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May 14

Boat Quilt Complete (63)–Bloggers’ Quilt Festival

Amy's Creative Side

 

I finished my quilt festival quilt just a few hours ago.  It is always great to have that extra motivation to finish a quilt.

Some background:  My child’s first grade teacher LOVES pirates. She was a pirate on her first day of school.  Her room is decorated with cartoon pirates and ships.  She uses pirate sayings to get them to pay attention.  And for Halloween…yes, she was a pirate.  So, I thought it appropriate to make her a quilt for teacher appreciation week with a pirate (well, pirate ship) theme.

This is her first year of teaching, and I wanted the quilt to represent how I feel about teachers and how grateful I am for the time and effort they put into teaching my children.  So, I drew out a picture with a large ship surrounded by small ships, representing a teacher being surrounded by her students.  It kind of made itself after that.

 

This quilt represents a few firsts for me.

— This is my first time doing improvisational piecing throughout the whole quilt (the rotary cutter became both my best friend and my worst enemy.)

–This was my first time sewing a curve (the sun)

–This was my first time doing this maze free motion quilting.  I have done block-type meandering before, but I wanted this to look more like a maze.  I think the overall quilting pattern helps the seams melt away.  I love how it turned out.

Maze Meandering quilt pattern

–This was my first time using fabric marker, which I used for the back of the quilt (It has been blurred in the photo to keep their names private.  Don’t worry, it hasn’t bled…yet)

 

I am excited for my child to give it to her next week.  Hopefully she will use it as a wall hanging (I plan on using this tutorial to make embroidered hanging loops) or, eventually, I hope she’ll be able to wrap up her grandchildren in it.

This quilt measures 39.5 inches  x 46.5 inches.

Thanks for visiting!

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Oct 29

Triangles Squared (42)-Blogger’s Quilt Festival

This is my first blogger’s quilt festival I’m excited to be a part of it.

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

I’ve had this quilt design in my head for a while, then I decided to scratch it out on a piece of paper, then I decided it was time to quilt it.

Half Square Triangle design sketch

The quilt doesn’t follow the sketch exactly, but I pretty much let the squares tell me where they wanted to go.  I also let the squares tell me how big they wanted the quilt to be.  Since the squares got tired of me making them, they decided to only be the size of a large baby quilt or small lap quilt.

After the half square triangles were all put together, I decided to add a border or two around it.

As you can tell, I changed my mind.

But don’t worry, I was able to use the flower strips for the back, which will be shown later.

And then I began the quilting process.  This is always the hardest part for me.  What thread color?  What quilting pattern?  Free motion or straight stitch?  Follow the design of the quilt top, or do a quilting design independent of the quilt top pattern.  So, I thought I would try a free motion following the quilt top pattern.  First, I quilted all of the white triangles.  Here it is, seen from the back.

Then, I filled in the colored triangles in the opposite direction.  Here is a close up of the final quilting as seen from the back.  Don’t look too close, you’ll find errors.  I’m human, after all.  Not a machine.  🙂

I have to admit, I love the quilting pattern that I chose for this quilt.  I also did some straight stitch with red and orange string in the purple border.  I was on the fence about this, I almost didn’t quilt it at all (as seen in the picture below) but I’m glad I did.

I then bound it with a scrappy binding, and washed it.  Before washing, this quilt (fabrics pre-washed, batting wasn’t) measured 56.5  inches x 63 inches.  After washing, it was 54 x 60.

Here is the finished quilt front.

Triangle Squared Quilt

Half square triangle close up

Here is the finished quilt back.

Triangles Squared quilt back

Half Square Triangle quilt back

The back is made of scraps from the front and fussy cut pictures from fabric from IKEA.  I previously used it in this quilt.

I learned from this quilt that it is OK to try new things.  Sometimes, (like my border) they might not work.  But sometimes, they do work.  Trust your gut and go for it.  Thanks for stopping by.

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