Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Baby Clothes Quilt

A friend of mine brought me a bag of baby clothes and asked if I would make a quilt from them.  She decided that she just wanted a basic squares patchwork.  I was a little skeptical of how it would turn out but it looks precious and she loves it.  There are onesies, dresses, bibs and blankets in this quilt.

We added some white sashing strips in between rows so that it would not stretch or grow after it's loved on for a while.  We also backed most of the pieces with fusible interfacing.

We tried to get as much of the textures as we could.  You can see some ruffles and pockets on some of the squares.  Overall, a fun and absolutely adorable quilt.  I like when people push me on my thinking.

Friday, March 25, 2016

An Easter Pillow

I finished up this pillow with not much time for display but I'll have it for next year.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  I used the same directions as the Valentine's Day pillow post.  I just backed it with a natural color linen.  

I think I need to work on my embroidery stitching but not too shabby.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

A Baby Triangle Quilt

This was such a pretty quilt to make.  The fabrics made it seem so dainty for a little baby girl.  We had a baby shower and we needed something quick but I wanted it to not look like a "quick" quilt.  I love how this turned out.
First, I decided to make the triangles six inches.  I thought this size would show off the fabric best.  I began cutting the fabrics into 6" x WOF strips.  I sewed them strips together down both long sides of the fabric.
Then it was time for cutting.  I lined my isosceles triangle ruler up with the point on one edge of the fabric and the 6" line on the other.  I continued down the strip, rotating my ruler.
Unstitch the few stitches at the point of each set of triangles.  Press open and continue until you have lots of triangles.
After all the seams are pressed on the triangles.  You can begin to lay out your pattern.  You will sew the rows diagonally.  The picture below has the different stages.  The row farthest to the right are the triangle sets laid out to be sewn together.  The row next to it has been sewn together and then the next section is what it will look like once you sew two rows together.  You will need to unstitch or cut some single triangles to fill the the top and bottom rows of the quilt. When cutting the sides of the quilt, I lined my ruler up with the points of the triangles and cut them down the center.

My son is tall enough to be a great model for quilts.  There is a lot of groaning going on behind that quilt even though the clouds make it seem beautiful.

When I quilted it, I used the edge of my presser foot as a guide and sewed down both sides of the seams on the triangles. This is the design on the back and the beautiful backing fabric that was my main fabric of inspiration.
The mommy-to-be was in love with the quilt.  That's exactly what I hoped for!