Postage Stamp Checkerboard Quilt Version 2

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After creating this quilt, there were quite a few of scraps already sorted.  They just called out “make me into a quilt.”  They are so demanding, right?

Postage Checkerboard Scrappy Boy Quilt

Over Labor Day weekend I took these to the lake and started sewing.  Are you surprised?  I take my machine everywhere.  The hum of the machine in nature was quite refreshing.  I did some early afternoon sewing, most people were out on the water and our area gets pretty quite.

Once I got home, I pressed the small squares with seams open and began adding 2″ Kona Ash strips.  Why is it every time I go to type ASH, I type AS*?  Adding those strips takes no time and creates an interesting look.

Once P was in bed I could lay out the quilt in the house and piece the rows.  My process involves piecing all the rows, then pressing.  I also don’t press the seams between rows until the top is finished.  From my stash I chose a blue backing that I had picked a while back.

For the binding I had a large scrap of a Robert Kaufman print that was a wide back.  White bindings are scary on a baby quilt, but sometimes it just works.  Quilting is my go to all over loops.

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Time to refresh my scraps and maybe mix them up a bit.  The scrap bin is overflowing.  Anyone up for a scrap swap?

This is quilt 15/40 in my 2018 baby quilt goal.

Geese A Flutter Baby Quilt

Geese A Flutter baby quilt has been in the works for over a year.  Can’t believe that is true.  It started with an idea from the Handmade Swap last spring.  Soft girly colors for a baby quilt.  Shortly after our friends announced they were going to be having a girl.

assorted flying geese blocks

I started with stacks of flying geese and started building my 4 block units.  These come together rather quickly.

flying geese quilt blocks

Laying out the blocks revealed a small hiccup with my original idea.  The quilt would be too narrow.

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At the IMQG retreat this winter I added thick borders.  So this baby quilt is really more of a lap quilt size.

geese a flutter quilt top

I chose the Art Gallery butterfly print in my stash as the backing.  Using free motion loops I was able to quickly quilt this up.  Binding is one of the blue floral prints in the quilt.

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Then the quilt sat in my sewing room.  It’s been done since May or so.  The baby was born in December.  I found the quilt while cleaning out my sewing space this summer.

It got a good tumble through the dryer, a new photoshoot, and then wrapped to send.

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It’s enjoying snuggles with it’s new owner.  While I say it’s my last flying geese quilt for a bit, I doubt I’m done.  They make great srappy quilts and come together smoothly.

This is number 14/40 for my baby quilt goal for 2018.

Happy Fall and a New Quilt

The calendar turned to September 22nd and Mother Nature brought in fall with force yesterday.  Temperatures dipped into the 60’s.  Suddenly a jacket or sweater would be required.  The air was still, perfect for taking in the transition to the new crisp weather. I grabbed my fall wreath and quickly put it up as well since the temperature finally felt right.

fall fabric wreath tutorial

I embraced the change of weather by grabbing a comfy sweatshirt and working on a new Halloween quilt.  Last weekend at quilt guild a member had a layer cake of Patrick Lose’s Happy Halloween fabric.  It’s rustic, feminine, and perfect balance of spooky.

During this past week I sorted the fabrics and decided that a large half square triangle quilt would be right for this.  The fabrics were sorted into black/white and orange.  Then I just cut each on the diagonal and pieced them together.  One from each stack.

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Yesterday I started pressing the seams towards the orange and decided to see if I could finish before heading a friend’s house at 6pm.  I love a good time challenged project.  Soon I had the entire top pieced and ready to start thinking about backing.

In my stash was a lovely black and white tiny houndstooth print.  It’s perfect for a backing since the print can look a little overwhelming.  I pieced together a strip of halloween fabrics I had in my stash that coordinated with this layer cake.  Piecing the back and pressing it took the longest out of the entire process, even quilting.

For quilt I opted for loop de loops with free motion quilting.  It just blends into the quilt, allowing the fabrics to be the showcase.

I was able to finish quilting and use the remaining houndstooth for binding.  Lately, a 2 inch single fold binding has been my go to.  I piece the binding onto the back and turn the fabric on the front of the quilt.  It’s the perfect width.

The quilt was quickly put in the washer at 5:42pm last night.  Just in time for me to make it a friend’s house at 6.  Once I was home I put the quilt into the washer.  This morning I ran downstairs to grab it.  The sun wasn’t quite up yet and it was the best time for pictures.  Not too far from my house is Locally Grown Gardens.  They turned an old gas station into a neighborhood produce stand with delicious locally sourced foods.

Their pumpkin selection is amazing and most years this is where my pumpkins come from.  I ran over there this morning to grab a few pictures of this quilt with their gorgeous pumpkins.  No filter or editing needed on the photos with the pre-sunrise light.  Those blue pumpkins are my favorite and I will have to go back and get one.

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The quilt measures 53″ x 53″ and is a great lap sized quilt.  It is available for sale if you’re interested.  P doesn’t think we need another Halloween quilt, but I think he’s wrong.

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Buy this quilt and enjoy some snuggles all your own under it.  Everyone needs a Halloween quilt.  Email me if you’re interested.

If you like Halloween and fall stuff check out my other projects.

Spooky Ghost Pumpkin Quilt

Fall Baby Shower

Fall Fabric Wreath Tutorial

Check out this book

Hello sunshines!  Hope you had a great end to your summer.  I have something fun to share with you.  While I have a personal connection, I’m not receiving anything for this.

Do you like children’s books?  Looking for an adorable new one to add to your child’s rotation or give as a gift?  Let me introduce you to:

I Love You Like…

Remember my friend Scott?  Yep, the one with cancer from this post.  Well he has written a children’s book.

You can visit their site here.  The illustrations are stunning and bring the characters to life.

Get a copy or two of this adorable book.  You get a great story and help support my friend Scott.  Need more encouragement?  Here’s a link to an article on the book’s origin.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Scrappy Postage Stamp Quilt – Yes Another

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A scrappy postage stamp quilt can highlight fun fabrics.  Could these be an updated version of I-Spy quilts?  My friend Rachael noted, “Any fabric is cute if you cut it small enough.”  While I don’t gravitate towards novelty fabrics, in small bits I don’t mind them.

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In this quilt there are dancing mice, owls, and cats.  Can you find them above?

With this version I started to hit the last bits of a couple of fabrics.  I enjoy seeing them spread across different quilts.  Each time they add to the story of the quilts I have made.  They look different than the last project they were used in.

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For the backing fabric I chose the remnants I had of some yardage.  That brown print is from Sugar Pop right?  Years ago.

embroidered quilt label

With all of my baby quilts I hand embroider the baby’s name for the back.  I place them in the upper right hand corner.  That personalized touch gets rave reviews.  How to do you mark or label your quilts?  I also have an iron on label that is placed in the lower left hand corner of the back.

I buy my labels from boodybabies on Etsy.  There are a variety of sizes and shipping is fast.

This is baby quilt 13/40 for the 2018 goal.

V&CO Scrappy Boy Quilt

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Another quilt to share finally that I worked on at the IMQG retreat in February.  Somehow I forgot to share this scrappy boy quilt that I completed in March.  The baby has been snuggling on this for months.

Goodness gracious.

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Prior to the retreat I had pulled orange, green, gray, and blue charms from my V&Co stash.  I don’t think you can go wrong having postage stamp quilts ready to go.  That’s why I keep my scraps cut into sizes versus colors that many quilters do.

Sewing and quilting is a creative outlet for me.  Keeping projects around that can be done in a day or weekend really helps me stay on track and work out stress.

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For quilting, I chose straight line quilting.  That orange stripe binding is pretty awesome.

V&CO scrappy postage stamp quilt

The back is Kona Robin’s Egg blue.  All stash and scraps feel great, especially when working towards the 2018 goal.

This is baby quilt 12/40 for the year.