Quilt for Baby Kaylee

Our good friend’s son and daughter-in-law had a new baby girl in November.  We had the pleasure of spending time with them in 2013 on a motorcycle trip to Mississippi.  My friend Shirley gifted this beautiful fabric to me while we were at Quilt Week at Grand Rapids in 2014.  All I added was the Kona White and a lot of love making it.  I selected a pattern called Happy Blocks from Adrianne at Little Bluebell.  I guessed on the sashing and border size using 2.5″ strips.  A fun backing and binding fabric will be selected.

Happy Blocks in the Garden of Whimsy for Kaylee  pameladianedesigns.com shared by littlebluebell.com

Happy Blocks in the Garden of Whimsy
for Kaylee
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Fabric Requirements:

  • 6 Fat Quarters (2-4.5×4.5 & 2-4.5×12.5 / 4-4.5×8.5) with (2-4.5×4.5 leftover)
  • 1 yd Kona White
    • center (12-4.5×4.5)
    • sashing and border (10-2.5xWOF)
  • 1 1/3 yd Backing plus leftover FQ squares plus leftover KW &  12.5″ Binding

Finished block size: 12″ x 12″

Finished quilt size: 44″ x 58″

Note:  A second quilt, Sock Monkey, was made with different block, sashing and border sizes in an effort to keep the width of the quilt under WOF.

Scrappy Quilt: All Things Spring

All Things Spring pameladianedesigns.com ontheedgequilts.blogspot.com

All Things Spring
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This quilt began with picking leftover fabrics from past projects.  The center of the quilt started out as a quilt for Quilts of Compassion.  After the center was finished, I wanted more from this quilt.  The fabrics in the center encompassed several beautiful gifts that I had given to some very special people in my life.

Center fabrics are from:

  • My 1st quilt
  • Lauren’s placemats
  • Jacki’s placemats
  • Janice’s iPad case

The original name for this quilt was Pretty in Pink, however it was more purple than pink.  As I sat in my sewing room binding this quilt at the end of May, it reminded me of Springtime in Michigan.  The sights, sounds and smells brought a warm cozy feel as  it lay in my lap.  It reminded me of the disappearing or occasional snow, the grey skies, the flowers and birds, the emergence of green grass, the ripples on the lake as the ice began to melt, the color of the Redbud trees and the smell of the blooming lilacs at my Nana’s house in Douglas.  So… I have officially renamed this quilt:  All Things Spring.  It was quilted by Pam Heldt from Warm Memories Quilting who chose a beautiful flower and butterfly design.

As a former analyst/requirements writer/process engineer, I am always looking to improve something.  Ever since I started quilting, I have looked for the “rules” or “techniques” to the perfect binding and labeling.  I machine bind all my quilts because a quilt would never get finished if I had to hand bind it.  I have used the straight stitch up until now.  On this quilt, I used stitch #48 from my Brother XR1355 which is the reverse and similar to stitch #12 that I use for appliqué.  It creates a much softer finish and works well when the backing fabric and the outer front border are the same color.

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One last thing to finish…  Add a perfect label but most of all… Gift it to someone special.

Disappearing Rail Block

There are several challenges in making a quilt:  1) Finding or designing a pattern, 2) Finding enough fabrics for the pattern chosen and 3) the quilt design and quilting.  Many times at the Big Box Fabric Store, I usually seem to find only 3-4 fabrics. At the specialty Quilt Fabric shops, I usually find 5-6 fabrics.  Online Quilt Shops, like Hawthorne Threads will carry the entire collection from a fabric designer with a varied number of fabrics depending on the collection.

Of course, there is always the challenge when you fall in love with a single fabric, both design and color and you can only seem to find two additional coordinating fabrics to go with it.  So now the next task is to find a quilt pattern, one for a man and one for a woman, that uses only 3-4 fabrics.  You would think I would find the pattern first, then the fabric.  Not a chance!

Low and behold I found the most awesome YouTube video by Missouri Star Quilt Co looking for three fabric patterns online.  Jenny demonstrated a unique technique of creating a new block using two rail blocks.  She had originally designed a pinwheel block from a rail block but this demonstration was amazing and was showcased by 3 Dudes Quilting in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Make two rail blocks, Fabrics A, B, C, D (top to bottom).  Each strip is  2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.  Lay the blocks, right sides together, with rails going in opposite directions.

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Sew 1/4″ seam around the perimeter and cut diagonally from opposing corners.  Here are some of the different patterns you can create depending on which corner are set in the center of the new block.

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Here are some of the things that I learned trying this technique.

1) Iron the seams for each block in the opposite direction to reduce bulk

2) Make Fabric A and Fabric D the same to create a square where all four sides are the same fabric.

3) The final seam sewn is the most difficult because of the bias edges.

4) Using large, varied patterns can present some unpredictable designs with varied symmetry.

Here is the finished block!

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I also practiced with 2 1/2″ by 6 1/2″ strips.  I tried it with just two fabrics and also with three fabrics.

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Now the challenge is to pick the one to use from all the choices since I love them all!