Thank goodness spring has finally arrived. This quilt was waiting and waiting to look seasonally appropriate!
Don’t take pictures in full sun. Quilted wrinkles are so distracting. Noted. and moving on.
I wish the green popped a little more, but live and learn…
Don’t judge me too harshly on the binding corners, I was in a rush to get to the baby shower before it was over!
sneak peek- I am working on a quilt for a circus themed baby room!
I read a great tutorial over on sew, mama, sew about using fusible interfacing for tiny piecing. It was so genius I was a little jealous I hadn’t thought of it myself. I should have taken some process pictures, but Elizabeth has some great process shots, so head over there for more detail.
My almost 3 year old and I had a great time using the 2.5″ scrap squares I had trimmed with this accuquilter die. She picked where they would go and I just straighten the grid pattern. The first one we made was simple and super fast. easy peasy squares. I backed it with some scrap minke and it has already moved to the world of baby dolls.
My young helper found some of the 2.5″ triangles from the same die so I pieced them and added them to the fusible interfactin just like the squares. I admit to doing a little rearranging from my kid’s original placement to get that nice visual diagonal, but she did say “that’s better mommy, that’s like a sandwich”.
And for our third baby doll quilt I got a little crazy. Or over-confident, but maybe that is the same thing. In my head I was thinking that I could do diagonal seams just like the vertical and horizontal with the fusible webbing and it would be like the one diagonal on the 2nd quilt. It was going to be so much faster than piecing the triangles and then putting them in the grid! I was so wrong!
I tried to do the diagonal seams first, but after just 2 seams I saw that it shifted the horizontal and vertical lines and I wouldn’t be able to sew the “up” and “down” seams. So I ripped it out and did the the up and down seams first. Above is a back side picture showing the horizontal and vertical seams sewn and then cut open.
This picture is a total mess but it kind of shows the diagonal seams, and the below picture shows what started happening.
I am still kind of amazed. It turned into an entirely different beast! Not at all where I thought it was going, but pretty interesting. Probably not a doll quilt anymore, maybe a table pad for hot pots? maybe a carpet for the barbie house? who knows…
…and almost a full month slipped by with lots of visiting family and not much sewing. But I am back with what caused my “writers block” . I made some fish scale pillows and loved them so much I expanded the idea to a baby quilt.
All that top stitching was a total pain. The half circles puckered like crazy even with everything stabilized with heat-n-bond. I admit giving up a few times and in the end all that stitching took me weeks to finish because I was so annoyed.
And then the terrible happened. I washed it blithely thinking it would fray just a bit here and there. But sadly, tons of fraying and I think it will fall apart completely if it is washed again. Wall hanging I guess. Disappointment.
I pieced the back with some of my favorites. And now I am moving on .
Time to start some new projects. Gotta start fresh. One month until Christmas so I will whip up some presents. sigh.
I got a request from a far away friend to make the orange fish scale again. Here are the pillows I made this summer. After I cut out an enormous number of orange prints, we chatted about the colors in her daughter’s room. None of which were orange (HA!) and I worked some pinks in.
Last time I used the efla circle cutter to cut 7″ circles and then I cut them in half. But this time I went big and bought the circle die for my new Go Baby Accuquilt fabric cutter. I got it for my birthday (after emailing the exact model I wanted to my ever-so-loving-hubby) and I am addicted. I used the 5″ circle die and then lay them in a row just inside the 2.5″ strip die and they were cut exactly in half, 30 at a time!!
It is measuring at 36″ x 40″ right now. Currently this is heat-n-bonded to a piece of muslin with no stitching yet. I plan on top stitching the whole thing.
I am making excuses to keep this hanging on my project wall. I truly love to look at it!
The Philly Modern Quilt Guild is doing a group of I Spy quilts for donation to a children’s hospital. Tonight is the night that we turn them in. I have to say that while I am not super proud of the design or quilting on these (it was some late night quilting last night) I am hopeful they will make some child’s hospital stay a little sunnier.
I love quilt stacks, they make me feel accomplished!
Variegated thread for both quilt tops, but you can only really tell on my pink and green one. The backing for this one is a lovely garden scene that picked up all the colors from the front.
I went a little crazy on tight quilting lines, but I think the pattern helped make the top a little fancier.
Super simple squares on this one. All those bright colors didn’t need much else. I really love the striped backing on this one! I chose to do this fold over binding as these quilts will be getting a lot of washing and binding is always the first thing to loosen up.
Leaving for a fantastic vacation this weekend where I will deliver some of my homemade goodies! see you in June!
I finished two baby quilts! My WIP pile is shrinking so fast!
Minkee backing on the elephant and bicycle quilt. Not for a Florida baby maybe, but any other baby would love it!
you can find these for sale here; www.cybeleperry.etsy.com
Christmas has me feeling a little broke, so I am working on some quilts to sell on etsy. Two tops done so far.
I always find baby quilts to be so refreshing to make after working on big quilts. This diamond quilt was the exception. What a beast to sew! I am glad I tried this smaller size before making this pattern in a larger size. That 60 degree angle changes everything somehow, the grain of the fabric or something. The diamonds warp and wiggle, what a pain!
This is basically the end of my blue and green in my stash. Going to have to make a few purple quilts next.
I love the pink and grey combo. It has been a long time since I have done a quilt with only 3 fabrics. But these elephants kind of called for it. I have a great binding picked out, so technically it will be 4 fabrics… Still a rarity for me.
I am also loving my new photo spot on the playhouse! Purple looks quite nice with this one
My best girlfriend is getting a new nephew for Christmas. So, I made this one as fast as I could!
A stacked coin quilt with sock monkey fabric, to match the nursery.
I appliqued a few more from a scrap to make sure no one missed the monkey theme.
My favorite color combo is blue and yellow, I didn’t notice until it was pieced how much yellow I managed to sneak in. Hopefully auntie won’t mind…
Flannel on back with more sock monkeys.
A very sweet mama friend asked for gently used or upcycled things for her new baby. I dove into my stash and perked up a few burp cloths and a bib and made a scrappy lovey for this new baby. I love love love the scrabble fabric! It makes monogramming very hip and easy! I found it at equilter.
I also gave baby this quilt, which had been in my cupboard for just a reason like this and was just the colors I was using on everything else.
I love it when a stash comes together ! Not one trip to the store for this present!