The palette for this quilt was inspired by the Pantone colors for 2016–rose quartz and serenity. The colors are unabashedly pretty and seemed just right for a baby quilt. The background fabric is handkerchief linen in a soft white and the center square is a Liberty print–gray Betsy, which I one of my absolute favorites. I added a smidge to the pink binding. I am tempted to make a quilt using the colors in the print–the olive green and coral are so unexpected and wonderful.
This simple, pretty quilt was a nice way to start the new year. Now I’m ready to tackle some of my goals for 2016. My Etsy shop (etsy.com/shop/BrigitGail) has been growing–slowly, but steadily–without much nurturing, so this year I want to see how I can help it along. I really struggle with social media and marketing–but I am determined to get better at this. I think the trick is to find platforms that work for your personality. Instagram is a friendly space for introverts–pretty pictures of quilts I can manage! I also want to try a few new things–submitting a project to a magazine is first on my list. Are you looking to try something new in 2016? I’d love to hear what’s on your list!
This quilt is available in my Etsy shop.
I haven’t posted in a while, but I’ve had a busy few months! My little Etsy shop has picked up a bit and I’ve had a few custom orders. I was super pleased to get an order for two twin size quilts based on one of my early original designs. When I started my shop I was really excited to create quilts of my own design, and this Ellsworth Kelly inspired quilt was the very first to go up in my shop. I sold a few to friends and family and put the design aside. Then, out of the blue, I received an order for two quilts in this design, and I’ve had so much fun working with my customer, selecting colors and fabrics. I just love the orange and pink she chose. Picking the backing and binding was aided with a flurry of pinning–sometimes Pinterest is the best invention. This was exactly the type of work I imagined doing when I opened my shop, and it’s just as much fun as I hoped.
In other news, I made and sold (another pleasant surprise!) a batch of puzzle balls–also fun. And I’ve been working on a really exciting project–something totally new for me that I can’t wait to share with you soon!
Making 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.
I 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!
I am so pleased with how this quilt turned out! I think the best part is the texture; it’s really light and lofty and the linen is so soft. I bought the linen from fabrics-store.com and the quality is really wonderful. I know it will improve with age, too, which is really nice for a baby quilt. The backing is Kokka large gingham in gray. This is a beautiful lightweight, silky cotton. I’m so glad I bought five yards–I want to back all my quilts with it!
I added a small section of Liberty to the binding and I really like how it looks. It kind of breaks the frame of the binding, so the design doesn’t feel too boxy.
I’m excited to try another linen quilt–this time with a yellow floral and bright citrus. I’m really interested in yellow at the moment!
I’ve 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.
At last, here is the finished framed star quilt! I went with aqua binding, and I think it adds a nice cheerful touch. Binding is almost my favorite part of quilting. I love how it pulls a finished quilt together and I really enjoy the hand stitching. I started out crafting as a knitter and sometimes I miss sitting on the couch and working on a project. I bound this quilt while watching the US Open round of 16–perfect.
I am very happy to be linking up with SwimBikeQuilt 100 Quilts for Kids and–more importantly–to be donating this quilt to Peaceful Paths. This organization in Gainesville, Florida, (my hometown) provides support to women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.
This quilt has been an unexpected pleasure to work on. Although it would have been a lot simpler to have known the final design from the beginning, the false starts were a great learning experience. I think the final design has a sort of superhero/super star vibe that is perfect for kids.
For the quilting, I extended the lines from the star to the edges and then stitched in the ditch around the square frames. There is a little puckering at the bottom of the quilt where the frames and the rays from the star intersect–grr. I don’t think it will be very noticeable after the quilt is washed, but I would love to know how to prevent this from happening. (This is why I love quilting in a diamond grid–nice and smooth every time!) The backing fabrics are two Denyse Schmidt prints from Jo-Ann Fabrics. I wasn’t sure the prints would work, but I really like how they look with the quilt top. All that’s left to do is the binding. I am leaning toward charcoal. Too dull? I also have a gold honeycomb print in my stash that might be good?