Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Churn Dash beginnings

I’m finally finished sewing trek clothes!  Yay! I made 6 skirts, 6 aprons, 2 dresses and 14 neck coolers.  Whew! Now, I can finally get back to quilting (at least for a short time period before all the summer vacationing and pioneer trekking start).

My next quilt is going to be a birthday present for my awesome sister-in-law.  I’ve been trying to decide what it should look like for months.  I finally chose a beautiful stack of bright Jennifer Paganelli fabrics.  I have had this fabric for years and years, but they never quite made it to the cutting table.  But now, because my sister-in-law likes bright, happy colors, this stack of fat quarters is the perfect choice for her quilt.

bright colored fat quarters

Since the fabric prints are super busy, I chose a simple quilt block that will show off each print…. The Churn Dash….  Originally, I didn’t like this block much, but it is growing on me.  I’ve recently seen a few gorgeous quilts made from the churn dash block and  have loved them enough to try one of my own.  I thought I should start with one block just to be sure I was going to like it…

Churn Dash Block

I’m really happy with the results.  So pretty!  Now off I go to make a few dozen of these cuties.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Four patch and stripes baby quilt

Awhile ago I wanted to try making a quilt using a stripe fabric for the sashing strips.  Ordinarily, I would think this would make the quilt too busy. But, I thought it would be perfect for a cheerful baby/toddler quilt.  I found a stripe fabric that I loved and matched the rest of the fabrics to the stripes.

pink and black baby quilt with striped sashing

I kept the pattern very simple because there were so many prints involved (and I happen to like four patch quilts). It turned out so cute I made two of them, one for my daughter and one for my niece.  They both love their pinkalicious quilts.