17. August 2015 · Comments Off on Finish – Tetris Baby Quilt in Flannel · Categories: Baby Quilt, Finish Finish, Quilting, Sewing · Tags: , ,

Another top I pieced together eons ago.  It was my third top I believe.  Maybe my fourth.

Tetris on the Pine Logs Top RW

I finished quilting it April-ish I’d say.

Tetris on the Pine Logs RW

To be perfectly honest, this quilt looks WAY better in the pictures than it does in person.

Tetris on the Fence Full RW

I made it for a friend who was due with her fourth baby!  Just the other day she passed my house running with two kids on bikes and pushing two kids in the jogging stroller.  She’s pretty much Supermom.

Tertris on the Fence with Back RW

It’s a tetris pattern pieced with flannel squares.  Some parts look GREAT!

Tetris Close Up Good RW

Other parts?  Not so great.

Tetris Close Up Bad RW

I made this quilt before I knew I had to nest my seams.  Before I realized how stretchy flannel is.  Before I bought a 1/4 inch piecing foot.  My mom says this foot is like training wheels on a bike and I will want to take it off eventually.  No.  You can pry it from my cold dead hands.    

My other mistake?  I made a flannel baby quilt for a late spring baby.  Yup.  It gets hot in the Midwest.  What was I thinking???  Oh well.  90% of the use of baby quilts in the beginning is to lay on the floor for the baby to lounge on TOP of so I think it all worked out okay.

Still.  This quilt holds a special place in my heart and I can’t exactly pin down the reason.

Thanks for stopping by.

– Joanna

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social and My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday.

22. July 2015 · Comments Off on WIP – Modern Chevron Half Square Triangle Baby Quilt · Categories: Flimsy Finish, Quilting, Sewing · Tags: , , ,

The latest WIP I’m jonesing to finish up.

Chevrons on Wire RW

I realize I still haven’t blogged about the last WIP I finished.  I’ll get to it. Pinky swear.

I pieced this at least four months ago after I picked up a charm pack of Malka Dubrowsky’s From Outside In for $5 and decided I needed to try my hand at half square triangles.  I learned I do not especially like half square triangles.  Too much trimming.  Still, it made for a bright and pretty quilt top.  I haven’t measured lately but it’s about 30 something by 40 something.  Baby quilt size.  Or in my case, snuggle up in the carseats in the cold winter when we’re driving size.  I no longer have “babies” and this quilt was too much trouble to put together to give away.

Chevrons on Wire Close Up RW

NOW I get why you are supposed to press half square triangles OPEN.  Bulk.  Oh the bulk, people.

Chevrons from the Back RW

This quilt is a little out of my norm because of all the primary colors.  It’s happy and pretty and other than a quilting issue I’m having I really like it.  I’ll post about that soon when it’s all finished (and I figure out to fix a decent sized boo-boo) and photographed.

Chevrons on Wire with Leaves RW

– Joanna

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04. June 2015 · Comments Off on Finish – Origami Baby Baby Quilt · Categories: Finish Finish, Paper Piecing, Quilting, Sewing · Tags: , , , ,

No I didn’t stutter in the post title.  I’m calling this quilt Origami Baby.  So since it’s a baby quilt, that made the post title Origami Baby Baby Quilt.  It has occurred to me that I should allow my husband the sole rights to name all my quilts as he is wittier than I am, as much as I hate to admit that.  I like to think I’m witty, when really . . . not so much.

Origami Baby Full RW

For the record, I took the above picture because I thought I was supposed to (gah, I almost never do that sort of thing.)  But isn’t that the thing in the quilting world . . . having someone hold your quilt and taking a picture with their feet sticking out???

Origami Baby Husband Holding RW

It seems to be.  I then realized I need to be true to me and do my own thing.  So I took a picture of my husband’s feet instead.

Origami Baby Feet RW

I swear he’s twelve feet tall in those boots.

Then to really sell the whole I’m marching to the beat of my own drum thing I took a picture of the Origami Baby baby quilt on top of the grill.  Because when have you ever seen that???  Never.  Probably never.  Note to self: wipe off grill cover next time BEFORE putting quilt on top.  Noted.

Origami Baby on the Grill RW

Okay, enough of the craziness.  Let’s get down to who I really am.

Origami Baby Back RW

Hi.  I’m Joanna and I like to photograph things in trees.  Or bushes.  Sometimes bushes.  Occasionally on moss covered rocks.  Ok, there was that one time I used the blacktop driveway to photograph cookies, but I swear I didn’t eat those particular cookies.  Ok, ok, ok, and the woodpile.  Cookies on the woodpile.  Did I mention I used to be a food satire blogger?  Yeah.  I did.  If you have no idea what a food satire blogger is . . . well, join the club.

Drum.   Dum ditty dum ditty dum dum dum.

Enough of that, back to the quilt.

Origami Baby Boat on Electric Fence RW

Inspiration for this quilt came from here.  I purchased the origami boat paper pieced pattern off Etsy and couldn’t be happier!  I adore that little boat.  You saw it once before here and you’ll be seeing it again I am quite sure.

I’m loving the wavy quilting – I think it was the perfect choice.

This was my first try at applique as well and I think it turned out great.

Origami Baby Applique RW

To this day I still can’t seem to get the tension set just right so you can see the pink bobbin thread peeking through the top.

Origami Baby Thread Tension RW

Now I either utilize this on purpose for effect (I have an art quilt still to share where it actually looks great) or I just keep the bobbin thread the same color as the top thread.  It is what it is.  I’m still new at this.

I get better and better at binding each time I do it . . .

Origami Baby Side on Electric Fence RW

. . .but the corners still gave me some trouble on this quilt.

Origami Baby Binding RW

I finished this quilt up a few months ago so I’m happy to report I’ve gotten even better.  Here’s a sneak peek at the art quilt I finished.  I’m super proud of this binding.  Definitely my best yet.

Meanstreak Binding RW

Fabrics used on this quilt:

Boat:  Cotton & Steel – Arrows in Coral Metallic and All The States in Pink

Birds: Cotton & Steel  – All The States in Pink

Sky:  Moda Grunge (I think Sugar Cookies)

Water:  I’m starting to rethink adding this info to the blog post . . .

Binding: . . . cause I really don’t want to hunt down the info

Backing:  oh geez, it was on the clearance rack and that’s all I remember

Thread: Aurifil

And that’s all she wrote.  And by she, I mean me, because I’m done for the day.

As is my new norm, comments are closed.  Here’s why.  Thanks for understanding.

– Joanna

P.S.  I have finished the Rainbow Bed Runner!  I just haven’t photographed it yet.  Other than the fact I forgot to increase my stitch length on the binding, it turned out pretty well.

I’m sure I will link this post up to some cool places.  I’ll add links as I do.

Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social.  My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday.  Quilt Art Designs for Paper Piecing Friday.  Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.  Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop.  (I don’t make up these link names, but I’ll try to learn how to “whoop”.)

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