Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A special music quilt

Back in 2013, I made a nautical quilt, stocking and two pillows for a woman having her first baby. I couldn't help her with her 2nd baby due to machine troubles. She's now having her 3rd baby and asked me to make a music quilt set for this baby in blues and greens! I finished this quilt earlier in the month, but held off on the post since the baby is due around New Years!

This quilt is my own design inspired by some photos the mom sent me.


I used my Silhouette to cut these applique pieces. However, my Silhouette is super old (maybe 10 years) and was never meant to cut fabric. It kind of stopped working mid-way through this keyboard and I wound up doing a lot of it by hand.


The rest of the shapes worked well, but I do think it might be time to retire the Silhouette until I can replace it with a new model.


I considered putting a cassette tap on here as well, but I figured the record would be enough explaining for mom and dad! Haha!


My favorite part of this quilt I think is the music striped binding!


This is the first quilt that I forgot to put my label on the back! I realized it after I had sewed the binding on, however, I had packed up my sewing room for Christmas and couldn't even sew a label together to hand sew on there!


Along with the quilt, I made a matching stocking. I used Amanda Murphy's Modern Holiday  book for the pattern. The name is hand stitched by transferring the name on the cream fabric and stitching on top of that.


She also asked for 2 pillows. I made one that links to the quilt with this little guitar.


The other links to the stocking which of course they both use quilt fabrics!

I hope the whole family loves these and that baby boy Ryan arrives safe and sound! What a wonderful new years gift.



Saturday, October 7, 2017

The one in which I win a ribbon

I posted about my Off Kilter quilt and mentioned that I entered a show and then never provided any follow up! Those of you who follow my Instagram have already seen these, but I think of this blog as my quilting journal. So here's the story of my first ribbon win!

I was inspired to actually enter this quilt into a show when we had a talk at Philly Modern Quilt Guild by Jessica Skultety. She talked all about her experiences entering shows and encouraged us all to try. You've got to start somewhere right?

I believe at the time that this quilt was on my design wall. And I've told the story of how it was created in my last post. It started with Sarah Bond's pattern Tiger Melon Tiger Moon. (her patterns are class based - you can't purchase them as paper patterns yet).  And I combined it with Sew Kind of Wonderful's Metro Twist.  So I was looking at this quilt and thinking - if I quilt this well, I can actually enter this one!


My guild has had exhibits at Mancuso's Pennsylvania National Quilt Exhibit for the past few years so I was familiar with the show and began the process of entering.  One of my guild friends had entered also. She received her notice of acceptance and posted on social media. I was on vacation for the week and because they send their notices via postal mail, I had to wait almost a whole week to find out that I was accepted! I was shocked and thrilled!

The day of the show, a lot of my friends were at the show because our guild had another exhibit and one of our members (Sarah Bond again!) was giving a lecture. They all knew first thing that morning that I had gotten the ribbon. One had posted on FB teasing me. However, I was at work and had no idea anything had happened. I texted my good friend Denise asking her to go find my quilt. She sent me back a picture of just my quilt and says "do you want to see it's neighbor?". I replied yes, not even understanding why I'd want to see the quilt hanging next to it. And she sent me the ribbon!!


Of course I called her right away and we squealed like teenage girls at a concert! I wasn't able to see the quilt myself until the weekend. But the whole family came and we had a great time. I tried to get a picture of me with the kids and my quilt. Pretty much all of them came out looking like this.


I finally banished them and got the required photo of artist with quilt.


There were so many amazing quilts there. I put photos of a bunch of my favorites on my instagram feed if you want to see some really inspiring work. I was so honored to hang with many of these quilts. We'll see where this leads!



Saturday, July 8, 2017

Off Kilter Quilt

Lately, my creative energy has been a bit low. Not sure what it is, but I did manage to finish this quilt a few weeks ago.

This quilt started as I took Sarah Bond's Tiger Melon Tiger Moon Class.  I started making those navy and white melon pieces and randomly putting them up on my design wall. I decided I wanted them to be offset in a chain.


as I kept looking at them on the wall, they reminded me of something else. I realized it was Sew Kind of Wonderful's Metro Twist pattern which I had already made. I started making those up for in between the melons and really liked the way it fit!


The quilting was all done by me on my domestic Bernina 2something. Lots of figure 8's and close straight lines.  You can see more of how it looks on the back.


I didn't get any close ups of the binding, but it's a Tula Pink fabric in a shade darker than the background green.


Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Off Kilter
Pattern: combination of Tiger Melon Tiger Moon and Metro Twist (links above)
Fabrics: stash
Finished size: 45" x 46"
Finished: June 2017


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Nautical Octagon quilt


You'll notice this quilt looks a lot like the last quilt that I posted. That's because when I made the last quilt, I let the kids cut a bunch of triangles with my AccuQuilt Go without doing any math. This quilt is the result of having way too many triangles!!



What I love about this quilt is that at first it looks like random triangles. But as you get closer you can see they are actually octagons!


I did free motion and ruler work quilting on this one and I'm quite proud of how it turned out. I really wanted to set those octagons off with the quilting because they are so "low volume". 


The binding is fabrics from within the octagons.


And the back is more of the same.


I'm quite proud of this quilt in general because it was the first time I developed my own pattern. I had these triangles and wanted to make an octagon without doing any Y seams. It was quite an interesting process, but it came together well!! 

You can find this quilt for sale on my etsy shop.


Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Nautical Octagon baby quilt
Pattern: none - my own
Fabrics: stash
Finished size: 37"x37"
Finished: 3.2017








Sunday, March 26, 2017

Nautical Triangle Baby Quilt


I recently finished up this sweet little nautical quilt and wanted to share it here. This quilt was made with my accuquilt go cutter.  I had my two little minions cut a bunch of fabrics up for me knowing that I wanted to make a basic triangle quilt.


The nautical novelty fabrics are Cinderberry and the rest is from my stash.


Aren't those little animals and mermaids the cutest!?


I did a very simple straightline quilting on this to keep it soft and cuddly.


The binding is all the yellow print from within some of the triangles.


You can see more of the creatures on the back.



This sweet little quilt is for sale on my etsy shop right here.

Thanks for stopping by!
Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Nautical Triangles
Pattern: none
Fabrics: stash
Finished size: 46" x41"
Finished: 3/2017







Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Second Alphabet Quilt

When I made my last alphabet quilt, I made two at one time. I never showed photos of the second one. Recently we had an unusually warm day, so I set up my photo equipment and took some photos of this adorable quilt.


I used primary colors for this quilt so it will work for a boy or girl, or even an adult! The original quilt was meant as a gift for a teacher which I think is a great idea.


It's tough to see unless you enlarge these photos, but the quilting is detailed and custom and really makes an impact in person.


And yes, the "HI" was done in a different color so it stands out deliberately. Cute right!?


This quilt is currently for sale in my Etsy shop right here.

Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Alphabet Mini Quilt
Pattern: Mini Alphabet
Fabrics: stash
Finished size: 42"x 42"
Finished: 6/2015



Monday, October 31, 2016

Boomerang quilt



I have another boomerang quilt to share. This one's pattern is from Jaybird Quilts. I loved her take in only solids so I decided to do all solids as well. I used Moda Blueberry Thicket bunch for this and added navy for the outside.


Once the quilt top was put together un-quilted, I realized it need custom quilting or the pattern was going to disappear.


So I took my knowledge of ruler work on a domestic which I've learned from Amy Johnson and got to work!


Some of these boomerangs were done free motion and some were straight lined.


This was definitely an exercise in patience! It took me a few weeks on my little Bernina, but I had Orange is the New Black to keep me entertained. I think I'm one of the last people to have watched that show! Haha!


But I'm glad I did it, and am thrilled with the results. And - my quilting skills definitely improved throughout the top! The back is one big wideback. It needed to be simple after the detail on the front!


I took this to the park for a photoshoot and the kids ran around like crazy while I took photos...


This one is definitely staying with me for the time being. It's going to be a while before I'm ready to part with this I think!


Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Blueberry Boomerang
Fabrics: Blueberry Thicket Moda Bundle
Finished size: 56" by 72"
Finished: September 2016



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