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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!

Commissions and gifts!

The holidays are quickly approaching!  They will surely be here before we know it.


Are you interested in a custom quilt? Or maybe some throw pillows? Perhaps a set of placemats and napkins.  It’s time to place those orders!  (The pillow above, on the right is for sale for $40, more photos upon request.)

I wanted to show you some non-quilt commissions that I’ve never posted about!

imageI made this set of dinner napkins for some friends that got married.  I used the V&Co Zig Zag Ombre in navy for one side and white for the other.  A set of 18″ dinner napkins run about $40 for 4 or $75 for 8.


I made this set of 8 placemats and dinner napkins for my dad last Christmas, commissioned by his girlfriend. He is a retired geologist and worked for the state water board nearly my whole life, so water and stone and earthy colors remind me of him.


For the placemats, I gathered some blue scrap strips and some of the Joel Dewberry print I used on the napkins, cut stacks of three into wavy lines, switched the colors in the stack around, and sewed them together. I used four different kinds of neutral linen from my stash, and backed them in this grey dandelion print.  I quilted wavy lines only in the pieced section, labeled, and topstitched them.


For the napkins, I used the same four different linens on one side and a Joel Dewberry print with a strip of an Amy Butler stripe for the other side.  They were pillowcase stitched, labeled, and top stitched.


A set of 8 like this would run you $125, or a set of four for $75.

This pillow was commissioned by a friend for his son, made from a t-shirt.


The kid always liked to look at it, to point out everything going on and a pillow seemed the perfect way for it to live on.  I cut the design out of the shirt and used it as the center of a log cabin block, using coordinating prints from my stash.

I quilted it very simply, outlining some of the center designs in black and square spiraling the block at random widths in white. I backed it in a Cotton + Steel print…


With a lapped yellow zipper.


This pillow is 20″ square with a down feather insert.  One similar runs $60 and up.

These are just a few examples.  If you’re interested in something like anything above, email me!

kait [at] kaitcetera [dot] com

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.

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!

The cutest gift.


A few months ago, the fiance of an acquaintance came to me and said that she wanted to buy him a quilt for their wedding.  We talked colors (burnt orange, brown, dark green, and cream), patterns (triangles and squares), and sizes (queen) and I quickly got to work.

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A couple weeks later, he came to me saying he really wanted to get her a quilt for their wedding.  I debated it for a while and wasn’t sure I’d have the time but ultimately, decided it was the cutest thing that they wanted to do that for each other and I had to do it.


He wanted a throw quilt in their wedding colors, pink, mint, and navy, and we decided on a log cabin block to symbolize them starting to build a home and a life together.




I based his quilt off of this photo I found on Flickr using Sew Mama Sew’s method for making 8 HST at a time, used peppered cotton in Coffee for the border, backed it in one of my favorite vintage sheets (the plaid) and some various green and brown fabrics, long arm quilted it in a maple leaf pattern with copper thread, and bound it in one of the prints from the back.

Hers is based off of the Clouds In The Sky duvet from Modern Log Cabin Quilting.  I used another of my favorite sheets for the backing, long arm quilted it with pale mint thread in a swirly pattern called Denali, and bound it in a Cloud 9 print.

They are getting married this weekend but gifted the quilts, kept a secret for so long, last night and I think they were both pleasantly surprised!


I embroidered labels for both of them using the M&M design our friend Emily Poe-Crawford designed for their wedding invitations and their wedding date.

It was such a wonderful project to work on and I hope they love these quilts for a very long time to come.


Congratulations Meghan and Marshall!


I’m here! I’m here!

Whew, I did not mean to take 6 weeks off. But I will admit, it was a nice break. Now I’m back to show you some things I’ve been working on.

IMG_1852This quilt is for my dear friend Holly and it took me 4 YEARS TO MAKE. It didn’t have to take that long, and it shouldn’t have, but thank you so much to Holly for her patience!

IMG_1854When most people think of t-shirt quilts, they imagine the shirt designs cut into blocks to be showcased and maybe surrounded by quilting cottons (like this one a did awhile back). So when I received Holly’s box of her old hardcore shirts, I got to work cutting them out, into all different sizes. Then we actually talked about what she was envisioning, which turned out to involve the shirts being cut apart and used in traditional quilt blocks.

IMG_1856The change of direction really threw me off and it became something I frustratingly picked up for a few hours every few months. I had gone to a local quilt shop where I knew they teach a shirt quilt class to ask about interfacing and they sold me something really thick and expensive that turned out to be pretty terrible. Through some internet research I found French Fuse and then a trip to JoAnn’s turned up something similar and really cheap.

IMG_1861I finally decided on making mostly stars. Since the shirts had been cut to different sizes, I couldn’t just make the same block multiple times so each one took different math and fabric pairings and there were a lot of partial seams.  It was also hard because I couldn’t iron directly on most of the shirt designs so pressing became more complicated. Yet,  s l o w l y  but surely, everything came together.

IMG_1859I also owe many thanks to Cait for all her cheer leading! I long arm quilted it in a sort of angled meander with grey thread, it’s backed in a vintage sheet and the 108″ wide crosshatches from Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics, machine bound in scraps, and labeled.

IMG_1862Thanks again Holly for still being my friend through this ordeal! I hope you love it and use it forever. xoxo


A hint of a quilt to come.

A friend of mine commissioned a quilt from me and wanted a sneak peek in time for Christmas, so I whipped up this pillow.IMG_1613I used the Arkansas Traveler quilt block as shown on Freshly Pieced, though I changed it a little to eliminate the additional seams in the background.  I used the few yellows I have in my stash, Free Spirit solid cosmic blue (the quilt will use assorted greys), and a couple fabrics from my stash for the back with a label and exposed zipper.

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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