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!

Quilt tops and a new camera!

So, as a wedding/birthday gift, my dad bought me a new camera! It is a Canon EOS Rebel, and I have to say, so far it is one sleek piece of technology. I’m not very technology savvy; I know how to change out lenses and how to zoom and focus, but that is about the extent of my photographic abilities. But this camera makes it easy. It comes with two lenses- a 18-55mm, and a 75-300mm. (Basically, for those of you who, like me, read that last sentence and go “Uhh, what?”, it’s a short lens for closer photographs and a long lens for objects farther away.) It’s been super fun to work with. Not quite a point-and-shoot deal, but VERY close.

And, since I now have a new camera, I am able to take pictures of some of my quilt tops for y’all! Not all of them, since we are currently up in Michigan visiting with family and friends, as well as going on a family vacation up in Traverse City.

The first one is the second quilt top I have ever finished- I saw the kit in the local quilt store and instantly fell in love with the bright colors. I know I’ve included a picture of it in a previous post, but that was with my 4yo cell phone camera, in a dark apartment, so you’ll be able to see this much better now! I dragged my husband outside to be the official quilt holder- he had a bit of fun with it. IMG_0034IMG_0036

The second quilt I made during a class I took, again at my local quilt store. I had been eying this fabric collection for several weeks, and the class gave me the perfect excuse to try it out. The pattern is made by simple square blocks, 9 patch blocks, and rail fence blocks. It was a ton of fun to put together, and it gave me some practice with pressing seams to one side (usually I press them open) and working with my corners! IMG_0040

I’m currently working on finishing up a Farfalle quilt top using fabric from the Ambleside collection, as well as a quick and easy one-night baby quilt using a charm pack. The problem is, since I’m up in Michigan I do not have access to any of my sewing materials.

This is where I leave you for the day, but I will also leave you with a picture of my husband proudly flying the quilt flag of the drafted helper!

IMG_0055Have a wonderful Father’s day; enjoy your week!