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Mission Accomplished: 2 Baby Quilts + 1 Scrap Throw Quilt

Carrie Bloomston fabric line

Carrie Bloomston’s fabric line available at Modern Quilting, Paradise Valley, AZ

Just back from the post office where I mailed the last of my trio of quilt projects. I won’t make Father’s Day with the delivery, but my dad knows his is on the way. So, would you like to see what I’ve accomplished this month (with the help of the talented long-arm quilter Renee Miller and the creative input of Heather Ripley at Modern Quilting in Paradise Valley, AZ)?

Ta-da! Three Quilts Conquered & Delivered!

Boy Baby Quilt front

The blue version¬† is for my niece’s newborn son.

Boy Baby Quilt detail front, back, & faced binding

A two-fer photo: quilting detail, backing, and faced binding.

Girl Baby Quilt Front--Carrie Bloomston fabric + others

The white version is for my nephew’s baby who will make her debut in a month or so. Hey, I was able to get one of my original quilt holders involved in the photo shoot. You can see the battered legs of my youngest son who used to make himself scarce when I needed a quilt holder. Got him this time!

Girl baby quilt back--Carrie Bloomston fabric

This Carrie Bloomston print was the inspiration for my fabric selection. Once I spotted this happy print, the notion of a quilt made of mini blocks of solid fabrics flew out the window.

Girl Baby Quilt front detail

Close-up of the quilting pattern. I selected the same design for all three quilts, although Renee kindly tightened up the gauge of the quilting design for my father’s quilt.

Dad's scrap throw quilt

I absolutely adore the simplicity of the design for my father’s quilt. I had a big pile of 3-inch squares left over from the baby quilts and opted to cut each in half in order to create a band of colorful slices. Love it!

Label for dad's scrap quilt

I made variant of this label for all three quilts. A little raw, a little handmade and referential to the fabrics used in the quilts.

What Happens After Conquering Three Quilts?

If you’ve read the news you’ll know that the Western U.S. is hot, hot, hot. So, what does a quilter do to avoid a furnace blast of heat? This quilt maker decided to tackle the leftover’s stash from the quilt trio in air-conditioned comfort. Yes, there was more fabric, but now there is much less. I’ve got to say this fourth quilt just might be my favorite so far. I got some interesting finishing details in the works . . . I’ll share soon!

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Stay tuned for further developments!

 

 

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Crazy Quilt-Making Ambition Goes Awry

3 quilts done!

She’s back at the sewing machine. She’s not too thrilled with the current sewing facilities, but she’s making do. Well, that’s my update. Imminent childbirth by two extended family members has me sewing baby quilts like a mad thing. I’m not complaining, it’s wonderful celebrating the arrival of a new baby with a colorful quilt. The madness comes from a naive notion of trying to use all the fabric I purchased. I think it’s locking me into a perpetual sewing cycle . . .

Perhaps that statement needs clarification. Two babies, two quilts: purchase one stash of fabric of sufficient yardage to make a pair of quilts and then make another from the leftover scraps. Three quilts from one fabric purchase. That was my goal.

Big Charming pattern by Denyse Schmidt

I started with a baby quilt model: Denyse Schmidt’s Big Charming quilt pattern. It’s pretty, modern, and super easy for someone who doesn’t actually have a dedicated sewing area for now. Also, my actual fabric stash lives in moving boxes and they are piled out of reach in the spare bedroom of our rental home. I whipped out the two quilts rather quickly, but choosing prints from Carrie Bloomston’s fabric line rather than solids took me down a divergent design path. (I will reveal the results after the tops are quilted.)

With the duo completed and the backing fabrics seamed and prepped, I turned to my leftover fabrics. Here’s the draft layout:

Test scrappy layout

I like it because it’s quick, informal, and casual. Although, I did have to purchase more fabric for backing . . . So here’s the thing I’ve come to realize about my thrifty-fabric-use goals:¬† I’m never going to be done once I add the backing leftovers from the long-arm quilter to the remnants from the first go-around. You know I’ll have to purchase more fabric to finish the projects . . . OMG!

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