20 November 2013

A Walk in the Woods

Once in a while, I make something and forget to post about it. I made this sweet baby quilt over a year ago, so I'll go ahead and blame it on the pregnancy-brain I was experiencing at that time. 
When I made this one, I decided to submit the idea to Moda Bake Shop so I had to keep it under wraps until I knew if it was accepted. In the meantime, I snapped a few pictures and sent it off to my sweet sister-in-law.
By the way, this adorable fabric is primarily "A Walk in the Woods" by Aneela Hoey for Moda. I also managed to sneak in a houndstooth print from "Vintage Modern" (Bonnie & Camille for Moda) and another from "Millie's Closet" (Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs). 
I love freemotion swirls, don't you? And let's not forget some super cuddly fleece on the back. It takes a bit getting used to quilting with something this thick, but the result is well worth it in the end.
Now if you don't recognize what this prototype became, that's okay. (I made some major changes between here and there.) It's my "Jumping Jacks" pattern, and the tutorial can be found at the Moda Bake Shop here. You can also see my original post about it here.
I'm sure you'll notice this is pretty much a complete reversal of that pattern. In this one, I used a charm pack to create a variety of center blocks with mainly neutral fabric framing them, and only a few "accent" frames. In the MBS version, I used a jelly roll to create a variety of frames around primarily neutral blocks--with a couple "accent" blocks thrown in the mix.
It's funny what things can change from rough draft to final, eh?

13 November 2013


When I was a little girl, I loved to sew but hated following patterns. Instead, I made up my own, and even if I did use a pattern, I always made many changes.
For once in my life, I followed someone else's pattern AND tried my best to make it look as close to the original as possible. Do you recognize this beauty? It's Camille Roskelley's "Niner" pattern using "Scrumptious" and "Happy-Go-Lucky" fabric collections mixed together. I just couldn't fight perfection.
Okay so it would be pretty much impossible for me to duplicate hers but I'd like to think I came close! I even tried to mimic Angela Walters' quilting (ha ha, right?) in some parts. 
I did deviate on the binding--wasn't actually sure what Camille used but I was very set on using a stripe-y binding against a solid mint back fabric.  
Happy to finally enjoy it!