Nautical Boy Quilt

Notice a trend recently??  Boy quilts have been the biggest request and more coming.  Lots of blue, green, brown and orange laying around the sewing room.

Nautical has been a big trend in fabric this year and from what I hear, it’s not going away.  Which is great!  The colors work well for boy or girl and gives you options.  Lucky for me this quilt was going into a nautical nursery.

via LayBabyLay

There are lots of great blue prints out right now.  For this quilt I wanted something that accented the nautical fabrics I had picked out.  Why not do half square triangles all going the same direction to mimic sails?

Off to cut lots of 5″ squares in white.  You will see more these coming up for a very cute project. Then cut even more 5″ squares for the varying blues I had picked up.  Piecing and pressing was easy, layout took forever but I designed to go with a repeating pattern.

For the back I wanted to keep it simple and go with light gray.  Of course I can’t make a quilt without some gray in it.

Turns out it matches the nursery perfectly.

Nautical Boy's Quilt

Neutral Boy’s Quilt

Congrats to Darcie for being the giveaway winner.  Thank you for all the comments.  I may still be obsessing about Marmalade.

This quilt was whipped up pretty quickly using my standby favorite pattern, the disappearing nine patch.  Using scraps from the red, white and blue triangle quilt and a few solids to complete the neutral look.

Putting pieces on the design wall has to be one of my favorite aspects of quilting.  Always fun to just throw things up there randomly then sort and move pieces around.  Hopefully this keeps one color from overwhelming the quilt.

Using straight line quilting in gray kept the quilt simple and coordinates with the back very well.

I want to do something similar with the scrap reds from the triangle quilt.

The quilt is currently at it’s home in NY being snuggled on by a new baby.  He looked so happy in the photo I was emailed.


Lovebirds Quilt 2

Using the left over prints from the Spoonflower fabric from the first Lovebirds quilt, I wanted to make a second.  With this print, I have created two quilts if not maybe a third with the tree prints I have left.  This quilt started out as gender neutral.  The baby was born and turns out it was a girl.  Back to the design wall I go.

color ideas

Knowing the quilt was going to a girl, I added in the yellow and white retro floral print from my stash.  I think it really tied it together and made it more girlish.  Keeping the blues and greens make the yellow stand out more.

Lovebirds version 2

The quilting is done in yellow to really pop against the white. For the backing I pieced together some larger pieces I had in the stash.  A vintage sheet in yellow and white stripes, gray floral print and just a solid coordinate with all the colors on the front.  I knew for the binding I wanted to use an orange color.

My measly attempt at making a bird that looks similar to the front birds. Trust me it looks better from back here.  Poor things beak was messed up in sewing.  Too late to do birdie surgery.

Hope the new baby girl enjoys lots of snuggles in her new quilt.

Triangle, triangle, why can’t you be square?

Right now many of quilts are custom orders for people with personalized ideas for their friend’s new arrivals.  The Dark Side of the Moon quilt and the Red Scrappy Circles quilt were a big hit.

One request was for a quilt that was a Czech Flag.

Do you see what I see?  Y-seams.  EEEK!!!  I went off to Pinterest to get some ideas on how to take the triangle feel and make it work.

Based on this quilt I had the idea of using blue, red and white fabrics that didn’t scream American flag to get started.  I thought gray would be good complimenting color.  Off to the store I went and found all of the fabrics.  There are a variety of Moda fabrics and a few others mixed in.  I used the Tri-Rex tool to help me cut out many 5 1/2″ inch triangles.

The piecing went well but I did lose some of the points when sewing the rows together.  Good quilting can trick the eye into seeing that perfect triangle.

Close up of the quilting on the front and back.

Heard this weekend this quilt was a hit too.  I have a few triangles left over and I’m energized to give them another go.


Baby Boy Strip Quilt

I have missed making strip quilts and I needed to put together a baby boy quilt.  I bought this owl fabric a while back not sure what do with it.  Inspiration was born.  Use the colors in the owl fabric to make a coordinating front in strips.  Done.

Using just a bit of yellow really gave it a nice pop.  The binding is gray along with the quilting.

The owls are from Robert Kaufman’s Zoologie line.  The eyes are super cute on the owls, some are sleepy and some are surprised.

Here’s a peak of what’s going on around our house.  We are working on basement renovation this summer.  This is my basement floor currently.  Had to have it done to add in a half bath.  So the house is a disaster.

one giant line of concrete across my basement


Dresser Makeover

Hubby and I, well okay mostly me, have been wanting to makeover our bedroom.  When you move into a house, you have an idea of how you will use it, but after a while it becomes apparent it’s time for a change.  We needed a new dresser and night stand to really complete our room.  Have you seen the prices of those pieces of furniture?  Yeah, not going to convince either of us to pay that.

My mom reminded me that my parents had a dresser and nightstand in storage.  Okay, they are oak and not really my style.  My neighbor recently did a dresser makeover for her guest room and I thought, let’s paint these.

I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out.  So fitting to have been working on during April with my Upcycle/Recycle  posts.  The color is great and coordinates really well in our room.