quilting

Colorblock Quilt complete!

Colorblock Quilt Finished - Noodlehead

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.

Colorblock Quilt Finished - Noodlehead

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.Colorblock Quilt Finished - Noodlehead

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.

Colorblock Quilt Finished - Noodlehead

What are you up to this weekend? Any fun sewing projects?

Colorblock Quilt Finished - Noodlehead


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.


Colorblock Quilt Finished - Noodlehead

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Emily’s Kawaii Quilt

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

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.

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

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.

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

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.

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

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.

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Read more about the beginnings of this quilt:
Fabric Journey
Getting ReadyEmily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead


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


Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

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.

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

Emily's Kawaii Quilt - Noodlehead

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Grandma’s Quilt

Grandma's Quilt made by Anna Graham using the Side Braid quilt pattern and quilted by Christina Lane

Before Christmas I had the honor of making a quilt for my Grandma. She’s 98 years old and just moved into assisted living. Of course she has always been very frugal and has had the same bedspread on her bed since, well, for as long as I can remember. When my mom and aunts mentioned about getting her a new quilt for her bed I of course was on it! Quilts are such a meaningful gift, they take many hours to make and are filled with love from both the maker and the recipient.

Grandma's Quilt made by Anna Graham using the Side Braid quilt pattern and quilted by Christina Lane

The whole process was so fun. I brought a few books and patterns to show my Grandma and she picked out the Side Braid quilt pattern by my friend Jeni Baker. I was tickled she chose it. We took the measurements from her existing bedspread, it’s a very large quilt for a twin size bed (80″ wide by 100″ tall). She likes it to drape to the floor and cover her pillow, so I adapted Jeni’s pattern. (I should note that the pictures of the quilt are on my own bed, I didn’t feel like I should traumatize my Grandma with my crazy photo antics!) My aunt and I went to my local quilt shop and with a fabric swatch from my Grandma’s couch, we went to work on picking out fabrics. It really was fun and challenging, and I think we hit just the right spot.

Grandma's Quilt made by Anna Graham using the Side Braid quilt pattern and quilted by Christina Lane

When talking with my Grandma, she told me that when she retired (she was the postmaster in her town) she considered a few different hobbies to pursue in her new found free time. She said she thought about quilting, but ultimately decided to pursue Rosemaling. What?? you say. Well, if you’re not familiar with Rosemaling it’s a lovely folk art style of painting originating in Norway. My Grandma is Norwegian and there are quite a few Norwegians living in our area. She had a group of friends who regularly get together to work on their paintings and projects. A couple years ago, one of my cousins put together an art display at a local shop featuring my Grandma’s pieces. I photographed each piece and we put up a little tumblr account. It’s pretty fun seeing my Grandma’s projects on her own site and it also ended up being a good way to share her work with relatives that didn’t live locally. Funny though how she almost picked quilting for her hobby.

Grandma's Quilt made by Anna Graham using the Side Braid quilt pattern and quilted by Christina Lane

The quilt was a labor of love. But it was different in that I couldn’t and didn’t want to stop working on it. I knew that there was a possibility that I had just enough time to make the quilt top and send it off to my friend Christina (Sometimes Crafter) for her amazing quilting and still get it finished in time for Christmas. It wasn’t even an option for me, when we first talked about the quilt, I knew right away that Christina would be the perfect fit to put her artistic touch on the quilt. She beautifully quilted her freehand feathers in an all over pattern. It’s even more gorgeous in real life.

Grandma's Quilt made by Anna Graham using the Side Braid quilt pattern and quilted by Christina Lane

It might seem ironic that I made my Grandma a quilt, usually I suppose it’s the other way around. But I feel really lucky that I could make her this quilt for her bed. It’s something she uses everyday and will keep her snuggly and warm. I felt grateful that she allowed me to make it for her.

Grandma's Quilt made by Anna Graham using the Side Braid quilt pattern and quilted by Christina Lane


Pattern: Side Braid Quilt (Mini Braid) by Jeni Baker, adapted to 80″ x 100″
Quilting: Christina Lane (Sometimes Crafter)
Fabrics: about half are from the Downton Abbey collection
by Kathy Hall for Andover Fabrics, along with many others
Batting: Quilters Dream Wool Batting


my family

My husband and kids and I had a fun little winter hike to get these outdoor shots. Such a great day to be outside!

Winter Berries in WI by Anna Graham