I think I’ve been bitten by the mini bug, and the swapping bug, and the gifting to friend’s with little ones bug. Basically I just like to make minis. Here are a bunch I made this year that haven’t hit the blog yet.
First up I made this fun one for the Saskatoon MQG mini swap, my lovely friend Tarra was the recipient.
I continued the rainbow theme on the back:
I also made this trio of doll quilts for my friend’s daughters.
For the Little Quilts Swap, based on the book by Sarah Fielke, I made this mini. The quilting is the star of the show:
And finally for the IG mini swap I made this mini using the Raspberry Kiss block tutorial by Wooden Spoon Quilts. My partner liked vintage fabrics which I didn’t have, so I bought some and pushed myself to do something I wouldn’t normally do and I simply loved the result! (Excuse the creases in the photo, it was –30 and the photos just had to get done!).
I’m sure you will see many more minis from me in 2015!
I’m trying to catch up on blogging my finished projects from 2014 before the year is up. My brother-in-law got married this summer in Toronto and although they requested no gifts I wanted to make a wedding quilt for them.
I choose Aria Land Resonance as the pattern because I wanted something clean and simple to fit into their home. This quilt is 100% shot cottons and they have a lovely drape and feel.
I decided to use wool batting for the first time because it is light and warm and the drape is perfection. It has a little more loft than my usual choice too so the quilting really shines. This one was long-armed by my friend Lisa.
I kept it simple by binding in the background colour. Here you can really see the shimmer of the shot cottons:
In the end I wish I had done it larger, I feel like it isn’t quite big enough for snuggling on the couch.
I hope Sean and Julie love their wedding quilt and enjoy many happy years together.
I need to catch up on some finish projects. I tend to only blog finished things lately and even that has fallen by the wayside. If you want to follow what I’m up to on a regular basis, stop by my IG where I am jaclynb. I post there almost daily and sometimes multiple times a day. I really only blog when I want to post photos of finished projects from my actual camera.
This quilt is one I made on commission for a friend’s daughter. The colours they selected were pink and turquoise but otherwise I had pretty much full creative control.
This quilt is a variation on the Urban Lattice pattern by Me? a Mom?. I made several changes though. I made the blocks smaller overall finishing at 8.5”, I increased the size of the prints that form the diamonds in the centre and decreased the background (white). Instead of using paper piecing as the pattern instructs I cut my strips to size and marked the diagonals on my ruler so I simply sewed them all and then trimmed up.
The majority of the fabric is from Pat Bravo’s line Rapture, with a few blenders thrown in for good measure.
On the back I did appliqué for the first time ever and incorporated some of the recipient’s baby clothing.
The quilting was done by my friend Lisa in an all-over flower pattern that she does free motion on her long arm. This quilt is twin size and the thought of wrestling it through my home machine was just too much.
I did something else on this quilt that I’ve been wanting to try, a flange around the binding! I just love how it turned out and I plan on putting it on more quilts in the future, such a special touch.
I hope Emma loves it for years to come and that it adds a special touch to her big girl room.
One of my friends recently asked me to make a stroller quilt for her newest baby. She also wanted a matching doll quilt to give to her son for when the new baby was born. She gave me full creative freedom, saying only that she liked grey and pops of colour.
I thought about what to do for awhile but eventually settled on a pattern from Elizabeth Dackson’s (of Don’t Call Me Betsy fame) Book – Becoming a Confident Quilter. I freehanded my random cuts and finished up the blocks at 10.5”.
Here are the finished quilts:
The doll quilt is 20” x 30” and the stroller quilt is 30” x 40”.
I backed them both in this blue and grey chevron. I quilted with a wide zigzag and my walking foot. I used a scrappy binding on both quilts.
Here is just the stroller quilt:
And here is just the doll quilt:
I think they turned out pretty cute and I hope my friend (and her two boys) love them.
I was asked to make this quilt by a friend. She wanted something made from her son’s old receiving blankets. I decided to stick to a simple, random patchwork design so that you’d get to see a big portion of the blankets themselves. I didn’t want to fuss with them by making too many seams but I wanted it to have some movement so didn’t want the squares too big.
This is a twin size and it is 20×15 5” blocks (yes, it took for-ev-er to cut and piece 300 charm squares). The flannel was fairly easy to work with after a good press.
This quilt was actually quilted on a long-arm by a friend of mine who just purchased one and wanted some practice. She did a great job of an all over loopy pattern. It saved me a bit of time and I didn’t have to wrestle a twin size quilt around on my machine.
I did the binding in a blue stripe from an old line, it worked perfectly with the crosshatch back I purchased.
I hope my friend loves the quilt and enjoys the memories of when her little boy was just a baby.
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.