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Many Trips around the Sun.

I had a lot of fun making this quilt full of sunshine!


This quilt was a commission for a gal I know, from a few of her coworkers.  I was told the nursery was teal and had an “Around the World” theme so I’d say this works perfectly!


This is the third Scrappy Trips Around the World quilt I’ve made.  I love how quickly the pattern goes and how striking the layout can be.


I was able to use fabrics from my stash alone.  I laid each row of each block out according to what was going next to it, trying to keep it balanced and ironing all the seams so they fit.


It’s backed in a patch of scraps from the front, all the yellow yardage I had (they requested a lot of yellow) and a Cotton + Steel print.  I longarm quilted it in a swirl pattern with white thread and bound it in trimmings from the back.


It washed up so crinkly and lovely!  The commissioner loved it and I hope it is be loved by the family, too!

For Scout.

My dear friend Emma commissioned this for a friend who was having her first baby.  She told me mellow, with pops of color, but something sophisticated. When I saw this painting on Pinterest, I knew it had to become this quilt, which quickly became a favorite.


I backed it in a polka dot sheet I thrifted, a couple extra blocks, and some coordinating fabrics from my stash.


It’s longarm quilted with a loopy bubble pattern in off-white thread,


and it’s bound in the leftover binding from another quilt.

It washed up so wonderfully soft and both Emma and her friend loved it.  I hope Scout loves it, too!


(This photo, by the way, includes a mural I helped my friend Laura paint this summer at a local park that spread over 4 large walls.)

For Thea.

My friend Dan commissioned me this summer to make a quilt for his newborn niece.  She was not born when I started and I didn’t know she would be a girl, but I knew the nursery would be light yellow with a traditional black and white houndstooth  overstuffed chair.


I was more nervous making this quilt than ever before, possibly because it’s the first quilt I’ve made for a stranger.  I pulled all the yellow and black 2 ½” squares from my scrap bin and following Blue Elephant Stitches tutorial, made this quilt.  My worrying was unfounded and they loved the quilt!


I backed it in some yellow yardage with a strip of black and white


longarm quilted it in a loopy pattern,


labeled it, and bound it in a diagonal black plaid.  I hope they love and use it for many years to come!

I made this quilt through both seasons of Orphan Black, a show about which I am now obsessed.  It is so good.

Baby Swoon.

When I set out to make my mom a quilt a couple years ago, I cut out enough blocks from Jay McCarrol’s Habitat collection to make two queen sized quilts.  But the blocks ended up being needlessly complicated and having two sets of blocks made it more so.


Just like the Spring Maples quilt, I found the orphaned blocks and put 4 of them together, changing each slightly and trimming every block down to 20″ finished (instead of 24″) and adding 2″ sashing and borders, bringing this quilt to 50″ square.


It’s backed with the much-loved Ikea numbers fabric and other Habitat prints.  It’s longarm quilted with pale grey thread in a swirly pantograph called Fern, and bound in scraps from trimming the back.

I’m bummed Swoon is such a tedious pattern, because I really like the block.  The cutting directions are specific to fat quarters, but the block could be made much easier by making two sets of 8 half square triangles and two sets of flying geese, along with the squares.  Maybe one day…

Anyway, this quilt is for sale! It’s $300; email me if you’re interested!

kait [at] kaitcetera [dot] com

Thanks again to Laura for helping me take pictures!

Spring Maples.

After moving into the studio and being more than ready to start churning out some quilts, I went to my orphan block bin and found some maple leaves I had left behind from this quilt.


I stuck them up on the design wall, added a random smattering of squares, and filled in the blanks with white.  I knew right away I would back it with a vintage sheet and some extra stripes and squares.


It’s longarm quilted in a maple leaf pattern with pale peachy thread, labeled, and bound in a light pink stripe from my stash.  It measures 50″ square and is for sale!  Email me if you are interested.


Thanks to Laura for helping me take photos!

For Lucy.

Remember this pillow I made for my good friends Austin and Erin back at Christmas?  Well, it was a hint of a quilt to come that was finally gifted recently, for their soon-to-be-born daughter, Lucy.


I’ve wanted to make an Arkansas Traveler quilt for a long time and loved Salty Oat’s version with the dark background.  Yellow was the only direction I was given so I went with what I had in my stash.


I changed the foundation paper pattern a little bit so there would only be 4 middle sections instead of 8 like the original, and got a bunch of them printed up at Kinko’s (I see another one of these in my future).


I took it up to Virginia to Ursula the Longarm and quilted it with a meandering heart pattern in golden yellow thread.  It’s backed in a Flea Market Fancy (re)print and some pale yellow dots, labeled, and machine bound in a grey with yellow dots.


Erin’s comment was “I love this times a million!” so I’d say it was well received :)


The day after the quilt was given, Erin went into labor and Lucy was born on October 24th.  Good timing!

A little more catch up.

I did a lot of sewing leading up to the holidays that I haven’t shown yet.

Krankies Craft Fair was the weekend of December 13th and it was better for ::kaitcetera:: than I could have imagined!  I sold 4 quilts (the three on the left and one not pictured)!IMG_1585Two of the quilts included some custom embroidery work that I just recently completed and was really happy with.  It makes the gift so much more personal and sweet.IMG_1699

On the Far Far Away plus quilt, I embroidered the recipients name over the quilting, which I had never done, and it turned out great.  The label on the back was embroidered first and then sewn on.IMG_1697 IMG_1674I made some iPad and Kindle cases for the fair that were fun and did well.  I also made a few more crayon and colored pencil rolls which people love!

IMG_1600I most enjoyed making some quick patchwork Christmas pillows.  I started cutting 2½” squares of red and green to make stockings for me and the pups but decided on pillows instead.  I quilted them with a heavy 12 weight Aurifil thread and I loved it.  It really makes the simple stitching pop.IMG_1710IMG_1709

Many Trips Around the Briar Patch.

It’s not often that I buy a whole collection but when Briar Rose showed up at The Little General, I had to buy a fat quarter bundle.  I knew two things immediately: I was going to jump on the scrappy trip around the world quilt bandwagon and that I’d use a particular vintage sheet for the backing.

IMG_1569I did not like this quilt until it was finished.  It is really busy and I wished I had included some white or coordinating solids so that the eye could rest somewhere, but after many hours of work and the last stitch on the binding sewn, I fell in love.


I quilted it on Lindsay‘s long arm in a four leaf clover pattern with bright yellow thread.  It measures about 58″ by 60″, it’s backed in a super soft combed cotton vintage sheet, bound in a pale yellow solid, labeled, and is on sale at The Little General!


Group effort.


Amy, a good friend of mine that goes to my church is about to have a baby any day now and I thought it’d be nice for all the girls in our small group to get together and make her a quilt.  We all had varying levels of sewing knowledge but they did awesome and it was so fun to work on something like that together.

Baby Wauford back

I took a couple quilt patterns to the group and they decided on a granny square quilt.  I knew Amy liked Lotta Jansdotter and I happened to have a jelly roll of her first line so I pulled some coordinating solids and we went to work.

Baby Wauford detail

Baby Wauford back detail

The backing is the rest of the jelly roll strips and some Glimma prints I bought at The Little General.  I quilted it with a scripture and though you can’t read the white thread very well, I love how it turned out.  It reads, “every good and every perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights in whom there is no shadow of change james one seventeen”, written in cursive and sewn over twice.  (I drew it on paper to see how it would fit, drew lines across the quilt every 6 inches in chalk, roughly wrote the words, and then went for it.)

Baby Wauford label It’s bound in a yellow stripe from Glimma (I’m really getting the hang of this machine binding thing!) and I free-motion sewed a label.  We gave it to her at her baby shower a couple weeks ago and she was so pleased.  (Amy and her husband are also the owners of this quilt, btw.) I can’t wait to meet the little one and snuggle it in this quilt!