around the block quilt

front of around the block quiltThis was one of the those quick projects that took me ages to finish.  The colors are not ones I usually work with so I had a difficult time deciding how the blocks should work together.  I shuffled them around so many times.  I kind of hated it and then I loved it.

corner of around the block quilt

The heart of each log cabin block was part of a panel that I cut up and then edged with wonky bands of tone on tone orange, green, blue, and gold.  The orange is a cross hatch print, while the others are silhouettes of leaves.

The extra spaces around the blocks and the binding are a coordinating brown print that I think looks like little bees buzzing around, but is actually tiny airplanes.  I quilted it with gold thread in vertical straight lines.

back of around the block quiltThe back is big, wide bands of the coordinating colors that I used on the front.  aorund the block quilt

I think it makes for a great baby quilt.  I’m happy that in the end I powered through and kept working on this one.  It would have been a shame to let it sit on a shelf unfinished simply because it was bit frustrating in the middle of making it.

It will be listed soon.

 

calico plus log cabin equals my barn raising quilt

barn raising quilt on stepsBig quilts are tough to photograph.  I have used this spot in the past for big quilts.  The steps are a big help, but the wind can be a big problem.  I love the small feet trying to hold the corner from blowing back on this one.

barn raising in wind

Thankfully, just when we thought all hope was lost, we stopped at the park. liberty lifestyle barn raising quilt

This quilt was two years in the making.  The calicoes are from Liberty Lifestyle‘s Bloomsbury collection.  I fell in love with them the first moment I saw them.  As a child of the 70’s, I was raised on calico.  My mom made dresses with pinafores for me that were a blend of Little House on the Prairie meets 1970’s bold.

calico dress

Once I picked out the fabrics, the pattern was an easy decision.  I love log cabin quilts.  From traditional to wonky, they let simple blocks shine with all the different options for layouts.  Plus they are a part of my history.  Around the time that picture of me, along with my brother, in our finest 70’s looks, our new log house was being built.  I grew up in a log house.  It’s an L-shaped ranch style, but it’s still a log house.

Liberty lifestyle barn raising quilt detail

Log cabins have become my comfort block.  As soon as I finish one, I want to make another one.  Which is good because it took a whole lot of blocks to make this quilt.  The back is pieced with brown florals and paisley medallions.

back of liberty lifestyle barn raising quilt

I used flannel instead of batting for a lighter weight, but with as much fabric as is used in a quilt of this size, there’s not a lot about this quilt that is light weight.  I used a heavy weight pearl cotton in ivory to tie the layers together.  It’s already on the bed and I should add, over the bed.  It pools onto the floor around our full-sized bed.

This is one of those projects that I thought might never be finished.

liberty lifestyle barn raising quilt at Abbe Creek school

 

I am so happy that it finally is after all this time.

summerlove new york beauty

summerlove new york beauty frontI made this quilt for my cousin who was married this past Saturday.

It’s the New York Beauty from Peggy Martin’s Craftsy class, Quick Strip Paper Piecing.  It’s a fun class.  I whole heartedly recommend it.  I made the pinwheel quilt from this class too. I love using Craftsy because you always have the videos to refer to if you get mixed up on a technique.

upper corner of new york beauty quilt

The fabrics are from Pat Bravo’s Summerlove line. These colors remind me of the bride so I’m hoping she loves them too.

back of new york beauty quilt

The back is a jumble of leftover summerlove yardage.

center of new york beauty quilt

With all the sharp points in the piecing, I wanted to try to use the quilting to soften the look a bit.  I went with a scallopy (yes autocorrect that is the word I want to use) stitching line and randomly spaced them an inch to three inches apart in a pale blue thread.

quilting on new york beauty quilt

Don’t worry, I don’t have another cousin getting married next weekend so I won’t be showing up next Monday with another wedding gift.  But the kids will be starting school mid week so I am hoping I’m back soon with lots of finished projects.