Just finished the last of a flurry of custom orders! It has been so much fun working on quilts that I know are going to happy homes. This cutie is for a baby on the way in Texas. Baby quilts are my absolute favorite size to make. I work on a Janome Gem, which I recently learned is 3/4 size (!), and even though I’ve made a few queen size quilts on it, it’s much happier working on a smaller scale. The backing for this quilt is a great organic cotton that I happened to have on hand–it’s such a perfect fit with the colors my client picked. I love that it has a little shimmer in some of the dots.
My shelves in my little shop are pretty bare but it’s time to work on some things for my house and holiday presents. Up next, a tablecloth for Thanksgiving and leaf coasters. Plus a surprise quilt that I am super excited about. I’m going to post about this quilt as I go, so more posts on this WIP coming soon.
This baby quilt was inspired by the the beautiful geometric paintings of the Australian artist Esther Stewart. Her palette is so inspiring. I particularly like how she combines pastels and earthy tones with touches of bright color. I played around with some different layouts based on some her paintings and ended up with three columns that pick up her motifs of triangles and bars of solid colors. I had so much fun playing around with the balance of pastels, brights, and neutrals. I originally had a dark blue background but my daughter persuaded me to go with gray. The gray doesn’t compete with the piecing in the way the blue did, and I’m so happy with the result. That kid has a good eye for color!
I straight-line quilted using my walking foot, using the diagonals in the piecing as my guide. I really like the places where the diagonal lines intersect. My quilting was a little more dense than my usual pattern, but the finished quilt is still really soft and lofty.
I have added this quilt to my Etsy shop!
I finished my signal flag quilt! I am very excited to have this quilt finished for my guild’s exhibit–a first for me. The exhibit opens November 4. I still need to add a sleeve, but thanks to Vanessa I know how. We are so lucky to have Vanessa Vargas Wilson as the leader of our guild. Vanessa (aka Crafty Gemini) is a total dynamo and a wonderful teacher. In fact, before I ever met Vanessa I used her tutorial about hands stitching binding. I was having trouble with my corners–they were lumpy and crooked–not pretty! Vanessa’s video tutorial walks you through the process so clearly and you get a sense of her sparkling personality. Here you can see my tidy binding–thanks Vanessa!
This quilt measures 41 x 52 inches. I used all Kona solids for the front and an organic print of the back. I added a small tag in the binding–it’s a really small way to identify the quilt as mine.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I love stripes. I bought my first striped bateau shirt from Isle of You (!) in Ithaca, NY, and I have had at least one in my wardrobe ever since. My husband and I just visited Charleston, SC, for the first time. It is a very jaunty town with nautical stripes at every turn. Just my sort of place. I came home inspired to use my favorite pattern in a little baby quilt. This cream and navy stripe is the classic Breton pattern, with a broad band of cream at the top. I hand appliqued the heart at the top–I like how the red pops and adds a little more fun.
I was excited to use wool batting for the first time–wool is such a great material for a baby blanket. Wool keeps little ones cool in summer and warm in winter, and is incredibly cozy. Best of all, the batting is superwash wool and can be machine washed and dried. I thought it might be difficult to sew–especially since you stitch with the batting facing out–but it was really lovely to work with. The pattern is adapted from the Purl Bee Lap Duvet. (I used Kona quilting cotton rather than double gauze and lengthened the quilting stitches to make this quilt durable enough to withstand lots of washings.) I really like how the lack of binding and the minimal quilting makes this quilt so lofty, and the wool is lighter than even the lightest cotton batting. This quilt would work equally well as a play mat, stroller blanket, or crib blanket.
I tried all kinds of patterned fabrics for the backing but ended up using the solid cream. I like the sweet simplicity of the finished quilt.
You can find this quilt in my Etsy shop!
I am thinking of making a cream and coral version next…