Sunday, December 28, 2014

Baby Quilts...and a new machine!

I was given the most amazing and perfect Christmas gift for me...a new Bernina 750 Quilters Edition!!! I am so lucky and grateful and over the moon ...and I have the best boyfriend in the world!!

I had two baby quilts mostly pieced and I got to try free motion quilting for the first time!!! I had been struggling for a couple of years to try to FMQ on my old singer and it just wasn't happening. 

This "garland" quilt was one big new experience! I used the quick curve ruler to piece curves for the first time. I strayed from the pattern and made it into garland
motif, and used polka dots in alternating rows. This was my very first free motion experience and I tried several different patterns. 

The back is pieced from fabric I had on hand. This is after being washed and dried for that perfect crinkle!

The second baby quilt is made for one of my very good friends who is having a baby in February. I used the pink and blue charms left over from my radiating star quilt, some kona solids, and scamper by birch for the sashing. I did simple 16" star blocks which were really fun. The organic birch fabric pressed nice and crisp and was pleasing to work with.

I used an all over stipple pattern for the quilting and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Of course there are some flaws but overall I am excited about my FMQ so far!! 

Detail of block 

Detail of quilting and pink flower binding. The back is all one piece of scamper by birch.

This is also my first time posting from the blogger app! Out with the old, in with the new!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

baby quilt finish for abby

i made a color-blocked scrappy trip around the world for my friend who is having a baby! i only photographed it with an iphone, sorry for quality! when i started this quilt, the gender was unknown but we found out quickly it will be a girl! i think the rainbow works great for either boy or girl. straightline quilted simply on the diagonal, and backed in "Sparrow" in leaf from Oh Deer! by momo. I used a woodbark print in light blue for the binding.

welcome to the world, abby! i hope you get lots of tummy time on this quilt made just for you by your tante mandy.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

tula pink finish

my second finish of 2014! that is good for me. this quilt was made almost entirely of tula pink prints. she is one of my favorite designers and i love love love everything she puts out. i decided to use larger piecing in this quilt for ease and quickness and also to show off these amazing prints. the backing is a juliana horner print that i picked up at joann, and i used a panel of the pieced part down the middle. finished dimensions 70" x 78". i used a simple swiss dot as a binding, and used variegated thread on my straightline quilting. there are so many wonderful surprises in the tula pink prints, this will make a lovely gift for a special friend. i hope she spends lots of time picking out her favorite details. xo

Sunday, February 16, 2014

radiating star finish

a YEAR LATER, i finally have another finish! i was inspired by this photo and wanted to make a full size version. i used bella porcelain and opal owl by tina givens charm squares for the half square triangles. the opal owl prints have a whimsical nature-y feel to them.
finished dimensions 70" x 78"
i used a flannel burlap print from joann for the backing, flannel-backed quilts are so cozy! i also used joann fabric for the sashing and binding, i tried to focus on browns to masculine-it-up some.
while i was photographing this quilt over my fence, i was enjoying the awesome scent of the jasmine that is exploding into bloom right now.
and always under the supervision of my constant companion, of course.