Thursday, April 10, 2014

Finished True Colors Chevron Quilt

I finished my fourth quilt for the year! And it's the fourth month. I didn't think I'd have four finished quilts at this point in the year with how busy I've been with school. But, I'm happy that I've finished my two main quilt goals for the year. In a couple weeks the semester will be over and I'll be able to spend more time quilting, hopefully.

Here she is in all her colorful glory. I'm really pleased with how everything came together for this quilt.

Finished True Colors Chevron Quilt

For the backing, I pieced half yard cuts of some of the True Colors prints with yard cuts of two of Anna Maria Horner's Dowry prints.


Finished True Colors Chevron Quilt

I did a variety of quilting on this quilt with no real rhyme or reason. I changed designs when I felt like it.

I also initially planned to bind this quilt by hand so I cut the binding at 2.5 inches, which is smaller than my typical 3-inch binding. After attaching the binding to the front of the quilt though, I just wasn't feeling the hand-binding thing and ended up finishing it by machine.

Finished True Colors Chevron Quilt

And just because he's cute, here's an photo outtake of the mister. Love his guts.

Finished True Colors Chevron Quilt

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WIP Wednesday: AMH True Colors Chevron Quilt Top

I had a busy month of March. I finished this quilt top on March 9. I went to work on March 10 to find out that the company was doing a round of layoffs and my position was affected. So the last few weeks of the month were spent submitting my resume, interviewing for jobs, working on house projects, and not spending enough time sewing. I was blessed to get a new job just over two weeks later, and I started working again this week. So, the WIP I have going on right now is this quilt top.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I used Anna Maria Horner's True Colors line (two fat eighth bundles) that I picked up from Amanda's shop. I then pulled out my parallelogram die for my Accuquilt Go Baby fabric cutter, but you can easily cut this shape with your ruler and rotary cutter. I then pieced the parallelograms into this chevron design and used the leftover fabric to make half square triangles (HSTs) to use in the side borders.

AMH True Colors Quilt Top

I've since pieced the backing, basted the quilt, and started quilting it. I hope to finish it up soon so it can get some use at my house before mother nature turns up the heat.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Accuquilt Pezzy Print Quilt

Disclaimer: I received the Accuquilt Go Baby Triangle in Square die as compensation for this post. However, all opinions are my own. 

Several months ago I started on this quilt using the Triangle in Square die from Accuquilt. I had a bunch of pezzy prints in multiple colors so I paired them with matching solids and set to work cutting.

Accuquilt Pezzy Print Quilt

Right away I could tell Accuquilt had made improvements to its dies. The other dies I have are an older generation and a few threads usually have to be clipped with each cut job. This die cut amazingly well; I didn't have to clip a single thread--and I cut through at least four layers each time.

Another great thing about cutting fabric this way is that the side pieces end in flat sections at the top and side rather than points. This really helps when aligning the fabric to sew each piece together.

Accuquilt Pezzy Print Quilt

I was really inspired by Barbie's quilt. So, after assembling all my sets, I started testing layouts. This was my first one.

Accuquilt Pezzy Print Quilt

I really liked that layout, but as I started sewing the pieces together, I came up with this pyramid layout that I wanted to use instead. 

Accuquilt Pezzy Print Quilt

I could have assembled the pieces more in a log cabin style, but since I had already pieced one of the sections, I had to add triangles to the ends of each row. To do that, I cut 5" charms.

Accuquilt Pezzy Print Quilt

Then I cut those charms in half diagonally.

Accuquilt Pezzy Print Quilt

After piecing the center square (which is comprised of a white triangle, black strip, and black and white print triangle), I pieced two sections of the pyramid, the other two sections of the pyramid, and then I pieced those two halves together. Here's the result.

Accuquilt Pezzy Print Quilt

The top at this point was more of a baby quilt size so I added a narrow border on both sides and a wider border on the ends.

Accuquilt Tutorial Quilt - Pezzy Pyramid

I had intended to use this plush blanket for the backing, which is partly why I added the white border in the sizes that I did instead of making it bigger.

I quilted a large meandering stipple throughout the quilt and bound it in a multi-colored pezzy print.

Accuquilt Tutorial Quilt - Pezzy Pyramid

I had a few pieces leftover so I pieced them like so.

Accuquilt Pezzy Print Quilt

And turned it into a little doll quilt, which I gave to my coworker for her daughter.

Accuquilt Pezzy Print Quilt

This die is pretty diverse. I can think of a few more quilts I'd like to make using this die. Now, I just need to find the time to make more.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

WIP Wednesday: 3/5/14

I haven't had a lot of things going on in terms of sewing for the last little while because I've been so busy with work and school. But, after writing a couple of big papers, I needed a bit of fabric therapy. One of my quilt goals I set for the year was to use my Anna Maria Horner True Colors fabrics to make a value quilt. I used my Accuquilt Go Baby cutter and my parallelogram die and set to work on this:






I used two fat-eighth bundles and some Kona white for the top chevrons. I want the quilt a bit wider, but I don't have enough fabric to cut out more parallelograms. My leftover fabric pieces are triangles so I've been toying with the idea of adding a border of flying geese, but I'm still thinking about it. Next week is my spring break, so hopefully, I can get more work done on it.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Finished Horsey HST Baby Quilt

My coworker's wife had a baby in December. Our department was planning on going in on a minkee blanket for his baby girl, but then another coworker said, "I have this friend who makes quilts..." (wink, Brooke, wink), so I ended up making a baby quilt.

I bought this adorable Ann Kelle horse (or is it a donkey?) print for my youngest because she loves horses, but when I started looking through my stash, I thought this print would look so cute in a baby quilt, especially because I could pull in non-girl colors and it'd work out great.

I enlarged the block that I made for Angela in the Sew Beautiful Bee back in 2011. I then added a white border and grabbed a bunch of pieces of leftover binding from other projects.

Horse Baby Quilt

I backed it in minkee so it'd be cuddly soft for baby Maxine. This was the first time I've used minkee in a quilt back and it was SO MUCH EASIER than I thought it'd be.

Horse Baby Quilt

I quilted organic straight lines on each side of the squares with my free-motion foot. I prefer using this foot because the walking foot takes longer and I like the flawed straight line better with the free-motion foot than the flawed straight line I get with my walking foot. =)

The quilt measures about 38" square. And, this is the first quilt that I've made start to finish in a day--about 4 hours. (This includes selecting the fabric, calculating the measurements to enlarge the block, cutting the fabric, piecing the individual blocks, piecing the top, basting the quilt, quilting the quilt, and binding the quilt.)

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