Showing posts from June, 2017

Jelly Roll Fun

The pre-cut obsession continues... with jelly rolls this time.

I've got another baby shower to attend in August, and they're waiting to find out the baby's gender until it's born. I think that's a super fun idea, but it makes it hard to shop! I decided I wanted to try out this Jelly Roll Jam quilt pattern by Fat Quarter Shop on YouTube, since it looks so quick and simple.

Then I had to find a gender-neutral jelly roll! I chose a Kaffe Fassett Collective "Tides" roll by Rowan Fabrics (and I think I got the very last one! It's "sold out forever").  I think purple, green and blue can work for either boys or girls... although I'm guessing that it's a girl. I also got a yard of some coordinating Kaffe Fassett "green circles" backing, which is 108" wide and SO SOFT! A yard is plenty... I plan to make the finished quilt 36x48"; a foot longer than the quilt in the video tutorial.

I ordered my supplies through the Missouri…

Disappearing Nine Patch: Step by Step

I took a little dip into the traditional quilting realm this past with a simple disappearing nine patch quilt top.

I've been slightly obsessed with precuts lately- more specifically charm packs. SO. MANY. SQUARES! I've spent way too much money (accidentally) online... the Missouri Star Quilt Company is to blame this time! They have such a great selection of charm packs, jelly rolls, layer cakes, etc. and it makes it so hard for me to just pick one (or two or three).

Oddly enough, I ended up cutting yardage into 5" squares for this project. Charm packs are amazing, but I really wanted a specific color scheme and consistent pattern for this baby quilt instead of the scrappy look I'd get from a charm pack. I originally planned to pick up 9 fat quarters (which would give me 108 squares), but I found a beautiful floral print with butterflies, passport stamps and French script that just reminded me of the mama of the baby I'm making it for.

I bought enough of this pre…

Trying Foundation Paper Piecing

I'm always on the lookout for new techniques to try, and one of Angela Walters' Midnight Quilt Show episodes introduced me to paper piecing. I love the effect of the pretty stars in this quilt:

And then I checked out Pinterest and saw all the amazing things that can be paper pieced! I ended up buying two super cute patterns on Etsy from the Tartan Kiwi-- a little dachshund and a panda. I printed them both out and looked at them... and realized I should probably start with something much simpler!

I had seen a cute faceted diamond block on Etsy as well, and decided that I could probably draw a pattern for this one to get something similar. After all... I hope to learn to create my own intricate paper pieced patterns (I always prefer to design my own stuff), so I might as well jump right in!

I started by drawing out my diamond shape in Illustrator, creating a 9" block. I then split it into two pieces; from what I understand, subsequent sections of piecing must follow the lin…