i've done a handful of chevron quilts now, and when this momma told me that she liked "modern" designs versus your typical puppies & such, i hit up pinterest and found this gem. i fell in love with the subtle chevron-ness of it, and the basic nursery prints (which were not my first color scheme, but it was my final one because nothing else worked) just came together perfectly. the fabric on the back could not have been anything better, and i am just so thrilled with how this came together. i would love to do this pattern again sometime, but i cannot vision it done in any other colors now. perhaps it has become my one hit wonder for this pattern
i inherit books & patterns every so often from my grandmother, and one of the last times i was there she handed me some freebie patterns she got from magazines that she thought i would get some use of since i have friends that are having babies. when i got an invite to a baby shower, i turned to those and found this gem of a pattern. simple, but fun, i am quite pleased with how this one came together quickly and awesomely. this was the last of three baby quilts i started, but the first of three that i finished. they've really helped me get my quilting skills perfected. not brave enough to do anything fancy just yet, but getting closer to that step!
more photos on my blog at toothpaste & orange cat: click here
between school & work, it's been awhile. but i'm back and posting! a dear friend of mine got married in march, and i began planning this quilt for her & her now dh back in october when my cousin was visiting from colorado. one out of town joann's trip later, quite possibly my largest fabric purchase (for one project at a time) yet! i used a sheet for the back. chopped and pieced to make long enough to fit the backing. very pleased with how this one turned out
i despised those flowers, but my cousin twisted my arm in to using that print... and it turned out much better than expected.
oodles of photos over on my blog post for this quilt right here
last december i completed my first quilt along, and it was so much fun! i stumbled across it on my pinterest just days before it was beginning and so i had to decide now or never... the catvent was put on by Elizabeth Hartman (http://www.ohfransson.com/) and each day in december (1-25) a cat head was created. this was the perfect opportunity to keep crafting during finals time as well as get a good dose of practice quilting in. plus it knocked out a little chunk of all the batik fabrics i inherited from my grandma's leftovers, plus this giant piece of gray i ended up not using for it's original purpose. i'm very pleased with the result, and will sooner or later do a bigger one with 100 cats pre-quilting:
one of the sweetest girls i know got married recently, and since her registries were for crazy expensive places, i decided i would make her something her now husband flies airplanes, and i always loved this ruffle apron i did back in 2011/2012 for a friend of mine at the time. she loves to travel as well, so the post cards & stamps tied in perfectly.
i wish i could say i had the skills to make that hanger though... <3 etsy for that
as to not overwhelm, there are many many more photos over on my blog, as well as the tutorial to the apron in all it's metric glory blog post!
i was asked to make some quilts for a music camp raffle, and so after digging through the combined fabric stashes of mine & my mom's, we came up with these two different quilt. the gold one i am thrilled with the outcome, the pinwheels and everything turned out just as imagined. the black and white one i did in the past (also for a music program donation raffle) and while i like how it turned out, it just doesn't seem as "taa daa" to me. my grandma did all the quilting for me (thank goodness!)
alas, these were the only photos i got. i had a text from my dad asking if the quilt was done, i replied "yes, but i need to take pictures of it" thinking he would wait until i did that... but i got home, and the quilt was gone... *sigh* at least he took one for me. haha one detail photo and quilt pattern links here
this was another quilt created from my stash busting rampage, and i love how it turned out! the fabric was originally from a quilt i made for my childhood bff's sister when she had a baby, and i had plenty to spare. i found this pattern in one of my many quilt books, and thought i would give it a shot. well, i would say it was a pretty good shot
the tiny squares were a little wonky, but they're much better than they have been in past attempts, that's for sure!
my cousin asked me to make him a quilt for his old roommate that was expecting a baby girl. of course i said yes, and when i found this pattern in a book my grandma gave me, and this elephant fabric, i knew exactly what i was going to do! everything went together super smoothly. basically, i cut & pieced the entire top in one day in the amount of time big fish took to play (with commercials) my grandma did the quilting for me, and then once the binding was sewn on, it was on it's way to my cousin to send to his roommate!
i've had to type kaleidoscope out so many times since this quilt top, you'd think i'd be able to remember how to spell it by now. hm. nope i had all this cat fabric FOREVER... at least since i did the cat lovers swap in 2007. sheesh! when i started my stashbust project, i pulled all this cat fabric aside to eventually be used for something... and then i stumbled upon this tutorial, and knew it was what had to be used! originally it said to use paper for the back, but since we have a giant bolt of muslin, i opted to use that as well.
and the back, to show how it was pieced on muslin.
so i messed up this pattern, but still like how it turned out in the end! instead of looking like tetris "t" blocks, the colors were supposed to alternate in the centers with the large cherries on the outsides the entire time. oh well. it's a functional quilt top that still looks good to me!