Thursday, October 24, 2013

Baby Clothes Memory Quilt

  I was excited and nervous for a new custom project that came my way, a memory quilt made from baby clothes.   I started off with 20 articles of clothing.

  I was making a double size quilt so I would need to play around with some borders to get the desired size.  Me and the customer went back and forth and got all the ideas ironed out.  She chose pink, purple and cream as the colors to add as borders and frames for the cloths.

  I started off by going through the clothes to see how big of squares I could get.  I wanted all the squares to be the same.  I ended up doing a rectangle of 8" x 9".  I tried to make sure you really got the essence of each piece so I tried to get all the "frilly" stuff to fit in the 8" x 9" frame.  This is where the intricate, time consuming part comes in.  For some of the jumpers and dresses I cut the back from the front and then sewed them together.  This way you could still see the pretty stitching and such.


 When doing memory quilts your dealing with a lot of different types of fabric.  For the t-shirts and onesies  I had to use a fabric stabilizer.  I cut out squares of the fusible webbing a little bigger then my desired finished square size so in this case around 8 1/2" x 9 1/2".  Then I ironed them to the inside of the t-shirts or onesies.  For some of the sleepers I did the same thing but because I wanted them to open I just had to cut my fusible webbing in half, and tinker a little. 

   After I fiddled, ironed and tinkered I cut my pieces to my 8" x 9" desired size.  For the articles that would open I sewed the front onto the back.

   I cut my cream strips to be 2" strips.  I cut them a little larger so that I could make adjustments if my clothes ended up not being a perfect 8" x 9" block.  Then after each piece was framed I cut them all the same size, this way you can be accurate going forward.

  The customer gave me an order to put the clothes in to go from earliest on, and tell a story.

  Then I kept adding borders or frames...

  and more frames...

  Now I had my desired size.  The quilt was around 80" x 94".  I wish it was a little wider but it will fit nicely on a double bed, and I can't add anymore borders :)

  I was a little discouraged at this point because I just didn't think it was pretty enough.  I went to go top stitch it and hummed and hawed for a long time as to what to do.  I thought I would have to go custom and do each frame,  but decided to do more of an all over pattern around each block.  I am very happy with my choice and the quilt looks absolutely amazing!  It all came together in the end.  I did a tight daisy flower design with glide light pink thread, I have used this pattern before and just think it is so pretty.  I used a pink bubble/polka dot patterned fabric on the back and for the binding, it all fits together nicely. 

  I made a couple pillow covers as well from the leftover fabric.

  Now to give it back to the customer...  Hope she likes it and doesn't think I just hacked up her treasured baby clothes.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Modern Table Runners -Moda Salt Air Layer Cake

  I found this layer cake at local fabric shop and nabbed it up right away.  My sister made a couple quilts with this fabric line last year and I really liked it.  I decided to see how many table runners I could get out of it. 
   I started out with the layer cake and some cream fabric.  I came up with some different designs (getting some inspiration from pinterest) and had fun with my accuquilt GO!.  I thought the modern fabric would look good with modern designs.
  I put things up on my design wall (a flannel sheet pinned to the wall) it makes things a lot easier especially when your laying out a design and there isn't a definite pattern.  I separated the blue and green fabric from the red and yellow fabric in the layer cake.  I got 5 table runners out of it! They are all different but similar. 
  I had fun with the top stitching and used flower and feathered designs.
  I have decided to keep the blue and green ones, because they go with my house colors.  It feels good to display some of my work around the house.
  Well here they are I actually really like them, hexagons are such a pain to sew but they sure show well. 


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Garden Play Twin Quilt

  So this is the tale of a quilt that brought two loves together... well sort of.  I fell in love with this Garden Play fabric and scoured the internet for more fabric from the same line.  The other love was this pattern I found while looking through a quilting magazine.  Once I got my fabric in the mail I got started.  I wish I would have ordered more fabric so I could have made the quilt 3 blocks by 4 blocks but maybe next time.  I ended up changing the original pattern sizing because it was for a wall hanging and I wanted to make a twin size.  My quilt ended up being - 60" x 80"  a small twin.
  For top stitching I used Mars 50158 Glide thread.  I thought it would pick up the orange in the quilt nicely.  I did a large flower swirl pattern and I'm really happy with it. 
  I have to say I am getting quite good at machine binding, not to toot my own horn ;) I have done so many quilts this summer, not sure why I'm such a psycho, well actually I do know it seems to be an avoidance tactic because I have so much work to do around the house.  Anyways here it is...


Monday, October 7, 2013

Charm Pack Table Runners - Late Bloomers Collection

  So I have had this beautiful moda Late Bloomers fabric sitting in my collection for awhile and my original plan was to make a throw quilt for myself out of it.  My colors have changed over the years and now I'm into more cool colors.
  After humming and hawing I decided to make some table runners out of it.  I had 2 charm packs and a variety of 1/2 yards and fat quarters.  Every time I would see the fabric at a quilt shop I would buy some. Not sure why...
  The fabric turned out to be perfect for thanksgiving or fallish table runners.  They would even be good for Christmas actually with the green and red.
  I made 5 table runners all around 13" x 50".  They are all pretty different besides two that I made identical. 
  I was very excited to go and top stitch them because each one would be fast and I could use different patterns on them.  I used mostly whimsical swirl patterns because it really suited the fabric. 
  I am very happy with how they turned out.