Friday, October 28, 2011

The Purple Monster Quilt

When I was commissioned to make the three quilts from a friend, another friend caught wind of it. He asked me if I’d make him a quilt for his wife for Christmas too. His only request was that it had purple in it. I was more than happy to oblige. I needed some fresh and new fabrics to work with in between working with the clothing quilts.

I dug out the pattern I had used for my orange and aqua baby quilt last year. I decided to make a bigger version of it, this time using purple and blue.

I found most of the purples at The Stitchin’ Post. Me and my family had taken a drive out there in June. The dark purple separating the blocks is a Moda crossweave, the warp and the weft of the fabric is a different color, giving it a shimmery effect. It’s so pretty. There is several fabrics from the Tula Pink line called Parisville. I love that fabric. I love anything Tula Pink designs actually…

The blues were all from my stash. I knew his wife loved dogs, so I added in a print from the Sherbert Pips line, those puppies are so cute!

This is a huge quilt, I didn’t intend for it to be quite this big, but I was having too much fun with the fabrics. I backed it with flannel, and bound it with a Parisville print.

I am selling some of my cross stitching patterns, go HERE and let me know if there is anything you are interested in!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Making quilts from Grandma's clothes

My blog has been pretty boring lately, there are many excuses, or should I say reasons why. First off, my family life is incredibly full right now, which has been so much fun. The kids are involved in all sorts of things, and school started, which means homework has to be done. Sports need practicing, and weekends are packed.

I have been sewing, a lot actually, but just haven’t shared what I am working on. I wasn’t sure if anybody wanted to know about it. I was commissioned to make 3 quilts this summer, to have them done by Christmas. The quilts are made from the clothing of this woman’s mother. She is giving the three quilts to her (grown) children. Basically, a memory quilt. She gave me two bins full of clothing, she had already taken the clothing apart, which was nice, so I had usable pieces right away.

I’ve been slowly, but surely getting these quilts made. First off, I knew it would be a challenge. When somebody says “fabric from my mom’s clothes” I hear “polyester, slippery fabric, pastels” And my assumption was correct. There are some crazy fabrics! I was at first very overwhelmed by the total randomness of the fabrics, they were all so different, and I couldn’t wrap my head around them AT. ALL. I finally spread them all out on the floor and separated them into a “light” category and “dark” category. That helped.

I then started searching through my quilt books and magazines trying to find patterns that emphasized the light/dark methods, using simple shapes. I was also looking for something that looked traditional. After I found several patterns I liked, I emailed them to my “customer” and told her I’d like to do variations of these patterns. She was happy with them, so I took off.

The book Quilts, Quilts & More Quilts came to my rescue!

My first quilt was a trip around the world pattern. I have tried, in every quilt, to use as many of the fabrics as possible. I grouped the fabrics light vs. dark, and then found a light and dark that somewhat matched. I use “match” very loosely here. If a fabric had green, I would find another that had a green, even if it was a green that didn’t match the other, it was just green. Haha! It was killing my color theory, more like torturing it! :) It was agonizing I tell you.

Okay, so after matching my fabrics, I started cutting strips. And when you work with fabric from clothes, there is no strip piecing, no making it faster and easier, you cut one strip at a time and sew it to another. Again agonizing!

Finally I had it all pieced together. I backed this quilt with a lovely flannel, and bound it with a neutral tan. I did simple line quilting on it to hold it all together. I really like how it turned out. My 9 year old, Jessie, told me “that isn’t my favorite quilt you’ve made Mom” I am rather happy with it, using all of those crazy fabrics was quite a challenge.

The second quilt top is complete, I am currently basting it. The third quilt is in the stage of piecing the blocks together to make a top. I’m going to get these knocked out by Christmas for sure!

It has been hard to work on these when I have so many other pretty projects on my plate right now, but it feels good to actually be paid to make a quilt for somebody, let alone 3 of them!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Table Runner for Mom

My mom's birthday is coming up next week, and I've been itching to make her this table runner. I made pillows for her a few months ago, and she loved them. She asked if I could make a few more things.... nothing like a birthday to get going right??
I used fabric from the Simple Abundance line by Moda, which I love, and is remnants of a fat quarter bundle I've had. The yellow is from my stash, and the backing fabric is also.
My daughter insisted we take a picture of her hedgehog family on the table runner. We found these at a local toy store, they are called Calico Critters, could you just die, they are so sweet!
I may have bought them for me, and not her...