Yes, I have been busy sewing! I had a deadline in which I needed to finish up four lap sized quilts. Here's my secret favorite of the bunch.
I've loved this feather pattern from Anna Maria Horner ever since I first saw it. Pattern here.
When I saw this quilt though, I knew that I liked this idea better than a whole quilt full of feathers. (maybe I'm just lazy and don't want to make that many feathers!) So I started out by making three feather blocks with white or off white backgrounds. Then I started piecing together large chunks of light colored fabrics to fill the rest of the quilt top.
So, the feathers were actually not hard to sew! I think I'll visit them again sometime. Piecing the background though? This is my least favorite type of piecing. It makes my head hurt, deciding where to put each piece, how big it should be, and balancing it all out without overthinking it!
In the end, my very favorite element of the quilt top is the little nine patch on the upper left side. I've had that idea for a long time, inspired by an image (not a quilt) I saw in a book. To put a little nine patch on the edge of a large otherwise plain quilt.
I used a Denyse Schmidt voile on the back. I've started using voiles as my backing a lot lately. They are very soft and silky, which is nice, but the main reason is that they're 54"-56" wide, which is just so handy for these lap size quilt. Right now, you can find a bunch of voiles on sale at Hawthorne Threads (just put 'voile' in the search box).
I did a dense swirly free motion design for the quilting. I thought it would end up a bit stiffer because of this, but actually it's super soft and drapey! Because of the voile back? I don't know, but I'm definitely going to try for that feel again!
This one is one of those quilts that just feels right for me, it's the one quilt out of every ten that makes me feel like I'm making the quilts that I want to be making! Make sense? Mostly I don't dislike the quilts I make, but often there's some little thing that feels flawed to me, whether it's construction or design. Or maybe I just don't feel that connection with it, because it's not completely 'me.'
This one is me, though. I wish I could figure out the formula, and only make these favorite quilts and cut the rest! Doesn't seem to work. It's just one of those things. Sometimes I don't know if I'll like it till I pull it out of the dryer. Often the first washing of a quilt turns it from a flat object to a piece with soul.
Anyways, enough on that! This little quilt was made completely with strips from my scraps. The center red squares are 1 1/2 inches x 1 1/2 inches. All the strips going around are 1 1/2 inches as well. No wonky or improv on this quilt! This is an old fashioned log cabin block!
Combining the hand quilting with a Kaffe Fasset shot cotton on the back, (color is called Steel and you can buy it here) makes for a veeeeery soft little quilt!
The border on the front is a Moda Grunge print, although I don't know which color it is. Talking a bit of simple design here, I think this border is very important. For such a small quilt, these four big diamonds could be overpowering. While I was making them, I wasn't sure they were going to look right for a baby quilt. Adding the border made all the difference. (and I needed it for size anyway, since the quilt was too small without it)
Sometimes you can make a quilt look better by leaving off a border, but sometimes it's just what the design needs to breathe a bit.
Just a quick little rainbow log cabin from the scraps bin. One of those projects that you need to do some times for some instant gratification. Sort of a no fail recipe, when you pair rainbow colors and log cabin blocks. Next time I'll increase the amount of white between blocks. Otherwise, this is the best way to clean up a few scraps!
Funny how making a quilt like this makes me feel like I'm going back to my roots! It's the colors and style that I first loved about 'modern' quilting.
I decided to link up with this finish-along for the final quarter of 2013. I list all the projects I want to finish by January 1st, 2014 and link them to this blogpost. Then in January, every project that I've finished from this list, I can add to the group for an entry for some great prizes. The prizes are a great incentive, but I know that just making a list and saying that I want to finish these all up is a great way to push myself too!
Anyone is welcome to join, but today Oct. 15, is the last day to enter!
Project #1 - Finish hand quilting this little quilt. Shouldn't be a problem because it's set up on my quilting frame in the basement. Maybe I'll get my mom or grandma to come help me and it will get done faster!
Project #2 - Another hand quilting project which is not on the frame, but I'm using it as my carry-along project. It's taking too long though! I realized that it's a little too big to cart around comfortably, so I tend to not bring it along with me when driving or waiting, etc.
Project #3 I made this quilt top awhile ago. I've since decided that I want to make it queen size, so need to add a few more rows of squares around. Then I think I'm going to finish it by tying pink yarn in the corner of each block.
Project #7 - I've got these four blocks which I really like, but I don't feel like making any more of them. So I need to sash them somehow and make in to a baby quilt.
So that should be enough to keep me busy till Christmas! Not to mention all the new projects that are sure to weasel their way in!