Simple stripes quilt

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All the ladies in my family have a thing for stripes. Chances are one of us, if not all, will be wearing stripes on any given day. So when my daughter wanted a new quilt for her bedroom, I was pretty sure her design would include stripes. We had a great time designing this quilt–Betty chose the colors, selected the fabrics, and sketched her plan. The quilt is made of strips that I made longer than needed so we could play around with the lengths and order of the colored stripes. A process declared to be surprisingly fun!

I really like how the simplicity of the design showcases the prints, and the balance of bold and subtle patterns makes the quilt lively without being too busy. Nice work, Betty!

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Betty may not have an interest in sewing (yet!) but she so far she is my favorite client.

Here is a peek at the Icy Peach backing and the Melon binding. I especially love that Melon, and am very glad I got some extra.

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Pattern winner!

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Thanks to everyone who participated in my very first give away! I really enjoyed hearing about all the wonderful ideas for background colors. I am sure they would all look fantastic.

The winner is Quilting Jet Girl, who said she would use Kona Jade Green. I’d love to see that finished quilt. I am just venturing out of my blue and red comfort zone and starting to use greens and yellows in my quilts. I’m not quite ready for purple–but who knows!

If you would like to have your very own copy, I am offering a discount of 20% in my Etsy shop until Friday, August 15. Just enter GIVEAWAY in the coupon field before checkout. Thanks again for participating!

Also, the pattern was not available in my Etsy shop for a day or two because I did not realize I needed to renew the listing for a digital item each time a copy sells. I am sure there is a fix for this, but in the meantime I’ll be sure to keep the “shelves” stocked.

Three flocks quilt pattern give away

 

Three flocks quilt, finished July 2014

I am really excited to have completed my first pattern! I think the Three Flocks Quilt pattern would be great for an adventurous beginner. It definitely gives plenty of practice in making flying geese blocks! I can see this looking great with a dark background–I have in mind to make a navy crib size (maybe that will be pattern #2).

Please leave a comment and let me know what color you would use for the background and I’ll pick a winner to receive the PDF pattern. The give away will close on Monday, August 11, at 5:00 pm. Thanks for participating!

The pattern is available for instant download in my Etsy shop.

Three flocks quilt

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I set out to make a colorful quilt with plenty of white space for my bedroom. I knew I wanted to include triangles in the design, but wanted to keep it fairly simple. Originally, my thought was to have three rectangular blocks of triangles. I liked the idea of having one column of triangles in each block with the background and foreground reversed. But, what seemed great in my head and looked promising on sketch paper felt sort of heavy and static when I laid out the fabric triangles. A little playing around and I came up with the big triangles.

IMG_0476Because this quilt was intended for a specific space, I tested out different layouts on my bed. It was really helpful to see how the design would work on the surface of the bed–by eliminating the sides of the quilt from the visual field. I think this technique is especially useful for larger quilts. (Plus I don’t have space for a design wall, so my bed makes a pretty great surface for experimenting with layouts.)

IMG_0272This design has the right balance of white and color that I was looking for. The colors are unusual for me, but I love how cheerful they are. I used a print from Leah Duncan’s Meadow collection for the backing, with a little bit of orange at the top. The binding is from Carolyn Friedlander’s Architextures collection. I like how the gray adds a dash of sophistication to the palette.

IMG_0484I quilted using the diagonal edges of the triangles as guides to create a grid. I was really pleased how the quilting lines create a sort of argyle effect. The lines are spaced two inches apart, which gives the quilt a really soft and cozy feel.

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Daybed quilt – free pattern

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This daybed quilt is very easy to make and can be customized to fit any size daybed. The design is essentially an off-center housetop. The main solid color is the only part that shows when your daybed is made up–plain and simple by day with some hidden quilty loveliness.

Make Your Own!

Materials

  • Quit top: Three solid colors (approximately two yards of your main color, and one yard each of your two accent colors.) Small amounts of print and contrast color if you want to add some pizzazz.
  • Binding: About one yard quilting cotton.
  • Backing: About three yards for a twin size quilt. More for a larger quilt.,
  • Cotton batting and thread.

First, measure the area of the mattress top. Cut a large rectangle of your main color (I used Kona smoke) the same dimensions are the mattress top plus one or two inches all around.

Next, determine how much overhand you want. I added about 12 inches to three sides–to allow the quilt to tuck neatly into the mattress. Cut enough three or four inch strips in your second color to frame your main rectangle.

Add the rest of the length and width to the bottom and edges. I added two thin strips of orange and a floral Liberty print to one side to add some interest. I also chose to use the main color as the outside edge on one side, and my third color (Kone bone) to the bottom and other side.

I also added a tiny patch of the Liberty print to the right side and a patch to one corner, which was the result of changing the design midstream and rearranging some sections. These little details make a big difference in such a simple design. So, I highly recommend sloppy measuring and haphazard piecing.

IMG_2658I used a mix of wavy line prints for the backing and quilted on my home machine in a loose straight line pattern. I finished with a bright orange solid for the binding.

IMG_2751I hope this not very specific pattern gives you an idea of how the quilt was made. There is plenty of room for improvising! The cushion below is another adaptation of a simple housetop design. This time I used more colors and was very precise with my measurements. It gives a totally different feel.

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Finished day bed quilt

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This quilt turned out perfectly for our daybed. The quilting lines are slightly wavy and unevenly spaced, which was a somewhat intentional effect but also partly expedience. But, the backing fabrics are two wavy lined prints that echo the quilting lines very nicely–so my laziness paid off!

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I really love the orange binding.

WIP – quilt for a daybed

IMG_2656Making this quilt top for our daybed was a challenge, but I really like how it came together. When the daybed is made up, only the medium gray will show, keeping the daytime look more like a couch than a bed. But, I was able to work enough interest into the design to keep me happy. The little touch of orange (I think it’s Kona Kumquat) makes all the difference. I am especially happy with the backing fabric. I wanted something subdued, and this subtle gray stripe from Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics line is perfect. (I bought my yardage from Marmalade Fabrics.) I was really pleased that the background is a warm white–which goes really nicely with the Kona Bone in the quilt top.

botanics-AFR-14260-184-B1610006I am trying something new with the quilting. I usually quilt in a diamond pattern that I mark with washable pencil lines. It takes a long time to mark all the lines but I am weirdly attached to the process–something about the precision appeals to me. For this quilt, I want straight vertical lines. I plan to use the piecing seams and a few lines I made by pressing the folded quilt top in half and then in fourths as guides. I am nervous about being able to stay on course–especially since the guide on my walking foot broke off years ago. I really hope it works!

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