Perry Moffitt

February 20, 2013

Quick piecing tiny squares for doll quilts.

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.


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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.

IMG_0319My 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”.

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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.

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This picture is a total mess but it kind of shows the diagonal seams, and the below picture shows what started happening.

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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…
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August 1, 2012

WIP Purple and Green Diamond Quilt

A month from tomorrow my husband’s sister is getting married and my guest room has a HUGE pile of crafty things growing and growing and growing for the event. More on that later.
I stepped away from that wedding to work on a quilt for an October wedding who requested purple and green. A sneak peak of the progress.

I am working without a pattern, just some rough math and graph paper and almost 200 purple diamonds. I am loving the diamonds these days. Starting with this baby quilt and then the  pink and red pillows I feel like a pro at cutting diamonds.

2″ green sashing and I am loving the result! It has taken almost 2 weeks to get to this point, where I have sewn half the top. It might be a while before I can call this baby done.

January 25, 2012

Kaleidoscope quilt in red and pink

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I thought that the gorgeous morning light would show my newly finished kaleidoscope quilt beautifully. And so did this little girl. She is turning into quite the ham, not that I mind.

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This poor quilt just needed it’s binding for weeks. I dropped in on unfinished projects night at Cloth and Bobbin last night and managed to finish it up before bedtime. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I am ignoring that it doesn’t match my bedroom at all. It might just be time to repaint so this quilt looks even better.

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Admittedly I got distracted by my cutie girl and didn’t get any really good pictures. There some pictures of this quilt in progress here with more detail.

**added 2/27/12** I finally got a good day to take a nice photo!

August 4, 2011

Scrappy Houses Quilt

I have been done with this quilt for a while, but was waiting for my mother-in-law to come for a visit so I could finally give it to her. Christmas in July is what this really is, 7 months past it’s due date!

There is a lot going on in this quilt,I took some detail shots in an earlier post.

I like the back almost as much as the front. It is a long saved Ikea duvet cover. I had to add a little to the sides to make the twin size expanded to a queen size. The final size on this quilt is 90″ x 90″. Green is a hard color when it comes to quilts. Or at least I find it to be tough. It always looks a bit christmasy unless you can find some nice light greens. I think the binding saved this one from the christmas vibe.  I am always on the lookout for green on green prints, and now more than ever because I have used up 2 of them!

June 1, 2011

Scrappy House Quilt, WIP

This was supposed to be a surprise present, but if I don’t name the recipient, it might still be a surprise…  I have been working on this on and off for more than 7 months and I just keep finding more to do on it.

I think I am in the home stretch. I have the back and binding picked out, just need some of that valuable “time” that is so scarce these days.

I did a rotten job of measuring. I just made some little house and sashed them willy-nilly.  Currently it is 85″ wide and 74″ long. I think I might have to add another tiny row of houses on top to get it a smidge longer.

I used some of my hoarded Obama fabric, which I think the recipient might love. I still need to add some chimneys and front doors here and there. I think I may never feel finished on this one, I will just have to give up at some point!

This red and pink house might be my favorite, I just love the couch!

May 18, 2011

Dot Tree Quilt


I can finally post about this! Philly Modern Quilt Guild participated in the Robert Kaufman Kona Solids challenge. Our guild chose to use the charm pack in addition to prints, no other solids allowed. Initially I was stumped at how to start. All the colors of the rainbow was pretty overwhelming! I started laying out 2 separate baby quilts from my charm pack. One purple-blue-green and one pink-orange-red. My husband took one look and said, “why don’t you make a quilt to match the mural in the baby’s room?” Remember this mural? And I took his advice…

Poor baby will never get to sleep with all these polka dots!

My favorite part is the tree trunk. I think the rainbow thread and the free motion quilting really worked out nicely.

It is a skinny twin size quilt, only 48″ wide, but it is going on a day bed, so it works out very nicely.

I pieced out two other backings for this quilt, one of them I even sewed before rejecting. But in the end I am so, so pleased with how well the lions match. I even managed to get my label on in time for the meeting!

February 18, 2011

Scrappy houses

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We have all had a rough 2 weeks around here. A smattering of the flu for everyone. Busy times at work. A new (used) car to feel stress about. Waiting impatiently for spring to arrive. Really starting to hate the snow. Cabin Fever.

And sewing with cabin fever means that these snuck into my sewing recently. They are my way of getting one block sewn a night.  Slow and steady wins the race, right?  Oh, spring. Get here already!

December 29, 2010

Pirates and Paris, finished quilt.

It feels like it has been a million years since I have been able to say “I finished a quilt” . Maybe that is why I forgot to take a good picture of the whole quilt top finished?  Ah, well- here is the picture before it was finished, and it didn’t change that much. The rest of the pictures are from the finished quilt. Look close and you can see Eiffel towers in those little blue squares… hence Paris of ” Pirates and Paris”.

This little quicky was so satisfying to work on, and the recipients loved it!

however, the velour backing from Ikea was a terrible idea. It stretched like crazy and I finally just did little tiny button shaped stitching to tie it off. It was bunchy and puckery and was a true mess. Cozy and soft. But a mess.

One perk to the backing was the pre-embroidered design, that I think is just so sweet. Live and Learn, stretchy velour = mess.

December 20, 2010

Quick Pirate Lap Quilt

A quicky for a Christmas present. I have scraped the bottom of the red barrel with this one. I have very little red in my stash left, which means time for shopping! I started this last week and have been managing an hour or two every night after baby’s bedtime. Didn’t get a chance to iron the seams yet but was so thrilled to have something new to blog about I couldn’t resist posting right away. I have an Ikea velour blanket for backing so it will end up being in the neighborhood of 40″ x 48″ when we are done. Here is hoping I can get it done before the big day.

what? you are asking about the orange and purple quilt? yes yes, I put it aside for a moment. It is almost done, but well *i kind of hate it* I have done the best I can with it, but have you ever had a quilt that you hate working on? I hate working on it. It will be nice to give it away, I do hope they like it… Was that mean? No, I really do hope they like the purple and orange that they requested. Oh well, pulling my foot from my mouth…

Do you like the random little pirates? I think it made it a little punky, and the recipient is just a little punky 🙂

July 31, 2010

Rainbow Diamond quilt

ten years ago I was in my final semester of undergrad. I did an amazing study abroad program and had 2 roommates. I hit it off with Christy and we spent a lot of time sitting in our room being “grandmas” according to our 3rd roommate. She lent me the first Harry Potter book to read and inspired me to try to knit (um, that didn’t stick, sorry). I, in turn, taught her how to do black and white film developing. I never really continued with photography as a hobby after that semester, meanwhile, Christy has turned it into a career. And godammit she is freakin’ good at it! Really click that link- you won’t regret it.  I am almost embarrassed to put up my pictures!

I got to see her after too many years apart this weekend and we compared husbands and dogs and babies… and I brought her this for her toddler. I won’t lie, It was hard to give up. I love every little bit of it!

even the penguins on the back!

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