Saturday, February 28, 2015

Setting Her Sails

Anne, Jane and Linda spent a weekend at Jane's cottage a short while back stitching and crafting, braving the chilliest temps that we've had all winter together, and Anne was able to snap a few photos of the sailboat baby quilt that Linda just finished for her new grandson, Logan. It's adorable!

The prints are all so graphic and cheery. He will enjoy hours of fun looking at it when he should probably be napping.

The backing is a cute collection of sea creatures and a perfect choice. Jane described the quilt as being everything that you see at sea, both above and below the sea, which I think captured it perfectly.

Such a sweet collection of fabrics. I'm still totally lovin' the green print in the sail on the right side of this boat; the green button print beside it isn't half bad either, or are those polka dots. Such a talented grammy.....M

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Strawberries & Cream

Strawberries & Cream is now quilted and bound and ready for a little gal to snuggle into. It's quite a romantic little quilt and totally reminiscent of strawberries and cream, so that's what I've called it.

Backed with a cream pink polka dot and bound with my fave - bias gingham, in pink - it is totally little girl but I think it would also make a really nice large quilt for an older girl. I toyed with making the backing a large print but this one just kept going to the top of the pile.

Several of you had suggestions about my question as to whether I should add more rows of stitching or not. Well, I did add a few double horizontal rows and really like the effect - it's an elongated grid but still nice and open and keeps the quilt soft. And now I can rest easy that the batting won't shift/tear.

Time now to start thinking about how to quilt the Strippy X blue/grey baby quilt so that these can be bundled up and sent off.....M

Monday, February 23, 2015

Going Off The Grid

The quilting has begun on the little heart quilt. This one will be quilted on the machine because not much would ever get into the finished bin around here if I was to rely on the speed of my hand quilting.

I wasn't sure how to quilt this one (big surprise - it's the part of the process that I think challenges me most). For a while I thought it might just be randomly placed vertical rows of stitching but I ended up sewing along either side of the vertical seams.

Very tempted to leave it as it was, I let it sit overnight to see if I still agreed with myself in the morning. I liked the look of it but was concerned that there needed to be more to stabilize the batting between the rows of stitching, either vertically or horizontally. Either way, I didn't want it to be over quilted and stiff. So, I'll do double rows of stitching horizontally every three blocks - a modified/elongated grid. Quilting along all of the horizontal seams just seems like overkill.

It was also a day for trying out a new recipe. I pinned a Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake recipe that Julia had Pinned and made the day before so I thought it would be a nice treat for the Official Cookie Tester - he is the king of bananas. A nice sweet treat to end the weekend....M

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Winter White

My niece Julia recently moved into her first home (such a sweet place!) so mom Betty has been busy helping make it a cozy little nest. Years ago I had made a duvet cover for Julia that looked like a quilt so the hunt was on for a pattern that could be used for a new duvet cover.

Julia liked the feel of a quilt but wanted something quite simple and sophisticated. She also wanted a very subtle colour palette and nothing that was too 'girly'.

They pulled together a collection of subtle greys and creams, including grey linen. Keeping the need for clean and simple lines in mind, Betty used the Moda Love pattern - a great, oversized quilt block that nicely shows off the fabrics. Love the scale. This pattern has lots and lots of possibilities.

It won't be quilted - it will stay as it was finished. I'm thinking of making a duvet cover for our bed but I think I'd quilt it - not sure. It looks great as it is.

It was backed with this pretty blue/grey floral that I've had on the shelf for a while - absolutely love it. The huge floral is a beautiful complement to the subtle prints without making it too feminine or frilly.

Such a beautiful housewarming gift and something that they will treasure for many years, I'm sure.....M