Sweet Leaf Quilt – Pattern Release

I’m so excited to release my latest pattern – The Sweet Leaf Quilt!  You can find the pattern in my Finely Fabric Etsy Shop

I used Kona Cotton solids by Robert Kaufman, the colors used are Paprika, Terra Cotta, Baby Pink, Ice Frappe, Blue, Prairie Sky, Malibu, and White.  The quilting was completed by Jamie at Quilt Drop, LLC using the Baptist Fans quilting design.

The Sweet Leaf quilt comes in five different sizes and two different layouts – it can be made scrappy or into a rainbow version using seven different colors. 

I used the Fruity fabric line by Maja Faber for Paintbrush Studios.  The quilting was completed by Jamie at Quilt Drop, LLC using the Dew Drops quilting design by Patricia E. Ritter.

The scrappy version is precut friendly – the baby and throw size can be made with fat quarters and the large throw can be made with a layer cake!  I love using precuts for quilts because you can get a lot of different prints that all coordinate with each other. 

This quilt pattern wouldn’t be what it is without the help of my amazing pattern testers.  Below are the quilts that they made, I love how different each one looks!!

Ashley @oeiboymomquilts made this gorgeous quilt using the Alma line from Ruby Star Society, she even has two more versions in the works!

Nadia @Sleepylittledarlings made this stunning version, blue and whites are always a winner!

Angela @spicyredhead is all ready for the holiday with this cute Christmas version, just look at the polka dot sashing!

Gwen @gosewing81 used a black background with green batiks which makes for an absolutely amazing quilt top!

Anne @batiksbythebay also used black sashing with blue batiks and it looks just like stained glass, I can’t stop staring at it.

Lisa @ljbulas made a beautiful rainbow version using one of my favorite fabric lines, Redux by Giucy Giuce. 

Jamie @quiltdrop is a super quilter.  She has already quilted and bound her quilt top, and she also quilted all three of my quilts. 

Julie @jwestin1959 also made a super festive Christmas quilt, her fabric is so much fun!

Tracey @ttabes80 made the cutest Sweet Leaf quilt, her fabric selection has eyelashes, lipstick, and stripes!

Sue @suehamilton7 is super speedy and has her quilt all quilted and bound, and she did those amazing waves all with her walking foot!

Jen @jenn_tries _to_quilt used a dark sashing and it looks so good, I just love a quilt in the snow picture!

Sue @quiltsue_ was the first one to complete a finished top, and then she made another rainbow one.  I love both of her versions!!

Sue @Susnquiltinator took on the biggest challenge and made a King sized quilt, she used Alma fabric by Ruby Star Society and the dark backing looks so good. 

Denise @dmking52512 created a super fun layout on her version, those oranges really pop!

Petra @craftyquiltymom made an adorable and bright baby quilt!

Lindsey @quiltschmidt used a peachy background color and it looks dreamy!

Lattice Quilt

A few months ago my husband and I went on a fantastic beach vacation to Turks and Caicos.  His good friends were renewing their wedding vows for their 15th wedding anniversary, which made it an extra special vacation.  Since we were going to a beach, I obviously had to bring my beach themed quilt!

I made this quilt as a baby present for an old friend of mine, she and her husband are huge beach lovers so I knew I wanted something to go with that theme!  I had a layer cake of Kona Cotton’s Midnight Oasis collection and the blues, greens, and aqua worked perfectly.

I used Missouri Star Quilt Company’s tutorial for their Lattice Quilt.  The tutorial calls for four charm packs so I just cut my layer cake down into 5 inch squares.  I thought that the construction of the quilt top was very clever and simple.  When I originally saw the pattern I assumed there was a lot of sashing, but there wasn’t any at all which was fantastic.  The tutorial is a great one if you want to check it out.  https://quiltingtutorials.com/tutorial/the-lattice-quilt-quilting-made-easy

My friends are also huge dog lovers and when I saw this doggie newsprint fabric I knew it would be perfect for the backing!  I love text print for backing on a brightly colored quilt, it helps provide some balance and doesn’t’ take away from the quilt top.  I’m a little late giving this one as a gift but I know they will still enjoy the quilt!

Looking Glass Quilt Pattern Release

I’m so excited to release my first quilt pattern – The Looking Glass Quilt!  You can find the pattern in my Finley Fabric Etsy Shop.

The Looking Glass quilt can be made with a layer cake, fat eighth bundle, or fat quarter bundle.  I love using precuts for quilts because you can get a lot of different prints that all coordinate with each other.  When I was designing the quilt I wanted something specifically for fat eighths. Though they can sometimes be difficult to use they are one of my favorite precut sizes. After making my first Looking Glass quilt I then realized that I could easily use 10” squares and have even more of a color variation within the blocks. 

This quilt is also beginner friendly, it is made up of one block using three different prints each.  The blocks are laid out to have a mirrored window effect.  The quilt pattern has several diagrams to help you piece and layout the blocks properly. 

The Looking Glass quilt comes in SIX different sizes!!  The quilt pattern includes the following sizes: crib, lap, throw, large throw, twin and queen. 

I used a fat eighth bundle of Kate Spain’s Longitude Batiks collection for the quilt with the white background.  The background fabric is Kona Cotton in Snow.  The quilting was completed by Emilee Hathaway @emileehathaway.

I used a layer cake of Alison Glass’s Diving Board collection for the quilt with the black background.  The background fabric is Grunge in Iron by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics.  The quilting was completed by Sew Let’s Quilt It in Dallas, TX.

Baby Quilts…Part 2

I made a lot of baby quilts in 2017 – five to be exact.  Five may not sound like a lot to some of you, but five quilts total in one year is a lot for me!

The first quilt was completed in January so technically I started it the previous year.  My husband’s cousin (is cousin-in-law a thing?) was having her first baby, a boy, and wanted a southwest theme for his quilt. She is an art teacher and picked a beautiful color pallet of golds, mints, blues, and greys. I knew that she had some specific ideas about how she wanted to decorate the nursery, so I wanted her to also be involved in choosing the pattern and fabrics.  We ended up choosing the Over the Rainbow pattern by Keera Job for Live Love Sew and I used Hawthorne Threads for the fabric. Since they print their own material it is easy to get the exact color and print combinations that you want.  The quilting was done with an argyle pattern which helped incorporate the angles that we wanted, I also used a striped binding which is quickly becoming my go-to for binding.  I really love the way this quilt turned out and it works perfectly with the little guy’s room.

The next four baby quilts were all for my group of friends.  The babies were due within a few months of each other so I knew I needed some quick patterns.  I choose the Summer in the Park pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Company for the first quilt.  It was for a baby boy so I picked a Kaffe Fassett jelly roll with blues and greens and paired that with a solid white jelly roll.  This pattern was a lot of fun to make, although some of the points were hard to match up since the cut is on the bias.  I had this one quilted with little cars and curvy lines.

The second baby quilt was for a good friend of mine that was having a baby girl.   She and her husband are huge animal lovers so I wanted to do something with an animal theme.  This turned out to be surprisingly difficult as I had trouble finding anything that really inspired me.  I had a jelly roll of Hello Love by Heather Bailey that would be perfect for a baby girl and one of the prints in the line had octopuses on it.  I had also wanted to make the Modern Trellis pattern by Must Love Quilts for a while and was able to use the jelly roll for it.  This one had flowers, dragonflies, and ladybugs quilted on it, the cream background really shows the quilting pattern well. Though creatively challenging, I’m happy with the results.

Next in line was a friend from work. She was planning a zoo theme with bright colors for her nursery and as soon as I saw these Robert Kaufman Urban Zoologie fabric panels I knew I had to use them.  The panels originally had some lighter colors, including a baby pink as the natural border, and I knew that I wanted to brighten those colors up.  I chose some coordinating blues, greens, yellows, and oranges and added a new border to the panels, I also made some simple square blocks for filler.  This one came together very quickly and was quilted with adorable zoo animals.

The last quilt of the year is one of my favorite baby patterns to make, it is the Sunshine and Shadow pattern from the Tradition with a Twist book. I’ve made it twice in the past but unfortunately didn’t take pictures of them. I used Hawthorne Threads again to pick six fabrics from three different colors – I used blue, mint, and grey.  I had it quilted with a curly star design and used the stripe binding once again.  One day I need to make this pattern in a large quilt for myself!

I’ve seen most of these quilts many times since making them. It always makes me happy to see them getting worn and used for their intended purpose.

And that’s it for baby quilts, at least for the foreseeable future!

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Bargello Quilt Tutorial

One of my friends made a quilt last year using Fig Tree Quilt’s Strawberry Fields Revisited fabric line and as soon as I saw it I knew I needed that fabric.  I bought two jelly rolls but didn’t have any plans in mind on how I would use them.  I pulled the jelly rolls out over the winter and decided to make a simple bargello quilt; I had made a similar quilt years ago and I love the design!

 

A bargello quilt is a very easy quilt to make and there are lots of different layout options – you can vary the width of the strips for an optical illusion effect or arrange the fabric so the colors zig-zag back and forth.  I kept mine nice and simple and used a diagonal layout.  Jelly rolls are great for this type of design since much of the initial cutting is already done for you.

I started by arranging the strips from one jelly roll out on my table in an order that I liked, there were lots of red and brown prints in this collection so I separated those into two different sections and tried to keep 4-5 strips for each color section.  Since I used a jelly roll I had a total of 39 strips (I removed one piece of fabric that was a solid white and kept just the prints).   Once you have a layout you’re happy with you can sew all the strips together. 

The key to making a bargello quilt is making sure you press the strips properly; you want to make sure you press towards every other strip and don’t press them all in the same direction.  If you press towards every other strip then it helps nest the seams later and allows the quilt to lay better.  An easy way to keep track is to number the strips and press towards the even numbered strip.  Numbering the fabric will also help you later in the process.   

 

Once you have all of the strips pieced and pressed together you need to sew the two end strips together in order to make a large tube.  Place the tube on your cutting table and make sure it lays flat, depending on the size of your table you may have to fold the tube in half.  The selvage ends will likely not align but you want to make sure the top and bottom of the strips are as straight as possible. 

Cut off the selvage ends of one side to square up the piece and then cut the tube into 2 ½” strips.  You should be able to get 16 or 17 strips from one jelly roll tube.  If you are using two jelly rolls you will need to repeat the above steps with the 2nd roll. 

To start piecing the quilt top you will need to un-sew the seam between two pieces of fabric, I started with the seam between the first and last piece of fabric from my strip set (Fabric #1 and #39 in my case).  This strip will be your first row.  You will then need to remove the seam between fabric #1 and fabric #2 for your second row.  Seam #2 and #3 for the third row, and so on.  Sew rows 1 and 2 together, I use pins at every seam to make sure that they line up properly.  If all the seams were pressed towards the even numbered row then they should nest together well.   Once row 1 and 2 are sewn together press the seam towards row one.

You will need to repeat this process for the remaining strips and sew the rows together. 

Row 4 – Remove the seam between fabric 3 and 4

Row 5 – Remove the seam between fabric 4 and 5, etc.

This is an easy pattern to adjust the size for; each strip will finish at 2”.  Since I used 39 strips from a jelly roll my quilt is 78” long.  I used two jelly roll strips sets and was able to get 33 strips (16 strips from one set and 17 from the other), my width is 66”. 

Below is another bargello quilt that I made about ten years ago.  I used two mini rolls with 24 fabrics in each and made two strip sets using the same method above. The bargello pattern alone measures about 48″ x 66″ so I added an 8″ border to make the quilt larger.  This fabric is Charleston IV 1850-1865 by Marcus Brothers Fabric.  

Easy, right?!  Bargello quilts are a quick and fun way to use up some of those jelly rolls that you have gathering dust in the closet. If you’ve made a bargello quilt that you would like to share I’d love to see it!  If you have any questions or suggestions let me know in the comments. Happy quilting!

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Introduction and First Quilt

Hello and thank you for visiting my site! I decided to start a blog to help document my quilt making and to also share any knowledge that I may have.

My name is Laura and I live in Dallas with my husband and dog. I grew up with a mom that was an excellent sewer (she never quilted though). She made lots of clothes for myself and my dolls, homemade Halloween costumes every year, and even made a homemade Cabbage Patch doll for Christmas when the stores were all sold out. She taught me to sew for the first time in elementary school and it was a disaster, I made a pair of shorts that no human could fit into – the waist was about two feet wide and the legs about five inches wide. I’m not sure what I did wrong but quickly learned that I hated to unsew! After the epic shorts fail I didn’t touch a sewing machine for almost 20 years.

In 2005 I read a book from the Elm Creek Quilts series and decided I wanted to quilt. I convinced my mom to take a class with me and bought myself a cheap sewing machine. We both loved the class and have been quilting ever since. This is my first quilt, there are definitely some errors but I learned a lot from the class.

The pattern is Block Watchers Basics by The Quilt Company; it’s a great one for a first quilt since you learn several different piecing techniques.

Since that class I’ve made a lot of quilts, most of them have been gifts and unfortunately I never took a picture of them. Going forward I want to document the quilts I’ve kept and those that I make in the future. I hope that this blog inspires you in some way, helps me make some online quilty friends, and share new skills!

Thanks for reading!

Laura

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