Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pretty in Pink for Ms. Aria

I'm excited that this little quilt has been received by its new owner, the 2nd little granddaughter of a life-long friend.  As you can probably guess, the baby's name is Aria. 
I was inspired by this quilt from Moda Bake Shop, but I did not use the pattern.  I started with 6.5" squares and added Aria's name to the banner row. All the fabrics are from my stash and it was fun to use them, remembering all the original quilts they came from.  Finished size is approzimately 36" x 54".
This was my first ever attempt at tramputo.  Though it was fairly simple and I like the effect, I think it would probably look better on wider appliques.  It was very nice on the flower, but almost lost on the thin stem, leaves and letters.

I did a FMQ sqiggle around the outside of the tramputo on the banner row, to make the tramputo pop a bit more.
I used my walking foot to quilt straight(ish), parallel(ish) lines on the diagonal through the rest of the quilt.
The back is the same as the binding -- bright pink with lime green polka dots.  You can see it peeking out a tiny bit in the photo below.

~*~ May your day be full of Love and Ladybug Hugs ~*~
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Kat ~

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bright Stars Quilt

A while back I bought 2 packs of rainbow-colored charm squares from a seller on eBay.  I love the colors and the listing said they were all dye cut.  Howver, the "pinking" (zig zags) on the sides of the squares were so deep (1/4" in some cases) that I ended up cutting them all down from 5" to 4.5" before using them.  Frustrating!
Anyway.... I took my inspiration for this quilt from this one on Leslie Unfinished. I didn't have a true plan in mind, so I just made some 9-patch star blocks and added colorful blocks around it.  I didn't think the quilt was big enough, so I ended up adding 1 more column to each side and 2 more rows each to the bottom and the top.  (That's why the stars may not look "spread out" enough --- where they end was the original edges of the quilt.)
Added a few more borders to make it even bigger.  Finished size (after washing) measures 54.5" wide x 70" long.

I straight-line quilted with a walking foot horizontally across the colored squares, then around the middle section through the borders.  I fell in love with straight line quilting!!
I didn't have a recipient in mind while I was making this, but as soon as my sister-in-law saw it, she called "dibs" on it.  That was easy!

~*~ May your day be full of Love and Ladybug Hugs ~*~
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Kat ~

Monday, April 13, 2015

Rainboz Zig Zags

I made this quilt a while back, last fall, I think.  It was made with a half jelly roll of striped rainbow fabrics and white-on-white stars print.  I added  some additional borders to make it a little bigger.  It finishes at 42"x54" after washing. 

The back is a soft lavender flannel.

This is a great "cuddle size" quilt for a child or tween.
I quilted with a squiggle meander in white thread.
I'm listing this one in my new Etsy shop.

~*~ May your day be full of Love and Ladybug Hugs ~*~
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Kat ~

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

T-Shirt Quilt for Sarah

Last fall, my friend Danielle asked if I knew how to make a t-shirt quilt, and if I might be able to make one for her daughter as a high school graduation gift.  I love when quilt deadlines are very far away -- I had close to 8 months so how could I say no?
This quilt is pretty big -- 72" x 90". My husband had to stand on a ladder in order for me to get the picture. I decided not to crop him out :-).
Danielle's daughter is an athlete, she plays soccer, basketball and runs (among other things).  Danielle mailed me a box of t-shirts that she had "borrowed" from Sarah's drawers without her knowing.  As you can probably guess, her school colors are black and red.
Each square finished at 15" and I used a light-weight fusible interfacing on the back.  The blocks were sashed in black with red cornerstones.  (There are prints on the black & red, but they don't show in these photos.)
I quilted this with straight lines (stitch in the ditch) along both sides of each sashing strip (vertically and horizontally) then added some meandering squiggles within each block, being careful not to stitch over any of the printing on the shirt.  The thread color on the block matches the background color of the shirt.  I really wanted the shirts - not the stitching - to be prominent.

All of the shirts were cotton except one.  The red shirt with the white "2" on it was a tech shirt, but it worked out just fine and I didn't have to do anything differently on that block.

The back is black and the binding is red.  I also made a quilt tag with red stitching on white fabric.  I asked Danielle to write a "note" to Sarah in her own handwriting, then I stitched exactly that, making the quilt tag look like a hand written note from Mom & Dad.  Of course I don't have a picture, but this is the method I used.  The only differences from my original post are that the words were hand written (vs printed on a computer) and I used tissue paper in place of regular paper. 

~*~ May your day be full of Love and Ladybug Hugs ~*~
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Kat ~

Thursday, April 2, 2015

To India with Love - Take 2

I know it has been forever since I updated and there is a LOT to update, but I'll get to all of that another day.  For now, I am just over the moon excited to finally be sharing something again!

Way back in June 2012, I made this quilt for my sweet friend Sujay, who lives all the way across the world in Pune, India.  I was so excited to get it mailed off to him.  The USPS told me they didn't know how long it would take to arrive so we waited... and waited... and waited... and unfortunately, we are still waiting.

After about 4 or 5 months it became apparent that quilt was never going to arrive, so I got to work on another one.  I finished the top at least 2 years ago now.  This is made from all scraps, with each square of strings sewn on to muslin to avoid a billion seams on the back when I pieced the squares together.  I eyeballed the placement of the dark blue strips through the diagonal of each square and worked my way out from there.

After the top was finished, I got it sandwiched quickly... but it took another year before I finished the FMQ and the binding.  There is sat forever (again) while I procrastinated on making the quilt tag. (Below is not the best photo, but you'll get the idea.  Part of my absence from blogging has been photo challenges but I've decided to go with the "something is better than nothing" approach from now on.")

In January I finally got it mailed to him (and it arrived!  yay!).  Cost about 2 weeks' salary to do so, but totally worth it.  Of course I forgot to measure it before I packed it up, but I think it's around 48" x 60" (each block is 12" square). 

No photos of the back, but it's a plain blue.  Definitely not as gray as it looks in the photo of the quilt tag.

Very happy to have this one done and safely in India. Finally!

~*~ May your day be full of Love and Ladybug Hugs ~*~

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Kat ~

Monday, January 19, 2015

Ignore this post

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Is Bloglovin really making me "claim" my blog?  (Better late than never or completely unnecessary?  I'm not sure...)

Anyway, doing as they ask!

~*~ May your day be full of Love and Ladybug Hugs ~*~
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Kat ~

Monday, September 22, 2014

REMINDER: Around the World Blog Hop

Just a reminder to hop on over to see my friends Kim (Brigantia Designs) and Jean (All Points on the Compass), as they take their turns on the Around the World Blog Hop!

Here is what I wrote about each of them when I invited them to the Hop last week:

First up is Kim, who lives in the UK. Kim has a way with HSTs like nothing you have ever seen. Perfect every time! Her love of them may be the only way that we are not exactly alike. And the bags she makes? Insanely beautiful. We have children of similar ages, we both run, we both love wine and bread and chocolate. I mean really, what more could you ask for in a friend? We often talk about getting together to sew or chat or run or eat and though I certainly wish she lived on my side of the Atlantic, I can imagine it might be dangerous for us to spend too much "real life" time together. The trouble I know we'd get into! Kim blogs over at Brigantia Designs so be sure to stop by and see her!
Next up is Jean who writes over at All Points on the Compass. She lives all the way in New Zeland and though I understand how geography and climate work, it still amazes me that she has snow when the place I live (South Florida) is in the dead of summer. Jean has so much spunk, I don't know how she does it. I "met" Jean when I was going through a pretty dark time and she was so kind to me with words and deeds that she will always hold a special place in my heart. You MUST see her photography. I aspire to someday have the eye and talent she has for capturing just THE most amazing pictures.

~*~ May your day be full of Love and Ladybug Hugs ~*~
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Kat ~