Hey look, it’s my First. Ever. WIP Wednesday post! I so rarely take pictures of items that I’m working on, usually reserving the “big reveal” for the finished product. Over the long weekend I did a lot of sewing but didn’t fully finish anything, so I took pictures anyway.
This is a baby quilt pattern from Zakka Style: 24 Projects Stitched with Ease to Give, Use & Enjoy by Rashida Coleman-Hale. I know I’m way behind in this and everyone who wanted that book already has it and its old news, but I only just bought it for myself, so you’ll have to bear with me.
It took such a short time to whip out this quilt! It was complete and ready to photograph before the sun went down on Sunday, and I didn’t even get started until Sunday morning. I love, love, love the birdies on white, so I decided to build my fabrics around that one.
The quilt is 45″ x 60″ and I didn’t have any real linen on hand, so I used a linen-colored solid that I had lying around. Unfortunately, that means that my long strips came up a touch short. Oops! I had to piece some scraps onto the ends, but I alternated them in the quilt so they wouldn’t make a solid line and break up the quilt design in an odd way. You can hardly see it, I think!
I’m still deciding how I want to quilt this one. I always like the idea of somehow echoing the patchwork design in the quilting, but the reality is that an all over free-motion design is so much simpler.
The quilt is larger than I expected. 60″ in reality is way more than the fantasy in my head. I hope the baby that it is a gift for will love it for years to come!
Posted in Pattern, Quilt, Stash, WIP
Tagged baby, cotton, gift, green, linen, pattern, pink, purple, Quilt, Zakka
I made this quilt for my friends and their little girl (who should be here any second!), using those brilliant prints – Mendocino by Heather Ross. I’d been holding onto the fabrics for a while and I finally figured out what was stopping me from really getting down to working with them – variety. Somehow I’d managed to only get the fabrics with light or white colored backgrounds – mermaid on white, octopuses on pale pink, etc. The moment I added some more color to them, BAM! I had a quilt.
The block is a really simple one, but with near endless possibilities. It’s no secret that I love a rail fence quilt and this is my variation on the simple rail fence block. I played with calling it a “split rail fence” but I like “Missing Rail” – it makes me imagine little kids peering through a gap in a fence that their ball just went over.
This tutorial makes 24 blocks – 4 more than you need to make the quilt I made. You can use the blocks on the back of the quilt, make a pillow from them or just make the quilt larger.
To start, you need a quarter yard (either fat or skinny) of 8 different coordinating fabrics. In addition, you’ll need a quarter yard (not fat) of white for the vertical sashing, & some fabric for binding and backing.
Start by cutting out 3 pieces of each fabric that measure 8 ½” x 9 ½”
You can do this next bit using the stack and whack method – stack up all your like-colored pieces and cut them so that you have 3 new slices: one that is 8 ½” x 4 ½” and two that are 8 ½” x 2 ½”
Mix up that middle 2 ½” slice so that they are randomly paired with a matching 4 ½” and 2 ½” piece and sew them back together to form 8 ½” squares.
My sashing is made from 2 ½” strips of white cotton and the blocks are only sashed in one direction (vertical)
You can mix up your blocks however you like, mine are turned both horizontally and vertically, but the variations are endless:
No sashing, all blocks turned vertically:
Only two colors, blocks turned 180 degrees each iteration:
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Tagged baby, block, brown, heather ross, mendocino, mermaid, missing rail, modern, orange, pink, Quilt, rail fence, seahorse, tute, Tutorial, variation
I’m trying out a new (to me) free motion quilting design on this baby quilt. It’s called “Trailing Spirals“. What do you think?
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Tagged baby, baby quilt, design, free motion, heather ross, mendocino, mermaid, orange, pink, Quilt, Quilting, spiral, trailing spirals, white, work in progress
Check it out! Number and 1 and number 2 of my nanoSEWmo projects!
The pattern for this baby quilt and pillow is a Wonky Rail Fence, using the Stack-and-Whack method. The backing material is a solid light blue that I had on hand. I also used a white/blue ombre rayon thread for quilting. It adds some extra sparkle to the quilt, I think. The pillow has a simple ruffle around the edge and an envelope style back.
To be honest, I’ve had this quilt top on hand for a while waiting for the right time, the right baby and the right skill set. My free motion skills are definitely improving. It’s tough to keep your loop-de-loops even, let me tell you. But it is so worth the effort. The look on the Mommy-to-be’s face made it so.
Congratulations Diana, Stephen & your little Rock Star Monkey! I can’t wait to meet him.