Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Finish: My First...lots of things!

I am so excited to share with you today!

I started quilting in the summer of 2014, so there are a lot of things in the quilting universe that are new to me...and I am so enjoying the opportunities that I have to learn and try new things!

The quilt that I finished this week had a lot of "firsts" for me...



This is the first time that I've tried improvisational piecing...I was gifted the book "Minimal Quiltmaking" by Gwen Marston, and what a marvelous book it is! I had the best time using her suggestions to explore making this quilt, and plan to make several more! I planned out the front of the quilt (above), then had the idea for the vertical design (below)...but once made, couldn't decide which I liked better...so the recipients get to decide which is the front and back!


This was the first time that I have tried spiral quilting...and what fun it was! I read through a couple of posts on Pinterest about how to do it...the key seems to be realizing that you will be stitching just two or three stitches at a time for the first ten or twelve spirals. As long as you remember to be patient, it comes out so stunning!



This was my first attempt at glue basting...oh my, I am hooked!!! I like to bind my quilts completely by machine, first stitching the binding to the front, then folding it around the edge to the back and stitching in the ditch from the front and (hopefully) catching the binding. Even with careful pinning it was a hit or miss process, and I would often have to repin and restitch several sections that I had missed.


Well, with glue basting...I didn't have to do that!!! The binding stayed right where it was glued, and my stitching looks marvelous on the edge!!! And take a look at those corners...all four of them look this good!!! I am so pleased with this technique!



And the first for this quilt that has me hopping up and down with excitement? This was my very first commission quilt!!!!!! I am so excited that I was actually paid to design and sew this quilt for a baby that is due soon! How wonderful is that?! After it was finished I washed it up to make it all crinkly and soft, then packaged it up and mailed it to the grandma-to-be. Just two short days later she received it, and she loves it!




Oh, and I couldn't resist playing with the scraps a bit...I made a card that coordinates with the quilt to gift with it, if grandma wants to. I think that I'll do this for more of my quilts that are intended as gifts...it was so quick and easy, and it looks great with the quilt!


So that was my big adventure for the week!

Thank you for stopping by,

Meredith

Linking up with:
Blossom Heart Quilts
Quilt Story
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Crazy Mom Quilts

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summer Solstice Quiltalong - Cutting

Time for part two - cutting fabric!

The Summer Solstice Quiltalong is happening over at Happy Quilting, and I'm off to a good start! My cutting space was set up today, so I got right to it. It was quick and easy for me, since I'm just making one big block.



And that's it for now...in two weeks we'll start the sewing!

Have fun!

Meredith

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer Solstice Quiltalong - Choosing Fabric

Summer is here! With summer, comes lots of sewing time...and I'm joining in on my second online quilt-a-long (QAL).

The fun is happening over at Happy Quilting, this link will take you to the Intro post that will have links to the rest as they come up. Come join in!

 There are so many choices for this project, five different block sizes, and layout options to make a mini to king size quilt, wow! The pace is pretty easy too...with new instructions coming out every other week.

I'm going to make a single block, in the 32" size, with borders it will finish about 38"...which should look great on the partial wall that you see as you enter my house, awesome!



I'm going with an aqua/blue colorway, with a white background...the living room needs some brightening, and this will help!


There are going to be prizes along the way for participation...and finished quilts will be eligible for some swanky grand prizes in September, woo hoo!

Next up, cutting instructions!

Happy Creating!

Meredith

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hands 2 Help Quilt

An oh, so quick post to share the picture I have of the quilt I'll be donating for the Hands 2 Help drive this year...I only have a picture of the top because I'm still quilting the sandwich! I'll get it done though!


I used a jelly roll of More Hearty Good Wishes, that line has some great nautical prints! The pattern is the Fat Quarter Shop's Jelly Roll Jam...super-sized! I added a column and row to what the pattern calls for...used all the jelly roll strips instead of just half, easy peasy!

That's it for now!

Meredith


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

My First Quilt-Sized Quilt

After a few months of smaller projects, I was ready to try a "real" quilt...and by that, I mean a quilt-sized quilt! 

I found what I thought would be a great pattern in the Sept/Oct 2014 issue of Quilty magazine, called Jelly Roll Redux. It uses 2 1/2" strips and some additional contrast yardage to make the top. Fair warning, it takes more strips than one jelly roll has...that caught me by surprise! I used an assortment of black and white print strips.

It was such a fun quilt to make - well within my novice capabilities! I changed the pattern up a teeny bit by adding a contrast 2 1/2" square in between each of my strips, I love the pop of color!

I finished the top before Christmas 2014, and gave it to my daughter...she was so excited! 


I managed to finish it up in January (with much encouragement/badgering from my daughter!) I used the walking foot on my regular machine to quilt it, once on each side of the vertical seams, then in the contrast panel I quilted strait horizontal lines...well, mostly strait!


The back is a luscious spa minkee in my daughter's favorite hot pink - so, so soft! I don't remember how large it ended up...large enough to cover a twin bed though! 


It was a tremendously fun quilt to make, and I love how it turned out! 

Each of my projects has taught me something new about quilting...I love that about making! For this quilt, I learned to measure my intended backing fabric...lol...I ended up trimming about a foot off the side and bottom of the quilt top after I had made it, because the backing was smaller than I thought it would be, and I had purchased the minkee years prior, so was unable to get more. Now I know! I do intend to make a coordinating pillow sham out of the pieces though!

Happy Crafting!

Meredith

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Boos are Ready!

Howdy! I managed to eek out some sewing time and put together the two Boo quilt tops for the Boos and Ghouls mini Quilt-a-Long over at Bryan House Quilts.



These went together so quickly...and I'm a novice quilter! So go gather your black, gray and white scraps and make some cute ghosts! (Or, if you're just beginning like me, go raid the 6" square basket at your local quilt store, lol!)

Hopefully, I'll get some time tomorrow to go pick out some backing fabric for these cuties...and have them up on my wall for at least part of October!

Thanks for stopping by,

Meredith

P.S. ~ I'm linking this post to the Scraptastic Tuesday Linky hosted by Mrs Sew and Sow and She Can Quilt. Come join in on the fun!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Boos and Ghouls Quilt-a-long ~ Ghoul quilt top

Oh goodness...this little pattern is so cute! I'm loving how these mini quilts are coming together! 

I've got the ghoul top stitched...and over the next few days hope to have time to put together the boos, I can hardly wait!



If you'd like to make your own, you can find all the information over at Bryan House Quilts...have fun!

Thanks for stopping by,

Meredith