Hexies for Liam

Last year in the chaos of moving to Seattle, I somehow forgot to make a baby quilt for one of my cousins! Her second child, and the first boy, was born last July and it wasn't until I received an invitation to his first birthday party that I realized I had never made him a baby quilt. I had these prints in my stash, so I thought I'd play around with some hexagons. I drafted a hexagon template based on the best size to use with fat quarters (my hexie template has 3" sides, if you'd like to replicate it). The fat quarter set that I had wasn't quite enough, so I pulled some other prints from my stash as well.
(Whoops, Matt is holding the quilt upside down here! That's what I get for quickly snapping some pictures just before packing up for our trip!)
Hexies for Liam
I quilted it in an all over meandering with a green veriagated thread like I used here.
Hexies for Liam
The binding is a print from Modern Meadow by Joel Dewberry.
Hexies for Liam
And on the back I used two flannels from my stash. The yellow is part of Anna Maria Horner's  collection (the softest flannel EVER!). And the green is a print from JoAnn's. It was too cute to pass up!
Hexies for Liam - back
How cute are those animals?!?
Hexies for Liam - back
At approximately 35" x 42", this quilt is still a great size for a toddler to snuggle under. And I just received a thank you from my cousin saying that Liam has been doing just that!

quilts, market bags, and auctions, oh my!

While we were living in Seattle, Addy went to Catholic school. Like most private schools, Addy's school had a yearly auction to help raise money. I think I mentioned *the* auction quilt in another post, but that will have to wait. Right now I want to show what our family contributed to the auction.
I knew I wanted to make a quilt for the auction, but with a cross-country move looming in the near future, I needed something simple. I stumbled on this idea, and decided to give it a shot with a jelly roll of Hideaway. The top was quick to piece (although I didn't come close to the record of 35 minutes), and I thought it made for a nice unisex baby quilt. I may try this technique again in the future, if I need a quick gift.
I quilted this in an all over meander and used 5 of the jelly roll strips for the binding. All of the different colored gingham prints worked great for that!
I really love this fabric line, each print is so fun! And the bright reds and greens paired with the pale yellows and blues work really well together.
I adore the print featuring the houses. And that red print with the birds, that's one of my favorites.
But possibly the cutest print in the line is the deer print:
For the backing I used some leftover strips (I cut my top down to make a baby quilt rather than the lap quilt that 40 jelly roll strips yields) and the pearl bracelet from Lizzy House. That print is such a great shade of yellow! It seems to go with just about anything.
I finished the quilt by machine-stitching the binding and adding a label to the back.
For the second item that our family donated, I made some market bags. Everyone in Seattle seems to already have reusable market bags, but who wouldn't want a coordinating set?!
I followed the Reusable Grocery Bag pattern by Keyka Lou/Michelle Patterns. I made three regular size market bags plus a mini market bag that also stores the larger three bags when not in use.
Here is the mini bag:
The mini with the 3 larger bags:
Details of the 3 larger bags:
I used Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow collection for these. I wanted something dark, to hide dirt and stains, and not too girly. I did have to use a few of the flower prints, so I tried to use them mostly for lining.
I can't wait to hear how the auction goes this weekend. Hopefully by early next week I will have *the* auction quilt to share, along with details on how well it did!