Scrappy Quilt

I was inspired by Red Pepper Quilt’s post to go through my scrap bin to create something beautiful.  I started by grouping my scraps together by color and cutting them into 4.5″ x 1.5″ strips.  I then sewed 4 from the same color grouping together to make a block and squared all sides up to 4.25″.  The finished quilt will look something like this.  I ended up with eight color groupings:  yellows, reds, pinks, blues, greens, oranges, purples and blacks/greys.  Here are some of my favorites:

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This is turning out to be one of those projects that I will be working on for a long time!  I’m hoping to make a finished quilt that’s 12 blocks by 15 blocks in size, which means I will need a total of 180 blocks…so far I have  only made 40.  My one concern is that I could run out of scraps, so I may need to wait for them to pile up a bit more before I finish this quilt. 

Big news in my world:

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I had a birthday on Monday and my amazing hubby gave me a brand new Janome Memory Craft 6600P!  Oh, I am in love with this machine…it had all the features I was looking for in a cost that didn’t even compare to the unaffordable prices I saw in Pfaffs or Berninas with the same or similar functions.

Some of my favorite features:

  • Automatic scissors (I can tell it to cut off the end of my thread when I finish a seam – saves on a ton of thread!)
  • Kneelift which raises the presser foot
  • Built in dual feed (walking foot)
  • Simple electronic interface
  • Basic alphabet stitches
  • Memory bank for favorite stitches and settings
  • And EVERYTHING else!!!

Thanks to my friend Dacia for letting me borrow her camera so I could finally get a post out!!

Updated: Baby Boy Quilts for Quilt Festival 2009

Updated:  I have added this quilt to the 2009 Quilt Festival sponsored by Amy at Park City Girl.

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This quilt now lives in Denmark with my adorable little nephew, Ethan.  He is only 6 weeks old, and let me tell you, he’s a doll!!

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It had been in the works for awhile, but my sister-in-law reads my blog so I had to keep it hush hush!

It was made from 2 charm packs from the Arcadia line by Moda.  I sashed it with a linen/cotton blend and stipple quilted it.  This time I didn’t prewash any of the fabrics, hoping that it would get that lovely crinkly look.  It worked so well and I loved the way it looked when I took it out of the dryer.  I had so much fun making it knowing that it would be something that little Ethan would have forever.

I also made a quilt for my dear friend’s adorable baby, Ulysses.  Unfortunately I totally forgot to take pictures!  My friend posted this picture though, which will at least give you an idea.  It was so fun to make two totally different baby boy quilts!  I think that each one suits the mommy as well as the baby boy.

Mod Sampler Quilt: Updated

I finished my first quilt ever for Oh Fransson’s quilt along!  This was so much fun to make, and I love how it turned out!

Update:

I’ve decided to add this quilt to Park City Girl’s Quilt Festival!  What a great idea!  So, in light of that, I’m updating this post by adding the “story” of this quilt.

I think that there will always be something special about one’s first quilt.   The Mod Sampler was my first quilt.  I have been inspired by quilting for awhile now, whether it was living vicariously through blogs and magazines or admiring my friend’s lovely creations, I knew that there must one day come a time when I tried my hand out at quilting.  When Oh, Fransson decided to sponsor a Quilt Along, I knew this was the perfect opportunity for me.

Although I didn’t follow her time schedule exactly, I found her instructions and resources to be so easy to follow and enjoyable.  Once I finished this quilt I had such a strong sense of accomplishment!  It still makes me so happy to see it draping over my couch.  I already have plans for my second quilt, and I know that this was only the beginning of a wonderful friendship between myself and quilting. 

I hope you enjoy my quilt and can find some inspiration out of it!

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I can tell that this will be the first of many quilts to come!

Happy Easter!

A Quick Teaser

Well, at least I didn’t promise I’d update you on my quilt-along process along the way!  My quilt should be finished tomorrow, at which point I will post a plethera of wonderful pictures to show you as much of the process as I remembered to photograph.  But, until then I’ll leave you with a brief teaser:

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And here is a bag I made a couple of weeks ago.  I actually made it with scrap fabric in order to come up with a pattern that I could use for the “real” bag.  I love how it looks so much, though, that I’ve been using it ever since!

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That’s all for now.  I’ll be back tomorrow or Sunday with photos of my finished quilt.