Monday, March 31, 2014

Stacked Hexagons Throw Quilt


Alright I have done it! My new favorite quilt!!!  I look around for new quilting inspiration all the time, and I mean all the time!  I came across this new free pattern on the moda bakeshop website the link is here.  It was just like another one of my favorite patterns stacked squares which are here and here, but in hexagons!!!  I decided I would take out my quilt stash that I had been saving for a throw for my couch.  Although there is nothing wrong with the pattern from the moda site I wasn't working with a jelly roll and decided to use it just as an inspiration.  And here is what I came up with....




I absolutely love it!  I took some liberties with different widths and had some fun with it.  I just kind of winged but I will definitely be making another one but in a queen size.  This one ended up being around 70" by 75".



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lush Fabric Collection - Bright Twisty Twin Quilt

  New twin quilt for my etsy shop!
 




  After completing my Hexagon Quilt I had some left over fabric from the Lush collection by Patti Young.  I love the bright colors from this collection and decided to make another twin quilt out of it.

  I had 11 different fabrics that were around 8.5" to 9" x WOF each and 3 yards of white.

  First I cut all my fabric in 2.75" strips (so this can be easily changed to use a jelly roll) Each fabric yielded 3 strips.  Then I cut 33- 2.75" x WOF of the white fabric.  The outcome or pattern of the quilt I think is a traditional charm pack quilt.


I sewed each patterned fabric lengthwise with a strip of the white.

After ironing I cut the strips into squares, each being 5" x 5". (Hence it being a charm pack quilt...)

There are lots of configurations, but a chose the "twist" design. (I decided to do the zigzag pattern at another time)
 
  I assembled my blocks making sure I put them through the machine all the same way to avoid a headache later.
 





 At this point I decided to trim my blocks at a slight turn thinking to would make them look like they were spinning more. It ended up not making too much of a difference. 






  I then laid them out on my design wall in my desired pattern and sewed it together.  For my design I couldn't go row by row but instead corner to corner.
 
  I had a lot of minky pieces that were to small in themselves to use for a quilt backing so I put them all together to make one big backing.  Minky is so hard to sew but I love the way the back turned out!

 
  For top stitching I decided to do an all over daisy pattern.  My other quilt made with these fabrics has the same design and it goes with the fabric nicely.

 
  Very happy with how it turned out.  I always like the quilt more when it has a plush or minky backing.  I promise you it will get more use, speaking from experience.





Friday, March 21, 2014

Canadian Shopping at Fabric.com

  Well I guess it's no secret I enjoy shopping at www.fabric.com.  I just ordered a whole bunch of fabric from them and since I live just over an hour to the border I usually get it shipped to Pembina, North Dakota to take advantage of their American free shipping.

  This time I decided to get it shipped to my Canadian address.  I was afraid I would get dinged with customs and duty when it was delivered but was pleased to discovery I did not. I guess another reason why I love them!

  Well some exciting projects coming up with all my new beauties...


Planning out each project is very exciting! Stay Tuned :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hexagon Stripe Scrap Baby Quilt

  Not sure what to call this baby quilt... It's hexagon quilt made with scraps in a stripe pattern :)  I made a quilt a while back and had all this fabric left that was mostly strips.  I thought I would work with that and come up with something a little different.



  Most of my strips were around 1.75" so I cut whatever I had that width, with the exception of two larger pieces I would save for the border.



 
I organized them into pairs that matched.

 
Then sewed them lengthwise together


 
 
I laid them out on my cutting board, and used my equilateral triangle ruler to cut half hexagons out. 
 

                                      

 
 
Note: Your sides should be 1/2" bigger then the top of your half hexagon.  In my case the top is 3" and the sides are 3.5", the bottom is 6.5".
 
 
Here are all my cut out half hexagons.
 



I put them up on my design wall (don't mind the ugly flannel sheet I use, I really need to invest in a white one) 

 
  I then sewed them together, each row downwards.  Proving a little difficult because you need to match up the fabrics on an angle. They need to meet up 1/4" in. Not all of mine match exactly and I did have to do a little seam ripping as well. 
 
 
 





 
Then I sewed each downward row together.  This is when it is really important that your cutting is accurate, and it will go together easily.

 
   Even though it ended up being a small baby quilt 36" x 37" it seemed to take forever!  I will definitely make this quilt again but with bigger strips.  The effect is really nice I think.
  To finish it I top stitched it in a modern floral design on a plush backing.
 
 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Catnap Chevron Baby Quilts

Two new baby quilts! After finishing a quilt with this catnap fabric for a lovely lady on Etsy, I had a little fabric left over.  Why not make some simple chevron baby quilts... Very easy!







I decided to separate the similar colors from the fabric collection to make two separate quilts. 
One with the corals, oranges, yellows, and pinks... And the other the greens, blues, and greys...

The chevron seems to be very popular right now and would be a great starter quilt for the wanna be quilter.  Obviously plain squares would be the easiest but this lets you practice connecting the points.

My quilts started off as 7" x7" squares, then I cut them point to point.  Sewed each patterned fabric with a cream one. 

After ironing I laid them out on my design wall in my desired pattern, sewed them together, and walla a 39" x 39" baby quilt! I forgot to take pictures so I will do a better tutorial at a later date although I am sure there are a million out there.





 
I top stitched them with butterflies and bubbles with a plush backing and they are so incredibly cuddly!  The original quilt with these fabrics is here. The fabric is Catnap by Lizzie House.  I ordered it from Pink Castle Fabrics but it is also available at Fabric.com.
 
Happy Quilting Everyone!
:)