I have officially deemed this year the year of ‘using what I have.’ I know it’s already April, but I have been living this theme since January; I just haven’t put it into writing until now. I mentioned it in my last blog post and I am sticking with it. 2017 is all about using the fabric I have instead of buying more fabric, or at least buying as little fabric as possible.
So far it’s going well and has me thinking creatively, like the scrappy triangles I put together for my Stonington quilt. That’s a good thing. Sometimes your best work comes from having limited options instead of unlimited ones.
So on that note, I introduce my latest ‘using what I have’ quilt.
This is one of the scrappiest quilts I’ve ever made. And I mean I was really digging through my pile of solid colored scraps to come up with the right (or as close to right as possible) solids to bring it all together.
I wanted to do a rainbow quilt and was pretty sure I had a whole rainbow of solid scraps to make that happen. And I did! But the solids are not perfectly matchy matchy.
If you look closely, there are varying shades of color for some of the smaller solid triangles. The pink, the purple, the blue and the yellow all have different shades. That’s because I didn’t have enough scraps to make them the same.
I actually think the different shades work and I’m pretty happy with that look.
Another good thing about this quilt is that it didn’t take me long to make it, because almost half of the triangles were already cut.
There’s a years long Denyse Schmidt quilt I’m working on that has me accumulating leftover triangles. (I really should write about that project but more on that another time.) Anyway, that multi-year Denyse Schmidt quilt means I have A LOT of DS fabric. Like boxes of her fabric. And I want to use this fabric, but first I wanted to use some of those triangles I had already cut.
Being able to dig into that pile of already-cut triangles had me feeling pretty proud of myself for using some of them up.
So what do you think? Given that a lot of this fabric literally came from the bottom of the bin, I don’t think it’s too shabby.
I’m now off to dream up new quilts using my stash. Have a great week!
If you follow me on Instagram, then you will have seen a few little looks of this quilt top – bits and pieces here and there. But I haven’t shown the whole thing yet, so here it is!
This quilt uses Stonington by Denyse Schmidt and I love it. But I love everything she does. Denyse Schmidt just gets me.
I’ve had this pattern idea for quite a while now and Stonington seemed like the perfect fabric to use for it.
Like most of my quilts, I roughly figured out the size of it and how much fabric I would need, but I also kind of played it by ear. Usually this works out for me, but sometimes it doesn’t. This was one of those times where I realized I needed to make the quilt longer than I had planned on and I was running low on fabric.
For reference, I made this quilt out of a set of Stonington fat eighths plus the white fabric. But I was a little short on the Stonington fabric because I cut into it to make blocks for another project I’m working on. I barely cut any fabric from the fat eighths but it was just enough to make me a bit short, so I had to improvise. The solution was scrappy triangles!
I must admit I’m happy I was low on fabric because I love how they turned out!
A couple of other things about this quilt design: I wanted to make it different than just another triangle quilt, which is why I added the strips of fabric between the rows of triangles.
I also wanted it to look as close to perfect as possible, so I even got my ruler out and measured to ensure I was putting the seams exactly in the middle of the white triangles. It definitely took extra time and pinning, but it was worth it. I worked really hard on getting the points of my triangles just right, too.
And finally, the white(ish) color in the Stonington fabric is not a true white but is an off-white. It matches Kona Cotton Bone really well. I had some Kona Cotton Bone in my stash but not nearly enough to finish the quilt. I thought about buying some more, but I’m trying to limit the amount of fabric I buy this year and instead use what I have, and I had a bunch of Kona Cotton White. So that’s what I used.
I think the white actually helps the colors in the Stonington fabric pop a little bit more than if I had used Kona Cotton Bone. I’m glad I used it!
Oh, oh, oh. One more thing. See how the top and bottom of the quilt begins and ends with strips of Stonington fabric?
I didn’t want to do it that way and would have preferred for the top and bottom of the quilt to be triangles. I think I would have had enough fabric to add one more row of triangles if I had made more scrappy ones, but I decided to keep it as it is because it’s not that big of a deal to me.
So that’s it! I’ve already started quilting this one but I’m not in a hurry to finish it. But then again sometimes I get on a quilting roll and knock it out. We’ll see how my weekend goes. Stay tuned!
This blog post is a little late. But as they say, better late than never!
This project started last May, when fabric designer Heather Ross asked me to make a quilt for her new fabric collection, Sleeping Porch. I’ve mentioned this on Instagram but I’ve never officially shared it on the blog. And now that Sleeping Porch is shipping to retailers, I thought it was about time to write about it!
Heather had a group of us create quilts from Denyse Schmidt’s book Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration for her new line. She asked me to make the Ocean Waves pattern and use three different prints from the collection along with the solid orange color for the front and the solid yellow color for the back.
The result is a very bold, striking quilt, which I love.
Please excuse this bad, not color corrected photo, but you can see how I used mostly the purple snail and floral prints and sprinkled in the green Peonies.
All the quilts are featured in the look book that Windham put out for the release of the fabric, and the photos were taken at Heather’s house upstate New York (insert all the heart eye emoji’s).
You can see the entire look book HERE.
I love the photo spread of my Ocean Waves quilt.
I’m so happy I had the opportunity to work on this project. The fabric is beautiful and Denyse’s Ocean Waves pattern is such a classic. I think I have to make an Ocean Waves quilt for myself one day.
I recently finished another quilt project for a fabric designer with a new line coming out that I can’t wait to tell you about, just as soon as I can!
Before I go, as a reminder, I had Sleeping Porch fabric left from this project and I made a Churn Dash quilt that you can see HERE.
On Wednesday, I headed to my local quilt store, Brooklyn General Store, for an event they were hosting with Janine of UPPERCASE magazine. Janine was in town to talk about her new Feed Sacks book and other fun, creative stuff.
If you remember from my recent holiday wish list, I had the Feed Sacks book on it. I didn’t get the book for Christmas, but it worked out! Wednesday was the perfect opportunity to get my hands on a copy.
I cannot wait to dig into this book. I have a goal to build my feed sack fabric stash and one day make a feed sack quilt. It’s gonna happen.
I took a few photos of the event and the gorgeous store to share with all of you. If you are ever in New York, it’s worth heading across the river to our fine borough and visiting Brooklyn General Store. I highly recommend it.
I don’t knit but I can appreciate a wall of beautiful yarn.
A bucket of vintage fabric scraps: something I can get behind.
All the heart eyes for stacks of ribbon.
You know I couldn’t leave without perusing the fabric. I so wanted to buy some of this Liberty of London, but I stayed strong and only picked up the book while I was there.
And finally, we all got a little goodie bag from UPPERCASE magazine for coming.
Thanks, Brooklyn General Store and Janine!
You know those quilts that become some of your favorite ever? Well, I think this one is going to end up on my list of favorites. I love it. And I think the main reason I love it so much is the fabric.
This Churn Dash quilt is made with the new Heather Ross Sleeping Porch collection, which starts shipping to retailers this month.
I was fortunate enough to get my hands on this fabric early. Last Spring, Heather asked me to make a quilt with fabric from her new collection, which would then be photographed for the Look Book. And now that I write that I realize I haven’t done a blog post about that project! Ahhh! I’ve mentioned it on Instagram but I haven’t officially written about it on the blog. (Note to self: I need to make that project my next blog post.)
Anyway, I finished that quilt and I was lucky enough to have a fat quarter bundle of the fabric left. The bundle includes 19 prints and six coordinating solids.
This collection is all cotton lawn. I’ve had a couple of people ask me how it was to work with and it was great. I’ve used cotton lawn before but mostly for quilt backs. If memory serves me correct, this was the first time I’ve used cotton lawn for an entire quilt.
This, of course, is only the quilt top, but I think the whole thing is going to be so soft and dreamy when it’s all done. (I plan to use cotton lawn for the back, too.)
But back to the design. I was planning to do something different and had a few ideas sketched out, but in the end, I realized what I really wanted to make was a Churn Dash quilt.
This is my first time making a Churn Dash quilt. Seriously! I couldn’t believe it either, but I think it was a good choice because it highlights the many different prints and solids of the Sleeping Porch fabric beautifully.
When pairing the fabrics, I tried to make sure I did as many different color and print combinations as possible.
I lined up all of the blocks so I could keep track of which fabrics and combinations I had used and which ones I hadn’t.
Then, when I started to lay the quilt out, I stacked the blocks in color families. That way I knew how many green/blue, pink/white, purple/yellow, etc. color combinations I had. After that, I just did my best to randomly place the blocks so that the colors were distributed throughout as evenly as possible.
I love the colors and prints of the Sleeping Porch fabric. I’m so happy with this quilt and can’t wait to finish it!
Happy 2017! It’s a new year so that means it’s time for new quilts. I have a couple of finished projects to share in the next few weeks, and first up is my Thunder Bridge quilt top.
The name comes from the rickety old bridge in this photo, which looked pretty magical on the foggy winter morning before Christmas when I took this picture.
I had the idea for this quilt block brewing this fall and finally sketched it out in November. I wanted to get one last quilt finished for 2016 and this one was it. It took me a few trial blocks before I got it right, but once I did I was pretty pleased with the final version.
The fabric for this quilt is all Amy Butler fabric. I had a stack of some older green and blue prints of hers and I thought it might look good to mix them together, along with some of the yellow prints I had.
Side note: A few weeks ago (after I had already made this quilt) Pantone announced its 2017 color of the year as Greenery – pretty much the colors of this quilt – and I feel so on-trend!
You’ll notice there are a few hints of pink in the quilt. I was going to keep the fabrics all in the green/blue color family but I had some of the lighter pink fabrics and thought I would try throwing those in, too. I’m not sure if I like the pink mixed in or not, but I’m all for experimenting.
One other thing I should mention. After I started working on this block, I realized it has a lot of similarities to my Inman Park quilt, which also happens to use Amy Butler fabric. I’m now thinking maybe I should have called this quilt Inman Park 2.0!
Cheers to the first quilt share of 2017! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year. I’m looking forward to the next 12 months and I can’t wait to see what quilt projects the new year has in store!
The holiday season is upon us, and that means it is time for my annual holiday wish list! I started doing this a couple of years ago and have kept it up, because it’s fun to put together a few items that I’m wishing for every Christmas. In doing so, I hope that you might see something to add to your own list or get an idea for the friends and family you are buying for.
So with that, here’s what I’m wishing for this holiday season. As always, I included quilting and non-quilting items.
A new set of plush bath towels, to keep warm after a long, relaxing soak in the tub.
And as long as we’re talking about hot soaks in the bathtub, a few drops of the Beautifying Composition Oil from Aveda. This will do the trick to keep my skin super soft.
You can never have enough thread, and this set of 26 spools has enough colors to match most quilting projects.
A triangle quilting ruler, to help get the fabric cutting job done just a little bit faster. Plus, triangle quilts will always be some of my faves.
Warm, fuzzy boots to slosh around the snowy streets of New York. If the snow must come, then at least I can look stylish walking in it.
The book Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric, because I have long been obsessed with feed sack fabric and will one day make a feed sack quilt.
Some Minted Rose Lip Balm, so I can protect my lips from the cold, winter weather.
This set of pretty file folders from Rifle Paper Co. I have so many loose quilt sketches lying around, and they aren’t going to organize themselves!
One of these Liberty of London fabric bundles. Liberty of London fabric is so beautiful but oh so pricey, so it can only be bought on a special occasion like Christmas.
And that wraps up my list for 2016! What’s on your wish list this year?
The Half Hexagons quilt featuring Denyse Schmidt’s Katie Jump Rope fabric is officially done!
When I first posted the quilt top in a June blog post, I was seriously rethinking my decision to group the fabrics together by print instead of randomly distributing them throughout the quilt. I still think I probably should have randomly distributed them, but the groupings have kind of grown on me.
For the back of the quilt, I used a vintage piece of fabric I found in an old box of my grandma’s quilting supplies.
The colors, the little flowers…I think it works perfectly with the Katie Jump Rope fabric.
It’s hard to see in the images, but the quilting is really dense quilting that follows the hexagons.
So there you have it! Another Denyse Schmidt quilt in the books.
P.S. I have so much Denyse Schmidt fabric I could make quilts with only DS fabric for the next few years and never run out. Seriously.
I’m so happy to share this finished quilt with you. Why, you ask? Because it is one of my very favorites. My love for it is mostly due to the fabric. It is the Tiger Lily collection by Heather Ross and it is perfection.
Don’t you love those colors?
I was looking back to find when I first shared the quilt top and it was almost a year ago. You can read that blog post here. It took me a while to finish it because I didn’t know what fabric I wanted to use for the back. Then the obvious answer came to me late this summer.
The back uses Heather’s soon-to-be-released collection, Sleeping Porch. And now that I’m writing that I realize that I haven’t shared the Sleeping Porch project I worked on with Heather on the blog! I know I’ve talked about it on Instagram but I haven’t shared it here. I’m going to write about it more later, but the short story is that I made a quilt for Heather using her Sleeping Porch collection, and the quilt was used for the new line’s lookbook.
Anyway…I had a bunch of fabric leftover from that project and it was the perfect option to use for the back of my Tiger Lily quilt. The colors worked, the prints worked, and the new Sleeping Porch collection is made with super soft cotton lawn.
Normally, I tend to do more straight line quilting, but for this quilt I left my comfort zone and went with a flower design. I’m really not a “flowery design” kind of person, but it just fit the theme of fabrics.
And that is my finished Tiger Lily quilt.
I have two more projects to share with you…just as soon as I get them photographed!
Today I get to share a very cool baby quilt with you. This one was made with lots of input from the mom, and I have to say she nailed it!
My fellow Brooklynite, Stefanie from the home design blog Brooklyn Limestone, was designing the nursery for her second baby, this one a boy. And in my book, every nursery needs a baby quilt. Am I right or am I right? So I chatted with Stefanie and learned she was planning a modern safari “hello world” themed nursery and really liked the idea of using a map printed fabric for the baby quilt.
Being a home design blogger with impeccable taste, Stefanie wanted a map print that didn’t have a lot going on and she really liked the vintage map look.
After some searching, I found this one from the Etsy store Mapology. It is one panel and the size works perfectly for the back of a baby quilt.
The colors and the vintage look make for a very cool nursery.
For the front of the quilt, Stefanie wanted something geometric looking and chose a herringbone pattern. I used Kona Cotton Cadet for the herringbone. It pulls out one of the blue colors from the map fabric and also coordinates with the blue and white colors she’s using for the nursery.
I’m calling this baby quilt a success. Stefanie just had her baby over the weekend and I can’t wait to see the finished nursery. I’ll be sure to post a link to Stefanie’s blog post once it’s up.
Note: If you would like to order your own Map of the World baby quilt you can do so in my Etsy shop. I am able to customize the color(s) of the herringbone pattern. You can find the custom order request here.
Update: Stefanie at Brooklyn Limestone has posted the nursery and it is gorgeous! You can check it out here.