Memory Quilt Custom

Matt's cousin contacted me a few months ago regarding a custom. She had a bridesmaid dress from a friend's wedding, and now the friend was having a baby. She found an idea on Pinterest and wanted a baby quilt made from the dress she wore in the wedding.

I must admit, I've seen these quilts and they aren't really my style. But it was a small, simple project, so I figured I would challenge myself.

Memory Quilt from Bridesmaid Dress

I knew that I wanted to add quilting cotton to the mix, and she mentioned that the dress was blue. I pulled some fabrics, but WOW was I surprised at how the very bright blue color of the dress! I added and subtracted fabrics until I had a nice mix of greys to go with the blue.

Memory Quilt from Bridesmaid Dress

For the quilt design, I was looking for something simple. I decided on isosceles triangles, so I picked up a few new rulers and chopped up my fabrics! The dress was short, so there wasn't very much usable fabric. I cut as many triangles as I could, and then I pieced the blue and greys randomly. Nothing planned, just grab some pieces and stitch them together!

I quilted the piece with a simple swirly meander. I wanted to keep the layers from shifting around, but also keep the quilt soft.

Memory Quilt from Bridesmaid Dress

For the backing I chose 2 fun prints - the kite print is also in the quilt top and I like that it brings a bit of red and purple into the design. The binding is a brighter blue, one of my favorite prints! I remember being unsure of the brighter blue, but as soon as the quilt was finished I LOVED it.

Memory Quilt from Bridesmaid Dress

Memory Quilt from Bridesmaid Dress 

In the end, I actually love this entire quilt. The blue color really pops, and the shine of the satin is a fun touch. I've heard that the mom absolutely loves it, and Matt's cousin was really happy with what I created for her friend.

Notes:
*If I remember correctly, quilt finished at about 36" x 42".
*I did not stabilize the satin. It was very easy to work with, and had very little fraying!
*Because of the bulk of the satin, I pressed all seams to the cotton fabric. Ironing did not damage the satin, but I tried to iron only on the cotton and barely touch the seams to flatten them a bit.
*I used the same needles and thread in my long arm that I would have used if the quilt had been all cotton.
*I used Quilter's Dream Poly batting in Select loft.

Projects from my patterns!

Over the last few months I've sewn up a few different projects using my patterns. Some of these are from classes that I taught locally, and some are samples for local shops!

First up, some pillows!
The original pillows that I made for my Gathering Place pattern were done in a Christmas print:

Christmas Gathering Place Pillows

For one pillow I gathered the side panel and created a scalloped edge:

Christmas Gathering Place Pillows

On the other pillow I did some pintucking on the side panel and a zig zag edge:

Christmas Gathering Place Pillows

Click over to my flickr stream for more photos.

Next I created a set of pillows in batik. These are samples in a local shop:

Batik Gathering Place Pillows

On this pillow I combined a gathered side panel and a curved edge. I let the batik print dictate the curve on this one:

Batik Gathering Place Pillows

This is probably me favorite of them all! For this pillow I combined
 the pintucked side panel and a zig zag edge:

Batik Gathering Place Pillows

I quilted the backs with straight lines. It goes so well with both of these batiks!

Batik Gathering Place Pillows

The last of the pillows is this Halloween set. I used these to teach a local class last fall:

Halloween Gathering Place Pillows

I wanted to have a little fun with these, so I tried to create a "monster teeth" edge on this pillow, combined with a pintucked side panel:

Halloween Gathering Place Pillows

On the second pillow I created a small, tight zig zag with a gathered side panel:

Halloween Gathering Place Pillows

On the pillow backs I combined straight line quilting with a few lines of zig zag stitch. It adds a fun touch, I think!

Halloween Gathering Place Pillows

The other pattern that I used recently is the Hexie Chains quilt pattern. I love this pattern, for so many reasons! It sews up really quickly, is a great way to use some prints in larger chunks,  and is really fun to quilt! I used a layer cake for this quilt - the pattern calls for 44 hexagons, so I had to cut an extra 2 from a fat quarter. The background is Essex yarn dyed linen - it was SO easy to work with, even with all of the bias edges!

Hexie Chains Quilt in Blueberry Park

On the back I used a bunch of prints from my stash:

Hexie Chains Quilt in Blueberry Park

In the linen background areas I quilted simple wavy lines and in each hexagon I quilted a different design:
Hexie Chains Quilt in Blueberry Park

For the thin blue border I went with a simple zig zag for the quilting:

Hexie Chains Quilt in Blueberry Park

If you've sewn something from any of my patterns or tutorials, I would love to see it! I'd like to write a post featuring all of your projects! The fastest way to reach me is by email (Quiltygirl AT gmail DOT com), so feel free to send over a few pictures of your projects!

Yarn Kites Quilt Pattern

I have another pattern to share with you! Sometimes I have an idea that tumbles around in my head for awhile before it becomes a tangible object, and other times I dive right in. This quilt certainly falls in the later category. I love this line, Sunnyside by Kate Spain, so I snatched up a layer cake from my local shop as soon as I laid my eyes on it. I must have been in the middle of a few intense projects, because I had a simple idea for the layer cake and I went straight home to play!


This quilt is great for beginners, especially those who are interested in trying something different from traditional piecing. The instructions walk the reader through how to create modern, one of a kind blocks, and how to put those blocks together into a quilt similar to the one pictured. There is very little measuring in the block construction, and squaring the blocks up after piecing ensures that everything fits together easily in the finished top!

The wide open background fabric is a great place to show off some quilting. I did what I call "mummy quilting", aptly named because it reminds me of layers of wrapped bandages!


I also went a little wild playing around with the quilting in the blocks, and I quilted each pieced section differently. It was a fun project to play around with, because if I wasn't crazy about a quilting design I could choose something totally different for the other areas.


The pattern uses 1 layer cake (42 - 10" squares) and 1 1/3 yards of background fabric for the quilt top. It finishes up at 57" x 72", and it's so fast and fun that you could have it pieced in a weekend!


The pattern is available for purchase through Craftsy and Etsy!

Christmas Sewing 2013

This year for Christmas I decided to make quilted stocking for our families. We don't really do a gift exchange with all of the siblings anymore, but if I have the time, I like to sew something for everyone. I was inspired by these amazing quilted stockings. I chose to use printed fabrics rather than solids, and no cuff. For the guys, I made a bound edge along the top of the stocking, and for the girls I added a ruffle!

This post is going to be quite picture-heavy, so let's get to it!

These are for my family: Matt, Addy and Nikki






For my sister and BIL: Nick and Stacey





For my stepbrother's family: Rob, Jenn, and Oliver






For my parents and brother: Bev, Bob and Robbie






For my BILs: Mark and Jeff





For my in laws: Marla and Ray


These were really fun to quilt! I wish the close up pictures of the red batik stocking had come out, because I quilted feathers on those. Unfortunately I can never seem to photograph red very well!
I also sent my sister these hand knit wrist warmers (pattern is from Issue #21 of Mollie Makes, yarn is Madeline Tosh in pomegranate, I think!). The owl was her sorority mascot, so much to my brother in law's dismay, she collects all things owl!


For Addy's Faith Formation teachers I made table toppers:









For Addy's school teacher I made an apron. This may sound a bit clique at first, but her teacher actually wears an apron all day. She keeps little treats in it, and she gives them out to the students throughout the day. Maybe she will prefer her usual apron, but in case she'd like something new, here's what I made:






And lastly, I had a few spare moments before Christmas to sew for Addy! I found this pattern (Simplicity 1581) a few weeks before Christmas and I just knew I had to sew up these doll dresses for Addy's dolls. They are the Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Tinker Belle, Princess Aurora, and Belle dresses for an 18" doll! I sewed all but the Belle dress in kona cotton, because I have lots of colors on hand, and it's easy to toss in the wash! The swags on the Belle dress required fabric with better drape.



To go with the dresses, I made a tote bag from the book, All Dolled Up:



I couldn't help but use this super hero (Super Kids fabric line, by Ann Kelle) print for the bag lining!




I hope you all had a fabulous holiday season! Here's to a great 2014, when I hope to share a bit more on my blog!

Kath's Quilt

I have a whole stack of projects to blog about, I just need to carve out some computer time! I'm actually going to start out with my most recent finish.

Last weekend I met up with my BRF (Best Running Friend), Kath, in Philadelphia for a girl's weekend. Of course we also ran the Philadelphia Marathon - the weekend wouldn't be complete without a race! It was a great weekend, we both improved out race times by quite a bit, and I got to surprise her with a quilt.

Kath's Quilt

You may recognize this quilt from here. I had this top finished before I received the feedback on the other quilt, which may have squashed any desire that I had to work on this one. I'm glad I pulled this back out to work on, because in the end I love them both!

Kath's Quilt

I used a grey Aurifil for the background (my long arm has finally learned to love Aurifil - YAY!!) and a dark teal for the colored blocks. I really love the contrasting thread, I'm glad I chose it!

Kath's Quilt

In the grey background I quilted a ribbon meander with a few boxes thrown into the mix. I debating quilting the entire top in tiles, a la Angela Walters, but at the last minute I changed up the design a bit. I think this simpler design fits the quilt and the recipient better!

Kath's Quilt

Kath's Quilt

I pieced the back using several prints that I had on hand. We had a good laugh about the dark teal fabric....I love the Indian Summer line, but this print just reminds me of a field of.....well, use your imagination. ;) Thankfully my friend just laughed about it and agreed, she didn't throw the quilt back at me in disgust! Ha!

Kath's Quilt

Kath got stuck in Pheonix on her way home, but as soon as she was back in Seattle I received a pic of her quilt on her bed!