The Shoe Maker's Children...




...have no shoes!!  Well at least this quilt maker's son has one quilt, although it wasn't quite completed when he was born.

This quilt was really hard to photograph!  It's a very 'soft' looking quilt.  This idea of subtle gray and cream strips came as a round about idea from my original plan to make a pixelated heart quilt.  I do really like the finished quilt, although I still have the urge to make him something bright and crazy too.  I consider this his 'good' blanket although it gets used around the house all the time too. 

I backed it in a cream flannel because I didn't have anything in my stash that didn't overpower or clash with the quilt top.  I hand quilted on the diagonal both ways. 

All along I knew I'd be adding a pale minty aqua for the binding.  I'm not capable of making a quilt with NO color!!

Just a little side note:  Because I love nothing better than a well wrinkled and softened quilt, I throw this quilt in with my light colored wash loads quite often.  I figure that the sooner it gets that soft broken in feel, the more it will be loved.  I'm not about preserving my quilts, but rather about beginning the disintegration process as quickly as possible;) 

I realize this is crazy when you consider the amount of hours that are invested in a quilt, but this is really my quilting philosophy and is a large part of the reason that I love this form of creating.  I'm so happy to make things that are pretty, but so very usable and tough.

Mexico Quilt in Small




I'm so relieved, I found the photos of the quilt my mom made when she pattern tested this quilt.  Seeing these photos actually revives my interest in finishing up this pattern.  I'm thinking there's maybe something good here after all! 

Don't you love those monkeys?!  I just love the happy colors and prints in this quilt.

As you can see, this is a small quilt of the same design.  It's probably around 40" x 48", but it's still the same full design as the lap size and twin size quilts.  That's because the pattern uses different block dimensions for each size, rather than just making less blocks. 

So there's hope for this pattern yet:)  Just a few more nice long naps from baby here will definitely help!!

Quarter Log Cabin Quilt


Remember this bundle that I put together with fabric chosen from Fabric Spark?  Well, the quilt is finally completed!  Sewing has been a little slow here the last few weeks.  In the first month after the baby, I actually spent some time at my sewing machine and thought smugly to myself that it would continue as usual!

I think it may have sadly been a babymoon thing, because right now I'm over run by real life!  Oh well, that's not a bad thing, just a phase of life, and I know my cuddly little baby will grow up very fast!  (and I still have a backlog of finished and not so finished projects to show you...)
 

Now on to this quilt.  It. is. bright.  I love it's quirky craziness.  That purple just clashes so amazingly with the red:)  When you see that teal floral print up close, it all makes sense because the print includes this magenta and red so well.


From each fat quarter, I started by cutting a variety of strip widths, anywhere from 1.5" to 3.5".  I also cut a few 4" squares from some of the prints.

I then constructed quarter log cabin blocks, using a variety of square sizes to begin, anywhere from 3" to 4".  You add strips to 2 sides of the square, rather than all 4 sides as you would for a regular log cabin.  I kept adding strips till the blocks were 9" square.


It took me awhile to decide on the backing and binding fabric.  I'm really happy with what I chose because I feel like it is cohesive with the front of the quilt, but calms it down at the same time!

Backing fabric is Cotton and Steel On the Grid in Mint.
Binding is Cotton and Steel Dottie Bluebird


For those of you who like these eclectic colors and patterns together, but maybe not all the bright colors together, I've just had the thought that using this bundle to make a Pow Wow quilt would be amazing.  And this fabric I've used for the backing would make a great background for this quilt.

You can find this bundle here at FabricSpark.  Note:  The bundle has been slightly edited, due to one fabric being out of stock and also my changes once I started making the quilt:)  The bundle right now is exactly like what I used in my quilt except that the navy arrows have been replaced by another navy print (which works equally well) and the one cream and red floral print is not included.

Another note:  If you do buy this bundle and make something with it, I'd love to see it!!

Up Parasol Herringbone Quilt





A quick and simple baby quilt made from half of an Up Parasol jelly roll, purchased at Mad About Patchwork.  This jelly roll was an impulse purchase, and wouldn't you know I end up loving this fabric line!

I don't know why I'm surprised, as I've always loved Heather Bailey's fabrics in the past.  The bright summery feel is so fun to sew with.

I had this leftover piece of lime green minky kicking around, so I used it as the backing.  I'm allergic to quilting with minky because it's a bit tricky at times, so I did minimal quilting.  This works out well in the end as it's a very soft and squishy quilt now!

p.s.  I only used half the jelly roll for this little quilt (it's about 36" square) so I have enough to make another just like it, or I could have made it twice as big.