Monday, 16 March 2020

Pizza Box Sampler Quilt finish

I shared back in January about the pizza box challenge we had in one of the guilds I was a part of. Each member of the exchange was given a pizza box. We could chose what to put in the box, either a pattern or fabric or both and as the box was passed around, each person added something to the box following the instructions given.
Blue Sampler Quilt
 I put in a piece of blue fabric that was to be used in each of the blocks with instructions to build a 12.5" block of their choice.
Close up of Blocks
 When I got my box back, I had 8 different blocks made by my quilting friends and a little fabric left over.
Close up of Blocks
 I added 8 more blocks and a border fabric to make this quilt. I love that it includes blocks that are completely different from any I've made and to see the creativity of others.
Close up of Blocks
 It was sent to my friend Marie from Blueberry Hill Quilts (in High River, Alberta) for quilting and she chose a great all-over design that gives a great quilted texture to this piece.
Close up of Blocks
 The flannel back will just get softer with use and washing. This quilt will be a heirloom that will last for many years!
Flannel Backing, Quilting Details
I love working on projects that involve multiple people. What are you working on today?


Thursday, 12 March 2020

Applique on a Baby Quilt

I've made a lot of quilts based on a 9-patch block, most with the centres and corners with a darker fabric and the 4 sides with a lighter background. This quilt started with the 9-patches made with the light fabric in the centre and corners and the darker fabric on the 4 sides. Combined with a snowball block, the combination gives quite a different look.
Giraffe quilt
The next photo shows what this quilt would look like with the colors reversed. Same fabrics in both.
9-patch & Snowball quilt - SOLD
A while ago I had a customer request a giraffe added to the quilt she ordered. So I bought a small bit of giraffe fabric and traced a giraffe from a coloring book. When I placed it on her quilt, it was just too small and so I made one that was larger. But then I was left with the smaller giraffe.

Giraffe Applique
I've auditioned it on many of my baby quilts since then and it just didn't look good on any of them until I finished this top. I prep my appliques with fusible web (Heat n Bond lite, Steam a Seam 2) so all I needed to do was place the giraffe and set it with my iron and finish with machine blanket stitch. I add some tear away stabilizer to the back while I do the stitching and it helps make the stitches look full and even. You may want to try without - depending on your machine, you could have great results either way.
Minky backing
The backing is a heart embossed Minky fabric, quilted with loopy loops all over.
Another shot of the Minky backing
Because I work a lot with just the fabrics I have on hand, I often run out of coordinating fabric before a quilt is the size I want it. In this case, I had just enough to do the blocks, but not a border. I found this great lighter blue fabric and added a border all around. Again, traditionally I would have used the same tone and intensity or something darker but I really liked the way this turned out.
Giraffe Quilt
Have you tried something that twists the traditional around? Tried a new technique? Or kept something that didn't work for one project and used it in another? 


Monday, 10 February 2020

Embroidered Journal Covers

Every year I try to find some new products for the shop and for the markets I do in person. This past season, it was embroidered journal covers.
 The quilting stores are carrying some really great linen-look cottons and I chose a denim blue and a natural color for the backdrop to these embroidery designs.
 They were well received at all my sales and online. I'm learning lots about how to get a really great result on my embroidery machine - my first few attempts had lots of puckers and thread nests, but the more I practice, the less those things happen.
 A standard composition book just slides into the front and back flaps.
 I've seen some versions with some options for pen holders as well as a bookmark and ties to close the covers together.
But for now, I really like this basic cover - it's pretty classy and a great way to personalize a notebook!


Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Buffalo Plaid Baby Quilt

Sometimes I am asked to make something and it turns out so much better than I could ever have imagined on my own.
 This buffalo plaid quilt was made as a gift for an out of country friend who just had a baby. (And what a great idea for a baby gift!)
 The little red maple leaf was fused on and stitched around the edge for durability. (You know baby quilts need to be washed. Often.)
 I found some really cute cotton fabric with playful Canadiana characters that made a perfect backing and then selected 2 shades of gray and a creamy white for the plaid. (Photos show the creamy white as more yellow than it actually was!)
Super easy to pull together and the quilting was done with my walking foot in not so straight lines from top to bottom.

I plan on making this quilt again, this time with a Minky back and I will take photos of the steps so I can make you a tutorial.

What do you think of buffalo plaid, is it a trend that will stay or be over soon.

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Quilts for Kids

Along with making quilts for my Etsy shop, I also have kids and grandkids to make quilts for. All the babies received a baby quilt when they were born. And when they outgrew the crib, they each get a quilt for their big beds. This dinosaur quilt was made for the 3rd grandson and he chose dinosaurs. 
 A panel is a pretty easy quilt to finish and I added a few borders until I had a decent sized quilt, added a Minky back and sent it to my friend Marie of Blueberry Hill Quilts for quilting.
 It goes without saying that he is over the moon for this quilt and the Minky back makes it so cuddly!
 Dinosaurs are a great theme for boys and this quilt should last him for quite a while!