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Lattice Work

I’m finally making some progress on my Urban Lattice Quilt-Along quilt!

Last week I wasn’t sure if I would like it. I changed the proportions of the original block design, so I had no idea how it would turn out.

But this week? Completely. Loving. This quilt.

Loving the fairy tale theme of the Far Far Away 2 prints. Loving the muted colors. (I eliminated a few of the deeper FFA prints.) Loving the Kona Stone I chose for the lattice strips. I think it’s all absolutely perfect for the mother and baby I had in mind when designing it.

I made the modifications to Cara’s block design because I wanted to really play up the FFA prints. So these blocks will be 8″ square finished, instead of 12″. The lattice is 0.75″ wide instead of 1″, and the cream background strips are 1.25″ finished.

And while I can understand why Cara paper-pieced this quilt the way she did (with reference lines instead of sewing lines), I did a few blocks that way and wasn’t thrilled with the results. My presser foot was somehow flipping up the edge of the fabric a little, and it was screwing me up. (Did this happen to anybody else?) So my seams were a little wavy instead of nice and straight. It drove me crazy. After some experimentation, I decided to paper-piece it the traditional way instead, sewing directly onto the lines.

This meant I had to adjust the placement of the lines to where I wanted the seams to be. It also meant I needed to glue the lattice pieces to the unmarked side of the paper. As a result, I marked my lines on the printed side of the paper, so the printing wouldn’t show through where bits of the paper remained stuck to the fabric. Marking on the printed side wasn’t ideal, but I do like Cara’s idea of using scrapbook paper, since it’s already square. Plus, I had a book of 8″ scrapbook paper on hand that I hadn’t touched in five years, so might as well put it to use!

After marking the printed side and gluing the lattice piece to the opposite unprinted side, I flipped the whole thing over to sew directly onto the lines. There’s something satisfyingly assured and concrete about sewing on the lines—you know it’s going to be pretty darn accurate, regardless of how wonky your cutting was. I like that about this method!

Of course, the drawback is that this method works best when you cut your fabric a bit larger than what you actually need. So there is substantially more waste than with Cara’s method. I’m kind of anal, so I’ll take the accuracy, even if it means wasting some fabric. But that’s just me. : )

I’ve done 12 blocks, so I have 30 more to go. Can’t wait to finish this one up—I’m thinking it’s going to be a tough one to give away!

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Tommy’s Quilt

Well, I don’t have a new reveal for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. But I can show you one of my favorite quilts that I made this year, and it hasn’t yet made an appearance on this blog—so that’s just as good as a new reveal!

This is my “Vroom Vroom” quilt. I made this quilt for my nephew’s first birthday. It was the first “boy” quilt I ever made, and I was extremely indecisive about it. I didn’t want the finished quilt to look too babyish, since he was already turning one by the time I got around to making it. (I had a newborn at home myself!) I went through several different possible designs, using as many different fabric lines, before finally settling on this one, which is based on a Moda Bake Shop tutorial by Natalia from Piece N Quilt. I just eliminated the applique and a couple rows of blocks to make the quilt smaller, and ta da—I had a sweet and simple little boy quilt.

Here are some of the reasons I love this quilt: 1. This is one of two quilts that I’ve quilted myself on a long-arm (rented at a local quilt shop). 2. Love that stripey binding. 3. This fabric is thoroughly boyish, not too babyish, and yet it’s super cute. That’s not an easy combination to find! 4. This was one of my first forays into bold, geometric, modern quilt designs. From the minute I started piecing it, I was hooked on this look. 5. It was a gift for someone special in my life.

Is there an aspect of this quilt that I don’t love? Yes: The back. I wanted to do some piecing on the back, but I just plain ran out of time. And the blue polka-dot fabric I used isn’t ideal, but I had no choice. I had to pick from whatever was available at my local quilt shop—which is to say, not much. (Fortunately, I’ve since found an excellent quilt store that is a little further away, but carries plenty of modern fabric, so it’s always worth the drive!)Aside from the back, I’m really happy with how this one turned out. I think it represents a bit of a turning point in the evolution of my quilting, and I hope it’s being used and loved in its new home right now.
Now head on over to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side and check out all the other great quilts! What an amazing display and a fun event!

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Modern Meadow Baby Quilt

I’m making quilts for two babies being born in the spring. In both cases, the parents have elected not to find out the baby’s gender ahead of time. I know there’s a lot of cute gender-neutral fabric out there, but gender-specific quilts are just so much more fun!
You probably know where I’m going with this—yes, I’m going to make one boy quilt and one girl quilt, to be distributed as needed after the babies are born. If they are both girls or both boys, at least I only have to do one quilt after-the-fact. And I have three more friends who are hoping to be pregnant any minute, so I know the unused quilt will find a home sooner or later.So here’s the first. This is my crib-size version of the Chain Linked pattern by Amy Smart at Diary of a Quilter. One of the two babies’ nurseries will be almost entirely white and cream, so I wanted to do something with that two-tone component. Amy’s pattern was perfect for that (I used Kona White and Kona Ivory). And if the other baby ends up with this quilt, it’s still neutral enough that it should go with any décor. I just love how the geometric-ness of this pattern works with the geometric-ness of the Modern Meadow prints. And I think I just created a new word—geometricness! Now I just have to figure out how I want to quilt it.And hey—look what I picked up yesterday! They finished it a whole day early. Let the binding begin!Last but not least, don’t forget about my giveaway!

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Kissing Fish Baby Quilt

Good news! This tutorial is now available as a full-fledged PDF pattern, totally free of charge, on Craftsy! Click here to download the pattern.