Thursday, October 31, 2013

2011 Challenge: Baby's Fancy - Neutral


Well, dang it. Another one that I apparently forgot to take a picture of before giving away. I have got to fix my process so I don't do that any more. As in, out of the dryer, out comes the camera.

I really loved the mixing of patterns here with red watermelon, black gingham and red polka dot, all to match the cute dalmatians that are in the center squares. I believe the outer border was in white with a small border of red polka dot in between and as the binding.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

2011 Challenge: Diamonds Royale - Girl


This was definitely one of my least favorite patterns in the book, from the tons of bias edges to cut and sew to just a waste of cutting off half the diamonds around the sides. That said, I do love it in purple!

The back is a purple fabric with pink and turquoise ladybugs on it and a wee bit of glitter to it. I went back and forth on this because the front is kind of elegant. Should the back be elegant or fun? Does it really matter? (To which, my answer was obviously no.)

Quilted in a big loopy fashion with purple thread in the center and a leaf pattern in the border.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

2011 Challenge: Baby's Fancy - Girl




I loved this pattern and really how it all came out this time. (Funny. I just realized that in the neutral version of this, I also used gingham and polka dots. Great patterns for mixing, obviously!)

The fabric in the center square is a white with tiny dots and sprigs of purple flowers with a pink-purple ribbon. You can see where I pulled out all the different colors from.

I really had no other use for any of these fabrics so worked my darndest to use up as much as possible on the back as well. I love how that came out.


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

2011 Challenge: Baby Squares Jamboree - Neutral




Got some sunglasses for this one? Man, I used some bright colors here!

It's next to impossible to see (and I didn't take a close-up) but the white on the front is a Paddington Bear fabric, basically just outlines of him in different colors. I had a few fat quarters of the coordinating solids and tossed in more in the same colors as needed to make up the squares for the center. The back is plaid left over from a t-shirt quilt I did for someone. (Obviously bought way more of that than I needed!)

The border is quilted in a squiggle, while the center follows the lines of blocks with "x"s through them.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

2011 Challenge: Amish Sparkle - Neutral




I went round and round and round and round about just how gender-neutral that plaid fabric really was. The blue wasn't really blue-blue, but a slightly purple-blue. Finally decided if the yellow and green were played up more, it would work for either gender and just went for it.

Tried something different for me out in the borders by quilting circles, then stippling around them. As you can see in the close-up, I can sort of follow a drawn line to do a circle. Sort of.

The tight stippling meant the back had prominent circles visible, which was cool. It was getting too windy for pictures by the end, so no close-up, but the fabric was a green-on-green with leaves. Very pretty. 

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

2011 Challenge: Star is Born - Girl





This finishes off the three in this pattern, which I think is just adorable, although I do prefer not doing applique!

I used hearts in the squares instead of stars this time to make it a little more girl, then repeated the shape of the heart in the border quilting. The pink and purple fabric with the dancers was left over from a baby quilt for one of my nieces, and the flannel on the back has even more dancers. It was danceriffic!

I really liked the sharp contrast of the pinks and purples with the white on the front. I made a point of staying away from pale versions to keep the contrast going nicely.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

2011 Challenge - What's up?

I realized when I came to add a few more quilts I had finally finished that I hadn't been doing a good job of taking pictures and posting when I did finish projects. I have a whole pile on my floor that I apparently never took pictures of and definitely never posted about. Actually, I could have sworn I took pictures, but danged if I can find them. And of course, one of them I already gave away, so no good record of that one now. Boo.

So, you'll be seeing a few more posts from me here soon as I get pictures taken and those posts up so I can continue chronicling this project. Finally getting around to quilting tops that I finished in 2011, but have been sitting in a drawer since then. Taught myself to knit last year, so guess what I've been doing instead of quilting lately?

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

2011 Challenge: Amish Sparkle - Boy

baby quilt made with baseball fabric





Well - not sure what's going on with that second picture, exactly. Tilt your head to the right time!

Finally wrapped this one up a week or so ago in a flurry of "clear out old projects". Quilted the center the same as the other two in this pattern and then just did straight lines around the entire thing in the border. Reasonably pleased with how the how thing came out.


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Monday, August 12, 2013

2011 Challenge: Circles of Love - Boy

big baby quilt in blue angel fabrics


This particular pattern makes a really big quilt! And there are so many triangles in there! No wonder it took awhile to piece, but it's actually been sitting around in my drawers waiting to be quilted for at least a year.

Part of the challenge always is getting the back put together if I'm going to piece it, and there was a lot of piecing in this one, as you can see. I used up some half-square triangles from the front, then big pieces of the various fabrics I made it with. (Because I am trying to get them out of my fabric closet!)

Need to go back to take some closer pics - I did straight lines through the various paths, then free motioned curved-sided squares inside the block centers in a kind of an echo. Didn't draw them on first, which always means there is no telling just how well it's going to come out! Just did a scribble in the border to finish it off because I was so ready to be done. Big quilt in small machine is just tough!


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