With my last quilt, I was able to get my kids to hold the quilt for me. This time, though, I only had the pre-kindergarten ones home. So, I held the blanket, and the 5 year-old took the picture.
I think she did very well, just held at an angle. She is my camera girl; she loves taking pictures. Here are some other pictures she took:
My Sewing Machine
and she also took a lot of self portraits
Then, I took the camera away from her.
Here is the machine quilting close up.
I backed this quilt with the nursery rhyme fabric. Mostly because I love it, and it is a baby blanket. This is my 3rd quilt that I have backed with this fabric.
If you want to learn how to do a diamond quilt, I used this tutorial from Urban Patchwork. I ended up making two less rows (horizontal) than she did, so mine was shorter. Before washing, it was 37.5 x 46.5 inches. After washing, it was 35.5 x 44 inches. I think one thing I will do the next time I make one of these quilts is cut the striped fabric differently. In this quilt, I cut my original 4 inch strips so that I was cutting through the lines. I think next time I will cut my original 4 inch strip WITH the stripes, that way the stripes will be parallel to two sides of the diamonds.
And I loved it so much, I have another one ready to iron. And another one cut out. I might try to do one argyle. Maybe
I’m making a quilt for my mom. It is going to be a big project.
This is what the piles of pieces look like:
Sewing will begin tomorrow. So much sewing. So much ironing. So much pinning.
After all of that cutting, I had to decompress by making a baby quilt quilt top.
Same main idea. This quilt will be a little different than the king sized one I’m making, though, because I have decided to make this baby quilt using a jelly roll.
A Jelly Roll is a group 20 of fabric strips 2.5 inches wide and approximately 42 inches long, usually with 10 different coordinating fabrics. USUALLY. I actually used a little more than a jelly roll. I needed 22 strips of fabric, so I cut two 2.5 inch strips of 11 fabrics from selvedge to selvedge. If you have a jelly roll, you may also need to add two 2.5 inch strips of another coordinating or complimentary fabric. I also needed a yard and a half of background solid fabric. I chose white. From this white fabric, I cut (from selvedge to selvedge) a 2.5 inch strip, two 4.5 inch strips, and six 6.5 inch strips.
I needed to make four basic blocks.
I needed thirty-six “edge” blocks (4.5 x 6.5 inch background fabric, three 2.5 x 2.5 squares of jelly roll fabric)
I needed nine 6.5 inch x 6.5 inch background (white) fabric
I needed sixteen nine-square blocks with background (white) square in the middle (each square 2.5 x 2.5)
I needed twenty L shape blocks (4.5 x 4.5 background square, and five 2.5 x 2.5 jelly roll squares)
Each of these blocks, after sewn to completion, should be 6.5 x .6.5 inches squared.
You could cut your jelly rolls into 2.5 x 2.5 inch pieces first, and then begin piecing them together. I chose to go the easy way and strip pieced my jelly rolls. I chose three strips of fabric and sewed them together, and then after ironing, I cut these into 2.5 inch strips, resulting in these 2.5 x 6.5 inch strips.
While sewing the jelly roll strips together, I tried to make sure that if I put one fabric on the center of a trio, that I put the same fabric on the outside of a trio, that way when I had to match blocks side by side, I was less likely to have matching fabrics next to each other. I also strip pieced the white 2.5 x 2.5 inch strip with two jelly roll strips to make the nine-patch blocks. You’ll notice that each 2.5 x 2.5 white square has a pink/brown stripe square opposite a pink jacks square. That was my center trio.
To make the L shape blocks, I strip pieced a duo of fabrics. You’ll notice almost every L shape piece has a green striped fabric next to a pink polka dot print. That was my duo (2.5 x 4.5). Add that to a 4.5 x 4.5 square and a trio, and you have an L shape block.
The white 4.5 inch sashes were further cut into 4.5 x 4.5 blocks. My two 4.5 sashes only made 14 blocks, so I used the extra 6.5 sashes to make another two 4.5 x 4.5 blocks.
The white 6.5 inch sashes were further cut into nine 6.5 x 6.5 blocks, and thirty six 6.5 x 4.5 inch strips.
After all of the sewing, I arranged them on the floor, making sure to avoid putting matching fabrics side by side, and to make sure that the colors were evenly distributed.
Then I pieced all of the blocks together.
The resulting quilt top is 54.5 x 54.5 inches.
I could see this pattern working well for a boy quilt, with maybe a darker background fabrics, and more reds and oranges and blues and greens…
I could also see using this pattern for a fun twin quilt. You’d need a lot more jelly rolls
I’m still debating how I should quilt the back….
Oh, and my inspiration for these quilts?
Looks like TV is good for something (and thank goodness for DVR and phone cameras!).
About two months ago, I was sitting in church and the teacher was teaching about church websites. During the lesson, this image popped up:
I was immediately drawn to the pillows in the back. Yes, I wanted to make a quilt like that.
So, I drew up some sketches and ended up with one I wanted to quilt.
But while I was blog surfing, I ran across this quilt and thought, “That was the quilt that is in my head and sketched onto a piece of paper, only this one is real”. Amy from “Diary of a Quilter” had quilted it and had even made a pattern of it. It was beautiful. But you can imagine my shock even more when I saw that she had the same exact inspiration for her quilt, only she saw the picture of this lady and her pillows in a magazine (a church magazine, I presume ).
So, instead of making the same quilt, I decided to tweak it a little. So, here goes.
My new sketch:
This sketch is not exactly what I made (I didn’t do the extra square in the middle of the connected squares.)
Here is a detail of the two main blocks used for this quilt. The pencil numbers are incorrect. The numbers in pen are correct, resulting in finished 7.5 x 10.5 inch blocks.
I had a piece of remnant fabric from JoAnn called “Koto,” I’ve wanted to use it in a quilt for a long time now, and so I decided that this would be the quilt.
I made 15 of each block, and arranged them so that the Koto pieces would balance themselves out in the quilt.
Then, I organized them into columns.
I decided to sew them end to end first since it required more exactness, then I sewed the columns together.
Here is the quilt top.
Then I had to go back to JoAnn and buy more Koto fabric to make a back. It’s the vicious remnant cycle all over again.
I had a hard time figuring out how to quilt this thing. I thought about loopy, or meandering, but something in me wanted to make this more geometrical. I could do lines following the blues and whites, but I felt that it needed something different. I had thought of square swirls, or square meandering, but I had never seen it done, and so I didn’t know if what was in my head would look good. And then, a ray of sunshine! Elizabeth Hartman used a blocky meandering pattern on her planetarium quilt, and it looks AMAZING. Thank you Elizabeth for freeing me to do this. I should trust my own instincts. I love how it looks!
So, I bound it with grey fabric, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back. Before washing, this quilt was 45 inches by 53 inches. After washing, this quilt was 42.5 inches by 50 inches. This time, my fabric was pre-washed. That’s still shrinking 6%. I used “Warm and Natural” batting, which says on the package that it doesn’t need to be pre-washed and dried and that it won’t shrink. Well, I’m going to guess that it does. But, no matter, I love it!
Here is the back, upside down
The other fabrics used in this quilt include the green from the bus quilt, an orange from the next quilt I post, a red from a fat quarter, and a square of Kona Maize.
By this time in my quilting journey, I began reading quilting blogs. I finally figured out what a jelly roll was, and realized it’s potential. I found some jelly rolls in Joann, and I took one of them (with some scrap fabrics from quilts 25 and 26 (my baby’s new quilt and the alternating nine-patch) and made this fun baby boy quilt.
A quilt made with Jelly rolls, scraps, and white sashing.
Using white thread in a loopy pattern, I machine quilted this top to a fun blue and green flourish pattern. I bound it with a green binding and I feel I am finally perfecting my binding.
I was free-motion quilting this quilt when labor began. I wanted to finish it so badly, but my body had other ideas and we made it to the hospital dilated to an eight. It’s probably a good thing I stopped .
I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH READING QUILTING BLOGS HAS IMPROVED MY QUILTING! I felt like I was stuck in a rut. Here I had a passion for quilting, and it felt like I was alone with my sewing machine, and that I had no one to ask questions or learn from. THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU QUILT BLOGGERS! I believe I have gleaned knowledge from looking through so many of your sites.
I then decided to use these same jelly roll fabrics to make another baby quilt with another nine-patch with sashing design.
A nine-patch quilt with blue sashing.
This is the back side of the boy blue nine-patch quilt. I love double sided quilts
So, you’ve probably noticed that I’m not a professional photographer. I mostly use my iPhone because it is so easy to transfer photos, and I usually have my iPhone with me wherever I go. But, here is my double sided quilt. Now I know that one Jelly Roll can make about two baby quilts (with the use of additional fabrics).
As I was purchasing remnant fabrics, I came across a tiny strip of Jazz printed fabric. I though that this ought to force me to make a baby boy quilt (yes, so far all of my baby quilts have been girl quilts!). This is where I discovered the joy (or agony) of fussy cutting. I did the best with what I had. See for yourself (sorry about the fuzzy picture, but it is all I have).
First Jazz Quilt
I tried my best to find enough fabric of each section of print to make it look good. I think it looks good considering the fabric restrictions I was dealing with. I stitched in the middle of each “L” of each color, so there were a lot of loose threads to tie! This quilt went to Jazz fans who had their first baby boy, and the dad LOVES wrapping his little guy in it. Maybe the baby will like it, too
I ended up buying more of the same Jazz material for the backing of quilt 22, but bought too much. Again, I was facing the same dilemma–What was I going to do with a little strip of Jazz fabric? But this time, I had enough to fussy cut 25 identical blocks and make another quilt.
I stitched in the ditch for this quilt. I also used a flannel Jazz print backing, and I’m proud to say that I had no extra fabric and the vicious cycle finally ended!
My second (and final) Jazz Quilt
This quilt was given to a family who was having their second baby boy. It’s already outdated, though because the Jazz changed their logo and colors AGAIN!!!