Friday Finish: Soul Baby

Woohoo!  I have been itching to make this quilt that I saw by Lindsey of LRStitched.  You can find the tutorial here – it’s so easy!  I was intimidated by the applique process, but now I’m so glad I jumped on board.   I’m getting ready to start another applique quilt because of how enjoyable this one was.  I’m pretty sure that this quilt will make it into rotation again the next time I need a baby quilt.  It’s also great to use of scraps… Chicopee quilt…. YES!

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I have been waiting to cute into my Soul Blossom for quite some time.  This seems like the perfect fit.  Now it’s game on, though, and I’m going for it!  There will be quite a few more Soul Blossom quilts popping up in the near future – I love this line.  (Why have I not won the lottery?  I just want to own all the fabrics – and lots of them!)

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I love the quilting on this quilt and how nicely it crinkled up!

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Doesn’t this just scream, “Baby GIRL!”?

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For the back, I chose to do a whole cloth back from the Soul Blossom line.

This print is amazing!

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For the binding, I chose a beautiful sky blue text print from Kate Spain’s Sunnyside line.

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There you have it.  Soul Baby is finished!  I would highly recommend this pattern.  It would be stunning as a larger quilt, and now I’m tucking this away for all of my Chicopee scraps….  I’ve listed Soul Baby in my Etsy Shop!

Soul Baby

  • Fabric: Soul Blossom by Amy Butler; Kona Ash; Sunnyside by Kate Spain
  • Quilted on my Bernina 710
  • Finished Size: 34 inches x 42 inches
  • Machine bound
  • Machine washed/washable

Linking this up to all the Friday parties and the Precious QAL.

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Friday Finish: Flying ChicoBee

My love affair with Chicopee has been well documented.  I think it’s the best line Denyse Schmidt has ever made, even though she still has time to top it.  I’ve already made quite a few projects with Chicopee, but when it was time to cut fabric for my Bee blocks through the NJMQG, I knew I wanted a quilt in Chicopee.  I went back and forth between projects, and took forever to decide on a design.  However, I’m so glad that I made the final choice that I made.  This quilt means so much to me for many reasons.  I love having blocks that are made by so many women who I have loved getting to know through our guild.  They have seen me grow from my first block and I love that I’ll always have these memories.  Then, there’s the Chicopee.  Finally, I swore off flying geese after I made my first quilt (which is still unfinished) because I hated them and they gave me such problems.  Now I’ve got this.

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(What, you don’t take photos after guild when the sun’s almost gone…?)

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Obsessed with this straight line quilting.  I feel like celebrating that I’ve finally come around to not being ashamed that I don’t FMQ fabulous designs – and that I can be just as proud of quilting straight lines.  I used to feel like I had to apologize for that! Hahah, all self-induced, of course.

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(I know you’re checking out that cerise binding!

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I’m so glad that I used corduroy for the back – it is so soft!

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One more, just because I love the binding and the perfect corners!

It’s final resting place:

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Thank you to the ladies who contributed blocks, thank you to the friends who answered many emails about my process of making this, and thank you to Denyse Schmidt for making the most beautiful fabric line ever – this fabric totally inspired me to start quilting.

Friday Finish

Let’s be honest.  I haven’t turned on my sewing machine since this weekend, but I did manage to find time to take photos of this baby quilt.  That counts as quilting this week, right?!  Baby quilts are the best.  I just love how quick they are to quilt, and that I don’t have to set up the quilting table because they are so tiny.  I based this quilt off of the fabric I bought for the back – and I love it!

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Is there anything better than simple rainbows?!

(Yes, free fabric, but I digress…)

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Is this back amazing, or is it amazing?

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Every time I get perfect corners it’s like the first time all over again.

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And there’s a Friday Finish which could really be called a Christmas Miracle this week.  I want to pass a law where days have to be 30 hours.  I just don’t really know how to get the earth’s rotation to get on board….

Anybody else having that kind of week?

This quilt is now listed in my Etsy Shop!

Friday Finish

My Terrain quilt is finished.  With this quilt, I am screaming, “Come.on.Spring.”  I had so much fun pulling fabrics for this quilt, mixing fabric lines, and creating the measurements myself.  I love these bright fabrics and the backing fabric from Kate Spain’s Terrain line of fabric is definitely one of my top-ten favs.  I scored two yards of it this summer.  Such.a.rookie.mistake.  Two yards is child’s play for a fabric like this.  Remember, whoever dies with the most fabric wins.

It’s now been washed and dried, listed in my Etsy Shop, and sold to one of the best people I met in college.  I still remember the first time I met her in her tie-dye t-shirt (instant sign that we’d be friends) and said, “Hey, wanna get dinner?”  Friendship was inevitable as we lived across the hall from another, both tolerated an intense level of mess, shared a love of Taco Bell, and have an extraordinary love of sarcasm.  She saw the first picture I posted of my initial layout of this quilt on Instagram and nabbed it in it’s early stages.  I love knowing she has this quilt, and I definitely quilted in loving thoughts, meditating on special memories we have shared through the years.

Oh, college, I miss you.

[So thankful for our friendship]

Here’s Anna’s new Terrain Quilt.  I hope every time she uses it that she knows how much I love her.

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The quilting.  I die.

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I set my quilt to the wavy stitch and just changed how far apart the waves were.  Genius and fast.

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Perfect Corners on my binding.  HEEEEY.

And, for my favorite part, the back:

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The print on the left was my inspiration for this quilt.  I love Kate Spain.

Here’s to my 20th finished quilt.  So glad this beauty now lives with a kindred spirit.  Happy Friday to ya, and let’s keep on welcoming Spring until she decides to show her lovely face.

Friday Finish

The thing I love about baby quilts is that it means there is a new baby!  In January the cutest little boy my family has ever seen was born (the first grandson on my Mom’s side) and he is jokingly referred to as the Prince.  I knew I wanted to use Comma fabrics for his quilt, and this weekend I finally got around to making the top.  As this year is the year of FMQing I tried a new technique to me and I’m happy with the results.  I especially love how it looks on the back.  Without further ado, The Prince’s Quilt:

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Finally, when you’re at a fabric store taking pictures of your recent finish, you should always photograph it with the fabric display.  Duh.

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It’s always so exciting to send off a baby quilt, especially because I LOVE getting those beautiful pictures of special babies using the quilts that I have made them.  I treasure each picture I’ve received and I hope The Prince loves his quilt.

Linking this one up to all the Friday parties!

Friday Finish

Yes, we’re here again in February!  Another finished quilt!  After last weeks finish of the Cuzco Herringbone quilt, I’m so excited to share my Kaffe Stripes quilt.  I love everything about this quilt.  I love the fabrics, I love the binding, I love the backing, I love the quilting.  I also love how this quilt just showcases the fabrics – even though it’s a simple patchwork!

And, yes, I’m saying LOVE intentionally over and over again because today is Valentine’s Day!  I love you, too!

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Don’t you just want to cuddle up in this?!

For the back I used a phenomenal print from Anna Maria Horner’s Dowry line.  Obsessed.  It pulls out so many colors from the front:

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And there’s always the awkward paparazzi shot:

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Now for some of the details since I love all of them:

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All of the fabrics are a part of Kaffe Fassett’s woven stripes collection, which I suggest you go buy yards of – and quickly!

  • 60 X 72 inches
  • Quilted by me on my Bernina 710
  • Pattern: Simple patchwork with 5 inch squares

This quilt is now for sale in my Etsy Shop!

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Friday Finish

I am so happy to share this finish today!  This quilt is so very special, as it was the very first quilt top I actually finished.  I started this quilt on 1/20/2013, and finished the quilt top on 1/31/2013.  Also, this quilt won the Sew Can She challenge for their It’s a New Year Sewalong.  So, I love this quilt.  It was one of those: I saw the Herringbone block on Pinterest, the Internet turned it into a QAL, I just had to rush order fabric, and then I sewed all night kind of projects.  Oh wait – that is almost all of them.  Yes, you are correct, though.  It’s now February 7, 2014 and here is the finished quilt.

Last year when I started quilting I made many quilt tops before I ever made a complete quilt.  However, my goal last year was to quilt all of the quilt tops I had accumulated during my stage of quilting fear.  This one was 1 of 3 that I didn’t finish. Whoops. The other two are going to have to wait.

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In Jersey you can have the full snow or half snow effect.  It’s great.

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I adore the back of this quilt.  It’s got two of my favorite Cuzco prints, and then a beautiful grey and teal plaid that I never would have chosen on my own had I not bought way too little fabric way back in the days of quilting infancy.  However, I think it is stunning.  This might be on of my favorite quilt backs yet!

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I quilted it with a stipple which is oh so hard to capture on film, but I love how it crinkled up so nicely.

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Still can’t see it?  But I worked so hard on my very first stipple!

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And then here’s the binding – my favorite part.  Always.

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I love this image my husband captured during our photo shoot.  This is what quilters do to get the shot.

Even if we wore Toms out …

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To me, this quilt represents the excitement and energy that made me fall in love with quilting.  This quilt is the baby that got my blog going, introduced me to so many friends, and it’s the first quilt I ever showed at my Modern Quilt Guild.  Thanks for stopping by and sharing in the excitement of this Friday Finish!

I’m linking this up to every Friday party I can find.

First ’14 Friday Finish

How did you like that alliteration?  Nerdy, I know.  Fourth grade teachers have to get their laughs somehow.  This quilt was quite an adventure.  I bought the fabric, without a plan, drew it out on scrap paper, started cutting, realized I left out measurements, changed it up, trimmed a bit, added a few more inches, and ended up with one of my favorite quilts so far.  Did I mention that cerise is not only a fabric in this beauty, but also the thread color?  Need I say more?

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I love the rich, jewel tone colors, the texture from the quilting, the binding colors, and the cows.

Let’s give it up for the cows, people.

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I know that with this much negative space that I could have really gone to town with FMQing, but I felt like it was almost too much negative space to start with.  I want to have fun on a few smaller projects first.  Plus, I love how these lines play on the quilts design.

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Can you go wrong with a back of Anna Maria Horner fabric and Kona Cotton solids?  Exactly, you can’t.  How have I not started hoarding her fabrics?

And, finally, the binding.  I machine bound this using my method you can find here, and I just love how quickly I can bind a quilt.

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I think choosing the binding fabric might be my favorite part of the creative process.  What’s yours?

I’m linking this bad guy up to all the Friday parties, and I’m excited to start the year out strong with a finish.  I’m also looking forward to joining in on the Year of Lovely Finishes this year, and I hope to reflect on my goals this weekend.

For now, you can find this quilt in my new Etsy Shop.  Yes, it’s open, folks!

Final Quilt Stats:

  • Fabric: Various prints from Amy Butler’s Belle fabric line, Florence by Denyse Schmidt, Cerise and Navy Kona Cottons
  • 64 inches x 78 inches
  • Quilted on my Bernina 710
  • Design: my own

I can’t wait to see what other finishes 2014 brings for us…

Cheers to The Year I Started Quilting

Today marks not only the end of 2013, but exactly 373 days since I bought my first sewing machine. (Which I know is slightly longer than a year…)  I can easily say that this past year has changed my life.  Over the years I have tried many crafts: drawing, painting, pottery, knitting, crocheting, stained glassed windows (yes, really), scrapbooking (one and done, friends), etc.  My soul longs to be creative, but it wasn’t until I put the binding on my first finished quilt that I knew I had found the craft that truly fulfilled those creative urges.  By the way, that first quilt finish was May 22, 2013.  Exactly 5 months after I bought my sewing machine.  You might remember those first five months of paralyzing quilting fear in which I made plenty of quilt tops and no real progress.  Thankfully, I’m over that nonsense.

From my very first post, full of small icon pictures, to my first tutorial, and all the other musings I’ve posted in between, this blog has opened my life to the most creative people I have ever known.  Here’s to you, my friends around the world.  Here’s to your encouragement and inspiration.  Not a day goes by where I’m not thinking, dreaming, or actually quilting.  Here’s to the ladies who sold me my first machine, and patiently helped me pick out fabric.  Here’s to my favorite teacher Melanie who got this girl quilting and became a sweet friend.  Here’s to my favorite quilt shop in NJ where I have formed a circle of friends in a place I never thought I would call home.  Here’s to the ladies in ScrapBeeLicious that bring joy and creativity to each month, and made me one of the most beautiful quilts I will ever own.  Here’s to the NJMQG, full of wonderful wisdom, creativity, and the love that only quilters can understand. Here’s to the babies whose pictures on quilts I’ve made bring me a sense of pride I never knew before.  Here’s to my quilting friends who make it into conversations at dinner with my husband, even though we’ve never met: “What’s Molli making these days?” “Do you think we’ll be able to meet up with Laura this year?” “Michelle invited us over when we’re in NC?” (Which is happening in 2014!)  “That quilt you liked on instagram by Cath is insane.”  Here’s to Renee, a quilting goddess, and the world’s best pen pal (where I fail).

You are all loved, friends.

When I think back on this year, I am in awe of all that was accomplished in my little sewing room, but I am mostly blown away by the friends I have made.  I didn’t realize when I started my little corner of the blog world that I would make friends.  I honestly didn’t think anyone would read this except for my mom, grandmothers, and occasionally my husband.  Before I look ahead to 2014, here’s a recap of 2013.  My first year quilting.

The first finish:

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The baby quilts:

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Quilts I made for family members who needed some love in 2013:

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The Best Friend Quilts that I made for me and my sweet friend Maggie with “matching” backs:

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My first charity quilt and the first quilt I will list in my Etsy shop:

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Fourteen finished quilts, a few stockings, some pillows here and there, a few more WiPs, and 6 more quilt tops. 2013 has been a wonderfully productive year.  Here’s to the year ahead, with new goals, a new machine (this news coming soon!), an opening Etsy shop, and a growing list of 17 “planned” quilts.  If this year is even half as much fun as 2013, I say, “Bring it on!”

Honey, Honey

Hey, honey, it’s finished!  I love this quilt top and how the binding and back came out.  Since I started this quilt back in the spring, I’m so excited that it’s finished before the new year.  I have three more WIP quilt tops that I’ve started, and I hope I can finish a few more this year.  Am I crazy?

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Don’t you love how the winter weather and sunset at 4:31 has affected my quilt photography.  Look, guys, it was 11:30 last night when I took these.  I do what I can.

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I adore the back.  Adore.  This is the most perfect print ever.

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I love how the cross hatch looks on the back. 

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The Waterfront print is the perfect binding.

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This quilt has come a long way since its inception last spring:

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I can’t wait to see what you guys have made this week – last night at the NJMQG meeting I was so inspired.  Of course, I don’t need anymore inspiration – I’m on overload.