Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Double Irish Chain

Last year I started thinking about new possibilities for a quilt for my bed. In 2012 I made a Swoon quilt, which I absolutely love, but even though I added an additional border, it was always just a little too small to cover our sheets. So I started plotting. I actually started and made a lot of progress on a Double Wedding ring quilt, but I decided it really was not our style, no matter how awesome it would turn out (I'll explain more once I actually finish it later this year.), so I opted for something more simple and traditional. A red and white Double Irish Chain.
I ended up writing up my own pattern because I couldn't find one that was exactly what I needed. Maybe one day I'll get around to typing it up into a tutorial or pattern. But I ended up with the exact perfect size for our bed.

The fabrics are Watermelon and Soft White Michael Miller Cotton Couture. Cotton Couture is delicious! So soft and silky. I HIGHLY recommend it! And even more awesome is that the red did not bleed AT ALL! I was so scared putting it in the wash, I put 4 color catches in and there wasn't even a slight tint to them when I pulled them out of the wash. 
 I took the quilt Eagle Mountain Quilting for computerized long arm free motion quilting, the design is called Cotton Candy. I love the curvy texture against the very geometric design of the Irish chain. 
The backing is Riley Blake bleached denim, a gorgeous light aqua shade! It makes me so happy!!

The quilt finished at 93" square (it was 96" pre-washing), and was made with Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Batting.

And despite all that is so amazing about the quilt....it's still not quite what I want for the room. =( So it's been listed in my Etsy shop, you can find it HERE.  (And there may be a coupon code for a 20% discount.... blogger )

The Simple Life Quilt

The last two months have been full of family time. I've spent plenty of time quilting and stitching, but times I'd usually hop on to blog were spent with my hubby instead. And it has been great! But today I REALLY want to blog, so I'm going to get caught up on the finishes I've had so far this year. Each with have it's own post, so check them all out. =)
The Simple Life Quilt
I made this sweet quilt using Tasha Noel's adorable Simple Life fabric. I started working on this quilt sometime last year (August maybe?), making the economy blocks. This past January Instagram was taken over by the #economyblockalong which was the push I needed to pull this out and finish it up. I decided to go with a combination of economy blocks, sixteen patches and square in square blocks. I really like the variety, but that I was able to show off the super cute fabric with the fussy cut block centers.
Untitled The quilt finished at 46" square. I used 100% Cotton Cream Rose batting, which I had been skeptical about, but it is so cozy and lovely! I free motion quilted in a dense meandering loop.
For the backing I pieced some remnants along with my favorite floral print from the fabric line.

This quilt will be sold in the @craftersforcourage auction on Instagram in March. Go check them out and support a really important cause!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

My Wedding Quilt

Today is my 9th wedding anniversary. To celebrate I thought I'd share our wedding quilt with you.
This quilt was made by my mother-in-law between 2002 and 2004. It is a beautiful compilation of various traditional blocks (like the flying geese, log cabins, and snail trails) and other elements, but overall the design is an original. The applique is all needled turned by hand, and it is beautifully hand quilted with the teeniest stitches. Enjoy!
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