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Valentine’s Mini quilt

Valentines mini quilt

I really haven’t sewn much in the last 6 months, so I’ve been eyeing some easy and quick projects to try to get me back into it. I found a heart block tutorial online and created a design to incorporate 4 heart blocks.

Valentines mini quilt

I used a large scale print fabric for the backing, I really didn’t want to have to cut into that bird and circle so I was excited that it fit perfectly on the back of this mini and now I can flip it over after Valentine’s Day and have a little picture quilt.

Valentine's mini quilt

I used mostly scraps for this mini (including the batting) and didn’t baste or attempt to secure the quilt sandwich whatsoever before quilting. I figured it would be fine because it was so small…well no, I learned that doesn’t tend to produce great results! The quilt warped quite a bit so I know not to skip that step next time, no matter how big or small the project. Especially with straight line quilting. Overall I really like how it turned out and am looking forward to more sewing this year.

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Follow the Leader – Minky Backing

This is another finish from the Modern Quilts Illustrated I received for Christmas this past year. I’ve been dying to use my Rock n’ Romance fat quarter bundle for so long but I wanted to find a pattern that worked well and showed off larger prints.

Follow the Leader

I chose a cream-colored minky with dimples for the backing, and I had a plan for free motion quilting in swirls and loops, but my machine did not co-operate no matter what I tried so I blamed it on the minky and settled for a random horizontal wavy look, with the walking foot. I don’t love it but it will do. I’m working on another quilt with a minky type fabric on the back and I decided that I HATE working with this type of fabric but LOOOOOOOVE how it turns out. It makes the quilt a bit heavier, softer and snuggly. So I just have to adjust my expectations when working with it.

Follow the Leader

My three-year old has claimed this as his blanket, which surprised me a lot, because I think it’s rather girly looking. He loves the backing however, and refers to it as his ‘soft blanket’

Follow the Leader

 

The binding is a Kona solid called Cedar and the background I believe is Mushroom, but I really can’t remember!


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Mountain Range Quilt Top & Mug Rug

In January I attended ‘Quilt ’till you wilt’ hosted by The Quilting Bee. I sewed up a quilt top for my mom and participated in a design your own mug rug challenge.

Mountain range quilt

This top was made with shimmery, metallic fabric by Northcott called Artisan Spirit Shimmer. It was fun to work with and the design came together pretty fast. There was one ‘Y’ seam that I needed help with and some finicky measuring and cutting, but other than that the design was easy.

Mountain range

Mountain range quilt

After I finished the mountain range top, I started thinking about my mug rug design. I checked out Flickr for some inspiration and came up with this:

Mug Rug
I used the scraps from my mountain range top, and I loved how it turned out!

Mug Rug

All of the ladies at quilt ’till you wilt voted on their favorite mug rug and I ended up winning second place – I voted for the first place winner, so maybe if I hadn’t done that… 🙂


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Silver Polka Dot Scarf

Okay so this isn’t about quilting, but I thought it was still worth posting. Plus I haven’t posted in so long I needed something to put up quickly 🙂 I made this scarf as a project in a Craftsy class called Beginner Serging taught by Amy Alan. I loved using my Bernina serger for this project and learning more about the things I can do with it.
Infinity Scarf

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I really adore how it turned out and it’s one of my favorite scarves to wear now!


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oh, the Places you’ll go!

Oh the places you'll go quilt

This is a sample I made for the Quilting Bee…I really enjoyed working with this color palatte and building new blocks. I haven’t sewn anything ‘wonky’ yet and this was a really good introduction into throwing caution to the wind and cutting something up without measuring!
Oh the places you'll go quilt
This picture looks wonky, but is in fact square 🙂
There were some blocks with quotes from the Dr. Seuss book, ‘oh, the Places you’ll go!’
Oh the places you'll go quilt
These stair blocks were really fun to build, and out of all the fabrics used in this quilt, that rainbow looking print was my favorite.
Oh the places you'll go
This is the finished quilt top
oh the places you'll go quilt
What a colorful quilt!

 


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Heartthrob

Heartthrob

My Heartthrob quilt is finished! I’m so excited about having this quilt done, it was very fun to work on but its even better to use! I had a hard time deciding how to quilt it, I didn’t want to take away from the pattern, and I wanted it to look modern. I found a good tutorial on concentric circle quilting and went to work quilting circles 2″ apart from each other.

Heartthrob

I used an IKEA print for the back and I was only planning on using that fabric alone, but I stared and stared at it for ever looking for a repeat on my two cut pieces and for the life of me could not manage to find one! I pieced some scraps together from the front of the quilt and made a column to join my two backing pieces. I’ll try to get that matching backing pieces thing down in the future 🙂

Heartthrob

I need to get some better pictures of this quilt, but this is what I have for now…these are taken in the shade and I think the colors pop a little more in the sun.
Heartthrob

I did learn a lot in finishing this quilt, for example I ran out of basting spray right at the start of basting, and I don’t own any basting pins…so as an alternative to both of those methods I looked online and found a herringbone quilt basting tutorial  which I decided is a lost art!! I hand basted this entire quilt with normal thread and was surprised at how easy it was and also how much I enjoyed going over my whole quilt by hand before I quilted it. It sure makes spray basting seem miraculously fast, but I don’t really like the chemicals in the spray or how much it costs.  As I used the herringbone method I thought about all the women from history who relied on this method before safety pins were invented, it made me feel self-reliant and resourceful! I probably won’t do it every time, but I’d like to do it for the majority or my quilts going forward 🙂

 


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Test driving triangles

Test driving triangles by Mdcy9
Test driving triangles, a photo by Mdcy9 on Flickr.

This is a pillow cover I made to break in my new triangle template. I want to make a big quilt with bigger triangles so I thought I should practice on something smaller first 🙂 I learned some good lessons, like not sewing too wide a seam allowance over those points or else they disappear! Also to be careful because these guys are cut on the bias and they can stretch out quite a bit. The fabric is Cameo by Amy Butler and Free Spirit Designer Solids in Chamois. I’m so excited about doing more with triangles!