I really enjoy end of the year wrap-ups. It's nice to look back and see what you've accomplished. These are the quilts I made in 2011. It felt like I made more, but that's probably because I have another four that I've started and haven't finished yet. And out of these five, only one was for me! All of the in-progess ones are for me as well; I guess at some point this year I figured out that I need to make stuff for myself too! Here's to 2012, filled with lots of new quilts!
Hurray for another finished quilt! This one I started around six months ago, so it didn't take me as long as the last one. :) The pattern is New Wave Quilt by Oh, Fransson!
I used prints from Anthology's Folk Life line (purchased at Fabric Fascination
) and Kona Snow for the sashing and border. It turned out bright and fun. I did't want to lose any of the print, so I added extra sashing at the top and bottom of the pattern. The binding is a solid dark blue from my stash.
This quilt was begging for straight line quilting, so I listened to it. I followed the waves with straight lines on both sides, similar to my zig-zag quilt
For the back, I didn't have enough print, so I got creative and put together what I had with more Kona Snow. I really like how the two prints cancel each other out in the middle and become white. Definitely one of my favorite backs that I've made.
I finally finished the table runner
I've been working on for over a month! The Thanksgiving side was done using the strippy runner tutorial
by twiddletails. For a while I couldn't decide what color to quilt it with, but ended up going with a light green. Thank goodness I finally chose, because I finished it with just a few days to spare!
I used some Amy Butler dots for binding, and used this zig-zag binding tutorial
from Stitched in Color. It was certainly faster than hand-stitching and seems to cover more mistakes than straight-stitching the binding on.
And for the other side... Halloween! This side is Cluck Cluck Sew's Summer Runner tutorial
. I didn't get to use it in time for Halloween this year, but it will be waiting for me next year. I think it turned out really cute.
I'm entering my table runner in Rachel's Celebrate Color contest
over at Stitched in Color. Head over to check out all of the amazing entries!
My friend Amanda
made some mini design boards for her Farmer's Wife Quilt-Along blocks, so I copied her and made some too.
The tutorials for these can be found at Bee In My Bonnet here
. Such a simple tutorial for such a smart idea.
I used some Ta Dot quilting tape scraps for the edging. These are really going to help in laying out all the pieces for the quilt-along blocks, so I'm really excited to start using them!
My very good friend Wren found out about six weeks ago that she has stage 3 rectal cancer. She has a husband, a three-year-old boy, a one-year-old boy, and a baby girl on the way.
I made her a quilt to use during chemotherapies, surgeries, and really any time she’s a little chilly. Hopefully this will bring her and her family a little brightness in such a hard time.
I used two Ruby layer cakes, Kona Cotton in Show for the sashing, and Bliss for the backing and binding. The backing is flannel and is so soft. I love that the fabric designers are a mother and daughter team (Bonnie & Camille). It’s kind of perfect. The pattern is Hexagon Park
, slightly modified to be a little bigger.
And, of course, I couldn’t leave out baby girl who is on the way, so I saved some pink from the layer cakes and made up a smaller version for her.
If you want to keep updated on Wren and her family, her church is posting updates here
, and there is a Facebook support page here
|image by Ms. Phoenix via Flickr Creative Commons|
It's February already, and Valentine's Day is coming soon. This holiday always seems to sneak up on me! I'm working on a cute little table runner and hopefully some heart-shaped potholders. To help you with your holiday crafting, we're having a sale! Through Valentine's Day, save 10% off all pink and red tapes in the store
(prices reflect discount).
What Valentine's Day projects are you working on?
One of my cousins is having a baby boy soon, so I sewed up some burp cloths and some bias tape bibs for her. Instead of using a traditional bias tape bib tutorial that uses the tape for straps to tie, I used McCall's 5604 and added bias tape around the edges instead of sewing right sides together and turning.
The fabric is Robots by David Walker, and the bias tape is half-inch double fold bias tape, Pin Dot in Bright Yellow (available in the shop
). My favorite part is the little robot dog.
I used my usual snaps from Cowgirl Snaps
, which I still am very much loving. So cute and functional at the same time!
I finally finished the compilation of bias tape resources that I promised you. It's located along the top bar for easy reference. These were the best places that had explanations of what bias tape is, the different kinds, cut on the bias versus cut on the grain, and how to apply it in your projects. As always, if you have questions about bias tape that aren't answered here, just ask! Enjoy!