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Archive for April, 2011

Little Boy Blue

I’m calling my latest custom order “Little Boy Blue.”  I was looking to try my hand at making a pinwheel style quilt and coincidentally got a new order for someone who wanted a BOY quilt (meaning lots of blue) for her friend who just had a little boy.  After chatting we agreed that multiple shades of blue (8 to be exact) combined with stark white in a pinwheel design would make a stunning quilt.  I think anyone would agree this quilt is definitely gorgeous.  Eight different shades of solid blue Kona Cotton were used to make the pinwheels as well as white.  The binding is the same as one of the solid blue shades used in the pinwheels.  For the back my customer chose a teal Marbleous by Robert Kaufman.  I quilted using a free motion design.  All of it was sewn on my humble little Janome 3022.  

The quilt measures 37.5″x 47.5″ and is a great size for a toddler bed.  It also works great for napping on the sofa, having a picnic lunch on the dining room floor or playing peek a boo.

My daughter Catherine loves to spend time with all of the quilts I make before they go to their recipients.  She was particularly OBSESSED with this one.  (Can you blame her?)  Seriously, she would not leave this quilt alone.  I had to end up shooting a few shots with her quarantined in the house so that I could get a couple without her in them.  I had to include at least one or two of her though, right?  (What you can’t hear is me in the background pleading with her to get off the quilt so I can take a picture)This weekend I’ll have a tent at the Fred Heutte Center annual Plant and Craft Show.  It’s in the Ghent District of Norfolk, VA.  http://www.fredheutte.org/  It’s set to be a gorgeous weekend and what better way to enjoy it but hanging out with me and my fellow crafters in spectacular Ghent!  Also all of my remaining inventory of bags will be on sale.  Hope to see you there!

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9 patch to go

I usually make a quilt when I have a custom order or if it’s a gift that I’m making for someone.  I just don’t usually have the time or the money to make extra quilts.  I did however, make an extra quilt last Fall while making a quilt for my cousin’s first child.  I got a fantastic orange and gray fabric bundle from Fabricworm and ended up having enough fabric and time left over to make a second baby quilt.  This quilt has been in my etsy shop and also shown at a craft show.  I’m thankful it hadn’t been sold yet because I received a call from a friend over the weekend who needed a last minute baby shower gift.  Luckily she loved the quilt and now it’s in a new home awaiting the arrival of a little baby boy who will hopefully get lots of use from it.  Here’s a couple of pics of the quilt and also one of my cousin’s gorgeous little boy with the original.

The quilt is a traditional 9 patch design.  The dimensions are 31.5″ x 41″.  I used 9 different orange and gray fabrics bought in a bundle from fabricworm.com.  I used Kona Solids white and 2 different shades of Kona Solids gray for the solid fabrics used on the front, on the back and also the binding.  I incorporated a strip of the patterned fabrics across the back.  I used Warm and White 100% cotton batting and free motion quilted it.  Ta daaa!

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