Thursday, May 24, 2012

Little bowtie

I whipped up a Little Guy Bowtie for Isaac using the pattern from Little Londyn. He doesn't mind wearing it at all. Which is good, because I intend to make him a few more.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Quilt three

This one is a stacked coin quilt, pattern found at Moda Bakeshop.

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I used two charm packs of La Petite Ecole by French General. It is so cute! I stumbled on this fabric when it was already in the clearance section of most shops and so only managed to snag a couple charm packs. I wish I had more, especially of the alphabet and vocabulary prints. Here's a close-up of the red vocab fabric:

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Perfect for a French teacher's baby, right?

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The back is one more stripe of stacked coins, bordered by the same tan dot fabric I used on the front.

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The quilting is slightly-wavy lines between and a little overlapping with the columns of stacked coins. I didn't want to quilt much over the stacked coins, thinking it might make the French words hard to read. Super happy with how this one turned out! I really like the more organic look of slightly wavy lines, I'm sure I'll be using this again soon.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Quilt two

The second baby quilt is a Sparkle Punch quilt, pattern by Oh, Fransson! I used a lot of negative space instead of doing an all-over star pattern.

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I found the fabric for the stars at Joann's. I love the plaid and alphabet dots fabric. I forget the name of the fabric collection, but it was one of their "premium quilting fabrics." I bought yards of it and have been hoarding it, and the coordinates, until I the right project came along. The backgrounds for the front and back are Kona solids and the binding is something I picked up at a local fabric store.

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I did random straight line quilting for this. I thought about doing a grid but just didn't think that would look right with the wonky stars. I always think that random lines will be quicker than a grid... but they are not. It's some work to get them to look balanced.

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I like the back as much as the front! Here you can see that the lines aren't perfectly straight. Some of them are more wonky than others.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Quilt one

The first of the three baby quilts was inspired by a quilt by CraftBlossom. Her design is so simple yet awesome.

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I wanted to do the same design, but with one print. I found the lovely Jay-Cyn Designs Storyboek fabric @ fabricworm. I purchased a half yard of it, and I believe a third yard of each of 8 different Kona solids: three reds, 4 greys and bone.
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I randomly paired up the fabrics and sewed a bunch of 5.5 inch half square triangles.

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Isaac was in a particularly snugly mood while I was photographing the quilt. I brought out one of his quilts in an effort to trade/distract, but he was not having it. All the snugly things are mine! ALL OF THEM! His favorite book, Little Lamb, is in the picture above. It's his favorite because he likes to bite the puppet.

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There was just enough leftover to piece a back from the scraps. And I mean just enough. There were only a few 1" strips and spare HSTs left over. I'm especially proud that the quilting lines are parallel to the stripes on the back. I tried really really hard to make this happen, but thought things would have shifted more when I was quilting. To get the stripes to line up with the quilting, I 1)lined the seams up with the seams in our hardwood floor while I was basting the quilt, 2) put a basting pin in each HST, and 3) quilted the short seams on the front side first - the ones that run parallel to the stripes in the back.
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Three babies, three quilts

Three of our friends are having babies this summer! I finished their three quilts in time for a joint baby shower a few weekends ago.

They were really fun and pretty quick to make. They are all crib quilts, roughly 36" by 50".

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More details to follow in separate posts.