Monday, November 17, 2014

Sugar Block Sampler Quilt

Here's another one by my favorite quilt blogger, Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock.  I just can't get enough of her gorgeous stuff!  It's modern but so classic too.

This pattern was released one block at a time, over a full calendar year.  It's 2013's pattern but of course, these things take time, and it's just now been finished and snuggled up with (by humans and felines alike).

Samplers aren't usually my thing but I loved getting a new pattern each month and then taking the opportunity to really work on free-motion quilting!  As you can see, I tried to do something completely different on each block. 

I'd been dying to do these feathers forever and this was the perfect quilt for it.

A lovely paper-pieced star on the back really helps to bring all these colors together.

The best part?  It gets to stay here with me!  I don't make many quilts just for me :)


Monday, November 10, 2014

Anchors Away, Baby!

This quilt was commissioned by a friend of mine who is having her first baby boy (she has two beautiful daughters already).  She loved my chunky chevrons but also needed something to go with her nautical nursery so this is what we came up with.

I love that navy blue zigzag in the middle of the gray and white ones!

It was pretty easy to find a free anchor block tutorial online - there are a few out there! Then, up on the design wall it went, for the back of the quilt to be designed around it.

 I know baby will be here any day now and I hope he'll get some warm snuggles with this quilt.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tilt-A-Whirl by Amy Gibson

This pattern is called Tilt-A-Whirl and it was designed by the very talented Amy Gibson over at Stitchery Dickory Dock.  The pattern is available for purchase in her shop.

This quilt is entirely paper pieced, a technique which I adore because of the appearance of precision it gives without having to make precise cuts.  It does require a lot of paper, though, so make sure your printer is in working order before attempting this one.

The center pops of color are made with batik fabrics in a variety of colors and the white and gray are Kona solids


I had a blast doodling quilting designs on paper before deciding on a flower for each colored section; a vine of leaves on the gray, a vine of flowers on the interior white, and a sort of diamond-shaped flower pattern on the white diamonds.  This was a definite skill-builder.

This was a gift to my grandmother and I was sad to see it go!  It's one of my favorites.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stitchy Exes Quilt

This is a pattern I've seen many variations on.  I have a few of these pinned, but I really wanted to use a jelly roll to make it easy on myself so I think mine is a little different from the existing ones out there.

The fabric is Moda Sew Stitchy.

After assembling rows of three and cutting them up, it was a little tricky arranging them into blocks I liked - and then I was dealing with bias edges so squaring them up was another challenge.  Then I really decided I wanted sashing so it wasn't so scrappy looking.  And then I went with some floating triangles at the top, on a whim.

Over all I'm very happy with it and I love how it just sort of evolved as a work in progress, without any real plan from the beginning.

I'll post more pictures after it's finished ... I just couldn't wait!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cutting Edge Hello Kitty Quilt

My oldest youngling was overdue for a custom quilt.  I pinned several simple geometric examples and had my daughter choose from them.  This was the winner.

I found the pattern in a magazine.  It's Cutting Edge by Fresh Lemons Quilts.  I just love paper piecing and was thrilled with the triangle layout.

I agonized over color selection here.  I really wanted the red column to fade down to orange, and then the red orange to fade down to yellow orange; the yellow orange down to yellow green, etc.  I love how it turned out. 

I ordered this gorgeous bundle from Etsy and stuck a few HK prints in there from my stash.  Then I decided it was just not enough Hello Kitty in there so I purchased this adorable gingham print for the back.

Coming straight off the Mario quilt, I was ready to go back to straight lines and the quilting went SO fast compared to Mario!  I think I finished it in an hour or so.  Then I used a print from my stash (Walmart I think) for the binding. 

She loves it :)  It's probably my favorite quilt of mine so far.

Monday, October 21, 2013

From Tantrums to Roses

I am officially a quilter, and my youngest "toddler" is almost not anymore, so I have opted for a name change and a rebranding of sorts (including an etsy shop).

Desert Rose is a china pattern that was popular in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, and my grandmother had a large collection which I inherited.  You can see it in "Gangster Squad," every antique store in the south, and in several of my food-related posts.

Recently my aunt sent me a quilt my grandmother started - the blocks are individually hand-quilted and it is going to be a true labor of love to finish it, an amazing heirloom I won't want to let go of.

So on my fifth or sixth day of brainstorming new blog names, during dinner, it hit me :)  So here it is, Desert Rose Quilts; heirlooms to last forever and create memories.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Mario Quilt!

This awesome dude was designed by Angela at Cut to Pieces.  I just tripled the size of her Mario pattern and left out his friends!

This is the first time I've tried Free-motion quilting on my little machine that could, and it almost worked.  I have some serious looping issues on the back but the front looks awesome.  I gave him some little hills to jump on, some clouds, and a vine to climb. 

Picking out the perfect shades of Kona cotton was super fun, and I had a blast putting this guy together.