Thursday, June 28, 2012

Blue and White Patchwork Quilt

This is my second quilt.  I cannot believe how easy these are coming together.  It's so nice to do something besides curtains, pillows, and doll things.

The print fabrics are Tea Garden by Dena Designs.  I bought them on etsy.  I used a white sheet set from Target to make the front side squares and the backing.  At the time it seemed cheaper than buying white fabric but then the other day I got a ton of premium white muslin at Joann's with a 50% off coupon that would have been cheaper than a sheet set.

All I did was cut 4" squares out of both my print fabrics and my white fabric.  Then I sewed them together going print white print white.  I had 7 prints so I did each row using 7 prints and 7 whites.  I was careful to make each row different.  When I was done with the top I was not sure I liked it but quilting it made all the difference.  Now I love it.  I did a simple diagonal stitch making an X across each square.  At first I marked my lines with a disappearing ink marker but that was taking forever and it was really easy to just sew the lines without marking it first so I quit marking it after a few rows.  

It ended up about 60" x 70" so it is perfect lap or picnic blanket.  Right now it is hanging out on the back of our couch looking all summery and light.

If you look closely you can see some imperfections but I think the way the fabric crinkled up after washing hid most of my errors.  I am following the advice of all the quilting bloggers and not prewashing my fabrics anymore.  I like the slight shrinking effect and I hate waiting for my fabric to get through the washer and dryer.  Plus I have enough laundry to do without adding to it with quilt fabric.

So now I am in the middle of a quilt for my daughter.  I am using Riley Blake's Dress Up Days in the purple colorway for the top and backing.  I have finished most of the cutting and have started piecing it together now.  I'll share more as soon as something is picture worthy.

Here's one last picture of this quilt...

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

First Baby Quilt

It's been a while since my last post.  I was feeling very guilty about it but I had good reasons for leaving you for so long.  School let out on June 1st and since then we've been getting into our summer routine and when that routine includes 2-3 hours a day at the pool plus trips to the zoo, the library and other assorted kid spots it kinda cuts into available blog and project time.

Anyways, I did use my limited spare time to whip up my first quilt!!!  I am very excited about it and it finally arrived to my sister yesterday so now I can share with you all.  My younger sister and her husband (see their guest post here) are expecting their first baby next month.  I thought this was the perfect time to try my hand at quilting especially after I found the perfect fabric online.

It is Mod Tod by Riley Blake designs.  The picture shows a close-up of my patchwork squares all laid out.  I bought a fat quarter bundle and had plenty for the blanket, the pillow, and the burp cloths.  I even have another project lined up for the remaining fat quarters.

I have to give a quick shout out to Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter.  I used her tutorial series on her blog to get me through the blanket.  Her pictures are great and she explains everything so well that you can't help but have a great result.  I was also inspired by my Aunt Alice who is a fantastic quilt maker and has always made beautiful quilts.  I can remember going to her house as a kid and seeing all her fabrics and machines and being so in awe of how she made such amazing things with it all.  I can't wait for her to see my first quilt.

I started with the quilt which I made somewhat large at 40" x 60" because at that size it transitions well for a toddler bed too.  The quilt was so quick & easy I couldn't believe it.  What had been holding me back all these years!?!?!  I did a simple stitch-in-the-ditch method for the quilting and used my scraps to make a piece-work binding.  The backing is a whole piece of the blue gingham.

Then I used some of my extra squares to make the pillow.  I did patchwork squares on one side and appliqued baby's name on the other side.

For the burp cloths I bought a package of Gerber cloth diapers at Target and stitched a piece of fabric to it.  They really are the simplest things ever to make.  I can't believe the prices that people charge for them on etsy.

Even my husband was impressed with my new found talents and my daughter asked when she is getting a quilt of her own.  My boys' reaction was "That's nice. When are we going to the pool?".  

While I was waiting for the gifts to arrive to my sister I was able to finish another quilt which I will show you soon.  Of course, I have not finished painting the kitchen cabinets:).

~Gold Shoe Girl~

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