Heartbeat

You’ve seen this one before. But now it’s done! Quilted, bound, and done! This one was so much fun- I designed it myself on my EQ7 software and then ordered the exact fabric line for it.

img_1492I call it heartbeat because the pulsing of the red and black reminds me of the pulsing of a heartbeat. Kinda lame name for such a cool looking quilt, but eeeeeh, what can you do? It really is what it reminds me of, and I just followed my heart on this.

For the quilt, I simply made a LOT of HSTs using a layer cake (and a couple extra prints since it was light on the reds) in the two-at-a-time method. I didn’t square them or trim them either. (I really, REALLY hate squaring up HSTs.)

I used the Weeds fabric line from Me and My Sister Designs. I love the little flowers and poppies in this fabric choice- and they fabric is  a wonderful quality- it really was a joy to work with!

I backed and bound heartbeat in bright red fabric and had it quilted using little curved rectangles and squares.


Heartbeat is up for sale and posted on my Etsy page.

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HST Lap Quilt – “Heartbeat”

I’m so excited to show off a quilt top that I not only pieced myself, but I designed myself on EQ7! I may have shown this one off before, and since I’m about to send it off to the long arm quilter, I’m sure I’ll show it again.

Here’s the design on the left and the top on the right:

 

It’s a relatively simple design, but the way the colors look always made me think of a heartbeat. I love love LOVE how it turned out!

I found a tree with a low, bare branch and tried to take a few “fun” photos. I also dragged my dh into it, but the wind made that a bit tricky.

Two layer cakes went into this quilt, with enough left over for me to have some grey 10” squares. I cut them up into 5” squares and put them with the rest of my 5” scraps.

Also, I’ve started a new habit of cutting all leftover fabric into 2.5” squares, 5” squares, and 2.5” strips. Anything smaller than that I throw away. Otherwise, I found I just have too much fabric left over. And since I’m usually a big fan of kits anyways… I’d never use the scraps unless they were already good to go. I’m thinking I might start an Irish Chain quilt soon with some leftover fabric I cut into 2.5” squares. I’ve got a lot of projects, though, so… whoops!

Have a great week!

Baby Quilt for a friend!

Everyone has that stage in their lives where all their friends are getting married and/or getting pregnant all at once, right? It’s like a bug that goes around and bites people and they just all start falling one by one. Well, my best friend from college recently had a baby, and so I made her a quilt for the little one. She asked for pink and green, and as I do fairly often, I found something perfect at Connecting Threads. I designed the quilt myself (read: decided on HST and just went with what I thought would look good).

I think it turned out really well! So well, in fact, that I didn’t feel guilty not giving it to her until her little one was almost 5 months old! To be fair, that’s what you get when you live in Virginia and your college friend is still up in Michigan.

It’s super soft and when I went back to visit, baby was all cuddled up with it in her bed. It was the first time I saw one of my quilts actually being used, and it made me all warm and fuzzy inside, haha.

Anyways, I’m really excited because I just dropped off a couple of my finished quilt tops with the quilter, so hopefully soon I’ll have a Halloween quilt, another baby quilt, a block of the month, and a wall hanging done! Yay!

HST… And baby quilts! (Yes, more!)

In case you haven’t heard, last weekend was Memorial Day weekend. And apparently, lots of fabric sites have huge deals that weekend. Soooooo I may have stocked up on enough fabric to make 4 or 5 darling baby quilts on Craftsy. One of my more exciting acquisitions was a few charm packs of Riley Blake Wildflower Meadow fabric. I was so excited for these fabrics that I went and designed a few more baby quilts! I almost had to; I can use the same fabric but I hate doing the same pattern.

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So what are these fabrics going to be turned into, you may ask? Well, wonder no more! Here are a couple more baby quilt designs I made on EQ7 today during my lunch break. Baby Quilt #2This one won’t work with the charm packs up top, but I also bought a layer cake of Kansas Safari Playground fabric (great for a little who loves animals, and not as girly as most fabrics you see out there), and this design will be absolutely perfect to use up one layer cake. My problem is now I have to work on getting the white fabric for the sashing in between the squares. I’ve also never done the rows on a diagonal like this quilt displays, so it will definitely be a learning experience for me!

The second quilt design favors Baby Quilt #1HST (half square triangles). Dan thinks the coloring on this one is too busy, but for some reason I really enjoy the blue and the gold/yellow working together. I’m not getting that particular fabric though, so it will probably turn out more pink/light blue themed due to the charm packs I mentioned above.

But, after I created this quilt with the HST, I really liked the look of it so I decided to play around a little bit and see if I could make something a little more adult themed.

And that is when my favorite quilt I’ve made in EQ7 so far was born. Take a look!Heartbeat Not only did I design this in EQ7, but I managed to find the same fabric online, and for an absolute steal. So, of course, I had to buy it.  This quilt will be much, much larger than the baby quilt; I bought a couple of layer cakes for this quilt, so its final measurements will be along the lines of 80” x 80”. I’m tempted to add a border to it to bring it up to a queen-sized quilt. What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

Enjoy the rest of your week!