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!

A quilty gift!

My husband’s best friend from college got married over the fourth of July, so we decided that rather than buying her a blender, I’d make her a quilt instead. So, I searched Craftsy.com and Connecting Threads, and finally found this (kinda) little beauty over at CT. I’m a huge fan of CT because their prices are very reasonable and the quality of the fabric is pretty awesome for the price.

Anyways, it was a full-size quilt (mostly) and for some reason, I really struggled to get it together. Not for any skill related reason, but simply because when I sat down to quilt I just never wanted to quilt it. It was a mental block, I think, most likely because by this point Dan had left Charlottesville to head to Cleveland for his law internship, I was home alone with the kiddo, it was the last two weeks of school, and I was just tired all the time.

But, once I joined Dan up in Cleveland, and once school finished, I found that I once again had the energy to quilt, and the quilt came together quite quickly. Plus, once I got past my mental block, I absolutely fell in love with the quilt. I sent it out to be quilted and chose a simple swirl stitch, but the quilter was wonderful and put some little flowers in the center of the nine-patch blocks to match the flower theme of the quilt, which I absolutely adore!

Anyways, enough talking, here’s the rest of the pictures!

I’ve been practicing my photo skills, and as an added bonus the apartment we are sub-leasing for the summer has fantastic natural lighting. But yeah! I really enjoyed how these photos turned out. Hopefully you do to!

2016’s Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show

Last year, I learned of the existence of one of the largest quilt shows in Virginia. Unfortunately, I learned of this show the day before it opened, and there was just no way for me to make it there that year. BUT, that meant that I planned ahead for this year! And despite being sick, I made it to the show.

Fair warning, this is going to be just a GIANT post with a TON of pictures. I really should have brought my camera along, since getting the pictures from my phone to my computer without a cord was a giant pain in my butt.

These quilts absolutely took my breath away with how intricate, colorful, ambitious, and ingenious they are. My favorites will be the first three, since I play favorites with quilts.

The picture with the pillows was probably my overall favorite. It looks like a photograph; but everything is applique. It is absolutely incredible. You’ll also see a strong rainbow preference in the second and third place favorites; I’ve realized I *love* rainbow quilts. Anyways, without further ado, here’s the rest:

 

Anyways, I’ve been able to have some of my quilt tops quilted (by check this time) and bound up, so next time I’ll post a couple photos of them. See ya!

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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9969_Riley-Blake-Wildflower-Meadow-5-inch-Stacker-14218094476599323_-1421890744501 Pictures courtesy of Craftsy.com

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!

Video Game Quilt Design – Minecraft!

One of my hobbies has always been video games. My passion started when I was in elementary school. It has continued to the present day- and I must say, I was pretty excited when I figured out that my love of video games and my love of quilting could coincide. For the last week or so I have been working on designing a Minecraft-themed quilt; I don’t know if this one will ever come to fruition, mostly because of all the different Kona colors I would need. It would be crazy.

Finished size is 52'' x 52''

Finished size is 52” x 52”

This quilt is also a little bit tricky because for some of the blocks you can get away with 2” squares and some blocks are going to have to be 1” squares, which can definitely mess with you if you aren’t careful. Total block size is 16”. Luckily, there are far more 2” square blocks than 1”. Is it possible to make this quilt entirely with blocks made from 2” squares? Yes. But I felt like I lost too much detail if I did that, and then it would seem like a cheap, badly done ripoff. Especially the TNT- there are four colors in the TNT in the game, and while I tried it with just two colors it lost much of the definition and looked wrong.

If I’m going to rip off a video game, I want to do it right, dangit!

The following blocks are created using 1” squares:

Diamond Sword block Dirt block TNT block

The rest of the blocks are done using 2” squares. I don’t have a close up of Steve (the human) or the pig- they got lost, unfortunately.

Lava block Enderman block Creeper block Cow block

The important thing with these blocks is the variety of colors used in them. Take the creeper, for instance. If I were to use just one shade of green for it, it would still look like a creeper, but it wouldn’t be nearly as authentic. Take a look at what I mean:

Creeper Block #2 Creeper block

You can tell what they are, but which one looks more like the real in-game monster? The same goes for the other blocks. The only one I somewhat cheated on was the pig, and that was because EQ7 just didn’t have the colors I needed- it would have looked a lot worse. If I were to ever make this into a quilt, I would definitely add some shading to the pig to have it more closely resemble the pig in the game.

The inside sashing was added to help separate the blocks a little bit, but when I originally made it I didn’t have the sashing and it looked just fine. That’s totally up to the quilter.

Anyways, congrats on getting through most of the week! Two days left!