09 June 2015

Easy Quilted Euro Sham Tutorial with Invisible Zipper

Euro Shams are kind of fancy, right? I have a plan to use mine to make some benches in my entryway more comfortable, but they also adorn beds and sofas. These plump 26-inch pillows can easily be covered in fabric of your choice to decorate your space! Invisible zippers seem tricky, but they are approachable once you get the hang of setting them up, and using one allows you to create two seamless pillow faces.

If you're making a different size of square pillow cover, you can easily adjust the dimensions, using the same techniques below.

19 May 2015

Cosmic Red and White Baby Quilt

As part of my recent dive back into doing more sewing, I decided to tackle some WIPs.  I found these three Sun, Please!  blocks (from two years ago!) and decided to feature them on a simple, gender-neutral red and white baby quilt.

This quilt measures about 42 inches square, and I love the contrast created by the simple layout and palette against the intricate paper-pieced block design of the suns.

28 April 2015

Pretty Patchwork Baby Quilt

It's been a while since I finished a new quilt. Quite a while. It was hard to know where to start when I started to feel like sewing again and had some free time. Pinterest? WIPs? Flickr? My list of "make someday" quilts?

27 March 2015

Sea Glass Goose in the Corner Medallion Quilt

Is summer on its way? Looking at this lap-size quilt, which I finished last summer, is infusing my day with thoughts of boat rides, beach walks, and cocktails on the deck.  

I stitched this quilt with sea glass tones of green, aqua, and blue using "Goose in the Corner" blocks.

This easy-to-make and extremely versatile block was new to me, but I have it on my list to make more in different arrangements!  I used this tutorial, which leaves you with a nice stack of bonus HSTs for another project.

I backed it in a cerulean sea print that coordinates with the front without being matchy, and bound in a coordinating Denyse Schmidt Sugar Creek print. Quilting lines are organic peaked curves, kind of like the waves on the back.

Until the March gray snow is gone and replaced with green grass growing out of the granite, bordered with rosa ragusa bushes... this will do.  

18 December 2014

Converging Corners Love Llamas Baby Quilt

Although this little quilt is from wayyy back in the summer, isn't its palette perfectly festive for the holidays?  

For this baby quilt, measuring up at about 40x60 inches, I used Film in the Fridge's Converging Corners Block tutorial, one that has been LONG on my to-sew list. I love how the piecing method is improvisational, yet the results are all squared up!

Sometimes, one single fabric inspires my entire fabric pull for a quilt. In this case, this Llama Love print from Monaluna fabrics grabbed me, and the rest is history. I love animal prints, especially when the animals aren't too cartoony. These llamas are just right. 

The most wonderful backing possible is some Anna Maria Horner butter-soft flannel, and I was so happy to see that this Pretty Potent print was a great match. The hearts!!

For quilting, I chose to stitch some wavy, organic horizontal lines at varied intervals. 

A simple charcoal binding frames all the llamas so nicely! 

05 November 2014

Lotta Strips Baby Quilt

Making a strip quilt is one of my favorite ways to showcase fabrics in a baby quilt!  This one is made with mostly Lotta Jansodotter prints, with a few extras thrown in. I love these fabrics for a not-too-girly quilt for girls :)

08 October 2014

Shockwave Squares Scrappy Baby Quilt

Gender-neutral, and "for boys" quilts as well, can really be a challenge for me. I have no problem using the whole gamut of colors for girls, so my stash is all over the place, but I tend to like floral prints too much for all of those same fabrics to also work for boys.