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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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Going Potholder Crazy!

The Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild had a potholder swap for our December Holiday Gift Exchange. At first I wasn’t extremely excited but, when it came down to it I had an absolute blast. There was a problem though. We had to design ONE potholder. 😦 One potholder? Are you serious? That was excruciating for me! So, instead of one, I designed FOUR! I know, I know. That’s a few more than one but, I had fun AND I got to try out some new techniques that I hadn’t tried before. The biggest thing that I got out of making potholders is that they are like a tiny mini quilt. Like a one block quilt. Anyhow, here are the potholders that I designed. Let me know what you think. The photos aren’t that great because I waited until I got to Home Ec. for the guild meeting to snap photos and wrap them!

Striped Delight
I’m really into solids and I have a sketch in my quilt sketchbook to make a quilt using 1″ strips (1.5″ strips with 1/4″ seam allowance on each side) of a variety of solids. So, I decided that my first potholder would be a mini version of this – with 1/2″ strips. I LOVE IT! I can’t wait to make a quilt like this. Very modern and chic. And fun as a potholder. Of course this one had to be circle. I just love circles – and it really seems to balance the linear design of the 1/2″ strips. The details were fun too because I put lots of colors on the back too – even inside the pockets have different colors – I didn’t take pictures though.

Improv
So, I’ve never done the improvisational log cabin block that everyone does. For some reason, I’m more drawn to clean lines and exactness in my quilts. So, this of course was my chance to do it. I had just bought a few pieces of the Alexander Henry Lorenza fabric in the Onyx colorway so I decided to have a go at it. I paired it with a couple of really weird Kona Cottons that I had bought for another project and they matched perfect. I bound it in Kona Cotton Cerise – one of my current favorites.

Strings of Strawberries
I hadn’t yet convinced myself to invest the energy in string piecing a whole quilt but, I’ve always wanted to try it. So, here was my golden chance. I had fabric left over from my Strawberry Disco Fields quilt and pulled a couple of other prints from my stash. It turned out to be a lot of green and a little red and black sprinkled in. So, I highlighted the green and just put one print on the back – a green and white polka. But, there a surprise inside! A little more of the Very Berry fabric! Once again – I didn’t get photos of the inside but, you’ll have to trust me!

Squares in Circles
When pulling fabrics from my stash, I had a stack of black and white next to a stash of green and whites and I just loved the combo. I just had to do something with this. I, as most of you have since established, love circles as well. So, I just pieced squares of various alternating green and white & black and white fabrics in a little patchwork block and then I pieced this into a black circle which I then pieced into a whit background.  I had fun with concentric circle quilting lines on this one. I also love the back. Pretty simple. But, I’ve always loved the Disco Dots fabric by Michael Miller in Black and White so I had to highlight it. The back is a little bit of a mistake. My intention was to have a green and white print at the top where the white is but, I think I placed it upside down. Oh well, another perfect mistake!

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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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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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