Thursday, January 29, 2015

Boho Baby Quilts

This week, I finished two baby quilts and today I was finally able to get some pictures of them. Now I can post them in my Etsy shop (and on the blog, of course!). 

I used the Indian Summer fabric line from Art Gallery Fabrics (plus a few solids) and this was my first experience sewing equilateral triangles. Confession: this was originally one long, skinny, awkwardly proportioned quilt top AND I've had it completed for almost two years now! I pulled it out recently and knew I couldn't make it work as a regular sized quilt, so I chopped it in half and voila! Two awesome baby quilts!

I also wanted to "set the stage" and get some pictures of these quilts in an actual kid's room, so I asked my friend Michelle if I could come over and take some pictures of the quilts hanging over the edge of her daughter's crib. I love the way the longarm quilting adds so much texture and movement! 

Let me know what you think of the final product! Have you ever made a quilt pattern using equilateral triangles before? (I would do it again in a heartbeat!)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Scrappy Gray Table Runner

My sister Mandi recently told me that she wanted a quilt with the colors gray, black, and white. I didn't have enough of those in my stash to make a whole quilt, so I asked around on Instagram for the best place to buy fabric scrap bags online. A generous Instagram friend offered to sell me some scraps from her stash, and I couldn't be happier with the variety and selection that she picked out! I decided to do my first "X Plus" quilt with these fabrics and so far, it's coming along nicely.

As I was trimming some of my pieces, I was ending up with lots of triangles. I couldn't let them go into my scrap bag when they were already so neat and tidy, so I sewed them together into half square triangles and decided to make a table runner for our dining room table. I pulled an awesome batik from my stash for the backing, and this was the final result!

Our house has a sun room with a GIANT skylight, so I was able to get some good lighting AND stay warm. My dog, Gracie, managed to tolerate this particular photo session long enough for me to get some good ones. :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bright Colors on a Winter Day

It's been lightly snowing all day here in New Jersey - perfect weather for sitting on the couch and finishing the binding on my latest quilt! I've been addicted to Blue Bloods lately, so I might as well be productive while I'm sitting in front of the TV all day. ;) This quilt was made from a fat quarter bundle that was given to me as a gift two years ago. I love the way the lime green and blue blend together so well.

This quilt top sat 75% finished for almost two years until I recently pulled it out and sewed the strips together. (EDIT: I just realized I didn't get an up-close detail shot, so I'll try to include one of those later.)

I had to get creative with the backing because I only had about two and a half yards to work with and I couldn't remember where I had purchased it so I couldn't get more. I still had some of that awesome IKEA text fabric left, so I added a strip of it and I really like how it breaks up all of the bright green.

I'm still working on my photography and editing skills, but this was the best I could do by myself with my new tripod. Fresh snow is always the nicest, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity to capture it in the background. :)

My next venture is a quilt using fabric and a pattern that I've had for awhile, but never started. I'm pretty sure I'm going to sell this quilt because I don't really have a particular recipient in mind and I think it would have mass appeal (Kate Spain "Cuzco" fabrics, geometric pattern, etc.). I'll probably open an Etsy shop to make the sale and I found a great article from Sew Mama Sew (here) that breaks down the process of pricing your quilts. Lots of good information to learn and absorb. If any of you have any experience selling quilts, please let me know! I'd love to hear what worked and didn't work for someone else.

UPDATE (29 Jan 2015) -- Here are some updated pictures of this quilt on the beach! This quilt is now listed for sale in my Etsy shop, WombleQuilts.