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!
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!
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!
Turns out a lot of the things I’m working on are secret commissions that I can’t show you. I will say I made this lovely little stack into a baby quilt last week
And I am busy cutting away at this stack as well.
This pile is calling to be added to and cut up.
I’ll be sure to show you the finished products in the next few months!
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.
I 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!
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.
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.
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.)
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!
I put this simple quilt together with some Anna Maria Horner Field Study (a current favorite, if you can’t tell!) and solids from the Little General and I love it! Especially under the red bud trees just before sunset. I quilted it at Eileen Quilts in a bubble design and backed it in the butterflies, one of my favorite large scale prints.
I bound this one by machine. I don’t like it as much as a hand stitched one but the binding has begun to come off on a couple older quilts of mine, what with the heavy wear of having two dogs that like to pull quilts from their places. Hopefully machine sewn binding will stand the test of time and I’ll keep getting better at it.
I’m excited to say that this quilt is available for sale at the Little General! Hopefully the first of many, Gina is graciously showing and selling some of my quilts made of fabric from her beautiful shop. If you’re in or around Winston Salem, be sure to stop by!
I’ve been extra productive lately! I finished a quilt top last week,
two quilt tops on Monday,
started a new quilt,
and started two new shirts!
I’m super excited about all of it.
I finished piecing and basting this a few months back and finally got it quilted. I rarely name quilts but a friend had said it reminded her of the wind and that sounded better than “half square triangles arranged randomly” :)
After the mini I made for Tara, I wanted to do more straight line quilting. I did a spiral echo design in the white areas and while I’m still not totally confident in my straight line skills, this was good practice. The back is pretty puffy in the un-quilted parts, but I’m really happy with how it came out!
It’s backed in more scraps, bound in Flea Market Fancy seed print in grey, and labelled.
I was so happy to take photos in the park on my block, pinned to a dogwood tree. Happy spring!