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Solids & Squares Quilt is all finished!

I finished the quilt that I made for my mother. I really enjoyed putting it together. As I’ve mentioned before, working with different colors and so many solids was a wonderful push outside of my comfort zone.

Solids & Squares Quilt

I’m so pleased with it’s combination of being modern design, but also simple and not loud.

Solids & Squares Quilt

For the back I did mostly blue with a strip of warm reds and browns – all fabrics that are in the front.

Solids & Squares Quilt - back

And I’m so happy with the binding on this one too!

Solids & Squares Quilt - binding detail

I’m not usually drawn to batiks, but this simple one that my mother has told me is her “favorite fabric ever” works perfectly to add another small nice touch to the quilt. Can’t wait to give it to her when she comes for a visit later this month!

Flora & Fauna Quilt all finished!

And now you know the name I came up with for the biggest quilt I’ve made!  I think that it’s perfectly fitting because there’s lots of both flora and fauna in the quilt.  And that’s it.  Don’t have to dig too much to get to the meaning! Ha!

Flora & Fauna Quilt

Flora & Fauna Quilt

I have to say… I’m proud of this one.  I think that it’s my favorite quilt that I’ve made.  I put this one together block by block and, to me, it really represents the progress I’ve made in my quilt design. Improvisationally pieced, lots and lots of different fabrics, and a balance with solids. These are all things that I’ve really worked on and have all come together in this one quilt. This one is going to be hard to part with! But it will be very near by and I will visit it often.

A quick mention ’cause the photos aren’t really true… the dark solid is chocolate brown, not black…

Flora & Fauna Quilt

For the back I put together something that worked with the white fabric I had.

Flora & Fauna Quilt - back

This has to be the biggest log cabin block I’ll ever make! It’s huge!

Flora & Fauna Quilt - back detail

This quilt also reminds me how much I enjoy blogging and recording my progress. Back on November 5th of last year I posted this photo of fabric that I had pulled for my next quilt.

The next quilt

And here we are, three months later and (plus or minus some fabrics) it’s finished. I really just find the whole process so rewarding and satisfying. From raw fabric to completed quilt!

Flora & Fauna Quilt detail

Lots of cuddly quilt

Blue & Green + Yellow Baby Quilt

I just finished up another baby quilt. I’d mentioned before that this color scheme was requested so it forced me to leave behind the comfort of my orange or pink. I am so pleased with the results! I really find this quilt so vibrant and bright. I hope that it is well loved!

Blue&Green+Yellow Baby Quilt

Blue&Green+Yellow Columns

The back:

Blue&Green+Yellow baby quilt - back detail

And a detail of it all cozy and folded up!

Blue&Green+Yellow baby quilt - all folded up

Couldn’t help myself.

I’m part of another quilting bee and Katy sent along some really beautiful Liberty fabrics. I had never worked with them before and they really were so lovely.  After making a more traditional styled block, I couldn’t stop myself from using scraps to give them the wonky log cabin treatment.  A mini quilt just appeared out of nowhere!

Liberty print mini quilt

I’m in love with that central fabric and I thought it needed loads of solids around it to show it off.  I’m not sure about these colors, it’s a bit too bright and pastel-y but it’s what I had in my stash.  It was fun to finish a project in a matter of a couple of hours!

Liberty prints mini quilt detail

Sparks Baby Quilt

I finished a new baby quilt for some friends whose last name is Sparks.  It’s such a good last name, that I’m using it for the name of the quilt! This is another gender neutral one ’cause they are waiting to find out.

Sparks Baby Quilt

I love how this quilt came out.  It’s sort of a mini version of my Land & Sea Quilt.  I actually kept track of the measurements as I made this one, so I’m thinking I’ll post the pattern soon.

Sparks Baby Quilt - Detail

A fussy cut center of each block will be fun for the baby as he or she grows up!

One of my usual pieced backs:

Sparks Baby Quilt - Back detail

First finished quilt of 2009

I started this very simple baby quilt a while back in 2008, but I just finished it, so I’m counting it as #1 for 2009!

Ladybug Baby Quilt

The little baby girl who this was made for, was born a couple of weeks ago at only 29 weeks due to risk to the mother’s health.  Luckily the doctors say that all will be ok for both Mom & daughter.  The planned shower is still happening this coming weekend so I hope that the mother likes the quilt.

They are doing their nursery in a ladybug theme so I picked up this cute Flutterby fabric that has little ladybugs all over it and I’m calling it the Ladybug Baby Quilt.  I know, not so creative. I have a hard time coming up with names for my quilts…

Ladybug Baby Quilt detail

Ladybug Baby Quilt detail

I also did a simple pieced back with the same fabric:

Ladybug Baby Quilt back

And one of my usual embroidered labels.

Ladybug Baby Quilt label

I do so enjoy sitting and stitching these while I watch a tv show or two. My husband and I are on a binge of The Wire these days. I had never seen even one episode before and oh it is so good!

Otherwise, I’m feeling like I’ve been getting tons of sewing done so far this year. I’m motivated these days… it’s great and I hope it lasts!

I hope you’re all feeling the same way! Back to the sewing room I go…

2008! One last quilt and a wrap up.

Last night I finished up the breast cancer charity quilt.  Shannon contacted me a while back about making a quilt to donate to help them raise money for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and I jumped at the chance.  She even sent me pink ribbon fabric which I was thrilled to include in the quilt. Otherwise I pulled from my stash (other than a bit of solid brown & the batting). It’s a lap quilt and I hope that people like it so that it raises them a bit of money!

Breast Cancer Charity Quilt

Breast Cancer Charity Quilt detail

Breast Cancer Charity Quilt back

I still need to toss it in the washer and dryer so I’m excited to see this back all crinkly!

Breast Cancer Quilt back detail

2008 and has been an amazing year for me.  This was my year in a nutshell:

Quilting? Quilting! I love quilting!  Quilting, quilting, quilting.  Yikes, I could use a paycheck.  Quilting, quilting, Obama!, quilting.

When I think about the role that quilting has come to play in my life I can’t believe that it’s only been one year that I’ve been at it.  And this blog?  I just started it in August and I never imagined that it would be as wonderful as it has been.  Becoming a part of this crafty bloggy community, getting to know some of you, knowing that there are so many more of you to get to know, and the excitement of that all being in the year ahead has brought me, and will continue to bring me, so much happiness. You are all so nice and generous and fun and it’s a thrill to be involved!!  Thank you to each and every one of you who has been so warm and welcoming.

I made 19 quilts this year.

My 2008 Quilts

I have all but the binding on a 20th.  Does that count as this year?  Nah.  I’ll make it quilt number 1 of 2009!

Happy New Year everyone!  May 2009 be a great one for you.

A finished mini quilt!

I wanted to get those two quilts finished before 2009, but binding is a drag for me. Instead I had some fun!! I made the mini quilt that Katie won in my giveaway! Here it is:

Mini Quilt

Mini Quilt Close Up

And the back:

Mini Quilt Back

I hope you like it Katie! I’ll be putting it in the mail to you in the next couple of days.

And as for those other two quilts, I’m mere stitches on the binding away from at least one being complete!

Close Up on Charity Quilt

Land & Sea Quilt pattern

Amanda Jean made a version of the Land & Sea Quilt I made and also was nice enough to post the pattern!

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And let me know if you make it!  I’d love to see the results!

A simple baby boy quilt!

I finished up the quilt I’ve been working on.  After I finish this post I’m off to pick out fabrics for my next one.  It will be the very first quilt I make with no specific recipient in mind.  I’m thinking it’s time to start building an “inventory” and perhaps one day an etsy shop?  It’s hard for me to make that leap.

Anyhow, here is the finished baby boy quilt!  It measures 45″ x 60″ which has become my standard size for a baby quilt.  I know that’s big, but I feel like the use it will get can last longer if it’s big enough to cover a toddler, as well as a baby!

Simple Squares Baby Boy Quilt

Simple Squares Baby Boy Quilt - Close up

What will I do when there is no more Katie Jump Rope to be found?!?  I need to seriously stock up before it disappears from all shops…   I find it to be a staple that I return to over and over again. I am yet to find another fabric line that has so many fabrics that work perfectly for men & boys. Anyone have any suggestions?

The back:

Simple Squares Baby Boy Quilt - Back

Simple Squares Baby Boy Quilt - Back detail

And since everyone loves a give away, I wanted to mention this one over at See Katie Sew.  Who doesn’t want a load of free fabric?!?

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