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Category Archives: Quilts

Quilting Autumn

Sometimes when you see a nice cozy quilt under someone‘s knitting and book reading on Instagram, you just have to pull fabrics out and start sewing.

I started with a stack of fabrics that made me think of autumn. Oranges, deep purples, blues and greens. Brown, and a little pink because… pink.

Catnap O’s

catnap o's

catnap o's

catnap o's

catnap o's

 

Here’s another finish. I’ve been on a kick lately to finish up the many WIPs I’ve accumulated. I started this at that retreat in January. It was an amazing weekend with some good friends, old and new. We sat around quilting, knitting, eating obscene amounts of Oreo’s… all the basics were covered.

Anyway, Julie had just received her order of Lizzie House’s Catnap fabric in her shop, so a couple of us had her bring us fat quarter bundles to play with. Seriously, delivery of brand new fabric on our weekend away? So many good things.

Maple Tree Quilt

maple tree quilt

maple tree quilt

maple tree quilt

maple tree quilt

maple tree quilt

 

This quilt has been two years in the making. I kept going in spurts. As soon as I got my Chicopee fabric I cut it and pieced the maple leaf blocks immediately. Like, within hours I had all the blocks done. That was in 2012. Yup, 2012. Then they went in a bin and sat for a year.

Low-Key Ring: My Goal Quilt

Low-Key Ring

When I started quilting, one goal I set for myself was to get “good enough” to make a double wedding ring quilt. Well, I’ve reached that goal. It is a beautiful, traditional quilt. It does take a lot of time, and focus. Curves aren’t easy for everyone. I don’t find curves particularly easy, though I do find them totally doable.

Low-Key Ring

I love the look of low volume quilts. There is a lot to be said for that calm, easy-going appearance. Since I’ve accumulated a good variety of low volume prints, I thought it was finally time to make a quilt out of them. I wanted to do something a little different, and one night I suddenly thought about adding little slivers of saturated solids in with a plethora of low volume.

Baby Quilt for Lizzie

One of my very best friends in the whole wide world just became a mommy. Yeah, that kid is in for a wild ride. So I thought I’d help him out with a little something soft to wrap up in.

baby quilt 4

 

They’re decorating his nursery in grey and white chevrons, with bits of yellow and polka dots. I pulled all these out of my stash, and I was a bit worried at first about the floral prints, but I think they’re totally ok for a baby boy. Or any boy for that matter… who says boys can’t like flowers?