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Quilt #4 – A Baby Quilt for Caleb

Quilt #4 - A Baby Quilt for Caleb

Hi everyone!  I hope you’re all well and happy. Work has been keeping me very busy – both in the office and with traveling – but I’m still working on my creative projects and thought I’d pop in and share my my most recently completed quilt.

I actually finished this quilt about a month ago, but I haven’t posted it until now because I made it for my newest nephew, Caleb, and didn’t want to share the quilt until after he’d arrived and the gift had been given.  I’m so happy that my adorable little nephew arrived safe and sound!  He’s the 14th of my nieces and nephews (!), and I love him so.

Caleb’s parents are total Disney fans – Lilo & Stitch is one of their favorite movies. They went with a Finding Nemo-ish theme in the nursery and blue is a favored family color.  I decided on fabrics that are a nod to Finding Nemo and Lilo & Stitch without being super obvious/licensed prints.

Quilt #4 - A Baby Quilt for Caleb

My thoughts on the different fabrics – starting with the shark/fish print:
1. “Fish are friends – not food!”
2. This orange is a fishy color, really makes the blues pop!
3. This print looks subtly Hawaiian-esque to me, referencing Lilo & Stitch
4. This fabric looks like fish bubbles, and I believe these two colors are a close match for Stitch

I used my Sizzix Big Shot and a square die to cut out all the squares (I believe it was this die) quickly and easily.  Then I moved on to the piecing and quilting.  I kept the actual quilting simple – I sewed simple, horizontal wavy lines to look like ocean waves.

Quilt #4 - A Baby Quilt for Caleb

The back of the quilt is a dark blue version of the orange fabric (fine/small dots) , and I used it to bind the quilt as well – giving the front of the quilt a slightly darker frame.  I love how this baby quilt turned out.  It was made with so much love, and is the first quilt I’ve given as a gift.  :]  I hope little Caleb uses it and treasures it in the coming years.

Until next time…

Warm regards,
Melody

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Quilt #3 – Jelly Roll Race Quilt

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Hi there!  I hope you’re all having a great week thus far.

Quilt Mania continues!  I just finished my third quilt – a Jelly Roll Race Quilt.  (I watched this video featuring the fabulous Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. to help me assemble it.) The idea behind this quilt is that you use a pre-packaged “jelly roll” of fabric, pull the 2 1/2″ wide strips off in the existing order, and are able to sew the quilt top together very quickly. Some quilt guilds even get together and race to see who can finish their tops the fastest! Given that I’m still pretty new to sewing and quilting, this quilt top took longer to put together than it would for some, but I still finished it in an afternoon.

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Fabric: I used batiks – Hummingbird Bali Pop by Hoffman, and Oh. My. Word.  This jelly roll combines two of my favorite colors, purple and teal/turquoise, and I LOVE it!  As I was sewing I found myself focusing on little snippets of the quilt – places where different colors and patterns converged – and I was so happy. I enjoyed drinking the fabrics in, and know this quilt will be a favorite!

Thread & Quilting: I opted to quilt with a variegated cotton thread by Coates.  The thread is a variety of purples, and I quilted in a meandering vertical pattern.  I need lots more practice with the actual quilting.  This one looks like I was engaging in drunken quilting (I wasn’t!), so I’m hoping the beautiful colors and patterns of the fabric distract from the erratic quilting. ;]

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“Drunken” quilting – after the quilt was washed

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Other details: The backing fabric is Dahlia Blooms – one of the fabrics included in the Jelly Roll package.  The finished size of the quilt is 49″ x 62″. I chose to machine bind this quilt working with 3″ binding strips to avoid any gaps as I sewed, and this did work as far as adequate coverage and overall tidiness, but the extra fabric is a bit excessive so I’ll probably try to perfect machine quilting with 2 3/4″ binding strips and a s-l-o-w-e-r pace.

I may try to work on a few smaller projects next to use up some of the batting scraps I have.  Waste not want not, right? :]

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek at my newest quilt.  Until next time!

Warm regards,
Melody

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Quilt #2 – Tumbler Pattern

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Hi everyone, Happy Spring!  Just thought I’d share my newest quilt with you, made in a Tumbler Pattern.  I finished it over the weekend, and love how it turned out.  With each quilt I make I’m trying new things: new piecing shapes, quilting patterns, color combinations and more!

Piecing shapes: I used the Big Shot Pro and a Tumbler Die to cut the pieces, which made the cutting process quick and easy, and it didn’t take long to sew this quilt top together since the Tumbler pieces are so large – about 8″ (finished).  I also think these large quilt pieces are perfect for showing off the gorgeous Kaffe Fassett prints!

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Quilting pattern: I tried a meandering wavy line for the actual quilting, and also tried my hand at machine binding this quilt.  It’s a bit wonky-looking close up, but I think that if I keep practicing this technique – and go more slowly while sewing – my bindings will look “nice enough” while still saving me the hours and hours of hand stitching on the back of the quilt’s binding.

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Color combinations: This quilt is a riot of color, which is a departure for me.  I love color, but often use neutrals as a base with a pop of color when creating.  Using all these patterns and colors together has definitely pushed some of my boundaries, and I’m so glad!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek at quilt #2.  The quilt top for quilt #3 is already complete, and I’ll be sure to share it once it’s quilted and the binding is complete.

Warm regards,
Melody

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My First Quilt!

My First Quilt!
Greetings, dear readers! I’ve been a busy bee at work, and have been spending much of my free time learning how to quilt and sew. I’m having a great time learning these new skills, and am pleased to have a finished project to share with you. I just completed my very first quilt, and though it’s far from perfect I’m very pleased with how it turned out – especially for a first quilt from a newbie sewist.

My First Quilt!

As you may recall I purchased the fabric for the quilt top at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in late October, which I attended for work. I decided on a simple pattern using squares, and used my Sizzix Big Shot and a Square Die (Sizzix has square dies in different sizes) to cut the fabric shapes, which was quick and easy.  You can cut up to 8 layers of cotton fabric at a time using a Sizzix Steel Rule Die and I didn’t have to worry about cutting imprecise shapes, which might’ve happened if I’d used a rotary cutter and a mat.

My First Quilt!

The backing fabric was purchased at Flying Geese Quilt Store in Tustin, and I used over a hundred safety pins when basting all the layers together for quilting – yikes!  Some people send their quilt tops out to be quilted by long arm quilters, but I wanted to try and do it myself and quilted it on my little machine at home. I used a simple box quilting pattern within each fabric square, and though it was time consuming it worked well.  Bonus – all the sewing was good practice for me!  This quilt will be used as a lap quilt, or used for a bit of extra warmth on the bed, though it’s not big enough to cover our entire queen size bed.

My First Quilt!

I’ve already started my second quilt, a Tumbler pattern featuring super colorful fabrics by Kaffe Fassett. Kaffe Fassett is an artist who works in many mediums – paint, knitting, quilting, mosaics and more – and I’m enamored of his fabrics. I’m actually reading his autobiography, Dreaming in Color, too.  Consider me a fan!  Using such a riot of color and pattern in a project isn’t typical for me, so this is an “expanding my horizons quilt” – we’ll see how it turns out.

I hope all is well with you, dear readers. Until next time!

Warm regards,
Melody

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Education, Sewing & Quilting

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Hi there, how are you? I’ve been a busy girl lately, particularly with my new position at work. I’m working as a Community Manager for Ellison and Sizzix. On the Ellison side I’m managing their blog, working on social media (particularly Pinterest and a new Instagram account), and am launching a brand new blog team. This is a lot of fun for me given my enthusiasm for education and my love of children. I’ve spent many hours in the classroom volunteer-teaching art to kids, so I’m super excited to be supporting the efforts of our educators in this way.

I’m also working on quilting for Sizzix. I’ll be taking over the quilting and sewing members of our Sizzix Blog Team in the next month or so, and just came back from the International Quilt Show in Houston. I’m so pleased to have this opportunity to learn more about quilting and sewing. The quilts on display at the show in Houston were stunning works of art, and while I have no illusions that I’ll ever be that skilled or immersed when it comes to quilting, I am happy to start developing my sewing skills a bit. If you quilt you’ll probably recognize the lady on the right in this photo. I was lucky to meet Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt at the show. What a nice lady! :]

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Holy Moly, I’m Sewing!
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Remember my May post called Picking Up a Needle and Thread?  It seems the universe heard me and is nudging me along a thread-lined path. Once I received my new position in late September I decided there was no time like the present and found some sewing lessons.  After all, a gal needs to know what she’s dealing with so she can take informed action in the workplace, right?  Held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, I’ve made the following things at my two classes:

Class 1 – a pillow case (photo at top)
Class 2 – I pieced together the tops of two quilt blocks, which will become placemats.

I’ll quilt the placemats together with the batting and backing, and will attach the binding the next time I’m able to attend a class. Woo hoo! I hope to post photos of the completed placemats in the next month or so. I used some vintage fabric I’d purchased at an estate sale years ago, along with some coordinating new fabric, and hope they turn out well.

Some Upcoming Projects
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While at the Quilt Festival in Houston I purchased a five-yard pack of coordinating fabric that will become a first small lap quilt for hubby and I to use. I love the birds and the turquoise/red combo!

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After that I’ve got my eye on making a larger quilt that consists of vintage handkerchiefs sewn together and then quilted. I was lucky enough to receive an incredible collection of handkerchiefs recently (Thank you SO much Lesa and Cleova!), and would love to use some of them to make a large quilt for our bed.

I hope you’re all well and happy, dear readers. What have you been up to lately?  Please comment and share!

Warm regards,
Melody

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