My stack of orphan blocks from past quilt projects found a new home recently. For a quick satisfactory sewing diversion between larger quilting projects, I made various sizes of fabric pouches to whittle down these orphan blocks and coordinating leftover fabrics. I used bag patterns from MellySews and Minki Kim's DIY cosmetic zippered bag from sewingillustrations.com I added a couple of zipper pulls which I had bought at a gift shop. It was also a good opportunity to try out different presser feet and decorative stitches on my sewing machine. These sweet bags could be filled with cosmetics or anything to-go as well as make great gifts.
I used Jenny's Double-Slice quilt pattern to whip up a quilt for a colleague having a tough time. I wanted it to be bright and happy and wanted to use something from my stash. I had always loved these fabrics, so it was an easy choice. I'd had the fabric so long that I don't even remember the name. It is backed with Shannon. I bound it in red polka dot, which I thought was fun. This one is in the mail! I hope she feels loved when she wraps up in it.
I found this free pattern, "Radiance Bloom" by Robin Pickens along with her NEW Thatched basics prints from Moda Fabrics and fell in love with both of them! I used Edyta Sitar's "Olive Branch" fabric from her Laundry Basket Quilts for Andover Fabrics for the binding; Moda Cotton "Natural" for the background; and Cotton Canvas Painter Tarp for the backing.
I was gifted these Civil War scraps and always wanted to make this pattern. I just cut 3,333 two and a half inch squares!!! (twelve for future shams) It took 41 per block and the layout is 9x9 so 81 blocks- After quilting it measures about 100 inches either way. I only know how to quilt like this meandering or a grid. I chose this because with the weight of this size I was afraid my grid wouldn’t stay in the ditch straight. The backing is Parlor Pretties - Diamond Geometric Gray 108" Wide. It is sold here at MSQC. This quilt and shams I plan to add, will be gifted to one of my grandsons as a wedding gift. I just hope the wife appreciates it.
My daughter asked me to make a quilt for her boyfriend of three years. We looked for fabric together and she ended up selecting the "Wild at Heart" layer cake by Riley Blake. As it turned out, I had also picked up a layer cake of this fabric as a daily deal. He is very tall so we needed both layer cakes. This one is 80 x 101, the largest quilt I've made to date. After looking at the fabric I decided I didn't want to cut it up into small pieces. I remembered Jenny's Super Simple Squares. Jenny used charms but I used the layer cake. It was backed in snuggly Shannon black fabric. I really like how it turned out. Better yet, he loved it!
Take two on this darling little pattern. The pattern is by Robert Kaufman and is free on-line. With a prodigious amount of babies due this year, I needed to get busy. I like to have a cache of completed quilts on hand. This went together very quickly and did a mixture of straight line quilting and free motion quilting.