Friday, September 30, 2022

Four Camping Quilts

While waiting for the Bernina Q24 to be serviced I decided to piece some camping quilts for the four younger children.  They used some fabrics I bought a few years ago for less than $4 a yard when an online fabric shop was closing.  The prints were all big and busy so I took some inspiration from the Fat Quarter Pile Up quilt (Tutorial found here.) 

The Fat Quarter Pile Up Quilt uses slightly larger rectangles than I did.  I cut out my rectangles 8 inches by 15.5 inches to use my yardage effectively. That way I could also use some different layouts and my quilts finish at 60 inches by 75 inches.  

Each of the kids got to pick their own layout and have at least one different fabric.  

Kitty's quilt followed the layout from the original pattern.  

Her favorite fabric is the bears.  

Bunny's layout is more horizontal bricks.  

Panda's quilt is organized in vertical and horizontal rectangles.  (And has no dog fabric.)

And Monkey's layout is a little more crazy and chaotic.  

All four were quilted on the Bernina Q24 with 90" wide minky backing and a different free motion quilting design.  

They also all have different binding fabrics.  They were sewn to the back and later top stitched on the front.  

Here is Bunny's quilt.

Here is Kitty's Quilt.

Here is Panda's Quilt.

And here is Monkey's quilt.

We keep all four quilts in our fifth wheel and they are used when we go camping.

This was such a fun project.  It felt great to use what I already had.  I only had to purchase the backing fabrics.  


P.S.  Don't worry about Cheetah.  I promised to make him an extra big double sided minky blanket.  

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Pink Pillows

When I was decorating my bedroom in February 2021 I decided that I needed some pink pillows for my sofa.  I pulled out my bonus triangles from Kitty's heart quilt.  She uses it for her dolls more than for herself.  

I arranged the triangles in opposite directions on the two pillows.  

The pillows finished up quickly and looked great on my brown sofa.  

The backing of the pillows was left over from another pink quilt.

I love how they look in my bedroom.

I wonder why I don't make pillows more often.


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

My Sister's Seventh Quilt

This quilt looks very familiar to Cheetah's Magic Carpet quilt because it was made with the same fabrics picked out by my sister and my mom.  

My sister took her fabrics and pieced the one for her son at her house.  We tried out the quilt top on Cheetah's bed.  It looks awesome with the pillows I made but is missing some quilting texture.

I quilted it on the Berina Q24 and was grateful I didn't have to baste such a large quilt on the floor again.  

I finished the quilting of open spirals late at night. 

 The next day I trimmed it up and added the black binding by machine.  

The backing is an extra wide purplish black.  My sister loved not having to piece the backing.

I love how it turned out.  

And I love seeing that texture in the afternoon sunlight.


Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Pinwheel Mini Quilt

After wrestling Cheetah's very large quilt I felt like making something small.  I pulled out some old bonus triangle scraps from my reverse star quilt.  

I made that quilt in January 2014, so it only took me 7 years to use up the scraps.  I decided to make pinwheels out of the little half square triangle blocks.  

I grouped the half square triangles into light medium and dark pinwheels.  Then I had to decide whether to add sashing or plain squares between the pinwheels with the limited fabric I had left of the low volume print.  I chose setting squares and barely had enough fabric.  One square is actually two rectangles sewn together.  

I decided on a mixed up layout instead of an ombre layout.  I pieced the blocks together using the webbing method.  

I decided to quilt it in the ditch and down the center of each block.  (The center line quilting hid the extra seam in the background fabric perfectly.)

I heard that Bonnie Hunter uses a 2 inch cut binding and I decided to try it out to avoid cutting off points on the pinwheels.  

The binding was stitched to the back by hand.  

The backing is a denim blue fabric I was given several years ago.  

This new mini quilt looks so pretty on my kitchen table.

Sometimes a small, fast, and scrappy finish is exactly what I need.


Monday, September 26, 2022

Cheetah's Magic Carpet Quilt

When I discussed making a bed quilt for Cheetah, he told me that the quilt he loved the most was my Floating quilt.  It uses the Magic Carpet quilt pattern by Christina Camelli.  I used her printout from the pattern and I was able to figure out how to make the quilt into a queen size.  

My sister's son also really liked this pattern.  So while I was unavailable my sister and my mom went and picked out fabric for two very similar quilts.  They did a great job.  I cut out both quilts at the same time.  

Cheetah's quilt has the red in the center.  My nephew's quilt has purple in the center.  I used the long arm to hold all the columns as I was piecing the quilt.  

This quilt is 93 inches square without borders and 99 inches square with borders.

The Bernina Q24 was still being serviced, so I basted the quilt in my basement.  

Then I quilted it with the Tiara. 

Cheetah wanted a flame-like design for the quilting. 

While it would have gone faster using the long arm, it quilted up very easily.  (It is the basting on the floor that is a lot more work than loading a quilt onto the long arm machine.)

Kitty once again enjoyed testing it out before I got the binding on.  I love how she matches the quilt!

Cheetah loves his new quilt and I love how it looks on his bed.  

I also made the three pillows on his bed.