So. I made a quilt.
A soccer quilt. The perfect kind to put on the grass and enjoy many a kick.
It has scraps from about a million projects, and when I pull it out of the wash and the edges are all frayed? Mmmmmmm.
All I did? Put backing, batting, and background on my longarm, and then placed the scraps where I wanted them, and sewed them right on as I quilted.
Addicting, and awesome.
PS, if you haven’t heard, me and Amy from Amy’s Creative Side started a podcast. Now, you can hear us being quilting geeks once a week. Your life is complete, I’m sure. ;) Head on over to Amy’s blog to hear us chat about our 5 Favorite tools under $25, and to see the links to our 5 favorites. One of these days I’ll figure out how to embed the link here, maybe.
Last week, I finished this pretty little quilt for Kortney, my super awesome sister-in-law. She’s a big fan of purple, in case you couldn’t tell.
When I saw “Good Fortune” by the one and only Kate Spain, well, obviously I had to use it for Kortney’s quilt.
I let Kort choose how she wanted it quilted, and she was loving on the bubbles, so that’s what I did–along with a few wishbones, just for fun. Bubbles and Wishbones. Sounds like a band name.
This is a remake of a quilt I did last year for Nyah, remember? Only a little bigger and without borders.
Just a single layer cake, 1/4 yardish of white solid, some backing, binding, and batting, and BAM.
It has a little bit of machine applique on it, which I know you are all experts at now.
If you happen to only be only super-proficient at machine applique and want to become expert, of course go to my machine applique tutorial.
What did you work on last week? Or if you didn’t get a chance last week, what are you up to this week? I’ve got a bunch of longarming to do–ruler work and such. It’s going to be FUN!
PS Thanks, little brother (little? hah!) for being my quilt holder. You rock. Also, nice shoes.
I have access to these same fabrics for kits…let me know if you’re interested and I’ll post them in my shop. Quantity would be pretty darn limited. (Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda, except the backing, that’s Vintage Modern also by Bonnie and Camille, and the binding is from Ruby, also theirs. Oh, and a Bella solid in aqua.).
PS I still need to show you my scrappy tripalong, the jeans that dyed my binding blue (and they weren’t even in the same load), and the next tutorial for the block of the month. Plus, February is already here, and that means a new block soon!
So. Here’s my quilt called Switchback. I made it because my friend Emily is having a little blog tour (with a giveaway at the end) and asked if I would. Since my own husband has been neglected in my quiltmaking, I let him choose which quilt I made, just for him. He is pretty pumped, because this quilt will be long enough to cover his toes when he takes a nap. Apparently throw quilts are a pet peeve of his, never long enough to put over arms and toes at the same time.
It’s super cute, and even a bit masculine, if you can believe that after all the girly stuff I do all the time.
Thanks to Emily, and her fun book Geared for Guys, my guy might just his own quilt one of these days.
He gave some specific guidelines regarding colors–when I asked him what colors it should be he said: Green, Orange, Pink, and Blue. Also brown. Oi. This guy likes to challenge my color skills.
I’m loving how it’s turning out, though. And when I asked him where he got the color scheme from, he said from his family of course. One color for each of us. Green for him, pink for Lily, Blue for Beckham, and orange for me. Of course. (Awww. Too cute. He never gets all sentimental and mushy like that.)
The original pattern calls for solids only, but I’m a rebel and threw some prints in there. I like it a lot.
I only have the middle of the quilt top finished, not the borders, because I have to ask you guys a question. Take a little poll, if you will.
The original quilt calls for white borders. I’m thinking of doing green instead. Since this will be used as a nap quilt, and loved and abused quite a bit, I think green borders are more…prudent? Also, I like to get wild every now and then.
So, let me know what you think. White? or Green? If it helps, I’m binding it with this awesome orange plaid, and backing it with a green and brown woven flannel.
Also, guys? You should totally buy Emily’s book. There’s about a billion (give or take) cool quilts in there, all of them super versatile and fun to make. If you can believe it, I think you’ll find something in there to make for anyone–guy or girl.
Oh, and as for the pictures, well, we’re on vacation and I was all excited to get a picture of my quilt taken in a new, exotic-to-me place. The wind, however, wasn’t anticipated. We ended up taking some pictures in a parking garage. The things I do, seriously. People were looking at me and old Mr. J like we’re certifiably nuts.(<—They might be right.) Oh, also, you’re getting unPhotoshopped photos today, since husband’s laptop doesn’t have Photoshop. Who knew? (sigh. sorry.)
Today we’re taking the kiddos to Disneyland. Wish me luck. (Pssst! All orders won’t be shipped until I get back, on Saturday–just like I mentioned in my last post. Thanks for being patient!) Also, for those of you who have contacted me about the coupon code not working today, you’re right. It expired on Saturday, as the sale went through 12pm so I had time to ship before I left.
PS: This post brought to you by a really tired, been-in-the-car-with-kids-for-too-many-hours, mama who just needs some sleep. Pardon the punchiness.
PPS: Make sure you follow the rest of the blog hop, the schedule is below–and check out the posts the ladies before me did too. They’ve made some seriously cool quilts!
Sept 4: Erika from http://pinksuedeshoe.com/- High Voltage
Sept 5: Lisa from http://lovetocolormyworld.blogspot.com/- Helix
Sept 6: April M. from http://april-makingendsmeet.blogspot.com/ – OddBall
Sept 7: Vickie from http://www.spunsugarquilt.com/- Caution
Sept 8: Sinta from http://pinkpincushion.blogspot.com/- Ivy League
Sept 9: Marion from http://myquiltdiet.blogspot.com/- Gamer
Sept 10: Sherri from http://www.aquiltinglife.com/- Urban Decay
Sept 11: April R. from http://www.aprilrosenthal.com/ – Switchback
Sept 12: Tricia from http://notesofsincerity.blogspot.com/- Caution
Sept 13: Shannon from http://itssewshannon.blogspot.com/- Urban Decay
Sept 14: Shari from http://www.doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog/- Ivy League
Sept 15: Michael from http://patchworkandpaper.wordpress.com/- Helix
Sept 16: back to Emily for the giveaway!
PPPS: Tell me what you think! White borders, or green?
I made this quilt back in April for a little sweetie named Nyah.
She’s my cousin’s best friend’s daughter (you follow that?)
In February of this year, shortly after her fourth birthday, she was diagnosed with Leukemia. She’s 2 weeks older than my goobers.
When I heard the news and asked my cousin how she was doing, she told me about the treatments, and the hospital stays, and how she was losing weight, feeling sick and cold all the time.
I couldn’t do much for the feeling sick, or the hospital, or the treatments–but I sure do know how to help someone who is cold.
Nyah loves being outside, and loves, love, LOVES rainbows. So naturally, a rainbow quilt was in order.
I felt like the quilt needed her name on it somewhere. I remember as a little kid, anything with my name on it was just that much more special.
I wanted it to be soft, and snuggly, and as gentle as it could possibly be, so I found some coordinating chenille backing, and rounded the corners of the quilt.
I quilted it in an allover wave with a pretty light yellow thread. Kinda reminds me of those egg crate foam mattresses. Remember those?
I got news just recently that her treatments have done their job for now. Her counts are good, and her prognosis is positive.
There’s still quite a way to go for her, but thank heaven for miracles–and soft snuggly quilts that remind a little tiny girl that she’s loved by people she’s never even met.
PS I was thinking of making another of these…anyone interested in a tutorial?