Striped Quilt






This quilt was pieced back when I cleaned out all my blue and green scraps.  My favorite part is the hand quilting.  I had never quilted this traditional pattern before, but really enjoyed it, and love the way it looks.  I will definitely be doing it again.

The quilting pattern is called Baptist Fans, and I found a neat tutorial for a neat way of marking them when you don't have a stencil.  Here it is.  If I was going to do it often, I'd maybe get the stencil, but this worked quite well I thought.

I think this quilt is a good example of how I like to mix the modern and vintage vibes together to keep the quilt from fitting into one specific category.  It's scrappy, so that gives it a vintage feel.  The color coded stripes give it a more modern graphic edge.  Then the traditional hand quilting gives it a vintage feel again.  Do I explain myself?  I'm just realizing that this is an aspect I really like to put in my quilts, but hadn't verbalized it before.

Criss Cross Apple Sauce Quilt






Criss Cross AppleSauce.  That's the name of this quilt pattern from a book by Bonnie K. Hunter Scraps & Shirttails II.  I have two of the Scraps and Shirttails books, and love them, although this is the only pattern I've made yet.  If you don't know about Bonnie Hunter, she's got a great website called Quiltville, and is the original creator of the Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt block.

I backed it with a Cotton and Steel double gauze in a warm peachy pink, so it's very soft.

I have a backup of a few quilts that need to be added to my shop so I'll be showing them to you in the next couple days!

checking in...



Just had to stop in again, since I miss this space, and quilting in general.  The last few days I've been looking especially longingly at my fabric, and thinking to myself that soon I will find the time!  Meanwhile, above are a couple photos of the fabric bundle I put together for FabricSpark for January.  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, and can't wait to make something with it.  I think I'll maybe add a few more darker greens, although it depends what pattern I end up using...  the nice thing is, there's still a few of these bundles available!  So if by chance you like it, then it can be yours!


And just to prove that I have been doing a tiny bit of sewing, here's a glimpse of a quilt block above.  Can you guess what it is?  It's from Simply Retro!



And then a baby quilt that I've been very slowly handquilting over the last few months.  Now I think I have a baby to give it to, so that should speed it up!  Hopefully I'll be back soon with finished photos on this one.

Simply Retro - Dapper






Here's the Dapper quilt from Simply Retro.  If it doesn't seem quite familiar, I changed one simple thing...can you guess what it is?  This was my least favorite pattern in the book, but when I thought of eliminating the vertical sashing strips, and then reversing the colored/background fabrics, it made all the difference for me.

In the original, the pinwheels are white, whereas in mine, they are printed.  Clear as mud?  Anyways, now I really like this pattern, as I always love pinwheels.

It's backed in a voile, which makes it so silky and soft, and I free motion quilted it in a swirly pattern, which I haven't done for awhile.

Here's a mosaic of all the quilts I've made from Simply Retro so far.



If I really do make every one in the book, I've got 5 more to go, but there's two that I'm contemplating leaving out... so that would be 3 left!