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One baby quilt down!

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I’m happy to report that I found time to get this one bound and quasi-photographed. I have two more late winter babies to sew for, so it feels particularly good to get this one wrapped up.

I say quasi-photographed because I’ve been stuck at home with a fever enraged preschooler *all* week and there are about three feet of snow in the back yard (not lying!). I had wanted to do something more exciting with the photos, but as it was, sneaking outside for 10 minutes was quite challenging. Ah well, next time.

I have talked about this quilt before, so I’ll keep things short. I choose to bind the quilt with a teal stripe from Lotta Jansdotter’s Glimma collection. And because I love the candy stripe look I went to the trouble of making bias binding. Ooo fancy schmancy.

Little Lady Star, by Stitchified

The backing is from IKEA. I picked up a couple of yards of this print and now I wish I had grabbed more. It’s a little too sheer, but it’s awesomeness compensates for that and more. No wonder it’s so popular with fellow bloggers!

And that my friends is it — my new featherweight’s first piecing project and my first free motion flowers. Made entirely from my stash (yay!).

Interested in making a Little Lady Star for yourself? Check out my mini-tutorial here. It is stash friendly, just a half yard for each print! 🙂

Linking up with Crazy Mom and Finish it Up Friday!

 

 

 

 

 

Little Lady Star

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I decided to take a little break from my Economy Blocks this week. I’m up to one hundred blocks (!!), and I can’t decide whether or not to keep going. Putting off that decision in favor of making a new quilt top seemed like the obvious choice. Besides, I know three babies who are due in early spring and they each need a baby quilt!

My design for this quilt top was inspired by Jeni Baker’s Giant Vintage Star Quilt, but mine is a slightly modified (and hugely enlarged!) version of the Two Colors Star from the Solstice Stars Quilt Along over at Fresh Lemons. I used a rose print from Glimma and a silvery grey print from Bella, which I think are the perfect pair for a baby girl quilt. The colors are feminine and dainty — perfect for my soon-to-be niece. If any baby was going to be a little lady from day one, it’s this one. (Note: not a quality my own offspring will be sporting!).

Piecing the quilt top was the perfect project to break in my new featherweight, too. I am so smitten with this little machine. I was finally able to finish restoring her, and wow. Just wow. I’m making it a point to spoil the old girl whenever I can — my most recent acquisition being the stork scissors you can see below. But I’m getting side tracked…

Featherweight making HSTs

The block requires eight (8) half square triangles in the dominant color, and four (4) half-square triangles in the secondary color. Here’s a mini tutorial in case anyone wants to make one of these for themselves. Requires a half-yard of each of color, and maybe 2.5 yards of the background color (don’t quote me on the background color though, I keep a huge bolt of white around). Yields one baby quilt (45″ x 45″). In my book, it’s a perfect size for tummy time, playing at the park, or tenting the stroller.

Cutting Instructions:

  • 9-inch square of dominant color (rose) — Cut Four (4)
  • 9-inch square of accent color (silver) — Cut Two (2)
  • 9-inch square of back ground color (white) — Cut Six (6)
  • 8-inch square of dominant color — Cut Four (2)
  • 8-inch square of accent color — Cut Four (4)
  • 15.5 inch square of background color — Cut Four (4)

Piecing Instructions:

  • Match one colored 9-inch square and one white 9-inch square, right sides together.
  • Use a pencil to draw a diagonal line across the white 9-inch square
  • Sew a 1/4 inch away on either side of your line (my featherweight is demonstrating this technique above).
    Note: If you are using directional prints, be careful of the direction you sew your half-square triangles in. To figure it out, just lay everything out before you stitch. Ask me how I know 🙂
  • Cut along your pencil line, separating the square into two half-square triangles. Press squares open. Repeat until you have eight (8) HSTS in your main color, and four (4) HSTs in the accent color.
  • Match the seam with the diagonal line on your ruler, and trim the HSTs to 8-inch blocks. Marvel at how pretty they look already.

Glimma HSTsAssemble your blocks into intermediate sized (15.5″) blocks: combine four of your HSTS for the center star, and then combine the HSTs with solid colored blocks to create the four “arms” of the star. The center and two of the arms are shown below:

Little Lady Star, by Stitchified

Combine your intermediate blocks with the 15.5″ background blocks, and sew the three rows together following the diagram below:

Little Lady Star, by StitchifiedTa da! One super fast, but super adorable quilt top! And of course, in this house, no photo shoot is complete until it has been properly photo-bombed by Hello Kitty.

When it came to the quilting, I got brave (I have been binge watching the Olympics!) and decided to get a little tricky with some custom quilting. The background is stippled, the grey has free form flowers, and the pink is sporting a serpentine stitch. Now, as you may know, I’m completely terrified of new free motion quilting patterns, and I’ve never attempted flowers before.  For some reason I decided to tackle the free-form flowers without practice, definitely a questionable decision. But! I pulled off some successful flowers, and I’m feeling pretty proud. The overall result is far from perfect, but I’m sort of okay with it.

And here is a shot of the (almost!) finished quilt. It’s still missing the binding, but I couldn’t wait to share! I hope to get the turquoise binding on in a few days. Final photos will have to wait though, the amount of snow outside is absolutely insane!

Little Lady Star by StitchifiedLinking up with Finish it Up Friday with Crazy Mom!

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I was enjoying a very relaxing New Year’s morning catching up on my blog reader and instagram feed… until I came across the new #economyblockalong. The next thing I knew, I was scrambling downstairs to cut up fabric before 8AM (even though it was my turn to sleep in). Luckily for me, my husband knew better than to question the flurry of early morning activity, and left me to my insanity.

I followed Rita @ RedPepperQuilts’ tutorial (here) for five inch (finished) blocks. She recommends over-sizing the blocks and then squaring them up as you go, and let me just say, I am a *big* fan of that technique. It keeps everything neat and tidy, and totally feeds my OCD tendencies. Which may be why I finished sixteen blocks by the next afternoon. Can you say possessed?

economy block along

I had planned to stop at sixteen squares, but I caught the economy block bug in a bad way. Once the first sixteen were done I dove right back in to my stash. Nothing was safe — fat quarters, yardage, and even my coveted Heather Ross went under the rotary cutter (Briar Rose, not Kokka. Let’s not be completely crazy!).  

Before the weekend was over I had cut up another fifty squares and have been sewing them up through out the week.  I’ve been a long time admirer of scrappy quilts, and I’m so excited to finally have a stash that is capable of producing one. And also a little horrified. I’ve been sewing for 18 months now, which begs the question — where the hell did all this fabric come from? Yikes!

Economy Block Along

 I’ve never participated in a quilt along, but it was one of my goals for 2014. I’ve had so much fun playing along on instagram and admiring everyone else’s creations.

Of course, there are some of my blocks that I like more than others. Like this one, featuring the little rabbit from Good Night Moon. How perfect is he floating in a lime green frame? And I was also pleasantly surprised to find Momo’s Oh Deer! playing so well with Kate Spain’s flowers. Who knew?

 Economy Block Along

If you’ve somehow avoided the #economyblockalong, I encourage to give in to temptation and join in the fun! Each block is a little fabric adventure of it’s own. So much fun! And besides, it’s stash busting. It’s good for you!

 

 

Hipster Baby Quilt

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This baby quilt was the perfect re-entry into quilting.  I had a lot of fun planning it, though I’ll admit to obsessing over the fabric selections. I wanted something whimsical with a nod to music, but not too girly. After spending hours on etsy I found a few great Japanese linens… shipping from China. I was nervous about the wait time, but they got here just in time. I scattered the little vignettes through out the quilt, and used geometric prints in black, creams and red to balance out the rest.

There are a lot of stash builders in here too, including: Sweetwater’s Mama Said Sew, several prints from Zen Chic’s Comma, Chicken Wire from Oink A Doodle Moo, Timeless Treasure’s Sketch, and American Jane’s Pezzy Prints. I’m happy to say that I have leftovers of most 🙂

I also tried out a scrappy binding for the first time. I really love how it keeps your eye moving around the quilt, and it is extra cute all rolled up:

This one is straight line quilted, and backed in flannel. And it is crib size, 36″ x 54″.  I gave the parents-to-be the quilt this morning at their baby shower, and they were so appreciative. I wasn’t expecting it to be such a hit, but it really made my day!