It started innocently enough with a doll quilt I made for a Christmas gift. I bought a little cloth doll for a sweet toddler and wanted to make a wee quilt to match.
It was a really fun and quick project so I put out an offer to make quilts for more of my friends with young children. What toddler doesn’t want a sweet blanket to play with their doll? We are all dolls, all the time around here lately.
I played with value in the first one I made and although it turned out a little smaller than I would have liked I’m still happy with the result.
Since the first quilt I have finished another three.
Scrappy Trip around the World
Knee Socks by Elizabeth Hartman
These are a fun way to test out a new pattern or try something when I don’t have time to commit to a full quilt. Expect to see photos pop up in my Instagram and Flickr feed from time to time. I have a long list in cue so I’ll be working on them throughout the year as time allows.
My daughter has been going to the same daycare since I returned to work on March last year and her daycare provider recently had a baby. She is so great with Addie and I really appreciate everything she does. I asked her some general questions about her nursery, she said she had soft greens and blues and had a love of owls.
I made a simple square in square design and just played with the math until I had proportions I liked (it was really cold and windy the day I photographed this and my quilt holder was not very impressed).
The back is this wonderful woodland print from the line Critter Patch.
I quilted this with a free motion wood grain design that I practiced before Christmas. I’m embarrassed to say that this is the first actual finished piece I have free-motion quilted. It’s not perfect but it was actually really fun and I think it turned out great.
I always love making baby quilts. I like to imagine the quilt being well loved for many years.
I actually finished these quilts months ago and am just getting around to posting about them now. I made these quilts for a special friend of mine when she was expecting twins. I wanted to get them done as soon as possible in case they were born early. Turns out everything went super well and they stayed in until 36 weeks! They were born last weekend and everyone is happy and healthy at home.
These were actually a group gift, so even though I did the work the sentiment (and purchases) was from a group of women. Photo credit goes to my awesome friend Lindsay who not only took the photos but delivered them to the mom-to-be before Christmas.
I used Elizabeth Hartman’s Crazy Nine Patch Lattice pattern for both quilts and delicious Fanfare flannel for the backs and bindings.
I quilted them with random wavy lines. I just used my walking foot and moved the quilts around as I went. It was hard on the shoulders but quite easy to do otherwise.
These were really fun to do and I hope the boys enjoys many years of snuggles under them.
Wow I’m behind on blogging. See, I can explain. My dear husband decided to buy me a new copy of Lightroom for editing my photos and we decided it was time for a good clean up of my computer, so we wiped the entire thing and did a clean install. When we went to install Lightroom it wouldn’t install, turns out the new version does not work on Windows Vista. Well a few weeks and a new OS later, I’m finally back in business with a functioning computer.
This quilt was completed back in November for a friend who was expecting her second baby, she has since had a beautiful baby boy!
I used Elizabeth Hartman’s Knee Sock pattern. I just loved the pattern and decided that 4 blocks would be a good baby size (48 x 48). Had I done a little pre-planning I would have discovered that things would have gone a lot more quickly with strip piecing. As it was I followed the pattern and cut each tiny piece individually. I made an error too in the block construction – but I still LOVE this quilt. I love it so much I want to make myself a big version.
I finished this quilt on a Monday night in the winter, with plans of giving it away on a Wednesday night. There was literally not one moment of daylight where I was able to take photos between completion and gifting, so these dark snow pictures will have to do.
The front is a mix of blue prints and Kona Ash:
Quilted in non-fussy straight lines:
The back is Fanfare flannel, so soft and cozy:
I hope the newest baby N has many warm snuggles with this quilt.
It’s been a long time since I last blogged. I didn’t have any finished projects to share and I didn’t think my last minute bee-block sewing required posting, if I posted about it I might have run out of energy to post them in the actual mail.
This is a quilt I was working on for a long time. It’s for some dear friends who recently welcomed their second baby, a little boy. I had the pattern and fabric back in…April? Maybe even sooner. I wanted to make Elizabeth Hartman’s New Wave pattern for a long time, so I diligently cut out all my wedges, laid out the plan and got to work sewing. Eventually I realized that I had cut 15 rows rather than 12. 15 wouldn’t work (long and skinny anyone?) so then I edited my 15 down to 12, but that meant changing the order (and subsequent sashing). I spent an hour picking stitches but then never wanted to look at it again. So it sat a bit, I actually considered scrapping the whole thing and starting again. I’m glad I didn’t! I love the way it turned out.
Backing was simple (pieced twice because of a miscalculation (doh!) and I kept the binding simple as well. I hope Baby V grows to love this quilt.
Summer is settling down and I’m making more time to sew so I hope I can share more soon.
Long time no blog. Turns out working, taking care of a baby and making an attempt at having a life is kind of time consuming. No completed sewing projects means no blogging about sewing projects!
I finally finished something though. I needed some handwork to do for a Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild meeting and the quilt I had been cutting and piecing was nowhere near the binding stage. I decided to whip together my bee blocks from the Simply Solids Bee instead. Since I had 11/12 blocks already (made by my lovely bee mates) I only had to make one, piece the back, baste and quilt it quick and do the binding.
Here is the finished product:
I love the bright scrappiness. When I was picking a project for the Bee this is exactly what I envisioned. Lots of thoughts went through my head for the back, in the end I decided to do one mega block, slightly modified to be rectangle rather than square.
The quilting is random intersecting straight lines (in hindsight I wish it was a little more dense) and the binding is scrappy as well.
I love this! And it is the first quilt I have completed that has no purpose, it’s not meant to be a gift and I have no specific use in mind so I’m not sure where it is going to live.
I hope to have more finished projects to share soon.
It’s my turn to host do. Good Stitches Joy group this month and after last month’s doozy of a block I decided to stick with something really simple but fun!
When I’m in a bee I like to harness the power of the collaborative approach and make something that is even better when multiple people contribute, I tend to shy away from blocks that will all turn out the same.
I decided to do this modified bento from Film in the Fridge. I want it to be bright and cheerful so asked my bee mates to use pink, purple, green and yellow, a mixture of prints and solids.
Here are the two blocks I did up as a starting point:
I can’t wait to slice and recombine these bright blocks.