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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 (sadly, very hard to find now).  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

I’m linking up to Sew Fresh QuiltsBlossom Heart Quilts and Free Motion by the River.

Modern Plus Quilt

Plus Quilt full front

I finally got photos of my latest quilt and can share it with you. This quilt was so much fun to work on and it’s one of my favorite color schemes – greys and mustards.  I felt like calling it “Grey Poupon”!

Plus quilt stack

Buttonball fabric.jpg

I love Plus quilts and I think they’re especially good for fabrics that you want to showcase, because you don’t have to cut the fabrics into tiny pieces.  This quilt was sort of built off Katarina Roccella’s Buttonball fabric which I fell in love with. I picked out the coordinating fabrics to complement her fabric.  I wanted to limit the number of different fabrics in the quilt and not have a dozen different things going on so I picked 6 prints plus a solid – Hawthorne Threads Elemental in Charcoal,  Dear Stella Dash in Mustard, Robert Kaufman Baskeweave in Charcoal, Alison Glass Sunprint Ink, and the ever awesome Zen Chic Background Notes.   The background solid is Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Steel.

I wanted an overall modern, urban kind of look for this quilt so for the background fabric, I chose another Katarina Roccella fabric, Maze in Alley.  It gave me the look I wanted and it’s a terrific background fabric because it’s not directional and is easily pieced.

Plus Quilt back

Plus Quilt Hanging

Pllus Quilt back and front

In keeping with a modern look, I quilted this in straight vertical lines in differing widths. That was fun!  I used my seam guide and attached it to my walking foot.  After I quilted the entire thing in one direction, I turned the quilt and just did a very few lines the other direction.

Plus quilt front back front

Plus Quilt overhead

When it came time to bind the quilt, I tried a variety of the usual stripey fabrics and didn’t like any of them.  As I was standing there pondering why it was so hard to pick out a binding fabric, I glimpsed the Buttonball fabric again and thought, “gee that might make a great binding” and it sure did!  I love the way it finished the quilt and I love the looser pattern on the binding.

Plus Quilt binding

Plus Quilt layers

The finished quilt is 62″ x 67″, a large throw that you can really curl up with.  I decided to make a matching pillow and thought it would be fun to make it a reversible pillow with one Plus print on one side and a different Plus print on the other side.  So that required a zipper instead of an envelope back and I decided to an invisible zipper.  A little bit more work, but definitely worth it.

Plus pillow zipper

 

This quilt is on its way to its new owner!

Hope you’re making something,
Elaine

Linking up to Friday Fabric Frenzy, Crazy Mom Quilts, My Quilt Infatuation and  Sew Fresh Quilts!

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.

(Update:  I have received many requests for a pattern for this quilt. You can make this quilt yourself by using this pattern that I have written for a different checkerboard type quilt.)

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

I’m linking up to My Quilt Infatuation, Sew Fresh QuiltsBlossom Heart Quilts and Free Motion by the River

Bricks and Glass Quilt

Bricks and Glass snowy Front

Here is my first finish for 2016!  A quilt made just for us and made to be in our family room.  I picked out fabrics that complemented our furniture, the stone in the fireplace and our rug and completed this easy quilt in 5 days! There was no patchwork or piecing, just sewing strips and subcutting. I had an idea in my head for bars that were floating on a solid background and just sketched it out.  Thanks to my awesome neighbor, Janet, for being the quilt holder in 10 degree weather!

Bricks and Glass Stacked

B&G stacked folded back

The quilt top is pieced entirely using Robert Kaufman Kona Solids.  The totally awesome backing fabric is from Alison Glass and I’m so over the moon about it. It’s called “Grove in Charcoal” and it’s from her Handcrafted 2 collection.  It makes such a statement on the back of the quilt.  The whole time I was making this quilt, I couldn’t get Alison Glass’s name out of my head.  Every time I caught a glimpse of the backing,  I would marvel, “that Alison Glass fabric ! “  So when it came time to name the quilt (which I originally planned to be “Floating Bricks”), the word “glass” kept creeping in.  So I gave in.  “Bricks and Glass” it is.

Bricks and Glass snowy backB&G back and front

I cut 2.5″ WOF strips and sewed them together, alternately the sewing direction, so the strips would not get that nasty curve to them if you don’t. I alternated background color strips and accent color strips.  I then subcut those sets into 8.5″ sets and just sewed everything together.  I cut 2.5″ sashing strips from the background fabric sewed those in between the columns.  The finished size is 51″ x 60″, a nice size for two people cuddling on the sofa.

I used  my new favorite batting fabric again, the Hobbs 80/20.  I really do like this better than the Warm and Natural I’ve always used – it has a softer drape to it, maintains a bit of loft and makes a nice quilt.  Yet it machine quilted like a dream, with no puckering or anything.

B&G with feet

I quilted just straight vertical lines, at a 3.5 stitch length.  I used a green/grey Aurifil thread for the top and black in my bobbin, to match the backing fabric.  I debated a lot whether to add horizontal quilting after I got all the vertical lines done. What do you think?  Should I have added horizontal lines to make a grid?  I was thinking I liked just that modern kind of look with just the vertical lines, but I don’t know.

B&G before basting

before basting

 

Bricks and Glass binding detail

The binding was a just a fun fabric I found at Jo-Anns.  I’m always on the lookout for good binding fabrics when I shop and if something catches my eye, I buy a half yard of it and put it in my Binding Stash drawer.  A half yard of fabric is the amount needed for binding for the size of quilt I usually make.  When I put this fabric up next to the Grove backing, it was a good fit.

Bricks and Glass over chairBricks and Glass fireplace

Thanks for popping in!
Elaine

I’m linking up with Sew Fresh QuiltsBlossom Hearts Quilts and  Freemotion by the River

Essex Linen Hourglass Quilt

Essex Linen Hourglass Quilt

I hope you all had a great holiday – I’m finally getting everything back to normal around here and can’t wait to get back to my sewing machine. I finished this quilt before Christmas but didn’t want to post it because it was a Christmas gift. This design is an hourglass quilt, which uses my favorite half square triangle blocks. I alternated a solid block with an hourglass block, because this entire quilt is done in linen and I thought an hourglass block all the way through the quilt might be too heavy with that many seams.

I really love items sewn with linen and I almost exclusively use Robert Kaufman Essex in Flax, a cotton/linen blend that is really nice to quilt with and is machine washable.  It’s a nice neutral color that blends well with a lot of quilting cottons.  For the colored hourglass blocks, I wanted to try to match the fabrics in the room where this quilt was going to end up.  Robert Kaufman’s Essex Yarn Dyed linens were just about a perfect match and they are the same blend of cotton/linen, but with a cross thread of white to provide a beautiful tweedy look that is just gorgeous.  These fabrics just appeal to me so much.  You’ll see more of them in my quilts in the future.

essex linen hourglass stacked

I do have some tips on sewing with Essex Linen, though.  I know a lot of people do not prewash their fabrics before sewing (I prewash everything) but I strongly recommend that you prewash linen.  Unlike regular quilting cottons which may or may not shrink or change after a wash, the linen will shrink. And it may be just enough to ruin your project.  So I put mine through a very delicate cycle on cold water and then tumble dry it until it is thoroughly dried.  If the fabric is going to change in any way – bleed color, shrink, fray, etc. – I want it to do it now, before it’s sewn into a quilt.  I know people have had trouble in the past with linen and you don’t want any surprises.  So dry it well, iron the heck out of it and it should be fine. I even sewed double seams in this quilt – for every single block, just to ease the tension on the seams and prevent fraying. I don’t recommend trying to zig zag or overcast the seams – this actually makes the fabric fray and splits it.  I think sewing a double seam on a small stitch length, like 1.8, does the trick. This is so worth the extra time to not have to worry about quilting with this gorgeous fabric.

sewn double seams on every block to ease tension:

 

essex quilt hanging

The drape and softness of this fabric is really nice.  The linen has a weight and heft to it that makes a really snuggly quilt.

The colors I used in this quilt were Essex yarn dyed Taupe, Rust, Red, Olive, Leather, Charcoal,  and Espresso.  The background color was Flax.

essex linens
see that beautiful tweedy look the white cross thread gives the linen?

essex hourglass stacked closeup

I made sixty 5.5″ hourglass blocks and sixty 5.5″ squares out of the plain linen. The quilt is 10 blocks wide by 12 blocks long. The finished quilt measures about 50″ x 60″.

essex hourglass before quilting

before quilting and after

essex hourglass overhead

I didn’t want to stitch in the ditch at all for this quilt – again, not wanting to add any stress to the seams – and so I stitched lots of diagonal lines around the blocks.  This was the first quilt that I tried using Auriful 40 weight thread instead of my usual 50 weight.  I really liked the heavier look and did not have to adjust the tension of my machine at all.

essex hourglass back and front

For the backing, I used Zen Chic’s Modern Background Paper Handwriting, an awesome fabric that I thought went well with the linen. It’s a larger text fabric than the one that I used in my Shire quilt. Both super fabrics.

essex hourglass

I used something new for this quilt. I’ve always used Warm and Natural cotton batting for my quilts, but I was in a quilt shop recently that didn’t carry it – they firmly believed that Hobb’s made a superior batting.  It’s a blend of 80% cotton and 20% polyester, which gives it a little more loft and softness.  So I tried it in this quilt.  I could definitely tell a difference. The quilt was softer and had more drape, better for a quilt that you want to snuggle up with.  The Warm and Natural is a firmer batting for sure and probably a better choice for a wall hanging quilt.

essex linen quilt front

essex quilt full back

I even made a little pillow to go with the quilt!

essex quilt and pillowessex hourglass pillow

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and thanks for dropping in!

Elaine

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The Shire Quilt

Shire Quilt

I have to say, this was the most fun I’ve ever had machine quilting!  I’m not sure why it was such a breeze but it could be that I switched to a #16 needle to do the quilting.  I think it made a big difference.  Not even a hint of a pucker on the backing.  As smooth as can be. The stitches were just beautiful.  I wish you could feel the texture of this quilt – I couldn’t keep my hands off it once it was quilted.

shire layers

I combined Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in flax with assorted green quilting cottons.  I love sewing the look of linen with colored fabrics.  I prewash all my fabrics before quilting and the Essex linen is so exception.  I prewashed it and thoroughly dried it and ironed it.  I don’t want any surprises after it’s washed as a quilt.

shire front

shire full back

The backing on this quilt is the totally amazing Background Notes by Zen Chic for Moda. I love, love this fabric.  It’s mysterious and interesting and I love how it complements the linen on the front of the quilt.   I have a thing for text fabric. Look at all that yummy handwriting:

shire back front

I used a stitch length of 3.5 to quilt this.  Like I said, I was mindlessly quilting with a #12 needle in the last few weeks and noticed every once in a while I was getting a skipped stitch with my walking foot.  So I consulted my Janome manual, saw that they recommended a heavier needle when machine quilting and so I switched to a #16.  How did I no think of this before? It made a big difference.  If you’re using the same size needle for piecing as well as quilting, try switching.

shire stacked

I cut 4″ x 17″ strips and sewed these together then subcut into 4″ strip sets and assembled 16-patch blocks.  Each square, after sewing, was 3.5″.  There were 12 squares across and 16 squares down (three 16-patch blocks across and four 16-patch blocks down).

shire rolled

Here are a couple of photos of the finished top before quilting. I think it’s fun to see how the look totally changes after batting is added and quilting is finished:

The binding I chose was Square Elements in Lime.  I tried out a number of fabrics, but I thought this complemented the quilt the best.

shire back front back

A nice mitered binding is so fun to sew:

shire mitered corner

I used Warm and Natural batting, which I prewashed and dried.  Again, I don’t want anything to shrink. I used to like that look a long time ago but now I don’t want much puckering or an antique look in these quilts.

The finished size of this quilt is 42″ x 55″.  It makes a nice throw size for on the sofa.  And here’s why it’s The Shire.

I can’t wait to start my next quilt, but I’m waiting on fabric and the place I ordered it from must have put it on the slow boat to China because it’s taking forever!  I hope it arrives tomorrow.

It’s a busy month but as always, I hope you’re making something!
Elaine

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Glacier

glacier full front

I finished this quilt this week and the name seemed appropriate because we got about ten inches of snow in this part of Michigan – the very first snow of the season!  But being stuck in the house for two days allowed me to get the backing, basting and quilting finished for this.

michigan snow

glacier full back

cloud 9 fabric for glacier quilt

Isn’t this pretty fabric? I’ve had this Aubade fabric from Cloud 9 for a while and was dying to cut into it.  I knew I wanted to make an icy looking kind of quilt with it, but I wasn’t sure what block I wanted to use.  Shall I show you the embarrassing inspiration for the design?  Behold my ironing board:

ironing board

I took a look at it one day while getting it down and thought, gee – that herringbone would be a good choice for my icy quilt.  Sometimes that’s the way you decide things, right?

glacier front, back, binding

glacier stacked III

This quilt was made up entirely of 6.5″ Half Square Triangle blocks.

I paired the Cloud 9 fabric up with Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Navy and White.  I thought it was a nice contrast.

glacier before quilting

I used white Aurifil 50 wt thread to quilt it.  I kind of agonized over how to quilt this thing, but ended up just outlining the seams and then zigzagging across the blocks. My walking foot did a great job, with no skipped stitches and no puckering.

glacieri front and back

glacier back quilting

I used Warm and White cotton batting so the Kona white would stay as white as possible.

I tried a few different turquoise colored binding fabrics but ended up with the tiny dress stripe in navy from Dear Stella. I liked the tiny stripe so much I know I will be using bindings in the future from that line. The size of the bindings strips I cut were 2.5″.  This is the most fun for me – to sew on the binding and make nice mitered corners.

glacier stacked IV

The finished size of this quilt was on the small size – 36″ x 47″ but big enough to be a crib quilt or a lap quilt.

This was such a fun quilt to make and I got to use my favorite Half Square Triangles for the quilt design.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Elaine

Head on over to Lorna’s to look at her “Let’s Bee Social” Linky!

glacier rolled

Grey Goose Quilt

grey goose stacked III

What a fun quilt this one was to sew.  Before I knew it, I was doing the binding.  For this quilt, I wanted a modern, clean geometric kind of look.  So I made Half Square Triangles and did a Flying Geese kind of pattern on the front.  I skipped some triangles, to create some additional negative space.

 

Because the front was so modern and graphic, I wanted a bit of whimsy and a splash of color for the back.  I looked at several fun fabrics for the back and in the end I chose this fun fabric by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman.  It’s actually a 108″ wide which made the backing a snap.

grey goose full back

The front was made up of Robert Kaufman Kona Solids:  medium grey, steel, and white.  I added a couple of Robert Kaufman Spot On fabrics for a little variation.

grey goose stacked

grey goose rolled

The binding was such fun. I almost went with a traditional black and white stripe, but I pulled this black and white dot fabric from my stash and it just added so much zing, I had to go with it.  I can’t remember where I got this fabric and it had no useful identification on the selvage.  Maybe even Hobby Lobby?

grey goose binding front and back

binding, back and front

The binding went as smoothly as can be because I secured it with my Wonder Clips every few inches.  I sewed it on the front, wrapped it around the back and stitched in the ditch on the front.  If you want to learn how to do this kind of binding, I’ve done a machine binding tutorial here.  I believe that machine sewn bindings are more durable.

grey goose binding closeup

grey goose two binding

grey goose front, back, front

The front was stitched 1¼ inch apart, using my seam guide attachment.  I debated about adding horizontal stitching after all the vertical stitching was done, but decided in the end that less is more.

grey goose back and front

I used Warm and White cotton batting, because I wanted the white fabric to remain as white as can be.  Warm and Natural would be too dark, I felt, behind the white fabric.

Finished size on this quilt is 50″ x 59″.

I can’t wait to get this quilt to its new owners!

Go make something!
Elaine

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grey goose binding with back

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Hourglass Quilt in Mustard and Grey

HourglassMG binding

I have this color combo love right now that involves greys and mustards and I just had to make a quilt with these colors.  I’m picturing lots of variations on this theme in the future!  Combine that with my love of Half Square Triangles and you have this quilt.  I’ve been staying up way too late at night working on this.  We’ve also had some windy and rainy weather lately – courtesy of Hurricane Patricia – so it’s allowed me to ditch some of my Fall yard work in favor of sewing and finishing this quilt!

HourglassMG Stacked

I used a variety of favorite quilting fabrics for this, including the ever awesome Rainwalk Ripple by Anna Graham. I can’t get enough of that fabric.  It’s a canvas fabric, but sewed up nicely right alongside the quilting cottons.  I also used a couple I pulled from the beautiful Magnolia line by Alisse Courter.  And, since I always love a little text fabric sneaked in, I used a little bit of Robert Kaufman Scribble Notes in White. This makes me very happy.

Hourglass MG Quilt two shot

The solid color is Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Ash – such a great neutral and my favorite solid. And the binding is Squared Elements in Shadow.

HourglassMG Roll

I did simple straight quilting, at 3.5 stitches/inch, which I really like and went well with the lines of the blocks.  Each block was trimmed to 5 inches square.

HourglassMG on chairHourglassMG closeup

I used Warm & Plush cotton batting, which I washed and dried before using, even though it has no scrim.  I live dangerously.   It worked out.

My favorite part of the quilt is doing the mitered binding at the end.

The finished size of this quilt is 44″ x 54″, a very nice lap size quilt to snuggle with, just big enough for two.

HourglassMG blocksHourglassMG Hanging

Grey Havens Quilt

greyhavensquilt
I had a vision for this quilt that I wanted something light and airy that reminded me of fresh white laundry hanging on a clothesline – lots of whites and light greys and nothing else.
GreyHavensQuiltFullThere were so many fun fabrics to chose from. I scoured online fabric stores for grey and white designs that caught my eye.  A couple of these in the stack below did not make the final cut, but it was a hard decision because I liked them all so much. Sometimes a fabric just doesn’t go with what you had in mind.

greyhavensfabricI think my favorite fabric of all time is this Cloud 9 fabric called Petal Print Twig.  It reminds me of a pencil drawing and is so delicate.  I wanted to sort of build the quilt around that. Isn’t it pretty?  I ended up using 12 different fabrics plus Robert Kaufman Kona White, which is such a great pure white.

petal print twig
For the quilt design, I did not want to chop up some of the fabric into small squares because I wanted to keep more of the pattern repeats, so I settled on finished strips of 2″ x 6″ with a smaller strip of squares alongside.

The finished size of the quilt is 42″ x 57″.

greyhavensquiltroll

greyhavensonchair greyhavensfrontandbackFor the backing, I used Get Back! 108″ wide backing fabric in white and gray.  Although this is a convenient fabric to use for backing because of it’s width, I probably won’t use it again because it’s too thin for my taste.

greyhavenshangingpanel

These are a couple of panels as I was working on them.

I love the binding fabric so much  – it’s Dress Stripes in Charcoal by Hawthorne Threads.  They have started manufacturing their own fabrics using a digital printing method.  The fabric was crisp and really nice to work with.

hawthornefabricstripes

As for the name of the quilt – Grey Havens?  I’m a big LOTR fan!

greyhavensbinding