quilting

Favorite Baby Quilt

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Yep, I think this may just be one of my most favorite baby quilts I’ve made. And I love making quilts for babies, especially ones that get used and loved. It started with a Ten-Square of Shimmer 2 Coordinates from Jennifer Sampou. Oh these colors! So divine. Usually I find it difficult to work with pre-cuts, mostly because I love mixing and matching to my hearts content. I also love to have total freedom when it comes to sizes, etc. It’s good though to have some constraints this time and it felt really great to dive into this stack.

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Jennifer did an amazing job with this palette. I didn’t add a single thing. I came up with this block design concept, then sewed and pieced until everything was used up! I didn’t want to over think it. I find that for me I can spend hours and hours with fabrics and designs, but its way more fun to dive in and not be sure how it’ll all come together. Lucky for me this ended up being so fun.

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I used Quilter’s Dream wool batting and I love the loft and hand once it has been quilted. My kids even walked by while I was quilting it and admired how soft and cozy it was. I’m also a big believer in soft quilt backings. I think a soft backing can make all the difference! I had stashed a couple yards of this beautiful soft gray double gauze with polka dots. And it’s such a dream and the color couldn’t have been better.

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I spray basted as well as adding some pinning. I didn’t have any trouble with shifting at all although I did end up blocking the quilt. I used a concentric square design that radiates from the center of the quilt. I think it’s easy for the quilt to get wobbly after quilting, so I soaked it in Soak Wash and laid it flat to dry. Worked great! I also used this same concentric square quilting for the Picnic Plaid quilt in my book.

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This quilt is winging its way over to a dear friend and her new baby boy.

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Pattern: none
Fabric: Shimmer 2 Coordinate 10-Square by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman Fabrics,
backing is Kokochi Double Gauze in Gray Dots


Shimmer2 Baby Quilt by Anna Graham

quilting, sewing

fabric journey

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I’m making a quilt for me, for my girls, a quilt to remember my fabric journey. These snippets are a collection of my favorite fabrics, mostly super cute kawaii prints that I’ve collected since 2008. For me, that feels like a long time to keep fabric. Especially pieces that I think are so crazy cute — they deserve to be used and enjoyed.

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Not only does this quilt represent things I want to enjoy, but also signifies changes in my overall aesthetic. I’ve grown and changed since I began blogging in 2009, so much has happened. My girls were so small then, and I loved using fabrics they enjoyed. After all, noodlehead is my oldest daughter’s nickname and the main reason I started this blog, a record of things I’ve made for both my girls. These fabrics represent a side of me that loves super cute, that loves happy childhood things. And as my girls have grown (seriously it’s not like they’re THAT old, but still!) I’ve changed and my sewing has evolved into making things for me, for my more grown up design-loving side. It’s not that I don’t love all things cute anymore, but I’ve changed and grown, and this quilt will eventually be a special look back to my girls when they were small. Looking back at some of the prints, I cherish the things I’ve already made using each one. Things I had sewn for my girls, for others. Fabrics I simply had to have, they’re just SO happy!

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So begins a long-term project, a quilt I can cherish and share with my family.

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Thank you for being on this amazing fabric journey, too! Have a happy weekend!

quilting, sewing

Sunny Side Up Quilt & Pillow Pattern

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I’m excited to share my Sunny Side Up pattern with you today! You may recognize the quilt from last winter, the full-size quilt was featured in the Nov/Dec 2013 issue of Quilty Magazine. I wanted to be able to share it here with you, in case you need a little sunshine in your life. The PDF pattern includes instructions for full-size and baby size quilts as well as quilted pillow instructions (for a 24″ pillow form).

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I made two fun pillows for my bed. It always seems like a treat to add a new pillow or two on the bed, it’s fun to see how a simple project like this can really change up a room. I love the colors in the new Umbrella Prints collection: Flowers. Seemed fitting to use them paired with one of my favorite basics, Robert Kaufman Yarn Dyed Essex in Indigo. I call for a 24″ pillow form in the pattern, but I’ve found that the cheaper the pillow forms, the less stuffing they have. I used some old 26″ pillow forms from Target in these two pillows. So you might want to experiment with different size pillow forms so you can pick your perfect fullness. And invisible zippers, always love how they make a pillow look so professional.

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The fun part, too, is that even though I show my quilt and pillows using 2 fabric choices, I think it would be amazing scrappy. Keeping the background fabric the same would make whichever fabrics you pick really shine. I hope to try it out with a the baby quilt!

You can find the pattern in my shop. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Fabrics: Umbrella Prints Flowers collection, Yarn Dyed Essex in Indigo for pillow tops. Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics and Leah Duncan’s Tule for backings.

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