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!
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.
At the beginning of this year, Ann of Stitch Supply Co. started a fabulous quiltalong for Carrie Nelson’s Village Quilt. I tried soooo hard to resist jumping on the bandwagon, but in the end resistance was futile. I saw it as such a great way to use scraps and I was right (thankfully sometimes I am! 🙂 I LOVED diving through scraps from other projects and reminiscing on the quilts that they came from. Once Ann introduced the idea of fussy cutting the doors, I knew I was dead. It became suuuuch a fun addiction to fussy cut the cute little doors and turn this into a fun, modern I Spy quilt for my 6 year old and 2 year old to enjoy. There were about 60 or so people who joined in the #fussycutdoorswap I ran and that upped the fun level quite a bit for me, as old friends and new swapped doors with me.
I decided as I started making this quilt that I wanted to use Low Volume fabric as my background. I chose only those from what I categorize as Whisper Quiet and Normal Speaking Voice, as they are the least obtrusive to the overall design. I saved my “I don’t have an inside voice” Low Volume scraps for my backing.
Heather Ross’s Kinder line came out at just the right time for me to include my family’s first initial hidden in 4 houses throughout the top and my last name in houses was added to the back. I also realized as I was making this quilt that it would be a really fun quilt for which to make a patchwork backing. Some might think it was a little nuts to cut up perfectly good sized scraps into 5″ squares and make an entire backing like that, and they are definitely right. However, in the end I am so glad I made this literally a 2-sided quilt. This has quickly become a favorite. I quilted it on my Juki using 3/4″ish spacing and “straight” lines. Some quilts I would never want to see over and over and over again as I pass over it with each line of quilting, but this quilt was such a joy to see over again and look at the doors and fabrics and think of all of the funny neighbor pairings in this lovely quilt.
Did you jump in on the sewalong? If not, it’s never too late to grab a pattern and get scrap busting or use your charm packs!