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WIP Wednesday: With Guest Host Michelle of CityHouseStudio

Happy WIP Wednesday!

My name is Michelle, and I blog at CityHouseStudio. I’m delighted to be guest hosting WIP Wed this week! Thanks so much for having me, Lee!
I have found that summer is not my most productive season for quilting. Summer in Minnesota is short; we spend every possible moment enjoying the pool, the parks, and our backyard! While I’ll really miss the kids after they start school (the Tuesday after Labor day), I’m giddy thinking about a whole day to myself to sew!
Here’s what I have finished recently:
a Baby Quilt for my cousin’s new baby
(9 blocks of wonky stars, using this tutorial)
My helper, Holly—she loved helping me lay out the design!
She also requested that we make a fish to go with the quilt, but this didn’t go so well. I just couldn’t figure out how to get the tail to look right!
Another “Read” Library Tote—pattern available here.
I need to make a few more of these! Each of my girls has requested one, along with a friend with twin girls, too. Luckily the letters are really fun to paper piece!
I’m close to finishing up these projects:
Asterisk Quilt (tutorial for the scrappy asterisks is here). This was my choice for my last month as “quilter” for the Peace Circle of do. Good Stitches. I quilted this with FMQ loops, but still need to sew on the binding.
I’m working on pattern testing a bag for a friend—more to come on this project soon!
Just started project: Vintage Holiday QAL with Fabric Mutt
I’ve finished 2 blocks so far, and they were QUICK! The QAL is officially on blocks 7 and 8 (out of 12, yikes!), but I don’t think it will take too long to catch up.
These are such fun blocks to make! I’m using red and green fabrics that aren’t necessarily “Christmas” fabrics, with grey seeds from FMF for the ornament tops and binding.
Now it’s your turn to link up. Here are the rules:
1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, link back here to my blog. (Or grab my WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other links—because what fun is a linky party without comments?

 

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Little Patchwork Pillowcase

Zakka Style Sew Along

Welcome to this week’s Zakka Sew Along project: the Little Pocket Pillowcase, designed by Meg Spaeth of elsiemarley.com.

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When Lindsey asked me to be part of the Zakka Along, I basically begged her to let me do this project. It has my kids written all over it—they love cute little animals, and they especially love cute little animals that come with their own homes, beds, and/or carrying cases. So, a cute little animal that can be stowed in its own pocket on a cute little pillow? Three-year-old-girl heaven, I’m telling you.

This project is from the book Zakka Style, compiled by Rashida Coleman-Hale, so you’ll need the book to make it. Lindsey of LR Stitched has spent the last several months running a sew-along of all the projects in the book, and this post is part of that series. Click here to catch up on all the posts.

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This pillowcase might be more involved than the average Zakka Style project because of the diamond patchwork, but even so, most sewists should be able to make it in a solid evening or two. I used Essex Linen in Putty by Robert Kaufman for the body of my pillowcase, winter-white felted wool for the bear, and an assortment of pink and green scraps for the patchwork.

The first thing to tackle: The diamonds, which are used for the patchwork pocket, the bear’s tummy, and the patchwork piping. The book provides a template for cutting out the diamonds, but that is a lot of template cutting. I found it much easier to cut the diamonds from strips. Here’s how I did it:

1. Cut strips 1 9/16″ wide. Yes, that’s a crazy measurement. No, my ruler doesn’t have 1/16″ marks. I just lined it up between the 1/2″ mark and the 5/8″ mark. Trust me, it’ll work. : )

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2. Line up the 60-degree mark on your ruler with the bottom of the strip and trim off the end of the strip on an angle.

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3. Measure 1 7/8″ over and cut another angled line using the 60-degree mark on your ruler. Ta-da, you have a correctly-sized diamond.

The most challenging part of this project for me was the piping on the pillowcase—I’ve never made piping before, so this was all new to me. The book says to use 1/4″ piping cord, but that seemed awfully chunky to me for such a little pillow, so I went with 1/8″. Even the 1/8″ cord seems wide to me, but that might be because I have no idea how to make piping, so I didn’t get the fabric casing very tight around the cord. LOL.

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The bear was very easy to make and turned out so cute. You’ll want to have a chopstick on hand for turning and for jamming stuffing into those little legs and ears.

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As you can see, my daughter really loves this bear—she named him “Barry.” (Well, I think she meant “Beary,” but we won’t quibble over spelling.) All in all, this was such a great project! And based on my daughter’s very positive feedback, I recommend it as a gift for the little girl (or boy!) in your life. : )

As part of the Zakka Sew Along, I’m giving away some variety packs of lovely Aurifil thread, which you probably already know is the bomb. Three winners will get an Aurifil thread pack, and one lucky winner will get an Aurifil thread pack and an Aurifil color card! Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.

And finally, don’t forget to check out Lindsey’s post for her Zakka Along giveaway—this week, it’s a fat-quarter bundle of the Le Femme line by Robert Kaufman. Plus, link up your own Little Patchwork Pillowcase for a chance to win even more prizes. Enjoy your pillowcase!

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AnneMarie’s Quilt

As you may have already heard, my friend AnneMarie of Gen X Quilters recently added a new member to her family! She had a rough, uncomfortable pregnancy, so Elizabeth, Amy and I decided to get together and surprise her with a little something for the baby. I’m guessing her new little man has plenty of quilts, but you can always use another one made by friends, right? : )

We decided on some basic, bright-colored, fun log-cabin blocks. Each of us made three blocks, and I quilted it.

I put some of my favorite little-boy prints on the back—the brown and blue plaid from Katie Jump Rope, a Pezzy print, and a few others.

I’ve been wanting to improve my straight-line quilting, so I opted for straight lines on the diagonal across the quilt. I recently got a new walking foot that has this quilting guide on it—why didn’t I know about this little doohickey before?? It makes straight-line quilting so much easier, no marking necessary! I just marked the center diagonal and used the guide to work my way out from there. The only problem with using a quilting guide like this is if you get a little crooked or curvy on one line, all the lines after that will be the same, because you’re always using the previous line as your guide. In fact, the flaws might even be magnified as you stitch more and more lines. So I sometimes took the quilt off my machine, laid it out on the floor and inspected my lines. If they were looking a little crazy, I marked the next line in order to straighten things out again. But I only had to do that 3 or 4 times, I’d say.

And it turns out that I really don’t mind straight-line quilting—as long as I don’t have to turn the darn quilt! It’s the turning that I despise. So you may see more edge-to-edge straight-line quilting from me in the future.

Congratulations, AnneMarie, on the addition to your family! Enjoy the quilt!

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Lego Storage Bag/Playmat

Welcome to my stop on the 12 Gifts of Christmas Blog Hop!

Today I’m showing you how to make a drawstring Lego storage bag that doubles as a playmat. Fun, cute, and useful!

I think Legos strike fear into the hearts of organized moms everywhere. We store ours in a big plastic tub, but a few pieces always seem to disappear when my daughter dumps it out to play. And she hates putting all those pieces back into the tub.
So I went in search of an item my sister had for her Legos 25-plus years ago. It was basically a big circular piece of fabric with a drawstring around the edge. The Legos were stored inside, but when you wanted to play, you could lay the fabric out completely flat and spread out the pieces directly on the fabric. This allowed you to easily find the piece that you wanted—but when it came time to clean up, just pull up the drawstring and you’re done. Genius! Apparently they no longer make this handy contraption, but that’s where a little sewing skills are useful, right? Plus I could make my version a whole lot cuter than the ’70s-looking fake denim I recall my sister’s being made from.This bag spreads out to become a playmat that’s about 50″ wide—a generous size even for the most Lego-obsessed kids. And the bag/playmat combo would be great for other types of toys as well—I’m thinking baby toys, stuffed animals, matchbox cars, or anything with lots of small parts.
You will need:• Approximately 40 pieces of fabric, 4.5″ x 22″ (The 22″ length can include a selvage—the selvages will end up hidden. A fat-eighth bundle would be perfect for this project.)• 9″-10″ square of fabric for the center• Total of 1.75 yards for the back of mat/inside of bag• 1/2″ grommet-setting kit and 20 grommets (don’t be afraid of grommets! They’re so easy!)• 20 – 1.5″ squares of fusible interfacing
• About 14 feet of cotton braided cord (I used 3/16″)• 6 inches of 1″-wide twill tape for the drawstring slider
How to make it:
1. On your 4.5″ x 22″ pieces of fabric, mark the bottom edge 1.75″ from each side, as shown. If you are using a piece with a selvage, make sure to mark the selvage end. 2. Cut the piece on an angle, from one of the marks you just made at the bottom of the rectangle, to the outer corner at the top of the rectangle. Repeat on the other side, cutting from mark to outer corner. If you’re using pre-cut fat quarters or fat eighths, check that the length of your pieces is precisely 22″ before cutting. Length variances can throw off your angles here.

3. You now have a wedge-shaped piece that looks like this. Repeat the first two steps until you have 40 wedges.

4. Sew your wedges together, lining up the tops of the wedges. It doesn’t matter if the bottoms line up. I pressed my seams open.

5. Sew your wedges together in sets of 10. Ten wedges makes a quarter of the circle. Sew the quarters together to create the full circle.

6. When you’re ready to sew the final seam in the circle, stop and lay out your circle so that it’s as flat as you can get it, regardless of whether your final two raw edges match up. If they do match up, congratulations, you are a sewing rockstar! As you can see, mine didn’t come together so well. If you have a gap in your circle when it’s lying as flat as it can be, as I did, that means you probably need to add one more wedge. That’s why I said you would need approximately 40 pieces of fabric for this project. : ) So at this point, I cut and pieced wedge number 41 into the circle.

7. Now that I’ve added another wedge, when my circle is lying as flat as possible, the raw edges actually overlap, especially toward the outside of the circle.

8. To fix that, use the top (overlapping) piece as a guide to cut the bottom piece. Line up your ruler with the edge of the top piece and trim. You can now sew your final seam and you end up with a flat wedge-pieced circle measuring about 50″ across. (By the way, I think this would also be a great way to make a Christmas tree skirt or a quilt.)

9. To create the center, I traced around one of my salad plates, which are about 8.25″ across.

10. Cut out your circle and pin it into place, covering the hole in the middle of the circle as well as any selvages.

11. Applique your center circle by sewing around the edge with a zig-zag stitch.

12. To prepare for setting your grommets, take the 1.5″ squares of interfacing and press them onto the wrong side of the circle. (The interfacing will give your grommet a little more stability.) I placed my interfacing squares in the center of every second wedge piece, with the top edge of the square about 1″ from the raw edge.
13. Now the outside of your bag is looking good, so let’s tackle the lining. Circle measurements require too much math for me, so instead, I laid out the outside of the bag and then laid pieces of fabric over it until I had a design that I liked and the entire outside was covered. Then I sewed all the pieces together and laid out both the outside and the lining again. Using the outside of the bag as my guide, I trimmed the lining into a circular shape, leaving about 1/2″ of extra fabric all the way around.14. Pin around the edges and sew a 1/2″ seam around the perimeter, leaving an opening about 5″ wide for turning. Trim excess seam allowance.

15. Turn your circle right side out and press.

16. Top stitch around the outside of the circle. I stitched 1/4″ from the edge and about 2″ from the edge. I used the top stitching to close up the opening I left for turning.

17. Now you need to cut the holes for your grommets. I know, this part is scary. If you screw up, you could be ruining the whole project. But no pressure! I promise you can do it! : ) Feel each wedge to find the ones with the interfacing that you added before turning. On each wedge with interfacing, mark the center of the wedge about 1.5″ from the top. Then cut a small “X” into all three layers of fabric (outside, lining, and interfacing). I did this by pinching a small fold right where I wanted the X, and then clipping a V, which turned into an X when unfolded again. Finally, to clean things up a bit, snip off the points that you created.

Adding the Grommets and Finishing the Bag

1. First, don’t buy the Dritz grommet-setting kit that’s available at Joann. I started with that one, but the plastic setting tools are so cheap and poorly made, they only lasted for six grommets. Buy your grommet kit from a hardware store instead. I got this kit from my local Ace—it was only $1 more than the kit from Joann and it works way better. (My kit came with brass grommets, but I also found satin nickel refill grommets and used those instead.)

2. A grommet kit has four basic parts: The anvil, the setting tool, the grommet barrel, and the washer. The washers sometimes have pointy teeth on one side to grab the fabric you’re setting the grommet into.

3. To set the grommet, position the barrel piece on the anvil with the barrel sticking up, and put the X-shaped hole in your fabric over the barrel of the grommet, as shown.

4. Put the washer over the barrel and the fabric, as shown, teeth pointing down.

5. Put the setting tool on top of it all and use a hammer to wail on that bad boy until it flattens out and becomes attached to the fabric. You may have to put some arm into it—I don’t recommend trying this during nap time. : ) Also, be sure you are doing this step on a very hard surface—like concrete or a work bench. I don’t want to be responsible for any maimed dining room tables.

6. That’s it—you’ve just installed a lovely, professional-looking grommet.

7. Add the braided cord, lacing it in and out of the grommets around the perimeter of the circle. Knot the ends of the cord. Take your twill tape and wrap it in a figure 8 around the two ends of the cord, just above the knots. Sew down the middle of the figure 8 to create a drawstring slider. And you’re done! You now have a Lego keeper that turns into a handy playmat while the Legos are in use.

Giveaway!

The giveaway is now closed.

Thank you to the Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring the giveaway. Another big thanks goes out to Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts for hosting this blog hop and including me in it! Don’t forget to visit all of the other bloggers for own their gift tutorials and giveaways—the schedule is below.
Friday, October 14- Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts
Saturday, October 15- Ayumi/Pink Penguin
Sunday, October 16- Amy/ Lots of Pink Here
Monday, October 17- Faith/Fresh Lemons Quilts
Tuesday, October 18- Penny/Sew Take a Hike
Wednesday, October 19- Kati/From the Blue Chair
Thursday, October 20- Lee/Freshly Pieced
Friday, October 21- Elizabeth/Don’t Call Me Betsy
Saturday, October 22- Melanie/Texas Freckles
Sunday, October 23- Lindsay/Craft Buds
Monday, October 24- Amanda/A Crafty Fox
Tuesday, October 25-Vanessa/Little Big Girl Studio
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My First Quilt

Ever wonder about my very first quilt? Okay, you probably haven’t. : ) But head over to Gen X Quilters anyway, because the first quilt I ever made is on display there today, in all its wonkified glory.

Thank you, AnneMarie, for your First on the First series. It’s been a lot of fun and I’m happy to be included!

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Mod Times Quilt

My Mod Times quilt is finished!

(No, the ladies of Twin Fibers haven’t yet posted all of the Mod Times Quilt-Along instructions. I decided to forge ahead anyway. And no, I haven’t yet finished the quilt for my own quilt-along. The logic escapes me, too.)

But, you guys! I free-motion quilted this one! For real!

I’ve always had this irrational fear of FMQ. I can’t really explain it. I tried free-motion one time when I first started quilting, and the results were freakishly bad. But here’s the thing: I spent maybe five minutes on the attempt. Based on that five minutes—at a time when I could barely sew a straight seam, much less do something more complicated—I convinced myself that I just couldn’t do FMQ, and I never tried it again.

I know. Whatever happened to try, try, try again? Whatever happened to practice makes perfect? My mother will be horrified when she reads this post.

At any rate, here I was, piecing this Mod Times top. I wanted to give it as a baby gift that is way overdue, so in the interest of a quick finish, I pushed ahead of the quilt-along (hopefully that’s okay with the Twin Fibers girls). I really love how the top turned out, considering this was my first experience with set-in seams. But it is a bit wonky in places—those set-in seams aren’t always quite straight, and I thought straight-line quilting would draw attention to that. Diagonal lines might have been okay, but I guess I was too lazy to mark the top.

So, I don’t know what finally made me do it, but I pulled out some scrap fabric and gave FMQ another try. First attempt in three years. And you know what? I have no idea what I was so afraid of all this time. After a little more practice, I was stippling this quilt! It might sound ridiculous, but this was one of the most exciting, triumphant moments of my sewing career so far. I have finally overcome my FMQ phobia! Yes, my stitch length is wildly inconsistent, and I know my stippling could be smoother and curvier. So, it could be better. But it could also be a whole lot worse!

I feel like such a doofus for not trying FMQ again until now. The last time I tried it, I’d never done a block more complex than a four-patch. I didn’t even know how to miter corners on binding. So something tells me that three years of general quilting experience was a huge factor in my relative success this time around.

Lesson learned: Try things again. Who’da thought? Okay, my mom. And probably my 4-year-old too. : )

Quilt stats: Size – 41″ x 37″. Fabric: Aviary 2 by Joel Dewberry and Kona White. Back: Henna Garden with some Aviary 2 pieced in. Quilting: FMQ stippling by me (whoop whoop). Design by Twin Fibers—thank you, ladies, for a fabulous design and wonderful quilt-along! (Wonderful enough that I just had to jump ahead!)

I’m linking up to Sew Modern Monday.

P.S. Sorry for the awful pictures. Another dreary, gray day around here.

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Bee Blocks and Project Selvage

First of all, unfortunately, my little print didn’t make the 75 semi-finalists for Project Selvage. Disappointing, of course, but that’s life—I’m glad I gave it a shot! And I can’t thank you guys enough for all the wonderful, incredibly supportive comments about my print. To know that so many of you are in my corner is a reward in and of itself. : ) Made my day!

As for the prints that were chosen, from an illustrative/design standpoint, I think every one of them is beautifully done (click here to view them and vote). There are obviously some very talented people in this group. But (and hopefully this doesn’t sound like sour grapes), I have to say that I am disappointed in the subject matter and tone of many of these prints. Sorry, but to put it plainly, I think most of these designs are kinda boring. Sure, they’re pretty, but in my opinion, most them look very much like fabric that’s already available from the major manufacturers. And if that’s the case, what was the point of even holding the contest? By my count, there are 9 semi-finalist prints with owls in them. NINE. This means that fully 12% of the semi-finalists were under the impression that the world needs yet another owl fabric. Really, Spoonflower?

Okay, I’m done. Thanks for letting me vent. : ) There is at least one print in there that I love: “Windy Day” by Patty Sloniger. It’s from a work-in-progress collection called “Backyard Baby.” Check it out the other coordinating prints she has on Spoonflower, they are totally covet-able! I know absolutely nothing about the designer, but I would buy that collection in a heartbeat. And for those of you who are wondering: Yes, I am still planning to come up with some coordinating prints for my boot fabric, and yes, “Boots” and any future coordinates will be available for sale on Spoonflower at some point. I’ll keep you all posted!

Anyway, moving on! Let’s look at some March bee blocks, shall we?

First up, Do. Good Stitches. Ara Jane asked for these “Bits and Blocks” blocks. I think everyone in the Love circle is pretty curious about how exactly Ara Jane is going to lay these out. But aren’t they great? And so quick and easy to make. Here is Ara Jane’s tutorial if you’d like to whip up some of these yourself.

Elizabeth requested spiderweb blocks for her month in {Sew} Beautiful, and she sent this fun Good Folks fabric by Anna Maria Horner. Isn’t it absolutely beautiful? All those skinny little strips in such bright, gorgeous colors! I can’t wait to see this one come together! And Elizabeth is now in the process of making 18 more of these, so it’s going to be a biggie!

Beth wanted a slightly wonky drunk love block for her month in the String Me Along Bee. Well, you’re in luck, Beth, because “slightly wonky” is one of my specialties. : ) This was my second drunk love block in Anna Maria Horner fabrics in as many months, and I have to say, something about her prints really lend themselves well to this style of block. Love it!

Last but not least, I participated in the first quarter of the 3×6 Mini Bee. In case you’re not familiar with it, this is a quarterly bee in which you make blocks for your “hive” of six other people from your own scraps, so no fabric mailing is required.

These are the blocks I made. I used the “Lil’ Twister” ruler, which Quilt Story blogged about here. I adore this ruler! But instead of following the Lil’ Twister’s usual directions of cutting and turning, I mixed up the cut pieces so that the colors stayed together, and they alternated with the white background.

And here are the blocks I received from my hive. I requested green, aqua, and gray blocks. I’m still waiting on one more, which will hopefully show up soon. Thank you, ladies, I love them all! I’m signed up for the next quarter and I’m keeping the same colors, so I’m looking forward to having a nice big sampler quilt eventually.

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Project Selvage: Pick Me, Please!

Here’s the thing. My daughter goes to the best preschool in the history of ever—her school is at a nature center. They take those kids outside every single day, rain or shine, regardless of temperature. There aren’t any playgrounds there, at least not in the traditional sense. Instead, the kids are encouraged to splash in puddles, dig for worms, climb on logs, play with sticks, run after butterflies—in short, they’re encouraged to be kids. I think it might just be where childhood makes its last stand against the modern age.

What better place, then, to look for inspiration for my Project Selvage contest entry? And there is no better symbol of everything my daughter’s school stands for than colorful rain boots, which can be seen cramming the shelves and cubbies on any given school day. My entry may not scream “baby” (which could be a problem, given that the entries were supposed to be “baby boy”-themed), but I hope it reflects one of the simple joys of being a young child: Pulling on your boots and exploring a pond. Or the world in general.

Going into this, I had several other ideas all inspired by my daughter’s school, so on the off-chance I make Spoonflower‘s 75 finalists, I know I could come up with a whole line centered around this print. In fact, I might just do that anyway, even if I don’t make the 75 finalists. At the very least, I could make some awesome potty-privacy curtains for the school. : ) And of course, with a real live contract with Michael Miller on the line, the Project Selvage competition is unbelievably steep. Click here to check out some of the other entries—there are some very talented people over on Spoonflower, you guys. They announce the 75 finalists next Thursday, March 31, and voting will begin at that time.

As an aside, if Project Selvage is Project Runway for fabric designers, then where’s our Tim Gunn? As I toiled into the wee hours on my entry, I longed for somebody who would walk past, peek over my shoulder at the computer screen, study it thoughtfully with his chin in his hand, and say something along the lines of, “Those colors are fabulous. But the scale is all wrong.” Maybe they’ll line up somebody to make home visits to all the finalists? Think about it, Spoonflower! : )

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Juliet’s Quilt

My Urban Lattice quilt is complete. This quilt makes me very, very happy. Very.

My sister “commissioned” me to make a quilt for her long-time best friend, who was having her first baby. But the parents-to-be weren’t finding out the baby’s gender ahead of time—and neither were some friends of ours who are due in March. Since I wanted to make two baby quilts, and I didn’t want to make both of them gender-neutral, why not take a chance and make one boy quilt and one girl quilt? My Modern Meadow quilt was the boy version, and this one, made via Cara’s excellent Urban Lattice quilt-along, would be the girly version.

One of the babies is here now, and she’s a girl, so little Juliet gets the Urban Lattice quilt. It’s all done, it’s washed and dried and crinkly soft, and it will be in the mail later today, headed to its new home.

The quilting is a long-arm pattern called “Wind Swirls,” and I can’t imagine a more perfect quilting design for these Far Far Away prints. It’s like a magical breeze just picked you up and dropped you into a fantasy fairy-tale world. You see? It’s just happy. : )

The back is mostly Kona Stone, with an angled strip of half-square triangles in the FFA prints. I thought about just piecing a straight strip down the back, but with all the angles lines on the front, I thought this would be more fun. (More work too, but worth it.)

I’ll be sad to see this one go. But since my sister was paying me to make one of these quilts for her friend, and that was the first baby due anyway, I designed both quilts with this particular baby and mommy in mind. And this Urban Lattice quilt, especially, strikes me as just perfect for them. I’ve known the mother for many years myself, since she’s so close to my sister, and I’ve done a fair amount of design work for her—I even designed her wedding invitations and her baby shower invites. She’s got a great sense of style and I think she genuinely appreciates beautiful handmade things. So I know this quilt is headed to a good home and that it will be right where it belongs. Can’t ask for much more than that.

Here are the specifics:
Design: Paper-pieced via Cara’s Urban Lattice quilt-along (thank you, Cara, for a great quilt-along!)
Fabric: Kona Bone, Kona Stone, Far Far Away II by Heather Ross
Binding: Kona Stone
Size: 48″ by 57″
Quilting: “Wind Swirls” pattern in Parchment thread, done by long-arm quilter at LQS

P.S. Linking up to Sew Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations.

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Urban Lattice Complete

My Urban Lattice quilt top is done.

This was one of those quilts that drove me crazy when I was trying to decide on a layout. I must have spent a combined total of several hours just moving blocks around on my design wall. And wouldn’t you know it, once I finally settled on a layout I liked, I got it mixed up when I sewed the blocks together. Cara suggested a great method for labeling them to keep this from happening, but did I follow that? Of course not. I wanted to tear the paper off before I decided on a layout, because the blocks wouldn’t stick to my design wall with the paper still on them. Then I was too lazy to get out the masking tape. And I really didn’t think it was necessary anyway, since it’s all of about three feet from my design wall to my machine. How could they get mixed up from there to here? Apparently, they could. And now it’s making me crazy enough that I’m actually thinking of trying to un-sew one particular block and put in something different. We’ll see how motivated I am to do that a few days from now.

But aside from those few blocks sticking in my craw, I really am loving this quilt and couldn’t be happier with it. It’s probably one of my favorite quilts I’ve done so far. Thank you, Cara, for a wonderful quilt-along. It will pain me to give this one away.

And now all I have to do is piece together a couple of backs, and this and its boy counterpart, my Modern Meadow baby quilt, are ready to be quilted. Any thoughts for some cool backs, for either of these quilts? And I’m linking up to Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story and Sew Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations—head over there to see more modern sewing projects.