Rafter – Finished

January 10, 2022 Leave a comment

My first quilt share of 2022!  I had planned on getting this up last week but it was a little busy around here. Coco, my puppy, was spayed last week and it’s been a rough few days taking care of her.  Poor baby.  She has so much energy and is used to getting two walks a day, so having to take it easy with little activity so she can heal has been very difficult for both of us.  She’s on the mend and fingers crossed her cone can come off at the end of the week.

But back to the quilt.

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I think it’s fitting that I share this quilt given that it has Tula Pink Fairy Dust fabric in purple, which also happens to be very similar to the Pantone Color of the Year, Very Peri. Who knew I was on trend when I first made this quilt in 2020!

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Besides the Tula Pink fabric, all of the other fabric in this quilt is scrap fabric.

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As you can see, I put this together in rainbow color order.  I swear by putting random scraps together in color order and then they’ll all work.  Whether you have grass greens, olive greens, or hunter greens, if you group all of your colors together and put them in a rainbow they always seem to look good.

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The back of this quilt is a vintage sheet.

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It was a fitted sheet, and if you’ve ever taken the elastic out of a fitted sheet you know the top and bottom of the sheet is a little misshaped from the elastic.  It wasn’t quite large enough for the quilt so I had to add the pink.  I had a small piece of floral sheet left so I added that but I had to use the pink to make it work.

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That’s a wrap for this quilt and my first blog post of 2022.

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Here’s to a great year ahead and many days of quilting.

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Sawtooth Star Christmas Pillows

December 17, 2021 1 Comment

Earlier this year someone that I work with gave me a box of random fabric, unfinished quilt blocks, and sewing items that belonged to her mother who passed away years ago.  She thought I might be able to do something with the stuff, and I have!

In that box of goodies was a panel of four embroidered Merry Christmases.

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Kind of random, and I’m not sure exactly what their original intent was, but I had an idea.  I thought I would use them to make into Christmas pillows.

Ta-da!

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I decided to make a Sawtooth Star pattern.  I used an edited version of Diary of a Quilter’s pattern.  I had to adjust it to account for the embroidered “Merry Christmas” part.  She offers 10 different sizes and I did 16” pillows.

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I had two pillow inserts so I made two blocks, both using Heather Ross’ Sugerplum fabric.  I think they turned out really cute.

I quilted batting to both the front of each block and I did attach batting to the back fabric as well. The green pillow got a green back…

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And the pink pillow got a pink back…

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You could add a zipper to these pillows so that the covers are removable, but I didn’t have one so I simply hand-sewed them shut.

So there’s my little holiday pillow project.  I’m sending one of these pillows to the woman who gave me the embroidered Merry Christmases – I thought she would appreciate that since her mother did the embroidery. The other pillow will be a gift for someone else!

I still have two embroidered Merry Christmases left so maybe next year I’ll make two more pillows. Merry Christmas!

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Jewel Box – Finished

October 18, 2021 Leave a comment

Today’s post is a short one, but I wanted to document that I did finish this quilt!

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I talk in more detail about it in my original blog post that you can read about here.  To recap, the blocks in this quilt are all made from scraps.  They come from my large stash of Denyse Schmidt fabric that I’ve hardly made a dent in.

This quilt is very large, which wasn’t my original intent, but I realized I had a great quilt back already – a vintage bed sheet – so I made the top larger to utilize the majority of the vintage sheet.

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I love this sheet.  It has orange and yellow flowers that, with the white background, is a nice contrast to the black front of the quilt.

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You can’t see the quilting in these pictures, but I hand quilted flowers in all of the black squares. I really like how it turned out and it’s kind of a nod to the flowers in the quilt backing.  I’ll have to take a close up picture of the quilting and post it to my Instagram later, so watch for it there.

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That’s a wrap on this quilt. Have a great week, and follow me on Insta for a look at everything I’m working on!

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Winter Walk – Finished

September 20, 2021 Leave a comment

This Winter Walk quilt – named for the Winter Walk fabric by Denyse Schmidt – has quickly become one of my favorites.

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I love the fabric (obviously) and love the block design, which was inspired by a vintage quilt I saw a few years ago.

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The blocks in this quilt were easy to put together, but the sashing was triiicky.  I love the look, but there may have been some choice words muttered while I was putting it together.

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The angles and the position of the blocks with the sashing was challenging, to say the least.  (Please don’t ask me how I did it because I don’t know, LOL.  I was basically winging it and figuring it out as I went.)

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The back of this quilt is a scrappy collection of Denyse Schmidt fabric and a piece of fabric from a vintage bedsheet.  I thought it went well with the Denyse fabric and has the same vibe.

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When I was cutting the fabric for the back, I wasn’t concerned about it being perfect straight.  Same thing when I was sewing the back; I made the seams slightly wavy or at an angle.  I liked the perfectly imperfect look it gives and I think it complements the scrappy, pieced back.

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This quilt has now been moved to the “finished” pile and I think it might find a spot on my couch for this winter.  It’s a lap quilt size and will be perfect.

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Thanks for reading!

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Washington Depot – Finished

August 30, 2021 1 Comment

I’m squeezing in one last blog post before the end of the month with this finished Washington Depot quilt – made with Denyse Schmidt’s Washington Depot fabric.  I love the quilt, I love the fabric, and I’m pretty fond of the location I took this picture.

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These pictures were actually taken last summer (sometimes I’m slow to post finish projects) at Lake Okoboji when I was visiting my parents.  Lake Okoboji is in Northwest Iowa and is lots of fun in the summer.  I’ve spent many summers on the lake, and I’m hoping to make one last visit to my parents and take an end-of-season boat ride.  We’ll see if that happens.

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But back to the quilt.

In my original blog post about this quilt, I wrote how this block was inspired by a vintage quilt I ran across.  I’m not sure if the block has a name, but it’s pretty easy and a good one to work on slowly, like if you want to do a block a night.

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It’s also a good block for a scrappy quilt.  I obviously didn’t make a scrappy quilt with this one, but I did have to mix in some solids to be able to finish my blocks.  I ran out of Washington Depot fabric but I think it was a happy accident. I like the addition of the solids and think it helps break up the monotony a bit.

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The backing for this quilt is some of my favorite.  At the end of 2020 Joann Fabrics introduced a Friends collection, and as a huge Friends fan of course I had to get some.  It worked perfectly as a quilt back and complemented the Washington Depot Fabric.

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And with that, that’s a wrap for this quilt and for August.

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Fall is my favorite time of year so I’m looking forward to the next few months.  Here’s to crisp air, pumpkin flavored everything, and Fall quilt pics.

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This Old House

August 4, 2021 1 Comment

Oh hey.  I managed to get a blog post written while taking care of a new puppy.  (Note: If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I got a puppy two weeks ago.  She’s amazing, but as you can imagine, she demands a huge amount of time right now.)

Anyway, I did take some quilt photos before she arrived so here we go.

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This quilt is all scraps.  I dug deep in my stash and pulled together some very old pieces of fabric I’ve had forever – like 20 years in some cases – along with some newer scraps leftover from the Wildflower quilt, and tried to make something out of all of them.  This quilt leans more traditional – from the fabric to the colors to the pattern – but I kind of like it.  It reminds me of a quilt you would find in an old house.

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The block is so easy and a good way to use scraps.  You can make your blocks as uniform or as scrappy as you like.

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Since this quilt is so scrappy, to add some uniformity and pull it all together, I added the red and mustard yellow sashing between the blocks.  I also added a double border with a narrow strip of red fabric and the red and beige stripe. (It’s hard to see that it’s a stripe in these photos.)  I normally don’t do borders but I thought this quilt could use them.

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Do you see how the red fabric extends into the outer border at the corners?  That’s because I was so short on fabric I needed those extra inches from the red fabric to make it work!  I actually find it pretty satisfying when I can use every last inch of fabric.

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I already know what fabrics I’m going to piece together for the back of this quilt, so this one might come together in the not so distant future.  That is if I can find the time when I’m not chasing my puppy Coco around!

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I Like You – Finished

July 12, 2021 3 Comments

This quilt is what you could call, more is more.  There’s a lot of color, there’s a lot of pattern, and there’s just a lot going on. But sometimes in life you have to go all-in, and that’s what I did.

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The fabric in this quilt is Heather Ross’s Far Far Away II collection plus some Marcia Derse solids mixed in.

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When I was thinking about how I wanted to use the fabric, I debated sticking with one color scheme or only a handful or fabrics from the collection.  But I wanted to use them all in one place (or quilt) and the result is an explosion of color.

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I think this pattern would also look good with a more subtle or simple color/fabric selection, but the way it is now, it’s so colorful and happy I can’t not like it.

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The back of this quilt is much more toned down than the front.  I used an old – not vintage – but older white bedsheet with purple dots for the back.  It’s a perfect complement to the very busy, action-packed front.

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This quilt is for color-lovers everywhere who don’t hold back.  Cheers!

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Malibu

June 14, 2021 Leave a comment

I know I talked about it on Instagram, but I don’t think I ever shared the Malibu quilt I made for Heather Ross last year on here.  The quilt features Heather’s Malibu collection as well as her and Annabel Wrigley’s Ruby + Bee solids.

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It’s actually mostly solids but with some Malibu fabric mixed in.

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If you look closely at this quilt, it’s flying geese turned in different directions.  There’s not pattern and I didn’t write one, but you can get the gist of it.

When I made this quilt, I had lots of half square triangles left from making the flying geese.  I know there are ways to make flying geese without waste, but that’s not how I made mine.

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Rather than toss all the half square triangles, I knew I could make something new, and now I have a second Malibu quilt.

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This quilt is lap size(ish). I had no goal for it except to use what I had leftover.

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Once I sewed the half square triangles together and pressed them open, I squared them up so everything would be straight and the same size.

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Then I just started laying them out in no particular order or direction.  I didn’t want the quilt to be uniform or in a certain pattern.

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The result is that perfect scrappy half square triangle look I was going for.

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For fabric that was otherwise going to go to waste, it didn’t turn out that bad!

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Jewel Box

March 22, 2021 Leave a comment

I think most of my life as a quilt maker has been spent making scrap quilts.  I’m fine with this.  In fact, I think I excel at scrap quilts, if I do say so myself.  I love making them and the satisfaction I get from seeing my scrap bags whittled down is high.

My latest quilt is, you guessed it, a scrap quilt.  This one is quickly rising to the top of my favorite quilts.

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It is made with all Denyse Schmidt fabric, which I think really stands out with the black background – like little jewel boxes.

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These blocks were possible because I save ALL the small pieces of scrap fabric – pieces that most people would probably throw away.  Those little corners are only 1”x1” finished squares.

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I know some quilters don’t like saving small scraps, or some trim all their scraps to 5” squares, but not I.  Maybe it’s the frugal person in me or just that feeling knowing there is something I will be able to use a little scrap of fabric for, that I can’t toss them.  And saving small scraps pays off big time when you can make something like this out of them.

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When I started this quilt I hadn’t planned for it to become this big, but I realized I already had a quilt back I could use – a vintage bedsheet that pairs perfectly – so like the crazy person I am I made 21 more blocks.  I wanted to use most of the sheet so there wouldn’t be much waste (hello frugal me again) so I made more blocks and will only have to trim the back once I’m done quilting it.  Plus, I had more than enough scraps to make more blocks so it all worked out.

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I have already started quilting this one and I can’t wait to show you the finished quilt with the very cool vintage bedsheet as the back.

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Ludlow – Finished

March 8, 2021 1 Comment

This quilt has been a journey.  Not in a bad way, just that it took more time and effort than I had planned on.  In the end, though, it’s been worth it.

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This fabric is the Ludlow collection from Denyse Schmidt.  I only bought a fat eighth bundle when I got it, and I had to cut into it for something else, so I didn’t have a lot of fabric to work with from the beginning.  Then at the start, I misjudged how many blocks I would be able to make but soon realized I would need sashing if I wanted it to be at least a lap sized quilt, which I did.

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I don’t mind the sashing because it’s different than what I normally do, and in this case, I think it really makes the blocks pop.  But usually, in my opinion, using sashing often makes quilts look a bit more traditional than my personal taste.

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In the end it all worked because I had the perfect backing fabric that I have been saving for something special.

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This is Little Folks voile fabric from Anna Maria Horner.  It feels so silky soft and I absolutely love the pattern.  Plus it pairs perfectly with Ludlow.  There was only one problem: my quilt was just a few inches too wide.  (I had not thought ahead to backing fabric when I made the top.)

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So…I took the entire quilt apart and trimmed the sashing.  I took off a little bit more than I needed to and could have left the sashing a bit wider – I wish I wouldn’t have done that but oh well.

Then, after I put it all back together and had started quilting it, I realized I had an error in one of my blocks and had a piece turned the wrong way.  Ugh!  I would have left it but I hadn’t quilted that part yet and could still fix it. The perfectionist in me couldn’t let it go, so once again I took a section of this quilt apart and fixed the block.  It would have bugged me forever if I had left it.  It was a major pain but I’m glad I did it.

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After all my fixes and reworking of this quilt, I love the finished product.  It’s a perfect little lap quilt.

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