There was a post on instagram about a this goody goody binding kit and I just had to make it. I can’t imagine binding without it now! It holds onto everything I need so when I leave my sewing room to go downstairs to bind in front of the TV (or even in the car), I just grab the kit and the quilt and I am set with everything I need.
I grabbed some fun fabrics, some batting leftover and got to work!
This was a very personal and emotional quilt for me to make. My dad passed away when I was 21 and my half sister inherited a couple boxes of his old racing T-shirts. He worked for Nascar so he had boxes among boxes of shirts that he had from previous racing seasons. She asked that I make a quilt from these shirts for her.
Here is the layout of the shirts before they were cut.
Since most shirts had a lot of red, black, and white in them, I decided to use those colors for my accent fabrics. I chose to add another row and instead of adding 4 more T-shirts, I shopped for 4 fabrics to add in as other squares! I thought about using the checkered flag on the back, but since this is for a girl (while she is not super girly-girl) i chose the houndstooth in black as a feminine comparison to the checkered flag.
I used a Grey on Grey chevron for the sashing with small logos from the front of the shirts in the corners. Also, the grey cornerstones in the middle are pieces of a grey shirt.
Here is the quilt topper completed. T-shirts are NOT fun to deal with even with an interfacing!
Meanwhile, she also sent me some sweatshirts and I wanted to do a small project with them. I did go out and purchase the checkered flag fabric for the back of these. I put a heavier interfacing on both the sweatshirt material and the checkered flag material to give these pillows more structure. I did not use a pillow form since these were not standard size pillows.
For the quilting, I did a 1/8 of an inc on either side of the seams around each block. I also added in a small “x” in the center of each T-shirt block. For the 4 fabric blocks, I quilted inside of them with the stipple design. I also quilted in the outer border with the stipple design.
The last step is always the most gruesome for me. It is not my favorite thing to do to hand bind a quilt, but I LOVE the look of it afterwards! I chose a red fabric for the binding to break up all of the dark grey and blacks.
This cute little pow wow quilt was made for a dear friend’s baby with the curiosities fabric line by The Art Gallery. She did not want her nursery to be filled with pinks so I was able to use these fabrics to avoid the pink overkill. The were very fun fabrics with a hint of modern retro.
Everything got cut and then I drew two lines on100+ white squares. The patten allows for extra HST blocks if you draw a 2nd line that can be used on a 2nd project. I chain sewed at each step
After piecing all blocks, I laid them out in the best order for color appeal. Added sashing columns and sewed all rows and rows together.
Did my signature/typical stipple free motion quilting. and dewed on the binding.
I was pushed for time and the baby shower was 2 days after the October 15th deadline. I had a trip planning to the mountains the day before the shower so I took the quilt with me to work on while up there. Since I finished it while in the mountains (about 3 hours before the shower), I had a mini photo shoot! 🙂
I made the following table runner for a dear friend of mine, Haelie, for her wedding gift. Teals/Aqua/beige/tan is really in right now and I wanted quilting fabric that was comparative to burlap. I found some good beige fabrics that went great!
Here is a picture of all the fabrics I purchased to use in the table runner
After cutting all the squares for HST and strips for the back, i had to sew them all together and arrange them.
For the batting, I used a heat-safe batting that is used in pot holders but is designed to protect the furniture against hot dishes. The batting only comes in specified sizes, so i had to sew two pieces together. To do so, you overlap the two piece slightly, then use a rotary cutter and ruler to trim. This creates a joining seam that is perfect. Next you line up the two pieces next to each other and with a wide zig zag stitch that is set to the shortest stitch length you sew them together. You do NOT overlap them! you could not tell it was two pieces after being quilted either.
I pin basted then did a stipple design for the quilting.
I made this Auburn Inspired Circle Log Cabin quilt for my Mother-in-Law.
I drew it out on a piece of paper with the correct colors in order to get the “look” correct!
I had fun going “Quilt Shop Hopping” locally to find a lot of Navy and Orange fabrics! I wanted a large variety of patterns and combinations.
The next step was to cut everything needed. I cut multiple of each size of each color and just kept them laid out as I was piecing. I didn’t work too hard to match them up correctly, but I did just make sure that on each block, there were no duplicates.
It is VERY important with a log cabin pattern to square up the block after each addition or two. It is also important to use a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance, to have room for trimming.
I used the Bandana Auburn fabric for the backing and stipple effect for the quilting.
This may have been the quilt I had the MOST fun making!
My inspiration for the quilt came from pinterest. I saw this blog and just KNEW I had to re-create this masterpiece for my friend who was expecting as she is an AVID disney fan! I used a few different patterns I had to create the overall pattern.
I then used my silhouette cameo to cut out the mickey heads in the black fabric.
I cut the black fabric with my silhouette by using an iron-on backing. then sew with a zig zag onto the white fabric. NOTE: I waited until AFTER I had pieced the square it was going on so I would know how to position it. (The pictures below were an example before i pieced the other squares)
Here is a pieced square:
Next, I lay out the entire quilt and piece it together, add the borders, and get ready to quilt
Before making the quilt sandwich, I made the quilt backing. I decided to make a striped backing with a combination of all the colors used. This is VERY important to make sure it is done evenly so it doesn’t look slanted after you quilt.
For the quilting, I did free motion around the Mickey Mouse heads each separately.
Then, I did free motion throughout the rest of the quilt being careful not to overlap the Mickey heads. Also, did stitch in the ditch on the borders.
Here is a teal, grey, and white chevron quilt that I made for a charity. I made it in under 2 weeks from start (purchasing) to finish. It was a short deadline and I miss it already since i didn’t feel like i worked on it for long at all! Usually I get so attached to them!
This was made with Cotton + Steel Basics and also the Cotton + Steel Mustang and Hatbox.
The pattern used was Little Punkin Baby Chevron by Craftsy!
For the quilting, i did “stitch in the ditch” for the chevron lines, then free motion in the large teal chevrons.
This quilt was made for my mother and her partner. It was done with the Green Tea & Iced Mocha fabrics by Buggy Barn for Henry Glass Fabrics. It was a perfect combination of colors she uses on her porch and the perfect porch Quilt! See page 4 of this PDF for the fabric collection.
There were a few different types of blocks which is organized with the Q-pins which I just started using and LOVE them! The pattern I used was Seville by CluckCluck Sew! I really LOVE Cluck Cluck Sew patterns and am working on two more right now!
I used the “Stich in the ditch” to go our the inner border, then used the stippling throughout.
For my backing and binding, I used two muted fabrics without a large and loud pattern!
I used fabric pens and made a framed label on the back. I sewed the label on with a blanket stitch by hand.
The best part about gifting to your family, you can visit it time and time again!
I made this sweet quilt for my cousin’s 15-month old. I was not into quilting when he was born but am now and I want to make sure he had one before her 2nd was born so I can make the #2 boy a quilt as well.
I purchased this cute set on Fat Quarter Shop. I purchased the full kit with the fabrics included.
I cut everything….
And Pieced it….
And Quilted it…. I did swirl on the white and then just stitched in the ditch around each square/rectangle