Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Train Quilt in Progress

After making the Lego quilt with red minky on the back, Monkey thought he needed another quilt with minky.  I decided to use the trains left over from his Monster Alphabet quilt.

Monkey had fun helping me pick the colors and layout for his stripe quilt.

I love how fast stripe quilts to together.  It was cut and pieced in one afternoon.

This quilt was small enough that I was able to baste it on my big cutting table.  It was nice not having to do it on the floor.

I quilted this on my little Pfaff because I already had bobbins wound in matching Aurifil colors.

The machine quilting on stripe quilts is my favorite part.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Lego Rainbow: A Finished Quilt

Panda's Lego quilt is finished, and he is a very happy boy.

Of course it is backed in minky.  He has informed me that red is his new favorite color.  Blue used to be his favorite color and that is why the binding and extra stripe are blue.

I went into more detail about the piecing and quilting in my previous post.  The HQ 2" and 4" Clamshell Template worked very well, but the sad thing is that Handi Quilter has discontinued this type of ruler.  They now have a Multi Clamshell Ruler which has four different sizes but not as many repeats.

I quilted it in a shiny gray thread and I love how it creates a shadow effect.  Even though the circles on real Legos are spread out, it still feels like Legos.

We named this quilt "Lego Rainbow" because of all the colors and their arrangement.

It is very appropriate for my Panda because he organizes his Legos in separate color bins.

Usually this quilt is in his bedroom, minky side up, ready for his Legos.

I love that the minky backing looks like a giant Lego base plate.

All of the fabrics used are Kona solids.  The colors I used are: Cardinal, Watermelon, Carrot, Goldfish, Citrus, Buttercup, Grasshopper, Cabbage, Ocean, Alegria, Heliotrope, and Pansy.

Quilt Stats #183
Name: Lego Rainbow
Pattern:  4 x 8 inch finished bricks
Fabric: Kona solids
Amount Used: 4 yards
Size:  About 44 x 52 inches
Batting: Warm and White
Date Finished: 2016

This quilt is right at home in our Lego loving house.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Lego Quilt in Progress

Panda has been asking for a Lego quilt for a long time.  I finally got around to making him one.  I cut all of the bricks out at 4.5 by 8.5 inches so we could play with them on my design wall.  I decided that I could cut some of them down to 4.5 by 4.5 inches after we decided on a layout.

Both Panda and Monkey had fun putting them up on my design wall.  Here are some of the layouts we tried.

Vertical stacks.


Horizontal rows with extra purple.

Horizontal rows with extra blue.
The last one is the one we used.

To make it look more like Legos, I quilted it with a two inch clam shell ruler.  I used a Hera Marker every inch to make it easier to match the clam shells into circles.

I rotated the quilt after each row of clam shells so that I was always quilting from left to right.

I think Panda is going to like it.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mom's First Turning Twenty: A Custom Finish

I have mentioned before that my mom teaches the granddaughters (and grandsons who ask) to quilt when they turn 13.  She uses the basic Turning Twenty pattern.  She decided that she wanted to use two of the kits we purchased last year and make matching quilts for the grandchildren's room at her house.  This is the first one she had me quilt for her.

I quilted it with the Cherish design from Christina Cameli's second book.

It is a fun design to fill up a space with using a swirl and three arcs.  Sometimes you echo the shape to move to another area.

She had me do the binding by machine for her so it could be finished quickly.

Her second quilt will have the same twenty fat quarters with a different border, binding, and backing.  I always love working on projects with my mom.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Talent Night

I participated in a Ward Talent Night at church earlier this year.  There were live performances (including my husband playing the piano and Cheetah performing the Samba) and displays around the room.  I was volunteered to display some of my quilts.  I set up a practice display at home, but then forgot to take pictures at the church.

It looked pretty much the same as the set-up at home.  However, I had some fliers by the sign inviting people to my new quilting group.  I am happy to say that there are about five people participating in a Ward Quilt Group which I host in my house.  It has been so much fun getting to know other quilters and teaching more ladies about sewing and quilting.

So far we have made table runners like in my display, had a quilting demonstration, and made pillow cases.  I look forward to more meetings with my new quilting friends.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Beach Party: A Finished Quilt

I am happy to share this finished quilt with you today and to let you know that it won the challenge at my local quilt shop.  I plan on buying batting with the gift card I won.  ;)

I wanted the quilt to feel like overlapping beach balls, so I quilted it in concentric circles.  I love the texture it has on the front.  (Check out my previous post for more information on how I quilted it.)

I think I love how it looks on the minky backing even more.

I bought a medium gray fabric for the binding because I wanted it to blend in with the border.

Cheetah helped me name the quilt.  He called it, "Beach Party."

There aren't very many pretty beaches in Utah, so I took it to my friend's backyard.  She has a beautiful lake view, but it is hard to see in the pictures.  The lake, mountains, and sky all blend together in the background.

I am thrilled with how this quilt turned out.

Which side do you like better?

I finished the quilt a month early because I misunderstood the deadline, so we enjoyed it in our family room for a while.

Quilt Stats #182
Name: Beach Party
Pattern: My original design inspired by this quilt
Fabrics: Who Loves You stripes by Northcott Fabrics and Fabri-Quilt Pale Aqua
Amount Used: 9 yards
Size: About 48 by 60 inches
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Date Finished: 2016

Shortly after I finished the quilt, I had a quilty visitor.  It was so much fun to meet Vicki and her sweet husband in person!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Challenge Quilt in Progress

I participated in a quilting challenge as part of a club at my local quilt shop this summer.  Although this quilt is already finished, I wanted to share the process here on my blog.  The challenge was to use at least 90% of a fat quarter of the stripe print on the left.  I added the same print in the second colorway to brighten up the quilt.

The bright colors reminded me of beach balls and flip flops, so I decided to make a summery quilt.  I cut the stripes into 6.5 inch square fence rail blocks and then used the Quick Curve Ruler to make them quarter circles.  I cut some a little bigger than 6.5 inches so the prints could also be used for the concave side of the curve for a more modern look.

Originally I was going to have each 12 inch block have three quarter circles and one concave section like this quilt.  However, Cheetah came in my room and hated it.  He rearranged the blocks so they would be symmetrical.  They ended up staying that way.  He is rather proud of his layout and tells me frequently that I can thank him for it.  Lol.

I ended up using a lot more than a fat quarter of the challenge print because I used it in half the blocks and used it for the border.

Here is the top before it was quilted.

I quilted it on my small Pfaff because my Tiara was being serviced.

I started out by using the walking foot to stitch in the ditch to stabilize the quilt.

Then I used some circle rulers to mark concentric circles with my Hera marker.

I learned that if I used a side light instead of direct light the markings were much easier to see.

The quilting turned out even better than I imagined.

I will share the finished quilt soon.