May 31, 2013

The Supernova Quilt

I have been saving, swapping and swooning over these fabrics for years. I finally cut into them and a few others.

The Next Challenge

I thought the Supernova quilt from Quilting Modern would be perfect for them.


It wasn't as scary to cut into this group of fabrics as I thought. Although I was muttering under my breath when I cut a strip of swimming sisters a half inch too short. You know that feeling?  I even had some park slope leaves in the stash! I've been working on this for the past couple of weeks for only 15 minutes at a time. I will admit I am a hopeless copycat. Wouldn't you?

I've "claimed my blog" through bloglovin, as most people have, since Google reader will be no more. Care to follow? That was easy. I love how a summary of random blogs is emailed every night, of blogs I follow, to mix things up.  It will automatically transfer all the blogs you are currently following in an instant as well. Less work is a good thing.

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May 22, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Picnic Stashbuster Quilt

If there is one quilty fact you should know about me is that I love to hand quilt in perle cotton. I love mixing up the colors, the forgiving  nature of the stitches, and the notion that the recipient will know that I lovingly worked on their gift in my hands for hours, days, weeks or months. In some cases years. Even though it takes a while, I am very proud of the results.

This quilt started with a stack of Denyse Schmidt's Picnic and Fairgrounds.

Kaleidoscope  Picnic Quilt

I used the design for a scrappy Kaliedoscope called the Stashbuster from Sarah Fielke's and Kathy Doughty's book Material Obsession 2. I strip pieced my version, not using real scraps. In the border, you can see the strips I cut the triangle templates from.

Sewing along with others, at Don't Call Me Betsy's Kaliedoscope Along in June 2011, the top was completed.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Top

I used multiple colors of perle cotton 8 to stitch along each piece in the Summer of 2012.

Kaliedoscope QAL quilt

An overall grid in lime was added along the white pieces as suggested by the book.

Kaliedoscope Quilt

Each yo-yo was applied by hand applique, once the quilting was complete. Aurifil in 50 wt works great.


I added a scrappy binding to complement the the scrap quilt look. (9ish yards of hand finished binding takes forever. Good thing it means you are almost done.)

Color advice anyone?

The quilt measures 72 by 80 inches and fits comfortably on a twin sized bed. The quilt is for my four year old Zoe.

Stashbuster- Kaliedoscope Quilt

This was finished in August of 2012 as I have been taking quite a break from blogging.

My next two handquilting projects are my Single Girl, the quilting is halfway complete, (yay!), and my Granny square quilt.

If you like what you see, follow me on Bloglovin in the top right corner. Also, see my other handquilted entry (#62) in the category Bed Quilts.

Thanks for visiting both my entries for the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Children at Play Quilt

I was asked to make a quilt for a 'client'. I'd like to say that someday, but my SIL asked for this quilt for her son Benjamin. We planned it together online through many emails and ongoing communication throughout. We settled on a quilt similar to a Pottery Barn design, but homemade from the heart instead.

The twin bed quilt measures 60 by 87 inches.

SJ Children at Play Quilt
She sent me a bunch of fat quarters and yardage and I went to town on them.

Children At Play
Children at Play

My kids helped me layout the squares. The loft is my design wall when it is clean.

Children at Play

I made the the top within a couple of weeks,

Keeping it Simple

but spent the rest of last year quilting it.

Sarah Jane Closeup

Border Treatment

I added a few extras from Sarah Jane's blog.

Airplane Applique

Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter had made a cute baby quilt for Sarah's Market booth with an airplane design. I thought it would be perfect for the back.
SJ Children at Play Quilt Back

I couldn't leave the back boring, right?


My SIL said surprise me and I guess I did. I got this note in return when her twin sister hand delivered it to her across the country after a visit. "I just about died when I opened the quilt, I literally almost lost my breath. Then when I turned it over, I almost flipped because I had seen and downloaded the paper airplane template online a long time ago from I will have to write more later...." I am so happy I surprised you Becky! I love that you understand the homemade thing. I hope little Ben has many good sleeps under it.

My next two handquilting projects are my Single Girl, the hand quilting is halfway complete, (yay!), and my Granny square quilt.

If you like what you see, follow me on Bloglovin in the top right corner. Also see my other handquilted entry (#19)in the category Hand-Quilted Quilts.

Thanks for visiting both my entries for the Blogger's Quilt Festival.