Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Granny Squares!

I'm a bit behind the times...Oh well.  I have been wanting to make one of these quilts for a while.  When they came out I saw so many that were just stunning.  But I had (and still have) a giant list of quilts I wanted to it just sat there, on my list.  But my mother told me that a quilt needed to be made, a quilt for a very special person in my life...and she was right.  I knew the granny square quilt was the way to go.

I decided to use the tutorial by Blue Elephant Stitches on Moda Bake Shop.  It calls for a jelly roll.  I didn't want to use a jelly roll, so I purchased some yardage and cut that into my 2.5 x WOF strips.

 Then I sewed them all together...

And dredded ironing the seams... But then they were in pretty rows.

So I cut them, sewed a bit more, and now they are granny squares!

Twelve more to go... then I will trim them.

Here are a few direct links to some of my favorites from Blogland:

Quilt Story

A Quilt is Nice

Blue Elephant Stitches

Needles, Pins and Baking Tins

Have you made one yet? 

 - Katelyn

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Duvet is Covered's done.  About 15 or more hours later. 

There were  no y-seams...I don't know what I was thinking.  I had to take the entire thing apart.  It wasn't fun and took hours (it was sewn together and then serged together).  But it looks super cute now.  :)  A reminder of what it looked like before can be found here.

The pillow covers were even more ridiculous to get apart...but like the duvet cover, when that was done it wasn't too bad to put back together.

One before and one after - photo via Instagram

I am sure it will be well loved and well used for a long time to come!

It sure has made my sewing table look spring-y.

 - Katelyn

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WIP - Duvet

I have been asked to fix up a duvet cover for a friend.  It is her daughter's duvet and has been washed so many times that the cotton gingham is now see through and completely worn.

obviously I don't know how to photograph a duvet cover without a duvet...

Wish me luck.  I think there will be y-seams and craziness.  I need to get moving on seam-ripping this monster.

What are you working on this week?

 - Katelyn

Monday, March 31, 2014

1600 Quilt

I know...The most original quilt name ever, right? 
I just can't think of a good name.  If you have one, feel free to share.

So I don't know why I have never posted a WIP on this quilt.  I made the top ages ago.  Like maybe August 2013...
I wanted to see how long it would take me to do the 1600 jelly roll challenge
Answer: About 3 hrs. 
That's bad, huh?  Oh, well.  I iron my seams yo.  It has been sitting on my table since August.  I finally started quilting it a few weeks ago and put the binding on this past weekend. 

I had this "jelly roll" (i.e. not moda) and just didn't know what do do with it.  This pattern was fun and easy. 
I was super proud when I finished the quilt top...and I didn't like it one bit.  I'm not sure why I wasn't a fan, just didn't connect.  I think that it was all of the brightness, all at once.  It was so far from my comfort zone.  But as soon as I started quilting it - I fell in love.  It just made it for me.  Now it is special and pretty.  Lol

The back is my favorite part.  I wanted the solid brown. And promptly ran out before I was finished.  If you look really hard you can see that there are two different color browns  - two different Kona Brown die lots.  Ooops.
To me, the quilting adds to the front - and completely changes the back.  I love all that texture!

I have no idea what you call this Free Motion Stitch.  But it is fun...someday I will learn to make all of my loops the same size.  ;)

And you will be seeing this stitch again from me...soon. 

Solid blue (Country Classics - from JoAnn's) holds all of those busy prints together. 

This quilt is also for sale.  Please leave a comment or email me if you are interested. 

Quilt Specs:
  Quilt measures -
  Batting - 80/20 cotton/poly batting
  Quilting - FMQ, brown cotton thread
  measures - 44.5 x 54 in.  (large toddler quilt, or small lap quilt)
  Cost - $120 + S&H

Have you had any fun quilty challenges lately?

 - Katelyn