Tuesday, August 22, 2017

pink gray and white stripe quilt

quick projects are always great for my brain, especially after a whole lot of black and gold for this year's music quilt projects.  and this little hot pink quilt was quite the shake up!
another one requested by my aunt, with no specific theme in mind except for the colors pink and gray.  after a bit of thinking, i thought a strip quilt similar to the a's baseball quilt i made for a friend last year would be perfect!
i headed off to joann fabrics one afternoon and wandered to see what fabrics jumped out at me in varying shades of pink and gray prints.  i kept pink as the focus with a few hints of gray as well as a few white prints to balance things out.  i ended up only using one of the white fabrics, as i felt it tied in quite well to the backing fabric.
i used a pink polka dot for the binding which helped blend the front in to the back.
originally, i found a fabric that was much more pink all over and very flowery for the backing fabric.  when i turned the corner around another aisle and saw this fabric i knew it was perfect.  little hints of gray and pink all over... love it!
i did a simple quilting, 4 inches apart on the diagonal to create the diamond cross hatch.  i had thought about stitching in the ditch, but in the end decided that this one needed a little extra quilting to go with the straight lines of the fabric.
one quick little project all done and off to it's new owners.
i feel like now that this pink quilt is done, i'm ready and able to embrace the super bright colors again.  which is being welcomed with open arms!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

blue and gray baby elephant quilt

this little quilt came as a request from my aunt for a baby shower with the theme being blue, gray & elephants.  i looked through the patterns i inherited from my grandma, and this stuck out as a quick little one that would fit just what i was looking for.  the morning, noon, and night quilt by atkinson designs has a scrappy layout to it that was just perfect for mixing the colors around.
this quilt was on the bigger end for a baby quilt, but the simple blocks in the layout showcase the colors and prints on the blocks.  initially, i had planned for the elephants to just be on the back, but when some of my fat quarters ran small, i decided to add them in to the front of the quilt as well.
the binding i chose was this fun little plus fabric with varying shades of blue to match with the different fabrics on the front.
the back of the quilt had to have some alterations made to it - in hindsite, i imagine the pattern called for the seaming of the two pieces sewn together for the backing to create a horizontal seam across the back.  since my elephants were a vertical print, i had to add some from the backing and luckily i had some yardage from previous projects that tied in to this just perfectly.  one of them even being a gray version of the blue used for the binding!
if i was to do this quilt again, i think i would have been a bit more daring with the quilting.  i absolutely played it safe doing straight lines, but i would maybe try some of the free motion quilting i learned in some of my classes.
overall, a pretty cute little quilt that i feel fit the request perfectly!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

musical themed himalayan pink quilt

i bought this pattern back in october when i showed up in colorado to hang out with lisa for a few days and was anxiously awaiting the time to use it.  when i saw what my collection of music fabric was looking like, i decided that i needed to clear out everything i currently had so that i could start fresh for what will come next year.  i sorted things through in to various piles and then came up with this!
unlike previous triangle quilts i have done, this one was a lot more scrappy and that worked perfect for the fabric supply that i had on hand.  also, instead of the triangles pointing upwards, these ones lay sideways which added another fun element to the quilt.
more black, white, gold and cream fabrics as usual, but it was nice to see the supply of these fabrics reaching an end!  some of these have been hanging around since the very start of the music themed quilts for the raffle.  now that they are dwindling down, it was fun to put them together in a sort of collage quilt.
the backing and binding were a leaf print that i found, which seemed very appropriate for a music camp out in the woods.  i kept the quilting simple, following the lines of the triangles to put a frame on the "blocks" in a sense.
time for a photobombing cat break!
as usual, there are those treble clefs! it should just be an i-spy game for them to appear at this point.
i think my favorite ones are the super scrappy triangles like these in this bottom corner.
it was so much fun to see this music fabric "sampler" come together and be complete for this year's music camps.  since this was a first time quilt, that means it will very likely get repeated for next year, and i've already started shopping for fabric in a completely different color scheme!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

musical charm (and 10!) squares quilt - version 2.0

it's that time of year again!
i was actually pretty ahead of the game this year making these quilts.  blogging everything seemed to end up a different story... like, i have 4 quilts photographed to blog, 2 more to follow after that.  oops!
anyways, another year with donner mine music camp means another year of music quilts!  since they flipped the weeks this year, high school week happened first so this pattern was the repeat from last year week one.
i love the opportunity to repeat patterns on occasion, because it allows me to recreate them in a completely different way.  this quilt was originally done in all black and white prints.  not a single shade in between.  this year, it was done with some of my left over prints that were in the more ivory, gold and black range.  same pattern, same music theme, different result!
not only did i use different fabrics, but i also was able to quilt it using the long arm at meissner.  i quilted this one and another one in the same day and originally had a different plan for it.  when the woman working in the long arm center that day suggested this pantograph that looked like treble clefs, i knew i had to give it a go.  and you know what?  the curves were not as scary as i had expected!
the binding was a solid black, same as the majority of the backing fabric. i didn't calculate correctly for the extra 8" for longarming and had to piece a chunk in to the backing to make it wide enough. it sure helped get rid of some of my left over pieces!
now that this quilt has been done twice, it is now "retired" from being used for donation quilts. well, at least until i run out of ideas i'm sure!
one thing that is clear is that black on black treble clef print is a LIFESAVER. if joann fabrics ever stops carrying it, i don't know what i'll do!  okay, i'll probably survive... but this has just been so perfect to tie in to the music quilts.
i just gotta end this post with one more up close of that swirly quilting.
love it!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

garden snails quilt - bubbles & batiks

if you've been following along on instagram, you'll have seen the slow-along sew-along hosted by angie at gnome angel!  the pattern being used is garden snails quilt by pen and paper patterns.  initially, i didn't think i would participate, because i had NO clue what i would do with a snail quilt by the time it completed.  after fear of missing out set in, i devised a plan that would not only let me join in the fun, but also put the end result to a good cause.  well, here is phase one of it all!
i decided that instead of making one big quilt at the end of the sew-along, i would make three of the crib size quilts instead.  each crib quilt takes 16 of these little snails, which will put me at two and a almost a half by the time the sew along is over.  so yes, there will be about 6 snails that won't be included in the sew-along, but i am okay with that!
stashbusting is still going strong, as you can see yet another use of batik scraps that came from my grandma.  though, the stashbusting is in smaller pieces and still have to buy the fabric for the background.  not sure how much of a win that counts as, but at least the batiks are making their rounds!
i've also been using these as a practice for my long arm quilting.  i quilted this one when i did the olaf panel as well as the blue fancy foxes.  i love how this motif (african samba) turned out looking like snail trails.
instead of keeping these quilts, i've been donating them to my parent's church's humanitarian aide efforts.  they've been collecting quilts and tops for awhile now, and when i did my last attempt to stash bust by making tops i sent some their way as well.  now with having taken long arm certification and a few free motion classes for my janome at home, i feel like there will be more experimenting and dipping my toes in to try new things.
here's a few of my favorites in this posse of snails.
the prints are so bold and different, and i just love how they blend together.
plus, the quilting looks so different on each one!
here's a peek at the edge with the binding.  i used the same fabric on the front and back as well as the binding.  i got it on the clearance table at beverly's and thought it looked like splotches left from snails as well.  i tend to use more subtle prints that blend as a background (or gray...) so these big circles were a little out there but so much fun!
it feels great to be 1/3 of the way done with the garden snails quilt journey and have the finished quilt to show for it.  i've already begun phase 2, which has some of the same elements, but a few fun changes as well.  be sure to follow along on instagram!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

tiger lily swoon 16 baby quilt

finally, i'm able to make another post!
last saturday i attended a baby shower for one of my dear friends that i grew up with at our dance studio.  we did the math, and we've known each other for about 20 years now.  boy, do we feel old.  kelly and i also graduated high school the same year and have stayed in touch ever since.  this past weekend was a big one for her, as she had her baby shower on saturday and then got married on sunday!
when she found out she was expecting a girl, i knew exactly what fabric to use.
the tiger lily line of fabric by heather ross was exactly what i needed for this former ballerina mom to be.  after much debate, the block for the thimble blossoms swoon 16 ended up being just the right one for this quilt.  i was able to find enough different butterflies to split the blocks in half.
i just can't decide if i like the pink or the yellow better.
both look fantastic with the green.
originally i was planning to do all green for the binding, but when i ran short, i decided to alternate it with the pink.  i think i like it even more!
on the back i used the ballerinas because, well, i had to!
it was so much fun getting to see her open it at her shower, and i cannot wait to meet her little one in the next few months!  congrats kelly!

Friday, April 14, 2017

feelin' blue fancy fox baby quilt

hey all!
this week lisa and i are taking over the 52quilters instagram, and so i figured it would be the perfect time to FINALLY post this quilt!  it so much, i cannot believe i didn't post it any sooner.
anyways, i mentioned in the past about my first time renting the long arm machine, and when i went in that day, i took three quilt tops with me.  yep, you heard me.  THREE! anyways, you saw the olaf panel, and now you get to see the second of the bunch - actually the third one i quilted that day.
anyways, i'm sure you know by now that i love elizabeth hartman patterns, and this one was no exception.  lisa made the foxes awhile back and since seeing her rendition of it, it has been on my list of things to do.  well, with the year of stash busting ahead of me i had these pieces left over from the quilt my grandma made me when i graduated high school back in 2006 that were the perfect size to turn in to a crib sized quilt.
and here they are!
super fun, right?  these shades of blue made a great little posse and as usual, i fell for a gray backing.
believe me, i'm trying to break that habit.  but it looks so good!
here's the full front and back, which was also pieced with scraps to make it just the right size.
scrappy is totally my jam right now, especially with all the bits and pieces that i have around.
the eyes/noses and cheeky parts were scrappy leftovers from my pudge-cat quilt (also another elizabeth hartman pattern) and helped make each little fox have its own personality.
i used the same african samba motif on this quilt as the olaf one, since i felt like it was a good one to keep jiving with the entire time doing long arming.  i really like the fancy fox quilts that i have seen quilted to look like they are woodgrain, and this african samba felt really close to that kind of motion of quilting.
i wanted to try something new with piecing the back a little bit, as it wasn't quite wide enough initially.  i'm not 100% in love with how it turned out, but that's why its the back, am i right?
well party people, there you have it!
i think that this counts as my second completed elizabeth hartman pattern, and i am already chugging on to my next two patterns of hers as well!  be sure to follow either here or on instagram to keep up to date on all my quilty endeavors and see the final products that are coming along!
happy foxy friday, everyone!