Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Recap

Wow, 2013 has been quite a year for me with quilting: so many exciting opportunities and so much hard work.  Here is a recap of projects I have shared with you over the past year.  Thanks to everyone who has stopped by my blog to read or look at pictures.  A huge thank you to those of you who regularly read and leave encouraging comments.  I appreciate it so much!

1. scrappy trip along quilt, 2. Horizon, 3. Fractions Mini Quilt, 4. Spring Quarter Quilt, 5. voile color wheel quilt, 6. On the Line, 7. The Therapist, 8. Partly Cloudy, 9. Rugby Stripe Quilt, 10. Busy City Wall Hanging, 11. Tiny Log Cabin Quilt, 12. Busy City baby quilt, 13. A Quilt for Fall, 14. paper boat baby quilt, 15. Icecream Truck Pillow, quilted cover, 16. patchwork pillow

Most of what I made in 2013 will have to remain under wraps until next year.  I am excited to share it as soon as I can.  I hope you will stop back by in 2014 to see.  Happy New Year!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Paper Boat Baby Quilt

I have made several versions of my paper boat quilt: a mini quilt, a baby quilt with improvisation and reverse applique, and even a standardized mini one for a pattern.  Each quilt features the same basic paper pieced block, just in different sizes.  I have had several requests to make the pattern in a baby quilt size, so when a nice client on etsy asked me to make a custom baby-sized version, I decided to do both at once.
I worried a baby-sized version might seem too minimal, but I think the solitude of the boat on the ocean is peaceful.  The quilting also adds a lot to the negative space.  I hope the quilt will be just the right touch for her nursery.
The new, updated pattern includes both the previous mini quilt instructions and paper pieced templates, as well as the instructions to make this 38" x 46" quilt and the templates for its 6" x 9" paper boat block.  I recommend the pattern for those with a basic knowledge of paper piecing.  There are some great tutorials online on paper piecing (also, all patterns with paper piecing by Empty Bobbin Sewing include such instructions, including my pattern Busy City - end of self promotion). The paper pieced templates go together with a gentle y seam, but trust me, it's easy.
You can find the new pattern in my etsy shop, and it is available for instant download.  How great is that? As always, I would love to see what you make. You can email me, tag me on instagram (@teaginny) or add your pictures to my flickr group.
Back soon with a year end wrap up.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

It's Still Fall, Right?

I finished up my quilt for Fall over the holiday weekend. Technically, it is still autumn until December 20th, so I'm calling it a win.  I'm sure it won't be the last quilt that doesn't get done as quickly as I'd hoped.
The weather is about to turn really cold here, so I snapped some quick pictures while the sun was out today.
I quilted straight lines on either side of the main diagonal seams to prevent shifting during the simple free motion, dot to dot design I quilted in each diamond.
It creates an interesting texture on the back of the quilt. The flannel back is going to be so cozy.  I found this Timeless Treasures crosshatch flannel on a super sale, and I've heard great things about how it washes.
The binding is an orange hounds tooth by Denyse Schmidt.
Now that it has been documented, this 60" x 60" quilt is ready for use on the couch...next to the Christmas tree.  Oh well.  Maybe I'd better start, now, on a Christmas quilt for next year.