Sunday, April 20, 2014

AMH Feather mini quilt

I made this AMH feather mini as a pay it forward gift for Liz at Shush I'm Quilting.  She expressed such love for the teaser photos I put up on IG (I'm @quiltsnkids) that I decided to send it to her.

Measures about 9" x 18"

I quilted in the ditch around the feather and stem, then echo quilted it using Aurifil 12wt in #4093 (teal).  I used 50wt #2000 in the bobbin.  The background fabric is Kona Charcoal and the binding and feather stem are Kona Chestnut.  

The back is some scrap of a feathery batik I've long coveted.

Label from TagsToGo on etsy.

When she signed up for my pay it forward, she mentioned maybe something for her little Princess would be very much appreciated.  Especially if it was pink.  So I made a wide open zipper pouch using some scrap pack pinks I've been collecting.

Side A
Side B--love the girl wearing the glasses!

Inside strawberry sweetness.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jessica's Sisterhood Quilt

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts continues--this month I am adding to Jessica's (from Quilty Habit) quilt.  First it went to Ashley, she added the row of churn dash blocks:

I was really excited to work on another black-as-neutral quilt.  The last one was this prayer quilt.  The fabrics are so much prettier and brighter for this one--I love the contrast.

The first block I decided to make is this Radiant Splendor block.

I messed up making the flying geese right away (I made colored geese instead of black geese), and then saved the half square triangle trimmings--all the extras went to the "boneyard" on my design wall:

Photo courtesy of my 4 year old.

So my goal then became using the pieces from the boneyard wherever possible:

Layout from this blog.

And I also wanted to use some of the Echino Birds I ordered with a gift card I won during a Sew Mama Sew giveaway to Jones and Vandermeer:

I chose the fabric especially for adding a few birds to her quilt, so I was so thrilled with how well the colors worked out!

While debating what to do with all the boneyard pieces, I came across this tutorial on making a churn dash block with a tiny pinwheel in the center.  I started with 1.75" HST, and ended up with a 2" churn dash with an itty bitty (wonky) pinwheel in the center.  I then added more churn dashes to it to get this block:

I call it the "yo dawg, I heard you like churn dashes" block.
I used all but 5 of the boneyard flying geese, hurray!  Here's the whole quilt now, going to Laura next!

I really enjoyed working on this quilt--I think the birdy blocks are my favorite though!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My quilt at a national show!

My Lone Star Reflections quilt was accepted into the MQX Quilt Festival in Manchester, New Hampshire!  The quilt show is April 10-12th--if you are going and see my quilt, I would love to get a picture of it hanging up!

You can see more photos of the finished quilt here and the process photos here (scroll down a bit).

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fishy Mini Quilt

I made this little quilt about a month ago, but forgot to blog about it in the secret-ness of it, and then the craziness that was March (mostly my daughter's birthday, then my husband's grandpa died, and a two weeks later his grandma on the other side passed).  Anyway, I joined an awesome Birthday Swap with some other bloggers, and this little quilt was made for Julie's birthday back in February.

The pattern is from More Quilts from the Quilt Maker's Gift--although if you make it, know there is a mistake and the Fish unit 2 reversed is not reversed and you have to use the back of that pattern to get the right piece!  

Julie mentioned not really liking batiks, but I couldn't get the purple-blue fabric I had out of my head--it just seemed so perfect for the watery areas!  Thankfully she liked the sneak peak pictures I posted on instagram (I'm @quiltsnkids).  I've wanted to make this quilt block for a while, and thought it'd be perfect for someone that enjoyed a lot of outdoorsy stuff. 

I quilted it using Aurifil 50wt in #5005 (blue), #2130 (orange), and #1135 (yellow).

Terrible picture, but you can really see the quilting on the fishies here.
 I sent it with some other little goodies and I am so happy to say that Julie loved this, batiks and all!  You can read about it and her other awesome birthday gifts here!

Label from TagsToGo on etsy.