Tag Archives: Gift

A Wedding Quilt for Sean and Julie

26 Dec

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.

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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.

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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.

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I kept it simple by binding in the background colour. Here you can really see the shimmer of the shot cottons:

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In the end I wish I had done it larger, I feel like it isn’t quite big enough for snuggling on the couch.

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I hope Sean and Julie love their wedding quilt and enjoy many happy years together.

A Matching Set

7 Jun

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:

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The doll quilt is 20” x 30” and the stroller quilt is 30” x 40”.

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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.

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Here is just the stroller quilt:

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And here is just the doll quilt:

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I think they turned out pretty cute and I hope my friend (and her two boys) love them.

Patchwork Keepsake

6 Mar

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.

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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.

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I did the binding in a blue stripe from an old line, it worked perfectly with the crosshatch back I purchased.

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I hope my friend loves the quilt and enjoys the memories of when her little boy was just a baby.

Woodland Baby Quilt

26 Feb

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).

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The back is this wonderful woodland print from the line Critter Patch.

For Ashleigh

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.

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I always love making baby quilts. I like to imagine the quilt being well loved for many years.

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For Two Little Dudes

23 Feb

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.

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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.

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These were really fun to do and I hope the boys enjoys many years of snuggles under them.

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A Little Something for a Little Miss

25 Mar

My wonderful friend Lindsay, the talent behind the Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild logo, proposed we trade services a few months ago. I was looking for a new website header/logo (errr make that a website header/logo), and she wanted a blanket for her daughter and was in love with a specific fabric. Naturally the best thing to do was to trade talents.

Lindsay wanted the front to be Dan Stiles Safari Soiree, specifically the cheater print, and wanted her daughters name on it somehow. She choose a nice orange for the back. This isn’t so much a quilt as a blanket so it came together pretty quickly.

Here is the front:

Blanket For Ava (1 of 4) 

And the back:

Blanket For Ava (2 of 4)

I chose turquoise for the lettering and used Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson’s Refrigerator Magnet Pattern, the 5” size. I was very happy I was spelling Ava and not Stephanie…

Blanket For Ava (3 of 4)

In retrospect I should have made the letters larger by printing the pattern at 150% of so, I also wish they had less of a center placement. I was going for offset but the are almost centered. The problem came when I was squaring up the top. The cheater print itself was not square which caused me no end of misery. Live and learn! Next time I would put a border around the front and do adjustments within it so that it wouldn’t be as obvious to the eye. 

I hope Ava enjoys snuggling with her new blanket.

For Baby B

17 Dec

It has been a long time since I last completed a project, but the quilt for baby B is now at its new home awaiting the arrival of its new owner so it is time to blog about it!

I decided to do the Garden Fence pattern that I had been eyeing for quite awhile. As you know from my progress posts it actually took me quite awhile to get through, it was the most time consuming piecing I have done to date, mostly because there was so much pressing between each and every step. But I am really happy with the way it turned out!

Photos in this post are courtesy of the recipient. I took my photos at night and am clearly not as skilled as she is with a camera. It’s nice to have some better photos to show this one off. I posted my own photos to my Flickr account so they should be visible on the side bar to the right.

How it arrived:

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The front:

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The back:

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Still loving the new labels, they were a really great investment:

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Some quilting detail (long armed – I just didn’t have the energy to tackle it myself this time):

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Is there anything more perfect that stripy binding? I always love it.

And finally in its new home:

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I hope mom and baby B spend many hours curled up under this quilt. It really was a pleasure to make. I always enjoy the process of watching it come together and of course giving away to people I care about.

Now we just need to meet the new little one!