May 18

Hexagon Teacher Quilt (160)

Last summer, I purchased a TON of Joel Dewberry fabric from the Dewberry home town in Northern Utah for a steal of a price.  It was my intention to use it in my teacher quilts for the next year.  Joel Dewberry fabrics have very bold designs, which sometimes can be difficult to use when piecing.  I love finding a quilt design, though, that can show off the bold fabrics in a calm way.

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You’ll notice that I cut the fabric and the border fabric in strips.  I am a fan of working less and wasting less, so I used Elizabeth Hartman’s method of creating these triangles (see her Honeycomb quilt or Honey in space quilt) only my fabric dimensions were different (background strips were cut 1 inch wide x width of fabric, printed fabric was cut 7 inches wide x width of fabric).  Once the triangles with borders were cut, I sewed the triangles together into hexagons.

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One yard of fabric made about 6 hexagons.  I sewed the hexagons into rows, and then sewed the rows together.  Sounds like a lot of work, but it was actually a fun change of pace, sewing all of those rows together.  I became a champion of the Y seams!

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I didn’t trim the edges until after quilting.  This is the final product.

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I used a nice loose free-motion meander, which was great around all of those corners!

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Hexagon quilts are not fun in the cutting, but the sewing I find rather enjoyable.  This ended up being a nice large twin sized quilt, perfect for my son’s taller teacher.

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Backed and bound by more Joel Dewberry prints.

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May 10

Paisley Plus Quilt (159)

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Sometimes it’s fun just to mix things up a bit with quilts.  I saw these small multicolored print florals and paisleys and thought, “Why not?”  I love how the fabrics are made with bright flashy colors, but yet the overall quilt is rather tame as you step back.

 

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I’ve made plus quilts before, but I wanted to try this quilt using a nine-patch design where four of the blocks are half square rectangles.  This makes it so that you can take two strips of fabric of equal width and length, sew them together, and make multiple blocks by cutting them to the size you want.  In this case, I took a 2.5 inch strip of Kona Snow and sewed it with a 2.5 inch strip of colored fabric and made these lovely 4 inch (final) half-rectangle squares. The extra patterned fabric was used around the border, making the final quilt about 64.5 inches x 88.5 inches.

 

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I used a gray floral print as part of my back, along with a large swath of Kona Snow with the kids’ hand prints and names on it.  I also bound it with the same gray floral print.  Now that I’ve had a ton of practice, I have to say that I am a fan of machine binding.  I used to love hand binding, but when you have six quilts to baste, quilt, and bind in two weeks, machine binding is the way to go!

 

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In this picture, I am laying out the blocks to see if the way I organized them is visually appealing.  I also do this to check and make sure I put all the blocks in the right order.  How did we quilt without digital pictures?

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After realizing my blocks weren’t going to make a twin sized quilt, I decided to add a border.

 

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And here is the pieced top.  Thank you for stopping by!  This quilt was also well received by the teacher, who was new to the school and probably had no idea that this was something that I do.  More teacher quilts to come!

 

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May 05

College Quilts for teachers (157, 158)

Every year, I make quilts for my kids’ teachers.  This is the first time I got to make a quilt for a male teacher.  He is very outspoken about his love of his alma mater, and so I knew I needed to make him a college quilt.

 

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Since some of my kids are in immersion classes, they have two teachers.  The male teacher’s counterpart is also very proud of her alma mater, and so the two college quilts were born.

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I decided to applique the college logos instead of piecing them.  Mostly, it was because that darn “UCLA” was all in cursive, and would have been a piecing nightmare.  I was able to transfer the image from online by going into the school and utilizing their projector screen.  I traced the symbol onto the fabric, and then using fusible web, I was able to fuse these symbols onto the background quilt.  I then used a zigzag stitch to secure it to the pieced back.

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I backed each of the quilts with a strip of white fabric with their signatures on it flanked by their respective collegiate fabrics.

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I am happy with how these quilts turned out, and the good news is the teachers were very pleased as well!  Both of the quilts were a hit!

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Here are a few more pictures of the quilt tops.  The background squares are 6 inches square final.  So, these quilts are about 72 inches by 90 inches–a nice sized twin quilt.

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A close up of the quilting.  Just a standard stitch beside the ditch.  🙂  Thank you for visiting!

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Apr 16

Tillamook County (Oregon) Quilt Trail

My family went on vacation to Tillamook County for spring break this year.  The Oregon coast is beautiful, and it is a trip I highly recommend to anyone needing a break from regular life.  In Tillamook County (home of the Tillamook Cheese Factory), we were, of course, surrounded by dairy farms, but I almost screamed out loud when I saw what else Tillamook County had to offer!

As we drove into the county, I began to notice a quilt blocks on the buildings.

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Having Been to Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois, I had known about barn quilts, but I had never seen or heard of anything like this west of Nebraska.  I thought maybe that first block was an anomaly, but then…

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The more milk farms we saw, the more quilt blocks we saw.  And then we drove into town.

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They were everywhere!  Not just on the dairy farms, but on businesses throughout town!

 

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Way to go, Tillamook County!  Thanks for making a quilter’s heart happy.

 

To learn more about the Tillamook County Quilt Trail, click here.

 

And, apparently, you can buy your own pseudo-barn quilt from Shopko!

 

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I’m thinking our new shed might need one of these…

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Dec 22

Scrappy Arkansas Cross Roads Quilt (156)

It took me a while to find out the name of this block, but I learned it is a block with many names.  Introducing my Scrappy Arkansas Cross Roads/ Scrappy X’s and 16 patch quilt.

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This quilt uses an alternating 16 patch block with an X block.  The dark X’s look black, but they are actually a navy color.  The scrappy blocks are 2 x 2 inch squares (originally cut 2.5 inch squares with a 1/4 inch seam).

 

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I used a navy colored thread for the bobbin and the navy X portions of the block.  These X portions were quilted in a squiggly line moving from side to side, corner to corner.  The scrappy star shape, however, was quilted using a free-motion technique, echoing the outer lines of the star and the inner square in the 16 block.  These scrappy stars were quilted with a peach colored thread, but still used navy blue in the bobbin.

 

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I found a cute floral print from Joann for the back of this quilt.  The binding is a Kona yellow, but I forget the name of the color.  The dark navy X’s are also a Kona blue, probably Navy 🙂

 

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This quilt will be going to a cousin-in-law that lives a couple of thousand miles away.

 

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She has only sons, so I was happy to make a feminine quilt for her.  Hopefully it is one that she doesn’t have to share with anyone else–unless she wants to, of course.  This quilt is 72 inches by 88 inches, before washing.

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