I love the fabrics in this quilt so much! That starry sky/space! This was really fun to sew. (My only complaint is that that Robert Kauffman space fabric is only 40″ wide. I don’t like this trend.)
The star panel was the only part that used “old” stash, but every bit of it came from my 3.5″ scrap bin, and the colors are wonderful. I’m using this idea on one of the next ones.
I quilted it with vertical lines, ranging from a half to one and a half inches apart. The thread is Superior’s Rainbows in Lilac Bouquet (40 wt.). It’s very light compared to the dark fabrics, and I had some misgivings as I quilted it, but I like it now. I think it lightens the dark strip a bit and lends some movement to the stars.
I chose bright blues for this quilt instead of the aquas I usually use. Some of the quilts have been a bit subdued, but this one is very sunny and cheerful. Also, I think the novelty prints make it more fun.
The backing is a decorator fabric that was perfect for this quilt. It wasn’t a problem to quilt though. Nonnie reminded me about quilting from the back, so I did!
I love the placement of the squares and square spirals on the front. The only problem was that the squares were wonky and did some jogging and curving. The result is…casual.
This baby quilt will brighten your cloudy day! My sloth panel contained four images, facing in opposite directions because they were for making stuffed sloths. While I used all my restraint to keep Sloths #1 very low volume, I didn’t even try here!
The tree fabric is the same as the first one, and I love it. It’s a paisley batik left over from a quilt back (strangely, I can’t remember which one).
The plain background was perfect for quilted leaf shapes. The variegated Fantastico from Superior is subtle, but adds a nice sheen.
My favorite part is the vibrant backing. It’s been in my stash since 2014, and I finally found its destiny. I love large prints, but they don’t fit everywhere.
These little quilts turned out to be 33″ x 40″. You’ll find them in my Etsy shop soon.
And that’s all the sloths! Back to squares and triangles.
When I designed this, I thought I had invented a Hugs and Kisses quilt. A quick internet search showed that I was way late on that, even though most of them are made differently from mine. I was going to change to Xs and Os (like Elle King), but that’s been used for quilts, too. So. Any ideas?
I still like it, and I like the diagonal quilting, which changes directions a couple of times.
This is entirely from stash. It’s 48″ x 72″. It’s pieced and quilted with white Bottom Line thread from Superior. Look for this in my Etsy shop soon.
It never rains but it pours, so I managed to get two quilt commissions in the same week. This throw is the smaller, and it needed time to travel, so I pushed and got it made before we travel for Thanksgiving. It’s now winging its way to Germany. It was a dull day yesterday when I took these photos, so it doesn’t really sparkle like it should.
This is a requested second rendition of this quilt, which I made late last year, and which sold last month. The cardinals, backing, and binding are the same, and I came pretty close on the gold snowflakes and the poinsettias. In fact, I think I like the snowflake border better, though it lacks some of the busy-ness energy of the first fabric.
This is quilted with Glitter, New Brites, Rainbows, and Bottom Line from Superior Threads.
I used Pellon 50/50 batting for the first time. It was easy to work with, but I don’t think it gave the quilting much definition. I guess I should have read my own post to see what I used last time.
Now it’s back to the Louisville Cardinal quilt, and some holiday baking. Good luck with your finishes.
And here’s another of my “quilts from panels” series. This fabric really struck me as fresh and wintery. The panel and border are “Holiday Wishes” by Henry Glass. The red and green are also Henry Glass fabrics, but from other collections. And the gray is Kona. It was 50″ x 65″ before washing.
And I love, love the unrelated glittery tree print (Robert Kaufman) that I found for the back.
All of the quilting is with white Bottom Line, except for the red and green on the border, which is Magnifico and Fantastico.
Each block has a large snowflake quilted on it, surrounded by strippling. This was almost totally ineffective. Next time I would use a very heavy thread/yarn to do a snowflake outline in couching or bobbin work.
“Summer Stars on Fawn Lake”, the mystery quilt designed by Charlotte Hawkes, is finally finished! We started cutting for this last November, began piecing it in the new year, and finished up assembling the top in May.
I made the smaller version (3″ stars!) that finished at 79 x 88″ with the borders. This is the first one of these where I used a dark background. I had a lot of dark batik scraps from a space quilt I made a long time ago. I bought a little more to make enough, and the “feathery” batik for the borders and backing. The rest was scraps, especially bright, multi-color and juvenile scraps.
This is quilted with black Bottom Line on the bottom, and black and purple Bottom Line and purple Art Studio Colors on the top. The effect is pretty subtle, but it can be seen up close. I needed a thread that would blend well with the dark batik, but not be too dark on the bright fabrics. So purple was my neutral.
Can’t wait to see what Charlotte has up her sleeve for next year!
I used the last of our rapidly melting snow to photograph this new quilt. This started out as a way to use up some scraps, and it grew from there.
I used Missouri Star’s Four Patch Star tutorial to make the nine stars in the center. I made my ten inch “layer cake” squares from strings, then cut them apart for the star rays. (The quilting is done with Superior’s Fantastico and Living Colors on top, and Bottom Line on the bottom.)
That was when this quilt got demanding. It didn’t like the background fabric I had for it, so I had to buy the golden snowflake fabric (on sale!). So much for using my stash. Then it told me it needed a curvy bias design in the border. And then, of course, it needed wavy edges. More bias binding. Sheesh. But I love the result. This is roughly 60″ square.
Last week I finished the Poinsettia Quilt, and I’m really happy with the result. It’s 60″ square, with a bazillion 4″ curved patches. The design is by Anne at Springleaf Studios, and she did it as a Christmas Quilt-Along in 2015. I love her fabrics, but I used what I had.
This is similar to my Spring Violets quilt from 2014. It’s a Drunkard’s Path variation. A regular Drunkard’s Path is easier to piece because the “legs” aren’t so exacting. “Beach Drunk” is a good example of a regular one.
I used Superior Threads’ Fantastico in red and green to quilt the flowers and leaves, and Bottom Line in light green for the background and bottom thread.
The back is a wonderful green and white leaf print that I though was perfect. So did Yuri.
This week I quilted and bound Pacific Stars. This is the mystery quilt by Charlotte Scott (The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady), featured over at Carol’s Quilts. I started the first clue in June, and I have to say that it remained a mystery until the end! I think it turned out great. I don’t think the pictures really do it justice.
I don’t usually make medallion quilts, but isn’t this fun and starry?
And I’m not a big fan of square quilts, but this is the second one in a row. The top is quilted with teal Living Colors and gray Rainbows from Superior Threads, and the bottom is Bottom Line.
This used a lot of scraps, and turned them into a beautiful and unusual quilt.