Did you know that Rachel of Stitched in Color now offers machine quilting services? She kindly reached out to me a while back, offering to quilt one of my quilts for me. And since I have many many quilt tops that are still hanging in my closet, I jumped at the chance to get one finished! (Actually, first I made her nervous by telling her I tend to be picky about quilting tension… nice, right?!)
We settled on this quilt, which is a decent size throw, made out of Heather Ross’s Mendocino line and a bunch of coordinating prints. You can see more of this quilt top here. I packaged it up and sent it off and asked Rachel to let me know what quilting design she thought would work well.
They have a number of quilting designs available, and are happy to add new ones if you don’t see what you’re looking for. Rachel suggested this clamshell triple fan design, and I agreed that it would be nice for this quilt.
I was so impressed by how professionally everything was handled once I mailed off my quilt. I received an email letting me know it had arrived, along with a scheduled date for when it would be quilted. And then before I knew it, I had another email with tracking information because it was already on its way back to me! (Unfortunately, I ended up with the flu and didn’t get out of bed for six days, so despite being anxious to see it, it sat boxed up in the hallway for a while!)
And look! So pretty! It comes packaged in this lovely aqua box, which my kids immediately tried to steal. I think presentation is so important, and Rachel has nailed it, making it a really fun experience to receive your quilt back. And then there’s the quilting – it’s flat and even and I am very pleased with how it looks on this quilt!
A bonus for me was that the quilt also was returned all neatly trimmed and ready for binding. Trimming a quilt is one of my least favorite jobs, so I was really happy to find that this had been done for me!
I’m trying to decide on a good binding, then I’ll be back to show you the entire quilt soon!
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*As mentioned, the machine quilting was provided for me by Stitched in Color, though all opinions are my own. I highly recommend this service, and will definitely pay to have additional quilts quilted by Rachel!
I have a finished quilt to show you today! It’s actually been finished for quite a long time, but has not been posted for lack of decent photos. These aren’t exactly the photos I wanted, but February in Vermont doesn’t provide a ton of options. My favorite barn as backdrop then.
I made the backing out of primarily the aqua floral from this line, along with little scraps from the front.
There’s something kind of satisfying about using up teeny little triangle scraps on the backing!
For quilting, I once again turned to Jacquie’s wonderful book, Walk. I can’t remember now which design I selected, but I do know that somewhere along the line I got off track, so what I ended up with isn’t exactly what I intended. I love it though, and love that it’s straight line quilting without just being straight lines.
I almost can’t wait to baste another quilt so that I can select another of her fun quilting designs. Almost.
I’ve made a few Valentine-y quilts over the years (2013 (maybe my favorite?), 2014 with baby Hazel!, 2017 in a snowstorm…), and while I hadn’t had one in mind for this year, suddenly the other day I got the urge to make one. I love Allison’s heart block pattern, and thought it’d be fun to make up larger heart blocks to show off all my favorite Liberty of London prints.
I found this black and white polka dot fabric in my stash, which I’ve used, and loved!, for background before (it’s by Bonnie Christine, from her Hello Bear line). I knew I’d be cutting it close, and indeed, I soon discovered that I did not have enough background fabric to finish this one in time for today. Never fear though, I ordered a bit more from Hawthorne Threads, and hopefully should soon have this one finished!
I have a feeling it may be snapped up by one little girl who loves hearts and quilts!
Hey hey! As usual, life got in the way of blogging, and despite thinking that I’d have more time to sew and blog once the kids were in school more, it seems I really just spend more time driving kids here and there and trying to get all my errands done while I only have 1 child. Though since turning two, Henry has been a bit on the challenging side, throwing tantrums and refusing to sit in shopping carts and not wanting to get in or out of the car. It makes errands difficult for sure. But I digress. There has been some sewing happening, though more of small things and less of quilts. I’ve been sewing itty bitty outfits for twin nieces, due next month, little sherpa hats to keep heads warm in chilly VT temps, and even a few new sweatshirts for myself. Oh, and a few new zip pouches, out of fun fabrics that have been in my stash for far too long!
I had a bit of a free weekend a couple weeks ago though, and decided a new quilt was in order. I had pulled a page from a recent Crate and Barrel catalog, feeling inspired by this pillow, and decided to see where that inspiration took me.
Initially it took my to my (somewhat limited, these days!) stash of Kona solids, so these colors are less chosen and more dictated by what was available. I made a bunch of these outlined squares, but then found that I was definitely not going to have enough to make this quilt rectangular or a useable size. I didn’t really want to order and wait for additional colors, so was happy to wake up one night thinking “a floral! what this quilt needs is a floral border!”. I found a couple yards of this older Hope Valley print in my stash and decided it would do. I still can’t decide if it’s crazy and too far out there, or if it’s a nice juxtaposition. I like it, and I think that’s all that matters!
Maybe you remember my tutorial for round bottom fabric buckets? I posted it way back when with instructions for two sizes. Recently when I was asking my friend for teacher gift ideas she suggested mini fabric buckets to hold a baby potted plant. Yes! I thought it was perfect and quickly set to work adjusting the sizes to create this tiny version.
This baby size might be my favorite! They’re so cute and quick to make, and really, don’t we all need more tiny containers to hold little treasures?
I used Erin Dollar’s Arroyo fabric for the exterior of this bunch – they’re printed on Robert Kaufman Essex and I like the extra structure the linen blend provides. Coupled with a bit of interfacing (I used Pellon 931TD fusible midweight because that’s what I had on hand), these little buckets are quite sturdy!
I’ve updated the fabric bucket tutorial to include the measurements for this little size, so head over there if you want to make up a few of these!
I nearly forgot about this one! I made this one early in the summer, and even took photos (look, leaves!), but apparently failed to get it on the blog. I pulled this fabric selection back in May while looking for some inspiration. I always enjoy sewing half square triangle blocks, so decided to keep it simple with some hsts for this bunch of fabrics.
I can’t really remember how the pink stripes came about – perhaps just that I realized I had a lot of a pink solid? Anyway, I thought it would be fun to play around with sewing up pink and white strips and then using that fabric as half of the hsts. I like how the stripes line up in places (and definitely don’t in other!). Looking at it now, I feel like maybe I’d like it better with the striped background and maybe other solids rather than all these prints? Maybe it’ll be something I explore later on…
I know, I know. So many Liberty of London baby quilts… I just can’t help myself I love them so! I put this one together a while back and recently unearthed it in my quest to finish up older projects.
I have long loved Liberty of London fabrics, and think it’s fun to see how I can pair them with other solids and basics from my stash. Periodically I’ll go through and make up various groupings, some of which actually end up as quilts! In fact, immediately after finishing this one I pulled the Liberty back out and came up with a couple additional combos.
This one is maybe not traditional baby quilt colors, but I love the pairing of the aqua and mustard with the grays and bits of black and white.
(so helpful, Henry!)
The backing is this cute heart print and I found the perfect stripey binding in my stash. I’ll be posting this one on my IG destash page, so check there if you might be in the market for a fun little quilt!
Also, if you want to add some Liberty of London prints to your stash, be sure to check out Jones & Vandermeer. They have a great selection of Liberty (in fact I just ordered a few additional prints last night!) and are currently offering a 10% discount with code FRIENDS10.
Today I have another older quilt that I finally finished up! I made this one last December, so definitely not the oldest unfinished quilt in my closet.
I decided to finish it after finding a large cut of fabric that I thought would work for backing. Additionally, I thought it would be a perfect one to try out another quilting design from Jacquie’s book, Walk.
I decided to use this Stem design, which I love. I’ve quilted other quilts using this design in the past, though only as a free motion design. Here’s a quilt I made years ago using a similar quilting design. You can see that quilting this one the way I did gives you a vertical line connecting the petals.
This time I followed Jacquie’s instructions to quilt it using my walking foot, which results in a similar design but without the vertical lines (of course you could easily add the lines at the end if you prefer that look). It’s kind of a toss up as to which was easier to quilt – with the free motion foot it’s easier to maneuver the quilt, but often I find that my stitches aren’t as even as I’d like. It was harder to maneuver a quilt this size using my walking foot, especially when I reached the center of the quilt, but I loved that this design was possible without having to switch to the free motion foot (yes, call me lazy!)
I still don’t know if a 20 patch block is a thing, but I sure like it! I always love pairing fabrics, and it was fun to pull random pieces from my stash and see them all together in this colorful quilt.
Ha! I’m sure I’m not the only one to have an idea, start making it, and discover you dislike it. That’s pretty much what happened here.
I started this one a while back, and in fact I can’t even remember what my original plan was with these blocks (this was not it). It wasn’t good, so it was turned into this, which is also not good, but for some reason I couldn’t let it go and actually pieced a backing (which I do like!), and even basted it.
It sat in a pile for a long time because I didn’t really want to put in the time to quilt something I didn’t care for, but then I discovered that I had used a lot of my larger quilting safety pins to baste it and I kind of wanted them back. So you see, I had to finish it!
In the meantime, I received Jacquie Gering’s amazing book, Walk, from Lucky Spool (thank you!), and I couldn’t stop looking at all the great quilting designs she shows. I’ve been tired of just straight lines, but for some reason hadn’t even considered that I could change it up and create such fun designs with my walking foot.
This quilt seemed like the perfect quilt to practice on. I chose Jacquie’s Orange Peel design, mainly because this quilt was made up of the same sized squares and therefore required minimal marking. I’m so happy to say that it was so fun, and dare I say easy? to quilt that I can’t wait to try out another design on a quilt I like a bit better! (In fact, since quilting this one, I’ve used two other designs from this book to quilt two other quilts which I’ll show you soon!).
As far as this one goes, I’m not really sure what its fate will be. Perhaps a donation, or perhaps one of the kids will snag it for fort building. I’m just happy it’s finished and that I have my quilting pins back!
I mentioned that I immediately made a second quilt in this same design, right? I had such fun putting that last one together that I decided I should really see how it looked in Rifle Paper co’s newest line, Menagerie.
This one has a different feel with these darker colors, and I think it’s quite perfect for Fall. My sister took one look at it and said it made her feel sad, but I don’t see that at all. (What does she know, really?!) I love the florals on the darker backgrounds and really enjoy the addition of the gold metallics in many of the fabrics.
This time I added some extra triangles to a few of the hst blocks, giving me a chance to mix and match the fabrics even more and giving it a bit of extra interest.
We took this quilt top across the lake to my favorite little town, Essex, NY, and found this beautiful barn for photos. The kids got a trip to the playground and an ice cream cone, so everyone was happy (aside from Morgan, perhaps, who just ended up with sore arms from having to hold this quilt up for so long!)
I’ve already made a backing for this one, and hope to start quilting it soon, so hopefully I’ll have finished photos before too long!