I have two quilts to show! One, I made this summer. It is a king-sized version of Trapezoids at Work. It is made in solids (except for one newspaper collage print) and was quilted with scallops. Pardon the draping in this shot – king-sized quilts are heavy.
For quilting, I used A SLEW of tips from this craftsy class – Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine. Cannot recommend enough. The king-sized quilt was for a client, but I loved the colors and overall look so much, I made it a baby sister. The below is about 60″ by 75″ or something.
No prints in this one, and the inclusion of some pinks and purples.
This little quilt has been 4 years in the making! That’s insane!
My dear friend asked if I wanted to make this Sixth Time’s the Charm Quilt from the book Handmade Beginnings.
We used the Stitched in Color alternate piecing method and a shared color scheme routed in orange and teal. Separately, we each made 6 triangles; then we swapped them! We both ended up with lovely quilts.
This was a gift for my sons’ preschool (which has Sunshine in the title) and they are using it to help round up the little ones for morning meetings! Everyone grab an edge of the quilt, it’s time to pay attention and talk about our day : )
This is my technique for joining nonuniform pieces together to form a workable rectangle when making a quilt. I want to show you how I started combining my birds and triangle blocks together to make large rectangles that could be pieced together for Folded Flock.
Here is a group of three birds and a cluster of triangle blocks that I wanted to piece together. I already joined the dark blue and the minty colored birds, adding a strip of fabric first to the right of the blue bird so it’d be the same width as the mint. I also added a strip of white between the two birds so they would have a bit more space to soar.
With an intention to stagger the birds and to ensure that the lower row of triangles could fit flush beneath the mint bird, I added fabric to the top of the orange bird and additional fabric to the yellow triangle set.
I joined the orange bird with the yellow triangle base to the other birds and trimmed the fabrics.
When joining these pieces, I looked for places where I could match seams. The below aligned perfectly because I am good with the cosmos and luck is sometimes on my side. I learned from Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts that having seams either match or decidedly NOT match (meaning 1/2″ or more “off”) is the best way to ensure an eye-pleasing quilt.
I needed to add a bit more fabric to the bottom row of triangles, and I matched the seams so that the white and blue triangle block could align directly below the yellow and yellow block. An additional strip of fabric was joined to the bottom.
Lots more information can be found in my original post here.
So there you go! This quilt was designed with the intention that I would be adding light printed fabrics to my original pieces in order to join my elements together as a whole, and this is how I did that!
Here is a quilt I made for my mother for Christmas! I call it Woodlands in Winter. They live in the forest and run the Woodlands Sawmill.
Improv trees on a sea of mixed neutrals. I was inspired by Lovely Design’s Lovely Little Forest quilt from the Purl Bee.
Walking foot quilting in flowing lines, inspired by Debbie’s Joy of Simplicity pillow seen here.
I bought a white-on-white bundle from Pink Castle Fabrics and used a lot of Kona Bone for the background. It measures something like 80″ x 75″.
One tree fell down. Time to harvest its lumber!
Read on for a tutorial on how to make these wonky trees and plan for the final layout…
One alternative to making traditional binding is to make a quilt-back big enough to fold over to the front of the quilt and sew in place. That’s right, you can use the backing for the binding! I’ve had a tutorial for this process up on the blog – it was one of my very first posts back in 2010! But that tutorial needed some updates – here we go!