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Little Forest Quilt finished in time for Christmas!

Little Forest Quilt finished in time for Christmas!

// Seams “My Way”//

For every moment that I feel completely confident in my ability to quilt I have an equally shattering moment of “what was I thinking?!”. The latest came upon stitching together my quilt top for the little trees quilt (still in progress). The pattern indicated that I should press my seams to the side. As a person who has only made 4-5 quilts, none from patterns, I thought this was more of a recommendation of their preference. I tried it on a few pieces and hated it. It gave me a weird ridge on the front and I felt it was somehow wrong. What do those pattern makers know anyway?! Obviously the answer is…much more than I do! 

I went ahead and pressed my seams open. At one point I decided to fill my husband in on my progress and actually said “they want me to press these to the side but that’s just crazy. I’m just going to do it my way.” I’m sure he heard Charlie Brown’s teacher “wa wha wa seams wa wha my way!”. 

Needless to say upon pressing my seams I realized that indeed I was wrong. All of my seams are totally bulky and I imagine that when I go to baste the quilt and smooth it out it’s going to be quite the disaster. Oh well. Live and learn. At least this is only a seasonal wall hanging for us and not a gift. Actually, no that I think about it I’m not sure if that’s any better. I now imagine at Christmas every year I will be cursing this festive wall hanging. 

It’s too late to start over, or maybe I just don’t want to, but I’m going to hope for the best. Maybe this will all be a mute point. Fingers crossed.

// Little Forest Quilt//

I absolutely love all of the work that Sharilyn at Lovely Design produces. I have been following her for years and have always adored her little forest quilt. Since I started quilting I have had my eye on that pattern and thought that now that I’m a more “experienced” quilter that I should take on something fun like this.

To start, I had a few green fabrics and stopped by JoAnn’s in hopes of picking up some more fat quarters. Unfortunately, no matter how minimal my expectations are I can never seem to find what I want there. Their fabrics always feel coarse and their patterns are always a little too flowery for my taste. I came away with 3 solids and went home  to find some fat quarters online. I came across Sew Fresh Fabrics Etsy shop and am pretty sure that I have now found my go to fabric store for fat quarters. They had everything I wanted and as a bonus, they refund your shipping overages so you never get charged outrages shipping fees, only the true postage rate. How great is that?!

Here is the final mix of my scraps, JoAnn’s fabrics, and Sew Fresh Fabrics:

It just so happens that once I got all of my fabric and was ready to start my quilt I was asked to make a letterpress Christmas card to sell at Signal Return. Since I was in a time crunch, I thought I could actually do a design that referenced my quilt project. Here’s what I came up with:

The letterpress impression is a little difficult to read in this pic so I tried a more close up shot that is still relatively hard to see but slightly better. 

These are now for sale at Signal Returns shop in Eastern Market. So if you’re interested come down and visit me! I will be making two more versions this week and am hoping to bundle them in sets of three.

Anyway, with my print complete I was then free to get start on the quilt. I started on Friday and am now done with all of my little tree blocks. Here is a preview with more to come hopefully in a few days:

// T&J Baby Quilt//

A few weeks back I stopped in JoAnn’s to stock up on some basics while they were having a sale. Although batting wasn’t on my list it, they had packs on sale…buy one get one free! I had no idea what I wanted to work on next but I’m not one to pass up a good deal so I pick up two crib sized packages and started thinking about what quilt project to do next. 

One of my husband’s friends was due to have a baby in about a month so I decided it was the perfect task. I generally have a hard time choosing fabrics and sticking with just one project at a time so the fact that this needed to get turned around quickly was to my advantage…I would get this quilt done lickity split and choose from a line of fabrics instead of trying to mix and match.

I have always loved the Monsterz line by Cloud9 and thought the orange version of it would be a perfect gender-neutral baby quilt. In addition, I had pinned this ridiculously cute baby quilt some months back and thought it would be the perfect pattern. Here are the results:

For this quilt I was still working on my $50 Kenmore machine so for the quilting technique I wanted to go for something a little more interesting than just stitch in the ditch so I found this great pattern on Film In the Fridge that worked out beautifully. Here’s a more detailed shot of the quilting:

For the back, I just used a full panel of the Adventurez:

I have to say, this is my favorite quilt thus far and I am so happy to share it with friends. I even managed to get it to them before the baby was born. They sent us this great pic of the quilt in action in the soon-to-be baby’s room:

Can’t wait to meet the new little one!

// Welcome!//

After meeting the many lovely and inspiring quilters at the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild and the SEMi Crafty Meetup I decided it was about time I started working on this blog. I signed up for this user name back in May (…good grief it’s been a long time!),  and had big plans to document my first queen-sized quilt. However, big life changes intervened and we ended up moving from Brooklyn, New York back to our home state of Michigan. Lucky for me/this blog, those life changes are just now settling down and I am finally getting back to work on that big ‘ole quilt. 

In the meantime, I did actually manage to finish a quilt for my soon to be born nephew, Caleb. So I will kick off my blog with some photos of that:

Since I decided to do this quilt at the last minute I knew I needed to plan something incredibly simple. I am a novice here so I don’t know if there is an actual name for this type of quilt, or if it is even enough of a “type” to have an official name so I will just say it was a very basic quilt.

The first rendition of this was set to include a very cute Ed Emberley print which I nixed just prior to cutting since I just wasn’t really digging the bright primary colors on a baby quilt. I then moved forward with a combination of the original Ed Emberley “Squiggles” in orange, Daiwabo “Tiny Elephants in Ivory on Slate”,  Dear Stella “Stella Dot in Sterling”, Michelle Engel Bencsko, “Straws in Golden” and finally Denyse Schmidt’s ”Meadowlark Circles in tonal light blue”. Which all managed to make the cut.

Unfortunately, I also decided that it would be a good idea to make sandwich cookies as favors for the 50 attendees. Right, so 50 people, 2 sandwiches cookies a piece=200 cookies! WHAA?! Oh and that I decided that there really needed to be two types, a lemon and a chocolate. Needless to say, the quilt was late, but the cookies were delicious and the label I made was incredibly cute:

FULL-TIME DESIGNER DISCOVERING QUILTING ONE STITCH AT A TIME.