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!
Remember this quilt? The guy I made it for is having a baby next month, Connor, and the first-time grandmother commissioned me to make a quilt for him.
It’s based on Oh Fransson‘s Baby Roller Rink pattern from her book “Modern Patchwork.” I pulled blue and green scraps and bordered the strips with FreeSpirit solids. It is backed in a Denyse Schmidt fabric from JoAnn’s and some scraps, quilted in a meandering square pattern with pale green thread, bound mostly in Madison from Happyland, and labeled.
I was excited to take photos of this quilt on a train up the tracks from my work. I’ve wanted to do a photo shoot there for a long time and a train was finally sided at just the right time.
I hope Connor and his parents (and his grandma) love this quilt for a long time.