I’m so excited about this finish! It was my daughter Natalie’s first quilt top that she’s made. She loves sewing little blankets and things for her stuffed animals, but this was the first time we spent time going over rotary cutting basics and piecing. We settled upon Alexia Abegg’s Print Shop fabric collection that I picked up at my local quilt shop, Olive Juice Quilts. We added a few other Cotton + Steel prints that I had in my stash. When I spotted the Swatch pattern for the first time I knew it would be a great one for Natalie to try!
She’s just a few weeks away from turning 11 and I think it was a great age to try piecing a simple quilt top. Natalie cut about half of the pieces, while I cut the other half. We worked together by taking turns pressing and starching our fabrics and then making the different cuts. It was super nerve-wracking for me to watch her with the rotary cutter, but I’m glad we did it together. Teaching her basic safety with the rotary cutter was super important to me. I’m glad she has a bit of that under her belt now.
So when it came to piecing the top I did the pressing and pinning for her. I suppose I could have had her do a bit of it, but she is pretty good at that already so I figured it would help move things along if she was able to focus on the actual sewing part. Getting a nice consistent seam allowance and troubleshooting any inconsistencies from cutting, etc. Overall it took maybe four different sessions of sewing for her to actually complete the quilt top. She would sit down on a no school day or early release day and sew for maybe 20 minutes or so? It wasn’t long in most cases and sometimes I admit there was a little bit of prodding. But I knew that if she finished it she would be so proud! So the other night she finished and we agreed that I’d piece the back, quilt, and bind it.
I had a blast watching her and we did have our moments, but it’s so fun to have her try a bigger quilt! The back was fun for me to piece as I finally used my much hoarded piece of Summersville (by Lucie Summers for Moda) which I thought paired so nicely with Print Shop! P.S. Lucie has an amazing shop of her designs and hand printed fabric, so if you love Summersville, go check it out! Anyway, while she was at school one day I quilt and bound the quilt. It was so fun to be secretly finishing it for her as I was able to surprise her with it when she got home from school. She loves it, took it upstairs right away to put it on her bed.
Pattern: Swatch by Alexia Abegg
Fabric: mostly Print Shop by Alexia Abegg for Cotton + Steel,
backing has Summersville by Lucie Summers plus scraps from Print Shop
Remember when I made this quilt top from my friend Nancy‘s book: Quilting From Every Angle? Me too! And I was totally shocked that I completed it almost a year ago exactly! I hardly ever let quilt tops sit around for long, mostly because I love the way a quilt top transforms once it’s quilted and because I actually really love the quilting process itself. For me it’s one of those relaxing tasks that I enjoy so much – all while feeling creative and accomplished.
So I dug out the quilt top the other day and got to work. I picked out this perfect backing (it’s Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander) and had it basted and quilted in just a few hours. I chose simple straight line quilting, spiraling squares out from the center block. I had some issues with the tension at first, not sure if it was because I forgot to put on my walking foot, but once I did – all was solved.
I’m hoping a certain someone will have a baby girl and then I can gift this little quilt to her. Of course it could definitely be for a boy too, but I really like the way the peach colors make this quilt soft and more feminine.
What are you up to this weekend? Any fun sewing projects?
Pattern: Colorblock Quilt from Quilting From Every Angle
Fabrics: Cotton + Steel (Melody Miller’s Picnic and Alexia Abegg’s Paper Bandana), Hello, Bear by Bonnie Christine,
shot cotton, mystery chambray I pulled from deep within my stash.
Yayyyy! A finished quilt is always reason to celebrate. It felt great to pull this out of my work in progress pile before heading off to the retreat with my friends. I’m usually pretty terrible at coming up with projects to sew at a retreat, but maybe I’m possibly getting the hang of it?! I pulled out this finished quilt top and a hunk of backing fabric that I had set aside. Lately I’ve been trying to use the coziest backings for quilts, but these apples on quilting cotton were too perfect not to use.
So I grabbed the quilt top, my batting, backing and binding fabrics and headed out the door! I pieced the backing with some of the leftover large squares from the front, it adds a little bit more fun to the back. I still have to make a quilt label though, I think it’ll be fun to add one.
It felt really great to have some quilting to do. I find it really relaxing, especially straight line quilting like I chose here. There’s something about it and I’m glad it’s something I can comfortably do while listening to a podcast or chatting with friends. I even had help basting, you know you’ve got great friends when they help you baste (thanks Amanda and Brianne!). I also ended up hand tying with some yarn in the middle of each four patch. I love the way it looks.
Finishing felt so great, and it ended up being perfect timing. My daughter Emily’s birthday was just a few weeks later. She was soooo thrilled to get the quilt. When she opened it she immediately snuggled up on it and then put it on her bed. Can’t get much better than that.
Read more about the beginnings of this quilt:
Pattern: none (based it on this photo)
Fabrics: all the kawaii and fun fabrics I had in my stash forever!,
backing is Apple Jack by Tim and Beck for Moda
p.s. I’ve restocked a bit of the 3/4″ leather and will be continuing to restock other leather throughout the next week and will add a few more length options.