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.


Citrus Explosion

Using scraps has been a priority over the last couple of months.  I realized my scraps were exploding out of their storage and something and to be done.

This fabric was the back and quilt was to be in greens, oranges, and yellows.


I used a custom pattern of 1.5″ and 3.5″ rectangles in order to create the layout.

I added 8-10″ of white on the side to help accentuate the colors.  The thread used for quilting was a variegated green, orange and yellow.

Binding is a solid orange fabric.

Great way to use up scraps and create a cute baby 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


Scrappy Circles Quilt

In December I received an email from someone who had one of my custom quilts given to her.  She loved it and wanted to do the same for friends that were having babies in 2012.  She wants 6 quilts this year and each one is different.

The backstory on this quilt is a joke between friends.  For the shower the mom received a onsie that said looked something like this, I imagine.

So a quilt was designed based off a request to do something similar.  This was a rough sketch that I came up with while traveling to NY in December.

I knew for the circles I wanted them to be scrappy.  After searching the internet for a tutorial, the decision was made to just make my own.  Look for the tutorial to come out next month.  Thanks to my Indy Modern ladies Lindsay and Rachael for letting me raid their red scrap stash.  Amazingly, my scraps did not include many reds.

Here is the finished quilt.

Hand embroidered


I love adding tags to quilts with the name of the baby that will be snuggling with it.

This quilt will be leaving soon and heading to it’s new home.