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.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/776385275/traditional-blue-sampler-quilt-twin-bed
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.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/776385275/traditional-blue-sampler-quilt-twin-bed
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.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/776385275/traditional-blue-sampler-quilt-twin-bed
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.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/776385275/traditional-blue-sampler-quilt-twin-bed
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.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/776385275/traditional-blue-sampler-quilt-twin-bed
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!
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/776385275/traditional-blue-sampler-quilt-twin-bed
Flannel Backing, Quilting Details
I love working on projects that involve multiple people. What are you working on today?

--Ann

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.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/762499098/teal-blue-baby-quilt-with-giraffe
Giraffe quilt
The next photo shows what this quilt would look like with the colors reversed. Same fabrics in both.

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/762499098/teal-blue-baby-quilt-with-giraffe
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.
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/762499098/teal-blue-baby-quilt-with-giraffe
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? 

--Ann