I made this quilt for my son's friend from a pattern for Week 52 from this site. It's kind of cool -- this woman made up a pattern in EQ for each week of the year as a challenge to learn the program. This pattern appealed to me because it's clean and simple yet it showcases the fabrics. It went together really quick. I plan to do another in other colors some day.
I call this the Math Quilt because it has math stuff in it, and I made it for my son who is majoring in engineering. It was kind of fun to work with white and grays for a change of pace, and the backing is a dark gray pinstriped fleece. If you look closely, you will see that it has other types of science and school-oriented fabric, and if you look really closely on the last picture, which has fabric that looks like binder paper, you will see that the math depicted is quilting math! How's that for adding a touch of Mom to his quilt?
The block is a Disappearing Shoo Fly, and I got the pattern idea on Wayne Kollinger's website. He always does the coolest things with quilt design. I am thrilled to have turned one of his ideas into a reality, so much so that I'm putting this on the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Woo hoo!
UPDATE: I realize that this quilt pattern is NOT the same as the one on Wayne's site...that quilt top is still unfinished (and unpictured). I found this pattern elsewhere. I'm still happy to link to Wayne's site because he is a genius with designs, and hope I can find the source of this pattern soon. I used the Accuquilt dies for the triangles and it went super fast.
I made this a couple of months ago but forgot to post them. I have more of these fabrics, and I'm considering a log cabin with them. I was in the mood for embroidery for this one, though.
Ugh. This one used some wonderfully coordinating fabric, and the pattern was this interesting way of making a nine patch and cutting it up and reassembling it. It was all well and good, but I really should have had more fabrics in it to pull it off. This was the make-do result of not having sufficiently different blocks to make the layout work. Oh, well. Half of the challenge of quilting for me is making things work in spite of myself.
I had enough scraps left to make a second blanket, and while you'd think this fabric would definitely be out of my system by now, I have one more piece of the kite boys and a new coordinating fabric, so I think a pillow might come in to being in the near future.
I had fat quarters of this focus fabric with two backgrounds – the other one was light. I don't know why I was so called to this print that I had to make two blankets out of it. Of course, since the last one didn't turn out and I had to chuck it, maybe that's part of the reason...The quilting made the whole blanket crooked and there was no salvaging it, unfortunately. Plus, I had this piece to try again. I think it's very cheery, and it's quite small -- 30" x 30", so it will work well for an infant in an NICU.
This was my adventure in gathering. I saw this technique somewhere and thought it looked so delicate and pretty. The fabric is linen, and the color was perfect, but gathering is a lot more work than I thought. I can safely say that this is out of my system. This fabric was donated to us, and I loved the gentle colors. I used a dark teal Minky on the back. I feel done with this print and these colors for now. Time for a change of pace!
The dog endured me using her couch for pictures!
I saw this block once, and I thought it would look good blown up into baby blanket size for twins. The little stars are the twins, and the big star is the mom. I finally came across someone who had twins so I had my chance to make this project and get it off my list (I don't even know the woman, she's the friend of a coworker, but I had to seize the opportunity). I was kind of hampered by fabric choices because the new mom doesn't like traditional pink and blue nor bright nor baby patterns. In fact, the colors I was shown that were her style were decidedly not mine and I didn't have any in my stash. I finally settled on this fabric, which I have always loved. I think it's cheery and not traditional baby, so there's that. I am so glad this project is done!
The biggest challenge was the minky on the back. I have never had such trouble as I did this time, and I don't know why. The teal squares in the middle are minky, and I had to rip the seams out multiple times due to slippage. I used it for the backing, and that gave me more gray hairs. But minky IS so soft and nice, I was willing to soldier through. Again, I am so glad this project is done!
I got a bunch of scraps of fabric that were so orange, I felt compelled to use them all at once. It reminds me of California poppies. This blanket will brighten up your day whether you like it or not! Below is a pattern based on the Bento Box square. I also made it from scraps, flannel ones. Both are going to Project Linus.
This is a quilt I've had in the work for years. When I first started reading quilt blogs, I followed Anna Maria Horner's blog and admired all her stuff. I still do -- follow her blog and admire her stuff! I followed along when she had her son right when her oldest went off to school, and then her mother passed away and her youngest was born. I read about how she decorated her house, her studio, and now her business place, Craft South. I read about what inspires her to create, and about her heritage. I learned about quilting and embroidery from her examples. She shares her knowledge and her life on her blog in a way that I haven't seen anywhere else. Truly, she is one of my biggest quilting inspirations.
I got this fabric so long ago I can't honestly remember when; I just know that the line is discontinued. It was a sort of grab bag purchase, and I looked at the fabric for a long time before I decided what pattern to use. I didn't want to cut it up and lose the patterns, and I auditioned hundreds of patterns in my mind. I finally decided on this simple pattern, but when I had the top done, it was a little narrow. What to do? I started looking for fabric from that line, and I finally found a piece on Etsy that someone had used as a table runner at a wedding; it was about 24" wide and about three yards long. I cut it up in such a way as to use it all up and make a border. Again, not fancy, but for sure the best use of the fabric.
I had been meaning to get it finished for the past year or so. Turning tops into quilts is my weak spot. I could make tops forever, but the sandwiching and quilting is not my favorite part. Anyway, I had to get this done because I found the perfect recipient for it. A young woman I know was to join us for Christmas. She wants to study fashion, and she always admires my quilts. I actually cranked this out Christmas Eve morning before she came, and then at the last minute she wasn't able to come because she caught the flu and didn't want us to catch it, which we appreciated. My sister got the quilt to her a few days later and she loved it.
It felt so right giving this quilt to such a nice person. I had thought I would keep it for myself, but I've enjoyed looking at it (and then not looking at it when it made me feel guilty) long enough. It's good to get it out in the world and around someone to give warmth and joy. That's the whole reason I quilt!
This was turned into Project Linus yesterday. The fabric was an older line, with cobble stone walls and bunches of roses. The coordinating fabrics all came with it (except the green, which I had on hand). I kept thinking there should be other fabric patterns to go with the prints, but I looked up the line and there wasn't much else. It was a subtle pattern, and the colors were pretty. I used almost every bit up. The fabric with the roses is also on the back, and I used the purple for the back binding, my new favorite way to bind. I'm thinking of doing a tutorial on it, so stay tuned.
This was another triumph of turning donated fabric into a comfort quilt!
I call this a donation blanket not because it will be donated to Project Linus (which it will and already has been), but because it was made with donated fabric. Often we get donations that for the most part are just not suitable for making kids' quilts. If I can pull out anything that might work, I do, with the idea I will make at least one blanket from the donation.
I confess, sometimes this makes me cranky, as I have enough fabric I've picked out that I look forward to using and I (mildly) resent spending time on fabric I didn't choose.
I feel I have to use the donated fabric, though, as a sort of karmic thank you to the generosity of others. This time was pretty easy. The blue fabrics and the white are natutical in theme and came already cut in two and a half inch strips. Yep, precuts! I considered a rail fence, then started making little four patches. I found the red which has little white polka dots on it, and planned to box the four patches, and then I saw this pattern where the squares ran through the borders and through the blanket, and I knew that was it.
It turned out much better than I expected, and I'm happy to have it off my plate. Now to work with my own fabric!
The one above I made from a batik fabric I got on a recent vacation in Hawaii. Nothing fancy, but I was particularly pleased that the thread I used to quilt up the lines of the white fabric was variegated in the same colors as the fabric. Nice. Below, take two on a blanket made from donated fabric. It was a pretty floral and it seemed like it would be easy to turn it into something sweet, but it took a little more doing than I expected. Nevertheless, done!
How did I come up with this name for my blog?
I will never be recruited into the Quilting Police – I am not a perfectionist when it comes to quilting. I prefer my quilts done (not that I don't have plenty that are only partly done and many many more in the dream stages). I also like to get a deal on fabric, and I like to use up my fabric efficiently. I created this blog to show the method of my madness...
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