Finished Baby Quilt + Tutorial

Sewing has been minimal lately. Life’s been a little full (hello December!) but I did get the Stick-Shift baby quilt quilted and bound. It was nice to have some mindless straight-line quilting to work on when I had a minute to sit at the sewing machine.

This quilt is made from Sweetwater’s new Boathouse Collection for Moda. I used a Jolly Bar (collection of pre-cuts) from the Fat Quarter Shop. Yardage should be available soon from the Fat Quarter Shop and Fabricworm as well as other fabric retailers. I’m such a sucker for nautical colors.
For the backing I was determined to use something I already had on hand, and I found this home dec gingham from Ikea in my stash, waiting for just the right project to back. Check.
I love the way this one turned out. I haven’t decided if I’m going to sell this one, or just hold onto it for a future baby present. Probably will end up being the latter.
Here’s a little bit of the reality behind the scenes around here right now. (Avert your eyes if piles of stuff stresses you out.) We’re still in the middle of remodeling our kitchen and family room. The kitchen is making progress – the family room is in flux. As a result a lot of junk from that room is currently piled up in our dining room/sewing space. It’s not pretty, and doesn’t do much to add to the Christmas ambiance, but I’m excited that we’re making progress. It’s also motivating me to clean-out and de-junk. I’ve made two trips to drop off at the thrift store this week!
Remember, there is a free tutorial for this pattern. I used the Jolly Bars, but it would also work with Jelly Roll strips. Click here for the tutorial for this quilt. If you make one, I’d love to see it!

Best. Day. Ever. Fabric and Quilt-Lab Science

For our April Bee block, April (appropriate) Rosenthal requested an X-Plus quilt block. And to make it extra fun, she sent us some of her new collection for Moda, Best.Day.Ever. (April has a free pattern for this block.) 

I am so excited for April! She has worked so hard. I first met April 3 years ago when I found her locally to help me with some web-design stuff (she’s got skillz I can only dream of) and found out she was a quilter too. Well look at what she’s done since! Here’s her beautiful booth at Market in Pittsburgh last month. You can learn more about her new collection of quilt patterns on her blog.

 Best. Day. Ever. doesn’t ship to quilt shops until next fall, but here’s a little sneak peak thanks to April. This collection is full of cheerful, saturated colors.

 The collection contains some great blenders in multiple colors.

I love this graph-paper looking print. I think it will be a popular “low-volume” print that can be used in so many ways. It also comes in multiple tone-on-tone colors.

Another fun new item I got my hands on is Ali Winston’s new book, Quilt Lab-The Creative Side of Science: 12 Clever Projects. Ali is a math-teacher and self-proclaimed geek. All of the quilt are inspired by scientific themes, symbols and designs. It’s a beautiful book with a entirely new take on quilt design. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea:

If you are looking for some fresh, modern quilt inspiration, or you’re also a quilt-geek, or you have loveable geeks in your life that need a quilt, check out Quilt Lab. You can see all of the projects in the book on Ali’s Blog.

Ali has also designed quilt-geek t-shirts! You can check them out in her Etsy shop. I know I definitely have quilt-geek tendencies. Obviously people quilt for different reasons but I know for me designing quilt patterns is definitely housed in the same part of my brain that likes to play tetris and efficiently load a dishwasher. I just wish that efficiency spilled over into my fabric storage skills…

Charm Pack Cherry free quilt pattern

I was asked a while back if I would like to create a quilt using the Fat Quarter Shop’s latest free pattern, Charm Pack Cherry. Who could resist playing with new Moda Charm Packs, so I said sure! This is my version. This quilt is about 52″ x 54″ (before I washed it) and made from two patterned charm packs and two solid charm packs. The quilt works up super fast.

I chose the new Wishes collection by Sweetwater for Moda. Such a cute collection. I especially love those little pennant flags, not to mention the bias tone-on-tone gingham, which was perfect for the binding too. I was worried that the solid red would be too dominant, but it has really grown on me. I think the texture of the quilting made a big difference (it always does.)

The quilting on this quilt was done by Melissa Kelley of Sew Shabby Quilting. It’s a simple, boxy-square, all-over design and works so well with the design of the quilt. I also gave the quilt a wash to give it that nice, puckery, worn-in feeling.
I used my leftover Wishes charm squares as an accent on the back. The rest of the back was pieced from fabric from my stash. (*pats self on back*)
This is rare for me, but I’m actually putting this quilt for sale in my etsy shop. Details here
You can download your very own copy of the free Charm Pack Cherry pattern here and watch the video tutorial below.

Visit the Fat Quarter Shop’s blog, the Jolly Jabber, to see other versions of the Charm Pack Cherry pattern.
 In celebration of the Charm Pack Cherry pattern release, all charm packs are on sale through March 2!

GIVEAWAY: And on top of that, the Fat Quarter Shop is generously giving away 4 charm packs (2 packs of prints and 2 solids = enough to make your own new Charm Pack Cherry quilt) to one of you! Just leave a comment telling me which charm packs you’d pick! Giveaway open until Sat, March 1 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED

WINNER: cse84663February 25, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Color me happy, wishes, or April showers, too many good ones to choose. I love your quilt with the red! So striking.
Finally, I just have to share a funny little story about taking the pictures for this post. I always feel a little sheepish taking pictures of quilts out in “the wild”, worried about what people might think. As I was taking this one, and older man rode by on his bike and shouted, “Did you make that blanket?” when I said yes, he yelled,”Good on you!” and kept riding. Thank you nice old man!

Vintage-Sheet inspired quilt finished!

First of all, thank you so much for the sweet comments and encouragement on my post last week. That meant so much. I’m always a little leery of sharing TMI, but at the same time finding the balance of keeping it real. That’s a tricky thing for me.
Second of all, I finished binding one of the quilts! I started this quilt ages ago. Well, it feels that way at least. The fabric in this quilt is from a collection for Moda called Dream On by the Urban Chicks. The collection was inspired by vintage sheets (something I really love). It came out I want to say 4 years ago (was it really that long ago?) and I gradually collected bits and pieces because I liked it so much.

It took me a while before I finally decided what to do with the collection – I chose my Double Crossed pattern because I really liked how the green solid (I think it’s Kona Green Grass) contrasted with the busy floral patterns.

Lest anyone out there think that I am constantly cranking out a quilt – because I know it can tend to seem that way in blogland – let this quilt be a good example of the reality behind the scenes.  Fabric purchased 3-4 years ago; finally started cutting into it 1.5 years ago; started piecing blocks last summer; finished piecing blocks at a retreat in February; finally sewed all the blocks together at the beginning of the summer, then it still took me 2 months to add the borders and choose a back; had someone else do the quilting last week. And voila. It is finally done.

The back for this one is a vintage sheet I found at a thrift store a few years ago. I knew I wanted a vintage sheet for the back and it took me a while to find just the right one. I’ve actually cut up most of the one’s I have. Fortunately I’d preserved this one because I liked it so much and it turned out to be a good match. Plus, it was just the right size! And it was so nice not to have to piece a back.

The quilting is a simple all-over meader-loop pattern by Melissa of Sew Shabby quilting. Perfect for the really busy prints.
It’s such a cheerful, summery quilt. Feels so good to even have it done before the end of summer! Bonus.