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The Baby Harvatine Quilt

I have been reading my friend Liz’s blog, Lady Harvatine, for a long time. It was one of the first I found when I started quilting. Thanks to the LA Modern Quilt Guild, we now know each other and are pals. She’s having a baby very soon, so of course I had to make her a quilt!

Baby Harvatine Quilt

I’m a touch stripe obsessed these days…

I quilted double zig-zags in each blue and yellow strip (I didn’t use a double needle, just did one zig-zag then echo quilted it) and added the occasional pop of monochromatic fabric.

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Oh and guys, did you see? There’s totally a dog in a teacup right there.

Baby Harvatine Quilt Detail

Hope 2011 is off to a good start for you!

Placemats!

I finished up the placemats that I made for the LAMQG holiday swap. Chris got them last night and she loved them!  She had asked for something for her kitchen with blues, neutrals and a vaguely beachy vibe.

Place Mats

They are so simple and quick to sew up.  I used linen for the background fabric, Konas Teal and Coal and the light blue is a Moda Crossweave.

Corners

Corners!

The simple dense straight line quilting makes them lie nice and flat.

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I’ll post a little pattern for these later this week. They would make a great Christmas gift for a friend!

Rectangle Blues

Have you all seen Quilt Scene?? So much great stuff in here!

Quilt Scene

I was lucky enough to have a quilt pattern published in it!

Rectangle Blues on Couch

Rectangle Blues in Mag

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And the Modern Quilt Guild also got a nice mention!

MQG Mention

I made this quilt a while ago… so nice to finally be able to blog about it! I used a lot of Moda Crossweaves in it.  They are so beautiful!  A couple more photos…

Rectangle Blues on Rocking Chair

Quilting Rectangle Blues

Want a copy of the magazine?  Just leave me a comment.  I’ll pick a winner on Monday!

And it’s back to the sewing machine for me… Hope you all have great weekends ahead of you!

A space quilt??

Yes!  A space quilt!  A while back, the designer for Etsy’s amazing space themed conference room got in touch.  Would I like to make a space quilt to be hung in the room?  Needless to say, this was a daunting task.  But I love a challenge so I took it on.

How to make a quilt that is a glimpse of “space” (as in outer space – this was not a theoretical space…it had to be outer space) yet also keep my aesthetic?  It was no easy task!

Space Quilt

Think I managed ok?  Stars or spaceships?? It’s up to you!  I was thinking stars (you know – like streaking by ’cause you’re at warp speed, right??) but my husband though spaceships so I figured that’s part of the idea – interpret it as you’d like.

White Binding

And white binding!  Not something I’ve otherwise done but I thought it worked well to frame the dark blues and blacks… I used a lot of Quilters Linen in this.  Thought that it was nice for add texture but not a patterned fabric.

There’s more photos of the finished conference room here!

A Baby Girl Quilt!

Katie, a friend from The LAMQG is having a baby girl!  I made her this cute simple quilt.

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Nice and pink but some green mixed in!

I did some fun and easy curly quilting.  I really like this simple and whimsical quilting for a baby quilt.  Keeps it nice and soft.

Some Green Detail

And a simple back – I do love those Wildwood trees!

Some Green Back

Have you seen the latest issue of Stitch?

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There’s an article in there written by yours truly!

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About what we’re all up to with our modern quilting!  Needless to say, it’s exciting to see this:

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And I never showed the finished “Yellow Pop’ Quilt ’cause I had to wait for this to come out first, so here it is…

Yellow Pop

I’m in love with the yellow stripy binding.

Binding

Hope that your weeks are all off to a good start.  Happy Monday!

Embracing Gray.

That’s certainly what I did with this quilt, so that’s what I’m calling it.  It’s on our bed and staying there!  I love it and so does my husband.  Not girly at all this one… I really like the simple graphic nature of this quilt. I offset the columns a bit giving it an asymmetry that I’m loving.

Embracing Gray

The fabrics? Konas Medium Gray, Coal, Charcoal, and the RK Gray Quilters Linen (which I LOVE by the way) are all in there.  The background is Kona Ash.  And then the yellow is a Kona as well – it’s Butterscotch.  The one patterned fabric is a Heather Baily print.

Embracing Gray

I pieced together a back with the remaining fabric.

Embracing Gray - Back

It’s already being enjoyed by everyone!

Embracing Gray being enjoyed

As a side note – thanks for all of your comments on straight line quilting. It’s clearly a topic that a lot of people are thinking about.  Moving my quilting in different directions is something that I’m eager to do and I feel I might surrender to some long arm classes… I am tiring of stippling, and am not very attracted to many other simple free motion patterns.  Straight lines really appeal to me though and the options are endless, but impossible to achieve well on my machine.  I’m all about making quilts at home from start to finish, but at a certain point there are limitations… I just know the second I go and try long arming one of my quilts I’ll be ruined and never want to quilt a quilt on my home machine again.  What to do? Oh the trials and tribulations of a quilting obsession!

Twin baby quilts

I finished up a pair of cute baby quilts for a commission.  For twins who are on the way!  I made a couple of pillow sleeves to go along with ‘em too.

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Why can’t I ever coordinate photo taking with no fold lines in the quilts??

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These were fun to sew up. I haven’t been working with lots of white or these colors in awhile so it was fun to go back to them for a project!

On another note, a dear friend of mine is a finalist for the Dwell Room for Improvement contest. You don’t have sign in or anything to vote for her, so please do! It just takes two quick clicks and a free living room make over could be hers so vote for her! Thank you, thank you!

A finish!

It’s been awhile since I’ve finished a quilt that wasn’t on a deadline.  It was nice. Some friends who are having a baby girl are getting this one!

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This quilt confirmed for me that I am not as much of a fan of the washed crinkled look when the quilt isn’t stippled. Stippling leads to a nice even all over crinkle, but other quilting… not so much.

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I’ve been trying to stretch myself and NOT stipple quilts… it’s hard for me! But there’s inspiration everywhere. I saw this photo shoot with Megan Fox recently.  Do you think others are obsessively looking at the quilting too??

Happy Monday!

And finished!

I know you all just saw this quilt top – but it’s now finished!

Neutrals Quilt

I ended up binding it in black (this is my first use of black in a quilt ever) and I’m really happy with the outcome.

Neutrals detail

And of course I did another of my usual pieced backs:

Neutrals Back

I really enjoyed working in all neutrals, but now back to color!!

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