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
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)!Two 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.
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. I 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!
I 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.
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!
I spent a lovely and snowy weekend in Roanoke with Lindsay and Ursula working on a few quilts.
I took two with me and finished up a third one while I was there. I left behind a feather pillow (made from Anna Maria Horner’s block pattern found here) as a gift to Lindsay for all her help and willingness to let me use Ursula. And of course, for her friendship.
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 hope Connor and his parents (and his grandma) love this quilt for a long time.
I was a part of the Hand to Hand Market in Greensboro yesterday. There was a good turnout including some friends that came by to see me. It wasn’t quite as successful as I hoped but I had a good time and people seemed to like what I make. Special Friend Ian hung out iwth me for a few hours which I really appreciated.I am glad that I don’t have to sew frantically for the next two weeks to prepare for the Krankies Craft Fair. I am going to make a few new-to-me things in that time, which I’m excited about. Hopefully I’ll sell a couple quilts, too!
In my craft fair preparation, I finished two quilts last week, two that I had started a long time ago and am so happy to have finally finished!
This quilt started as one of a pair, a boy and girl version, but the first one was finished almost two years ago and I sold it at last year’s craft fair.
I used the grey, green, and blue colorway of Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley along with Kona in navy and charcoal. It’s backed with Valori Wells’ rose flannel, a strip of scraps, and my label, and it’s bound in a green solid from my stash and a few more scraps.
I quilted it with an orange peel pattern in navy blue thread, one of my favorite designs. It’s a little wonky since I wasn’t really following any lines but it works.
Little Bits is a quilt that was one of the Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts projects I’ve been doing with Cait this year (read the first post here).I was going for a more sophisticated look on the front and more playful on the back. I pieced in a label, quilted it in a swirly pattern with pale green thread, and bound it in a black plaid.These two were part of a basting spree I went on last week so I still have two more to quilt and I think I’m going to try something new on one of them. I pieced in labels reading 2012 so I have to finish them by the end of the month!