting some of my latest projects on here like I should be!

Recently I had a burst of inspiration to make a queen-sized quilt. My amazingly talented Grandma passed away a couple weeks ago and while looking through some of her old pictures I was overwhelmed with how quilting played such a big part in her life. It brought her such joy to create these beautiful, comforting quilts and it also helped her make very strong bonds with friends who would quilt with her. I am fortunate enough to have some of her handy work, given to me by her when she was still here.

Here she is with a quilt she made with several friends, they each made a square and embroidered their name on it. 

This is the group of ladies she usually quilted with. They would work at the church I grew up attending and once some of the quilts were finished they would send them out to world relief programs for those in need.

She was such a goof ball, always having a good time, I must have gotten some of my sense of humor from her! She really was the greatest Grandma I could have ever asked for.

After she passed, my aunt revealed to me that she had been collecting quilts for her grand (that's me) and great grand daughter's future weddings. The one that my Grandma planned on giving me was one that her and a close friend had worked on into the wee hours of the night. Apparently, my Grandpa would wake up in the middle of the night, sometimes 2:00 a.m., just to find that my Grandma was still not home. He would get in his truck and go out to see if she was ok, only to find her at her friend's house still quilting the night away. Who knows what those two ladies talked about while working over the quilt I was given, but it is one of the most special and beautiful quilts I have ever owned and I am so thankful for it.

So, all of this has jump-started my fire to make a queen-sized quilt. I am a beginner and I don't want to bite off more than I can chew, so I think I'm going to start with the very popular, but easy, herringbone pattern. I made the layout in Illustrator on my computer today. My plan is to give it as a wedding gift this summer. Hopefully I can stay motivated enough to finish it! I find it's easier to make something for someone else than it is to make it for myself. It is also nice to have a deadline to meet!

Right now I'm just feeling a two color, simple quilt, but I'm also going back and fourth with the idea of a gradation in the fabric. I would consider doing light to dark in the gray - moving from left to right vertically.

This is the layout I'm going with,  I'm also adding a 4" border to each of the sides. The couple I'm making this for said they really like neutral colors - grays and browns.

I'll try and post some of the progress, I'd like to find a friend to quilt with - one of my coworkers said she plans on making a quilt soon, so maybe I could hang out with her! 
I will definitely post the finished product!