Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last Quilt of 2013

This is the final quilt for 2013 and it isn't quite finished. My hubs volunteered that I would make quilts for relatives and this one is for our nephew. He requested earth tones. Not my favorite colors. But I decided to use some of the fabric I won in the Fabshophop this summer. 

Photo above is without flash and the one below is with flash. I just finished the top and pinned it to the backing. I will have to repin because there are wrinkles. Giant log cabin was fairly quick to sew. 

Last of 2013 and first of 2014. More photos when finished later this week.


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Zigzag quilt finished

This quilt was amazingly easy to make. Just 4 nine inch squares per row. This is for a sweet niece. 

The backing fabric was just a wee bit too small, so I tried a different way to add fabric.

As you can see some directional fabric worked out and some didn't. 

Here is another directional fabric that magically lined up right.

Niece asked for pink, blue, and yellow quilt. Hope she likes it.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Cat in the Hat Quilt

Jo's grandson, Zane, is coming to visit her from New York. She wanted a Cat in the Hat quilt for his room at her house.
When I hear an idea for a quilt my brain won't stop until I figure out how I would design that quilt. 
So, here is my quilt for Jo & Zane...

The first idea was just a huge 9 patch. 

Then I added the smaller illustrations from the book. The quilting is just up and down columns. I wanted it to be fluffy and soft so I didn't do much quilting. I tried not to sew on The Cat. Some of the lines curve around him.

There were some small panels left and the backing fabric wasn't wide enough, so I used the extras on the back.

Can you tell which photos were made with the flash on?

Here is the label. There are white on white hearts along the bottom edge.

Here is how it looked after washing and drying.

Another view all folded up.

A last look before mailing it to Texas. Happy reading, Jo & Zane!

Even though I posted this earlier this week, I am linking to Amanda's Finish It Friday. I have finished two lap quilts in the last 4 weeks but haven't been able to link up because of travel. So please admire my two finishes since Thanksgiving.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Black, White, & Read Quilt

Finished this quilt for the conference speaker. My students wrote titles of their favorite books on fabric squares and I framed each one with black and white sashing with red polka dot corners. Love how the top turned out.

Then I was able to use the extra black and white fabric and some of the border on the back. Shelley can use the back as the top if she likes it better than the kids' book side. She wrote a book for teachers called Good Books Matter, so she may like the book side better. Anyway, she has a choice. I am not putting a label on the back so it can be more like a top. I added the label to one of the blocks I wrote on the front.

Working on this quilt was the carrot I used to get me through the boring parts of putting the conference together. Even if Shelley doesn't like the quilt, I enjoyed making it and it turned out exactly the way I planned.