A trio of gypsies

Not to be confused with the people on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

The gypsy is a very basic 8 inch finished patchwork quilt in Material Obsession. It was the first quilt I ever made. The one that I repeatedly go to. The one that got me hooked on fabric buying. The one that also hooked me on Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke quilts. That book is no longer attached to its cover its so well loved :)

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My first quilt is the beauty to the right. I learned a very important lesson with this quilt. Don’t buy cheap fabric. I love this quilt to this day it is my favorite but it faded hard and fast. Funny how it is, the first print I picked is my least favorite in the whole quilt!

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I also learned a lot about construction. When I made this quilt I did my best to keep a quarter inch seam allowance but I’m pretty sure mine were more scant. I mean in some places I didn’t sew two pieces together at all. I thought that the quilting would hide this mistake so I didn’t try to fix it when I could.

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I learned how to bind a quilt! I machine sewed the binding to the front then turned it to the back by hand. You can tell I didn’t square up the edges because my binding is 1/2″ in some places and 3/4″ in others!

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This quilt will always be the first I grab when I’m cold and probably the first to go in the wash. It is so butter soft and perfect for snuggling under! And it taught me one more valuable lesson pink fabrics are so pretty :) (I HATED pink before this quilt)

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My second FINISHED quilt was also a gypsy. This bright beauty belongs to my baby sister! It is made with significantly higher quality quilting cottons. Kaffe Fasset, Heather Bailey, Valori Wells, all can be found in this beaut.

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My sister insisted on the zebra print when she found it in the stack of fabrics for my older sisters quilt. It was my idea to fussy cut the Heather Bailey roses and I’m so glad I did :) It used up a ton of fabric though!

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I quilted this with tight 1″ spiraling stars. I learned a HUGE lesson here! Don’t use template pencil on your fabric!!! I wasn’t paying attention and it was my first time doing real quilting, I really didn’t know I wasn’t suppose to use that pencil until i drew ALL the lines on this 64″ square quilt! They have faded but they are still there :( Eventually they will come out but it sucks that I worked so hard on this quilt only to yield an imperfect project. I also didn’t know about burying threads so this has lots of back stitching (not a big deal to me)!

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This binding is completely machine done. I wanted a fast turnover and wanted to try something different. Three out of the four corners are perfectly mitered which is awesome for my second binding ever! Funny story with the binding..originally that fabric was suppose to be the back but I messed up the math and bought exactly half of what I needed. I guess its not that funny but I knew how much I needed and repeated it over and over and even had it written on a paper when I was at the cutting counter.

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Thankfully its owner loves it! As does the puppy :) I recently made matching pillow cases to so when the baby goes off to college in the fall she’ll have some super soft pillow cases to snuggle along with this super soft quilt :)

The last gypsy of this bundle was a spring finish. I messed up again on fabric ordering and only had enough to piece a 7 x 7 top. A little small for my dad! This quilt was a gift for my parents. It was supposed to be for Christmas but it ended up being a random spring break gift.

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Again this is a cheap JoAnn’s quilt but I was/am a poor college student sometimes you have to do it! This quilt is entirely hand quilted! Funny story there. I spent like 4 hours doing one block on this quilt beautiful intricate embroidery outlining the butterflies in the center block! This block was looking fabulous! But one huge problem! You flip the quilt over to a disaster! I grew up doing embroidery I didn’t know any better! No one ever told me I had to do the running stitch! I was so mad I left it for months!

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I made a couple extra special blocks. This one’s a house, clearly!

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And the date my family started :)

So that’s the story of the three gypsies that walked into my life and found a permanent home :)

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Stephen’s Quilt

So I changed my mind again on Stephen’s quilt! Not surprising if you know me :) I really wasn’t liking the idea of such a traditional quilt for a little boy and I found out the quilt needed to be larger so I didn’t want a super time consuming block. Instead I’ll use the block I made to make a little pillow!

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I decided to make “Flocked Together” by Sarah Fielke from her book “Quilting From Little Things“. Its a feathered star block with lots of y-seams! (A little scary) The pattern was for a queen so I had to do some quilt math. Kind of difficult even for an engineering major!

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Well I figured it out after making a block diagram! I drew the block to scale and then measured everything! I’m wondering if the Quilt Design Tool on Threadbias would do the math for me. Has anyone used this?

I’m loving the fabrics I chose for this quilt! All red, white and blue with a pinch of yellow and green thrown in! The fabrics include Sandy Gervais, Denyse Schmidt’s DSQuilts for JoAnn’s, Maude Ashbury (the awesome jumbo lobster print), a little Kona not sure of the color but I want to say Cobalt, Jack and Lulu “All Hands On Deck” (the little lobsters), and various other prints from JoAnn’s and my local quilt shop!

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All the pieces are cut and I’m ready to get started!

Help Needed: Disaster?

About this time last year, my older sister Jessica graduated college. I promised I would make her a quilt. I made a very cute hand drawn quilt card with an IOU a quilt. A few months later probably June, we went to a local quilt shop searching for the perfect fabrics. The fabrics she chose were very pretty purples and pinks with a mix of traditional fabrics and batiks. A very muted color palette.

I began working on this quilt in the summer and these fabrics just brought down my mood. Does anyone else no that feeling? So much so that I went on to make my younger sister’s quilt instead. I kept putting of and putting off this quilt. Well I finished the top. And it looked really good. I basted it and began quilting. I still need to finish the quilting on this quilt but I just avoid it every time I enter my sewing space!

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Top of quilt basted with pins.

Quilted flower (back) I love this Jacobean floral print!

Quilted flower (back) I love this Jacobean floral print!

FMQ from quilt back. Bad idea?

FMQ from quilt back. Bad idea?

It’s a mess! I had never free motion quilted before. I practiced, practiced, practiced on 12″ sandwiches. I am at a loss. I quilted the back of the quilt and the front just doesn’t look good! I loved the trailing floral pattern so I thought it would be cool to quilt but now I feel I should just rip it all out and do simple, traditional straight line quilting. Thoughts?

White quilting shown on top. Too sloppy? Should I have quilted from the front? Change the color of the thread?

White quilting shown on top. Too sloppy? Should I have quilted from the front? Change the color of the thread?

Ambition

Around Christmastime last year, I was cozy-ing  up with my aunt and three-year old cousins to watch a movie (Tangled-really good) with my first finished quilt. My aunt was admiring the quilt so I told her I made it. At first she looked shocked but then decided to tell me her son needed a quilt. Apparently, when my little cousins were born, twins a boy and girl, my aunt’s girlfriend made a baby quilt for Ava but not Stephen! I was shocked! Why do you make a quilt for one twin and not the other?  She asked if I would make him a quilt and of course I said yes.

The twins recently turned 4 and will be transitioning to twin beds soon. So I decided I would make a twin size so Stephen can get as much use out of the quilt. Also, since I was shocked by the former quilt makers manners I obviously have to make one for Ava too.

I purchased some beautiful nautical, red and blue themed fabrics without knowing what quilt to make. All I knew was living a block from the beach you should have a beachy quilt! The owner of the quilt shop suggested I buy 501 rotary-cut quilt blocks by Judy Hopkins for its ability of variation. I was flipping through the book and loving all the gorgeous blocks! Aunt Rachel, Fathers’ Choice, Lighthouse, these blocks were magnificent. I couldn’t choose so I decided to make a sampler quilt with each block being a little story. Aunt Rachel because its super close to my moms name, Rachelle. Fathers Choice because the twins were born on Father’s Day. Crown because Stephen means crown. I was on a role picking blocks to tell Stephen’s story. Then I realized this is going to take forever! As much as I love the twins and would spend forever and a day with them I figured I should simplify the quilt so they can cuddle up to them longer! I decided on the Lighthouse block.

I took the time cutting my fabrics, piecing and pressing to sew one simple block 10 in finished. It took me 4 hours to piece 64 pieces for one block! That’s when I changed paths again! I decided to now have a checker board pattern. 2 variations of the lighthouse with a red coral pattern going every other block, solid with some white sashing in between and an outer border in a blue and white stripe! Now I am so pleased and excited to finish this project!

Ava’s quilt will be the same pattern, the Lighthouse checkered with sashing and an outer border BUT with one big difference! Hers will be shades of pinks and tangerine her favorite colors! So they’ll each get their personality stitched in!

And for the backs, I’m hoping to applique a lobster on the back of Stephen’s and use it as my quilt label as well. Still undecided on Ava’s.

This should be a very comfy Christmas!