Started as a baby quilt…

This quilt was supposed to be finished last spring.  Of course I put it off for a number of reasons.  Last weekend I was determined to get it finished.  My goal for the rest of year, finish up projects.  Obviously so I can start more.

No pattern was used and I really liked it.  I had hit a creative roadblock with the project originally, but I put it on the wall and it came to me.

These are batiks from a manufacturer’s sample I had collected a few years back.  Solid is Kona Black.  Too bad it collects any hair, thread, and/or fuzzies within 10 feet of the quilt.

For the back I used a Hoffman purple batik.  Could have gone just straight line quilting like normal.  This is a special quilt for our really good friend’s baby.  I have never done any quilting like this and was really happy with the result.  No bunching, no real issues.

I will be trying the quilting again.

Along with the quilt, I picked out a book to be read to the now toddler.  Hoping she snuggles under the quilt while the book is read to her.

Used stash fabric and finally got something finished some my unfinished project bags.

Ah, Memories

Many months ago I was asked to create a quilt using a friend’s college memories.  Her school, activities, and all the different places she lived.  I was around for a few crazy nights.  Challenge:  her alma mater doesn’t have printed fabric.  Time to create something.

The info she wanted on the quilt was added with some hand stitching on black and white polka dots.


I love the way it turned out.  It’s big enough to wrap up under on a chilly night.  Too bad it’s March and it’s 70 degrees now.  Great timing on my behalf.


For the backing I wanted to be one piece.  I found this print while picking up supplies at Jo-Ann’s a few weeks back.

It’s off to it’s new owner later this week.  Can’t wait for her reaction.

Finally Finished

This quilt top has been with me for SOME time, pretty sure it’s been 2 years or more.  Why didn’t I finish it?  No clue.  The backing fabric has been there.  It wasn’t buried in my sewing room.

I was inspired one afternoon to just finish it.  I love the larger size and how soft the fabrics are.  These were prewashed before sewing with them.  Actually, these were some of the first fabrics I went to Jo-Anns to buy specifically for a quilt.  I do remember vividly picking out the fabrics and putting them together.


The back is just pieced with some the fabrics I had for the project.

The quilt is available in my Etsy store here.

Can’t wait for it to brighten up a little girl’s room.

Another busy week in the sewing room

Busy as usual in the sewing room this week.  I was asked to make a donation quilt for the Indiana Diabetes Association’s Gala.  The color to support diabetes is red.  Went through my stash and found all the black, red, and white fabrics.  Last Sunday during football the fabric was cut and ready to be sewn.  Here is the design wall sneak peek.

The quilt was finished at 2am and photographed at 7am.  Not the best pictures but at least I remembered.  I have been known to forget when I’m on deadline.

Off it went with the hubby to work on Friday to be auctioned off on Saturday.  Friday’s project was finishing a gender neutral quilt for some ladies I met while doing a show.  They wanted something modern and selected some of the vintage fabrics I had in my stash.

Here’s the back.  It’s a vintage sheet and I LOVE it.

Adding the tight quilting lines I think really helped.  I tried to keep it as neutral as possible.  Hard to not go girly or boyish.  The quilt was picked up on Saturday and they LOVED it too.

Busy week but always worth it to see people very happy and thinking of a happy baby that will get to snuggle on the quilt.

It’s all Greek to me

Challenge:  going outside of set comfort zone.  Typically, my quilts are squares or circles.  Friend asked me to make a custom quilt with his fraternity letters and colors.  I saw heat bond in my future and applique.

The colors are purple, green and yellow.  Had to be cautious to limit the purple and not making the quilt girly.  Upon applying the letters on the black background the colors really popped.  Decided to quilt with black thread on the top.  Luckily, it did tone down the color of the letters.

Love the tight quilting on there.  Gives structure and sore shoulders, ha.

Customer was happy and I realized I had missed applique.  Good thing I have some stuff cut out and ready to go for another project.

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2011 Project Week 3

Using some of the Recs triangles I cut out for last week’s block, I decided to make my own.

Okay now what to do?  Let’s just play the match game and put the white with the black.

Not off to a good start, my points are off.  Should I have matched them differently?  I matched point to point.

Looks great minus the bottom half being off.  Doesn’t look bad if I was trying to make a jilted A.  Good success of making my own block.  It just needs some work.