kim January 5th, 2014
In spite of the slightly ominous noise my sewing machine has been making lately (yet another sign it really, really, really is time to get it serviced), I’ve been on something of a quilting spree. Realistically, at least some of these are from summer, and others I don’t even remember when I finished; they just never got photographed. But I won’t tell if you won’t.
1. Undesignated, gender-neutral, stash-busting quilt
Because really, you can never have too many of those.
2. Baby quilt for Alexis
I’m late, as usual; Alexis was toddling around at New Year’s when she got her quilt. In my defense, I started planning way in advance, started a quilt, and realized the solid fabric I’d bought was a cotton-poly blend when it shrunk during pressing. Oops. Since the print fabrics are an assortment of beautiful Liberty of London fabrics printed with Hello Kitty motifs that I’d purchased from Japan, it seemed a shame to pair them with the magical shrinking solid. So I ordered more Hello Kitty fabric, recast the original blocks for the back of the quilt, and came up with this:
Alexis’s mom, my cousin Stacy, loves both pink and Hello Kitty, so it seemed appropriate. Heck, I’m not a huge fan of either, but even I have to admit, the fabric is really, really cute. (So is Alexis.)
3. Baby quilt for Harper
My colleague Steve and his wife Amanda just had their second baby. I managed this quilt on time! I adore this fabric combination, which I got in a bundle from Fabricworm, one of my go-to sources for quilt fabric. (FYI Mom, they have a brick-and-mortar location in Paso Robles.)
I spent a lot of time pondering how to quilt this one, and I finally went with outlining the stars, flowers inside the stars and on the solid blue blocks, and a continuous-line leaf pattern everywhere else. Time-consuming, but thematic. I likes it.
4. One of my favorites from the reserve pile
Justifying my policy of always having quilts to spare, Matt’s rowing friends Dan and Rose recently had a baby girl. (It’s a good thing they had a girl, actually, since I think I’m fresh out of boy and/or gender-neutral quilts.) So we went digging through my pile of finished quilts and decided on this one:
I just love this pattern; it’s simple to make, but doesn’t look boring, and it has just enough white space to look fresh and light and modern without making you think, “Look at all those places a baby can vomit!” Plus, the fabric is by Kate Spain, one of my favorite designers. And I’m really proud of the vaguely-scrappy binding, the placement looks very intentional, even though it was a total accident. :)
I’d really like to do more quilting, actually, but between going back to school, the ominous sewing machine noise, and the fact that my cutting table is covered with Christmas tree ornament boxes, it’s probably going to have to wait for a while. (Sad face.)