Monday, November 5, 2018

Sweet Baby James

I've had this baby quilt sitting in my dining room for weeks!  If I don't finish it in time to gift it at the baby shower, it feels like it takes me forever to drop it off!

 This quilt is a knock off of this pattern by Then Came June.  I didn't use the pattern, just sewed blocks together in rectangles.  
I bought a couple solids and then used what I had.  


 I had originally planned to use the black and white stripe in the quilt top, but I ended up using it for binding.  Black and white stripes are always a winner when it comes to binding.
 The backing is probably my favorite part.  I love these happy moons.
Quilt stats:
Finished size: 38" x 47"
Pattern: see notes above.  Inspired by this quilt
Fabric
front: solids from my stash
back: Happy Moons by Art Gallery
binding: timeless treasures stripe
Batting:  Warm and White

Friday, September 28, 2018

Matchstick

I'm still trying to work through my scraps.  I know I've mentioned it before, but I am trying to get rid of all my scraps.  Haha, sounds ambitious-- and it is!  This is one of the fastest and easiest ways to work through strips of scraps.  I made a blue one a couple years ago and like it so much I make a colorful one.  (I explained my method in this post, or send me an email and I'll try to help).
 There's minimal quilting in this one.  I sewed in the ditch along each row horizontally and then vertical lines about every 3 inches. I also added a few horizontal lines on the taller rows.
Binding is scrappy...I used up my leftovers from other quilts.


Quilt stats:
Finished size: 58" x 68"(after washing and drying)
Pattern: none.  (see method here)  
Fabric  
front: scraps
back: April Rhodes--Bound for Art Gallery, Macrame Lace)
binding: scraps
Batting:  Warm and White

Monday, May 7, 2018

kaleidoscope 2.0

This quilt probably looks a familiar.  I made the same pattern here.  Just changed up the colors.  
 It's made up of 64 half square triangles (if I counted correctly) and 8 5in squares.
 To make the half square triangles, I started with 6 inch squares and trimmed to 5.5 inch squares.  Once sewn together they all blocks finish at 5 inches.  I use this method to make half square triangles, but I want to try this one next time.

Quilt stats
Finished size: 40in x 45in
Pattern: half square triangles, see above
Fabric: front-stash ● binding-Dear Stella, Hearts in Raven● backing-Heather Ross, Tiger Lily
Batting:  Warm and White

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Stripes Quilt

I'm almost caught up on all my pre-Christmas sewing.  I have one more quilt to share. I guess that means I need to get busy basting my quilt tops. 

This is a very simple quilt and came together pretty quickly.  I wanted stripes and I wanted to use my solids.  I love how it turned out.
 I've already given this one away, and forgot to measure anything, but I think the stripes are all 2 inches wide.  I wanted to keep them all the same width for some uniformity, but it would probably look pretty cool with varying width stripes.
backing from Cotton and Steel

 I tried almost every print in my stash for binding and finally settled on this light floral print.  Not sure if it's my favorite, but It worked better than anything else I had!  :)
Quilt stats
Finished size: (forgot to measure before I gave it away.  I usually make my throw size quilts around 60"x70")
Pattern: no pattern, just sewed 2.5 inch strips together.
Fabric: front-stash, solids ● binding-not sure name, but it is Art Gallery● backing-Cotton & Steel XOXO chocolate chip
Batting:  Warm and White 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Kaleidoscope Quilt

More half square triangles, the patterns are endless!  Inspiration came directly from this quilt.

 For the half square triangles (HST)  I cut 6 inch square and trimmed them to 5.5inches (using this method). There are many methods for HST that make more than 2 at a time, but for some reason I stick to the first way I was taught.
for quilting, I stitched in the ditch along each square, nothing fancy here.

I like this quilt so much I actually have another to share. :)

Quilt stats
Finished size: 40in x 45in
Pattern: see above
Fabric: front-stash ● binding-April Rhodes: Treadle in Tradition (Observer line)● backing-Sarah Jane: Meet the Crew (Out to Sea)
Batting:  Warm and White 


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Scrap Stack Quilt

This is one of my favorite scrap quilt patterns lately...I have another quilt top just like this one I need to finish. The squares are cut 2.5 x 4.5 inches, so my scrap bin had much to contribute to this quilt. Nothing makes me happier than using up scraps.
I think this pattern appeals to me because it is random, but somewhat organized scrappy.  I was inspired by this quilt I found on Pinterest several years ago, but there are many tutorials out there similar to it.
For the binding I used up my leftover bindings from previous quilts.  (I sew them together each time I finish a quilt...once I have a long enough piece I use it as binding). 
It adds to the scrappiness.
For the backing I used my stash...I purchased this stripe on sale years ago, with hopes of using it as a binding...but I didn't realize the stripe was going the wrong way, and not good for binding. (Hate when that happens). 
 I love these bears, added to the backing to make it wide enough.
Quilt stats
Finished size: (forgot to measure)
Pattern: rectangles cut 2.5 x 4.5 in
Fabric: front-scraps ● binding- scraps ● backing-stash
Batting:  Warm and White

Monday, November 6, 2017

blended baby quilt

I love this quilt!  Another simple baby quilt.  The hardest part was pulling fabric.  It started with pinks and blues and yellows and ended with magenta, peach, pink and a little purple.  I don't think you can go wrong with half square triangles.  Squares were cut at 5 inches and trimmed to 4.5 ( I use this method).  I love the way it turned out, but next time I might cut the squares bigger (cut 6 inches and trimmed to 5.5), only to make it faster.

For the backing I used a Sarah Jane Border Print.

 I must say, as much as I love half square triangles, the trimming can get a little tedious. It's totally worth it, but definitely laborious.
 Binding is tiny hearts.  I've used this print as binding before, and it's a winner.  Perfect for baby quilts.
Quilt stats
Finished size: 37" x 44"
Pattern: half square triangles (5" squares trimmed to 4.5")
Fabric: front-stash (various solids and almost solids) ● binding- Dear Stella Hearts ● backing-Sarah Jane Magic
Batting:  Warm and White
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