Thursday, April 16, 2015

Finished Blossom Quilt

I’m so excited about my newly finished Blossom Quilt!  I pieced it together about two years ago and never quilted it because I couldn’t decide on a quilting pattern.  A few days ago, I got in the mood to finish something and there it was, patiently waiting after all this time.

Blossom Quilt - With Fabric and Thread

The wind wasn’t being very cooperative during the photo shoot and my two kiddos holding up the quilt were on tiptoe with tired arms.  But, we did manage to get a few decent pictures. 

The quilt pattern is from the book “With Fabric and Thread” by Fig Tree Quilts and is called ‘Blossom’.  It is the whole reason I bought the book.  I’ve seen a few variations of this quilt and all of them are so pretty. The pattern is simple and classic.

For the backing and binding I chose fabric from the Bonnie and Camille line ‘Marmalade’.  The greens matched perfectly and stay with the two tone theme.

Blossom Quilt

I tried out a new quilting pattern on this quilt also.  It’s a busier pattern, but I really like the contrast with the simplicity of the quilt.

Blossom Quilt Quilting

And it’s kitty approved, so we’re all happy!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Block of the Month–Month 3–Sawtooth Star

Block three in our quilt is an oldie, but a goodie.  The Sawtooth Star.  It’s one of my favorite blocks to make because it’s easy, but very pretty. 

Sawtooth Star

Fabric Requirements

Fabric Requirements

Fabric 1 – Star Points – (4) 4 in. squares

Fabric 2 – Pinwheel – (2) 4 in. squares

Fabric 3 – Background – (4) 3 1/2 in. squares and (6) 4 in. squares

Step 1

Sawtooth Star Step 1

Draw a diagonal line across all 6 of the 4 inch background squares.

Step 2

Sawtooth Star Step 2

Place background squares right sides together with the (4) triangle squares and the (2) pinwheel squares.  Sew 1/4 inch along the right side of the drawn line.  Chain stitch along all six, then turn and sew 1/4 inch along the other side of the drawn line.

Step 3

Sawtooth Star Step 3

Cut along drawn line.  You now have two half square triangle units.  Press open.  Repeat for remaining 5 blocks.

Step 4

Sawtooth Star Step 4

Trim  half square triangle units to 3 1/2 inches.

Sawtooth Star Half Square Triangles

Step 5

Sawtooth Star Step 5

Lay out the quilt squares into the Sawtooth block pattern, using the 3 1/2 inch background squares for the corners.  Sew together rows by sewing two blocks together into two patches, then sewing the two patches into a row.  Press seams all one direction.  On the next row press seams the opposite direction.

Sawtooth Star Step 6

Step 6

Sew  rows together by locking in each seam and pinning carefully. 

Sawtooth Star 2

(I forgot to take pictures of some of my finished squares before sewing them  into the quilt.  oops!)

Repeat all your steps to make a second Sawtooth Star and you are finished for month 3!


Monday, April 6, 2015

Moda Love Quilt

I saw this adorable quilt pattern on Instagram a while ago and I knew I had to make it soon.  This awesome pattern can be made out of a Layer Cake, Charm Pack, or Mini Charm Pack. 

I sifted through my large stack of Charm Packs to find just the right fabric line.  What I found was ‘Botony’.  I had forgotten all about it, but I knew it would look great in this quilt.

Moda Love quilt Botony fabric

This cutie finishes at 32  inches square.  It was so easy,  I made the entire quilt in a weekend. 

Moda Love quilt 3

I especially love the backing I found to go with it.  I thought I’d have to go with a solid because I wouldn’t be able to match the fabrics.

Moda Love Quilt Closeup

But no! I found a print I like so well, it will probably turn up somewhere else.

Moda Love 2 quilt

I decided to do some straight line stitching for the quilting.  I’m pretty happy with the results!  I hope the person I’m giving this to enjoys it as much as I do!