Category Archives: quilting
At QuiltCon I took Jeni Baker’s Equilateral Triangle class and started this quilt made from (mostly) Carol Freidlander fabrics and some of my other graphic fabric favorites. I like learning new techniques to make projects quickly and this was definitely one that can be cut out pretty fast. My favorite part is the zigzag edges / I love how it looks with the black binding.
It’s been awhile since my last post – not that I haven’t been quilting and sewing! This is a gift I made for a colleague who really went above and beyond on a recent event for a program within the nonprofit we work for. The program acronym is YES – which fits nicely on a pillow! I think she liked it.
I’m not really sure where I’m going with this. I’ve been saving solid neutral pieces for a while and wanted to use them in some way with various bigger scraps. I like how it’s looking though! My daughter thinks it looks like the movie Inside Out when they went into the world of abstract reasoning – I think she’s right!
Sometimes I just get a hankering to pull out my itsy bitsy scrap pieces and see what I can do with them. This is what got started from my yellow bin. I then went on to pull out more. Each colored piece is about 4 1/2 inches across and the strips prior to sewing are about 3/4″ to an inch or so, and finish up at 1/4-1/2 inch each. I’m not sure what I’m doing with this – I may make into small pillows for the living room.
How I love a long weekend! I had a wonderful, restful and reflective time with my family and alone as well. And part of that time involved finishing two quilt tops I’ve been planning for a long time. This one uses 36 different “made fabric” blocks (4 inches each) that I made two years ago from Kona solid scraps left from an auction quilt I donated to my son’s high school.
I loved how the improvisational small scrappy blocks turned out. I wanted to makes something special with them and held onto them for ages not sure what to do. I decided to make a wall hanging for my office at work (just got moved into a window office with an amazing view of downtown San Francisco, Chinatown and the SF Bay! Woo Hoo!) The office space is sparse and I want to bring some personality and color to it. I still have to decide how to quilt and bind it, though.
Well, ALMOST the first. Still have to bind and wash, but I just finished this very dense quilting. I needed to start the year with a project that I really wanted to look at – both as a project to work on and something I wanted to keep (for me!) in our home.
I’ve had this collection of beautiful Oakshott pieces for over two years and felt they were too precious to cut into. It was time to use them so I dove into a Disappearing Nine-Patch block layout and I love how it came out! What you can’t see here is the lovely two-toned colors of each fabric. When I bought them I just got lots of different colors with no thoughts of how they’d go together. I had a larger piece – the more neutral taupe color, that I used for the “base” color. I can’t wait to finish binding it a to wash it and see how the quilting looks after crinkling up!
On it’s way to to North Carolina, something special for a special sister-in-law. I hope she’ll cuddle in it through the winter, and know that she has so much love from all those she touches. I quilted in all her special names, just to remind her! I named it “Calling Her Names”.
My kids and I enjoyed the “I Spy” baby books when they were little. I recall many hours of looking for items in the books, seeing if we could find all the hidden images. It was long before I began quilting (who had the time with little ones and work!), or I would surely have made both of them their own “I Spy Quilts”! Acting on my goal to only use material from my own stash, I was able to make this colorful and super soft baby quilt for a future baby gift. I hope whomever it’s gifted to has as much fun playing I Spy as I did with my kids!