Friday, April 28, 2017

Same pattern -- different variations...


This will be a very short post, but I wanted to show you how you can make totally different looking quilts with the same pattern, but different variations. I'm using the same star pattern for most of the quilts I'm making our grandchildren under five years of age. It's a fun, easy pattern that goes together quickly and is adorable. Here are four of those quilts. By varying the fabrics, you can create very different looks...



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thatcher's quilt...


I'm back from California -- sunny San Diego to be exact. Did I mention just how much I love it there? We came back to a weather forecast of snow on Saturday in Colorado. {Sigh.}


I have another quilt to show you today. {Surprised? No.} I just finished this quilt for our four-year-old grandson, nicknamed Tate. He is a strapping little guy with favorite colors of black and red. When I saw this Burly Beaver line by Robert Kaufman I knew it was created for this boy of ours. The fabric line is filled with burly backwoods beavers, checks, tree bark, and thermoses -- everything a logger needs!


I chose red and blacks for the main design, but filled in with a lot of gray. I love black, but in small doses with fabric, so I chose the gray to soften the bright, bold reds and blacks. I also chose a swirly pattern for the quilting. I wanted something circular to soften the stark lines of the quilt.


There's something delightfully cute about those beavers -- especially when you are outdoorsy kind of guy!



I used up a little more fabric with this design on the back...


 I love the "tree bark" fabric in this line. So cute to carry the theme of loggerman to the obvious pattern of bark. This fabric dominates the back of the quilt and is the frame on the front of the quilt.


One down... a couple million to go ~~~ !



Monday, April 24, 2017

Miss M.'s quilt...


One of these days I'm going to surprise everyone {including myself} and post about a furniture refinishing project, gardening adventure, or craft that I've completed. {Dream on.} I really didn't think this goal to make 40 quilts this year would be so consuming, but it is. However, I've loved every minute of it. Originally, I made the goal to use up a lot of the stash I've collected the last few years. This next quilt is a perfect example of making due with what you have...


Two-year-old Macy loves the color pink. Her mom says it's the only color she knows, so I decided to broaden her horizon and use this cute metallic floral fabric from Hobby Lobby as the "inspiration fabric" for the quilt and incorporate four other pretty colors as complimentary fabrics...


I had enough already-purchased fabrics in mint, peachy-pink, salmon and turquoise to bring those colors into the mix...



I love how these cute fabrics play off each other...



The back of the quilt was another place I was able to use up some of my stash. It's a little wonky, but I don't think a two-year-old will mind.



One more quilt checked off the list!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Miss O.'s...


In between trips to California and Florida, I have finished a few more quilts. This one is for a little six-year-old granddaughter who loves red and pink. These adorable fabrics come from Moda's "Just Another Walk in the Woods" collection.


There are flowers, trees, ruffles, and sprinkles on this quilt -- a winning combination for this adorable girl of ours!


I'm finding this quilt making business {I'm trying to make 40 for our children and grandchildren by 2017 Christmas} has really been good for me. I love to create in general, but when I'm making things for people I love, it's even better. 


Throughout the whole process of picking out the fabrics, planning the design, sewing, and binding, I find I'm thinking about the person whose quilt it is the whole time. I count my blessings that this little {or big} person is in my life.


Each quilt is like a little gratitude journal all rolled up in fabric and thread and a whole lot of love.


I'm also learning new techniques with each new quilt. I'm pretty sure the last quilt I make is going to be the best for that very reason. Ahhh well... life is a process!


Fabrics:

Moda, "Walk in the Woods Forest Dark Pink and Dark Cream"...



Moda, "Walk in the Woods Sprinkles"...


Moda, "Walk in the Woods Ruffles and Ruffles Red"...


Moda, "Walk in the Woods Toss the Garden Cream"...




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The best laid plans...


...often go awry.

I've been making a bajillion quilts lately. It hasn't been quite that many, but it feels like it. I'm trying to finish as many as I can before Spring announces itself fully, and I'm conscripted into yard work for a number of months. Today I pieced together the 12th of 40 lap quilts that I'm making for family for Christmas 2017. It's for one of our little ones -- a two-year-old granddaughter. She's adorable...


Well, unfortunately this quilt top didn't go as well as I'd hoped. First of all I bought this Cosmo Forest Delight fabric...


...which I really liked. It's cute, right? How can you go wrong with bears and flowers? I'll tell you. It was nearly impossible to find coordinating fabrics. I have quite an extensive fabric stash at my home, but nothing complimented these cute bears. I ended up having to go to a quilt shop near my home, and two employees and I had to scoured every shelf to find three somewhat coordinating fabrics. Unfortunately, the fabrics we found weren't really within the color scheme I wanted for the quilt. Here's the quilt top with the pink, turquoise and puke green fabric I chose...



{Sigh.} I was really hoping to stay with pinks and reds since it's for a little girl, but both the pink and red in the Cosmo fabric is a very unusual shade. Ugh. I'm a little disappointed. I'm just not sold on that green fabric.

You'd think all that would be bad enough, but there's more. I should have chosen the same turquoise color or the pink oblong fabric for the back of the quilt, but I decided to pick something totally different to add some "fun." {Geesh.} I chose the fabric below. I thought it was a cute pattern with a lot of the same colors as the front of the quilt. It looked colorful and playful to me.
 

When I got home I noticed something odd about the fabric, so went to the computer and looked up its name. It's called Tula Pink Tabby Road Cat Eyes. You guessed it. When you turn the fabric, it looks like this...

 
That's right. It's a million cat eyes staring at you. What two-year-old is going to want to wrap themselves in creepy cat eyes? {Shudder.} Emery is bound to have nightmares for years, and it will be this granny's fault. Honestly, I think I need to take a little break from quilting and plant some pansies.

I'm really hoping that I'll like this quilt a whole lot better when it gets back from the longarm quilter, and I've distanced myself from it for a couple of weeks. {Doubt it.} BTW, the backing of the quilt is positioned so the "cat eyes" are less apparent. I hope.



Thursday, March 09, 2017

Loving #3...


I am loving #3 quilt who is for Miss T., our four year old granddaughter. It measures 45"x50" -- which is plenty big for her because she is such a little peanut! I don't know what it is about this one -- it's certainly simple -- but I love the design with the cute fabrics...


I've finally figured out how important it is to have white or some other plain fabric to give your eye a rest. The white also frames all the other cute prints and colors. This is just my opinion, of course, not necessarily the experience of a great quilter.


I used a lot of my stash for this fabric. I loved picking all these shades of pink and incorporating them into something fun...


I posted a video recently on my Just Another Hang Up Facebook page about how to join the binding "tails" on a quilt. I followed the simple instructions to a "T" and it worked perfectly!


For the back I used Moda, Just Another Walk in the Woods, Forest Furries in Pink...


...and Camelot Fabrics, Wilderness Arrows White. {Love. Love. Love.}


Those two fabrics together are A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.



Once again I used the flower long-arm quilting pattern that I've used on several other quilts. It's perfect  for little girl's quilts...


It was so warm and beautiful outside today -- in the 70's. It makes me want to plant flowers and mow the lawn. In a week or so I'll start cleaning up the yard and planning outside projects! Can't wait!


Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Quilt #2...


I don't intend this blog to turn into a quilting blog, but with as many quilts as I have to make in the next nine months, there will be a lot of lap quilts displayed. I just finished #2. It's for one of my teenage girls who loves pastels. It measures 50" x 62", which is a good size for an adult lap quilt. Technically, Miss G is not our grandchild, but I've never been big on technicalities. When her mom {my former daughter in law who will always be counted as mine} married this teenager's dad, I got three more kiddos to love, so this quilt is for her...


I've used the star pattern for many of the little kid's quilts, but for the bigger quilts I'm using other simple designs. My inspiration for this quilt was this pattern from Victoria Quilted Designs. I had to tweak it to the size I needed, but it's very similar...


I've asked each family member for their favorite color/s and to pick "something they like or an interest of theirs." It's my hope to use those colors and, if possible, their "interest" for the fabric choices in their individual quilts. Miss G said she liked pastels and flowers. Done.


One of my purposes for these quilting projects was to use up some of the stash of fabrics I have. In this case I was able to do that. These fabrics were ones that I used to make the baby quilts a couple of months ago. I even used two different fabrics for the binding. It feels good to use up what I have instead of buying new...


I chose a leaf pattern for the quilting for this quilt. I love it because it because it's simple and goes along with the floral theme...


For the back of the quilt I used a couple of the complimentary fabrics. I love making the back of the quilt as colorful and fun as the front...


I'll be putting the binding on another quilt today, then toward the end of the week I am flying to Florida for some time with family and fun in the sun! So excited to see family and enjoy a special weekend with my eight-year-old grandson who is getting baptized. Life is good, and I'm grateful.


- Suzanne