Sunburst Quilt Finish

Well the Sunburst Quilt I’ve been working on for just a couple of weeks is finished!

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I followed this pattern from the Moda Bake Shop blog, if you’re looking for a cute, quick and easy baby quilt to make, I highly recommend this one. It took me about 15 hours to piece the top, add in basting, quilting & binding… the whole thing probably only took me about 20-25 hours to make. Love those quick finishes.

All of the fabric I used was from my stash with the exception of some end of bolt fabric I bought on clearance. Some of it is designer fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics, Michael Miller and more. Others are from the remnants bin at Joann’s, some of it I even inherited from my Mom when I culled through her fabric stash a few years back. I love it when I can complete a quilt using only fabrics from my stash. Buying fabric is always fun, but I have a limited amount of space to store it now that I have a little guy on the way. These days I am really making an effort to use up my stash and scraps when I start new projects.

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Usually I like to piece the backs of my quilts with fabrics left over from the front, but since I wanted to get this guy done quickly I decided not to do that this time and just find a big piece of fabric from my stash. I picked this Michael Miller fabric from my stash, it was from the Krystals line from a few years back. It was barely big enough. I got a few yards in a few colors from a lady advertising on Craigslist a while back. Apparently she had a quilt shop that closed up and she was trying to get rid of some of her inventory. I also have red, orange (used on the orange blocks), yellow, green and blue. This used up pretty much all of the purple I got from her. The rest is in my scraps bin.

I used the rest of my batik fabric (used on one of the blocks in the top row) to make the binding. I really love how that turned out. The quilting was a free motion stipple done using some variegated thread I had on hand. I was afraid the colors would be distracting on the white background but I think it turned out OK. The quilt finishes at about 40.5″x53.5″.

Thanks for stopping by! I’m linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday.

hi[bear]nate quilt for henry

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I finished baby Henry’s quilt! And none too soon, only about 4 weeks until he’s due to make his appearance! All the fabrics I used to make this quilt were from the Hello, Bear by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics collection:

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The pattern I used was also a free download offered by Art Gallery Fabrics/Bonnie Christine. Beware: I encountered lots of mistakes with the pattern when I was putting the quilt together. I started emailing them over to AGF and they did update their pattern, but as I was finishing the quilt I found more mistakes and didn’t email those over. If you use your common sense when you’re putting the quilt together, you’ll be able to figure it out.

Here’s a view of the back:

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The pattern says it will finish at 53″x60″, mine was pretty close to finishing that size.

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I’ve been free motion quilting for a little while now, but this was the first time I attempted stippling. I did a pretty large stippling pattern, it is by no means one of those small neat ones. In the past I’ve done mostly loops for FMQ, I found as a beginner it was easier to do those and not have to worry about trying to avoid overlapping quilting. I was pretty happy with how the stippling turned out and I love the texture it affords.

Here’s a couple pictures of the quilt in the nursery. I absolutely love how it turned out!

2014 Quilt Finishes

What a crazy year 2014 was. I’m surprised with all that was going on in my life — cancer, selling our business, recovery and ultimately cancer again — I’m surprised I was able to get any quilting done. But it was a nice distraction away from taking care of Mike. I can’t control his health, but I CAN control how this quilt comes together!!

First up, A Quilt for my niece, Juliette, finished in May 2014:

Another baby quilt finished in July 2014 with Granny Squares:

Yet another baby quilt for a newcomer to the family, Elizabeth was finished in August 2014:

And lastly, a baby quilt for my friends the Studderts who just had their first child, another girl. This was finished in September 2014:

I need to stop being friends with so many people having babies!! πŸ™‚

Leaves & Berries Quilt

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I saw this quilt in the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Fons & Porter’s For the Love of Quilting and it immediately reminded me of the living room at my aunt and uncle’s house, so I decided to go ahead and make it for them. I couldn’t find one fabric collection that met my needs, so I mixed and matched a couple of different designers. They ended up going together pretty well. (There was a second green fabric I can’t find a picture of online)

The quilt finished at just about 63″x63″. By far the most challenging aspect of this quilt was all of the applique required. There were 52 berries and 52 leaves to cut and affix to the front of the quilt. I ended up using the leftover fabric for the backing (of which there was a lot, even though I ordered according to the fabric guidelines).

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As for the quilting, I used a template for the centers of the starburst looking blocks and stitched in the ditch/FMQ most of the rest of it. There were a few mistakes on the quilt, to be expected since this is the most ambitious one I’ve ever attempted, but I am mostly happy with how it turned out.

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My aunt and uncle were very happy to receive it. Thanks for reading!

Linking up with Amanda for Finish it Up Friday, Sarah’s Giveaway and Angie’s linky.

Superhero Quilt

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Another finished quilt! This one is a little special. I threw a baby shower for Mom and baby back in January and had the ladies at the shower write or draw messages on fabric squares to be made into a quilt. I took those squares and arranged them into a checkerboard design with some sashing. This is the finished result, finally ready to be presented to baby and Mommy. Quilt measures 33.5″x37.5″ and used an assortment of fabrics, mostly Rocket Age by October Afternoon for Riley Blake. I saw this fabric at my local quilt shop and absolutely fell in love! It’s so adorable! I did FMQ loop de loops with white thread on top and blue thread on bottom. I’m so loving FMQ!

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I also used some Batman fabric and some flannel train fabric, both picked up from Joann’s. Here’s the back of the quilt:

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Closeup of the quilting:

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Love that stripey binding!

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Baby Studdert Quilt

Another baby quilt finish! This quilt was created for some friends expecting their first baby. The pattern is called “Baby Bliss” and was featured in the December 2012 issue of Quilter’s World magazine. I used Kona Snow for the white fabric and various pinks, greens and browns from my stash for the bowtie blocks. I also used some fabrics from my stash for the binding and the backing fabrics. It finished at 47.5″x36″.

I quilted a kind of pinwheel pattern I made up in the areas between the bowties. On the bowties and the borders I did FMQ loop-de-loops.

Close up of the quilting.

Close up of the quilting.

The front of the quilt.

The front of the quilt.

You can see on the front of the quilt I placed one of the bowtie blocks the wrong way. Oops!! Oh well, guess that’s how you know it’s handmade. πŸ˜‰

The back of the quilt.

The back of the quilt.

I was also able to deliver the quilt in person to the new mom and dad, they loved it! Thanks for reading!

Baby Lee Quilt

Another quilt finish for 2014! This is a quilt for my cousin who is having her first child later this year. The baby is going to be a girl. I love working on girl quilts with lots of pink fabrics! I wanted to use some high quality fabrics for this one, so I ordered a fat quarter bundle of Butterfly Dance fabrics by Cinderberry Stitches for Riley Blake:

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I used the pattern “Oh Buoy!” by Elizabeth Tisinger Beese featured in a supplement to American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, August 2014 issue. It was a pretty easy pattern to follow, perfect for me since I had just a couple of weeks to start and finish the quilt. I was very happy with how it turned out! I used almost the entire bundle on this quilt, using any fat quarters I didn’t cut into for the front, on the back. I also cut into the fat quarters for the binding. I think there are a couple more green fat quarters in my stash that didn’t fit in this one, and I bought way too much of the white fabric, but it will be a nice addition to my stash.

The front of the quilt.

The front of the quilt.

The back of the quilt.

The back of the quilt.

Closeup of the quilting.

Closeup of the quilting.

This was my first time doing free motion quilting on a quilt of this scale and I was very happy with how it turned out. I used a lot more thread than I usually do, and I hit a few snags, but overall I felt that the quilting process moved much more quickly using FMQ. I did some loop-de-loops in the main pattern area and did a simple stipple pattern on the border. I forgot to measure the finished product, but it was just about the size of a crib quilt batting, 46.76″x58.5″ was the finish size on the pattern.

I was so happy to be able to travel to Long Island and deliver this baby quilt in person!

Future Mommy & me!

Future Mommy & me!

I really enjoyed this quilt and I’m LOVING FMQ! Hope you like it!

Baby Granny Squares Quilt

Another finished quilt for me, hooray! I made this quilt for a friend who just had her first baby, a girl. This was another scraps and stash buster, no new materials bought for this project. I did run out of Kona Snow for the sashing and had to buy more, and found the binding material in the remnants bin while I was at the store. I really like the scrappy border around the outside of the squares. Mommy is not too fond of pink so I tried to restrain myself, which is so hard… I love making pink quilts for girls! Hopefully Mommy and baby both enjoy this one.

The front of the quilt.

The front of the quilt.

The back of the quilt

The back of the quilt

The quilt finishes at 49″x36″. I used straight line stitching on this one.

Juliette’s Quilt

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I started this quilt back in October 2012 with no real purpose in mind other than reducing my rapidly accumulating scraps stash. Then we moved in November 2012 and I got side tracked. I worked on it now and then, here and there without making a ton of progress.

Finally, towards the end of 2013, my sister announced that she was having another baby, this time a girl! I decided to get my butt in gear and finish this quilt for her and the baby, and this past week I finally did. It’s been so long since I finished a quilt (the last was Granny Squares back in 2012, no finishes in 2013!) that I forgot to measure it or anything. I can tell you I did a machine binding with white fabric, and a simple diamond pattern quilting with white thread.

Here’s another view of the front:
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And the back, these are all flannel remnants from the bin at Joann’s:
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Feels good to be quilting again πŸ™‚

2012 Quilt Finishes

2012 was a crazy year for me. Our catering business really took off and I had almost no time to myself during the summer. After my crazy amount of finishes in 2011, I got a little burnt out on quilting and took somewhat of a break in 2012.

Here are the quilts I did manage to finish in 2012… (even if this post is a couple months late :blush: )

The Zig Zag Quilt

The Baby Clothes Quilt

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Chasing Chevrons Quilt

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Positively Perfect Quilt

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And finally, the Granny Squares Quilt

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I have to say, I’m proud of the way my skills progressed over the year! I was extremely happy with how the last two quilts turned out. πŸ™‚ Here’s to more finishes in 2013!