Three quilts for three nieces.

I’m excited to show my first three finishes of 2012! My best friend Catherine commissioned me to make three quilts for her nieces, aged 13, 6, and 2 months, and I finally delivered them to her this last weekend.  (I apologize for the pictures, Caitlin was oh so kind enough to help me out but it was windy and the sun was really bright so the lighting is a little off.)

She let me do whatever I wanted which is both exciting and a little overwhelming. So I pulled some pre-cuts and fabrics from the stash and went for it!This zig zag quilt is made with a charm pack of Tula Pink’s Plume, a couple coordinating prints from my stash, and FreeSpirit in manatee (my favorite grey, left over from my Single Girl quilt). I was inspired this quilt on Pinterest and am really happy with the end result, though it seems so tame compared to the following two!The back is Dots in pink flannel from Urban Flannel by Valori Wells, I quilted it in an echoing zig zag pattern with dark grey thread, and it’s bound in a pale pink stripe from my stash. I drew my own templates for the letters and pieced her name on the back, surrounded it in yellow to make the backing wide enough, and added a label.

The second quilt is made with a jelly roll of Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom and some coordinating solids from my stash in a square within a square pattern that I love!I backed it in Diamond Mine flannel in sweet from Folksy Flannels by Anna Maria Horner and again, quilted it in an orange peel pattern (inspired by Sew Katie Did, which I’m also pretty in love with) in a pale yellow thread, and bound it in light yellow with a small scrap or Kona berry. Like I said, I’m pretty in love with this quilt and will definitely be making myself one in this pattern.

The last one is definitely the craziest and took the whole process to grow on me. When I finally washed it and photographed it, I realized that I’m actually quite pleased. It will suit the girl, which is the most important thing.

It is a disappearing nine patch pattern that I made with my stash of Denyse Schmidt fabrics. I wish I had been a little more careful in my fabric selection and maybe incorporated some solids or something but it is what it is and like I said, I kind of like it.It’s backed with roses in pink from Urban Flannel by Valori Wells flannel, quilted in a diagonal cross hatch pattern with pale grey thread, bound in a couple different blue DS Quilts fabrics, and labelled.

For the record, I paper pieced the names from letters I drew myself.  I’ve only designed a couple paper piecing patterns (sewing machine seen here and here) but I start with paper roughly the size I want the block to be and with a ruler, draw from the outside in, in a spiral motion until I make the shapes I want and get to the middle, and then I number it from the inside out.  I don’t know if that makes any sense but that’s the best I can explain it!  Maybe one day I’ll make a little video tutorial and show you.

Anyway, I can’t wait for the girls to receive their gifts. I hope they love them and get many years of warmth and comfort from them.

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