Some of you might have been around long enough to remember when I made quilts for all of my husband sisters and my sisters (neither of us have any brothers). I loved the thought and care that went into selecting fabric, patterns, and quilting designs for each of their quilts. It has brought me so much joy to see them in photos and being used. My dad just turned 65 and I wanted to make him a quilt. It seemed silly since my mom is also a quilter, but I went with it anyway. My two sisters helped pitch in for supplies and we decided on making Maker Valley’s Nordic Quilt . Holly is SO clever and provided coloring options for many of the Nordic flags, including Denmark. I bought her pattern, figured out the finished sizes of each quadrant, and then I decided to use one piece of fabric instead of a patchwork. Did I mention I started this quilt 1 week before his 65th birthday?!……..
I used Riley Blake’s newer basic called “Kisses” in red. I love the tiny bit of dimension the x’s add. I finished it off by doing some straight line quilting in red, 3/4″ apart, on my own Juki. My spray basting did not stick and it was a little touch and go there for awhile, but it came out great. My dad was very happy and I’m sure he’ll get LOTS of use with this in the Arizona heat. 🙂 I loved making a quilt for another family member and as of now, the only one left is my mother! Won’t that be a challenge to make a quilt for a quilter, but I think I’m up for it!
You guys! We did it!!! We made it to the final block pattern for the Clementine Quiltalong! This has been such a fun quiltalong and it is just going to get better from here. One of the things I love most about this quilt is the unique setting and we are now almost ready to do that. Month 6’s block is called Strawberry Star and I know I’ve said this before, but THIS one is my favorite. They saved the best (and also the easiest) for last. I have a soft spot for star blocks and these adorable 4-patch stars are no exception. You can find the pattern for this month’s block on The Jolly Jabber, Fat Quarter Shop’s blog.
Happy Summer! Today is actually my birthday and what a better way to celebrate than a new, free short cut quilt tutorial by Fat Quarter Shop! This is a fun quilt that only uses 2 different blocks to create such a unique look. When I saw the mock-up for the quilt, I wondered how it would look in solids. Then I got to thinking further that maybe I could limit myself to just a few colors and it would create an interesting effect. I never know if things will actually turn out like my mind’s eye sees it before I get sewing, but I am very pleased with how this turned out. I used just 3 Moda Bella solids: 30’s Blue, Royal Blue, and trusty 97 white. These were some of the complimentary blue’s from the Moda line Feed Sacks True Blue by Linzee Kull McCray. I tried to keep the quilting simple and in a way that complimented the design of the quilt. For a showcase of the other blogger’s quilts and a link to the free tutorial, be sure to visit Fat Quarter Shop’s blog, The Jolly Jabber.