Monday, June 24, 2013

Baby quilt bliss

Maze & Vale quilt
I'm loving the simplicity and serene color palette of this one.

Maze & Vale quilt

My friend Ashley asked me to make a gender-neutral baby quilt for a friend, and she picked out the gorgeous hand-printed fabrics from Maze and Vale. 

  Maze & Vale quilt
We added in some coordinating Kona solids: Butter, Mustard, Ice Frappe, Sage, and Ash. The quilting is simple too--just straight lines along the seams.

Maze & Vale quilt
Ashley wanted a modern and simple design, and I wanted to maximize the hand-printed fabrics, so we decided on rectangles. I think they ended up measuring something weird like 4.5x13.25 (just so I could get as much as possible out of the fabrics).

I found this fun random dresser at might see it pop up as a prop in future posts.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

WIP Wednesday

This summer is off to a busy start! Work, two summer school classes, a very active 5-year-old...I'm trying to fit in sewing time when I can. (Pity, party of 1.) I have gotten some things done in the last few weeks (and I have many things to do!). What better way to recap than a WIP post?

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Map quilt
around the world

 Dino quilt

  Bee blocks
And...I'm no longer delinquent! X and plus blocks for do. Good Stitches.
May do. Good Stitches blocks for Meg

  June 8...perfectly reasonable time to start my May bee blocks, yes? #thatstashbee #naughtylist

May That Stash Bee blocks for Cathy

  June bee blocks! Now I'm just showing off. @aquilterstable you like? I took the leaf inspiration literally. #thatstashbee
June That Stash Bee blocks for Deb

In progress

Waiting for quilting inspiration to strike.

  Baby quilt
Trying to get over my fear of cutting into these lovelies.

Completed tops awaiting quilting:

To do:
June do. Good Stitches Block
Feathers Quilt
Half Moon Modern quilt borders
Baby Quilt
John Deere quilt

Head to Lee's for lots of WIP inspiration!

Thursday, June 6, 2013


Luke caught me perusing some dino-themed fabrics at Fabricworm and started asking for a new quilt. As you can imagine, it took only minimal arm-twisting to convince me to make one for him.
 The pattern is Jack's Blocks from A Bright Corner on Etsy.
There are lots of cute dinosaur fabrics out there, but we went with these Kokka prints along with the Michael Miller Dinosaurs! text print, both from Fabricworm. They're not baby-ish, and I hope that extends his love for this quilt! The sashing is a grey sketch by Timeless Treasures.

The backing is a minky dino fabric (purchased here). I'm pretty sure I swore off minky the last time I used it to back a quilt, but my kid is a minky junkie, and it's dino minky! I was powerless to resist. This definitely worked out better than last time. On the last quilt, I used the double-sided minky fleece, which has a much higher nap. This cuddle-type of minky was easier to deal with. It was wide enough that I didn't need to piece the backing, so that helped a lot.

He's a fan! He started snuggling with it before I finished sewing on the binding, and he hasn't let it leave his sight since. I haven't even been able to wash it yet!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Around the world in 120 squares

around the world
 A recent finish...I started this quilt at the Stash Bash. It came together pretty quickly--just a map panel (from What a World by Jill McDonald) surrounded by patchwork squares.

 I quilted it in simple horizontal and vertical lines in an attempt to mimic longitude and latitude. The binding is an orange print from Comma.

 Simple solid blue backing, and this one goes in the done pile!