HST Baby Quilt






I made this quilt from the latest bundle that I curated for Fabric Spark's Monthly Sparks.  I don't think this bundle is available any more, but wanted to show it to you any way.  I only used about half of each fat quarter, so I could have made a lap sized quilt with this bundle.  I added the white and black dot, and made a bunch of hst blocks.  I love this layout that I decided on!  There are so many possibilites with this block.

Alas, I must confess that this quilt ended up with a few small issues.  For one, the voile print that I used on the back has a plaid design.  And I paired it with straight line quilting.  What was I thinking?  This is one of those mistakes that I should have learned by now!  IF, you are going to use a stripe on the back of your quilt, beware that any straight line quilting will look crooked.  I don't believe you can ever be so accurate as to line it up exactly.  The slightest waver or tilt to your fabric will be glaringly obvious on the back! 

Also, I decided to try applying my binding the famous RedPepperQuilts way.  And it's just not for me.  Yes, I do usually sew my bindings on by machine, but I do it this way.  I've been doing it this way for years, and to try a new method now will cause me untold frustration, so why change I guess!  Either way is equally good I'm sure,  It's just that to sew a neat looking binding takes a lot of practice.  I think my way is easier to learn to do neatly though!  Unless you're not concerned what the back of your quilt looks like.

So these two problems, quilting lines that appear crooked on the back next to the plaid lines on the fabric, and a sewn binding that doesn't look completely straight either...This is a dilemma I face sometimes.  I've sewn this quilt to sell in my Etsy shop, but it's not quite up to my standards aesthetically.  It is perfectly durable, and the front looks great, but I don't feel good selling it!  This time I tried listing it AS IS.  So at a reduced price, and explaining the issues.  We'll see if it sells!

Cozy Winter Vintage Baby Quilt






 This is one of those quilts turned out exactly right.  So many quilts take a wrong turn somewhere, but of course I don't know it till it's too late, or sometimes I never quite know why I don't love them.  But this one, is just all my favorite things, even though it is nothing too exciting design-wise.

I used two widths of strips, 2.5", and 3.5".  I cut each piece into one of these widths, and then any varying length.  Such an easy quilt to put together, and looks so unpretentious and scrappy.

The fabrics are a large variety, with a lot of Denyse Schmidt mixed in of course.  I ordered a fat quarter bundle of her Winter Walk collection, and really love some of the prints.  It's a mystery to me why more online shops are not carrying her latest collections?  Or maybe I just don't know where to look... Is there less demand for her fabrics?  I find them to be perfect for vintage style that still has an up to date feel to it.

Selvedge Quilt





This finish feels so good!  I started making these selvedge blocks oh, maybe 5 years ago?  Then the quilt top sat for a few years.  About a year ago I made a backing out of a bunch of smaller pieces of bright rainbow fabrics.  Then it sat basted and waiting for quilting.  Until I need those safety pins badly enough that I just had to quilt it!  Of course this one will be staying here, as it's one of those that are most valuable to the maker.

It ends up at about twin size, and I like the way it looks.  These days selvedges are even more cool than they were when I saved all of these.  Now they have fun sayings and so much variety.  But even so, I don't save them anymore.  Maybe I should be?  I just don't know if I want another quilt made from selvedges, and what else should I make out of them?  Pincushions is one thing that would work...hmmm...

Simply Retro Adorn






The star in this quilt is the Adorn star from the book Simply Retro.  I've been slowly making the quilts in this book, and here's my version of this one.  It was a one star mini quilt, but I wanted to make it into a baby size quilt so I added more white space around it, and then a few flying geese for a bit of interest.

I enjoyed piecing this star, and think that a whole quilt made out of them would be lovely.  I've got two more quilts to go in this book, and actually they are both almost complete.  (I made them both smaller). 

I've already got my eyes on another book that I'd like to go through next, as I've quite enjoyed this project.