Baby Boy X’s and O’s Quilt

Another finish!

I used this tutorial from the Moda Bake Shop called X’s and O’s. Making this quilt sure was a journey! When I first finished the top, I hated it. I thought the colors blended together too much (and I still do) and somehow none of my points were matching and many of them got buried… it was a hot mess. I put it away for a while and made the three strings quilts. I came back to it because my fiance and I had a baby shower coming up in just a couple of weeks and I needed to make a quilt for it. I thought it would be faster to fix the problems with this one and finish it. I’m glad I did… one because it’s out of my hair, and two because it did end up cute. I made a ton of mistakes along the way and even left the iron on it too long and burnt it!! Dear lord. But I don’t think anyone will notice it.

I used Bella Solids Light Blue for the blue fabric and Hushabye Hollow by Lydia Nelson of Dreamy Quilts for the other fabrics on the front. I ended up using most of a charm pack AND a mini charm pack.

I had some fun flexing my FMQ muscles. I did the same kind of quilting on the center block that the tutorial author did. I also added a couple more borders to make the quilt a bit larger. That was another headache but even though the checkerboard border didn’t end up perfect, it’s still OK. I love the way the quilting looks on the back:

Here’s that fabric again! Told you I have a ton of it. That’s ok, it’s perfect fabric for a baby quilt and I’m sure lucky to not have to buy more fabric. The quilt finished at just about 41″ square. Not a huge baby quilt, but it will do just fine.

And Another Makes Three

Here is yet another version of this baby strings quilt that I love so much! I just made two of these for a couple of babies born in my family. When my mom saw them, she asked if I could make one for her neighbor who was expecting. And if your mom asks… you gotta say yes!

It’s a bit hard to tell from the image, but the white background fabric has a slight polka dot pattern with different primary colored polka dots. And the blue cornerstone fabric is the same as the fabric I used on one of the other baby strings quilts. I love the background fabric I found at Hobby Lobby earlier this year.

Again, I quilted with white thread in an all over meander. Gotta love those quick FMQ quilting! This one also finished at about 58″x58″.

So nice, had to make it twice

It’s been a while, but I’m back today with not ONE but TWO finishes!

It’s a very simple but super fast and fun strings quilt I found over at Crazy Mom Quilts. It started as a quilt-along in June 2017. Here is a link to the last post, which links to the previous posts with instructions if you’d like to make it. Originally, when Amanda Jean made the quilt she did colorful strings and a green and yellow polka dotted fabric. I thought it looked a little busy. But then I saw she did a version with low volume white strings and a red and white polka dotted fabric and fell absolutely in love with it. So I decided to try making both versions: a low volume strings version and a colorful strings version.

I really love how both of them turned out, I couldn’t pick a favorite! The best part is I used all fabrics from my stash for this project, even the backings. The tops came together so quickly and easily, in fact I need another quilt in a hurry and I made a THIRD version of this because it comes together so fast!

Here’s a full view of the quilt with the colorful strings. The white fabric is actually fabric my mom bought for my nursery in the 80s. There’s still a lot of it left so I was glad to use some of it up. The cool thing about these quilts is that they are both for little boys in my family, cousins born just a couple months apart. I love that these two quilts will complement each other for cousins born so close together. Here is the back of the colorful strings quilt:

I used up this Snoopy fabric I bought just about a year ago for the backing, and added some other blues from my stash since it wasn’t quite large enough. I used leftover scraps from the back for the binding. I love it when I can cut down on fabric waste!

And a full view of the low volume strings version. I love the blue fabric on this, it was a Dear Stella fabric I picked up last August. And the light green cornerstones I also picked up last August. Still have a lot of it left.

And the back of the low volume strings quilt. I love that centerpiece fabric. I think I bought it at Hobby Lobby at some point, but I didn’t log it in a stash post so I’m not exactly sure. I love putting dark backings on baby quilts or quilts for kids. That way Mom can put the quilt down outside, or maybe on a floor that hasn’t been mopped in a while (happens to all of us!!) and she doesn’t have to worry about it getting dirty or stained.

Both quilts finished at about 58″ x 58″ square and were quilted with an all over free motion stipple with white thread. I’ll tell you what, it was tricky keeping track of the quilting on that dark blue and white fabric! I messed up a couple of times but it would be hard to find them.

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Stash Report January 13, 2019

I’ve decided on which quilt I’m going to make for the baby boy my cousin is expecting I mentioned here. I’ve decided to make this X’s and O’s quilt from the Moda Bake Shop:

I have a charm pack of Hushabye Hollow I mentioned in this stash report… gosh, almost a year ago!!

I also have a mini charm pack of it that I’ll probably use to make a border to increase the size of the quilt. In going through my stash reports from last year I now realize I had a bunch of fabrics I could have used for the backing, but when I went out to find the background fabric for this quilt I ended up buying some backing fabric:

Sorry for the bad photo… trying to find a place with good lighting was difficult today!

It’s not a designer fabric, but it’s good quality and I got it on sale so I’m happy with it. Two yards of that along with two yards of light blue Bella Solids (I’m trying to branch out of using whites for backgrounds) and that’s it for my stash this week.

Used this Week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 0 yards

Added this Week: 4 yards

Added Year to Date: 4 yards

Net for 2019: -4 yards de-stashed

I ended 2018 in the red and I’m starting 2019 the same way!

To Do List 2019

This post is really for me to keep track of where I am in my never ending quilt list, but feel to join along with me! So when we last left off on my to do list we had the following:

  1. Quilt for C: This is the Connect Four quilt. FINISHED!
  2. Pillow case for ME from Zelda fabric. I’m crossing this off of my list because I don’t really want to make it any more!
  3. I still want to make Mike’s T-shirt quilt. I may make another t-shirt quilt first so I can practice on shirts that have less sentimental value to me before I risk making a mistake on these shirts.
  4. The Lattice quilt tutorial when I pre-ordered the ombre confetti jelly roll from V and Co.
  5. Singing the Blues by Moda Bake Shop
  6. Applique UFO. I actually have this pieced together and a sandwich made, but I think I’m going to put this on the back burner for now.
  7. Christmas UFO.
  8. Batik Flower Applique UFO.

Another family member has become pregnant so I’m adding another baby boy quilt to my list. Here’s my new list for 2019, in order of priority:

  1. Baby Boy Quilt (due May 2019). I have some fabric pre-cuts I think may work for this one.
  2. I still want to make Mike’s T-shirt quilt. I may make another t-shirt quilt first so I can practice on shirts that have less sentimental value to me before I risk making a mistake on these shirts.
  3. The Lattice quilt tutorial when I pre-ordered the ombre confetti jelly roll from V and Co.
  4. Singing the Blues by Moda Bake Shop
  5. Christmas UFO.
  6. Batik Flower Applique UFO.
  7. Applique UFO.

Carl’s Connect Four Quilt

Finally finished this quilt! I actually finished it back in November but my site has been down for about a month and a half and I just got it resolved. I started this quilt back in August as a gift for my fiance on our first anniversary. It is a pattern from the Country Girl Modern Book by Jo and Kelli Kramer at Jo’s Country Junction.

I used Kona Burgundy cotton for the background fabric at my fiance’s request. Various scraps from my stash were used for the little squares. My fiance is a huge Harry Potter fan so a lot of the scraps are Harry Potter themed. I tried not to use too many florals or feminine colors, since this is a quilt for a man, but the bulk of my quilting has been for women and children so this was a little difficult. I think I pulled it off, though!

The backing is actually an old sheet of his, it was in great condition and great quality so I was happy to use it. Also because it meant I didn’t have to piece a backing! I machine bound the quilt with some of the burgundy scraps. I love using up every bit of fabric I can with a quilt. I love scraps but I don’t want to have too many.

I quilted in an all over loop-de-loop with burgundy thread on top and blue thread on the bottom. This is the first quilt I’ve quilted on my new Juki TL-2010Q and it was an absolute dream. I’m still working out the thread tension (I got the burgundy thread on sale and I think that was the culprit) but overall it was a much better experience than quilting on my old Singer Confidence Quilter. I’ll still keep that one around since it has tons of computerized stitches that will be good for mending and other kinds of projects.

This quilt ended up finishing at about 62.5″x78.5″. I’m still working on cutting accurately and getting a consistent 1/4″ seam allowance so that is probably why my quilt is smaller than the pattern.

So how does Carl like it? He loves it! He’s taken more than one nap with it and in fact put it on our bed, even though it’s too small to fit all the way on there. I’m calling this one a success!

Stash Report September 23, 2018

The last couple of weeks I’ve been sharing with you some unfinished projects I’ve inherited from my mother-in-law’s friend who passed away. Here is the last of the stash.

I’m counting this as one UFO even though I think there are two separate projects here, since two are set on point and the others are squared. 5 of the six are made with batiks though so I think, with some creativity, I might be able to make these into one quilt top. I may take one or two out and make pillows with them if they end up not working, though. All of the applique on these blocks is finished and there are instructions for more blocks, but I think I’d rather do some patchwork blocks to finish out the quilt top.

Speaking of patchwork, I got all of this fabric along with the other UFOs and yardage:

These are mostly batiks and mostly eighth- to quarter-yard pieces. I did a rough measurement (by sight only) and I estimated there’s almost 13 yards of fabric here. I’d love to use these to finish out a quilt top with the batik flower applique blocks.

Used this Week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 24 7/12 yards

Added this Week: 12 3/4 yards

Added Year to Date: 75 yards (I rounded down so I wouldn’t have weird decimals)

Net for 2018: -51 7/12 yards de-stashed

This project adds another project to my list.

  1. Quilt for C: This is the Connect Four quilt. Follow my progress on my instagram. I’ve started to sew the rows together, so a finished quilt top is in my near future.
  2. Pillow case for ME from Zelda fabric.
  3. Mike’s T-shirt quilt. I may make another t-shirt quilt first so I can practice on shirts that have less sentimental value to me before I risk making a mistake on these shirts.
  4. The Lattice quilt tutorial when I pre-ordered the ombre confetti jelly roll from V and Co.
  5. Singing the Blues by Moda Bake Shop
  6. Applique UFO
  7. Christmas UFO
  8. Batik Flower Applique UFO

With that, I’ve shared all the fabric bits I received from my mother-in-law’s friend. I also received a TON of rulers and patterns. I’m giving most of those away since I have a lot rulers already and the patterns aren’t really my style.

Stash Report September 16, 2018

On my last stash report, I shared one of the unfinished projects a friend of my mother-in-law’s left behind when she passed away. Here is another one:

It’s a charming applique Christmas quilt. When I was first looking at the blocks, I didn’t realize that the letters came together to spell “Christmas,” even though it seems obvious now! I could tell that some of the blocks were unfinished (probably I don’t want a block with a bald angel!) but I didn’t get a pattern or instructions for finishing them. I decided to do some searching on Google and I managed to find the original pattern!

This Etsy shop has it listed as “Christmas Traditions felted wool appliqué wall hanging quilt pattern by Rhonda McCray for Farmhouse Threads #947 (2014) K0954.” Now that I see the finished product, hopefully I’ll be able to finish it. I thought it was interesting that she switched the Santa “S” to be a Sleigh “S,” along with some other creative changes. I’m not a big fan of the original pattern’s borders so I will make some of my own changes. I think I will sash the blocks with a dark green fabric and do a border around the blocks with the same fabric. I might do a pieced border after that and then another solid border to increase the size. I plan on giving this to my mother for Christmas, I think she’d really love it.

I’m not counting these pieces as “yardage” coming into my stash, and these pieces didn’t come with coordinating fabrics. Once I decide to finish the quilt I’ll have to buy some fabrics and I will count the incoming yardage then.

Used this Week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 24 7/12 yards

Added this Week: 0 yards

Added Year to Date: 62 1/3 yards

Net for 2018: -37 3/4 yards de-stashed

This project adds another project to my list.

  1. Quilt for C: This is the Connect Four quilt. Follow my progress on my instagram. I’ve started to sew the rows together, so a finished quilt top is in my near future.
  2. Pillow case for ME from Zelda fabric.
  3. Mike’s T-shirt quilt. I may make another t-shirt quilt first so I can practice on shirts that have less sentimental value to me before I risk making a mistake on these shirts.
  4. The Lattice quilt tutorial when I pre-ordered the ombre confetti jelly roll from V and Co.
  5. Singing the Blues by Moda Bake Shop
  6. Applique UFO
  7. Christmas UFO

I have one more UFO that I inherited from the quilt lady, I’ll be back to share that one next week.

Stash Report September 9, 2018

This week I got an amazing gift from my mother-in-law. A friend of hers from church passed away and she passed on some of her friend’s unfinished quilty UFOs and fabric on to me. I’m so happy to have them and I hope I can put them to good use. I’m still going through the haul so I will probably feature the finds over the next few weeks of stashes.

The first project is this beautiful pink and tan applique project. Quite a few of the fabrics remind me of the fabrics I used in my Leaves and Berries Quilt from a few years ago. I searched my stash and unfortunately don’t have any more of those fabrics left, but the UFO came with some coordinating fabrics that should work. Most of the applique is finished except for some hearts on one of the smaller blocks. My plan is to use one of the pink coordinating fabrics to border the panel in the center, then create one or two borders with the remaining fabrics. I’d like to do sashing in between the other blocks but I don’t have enough of the pink coordinating fabric and I don’t think the others would look right.

Speaking of the coordinating fabrics, here they are:

There are 2 yards of the white with pink print, 1.25 yards of the pink and 5 yards of the tan with pink print. Should be plenty to finish this one.

Used this Week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 24 7/12 yards

Added this Week: 8 1/4 yards

Added Year to Date: 62 1/3 yards

Net for 2018: -37 3/4 yards de-stashed

This project adds another project to my list.

  1. Quilt for C: This is the Connect Four quilt. Follow my progress on my instagram. I’ve started to sew the rows together, so a finished quilt top is in my near future.
  2. Pillow case for ME from Zelda fabric.
  3. Mike’s T-shirt quilt. I may make another t-shirt quilt first so I can practice on shirts that have less sentimental value to me before I risk making a mistake on these shirts.
  4. The Lattice quilt tutorial when I pre-ordered the ombre confetti jelly roll from V and Co.
  5. Singing the Blues by Moda Bake Shop
  6. Applique UFO

Stay tuned to see more of the UFOs I received from this talented quilter.