Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Finish - Cordelia's Baby Quilt

I'm excited to share with you the baby quilt that I made for my soon to be born niece Cordelia! I was over the moon excited when I found out that my brother and sister-in-law were going to have a baby girl. I love my boy and I love being a boy mom, but the excuse to buy more pink flowery fabrics was awesome!
The pattern I used is the Patchwork Dreams quilt from Elizabeth Dackson's book Becoming a Confident Quilter, but I changed it up a bit. Her original pattern has thick sashing strips between the rows of blocks and I decided to omit those so that the quilt ended up measuring 40" x 54". The perfect size for a crib, but still big enough that little Cordelia won't out grow it too fast. 
I wanted this quilt to have lots of softness, so I did a double layer of 100% cotton batting and did minimal straight line quilting. I used various colors of Aurifil 50wt & 40 wt thread (1100, 4182, 2530, 5003, 2830, & 2435) I echoed the very center horizontal and vertical seams first, then I echoed the seams of each of the large squares with a coordinating color. I kept my bobbin thread Aurifil 50wt #2309 so that it would blend with the backing fabric. 
I originally purchased this fabric to be made into a crib sheet to coordinate with the quilt, but my mom suggested to use it as the backing. I was a bit skeptical because I originally wanted to use the pink that I bound the quilt with for the backing. But I am soooo glad I used this for the backing, the lightness is a good contrast to how bold the front is! Have you ever felt blah about a fabric, and then loved it after using it? 

This is the first time that I have tried printing on fabric for the label, and I have to say I love how easy it was. I was very nerveous about how it would hold up in the wash, but it survived and didn't appear to fade at all. (note: picture was taken before washing) I also included one of my Young Texan Mama tags that I put on all my finished quilts from my shop. They have washing directions on the reverse side.
This is my first finish for the 2016 Finish Along, next on my list are some matching crib sheets, and a crib skirt to go with this quilt. Then I need to get this shipped off to Pennsylvania because I know my sister-in-law is anxious to get everything! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WIP Wednesday

I haven't done a WIP Wednesday post in a very long time! This week I am super excited about what I am working on. If you follow me on Instagram you have seen that I am making goodies for my soon to be born niece. I'm making her a quilt, and crib sheets, and a bed skirt for her crib. I love playing with all these girly colors. 

I am working with Amy Butler's Bright Heart Fabric. I picked up FQ bundles and yardage from one of my favorite online shops, Hawthorne Threads. They still have quite a bit in stock and shipping was super fast!
The pattern I am using for the quilt is an adaptation of a pattern from Elizabeth Dackson's book, Becoming a Confident Quilter. I simply didn't add the strips of sashing between the patchwork. I love the look of this, it reminds me of my Texas QAL quilt top.
Today I made the label that I am going to applique on the back, and I am so glad I was paying attention because my first version had a typo! My niece is being born in March of 2016 not 2015! This is my first time printing on fabric, so hopefully it lasts like I have read. I might test wash the mistake one to see if the ink runs. 
Well that is what I am working on this week. What are you working on?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Quilted Advent Calendar Finish

For my first finish of 2016, I decided to get a head start on Christmas this year by finishing a UFO (unfinished object) that I have had laying around since 2013 ;) I started working on this advent calendar as a part of the Countdown to Christmas Quilt-Along over at Better Off Thread. Well one thing let to another, and then this sucker ended up in a tote in the closet.
I made it using a Charm pack of Kate Spain's In From the Cold line for Moda, and then pair that with coordinating solids in gray, red, green, and aqua. I posted most of my progress on Instagram, I think in total it probably took me a week to get this thing done. Stitching the appliqued numbers down took the longest, followed closely by the quilting.
With this quilt I wanted to try something different with my quilting. I normally will go with straight lines or an easy all over stipple, but with this I decided to go for pebbles. At first my pebbles looked more like jagged rocks, but once I got the hang of it things went much more smoothly. I love how the overall look is reminiscent of snowballs... or I guess what I think snowballs look like. Living in south Texas = no winter!
This is my first mini that I have added pockets to hang with a dowel rod. I normally just use push pins, but this sucker is heavy to begin with and I know once the pockets are filled with candy it will be even heavier. My backing is a pale green Cotton Couture solid I had in my stash, and my binding is from Kate Spain's newest Christmas line Jingle.
William is so excited about being able to use this to count down the days till Christmas. He has already started asking me how long until it's Christmas again LOL! 

Quilt Stats: 
Fabric - Moda Bella solids, Kate Spain In From the Cold
Pattern - Quilted Advent Calendar by Elizabeth Hartman
Quilting - Aurifil Thread 50wt #2311
Batting - Quilters Dream Puff