I managed to finish the second baby quilt today, just in time for cuddly blanket weather. Now I have to get onto a few other projects that have on the back burner for a while.
It's been a long time since my last post... however, I am back to the quilting world. My mother-in-law asked me to make some quilts for her friend's twin grand babies. It's taken me a while to get around to completing these but I managed to quilt and bind of the quilts yesterday.
Here are some pictures of the first quilt. I ordered my material online from My Fabric Spot (in my opinion, the best online Canadian fabric retailer). I fell in love with the prints and thought it was perfect for twin baby girls. I backed the quilts with minky fabric.
I stumbled upon a pattern that I knew I needed to try out a few months ago. One afternoon while perusing the quilt blogging world I came across a blog called Craft Sew Create by Ellie Roberts (Craft Sew Create). I immediately fell in love with the Meandering Path quilt pattern. It looked like a simple enough pattern to complete for a beginner quilter. In the end it proved to be my most successful quilting venture and I am so proud of the quilt that I made. I ended up giving the quilt to my mom for Christmas this year (hence the delay in adding the quilt to the blog).
My mom has knitted countless blankets and throws for me over the years so it was my turn to finally pay her back for all her handy work. My parents enjoy going for picnics in the summer and they are moving (in a few short days) to Kelowna, British Columbia, where the weather is more favourable all year round. I initially made the quilt thinking they could use it as a picnic quilt but my mom said she would rather use it on her bed as she loves it too much to use it for picnics.
The finished size of the quilt is 72" * 86", just a tad shy under a queen size quilt. The fabric line I used was Mama Said Sew by Moda. I fell in love with the fabric when I had purchased a charm pack of the material about 4 months ago but it just sat in my fabric stash as I was unsure what to do with it. When I came across the pattern by Ellie it called for a charm pack and a layer cake so I ended up purchasing a layer cake as well. I backed the quilt with some material I found on an amazing discount ($3 per meter) at a local fabric store and bound the quilt with some of the script material from the Mama Said Sew line.
I have to give credit to my lovely husband as he helped me baste the quilt together with pins. I took on so many projects this year before Christmas that I needed his help. He did a very good job of basting!
I really enjoyed working with this pattern and think I will be making a quilt similar to this in the near future. It was easy but the end result looks complicated so it's deceiving in that way (which is perfect when you are giving a quilt as a gift). Similar to the way in which Ellie quilted her quilt, I quilted the vertical rows with a vertical stripe and the horizontal rows in a stipple pattern. I also added a 6" wide border around the initial pattern area to increase the size of the quilt (the border material is the same as the backing).
I title this entry log cabin inspired quilt as I was motivated/inspired by the Housetop quilt design in Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal. I am still in the process of quilting my queen size bed quilt so I didn't want to take on any more large projects, so I used the Housetop design as a guide but ended up making a lap size quilt with the finished dimensions of 52" by 70". I followed the method in the book of outline quilting.
I did improvise a bit on the log cabin quilting style and thus it's not a traditional log cabin quilt as there are 2 squares within all the pieced strips. I also tackled my first pieced back for this quilt. I am really happy with the way this quilt has turned out. Happy enough that I feel I can actually gift this to someone.
I finished the quilt with almost near perfect binding. I used the machine to sew the binding to the back of the quilt which often turns out to be a disaster (unless I use an extra wide width for binding). However, this time there were only a handful of small spaces to fill in with hand sewing where the machine did not catch the binding.
Now if I could only be inspired to finish quilting the queen size bed quilt... With Christmas on the way I have a list of sewing projects to get through for gifts for friends and family, so it looks like the bed quilt will be on the back-burner for now.
I really like the way the material came together. Once again all the material (except for the solid colour on the back) came from discount fabric found on sale at my local quilting shop.
I have previously posted pictures of the finished quilt top that I made using the Cape Ann fabric line. This morning I decided to finish quilting it. I initially thought I would stash it away for a future baby gift to give to a friend. However, I decided to quilt it up and let my daughter Ellie use it instead.
I backed the quilt with material that I salvaged from a fitted sheet. I think the material goes very well with the Cape Ann line. I chose to do a simple binding in a solid colour as opposed to something busy as the quilt top has a lot going on. I also went with a pretty easy quilting pattern of straight-line quilting and I quilted the lines 4" apart. I didn't want to do anything that would take away from the fabric itself.
All in all, I am pleased with how this quilt turned out.
I finally decided to follow a pattern for quilting. I was inspired by the Bed Quilt- Squares and Strip tutorial, by Allison Harris, on her blog Cluck Cluck Sew, http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2012/06/tutorial-squares-and-strips-bed-quilt.html.
It seems like it is a fairly easy quilt to make if you want to make something big. After making a baby quilt and a twin size quilt, I think I am finally ready to make a queen size bed quilt. Here's hoping it goes well.
This quilt uses fat quarters. I have been on the lookout for cheap fat quarters which was proving to be a very difficult task. However, yesterday I went down the street to my local neighbourhood quilting store (I am grateful that I live in such a neat area of the city with all sorts of little independent stores) and just by chance they had a sale on fat quarters- for $2.00 each. I couldn't really resist the deal. Some of the material prints are a bit dated but I think I have chosen a good selection, and the quilt will look nice in the end. I have never been to the Astrin's Attic (the quilting store down the street) before, but I will definitely be going back. The lovely ladies that run the place were so helpful and spent close to 40 minutes with me and Ellie picking out fabric that would look good for the quilt.
I learnt a few things in the process of quilting this queen size quilt. For example, never again in my life will I ever take on the task of free motion quilting on a large quilt. This was really my first free motion project (other than a potholder) and it was too big of a project for me to do on my sewing machine. From now on out I will be sending larger projects out to be completed by those that have long arm machines. I also think I would draw the pattern on before quilting, the next time I do something like this (although I will only do free motion on lap size and baby quilts from now on out). I felt like I was just making up the pattern as I went along, which is fine, as I really like the way it turned out. It has a great home-made feel to it. Between the stippling created from the quilting and the vintage inspired material, I love the quilt.
I am so happy that it's on our bed finally. We had to turn on the furnace today as the overnight lows are getting quite cold already, so this quilt has been finished in good time.
I am new to this quilting scene but have become obsessed as of lately. I am currently a stay at home mom on maternity leave from my job. I had a beautiful little girl 5 months ago, so I only have 7 months of maternity leave left before I go back to my day job of being a lawyer. It makes me sad to think that I will be going back to work so soon, just as Ellie is learning all sorts of new tricks and skills. It also makes me sad to think that when I go back to work I will not have as much time for my new found passion of quilting.
I am just a beginner quilter so I have a lot to learn but figured I would start posting pictures of the quilting projects I have undertaken so far, more as a guide to myself so I can look back and see (hopefully) improvement over time.
I haven't been able to accomplish as many projects as I would like to have by now, but since I only started this a few months ago, I am fairly happy with the outcome of the two small quilts I have made.
As an aside, I write this as Ellie is falling asleep in her crib to Putamayo African Dreamland songs, it's a life saver. For those mom's out there that need something that works, this seems to have worked for us.
This is my latest quilting project that I completed last week. A quilt for my niece for her upcoming 10th birthday. I used the Moda Tradewinds Charm Pack. The backing is from the Tradewinds collection by Lily Ashbury for Moda. I attempted straight line quilting for the first time. The lines are off and it's not perfect but I am still happy with the way it turned out. Here's hoping my niece enjoys it.
After the disaster of the birds, I decided next to make a test baby quilt. I called it a test baby quilt as I wanted to practice with quilting so I would learn on my own the dos and don'ts of quilting. The first thing that I learnt was buy the proper tools for cutting and measuring so you don't have a bunch of squares that are all different sizes. This is obviously something you would learn in Quilting 101. I have always improvised on recipes when cooking so I figured I could improvise with quilting, no such luck.
I decided one bright day a few months ago that I was going to buy a sewing machine. I figured as a new mom that I had some sort of need for a sewing machine. My thought process was simple- all good moms own sewing machines. This is not to say that you are not a good mom if you don't own a sewing machine. I am blessed with an amazing mom, she owns a sewing machine, but my father does the sewing in our house. A bit non-traditional for an Indian family, but he learned from his grandmother. My mom never learned to sew. She can knit and crochet and do all sorts of other crafty things, but she can't use a sewing machine.
I didn't grow up learning how to sew. My first attempt at sewing on a machine came years ago when I made cushion covers for my then boyfriend (now husband). My mom had to finish the sewing for me by hand as I found the binding difficult to do (I still find the binding the hardest part).
Anyway, I decided that I needed to buy a sewing machine. I rationalized this desire by telling myself and my husband that I would sew costumes for our daughter Ellie and dog Watson (who doesn't love a cute dog in a halloween costume). He was sold on the idea and off to buying a sewing machine I went
My first project I attempted to make was a bird mobile for Ellie's room. It still remains unhung as my husband is notoriously bad at procrastinating at things. I threaten that I will hang it myself, but that hasn't seem to do the trick to getting him to hang it yet.
This first attempt was a disaster, but in the end it turned out useable enough that I am willing to hang it in her room for all that visit to see. My brain couldn't conceptualize around the 3D nature of sewing the birds. I pride myself in being an intelligent person and I was a bit dejected in that I couldn't figure out how to sew the birds on my own. But to my rescue my husband came. He's an engineer and I am a lawyer, so perhaps it's that he has to think that way by nature as he stares at designs and drawings all day long and I research and argue all day long for a living, that I needed his help.
These are the birds... not the greatest, but for a beginner sewer and someone that is not crafty, they turned out to be useable, even if the stitching is a bit wonky. Hopefully they will go up in her room someday soon!
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