Monday, December 31, 2012

Curvy Ruler Quilt #2

Here is one last quilt I made this year. I finished this one back in March and just never got around to posting it. I made this quilt for my friend Jessica who wanted a quilt to match her son's room. She saw the first curvy ruler quilt I had made and asked if I would make one for her in gray, orange and blue. Apparently she was having a hard time finding bedding in those colors! Good thing she knows a quilter! 

This quilt is similar to the first Curvy Ruler Quilt, but it isn't exactly the same. Jess wanted this quilt at least twin sized, and the original was throw sized, so I had to make the blocks a little bigger. For some reason I didn't think just adding more of the smaller blocks looked that great. So bigger it was. I used the quick curve ruler to cut the curves, but since I was fudging a bit with the larger sized blocks, the edges of the curve aren't exactly parallel across the whole curve...but it still works.

We decided solids were the way to go, so I gave Jessica my Kona color card...that was the easiest thing to do to pick the fabrics. She chose white, coal, cadet and tangerine. I mocked up a bunch of different color layouts, and she decided on this one.

Since this quilt was for a boys room, I just did straight line quilting on it. I was pretty sure her son wouldn't appreciate any frilly quilting! ;)  I used a light gray thread for the quilting...I think it blends in nicely.

The back is charcoal minky and I bound it in the gray. Fun fun! Jess told me that her son just loves it! Yay!

Ok, now that all of this years quilts have been documented, I can get cracking on some new ones! 
Here's to a quilty 2013!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

In Print!

I got some very exciting mail the other day! This sweet Australian Quilter's Companion Modern Quilts edition featuring a quilt by yours truly! :) I had no idea it was even coming, so when my husband put it down in front of me, I was a surprised girl! He had already read the whole thing and was telling me all about it...what pages to look on, etc...that's what I get for letting him get the mail! 

When I was contacted several months back about submitting a quilt, it was a month or two before we were about to move...I was thinking I couldn't do it since I wouldn't have time to make a whole new quilt...but they were nice enough to let me submit one that I had made previously and still had in my possession...the Wipey Box quilt! It's one of my favorites, so I was happy to finally get a pattern out there!

I even got a nice profile in the magazine, complete with picture! They also included some photos of other quilts I have made! So cool! It was also fun to see my cute bloggy friend Jenny Pedigo (of Quick Curve Ruler fame) in there as well! I think I have looked at the magazine about 25 times since I got it! 

Yay for quilting magazines!

Monday, December 10, 2012

2013 Quilt Calendar

It's calendar making time again! Yay! This year I barely had enough quilts to fill it! Since this is now a yearly tradition for me, I try to plot my quilt making so I have at least enough for the calendar. I had a good time going back through all my photos and choosing which ones to use for this calendar. It was fun to reminisce about the places I've been and people I've shared quilts with this year. (For posts about the previous two years calendars, see 2012 here and 2011 here).

Here's a picture of the back cover. It looks pretty much the same as last years, except I changed the font, and the photos of course. I ordered them from Zazzle again since they have never failed me. The quality is always great. This year I missed the big half off sale that I was so excited about last year. So I wasn't really in a big hurry to get these done...I figured I'd just wait until they had a 40% off a little closer to Christmas...but then I got an email only special discount...wait for it...65% off!!! Talk about a killer deal! That made the standard size (11x17" open) $7.33 ea. and the huge size (my personal favorite--14x22" open) $9.03 ea. Of course at those prices I ordered one for just about everyone I know! And I still have the Zazzle Black free shipping that I paid for last year. Yay for deals! And yay for another year filled with quilting!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Advent Calendar Quilt

Here's a quilt I just finished. And now it's official...Christmas can come...since my Advent Calendar quilt is finally done! This is the first seasonal quilt I have ever made and I'm planning on keeping it for my family to enjoy.

I started making this quilt last year when we were staying in Arizona in November and December. Since it was just a temporary stay we didn't pack any Christmas decor...and we didn't have a tree. So I decided to make this wall hanging so at least we'd have a tree. I just made this up in my head, so I didn't really think through all the the fact that I had no way to quilt it in Arizona. But luckily I didn't think about that until the fabric was bought and the construction was well underway! I just finished as much as I could and packed it away to finish later. 

I made all the presents out of one charm pack of "Ready, Set, Snow" by Me and My Sister for Moda. I love this was so fun to design all the little presents and choose coordinating "ribbons" and "bows". 

To assemble these I first made the front of the present and appliqued on the numbers (fusible web, stitched on with a blanket stitch in matching thread). And since this is an advent calendar, of course the presents are actually pockets. I wanted a nice finished edge on the top of the pocket, so I cut a white piece of fabric the same size as the present, then sewed the two with right sides together, leaving a small opening at the bottom, and turned it right side out. Easy.

The bows are all appliqued to the background fabric using fusible web and blanket stitch. These were put on first, as was the tree. I marked the background with a water soluble pen so I would know where to put the presents once it was quilted. And then after it was quilted I stitched the pockets on with a blanket stitch. A note about that...use a walking foot. The first 5 or 6 of these I put on I was wrestling with the dang thing and trying to figure out why the heck my feed dogs didn't seem to be doing their job! Then I got smart and used the IDT on my sewing pretty much does the same thing as a walking foot. After that it was MUCH easier. 

For the quilting I wanted something frilly and fun. I entertained the idea of trying to be like Judy (Green Fairy Quilts) but let's just say I was not confident that I could pull it off. Instead, I decided to do something I thought I could easily do and make it look fairly well. So I ended up with lots of swirls. I thought they looked like little cinnamon rolls...and that's fun enough for me! It was rather time consuming, but worth it in the end. I decided to use 2 layers of batting, which I have never done before. And let me tell ya, the finished quilt is STIFF. But I knew I was going to quilt it to death and I wanted a sturdier background to attach the pockets to, so it works. 

I bound it in this cute red stripe, and though I thought seriously about bias binding (you know, like a candy cane) due to time constraints...(I was trying to finish this on Dec. 1st)...I decided against it. Still cute. 

And the tree...the final thing I had to do was sew on a bunch of buttons. I was originally planning on just using green buttons, but I decided to throw in the red and white too, cause I had them, and because it gives the tree a little more interest before all the ornaments get put on...

And...the ornaments. This part was definitely harder than it had to be. In the beginning I was racking my brain trying to figure out what I was going to use as ornaments. I thought of felt...but couldn't find enough cute felt ornament I hate the feel of felt, so that was out. Real ornaments? Couldn't find enough flat ones that wouldn't cost me a fortune. Then I found a bunch of cheap, flat wood ornaments at Joann...but they were the kind you have to paint yourself. I bought them last year thinking that's what I would use but I wasn't thrilled about them. Then a month or two ago I had a stroke of pure GENIUS...

I thought of using these super cute and fairly sturdy gift tags. They come with ribbon already attached and they are very inexpensive--like $8 or $9 dollars for a box of 60. Perfect!! I recruited my sister-in-law Michelle (the gift wrapping queen of America) to get me some at Sam's Club, Costco, and from her personal stash, then I picked up another box at BJ's so I had lots of different styles to choose from. And they fit perfectly in the pockets!! Let the advent calendar fun begin!

Merry Christmas!!

UPDATE: There is now a full pattern available for this quilt! Get it HERE!