The Modern Quilt Group I attend at Broadbent's here in Lehi is doing a Modern Medallion quilt for this six month session. Each month we add another border after getting ideas and tips from Kristin, JoyLyn, and Anna. I decided I was going to make something low volume and I am hankering for some sunshine, so that is the center of my quilt. Also in the spirit of using up stash fabrics and fabrics I love, I cut into some of my Heather Ross goldfish. I already know what I want to do for my first border and hope to get it added this week.
I loved seeing everyone's medallions and how different they were. We have flickr group featuring all the medallions in addition to our regular flickr group-go take a look!
I have had Anna Maria Horner'sHandmade Beginnings book for months. My baby is starting to get too big to fit in some of the clothes, but there is always a baby around to sew for. I did make two of these little Baby in the Hood jackets. One in the 3-6 month size and one in the 18-24 month size. I made them out of the same fabric and with the same notions. Tessa loves coats and jackets and promptly put hers on. The other was a gift for a sweet baby girl from my old neighbor hood.
I stitched a label in the back with the size tag on it. Maybe one of these days I will get around to buying some premade ones, but I do like the look of the little fabric labels.
The instructions and pattern were really clear and easy to follow, but there were a lot of steps. It felt like even more making the jacket two times. I used Riley Blake Sugar and Spice by the Quilted Fish for the jackets. It's been around for about two years and it's about time that I destashed it!
I am finally posting these, we have had a few playoff games this week that have limited my computer time. Jessica and I are making Baby Jane quilts this year ahead. We are aiming to finish two blocks a week. It doesn't feel like too much, but these blocks do require attention to detail.
About a year ago I finally learned how to crochet. My friend Eve, had a pattern for a fish washcloth and she taught me how to make it. It involves increasing and decreasing and is good practice for some basic skills. At the time we were living in a condo, waiting for our home to be built and I was driving the kids to school and picking them up and waiting in the car a lot. So I would bring the fish pattern and ball of sugar and cream yarn with me and make fish while I waited. Now I have more fish wash clothes than a person could use.
These aren't even all of them, some have disappeared around the house. By then end I was making small fish with the leftover yarn. The fish vary in size depending on how tight I held things, I got better with gauge as time went on. It kept my hands busy and was a lifesaver during those waits, I also read a few books while waiting as well. One ball of the sugar and cream yarn made two fish. I like the orange the best.
I made this heart wristlets for the girls for Valentine's Day. They came from a tutorial on Sew Mam Sew that has disappeared-or I would link to it. I used scraps (yay!) for the whole project. They are pretty small, the zippers are just four inches across, so just coins or small treasures fit inside them. The girls loved them though and Tessa totes her 'purse' around regularly.
This quilt is made from a layer cake of Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket. I bought it last year the Home Machine Quilting Show and am so glad I made something out of it before the show rolls around again. The pattern is a Moda Bake Shop Pattern called You Zig I'll Zag. It went together really quickly and the instructions were clear. I used the blue splash print for the setting triangles and the outer border. In each setting triangle I quilted a sea creature or scene.
It was fun coming up with sea creatures to fill each square. I haven't done any free hand quilting like this in a while.
I decided to find something different to back the quilt with and used a print from the Indie Chic line.
I bound the quilt with a solid blue. I finished this quilt almost two weeks ago, I just hadn't had a moment to sit down and blog it. It reminds me of the beach and summer and warm weather-which we are more than ready for. It had been more wintry this year than in years past. I like the snow-except for driving, just ready for some sunshine. If the sun isn't in the sky, put it in a quilt.
At the December Modern Quilt Group meeting I got a big pile of grey scraps. Kristin had used then in a Polaroid quilt so there were a lot of triangle shapes. I am a really really slow decorator, we have been here for seven months and I have put nothing on the walls. I decided I wanted something with a monogram that would look framed and hang on the wall at the top of the stairs. I looked for fonts that I liked and decided to use the 'M' from my signature in the end, just so it would be more personalized.
Then I just put the quilt together using the basic triangle shapes of the scraps. The project went together really fast and I am pleased with the final result.
I used a Kaffe Fasset print that I have had forever on the back, I still have quite a bit left, it's been in my stash so long I don't remember where I even bought it. Yay for using stuff I have on hand and using scraps. I still need to put a sleeve on the back and decide what I am going to hang it with (any suggestion welcome!) I think when I put up one thing I will want to start on others, the first is always the most difficult.