My Octagonal Orbs bee quilt is finished, packaged, and off to its deserving owner across the country. I sincerely hope it can provide her comfort and joy this Christmas.
Happy Election Day, America! Lots of excitement here in Colorado. How about a nice, berry-hued table runner to greet November?
I bought a jelly roll of Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom on a discount a few months ago and finally busted it out to make a quick, non-fussy table runner for our dining table. Our house was looking way too bland and I’ve been SO into berry hues lately that this jelly roll was screaming to be sewn. All I did was piece together the jelly roll strips in an echo pattern from the center of the table runner, trimmed it to size and used the trimmings to help make a cute backing.
Funny story: my HOMIE, Amy (Stitchery Dickory Dock), came over the other night and when she saw my table runner in progress she squealed a little –she made an almost IDENTICAL one for her ma last Christmas! On the one hand, this is hilariously entertaining, but on the other hand, it’s totally expected. She and I have these moments pretty much daily, you guys. We realize we made something similar (or identical), we love the same obscure fabric line, we’re brewing up a similar idea, or we discover a shared a love of music or certain comedies. I’m so glad our guild brought us together (check out her post about why to join one!).
Psst: if you look closely at my table runner you can see a section of Amy’s quilting from when she took my new IKEA sewing table for a test drive. That woman can stipple! Now, not only do I have an awesome table runner in my dining room, but I also have a fun memory to go with it.
When was the last time you hung out and sewed or crafted with a friend?
Guess what. I finished a quilt.
Yep, and it was the quickest I’ve ever made a quilt, from my start time to when I finished. This is partly because it’s a simple patchwork quilt and partly because I didn’t follow my usual pattern of nursing the quilt for months and working on it here and there while picking up numerous other projects along the way and distracting myself from the quilt at hand. I call that “ADD quilting.”
I used 6” charm squares from the Pretty Little Things fabric collection by Dena Fishbein to make the front, and used fabrics from the same collection for the backing. I free-motion quilted it in figure 8’s and bound it with a pretty yellow print, also from this collection. I wasn’t sure at first how a yellow print would do for the binding but now that the quilt is finished it’s one of my favorite details.
I loved making this quilt so much that I’ve got another similar one brewing. The idea of making only simple patchwork from now on is enticing! Near-instant gratification can be a sly temptress.
Now that my dear friend Amiee received the quilt I made for her baby boy on his 1st birthday, I can finally show the finished product!
I modified Camille Roskelley’s “Coming Soon” pattern ever so slightly to make this quilt and, as I mentioned in my previous post, my fabric of choice was from the Backyard Baby collection that I adore. It’s so perfectly boyish! Anything a little guy would want is in this quilt: bugs, snakes, ant farms, beehives, snails… in other words, all things icky and squirmy. I hope Caiden will grow to love it.
The backing is silver minky dot fabric and is so yummy that I’m half tempted to make a minky-backed quilt for myself. Ha! Since this is a baby quilt and I wanted it to be extra soft and cuddly, I opted not to sew on a binding with square corners. So, instead of making a full quilt sandwich (quilt top, batting, backing), I quilted just the top with the batting, then to assemble the quilt I simply sewed the quilted top to the minky backing, right sides together, and turned it inside out to finish. I sewed the opening closed and top-stitched all the way around the perimeter, curving around the corners, to secure it. Voila.
One of the prints has an awesome ant farm, so I free-motion quilted in a boxy, maze-like, all-over pattern (excuse my excessive hyphenation). The quilting took a little while but was well worth it.
Here it is post-wash. Oh, the crinkles! There’s nothing like the finished texture of a quilt with all-over quilting (last hypen, I promise).
I had so much fun with this little guy, from the moment I opened the package with this sweet fabric, to the block assembly, to the basting and the quilting.
Each step in the process brought me much joy, and I’m thrilled to report that Amiee received the quilt with INCREDIBLE gratitude and could clearly feel the love that I put into every stitch. What a great feeling. In the words of Borat: “great success!”