Thursday, January 30, 2014

Heather's Baby Quilt

I finished my friend Heather's baby quilt last night. And without a moment to spare because her baby shower is tomorrow!

I'm pretty sure this is my fastest finish so far in my quilting "career". I started cutting just a little two weeks ago, finished piecing the top Sunday night and put the final stitches on the binding late last night. With my job and other "demands" on my time, it typically takes me about 6 weeks to complete a project.

I absolutely loved putting this little quilt together. The pattern was so much fun. It was designed by Jeni Baker and is in the Sept/Oct 2013 edition of Quilty Magazine.

I used Kona Mint as the background and various fabric for the blocks (Anne Kelle's Urban Zoology, Jenn Ski's Ten Little Things, more Kona solids). For the binding, I used an amazingly cute chevron print called Ziggy Lagoon. I love it! :-)

For the back, I used a print called Creatures and Critters: Nature Bears. How cute are those bears on their bicycles? Seriously?!

I quilted it with a simple all-over meander and now that it's washed and dried, it is wonderfully snuggly.

I cannot wait until tomorrow so I can give this little quilt to my buddy! :-)

So that's baby quilt number 2 all done... Have to start planning baby quilt number 3 now! Do you have a favourite baby quilt pattern? If yes, I would love to know... Tell me in the comments...

I will be sharing this finish over at:

Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, January 23, 2014

My First Ever...

I finished my first ever hand quilted project this week! I showed you a close up of the quilting earlier this week, but here is the full reveal.

This 16" square pillow cover was inspired by Amanda Jean's stunning pillow. When I saw it on the Crazy Mom Quilts blog, I just HAD to make one.

I pieced the top with a Bonnie and Camille mini charm pack (Marmalade I think!) and used a cream dotty print from their Modern Vintage collection for the sashing.

I hand quilted it using Aurifil 12 wt thread about 1/4" away from the seams.

The back is a simple envelope made with a Fig Tree & Co print.

I have to admit i didn't love the hand quilting. I didn't hate it, but I don't know that I would use this technique on a large quilt.

Now I need to get back to those baby quilts!

Linking up at the usual places again this week:

Have a great weekend!



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Baby Quilt #2

Before I show you pictures of my progress with baby quilt #2, I thought I would share the results of the hand quilting project I started a couple of weeks ago.

As you can plainly see, I have lots of room for improvement, but I got it done! I have pretty long nails, so my thimble just didn't feel comfortable at all. I basically decided to work without it and use my nails to push the needle through once I managed to get 3 stitches onto it. The "rocking" motion wasn't as easy or smooth that way, but it definitely got better with practice.

I made the backing last night so this pillow is done. Full reveal and pictures of the whole thing later this week.

Besides this pillow, the main project occupying my quilting time is baby quilt #2. I'm using Jeni Baker's Pyramid Dance pattern (Quilty Magazine) and I pulled a bunch of fat quarters from my stash in shades of blue and green, with a bit of orange.

I've got a couple of rows pieced already.

I am loving these cute babies...

And this awesome print (can't remember what designer these are from, so if you know, please leave a comment!)...

I'm hoping to have a quilt top before the weekend so I can start quilting and it all done for the end of next week!

Will be linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday... You should too!



Thursday, January 16, 2014

#babyquilt - One Down, Three to Go!

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before, but I have 4 friends and colleagues who are expecting babies all within just a few months of each other. I see a few baby quilts in my quilty future. I'm not complaining though. Baby quilts are so much fun to make and usually pretty quick projects.

I had been working on the first baby quilt over the last couple of weeks and last night, I finished the quilting and sewed the binding. Yay!

And here it is... #babyquilt!

I pieced it with half of a Apple Jacks jelly roll and Kona Navy for the background. The binding is made with 5 jelly roll strips.

I found a really cute print for the backing: 1001 Peeps by Lizzie House and added the name of the baby with applique.

For the quilting, I went with straight lines with my walking foot and used a blue variegated thread. (Please ignore the fluff all over the quilt - not sure why, but the batting was leaving all kinds of lint during the quilting process.)

The texture is amazing - nice and soft and super cuddly. Perfect for a baby quilt!

So here's one baby quilt done... Only three more to go!

Will be linking up at:

If you're in need of some quilty inspiration, why don't you check these out!

And because this finish was also my ONE goal for this month's ALYOF link-up, I will be linking up there as well! (The button with the link is in my sidebar.)





Tuesday, January 14, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Lots of quilting!

We are already in the middle of January! My baby turns 16 this weekend... OMG is all I'm gonna say! :-)

And since this is the middle of the week, I get to show you my works in progress and tell you about my plans for the next week. Since my last WIP Wednesday post, I've been busy with two projects that are both at the quilting stage now.

First, here is the Hashtag Baby Quilt on the sewing machine getting quilted.

I finished piecing the back over the weekend and started quilting Sunday night. I thought I was going with a big meander, but in the end, I decided to go with straight lines.

I should be able to get this finished and bound before the end of the week.

The second project getting quilted is my mini charm pillow cover. Except this one is getting HAND quilted. I'm neither very fast at this, nor am I very good. I guess both speed and quality will come with practice!

I'm quilting straight lines 1/4" away from the seams and using my Hera Marker to mark the lines. This should take me 100 years or so! :-)

I really needed to start piecing another baby quilt this week because my deadline for this one is fast approaching, but I only got as far as pulling all the fabric I'll need.

This baby quilt will be all blues and greens with a touch of orange. I can't wait to get started!

Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday.

And what are you working on this week?



Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Finished Circle of Flying Geese

A few months ago, I shared my first ever paper-pieced project on this blog, my Circle of Flying Geese. I saw the pattern for the first time on Nicole's blog and knew, right then and there, that I had to make one.

Fast forward to now, and I have a finished quilt!

Ta da!

The finished size is about 30" square. I used a rainbow of Kona solids to piece it but then went with a print for the binding. The fabric I used had been sitting in my stash for years and I just fell out of love with it, so thought I could use it as binding, if nothing else.

Now that it's done, I'm almost regretting using it. It screams a little too traditional for the quilt. But hey! I'm not unsewing it. It isn't that bad. :-)

I FMQd paisleys in the background of each block and left the geese, sashing and border unquilted.

And there you have it! My 2nd finish of 2014.

Will be linking this cute little finish at a few places this week:

Have a fabulous weekend and thanks for stopping by!



Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Wednesday WIPs - I'm back at it!

After a couple of weeks off, I thought it would be good to do a recap of what I'm working on.

At the top of my To Do list during the holidays was reorganizing my sewing room and fabric. The mess was driving me crazy.

Once I had room to think, I pieced the February 2013 block from Don't Call Me Betsy's Lucky Stars BOM. I messed up with the fabric placement and the points aren't perfect, but I've decided to leave it alone.

I also paper-pieced the first block of Quiet Play's Sew Kitschy BOM. Once again, I didn't line up the seams perfectly so the block is a little (or a lot) off. I'm going to have to unpick that seam though because it's really bugging me.

And finally, a few weeks ago, Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts posted pictures of a gorgeous pillow cover she made with 2 1/2" mini charms. I just had to make one for myself.

I've got it all pieced and basted and I think I might try to hand quilt this one.

In addition to these little projects, I'm making progress on my Modern Crosses blocks, I finished my Riley Blake Challenge quilt (you can see pictures here) and I finished quilting my Circle of Flying Geese quilt (I will take pictures later this week and post them here).

So a pretty good week. Between now and next Wednesday, I would like to:

  • Start quilting my Hashtag Baby Quilt.
  • Start hand quilting my pillow cover.
  • Start piecing another baby quilt for a really good friend who's expecting her first child in March.
  • Piece the January 2014 block for the Lucky Stars BOM.
Linking up at Lee's for WIP Wednesday and at Quiet Play for Sew Kitschy.


And what are you working on? Are you getting back in your regular sewing routine now that the holidays are over?

Thank you so much for stopping by!




Sunday, January 5, 2014

January Goal for ALYOF

During my vacation, I pieced a quilt top for a colleague whose wife is expecting their second child. The baby boy is due at the beginning of February, so this little quilt needs to be done by the end of this month.

The pattern I chose for this baby quilt is the Hashtag quilt by Camille Roskelley. Camille's design has 30 blocks, but I thought that would be a little bit big for a baby quilt, so I decreased the number of blocks to 20, in a 4 x 5 layout. The size is going to be about 45" x 55".

I used a Kona Navy background (a first for me) and a jelly roll of the Apple Jacks collection by Tim and Beck for Moda. I have half the jelly roll left so I think I'll use those strips for the binding.

I ordered the backing fabric last week, so it should be here within the next few days. I decided to quilt this little baby quilt with a gentle meander to keep the quilt nice and soft.

Linking up at Sew Bittersweet Designs and Fiber of All Sorts for ALYOF.

Wish me luck!



Thursday, January 2, 2014

Riley Blake Challenge - A Finish!

I received the Riley Blake Challenge fabric bundle from the Modern Quilt Guild in early October and then the bundle sat and sat while I decided on what to make with it. Last month, I was watching Elizabeth Hartman's Craftsy class for the millionth time, when it hit me... I want to work on being more comfortable with randomness in 2014 and Elizabeth's Scattered Squares pattern fit the bill perfectly.

So I cut up my Riley Blake bundle, grabbed some solid background fabric and started sewing... Randomly!

Aside from a couple of squares I just had to move around, I basicaly sewed the squares together as I was pulling them out of a plastic bag.

I used the leftovers to piece the back.

And I quilted it with some simple straight lines on the diagonal.

I will be showing this finished quilt at the next Montreal Modern Quilt Guild meeting and cannot wait to see what everyone else came up with!

Will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Have a great weekend - I plan on relaxing because Monday is back at work for me after 2 weeks off.

Thanks for stopping by!