Sunday, April 28, 2019

New Wave Quilt

When I came across the pattern for the unicorn quilts, I also came across the New Wave quilt. It seemed like a good design for one set of fabrics on my 2019 quilt goals. I made a few tweaks. I wanted to get more wedges out of a single fat quarter, so instead of using the template, I made my wedges 2" on the short end, 5" on the wide end, and 8" across. Surprisingly, I was able to piece the front entirely out of my stash, though some fabrics show up more frequently than others. The blues don't all quite match each other, but with the white sashing in between, they blend well enough.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Unicorn Doll Quilts

I was looking for something else when I came across Elizabeth Hartman's Lisa the Unicorn pattern, but once I saw it, I knew it would have to take precedence over my 2019 quilt goals because of course it was perfect for my nieces. My sister emphasized the doll size quilt because they do not need any more stuff. Using 2.5" strips, the pattern resulted in blocks way larger than that, so I scaled it back to 1.25" strips. 

Claire initially wanted pink, purple, and teal, then changed her mind to rainbow, though I still emphasized pink/purple in my rainbow layout. I had to make two anyway, so I made one of both. The only thing I had to buy was a fat quarter of teal fabric because my stash is lacking in teal. I probably would've made the background blue for both if I'd had enough fabric, but I was otherwise using what I had on hand.  

You can see they did not turn out exactly the same. Clearly something went wrong in my adapted measurements, and the ear strips differ, as do the horns. I had the perfect unicorn fabric for the back, and used my trusty silver dots to bind them. 


Finished size: 16" x 20"

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Fabric Photo Book #2

We took a family trip to Florida when my oldest niece turned one, so of course we did the same thing when her sister turned one. Naturally, I had to make a fabric photo book for Lucy too. It's pretty much just like the one I made for Claire. I had hoped to make it purple, but I could only find a Minnie patch with a red bow, so I bought red polka dot fabric instead. 

Finished size: 9" x 9"

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 Goals

In 2018, I set rather achievable (i.e., "low") goals. Fortunately, I was able to meet them, and even exceed them by completing a few more quilts. This year I upped my goals from two quilts to three:

Goal 1: A quilt with this fox fabric:

Originally I bought this fabric as a potential quilt backing for my second pink triangle quilt, but I didn't end up needing it for that. I have already purchased a selection of coordinating fabrics, but haven't made further plans.

Goal 2: A quilt with these two fabrics, which are only fat quarters, and various other green and blue fabrics from my stash:

It will pose a bit of a problem that they are only fat quarters, and thus it will require more supplementation than my stash can provide on its own, especially since I don't have much blue. I have a lot of green fabric, and while most will match these fabrics, they won't all coordinate with each other. I am thinking possibly another hexagon quilt. Or more triangles. Update: Completed! April 2019.

Goal 3: A rainbow quilt with this fabric:

I have four fat quarters of this fabric, and at least a yard of each of nine solids that I bought when Joann's was having a really big sale. It will likely be a design similar to my previous rainbow quilt, but with less white.

I still have a lot of 2" strip, but I don't feel inspired to make a string quilt an actual goal this year. I'm not ruling out another quilt of 2.5" squares, but that would require cutting into my stash to restock my box of squares first.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Log Cabin Santa Ornament

I really wanted this air mail fabric, but it was expensive. Finally it went on steep enough clearance so I could justify buying a half yard to make something for Amanda. Then I needed an ornament that would show it off. Hence, this very large log cabin Santa. You make a log cabin block and cut it in half, which will yield two ornaments. My block was 8". It's one of the larger ornaments I've made,   but it does flatten, despite being very long. My ornaments are usually much smaller, but it's cute and it does show off the fabric nicely!
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