Monday, May 16, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Andy and Samantha's wedding quilt

This is Andy and Samantha's wedding quilt.

My sister and I made this quilt several years ago to give to my brother and his wife when they got married. One of us found the pattern somewhere (neither of us can remember where), we both went and got the fabric, and I got to work piecing. I used the square in a square ruler because we decided to do it at the last minute and time was of the essence. Using square in a square was fun and made it very easy but resulted in lots of little off-cut triangles that haunted me until I just closed my eyes and threw them in the garbage one day a few months ago.

Once it was all pieced, my sister quilted it.

I actually forgot all about this quilt until a few weeks ago when I saw it on the bed at my brother and sister-in-law's house!

And here it is at the wedding!

Hope you're all enjoying the Festival! Happy Quilting!

Amy's Creative Side

Sunday, May 1, 2011


So, I think I might have a problem. I keep on making Project Linus quilts even when I don't intend to. It may be because I really don't want to move all the donated fabric when we move house again this fall. Or maybe it just lets me get all the experimental quilts out of my system (don't worry, I'm filing the successes away in my head so I can try them again with even better colors and fabrics).

In any event, here are a few quilts I've finished up in the last month or two. These were followed by several that are so un-noteworthy or ugly that I didn't even bother to photograph them (If I don't take a picture of it, I didn't really make it, right?)

This is one I started a LONG time ago. I dug it out, slapped the border on it, tied it, and bound it. Probably should have used yarn that didn't unravel so badly...but oh and learn.

A few months ago I discovered fabric swapping. Totally. Totally. Addictive. One of the swaps I did was blue "noodles" (2.5 inch strips cut selvage to selvage). I picked out my favorite ones from all the ones I got back...then I made this quilt out of the rest. I made this using a method I read about a long time ago and then promptly forgot about. Luckily, I remembered it just in time to make this quilt (and several more). You basically sew the top together and quilt it all in one step...super fast...then trim it up, slap on a binding and you're done!

This is more fabric-swapping fun. I originally discovered fabric swaps because I'm planning to make an I-spy quilt for my kiddos and didn't want to have lots of leftovers (since I only need a 6 inch square of each fabric). I figured while I was swapping for that quilt, I may as well send in some of the Project Linus flannel I had to swap for some different prints. This quilt is one of two. If you've seen one random I-spy quilt, you've seen them all.

Nancy and Jessica...the freecyclers who keep on giving. The floral print in this one came from them. I found the coordinating yellow, green, and orange in my stash and went to town.
This quilt has a twin...

I decided to do this one as a fray quilt and I have to say, I really like how it turned out. The purple and hot pink peeking through from the back really help tie it all together, I think. And I actually think I'll keep this one and give it to somebody I know.

And another striped one. These are just so easy! Now I need to try not to get burned out on them...too much of a good thing and all that jazz. In fact, all of the un-noteworthy (un-photographed) ones use this same method. Maybe I am getting burned out...maybe that's why I haven't really quilted in the past month. Hmmm...I'll have to get back to you on that.