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The Madelyn: A Girly Modern Baby Quilt Gift Set

So, I just completed a quilt gift set for a coworker. He and his wife were the first friends that I had in the last couple years that have had a baby girl. I love baby gifts and I love little boys but, it’s just something about being able to create a truly girly baby gift. So, I saw the Frolic line by Wendy Slotboom in the fabric store and just knew I had to use this fabric as the inspiration for the quilt. What is cuter than fabric with a collection of owls, possums, squirrels, and woodpeckers on it? And it’s paired with pinks and yellows and greens? So cute. Then I picked a bunch of Kona solids and other fabrics to coordinate and I went to town. I knew exactly what pattern that I was going to use. I had sketched this out for a very colorful quilt a while ago (made with solids of course) but, I was excited to try it with prints. I do love how it turned out. It’s so delicate and girly. And so out of my comfort zone with the colors. I love it! I even got a chance to use one of my decorative stitches on my machine that I never use. The decorative stitch added such an extra dimension of girliness too! Let me know what you think about it!

Here’s the quilt with the ball on it.

Here’s a detail shot of the quilt. The squares are 1.5″ square. And there are two lines of decorate stitching in each of the two white panels. Oh, and you can see a peek of the back with that striped pink and white minky on it.

I usually make “Bibs, Burps, and Balls” to go with baby gifts. I made three bibs and three burp cloths.

Here are the bibs by themselves.

Bib detail. On the gray bib i just added a few straight line stitches.

On the bib with white, I put a line of the same decorative stitch that was on the quilt.

Here’s a little detail from the ball. It’s not as round as I would like it but, it’s still cute!

And, what’s a gift without a card? I also used the decorative stitch here!

Here’s the inside of the card.

And, here it the gift all wrapped up!

Now I’m ready to make this quilt in a colorway that more reflects me! 🙂 Here I come solids!

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Boardwalk Quilt & More Coming Soon. . .

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. It’s been a lot going on in my world, which of course is no excuse. BUT, if it’s any consolation, I have some really exciting things coming up here soon. Look for the first post on the 5th of April (So, it looks like we’ll be launching sometime in May. Stay posted!).

In the meantime, I took a few pictures of my latest quilt creation this weekend. It is a quilt that I made as a throw for my bedroom. It is called “Boardwalk”. I had a hard time naming it but, my friend Chris suggested “Boardwalk and I thought it was perfect. The long vertical stripes do put you in mind of a boardwalk. I love the colors and the vibrancy of this quilt. I debated over the white binding and even took it to the LA Modern Quilt Guild meeting to get everyone’s vote. I got lots of great advice but in the end they encouraged me to be daring and go with the white. I’m so happy I did. It wasn’t until the binding was completely sewn on that I knew I had made the right decision. I did have a challenge with the mitered corners for a 1″ binding (finished width). Maybe I’ll add a quick tutorial on this because I love the effect of the 1″ binding. I’ll post more pictures soon.

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Squeezing in a little quilting!

So, it’s been a busy last couple of weeks and disappointingly I haven’t been able to work on my quilts much. As a result – I haven’t been able to blog at all. 😦 First it was a  week long trip to San Francisco for work. Then it was Thanksgiving and a 3-day weekend cruise to Mexico. While I enjoyed both, there was absolutely no way to squeeze quilting in. This week, I’ve been trying to get caught up and of course I’ve been quilting – continuing to work on MY quilt. I love the way it is turning out too! I was able to cut out most of the quilt before I left on my first trip and the last two nights I’ve been working on chain piecing my blocks. First was the gray. It’s Kona Coal of course.

Next was the black borders. Here they are all ready to be chain pieced.

And here they are all put together!

That was all I planned on doing but, I just had to start to lay it out to see how it’s going to look:

I’m so excited! My boyfriend came over and immediately claimed it as his own! I told him he would have to share it with me. Can’t wait until it’s done.

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Two Perfect Things. . .

There are two things that I think are perfect. Picnics. And, circles.

Picnics are romantic for two and awesome for many. It’s just you and those that you love sitting close  to each other and nature eating yummy food (picnics make all food yummy) having nothing better to do than connect with each other.  What can be more perfect than that? And then you add in picnic baskets and picnic blankets and. . . oooooh, I just can’t take all the perfect yumminess!  So, I’ve been dreaming lately (literally and figuratively) about Picnic Quilts. Here where the circle enters.

So, rectangular quilts were made for beds. And the shape of a quilt should reflect the use of the quilt. What would be more perfect for a picnic than a Circle Quilt? Yes, you heard me right, a Circle Quilt. People sitting and eating seem to fit very easily within the space of a circle. Plus there’s something that the circle the signifies togetherness and inclusion and love. OK, maybe I’m reading into this a little but, a circle picnic quilt just seems right to me.

So, here’s my first version of a circle picnic quilt. I wanted to merge the concept of the traditional picnic quilt with my circle picnic quilt concept. So, I pieced an assortment of 6″ squares – trying to mimic a random pieced traditional picnic top. And then I cut it into a circle! And, what do you get when you add two perfect things together – twice the perfectness. Or, I think so at least! 🙂

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Strawberry Disco Fields

So, I bought this fabric over a year ago. A friend was having a baby girl and I wanted to make her something. That was before my quilting days where I usually just made blankets with a minky backing, bibs, burps, and a ball.Very cute, but, not a quilt. So, when I started quilting earlier this year – I quickly switched it to a quilting project. I had been eying circle quilts ever since my first quilt and I knew that I would try it on a baby quilt since it would be smaller and more manageable. And since I love circles I started researching how to piece and applique them. I was intrigued with the Dale Fleming six minute circle method and knew this would be one of the first I would try. It turned out to be pretty simple but longer than I wanted it to be. I had 48 circles so if it was really six minutes per circle that equals almost five hours not including any of the prep work. Anyway, I was happy with how it turned out.

The quilt is designed around the Alexander Henry “Very Berry” fabric and a couple of other coordinating Alexander Henry prints. Then I picked up a couple of coordinating fabrics from Joann’s – the black and the pink to complete the look. I am starting to realize that I like black in quilts. I guess I like the contrast. Plus the black print circles really drew out the black background in the “Very Berry” fabric and pulled the quilt together.

I quilted it in what I call a Loop de Loop pattern – don’t know what the official name is. It was fun and easy to do. I’ll definitely get better with this quilting thing over time. . .

The back is simple highlighting the “Very Berry” fabric with a strip going across the width of the quilt and another strip of the coordinating fabrics pieced with a circle in “Very Berry” thrown in.

I wanted the circles in the quilt to be very close together like the Michael Miller Disco Dot fabric – so of course the name of the quilt is Strawberry Disco Fields!
Let me know what you think!

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Falling in love with solids. . .

So, I found out my college friend Tommie was getting married to his long time girlfriend – just a month before it was supposed to happen! I knew I had to make a quilt for them. (I really just need an excuse to justify making another quilt. But, shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone!)  Anyhow, for some reason I got it into my head to make it in the wedding colors which were brown and teal. These are beautiful colors but, I had the hardest time in all the world finding prints in these colors. I was looking for prints because I knew I had time constraints and wanted to do a super simple pattern like snowballs or something. So, I resorted to using solids – Kona solids – and unexpectedly fell head over heels in love with solids. OMG, there are so many shades and when you mix them all together – wow! In any case, I started with browns and teals and then I added turquoises and blues and tans. Then I knew I had to have a little contrast so I added some greens and pinks. . .  And boy was I happy with the results. I don’t even want to send it off now. I guess I’m going to have to make one for myself too!

I was trying to make something more fancy than just squares – I don’t know why I had the snowball pattern in my mind but, in the end I didn’t want to break up the beautiful solids. So I made something REALLY simple. It’s just 10″ squares so I guess the final size is about 80″ x 90″ (I haven’t actually measured it). I quilted it really simple with random “fairly” straight lines at various angles.

And, as you will get to know about me I just love making reversible quilts so I wanted the backing to look like another quilt “top” – using the fabric I had left over. It still kinda looks like a back but, I like it. Here’s the result:

So, now I’m obsessed with solids and have already picked out my fabrics for my next project – wonky circles out of solids! Yeah! I’ll show you a sneak peek soon.

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