Saturday, March 15, 2014

Patchwork Puzzle

Do you ever have an idea for quilting,
and design a quilt around the idea? 

When I saw this type of "puzzle piece" free motion quilting on Pinterest, I just had to try it!  So I designed a simple patchwork baby quilt to really feature the quilting.  I used up some purple/orchid fabric I had (the bikes are an Erin McMorris print, so cute!) and made a simple patchwork center, with lots of negative space for quilting.
This baby sized quilt measures 36 x 44 inches.

Here is a close up of the quilting -- I drew lines with water soluble marker in the white background every 3 inches -- the size of the patchwork squares.  Then I followed the lines and quilted puzzle piece shapes -- really fun!  For the binding I pieced fabrics to match the patchwork center, and lined this up to match the center blocks.
The patchwork center is quilted in diagonal lines.

 We had some fun taking photos at our neighborhood school this weekend -- a guy that walked by said something like "I'm too curious to even ask" -- so we didn't explain!

 I'm entering this project into the Pantone Radiant Orchid Quilt Challenge, in the Quilts Category.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Petal Pillow

I made a new pillow for my daughter's room last week . . . . 
a little purple to tone down all of the pink!
 This is the dogwood blossom pillow from Stitched in Color -- a really fun project!   For the petals I used an old Amy Butler print, and the background is Kona Snow.  It measures 18x18.

For the back I did a simple envelope closure, using up more Amy Butler scraps.

I'm entering this project into the Pantone Radiant Orchid Quilt Challenge, in the Mini Category.  There are so many beautiful projects linked up already!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Briar Rose

I finally cut into my stash of Briar Rose by Heather Ross!

It's so nice to see quilt blocks instead of stacks of fabrics (although I think even after making this quilt I'll have lots of fabric left)!

The tutorial for this block is from SewCraftyJess -- it's called the Starburst Cross.

Linking up to WIP Wed at Freshly Pieced.