24 January 2014

Seahorse doll quilt!



My friend's daughter lovesssss seahorses and she had no quilt for her little doll bed, so I put together this Heather Ross Mendocino and Far Far Away doll quilt for her for Christmas.  There are a few other scraps thrown in!  

It's a ticker tape quilt - just take raw-edged scraps, glue them down with a glue stick, sandwich and start quilting straight lines both ways!  I think she looks excited, huh? : )




30 November 2013

Noodle-head bag!

Hi! This is the 3rd or 4th bag I've made from the noodle-head tutorial. This one is for a friends birthday. I actually made it with already pieced scraps from the back of my dogwood blossom quilt..soon to be seen here. 

Trying something different and blogging directly from email!

Here you can see the bag next to my blooming Christmas cactus!;)

19 May 2013

Bloggers Quilt Festival Color Wheel Quilt!

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It's time again for the Bloggers Quilt festival!  This year I'm entering 2 quilts - here is my Color Wheel quilt that I finished late last year.  I'm entering it in the "ROYGBIV" category. My Mendocino Doll Quilt (entered in the "2 color quilt" category) is here.  My incentive to finish this quilt was the arrival of my in-laws from France for a 3 week visit.  I wanted them to have a nice quilt on the wall of the guest room!  Click the button above to see hundreds of quilts on display in many cool categories!  

Pin basted and partially quilted

I made the quilt using the Color Wheel quilt pattern from Purl Soho and Joelle Hoverson from the book Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts.  

Orange and pink

I started with a Color Wheel Quilt bundle, also from Purl, but then I added a BUNCH of Denyse Schmidt as well as other designer fabrics that I love.  You only need a fat eighth of each fabric! (Purl also offers a color wheel bundle using Liberty prints - very decadent!)

Pink and purple


The hardest part is deciding which fabrics to use and in which ORDER!!  Laying them out on my flannel design wall helped a lot!

Greens and yellows

You put together the quilt in quadrants, and it's pretty simple to assemble.

Center quilting detail

After assembly, I marked the lines with a ruler and a hera marker.  I was surprised how easy it is to see the lines.  Straight line quilting went pretty fast! Instead of stitching in the ditch between the fabrics, I stitched just on the edge of each fabric.  It feels more sturdy to me when done that way.

The blue side

The white center and edges as well as the binding are made from Kona white.

In the garden

I made a sleeve for the back and used an old piece of baseboard trim I had in the garage to hang it on the guest room wall.  It's the perfect size for the room!

Greens and pinks

My mother in law loved it, my parents got to enjoy it on their stay, and a friend who stayed recently threatened to steal it!  : )


Some of the bright colors

Quilt stats:
Design: Joelle Hoverson - Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted gifts
Fabric: Color wheel quilt bundle from Purlsoho + stash
Quilted: Straight line quilting by me : )
Size: 56"/143cm square
Completed: November, 2012



In the guest room - want to come stay?  : )






Bloggers Quilt Festival Mendocino Doll Quilt!

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It's time again for the spring Blogger's Quilt Festival!  I'm entering 2 quilts this spring - you can see my color wheel quilt here

Layout

This is my Mendocino Doll Quilt.  I made this last year, and I wanted to keep it - it's sooooo cute!  I love the mermaids and seaweed and fish!  I love the contrast of the dark pinks against the gold.  I'm entering this one in the two-color quilt category.



I laid out the quilt in quadrants using a glue stick to stick the fabrics in place.  I won't call them scraps, because as this was the first time I cut into my rare stash of Heather Ross Mendocino, I only had FQs and no scraps!  : )



I used straight line quilting in a grid pattern (not marked).  I just tried to catch in all the edges of the raw-edged fabrics.

Quilting mermaid detail


Fish and more quilted lines

Quilt stats:
Design:  Pretty in Patchwork Doll Quilts  Ticker tape doll quilt
Fabric:  Heather Ross Mendocino, a few extra gold scraps, and Kona Snow background and binding
Quilting: Straight line (not marked) in a grid
Size: 20"x28"/52x72 cm
Completed: June 2012 


All quilted : )

Check out all the great quilts in the Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side!!



12 April 2013

Tula Pink Salt Water Colorblocks Quilt!

My first queen-size quilt!!!  I saw the salt water line from Tula Pink and I knew I just had to make this great Colorblocks quilt that she posted free on her blog!  I love the blocks of color, and because it's SO modern, I knew that my husband would allow it on our bed!  So here is my first queen-size quilt!!  



It's also my first REAL endeavor into free-motion-quilting!  I decided to use wavy lines (like waves!) on the grid pattern, and then I added a sea weed pattern I made up on the edges.  On the corners, it needed something different, so I experimented with some "sea bubbles" which are really not as hard as I thought!


I recently took my first FMQ class from Lisa at Sew Modern in Los Angeles where I live.  She taught me how to do a bunch of different patterns and told me and my classmates just to jump in and not be scared!!  I did just that, and while there are MANY imperfections, you can't really notice them!


We went to the beach for a 50K bike ride Sunday and took the quilt along for a little photo shoot.  It was kind of a gray day at the beach, so the photos could be clearer. I have to give my husband credit as he took some of these!


The lifeguard station was a good backdrop!


Doing any kind of pattern from one end of a queen-size quilt to the other is a daunting task!  All the starting and stopping to move your hands is not easy.  I got better at it as I had a lot of practice!


A seagull wanted to see what was up!


Here's the entire quilt top - I used the Free Spirit solids to match that Tula recommended in the pattern.  I used all the Salt Water coral fabric scraps for the binding.


The hubby trying to hold it up in the wind!  Funny!


On the back I did a mirror image using only the solids from the front.  I love how it turned out and I really think it's a reversible quilt!!