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Ombre Sunshine Quilt

Ombre Sunshine Quilt Front

Lately I’ve been writing about how  much I love Moda’s new fabric line called “Ombre”, designed by V and Co.  These fabrics are gradient solids which, when cut up, look like you’ve used multiple solids.  I really like using these fabrics and designed this quilt around two colors from this line – Honey and Graphite Grey – and I’m so pleased with the results.

Ombre Sunshine Quilt detail

I had this design in mind for a while – to do staggered Missouri star blocks.  I worked the design all out on graph paper and, because of all the varying negative space on this quilt, had to really do a lot of figuring and calculating – something I really like.  No two rows were alike.  There were some  miscuts and ripping out, though.  But that happens when you are not using a pattern!

One of the things I love best about this quilt is the grey gingham binding.  I have a nice stash of small size ginghams and  I think they make the sweetest bindings.

Ombre Sunshine Quilt Corners

Ombre Quilt Stacked

The background fabric is Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solid in White.  Because of all the white in the background,  I used Warm and White batting, a pure white batting from the Warm and Natural company which doesn’t create a dull background behind bright white fabrics.  And it has the same feeling and low loft of regular Warm and Natural batting.

Ombre Sunshine Quilt with toy

Ombre Sunshine Quilt Hanging

For the background fabric, I used this adorable flannel backing in Organic Cotton from Cloud 9 fabrics.   The yellow and grey elephants were so cute and just matched the Ombre colors so well. The flannel is soft and makes such a nice backing for a child’s quilt.

Ombre Sunshine Quilt back

Ombre Sunshine Quilt layers

The stars were made up entirely of Half Square Triangles, which finished at 2″ after being sewn in.  This is what I used as my quilting guide, so the overall quilting grid is 2″.   I used 50 wt. White Aurifil thread and quilted at a stitch length of 3.5.  The quilting makes such a nice texture and drape.

The finished size of this quilt is 36″ x 52″ .  I love how it turned out and have listed it in the shop.

Thanks for popping in!
Elaine

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Peachy Keen Baby Quilt

peachy keen front and back

Between Amy Sinbaldi and Alisse Courter, I was in some kind of incredible Fabric Heaven in the making of this quilt.  I had fallen in love a while ago with Alisse Courter’s Magnolia line of fabrics for Camelot Fabrics and couldn’t wait to make a cute little girl’s quilt with the peachy pink fabrics from that line.  Then Amy Sinbaldi came out with her Paperie collection for Art Gallery Fabrics and when I saw her “Happily Ever After” fabric I knew it would go beautifully with those peachy pink fabrics.

peachy keen stacked

I didn’t want to cut these fabrics too much because I wanted the prints to really shine, so I decided on a 16-patch quilt.  I cut 3.5″ strips to make the checkerboard pattern for finished 3″ squares.  I think often this is the cutest pattern for baby quilts.

peachy keen happily ever after

Moda came out with a line called “Ombre” which is a gradient solid and I have found this fabric to be a real workhorse in quilts – it looks as if you’ve used two or three or even four different solids, but you haven’t.  And instead of trying to match a bunch of different solids, the Ombre fabric gives you a few different solids from the same piece of fabric. I love this fabric!  So I used a fat quarter of Ombre Popsicle Pink and got several really pretty solids from it.

peachy keen back and front

The other fabrics I used were Robert Kaufman Kona Solid in Baby Pink and Snapshot Hearts in Pink  from Riley Blake.  For the binding, when I held Squared Elements in Watermelon up to the quilt, it was the clear winner.

For the backing, I used Floral Lattice in White from the Magnolia Line.  Such a sweet design.   I love this particular fabric so much and it was so fun to see it as a full backing on a quilt.

peachy keen on bassinet

I used Warm and White 100% cotton batting for this quilt.  This quilt finished at 36″x47″, a nice little baby quilt that you could use on the floor,  snuggle up with or just as a pretty accent piece in a room.

peachy keen quilted toppeachy keen full front

peachy keep backing and frontpeachy keen stacked II

 

Can you tell I love this quilt?  I have put this quilt in my shop, but it’s hard to part with it!

This item has SOLD.

Hope you’re making something!
Elaine

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Little Owl Reading Pillow and Bib

Little Owl Quilt, Pillow, Bib

After I finished my Little Owl Quilt, I had quite a few scraps leftover and wanted to use them in some way.  I had an 18″ x 18″ pillow form laying around and thought a reading pillow would be nice.  There’s a bunch of them on Etsy.  I just pieced and quilted a pocket front in the same width as the pillow and sewed it on the front of a piece of fabric the same size as the pillow. I think it’s a fun pillow, especially to take with you somewhere and have your child be able to snuggle and have his books along.

Little Owl Pocket Pillow

I love that bias binding!

Little Owl Pillow Detail

For the baby bib, I used April Rosenthal’s Charm Bib pattern. I altered a few things with it, though.  I added a layer of batting to it and quilted it in the same manner as the quilt. I used a little piece of quilting fleece for the back.  I also did a binding on it just like I do on my quilts, with an invisible stitch on the front made my quilting in the ditch. I used bias binding again, like on the baby quilt.

Little Owl Bib Front

 

Little Owl Bib Detail Binding

Little Owl Bib Backing

The bias binding on the bib was a little tricky and required good “pinning” and a slow needle. This is how I attached the binding to the bib.  Thank goodness for Wonder Clips!  That would have been harder to do with pins.

Little Owl bib wonder clips.jpg

These were so fun to make.  Can’t wait to give this cute set to the expecting mother!

Thanks for popping in!
Elaine

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Little Owl Baby Quilt

Little Owl Baby Quilt

What pure fun making this quilt was!  You forget how fast baby quilts are to make until you realize that it’s binding time and the quilt is almost finished and it seemed to just fly out of the sewing machine.

Little Owl Quilt Front

I made this quilt using what I think is a great combination to make a unified but interesting look: start with a cute motif fabric, add a solid, a little dot and a stripe.  Four different fabrics that can create a bit of a scrappy look but looks cohesive.  I started with a fabric from Anne Kelle’s Urban Zoology line for Robert Kaufman.  This line of fabrics is so adorable and is perfect for stashing for future baby quilts.  The little dot is Pinhead in Ebony from Michael Miller.  The solid is Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solid in Aqua and the little grey stripe is probably one of my all time favorite stripes – Animal ABCs small stripe in Grey –  I kind of hoard it in my stash.

Little Owl Quilt front & back Lilttle Owl Quilt Stacked

The backing fabric – eeeeek!   It’s called Key Ingredient in Natural Blue from Chicken in the Ktichen Collection by Alexander Henry.  I’ve had this in my stash for a while and couldn’t wait to use it.

Little Owl Quilt Back

Little Owl quilt Backing

This quilt was made using 16-patch blocks, with finished squares that were 3″ each. To make these, I cut 3.5″ x 16″ strips from four different fabrics and sewed them together to make a variety of 4-strip “A” sets.  I could have cut WOF (width of fabric) strips, but I felt that sewing those together wouldn’t have given me the mixed variety of sets I wanted.  I subcut these “A” sets into 3.5 strips and then placed them out until I got a scrappy layout I liked. I then sewed them into 4-strips blocks and sewed the blocks together in rows.  There were 3 blocks across and 4 blocks down to make a quilt that finishes at 47″ x 35.5″  (including binding).

For this quilt, I thought I should make bias binding instead of my usual cross grain binding.  I thought the stripes on the diagonal  added a little bit more interest, plus it’s more durable – especially for a baby quilt that might get washed more.  To make bias binding, I use a Binding Buddy ruler by June Tailor that makes it a snap.  I have the 2.5″ one but they also make a 2.25″ ruler.  Makes it super simple!  I think it’s also less of a hassle than making continuous bias binding – way too much fiddling for me.  If you want to see how I apply binding, here is my tutorial on that.

Llittle Owl Binding Detail

Quilting Little Owl

I quilted this with Aurifil 50 wt. thread and did double vertical quilting lines along all the squares.  I used white on top and a sand color in the bobbin, to match the backing fabric. I used Warm & White for the batting.

Little Owl Quilt stitches

Little Owl Quilt back & front

I was almost sorry to have this quilt finished, it was so fun!

I hope you’re making something! Thanks for stopping in,
Elaine

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