New Ruler, New Precuts, New Quilt
Today I am excited to share with you a new little quilt I made this week. Several weeks ago I entered a contest from Creative Grids - creators of MY FAVORITE rulers - through their Facebook page. I happened to win (big excitement for me!) and received as a prize the Creative Grids ruler of my choice. I chose the CGRSG1, 30 degree triangle ruler. I have been thinking about how I would like to have this one for probably the past year or so. I like the Rocky Road To Kansas quilt block and would love to make it, and this ruler could help me do that.
I received my ruler last Saturday at The Little Foot Quilt Shoppe, and while I was there I picked up a new precut fabric pack that they are offering there called a Cutie Pack. It is a pack of fat eighth cuts of fabric. It is a nice way to get a variety of coordinating fabrics. They even have patterns that you can follow using the Cutie Packs in the shop. You just need to add some background fabric and maybe some border fabric. I purchased my own Cutie Pack to see what I could do with the fabric and my new 30 degree ruler.
I had a white print in my fabric stash to use for the background. I decided to cut my strips of fabric 7" wide for my 30 degree triangle wedges. I chose 7" because I figured out that I could get 8 wedges from my colored piece of fabric, a nice even number that would allow me to make 2 blocks from each 7" strip.
You piece a white triangle on each side of a colored triangle. Then take those units and trim each down to a square as shown below. Sew 4 of these square units together to make a block. The ruler comes with much more detailed instructions, and there are some really good demos to be found on Youtube.
After I practiced on a few plain stars, I then pieced strips of fabric to make one 7" strip and cut the triangle wedges for the "striped" look.
I had some pink and green fabric in my Cutie Pack, but I decided to exclude those stars and stick with the gray, lavender and light aqua colors. At first I thought it looked too pale. This is a big change for me, as everything I make seems to be bright colors! I had the aqua and gray print and added it for the border, and I was pleased with how it all came together.
I went shopping to find something for a backing, thinking I would like a gray minky, but the gray was too much gray. Then I found a lavender gingham flannel, and I loved the way it pulled out more of the purple shades of the quilt top.
I quilted it using the pattern Enchant with a perfectly matching lavender thread. I love it! This pretty little baby quilt just needs binding. Below is the back.
Thank you, Creative Grids, for this awesome prize! I am already planning something next for this fun ruler.
I was trying to take some photos outside this morning, but they just weren't working out. Here is one where you can see the quilt in a different light.
I hope you enjoyed the story of my new little quilt. If you don't have a Creative Grids ruler, you should try them - really, grab your purse and run out to the store and get one :-) Or you could enter their next contest to try and win. I hope you do, you'll love it!
I'll link up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Have a great weekend!
Mini Quilt Show
I skipped a week of blogging because I've been so busy, but I haven't stopped quilting. Today I'll catch up on showing you client quilts I have finished in the last couple of weeks. Enjoy the show!
This adorable baby quilt belongs to Mary Jo. It is for her first grandson. The pattern is called Action Jackson by Sandy Fitzpatrick. It's really sweet with some 3 dimensional pinwheels and peek-a-boo squares. I quilted a loopy meander all over with gray thread.
Next is adorable quilt #2. This is Becky's winter quilt with cups of hot cocoa, coffee, or tea. Becky hand stitched the steam coming from a few of the cups. The fabrics are so cute, too. I quilted with the Snazzy Snowflakes and a gray thread.
Marilyn asked me to quilt this nice big quilt. It has a large purple border, and the center she pieced with "strings" and selvedge edges from fabrics she used in different projects. I quilted with an overall stipple design. I love the fact that she can see those fabrics and remember what she made with them. Beautiful!
Sherri brought 2 baby quilts for me to work on. Who doesn't love Olaf? - and I loved that she didn't want snowflakes quilted on this one. I used the Whirligig edge-to-edge design, and it was just the right amount of whimsy for this little quilt.
Sherri's second quilt is a log cabin design made with a jelly roll, I believe, of the Moda fabric line Horizon. You can find out how to make these blocks at The Little Foot Quilt Shoppe. I love this fabric, and, in fact, I am currently piecing a top with it also. I quilted the Easy Orange Peel design over this one. It looks great, modern, and fresh!
There is even one more quilt that I didn't have a chance to photograph. I am so thankful to be busy quilting this summer! Thank you, ladies, for letting me quilt for you.
One last picture that I'll share (Facebook friends already saw this one) is my daughter, Lydia, showing off her Row By Row wall hanging. We LOVED this particular design from The Quilt Company. They conveniently had little kits made up for sale. Of course, Lydia had to change up the color placement. She learned how to do some ironing on this project, and I only helped to prepare and stitch the binding. It is now hanging on the wall above the desk of this young artist.
Happy Finish It Up Friday! I hope you've seen something to make you want to get quilting. You can find more inspiration over at Crazy Mom Quilts. Thanks for stopping by.
This is the Carpenters Star design. I have quilted quite a few of these lately for clients. My mom has loved this design for a while and wanted to make one. I think it is a beautiful design, too, and last Saturday Mom, Aunt Brenda, and I finally got together for a sewing day to make them. I'll show all three of them to you later when they are finished, but I was excited to get the piecing done this week.
I made mine with fabrics that I already had at home. I purchased this mix of prints and batiks in a range of greens, teals, and turquoise from a local quilt shop - Muddy Creek Originals - before it went out of business. It was fun buying fabrics at 50% off, but I was sad to see the shop close.
We followed the pattern by Debbie Maddy which can be found here. She has very nice instructions for the fabric placement. I chose to make the 70" square quilt. I didn't have enough of any one fabric for the outside border, so I added another scrappy border to use what I had. The quilt goes together pretty quickly. On Saturday I cut my pieces and made the center star, all in one day. I really like it, and it ought to look even better after it's quilted!
I longarm quilted for Velma this week also. This is a lap quilt in a sort of disappearing 9 patch design. The fabrics were very cool. They reminded me of ferns, fossils, rocks, and nature stuff. I quilted using the Bauhaus design. Thanks for letting me quilt for you, Velma!
I also basted a quilt together for Karen, a hand quilter. I never did this before, but it did work out well. I loaded the backing, batting, and quilt top and used a large basting stitch horizontally about 5 inches apart. Then I took the quilt off and loaded it again in the other direction and repeated the horizontal stitching lines. So in the end there was stitching in 5" squares basting the quilt together. This should stay together very nicely for her when she is hand quilting.
I am so thankful that the client quilts keep coming in for me to work on. There has not been a slow down this summer. I'll definitely have more to share next week, so please stop back and visit.
I'm linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.
This is me...
I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!