Elephant Baby Quilt

IMG_2011Another baby quilt; this time it’s for another little boy and my instructions were as follows: navy blue and lime green colors. The rest was up to me.

I had recently obtained a tumbler template from Missouri Star Quilt Company, and hadn’t had a chance to use it yet, so I decided this would be a perfect time to do so! Using some different shades of white/grey/off white fabric from my stash and some navy and lime green yardage, this came together quite nicely! (Especially since it was my first time using the template.)

Originally I had wanted to do triangles instead of the tumbler block, but I don’t have a triangle ruler and it was shaping up to be pretty confusing. (I’m sure, eventually, I will wind up doing a triangle quilt and I will find it much easier, but today is not that day!)

It turned out looking pretty modern – I have to say, when I heard the colors “navy blue” and “lime green” together, I was a bit nonplussed – I had never thought to put them together before.IMG_2013

But after this quilt… yeah, this is high on my color choice combos for boyo quilts from now on. It’s so striking, I absolutely love it! Not to mention the quilting, which is elephants marching from row to row. My LAQ even managed to get them marching around the corner instead of doing a simple edge-to-edge.

Fun story- I actually didn’t have this quilt finished in time for the baby shower, which actually turned out perfectly! When I went, the theme was green, blue, and elephants, so that decided me on the quilting pattern! (Oops!)

I’m just head-over-heels for this quilt! I think it turned out absolutely stunning!

It’s hard to believe we’re just a few weeks away from our move. I’m about two weeks behind right now on my 365 Challenge, but I’ve been feeling really under the weather lately, so hopefully when that clears up I can get caught up again!

365 Challenge – Weeks 13 & 14

Yay! After this we’re all caught up! Just in time for me to fall drastically behind again! (Really, though, I’m not planning on it. But it’ll happen at some point again this year, I’m sure.)

This post is a little late- life has been crazy and I’ve been absolutely exhausted after school each day, so not much gets done at home! But there’s only 4 weeks left of school so that will be a nice break soon.

As always, you can find directions for the daily blocks here.

Week 13
March 26 – April 1

This week was a bit interesting. Finishing off March and starting on April – officially a quarter of the way through the challenge! Hopefully I can keep up with all the moving and whatnot!

Week 14
April 2 – 8

This week we finished up the borders for the central medallion! And I put it all together; I really enjoy how it turned out. I actually picked the colors in the corner blocks to match one color each from the adjoining borders.

Because of that, though, my center medallion doesn’t quite match up with the directions for a couple of reasons. A) I did the grey differently in one of the borders to match the first flying geese border. B) Because I picked the colors each day, the arrangement of the borders and corner blocks is different than in the directions. Oh well.

Here’s a picture of the final center block all put together!

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Yer a wizard, ‘Arry! (Harry Potter Baby Quilt)

A good friend of mine at work is having a baby this June, and so of course I had to make her a baby quilt. It was super easy to come up with a theme- she absolutely loves everything Harry Potter. She mentioned once or twice that she liked the chevron pattern, so I thought it would be fun to do a chevron pattern with the Hogwarts’ House colors.

Originally that was going to be it. But as I was piecing it, I decided it needed something more. And I wanted to add her kiddo’s name- Liam. Now, Harry Potter has a very unique font associated with it- and it’s got lots of jagged lines. But I was determined!IMG955163.jpg

I freehand drew the letters of the name out, got them all traced and cut out, and then realized that there were font generators online where I could have TYPED it out in the font, printed THAT, and then traced THAT. So I did that with the date, but there was no way in hell I was redoing the name. Plus I was kinda proud of how it came out. Yes, the ‘m’ is slightly smaller – but nobody knows until I point it out.

Wait. Shoot.

Anyways, moving on – the IMG955155backing is just simple black because I REALLY wanted the quilting to stand out. My LAQ had a Harry Potter themed edge to edge design, and it was PERFECT. I chose a silver/grey thread to really pop on the back and somewhat blend on the front without blurring the lettering. I finished the quilt off with black binding.

I’m absolutely in love with this quilt. It turned out unbelievably well! I know it’ll be treasured for years to come- hopefully the little one likes Harry Potter!

I did forget to take pictures of the quilt before gifting it, but my friend was super nice and took some pictures of it at her house and sent them to me. So there isn’t a traditional “hung up” one, but they’re quality photos nonetheless! She has an awesome camera and a pretty good eye for photography. Maybe someday she’ll let me borrow the quilt for a couple minutes to snap a couple more.

 

365 Challenge – Weeks 10 through 12

So I’m behind on keeping the blog updated on the 365 Challenge. I’m actually up to date on the actual challenge, so I have all my blocks, I just fell behind on the photography part. Don’t even get me started on the Solstice Challenge- I’m ACTUALLY behind on that one. Only by two blocks, but still. Feels like a lot more.

The good news is that since this is my spring break week (yay!) I had time today to take pictures of all of my blocks and I’m going to post three weeks at a time. Since we’re on week 14 right now, that’ll catch us up in just two weeks or so. Maybe three, I don’t know, I’m not a math teacher.

My to-do list as far as quilting is SO long. I’ve got a baby quilt I’m finishing up and then a doggone (this is a pun, you just don’t know it yet) commission to work on!

And this on top of working and getting ready to move. We’re moving back to the Midwest in less than two months, which is crazy town! I can’t believe how fast time has flown by this year!

Anyways, to the whole point of this post- you get three weeks of blocks today! Although I’m super excited for this current week – we’re finishing up the center portion of the quilt! It’s really quite pretty! I may have to sneak it in with its own post so I can show everyone.

Week 10
March 5 – 11

My favorite this week was either the Art Square or the March Basket. The toughest was definitely Birds In The Air (first one) due to using the techniques used for the large black triangle. It was pretty tricky to get the hang of, but by the second block I had it down pretty well. The tiny HSTs of the March Basket (last one) were… actually kind of fun.

Week 11
March 12 – 18

I can get mitered corners pretty well, but when it comes to Y-seams, I cannot get it to come out flat! There’s always a little ripple! You’ll see what I mean in some of the blocks coming up this week and in later weeks.

However, I do really enjoy the mitered corners method. For some reason I can get those to lay PERFECTLY. God only knows why. That being said, my favorites this week were the Pinwheel Star and the Lattice Square (1 & 5 respectively).

Week 12
March 19 – 25

There were so many classic blocks that I got to try for the first time this week! Log cabin, pineapple block, snail trail… also, this week I happen to have no less than 5 favorites that  I can’t choose between. I guess my top two are Sarah’s Favorite and the Buttercup blocks (1 & 3 respectively). I absolutely love checkerboard patterns, and the flower is just darling.

The log cabins are a struggle for me, because for some reason I can’t get them straight. It could be my cutting or my piecing. I’m not sure and I can’t figure out why. This week also came with a bonus block, so there’s eight this week instead of 7!

Anyways, time to finish up that baby quilt.

End of the Rainbow

This was a scrap quilt made with leftovers from another quilt (that I have yet to get quilted haha). I was able to finish the binding in time to take some truly gorgeous photos with the cherry trees outside, and I love them.

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I’ve long admired the Irish Chain quilts I’ve seen; I’ve loved their simplicity. And so when I realized I had enough scraps for my very own Irish Chain quilt… I simply had to. I designed it on EQ7 first, and then cut out the pieces for it.


It was so much fun. I really wanted it scrappy, so instead of doing long strips and cutting pieces out that way I did it individual piece by piece. Took a lot longer this way but I’m happy with how it turned out. I did decide however to not go with a white border around it and just went with the Irish Chain

img_1708I got the backing from Joann’s with a coupon so the cost was quite reasonable, which made me happy since it was a scrappy quilt. However, this batik is so bright and colorful; I think it really goes well with the quilt overall. It makes it so happy! I love the colors of pink/orange/yellow together, so this was absolutely perfect for me.

 

The quilting is adorable little flowers and bees. It’s pretty simple, and the layout of the quilt means that quite a few bees and flowers are framed in the centers of the chain links.

While taking pictures it was quite windy, so in order to get the whole quilt I had to lay it out on the ground. It worked pretty well, actually, and I was able to get the whole quilt in. But I’m short, so it’s on an angle. Still, I love it!

Only a couple more days until the end of the week! Thank goodness!

365 Challenge – Week 9

Do you remember when I was shocked to be working with pieces as small as 1”? Now imagine how HAPPY I am when I get to do easy measurements like that.

I know I said I was going to go to a bi-monthly (every other week) post for the 365 Challenge quilt blocks, but I can’t. Besides, I’ve started doing a block a day instead of 7 on Fridays so they were ready for pictures and a blog post today.

Plus, this week I got to make the CENTER MEDALLION block, and I really wanted to show it off.

img_1752To make this center medallion block, I first drew it up using EQ7 and tried a BUNCH of different color combos to find one I liked. I finally settled on using pink, blue, and purple with some teal. My most recent quilt may have had a small influence on the colors.

Then I played around with which color went where. In total, the design alone took about an hour. Then, same night, I cut out all the pieces. That way, the next night when I went to piece them all together it went really quickly. This one took me the longest (which only makes sense since it was waaaaay bigger) but I like it the best out of all the ones I’ve made so far- which is a good thing, since it will be in the CENTER OF THE QUILT.

The center block was a doozy for one reason only; it required measurements to the 16th of an inch. So things like 3 5/16, or 1 15/16 of an inch… my rulers don’t even have that marked! I had to GUESS. Do you know how SCARY that is for a quilter? I DON’T ESTIMATE, PEOPLE.

But, surprisingly enough, it worked out just fine. (Somehow.) The pieces came together nicely, and even my points were pretty… well, on point.

Here’s the other blocks (including the center) for week 9. We’ve now done two whole months and have finished 63 blocks! (Crazy!)

Days 4 & 5 have the same colors because we used the scraps from day 4 for day 5. I love using up scraps, which is why I save most of them from this quilt for use in later blocks. I figure, since there are so many small pieces, that I’ll be able to use them later on!

If you’d like to join, it isn’t too late! Click here to go directly to the block instruction page!

I’m still trying to keep up with the Solstice Challenge, but between this 365 challenge and the fact that I need to make two baby quilts and a commission I’m finding that that is the project falling by the wayside, sadly. I’m only two weeks behind (HAH) so hopefully I can rectify that sometime soon!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Jeweled Mariposa Quilt

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One of the things I’ve really started to love doing is photographing my quilts in really pretty locations. And we have cherry trees right outside our apartment. This past week or so, due to the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having here, they have been in full, fantastic bloom. All week I’ve been telling my husband, “These would be so pretty to use as a backdrop to photograph quilts with!”

Luckily, I just recently got two back from the long arm quilter, and all I needed to do was bind them. But I was so tired Friday night that all I managed to do was cut the strips for binding and not much else.

Well, I woke up Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. and realized that at 9:45 there was supposed to be thunderstorms rolling through, and that they would probably strip the cherry trees of their gorgeous blossoms. So I spent the next two and a half hours binding the quilts, and got them done by 9:45 to take pictures of them out by the cherry trees! Unfortunately, it was pretty windy out, so sometimes we had to lay the quilts on the ground instead of holding them up. But I absolutely LOVE how the pictures turned out!

img_1684This quilt was a purchase during a stressful time. But the colors absolutely pulled at me. I love the jewel tones of purple, blue, and green. The main fabric (center panel) in the quilt is so gorgeous and soft I want to cuddle in this quilt and never get out again. I really enjoy the way the black background enhances the colors; really makes them “pop”.

Also, by the way, “Mariposa” means butterfly in Spanish.

This quilt was supposed to have black for the binding, but I had put the quilt top together up in Michigan over the holidays and accidentally left the binding strips up there. Luckily, I had bought enough backing to make binding strips from it, and I’m actually MUCH happier with it this way! It looks like another border; and I really think it works with the rest of the quilt.

I bought a TON of King Tut variegated thread to use for the quilting (which is, of course, butterflies), but because I didn’t know how much to buy I way overbought. Now I have 5.5 spools of unused King Tut variegated thread.

Oh well, guess I’ll have to make another jewel quilt! Darn.

Also, just LOOK at that backing fabric. Isn’t it GORGEOUS?!

See you soon!