Monday, April 23, 2012

wee woodland baby quilt

I finished up this simple charm squares quilt a few weeks ago.
wee woodland

And while it may seem like the whole rounded corners thing is something I should start attending meetings for, let me assure you: you're right.
wee woodland

The same is probably true for straight line quilting. For this little quilt I used a simple grid pattern that looks extra awesome on the light back with a darker teal quilting thread.
wee woodland - grid quilting

I picked up two charm packs of Wee Woodland by Keiki last summer in Summer 2010 in Shipshewana, IN. I pretty immediately sewed the top together, and then stuck it up on my design wall. Where it sat. Forever.
wee woodland

And then one day I was spray basting and found the quilt top folded over a hanger in my fabric closet. I thought, "what the heck," and pieced together the quilt back using one subtle print from the collection, a bit of solid, and a few straggling charm squares that didn't make it onto the front.
wee woodland - back

Overall, this quilt whipped up in a jif (despite the fact that it took me nearly two years to finish it!). I love the extra bit of fancy that the rounded corners add, plus it's a good excuse to stay sharp on the finer points of making continuous bias binding.
wee woodland

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

big finish

As a follow up to my last post I wanted to quickly show some photos of my finished Friday Night Brights Redux. Even though I've made this quilt once before, there was still a nice sense of accomplishment and excitement when I pulled it out of the washer (does everyone say "washer" or is that an indiana thing? or did I inherit it from me Pennsylvania parentals? hmm.).

We had a VERY unseasonably warm and beautiful March in Indiana, with trees bursting into bloom weeks ahead of "schedule." Sunday (two weeks ago) was, in short, totes amazeballs. It was warm, not hot. Breezy, not windy. Sunny, with a few clouds. So at 6:45 PM at the height of "the golden hour" we packed up and headed to the best place I could think of to photograph my FNB Redux quilt. The local high school football stadium.

We started outside, not wanting to gate crash.
go greyhounds

The light. was. perfect.
FNB windy

And then we found an open gate and ventured inside. First, the tunnel, with back light. And a sun flare bonus!
assistant at work

[at this point, I would just like to acknowledge that this talk about being cautious to enter is a total lie. we went there to gate crash. and gate crash we did.]

Jeff likes to pride himself on being able to completely disappear behind the quilts that he's holding up. Sometimes it works.
Friday Night Brights redux

FNB in the stands

Sometimes it doesn't. But I'm not complaining.

This is the one he's most proud of, because he's 6'2 and the quilt is 44" tall (x 38 wide, fyi). Anyway, we meandered onto the field for a couple of final shots as we were losing daylight.
FNB on the field

This one caught the last rays of real light. 
FNB back & front

As mentioned previously, I backed this one in a print from Laurie Wisbrun's Modern Whimsy range for Robert Kaufman fabrics. As a bonus, the aqua in this print matches perfectly with one of the colors in the Kona Brights charm pack I used on the front. And it looks great with the binding print, Bright Stripe from Ann Kelle's Remix range.
FNB back

The FNB Redux quilt is now safely stationed in its new role as "store sample" at Crimson Tate, where you'll be able to purchase copies of the pattern starting in a week or so. I'm happy to report she's settling in and making herself at home.