Tagged: stash buster

Mar 02

The Ultimate Boy Quilt Complete (86)

As I mentioned in a previous post, when I go shopping with my son to fabric stores, I allow him to pick one fabric from the remnant bin, or I let him choose 1/4 yard of a fabric of his choice.  After a few visits, we collected quite a variety of “boy fabric.”  I would fold it into a stack, and he would grab the stack and play with his “quilt.”  He would wrap things with the fabric, roll it up, throw it all over the place, and neatly stack it unfolded.  It was time to do something with it.


Presenting the ULTIMATE BOY QUILT!  The prints include frogs, fish, sharks, planes, cars, tanks, basketball, baseball, football, soccer, volleyball, Batman, Spongebob, Spiderman, and Star Wars.  I used a pattern similar to my Cape Ann Hybrid Quilt, only I used one fabric down the middle instead of the strings, and added a 1 inch border to either side.


ultimate boy quilt close up

The quilting in this quilt was pretty fun.  I was able to do dense straight line quilting in the diagonal lines, and then one line inside the diamonds.  This is how the quilting looks in the front:



I pieced together a back with the left over fabric and Kona raffia.  I didn’t actually use the orange cats on bikes fabric in the front, but it was one of his fabrics, so I included it in the back and binding.


This is the quilting from the back.  I’ll be honest, I just eyeballed the quilting, so it is not quite perfect, but good enough for a three year old boy, right.  🙂


I am happy to say that I used all of the extra fabric in the binding.  I bound this by machine, which is not my favorite method, but it was the fastest way to get it done, and the boy wanted it done!

I pulled this quilt out of the dryer and wrapped him in it.   He was in heaven.  When I asked him which print was his favorite, he rubbed his hand over the quilt and said, “This is.”  I tried to clarify by saying, “Which fabric is your favorite?” and he said, “All of them.”

I see me making many more quilts for that boy in the future.


Mar 28

Half Square Triangle Quilt Complete! (59)

Last Monday, I joined Amy’s “One thing, One Week” challenge.  I wanted to finish my half square triangle quilt.  Well, I got it done!


I have always wanted to do a half square triangle quilt, well, a big one anyway.  And, while blog browsing, I saw that a few people following Liz’s Blog were making one as well, so I decided to join along.  Using my stash, made over 400 half square triangles.   I sewed them first into rows of 18, and then pieced 22 rows together.


Using my Grass Green Kona and strips of left over fabric, I pieced a fun quilt back.



After working on my Flying Geese Quilt “Lemonade Stand,” I vowed to never do straight line quilting on a large quilt again.  But, this one was begging for it.  So, I went ahead and stitched around most of the seams, but I decided that stitching next to the diagonal seams would be overkill.  I love the look of it.  And, I think I am finally over my fear of straight line quilting!  (BTW, the wrinkles seen on the back of the quilt are from shadows, not from sewing over puckers.  Ever since I’ve used Crazy Mom Quilt’s basting tutorial, I have had VERY VERY few puckers in my quilts, all of them easily fixable.)

This quilt measures 94.5 inches by 70.5 inches after washing.  I forgot to measure it before washing, but it was probably 72 x 96.  This size makes it a very generous twin sized quilt.


I also chose to do a scrappy binding.  I had a lot of fabric choices for the binding, but I chose to stick with the cooler colors of green, blue, and purple.

I also had exactly enough left over HST’s to make a quilted pillow sham, with the grass green Kona for the back, and the left over scrappy binding.


So, here it is.  Thanks for stopping by!