This small quilt was a long time coming for my mother in law. Years and years ago, I had bought fabric that matched her newly decorated basement and attempted a quilt that was far beyond my skill level at the time. Understandably, I got incredibly frustrated and set it aside.
Fast forward almost a decade to when I came across the leftover fabric that I had bought, I decided to make her a simple, fast disappearing nine patch. I pulled as much of the original fabric as I could and then added some white on white prints and some of my favorite texty print, How to Make Chicken Soup.I decided to make it very random by making my nine patches all different. Anything went as far as placement of the fabrics and colors. After I cut them down, I tried make sure there was balance and flow.
I had a bit of fabric leftover and decided to get creative piecing the back with a few extra blocks. I quilted vines and leaves along with some loops. I even quilted a hidden message in it for her to find later.
I love how this came out. While it is a small quilt, it fits her really well and it looks amazing in her not so newly decorated basement!
I’ve been working on the pieces for a Jacob’s Ladder quilt for about a month now here and there. I had just finished all of the scrappy four patches when germs distended on our home. First, the little man got the flu. He lovingly shared it with my mother-in-law and my hubby. I was fortunate to escape the bug. I thought that sanitizing the house and not sharing kisses protected me and while it did from the flu, I caught a nasty head cold that gave me a sinus infection. So for the past week and a half, progress on this top came to a screeching halt and all energy was spent on getting a the house healthy again.
I managed to sneak in a bit of time a few days ago to sew the half square triangles and today, I finally managed to get them pressed and trimmed. I pulled a lot of aqua and teal from my stash to make these. I even cut into a few of my top ten favorite fabrics!
I was just going to call it a day there but I couldn’t wait to see some of the possible layouts. I don’t have a real design wall, just a cheap flannel backed table cloth that I hang from the open beams. It works for the time being. Making a design wall is pretty low on my priorities at the moment.
I realized after I had changed the layout again that the bottom middle of this one wasn’t quite right but I hope it’s good enough that you see what I was going for.
I’d love to hear from you about which layout you like the best. I’m struggling to decide myself and would love some feedback from you guys!
(Sorry if you got this post twice! I’m learning wordpress on my new kindle fire and had a hiccup with some of the pics not showing up!)
My other sister also received a purse for Christmas this year. I made the panels for this vortex like purse by digging through my strips and using anything that was in the color spectrum. I had very little utility cloth left, so I did some reverse math to make the pattern. Once I had the size decided, I layered the utility cloth with batting and started sewing pieces down. I decided not to free motion over the panel once it was to size because I was concerned that it would distract from the piecing.
After the PDX Purse fiasco of assembling, I was much more confident in making this. It was still incredibly awkward sewing the top stitch and in some spots, you can really see where I got off track, but I’m happy to say that with each bag I make, it is getting easier and my skills are improving.
I did a mishmash of two different fabrics for the lining and a solid dark green for the pocket. The purse is only 14″ by 11″ so I didn’t install a snap or a flap for closing it. I also didn’t use duck cloth for the bottom of the bag like I did for the PDX Purse and my Tinkertote. I’m sure it will hold up well for my sister without it, and if it starts to get too worn, it just gives me an excuse to make her another one, right?!
Before my sister moved to Tennessee last August, we sisters celebrated my birthday by going to a local fabric store, dinner and then dessert. A perfect afternoon. While at the store, my sister casually pointed out a few fabrics that she really liked and dropped the hint that a few of them would make a really cute Portland themed purse. So while she was looking at different fabric, I grabbed what I could that wouldn’t draw too much suspicion. I found the cute bike fabric and the Waterfront Park bridges at Hawthorne Threads, then pulled a few things from my stash.
I didn’t use a pattern for this purse, but I did apply a lot of the lessons from the Tinker Tote Craftsy class. I pieced the whole front panel of the purse together before layering it with batting and utility cloth before I free motion quilted the design. I hadn’t found a rain fabric I liked in the color way I wanted, so I quilted a rain motif as well as clouds and sun. Even though most native Portlanders would never use an umbrella, I thought it would be super cute. Then I tried writing and some block letters for the first time. Overall, I am very happy with the result. I added some yellow duck cloth and straight line quilted the bottom for a very sturdy, durable base.
I made a cute little pocket with the paper clip fabric that I am love with. The Tinker Tote class is totally worth the price just for the zipper pocket instructions. I have used it three times now and every time I use it, I am amazed at how easy it is.
It wasn’t all easy. I got really frustrated with the straps and turning the bag. I think ripped and resewed the last seam about five times before I called it good. Even then, I realized I did the straps wrong, but I wasn’t going to rip it again. Sorry sis! Next purse I make you will have better straps, I promise!
My Mom gave me a Jelly roll of Kaffe Fasset’s 2011 fall line for my birthday this year. After debating many possible uses for it, I decided cut it all into 2 1/2 inch squares for making hexies. I also got a Sew Line glue stick from my Dad and have been loving how fast I can make these babies now,
I love the bright, busy and bold look of them when they are all together. I’ve been working on these on my break at work, and in the evening whenever I can, mostly after the little man has gone to bed on my weekends.
The plan in my head so far is to make the rectangle hexies a square by adding a solid fabric on the top and bottom, then turning every other block. I am stuck on what to use for the solid fabric. Looks like a trip to the fabric store is in my future!
Today I am itching to share with you my latest projects, but alas, they are gifts and I do not want to spoil the surprise for my family and friends. I thought instead I could share with you my very first quilt. I must mention that it was also my very first time using a sewing machine!
I got the idea to make a quilt as a way to stay connected to my Mom, who had moved to Tennessee. She had gotten back into quilting a few years before she moved and I was inspired by her work. She’d never taught me how to sew, I was more interested in baking, painting and sculpting as a kid. There was something about the craft that resonated with me when I got older. I was very fortunate that my step mom also quilted, otherwise I would never had known where to start. My step mom did a great job of taking me under her wing. She helped me design my own pattern, taught me how to do quilt math for all the fabric I was going to need, and set me up on her machine. These two women gave me the inspiration to start and the beginning skills and I will forever be grateful to both of them for quilting has become such an important part of who I am.
The very first quilt
When I look at this quilt now, despite it’s flaws, I still see the tone that I follow to this day. I like to play with opposite colors, make it challenging by making my own pattern or changing a written pattern and do the quilting myself. Though not every quilt follows these ideals, the ones I love the most generally do.
Quilting done by me!
I hope you enjoyed seeing my first quilt and learning how I got started in this awesome craft. Hope you guys have a great day!