Friday, February 14, 2014

Catnap Twin Quilt

  I was very excited for a new project that came my way.  A lady on ETSY contacted me to make her daughter a twin quilt for her new "big girl bed". She picked out the fabric and pattern and I got to work.

  She chose a new line of fabric by Lizzie House called Catnap.  I ordered the fabric from www.pinkcastlefabrics.com  This was the first time I ordered from this website.  I was mostly satisfied with my purchase.  The fabric comes precisely cut with 1/4" extra.  They forgot to send one item but promptly sent it out which I was happy about.  I will definitely buy from them again.  Also a note for Canadian buyers their shipping is quite reasonable along with their prices. 

  The customer chose a beautiful quilt pattern she saw here.  It is a simple design with a nice added touch of a flap border piece.  She also wanted a chevron strip on the back for a little something extra.

  This is a good beginner quilt for people looking for an easy project.  I cut my rectangles 5 1/2" x 8" which gave me 15" x 15" square blocks once the 6 rectangles where sewn together. The quilt ended up being 70" x 85".

  I had fun with topstitching using a loopy butterfly pattern in the middle, a loopy point to point on the border with cats in the corners.  I am very happy with how it turned out.

 




With matching Sham

 
:)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Back in the Swing of Things

So after a couple months hiatus I decided to get back in the swing of things.  I haven't quilted for a while because I was just so burnt out, but after meeting a new friend on ETSY we concocted a trade.   I would make a quilt with her fabrics in exchange for some of her goods.  I love it when a good plan comes together:)  Her shop is called HeavensEarth on ETSY, she makes a variety of goods including paintings, jewelry, fabric, pillows, etc. mostly derived from her beautiful artwork.  She also has a website www.serenawilsonstubson.com she is extremely talented and well published. 

She picked out a pattern online and brought me the fabrics and away I went.  The pattern is from Fresh Lemon Quilts and the link is here.  It is a funky squares quilt with great detailed instructions and photo guides. 

The instructions are for a throw quilt so I just adjusted them to make a double/full size.  The quilt is 9 blocks by 10 blocks.  Each block ended up being 9" x 9",  yielding a quilt approximately 81" x 90".  Instead of using a plain fabric for the backing I used all the leftover fabric, as requested.  After cutting the front I was left with mostly strips so I just went with it and tried to make it look good.  Some of the fabrics used are even her artwork turned into fabric!

For top stitching she let me pick, which I enjoy doing.  She liked loops and swirls so I found a loopy almost feathered pattern, that worked well with the fabric.  Since the front had a lot of white we opted for colored thread to add a little something something.

So now the moment you have all been waiting for... the big reveal



 
What a nice project to get back in the swing of things.
:)