Monday, May 29, 2017

wholecloth quilts

Where did the wholecloth craze start?  Maybe Spoonflower?  At first, I thought it was a lazy way of getting out of a pieced quilt.  But I've fallen in love with the wholecloth designed by iviecloth co at spoonflower.  Here's some of her designs on her IG page.

How can you resist these colors? (or this chunker and his adorable chubby fingers in his worn over-alls :)

Here are some others in my shopping cart, all baby quilt size.

I also love this alphabet one.

Ok, so I'm a bit partial to the boy colors.

This one 's called: Triangle Ladder Whole Cloth, and the collection is called Maritime.

I needed a quick boy baby gift, so I made this one up first.   As you will see below, I backed it with a blue flannel, but I bought some of the mustard for future backs.  I've seen them backed in minky or what ever.

This one is called - Agua Adventurer Puzzle Wholecloth.   You can find all the color options if you type "puzzle wholecloth" in the search engine on spoonflower's website.

This mustard looks great on the back of the Agua Adventurer Puzzle design.

I did find spoonflower hard to navigate in until I "joined", just an fyi that will save you tons of time and frustration.

I also ordered this pink version with the following pink for the back.

 It takes about 1.5 hrs to stitch a baby size in the ditch.

quilt stats:
34 x 40, washed
80/20 warm and natural batting
flannel backing
binding: cut 2 1/2 inches because I thought there would be more thickness with the flannel, but there really wasn't, especially since the top was not pieced.  Next time I should cut binding strips 2 1/4 inch.

Spoonflower's website says to prewash their fabric, and carefully press.

If you've found any fun "wholecloth" options that you like, please share!

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Friday, April 21, 2017

pink gingham & family history

This post is really about this pink gingham baby quilt, but I have to tell you about where this picture is taken.

I love the whole process of making a quilt . . . but that's not the end.  After it finally comes out of the dryer (quilting process is over), it enters the documentation phase, which includes a photo-shoot.  And the location of the photo-shoot can't just be against the neighbor's fence or anywhere else I've used before.  So, when I'm driving along the countryside, I keep an eye out for prospective locations.  

This old farm is literally a couple miles from where I was visiting last month.  When we knocked on the door to get permission for a photo, I found out that the owner's grandparents on both sides were the founders of the town and neighboring town. The original part of this house was on the right.  Then, in the early 1900's, they added the 2 story onto the left!  117+ years old!  I could have talked to them all day, learning about their German Heritage and how they got to Texas.  I couldn't resist telling them about all the recent indexing of old records that has transpired in the past few years, and a few sites where they could find more of their lineage and family history.  I just can't resist hearing the story behind old stuff.  #lovethegate!!  

For this baby quilt, I was given this rifle paper co. by cotton and steel for the backing to a gingham quilt.  

I found the perfect 2 pinks using my Kona Color Card.

Do you have your new Stripology Ruler yet?  I promise, it's the best invention since sliced bread!  Mother's Day is right around the corner.  Cutting for this quilt lasted a few minutes . . . literally.

Stack and sew in process . . .

37 x 43 washed
4 inch squares
Kona: peony, carnation and pfd
back is: Les Fleurs by Rifle Paper Company for Cotton and Steel
batting is 80/20
owner: RosieJane



finish it up Friday
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Friday, March 24, 2017

i-spy value quilt

This was a great scrap buster quilt.  

Our grandchildren get a quilt the year they turn 3.  This grandson is getting this i-spy quilt.

There are 2 triangles of each fabric, so he thinks it's a matching game.  And that's what we play when we're together.  I love to hear that he sleeps with it every night.

washed 80 x 96
8 inch blocks from my i-spy stash
120 blocks
quilting is random circles and lines
Warm and Natural batting

3 year old Aaron's favorite thing in life is basketball.  He was thrilled to see all these basketballs on the back.

I experimented with some white pearl cotton.  My bobbin thread was dark gray.  I had to do a little adjusting with the tension, otherwise, it worked great.

 I quilted his name on this gray section before piecing the back together, because I didn't want the pearl cotton stitching to show up on the front side.  After quilting, I cut most of the batting it off on the back side, except where I had quilted his name.  Then, I pieced the back together and sandwiched the quilt together in preparation for quilting.  So, his name actually has 2 thicknesses of batting.

I watched some videos about ruler techniques on youtube with Angela Walters before starting this quilt.   I still have a hard time with anything but a straight ruler since you're constantly changing what direction your hand is putting pressure on.  So most of the circles were drawn on with a disappearing pen. 


Friday, March 3, 2017

ombre gem quilt along- wk 1

I'm so excited for today!!!   It's the first day of the "ombre gem quilt along" by Emily Dennis over at Quilty Love.  I've never done a quilt along, but I hear you learn lots of things, almost like taking a class.  (I should do more of that ;)

You can purchase the pattern from her shop.  Those colors are gorgeous, but I think I'll use my long awaited, well stored (in a dark cool place), Reunion and Hometown by Sweetwater, and make a scrappy version.

Here is Emily's scrappy version.  She's on instagram and is using this hashtag for the quilt-along  #ombregemsquiltalong.  It will be fun to see what fabrics everyone else is using.

I'm normally not into deadlines and "keeping up", but who can resist these cool coloring pages you get???  It may or may have not been a deciding point.

But I will admit that I HAVE been looking for an excuse to purchase one of these Stripology Rulers.  I am now a proud owner!!  I'll let you know if it helps with the whole "elbow" issue I can't get rid of in my strips.

Here are the fabrics I've decided to go with, a mix of Reunion and Hometown, quite a few years old, but they never disappoint.

I officially washed this quilt last night, so that counts as a "done", right?  As in I can start a new quilt?

I'm excited to share this I-spy finish with you as soon as I take some more pictures.

finish it friday
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Brooklyn's value quilt

Gray and yellow value quilt

stack and sew

straight line quilting

stats in progress:
4 inch squares
batting is white and natural
finished size: 38 x 41 inches
white is Kona pfd

Love the llamas, had to put them on the back.

Washed, delivered, loved.

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