Sweethearts Quilt with Wonderland

Sweethearts QuiltHappy New Year! I am so excited to be sharing today’s project with you!! This makes quilt NUMBER 9 totally handmade and completed by me. Emphasis on completed because I also have 4 quilt tops finished with no backs so those don’t count yet haha.

Sweethearts QuiltThis gorgeous fabric is the latest line, Wonderland, from Emily Isabella for Birch Organics. I went to Houston Quilt Market back in October and I absolutely fell in love with the line that, at the time, was about to be released. I actually gasped when I saw it, the colors were so prefect together but a little unexpected. I just knew I had to have it but I wanted to have all of the fabrics from the line together so I had to do a quilt. Fabricworm sent me this gorgeous set of Wonderland fat quarters then a little extra for the binding in Bows Blue (which is the prettiest color of blue) and enough for a few extra hearts in my favorite prints (like Croquet)!

Sweethearts Quilt

Sweethearts Quilt

Sweethearts Quilt

Sweethearts Quilt Last year when I finished quilt number 8 I decided I should try to somehow start adding the date on my quilts. Wouldn’t it be so fun for my kids kids to look at the year and think how long ago this is?! I used my embroidery machine and added a little message on one of the heart blocks.

Sweethearts QuiltThis isn’t the first time I had a love at first sight moment with an Emily Isabella line! Remember my love for the Homestead Line by Emily (pictured HERE on Bee’s Piggy Dress in Oink). I still love that entire line and I’m actually still hoarding a little bit of it. Like I said, my quilting skills are improving but I’m still pretty basic so I usually “stitch in the ditch” for my quilting. This time I actually broke out my Free Motion Foot and did some freehand wavy lines.

Sweethearts Quilt

Sweethearts QuiltI thought about making this for my daughter for Christmas but then I remembered a precious quilt pattern, The Sweethearts Quilt, with heart blocks and decided on a Valentines Day Quilt! I have been sewing for years but I wouldn’t call myself a quilter, I usually stick to triangles, rectangles or square blocks :) So, this pattern was a little challenging for me in the best way. It still uses triangles and rectangles just more of them and they worked together to build the hearts. I was so proud of each block that I would rush into the living room… “LOOK WHAT I MADE!” and my family agreed that this is their favorite quilt yet so maybe there is something to this little challenge! This fabulous pattern is the Sweethearts Quilt Pattern for Cloud 9 and I highly recommend it! The pattern and tutorial are free and its super east to follow.

Sweethearts Quilt I found this back fabric at Joanns and I don’t even know what it is called, it has a texture almost like a seersucker but more square and larger. I love it and it is perfect for a thin and cool quilt backing.

Sweethearts Quilt I love how this gorgeous quilt turned out and I really hope I did the pretty fabric justice. Thank you so much Fabricworm for providing the fabric for this project!

Sweethearts Quilt

Vintage Sheet Quilt

vintage sheet quilt

 The first moment I saw a vintage sheet quilt years ago, I knew I had to make one! The pastel colors mixed with the jewel tones… I can’t even handle it. So a few years ago, I started collecting vintage sheets from sales that I saw on Instagram, Etsy and eBay. I bought some full sheets for the back and binding by mostly just fat quarter cuts of sheets that people had split up.

Once I felt like I had enough, I decided on just doing 4″ squares so I could still see as much of the design as possible. I cut the squares and finished the top back in 2014… here we are in 2016, slowest quilt ever haha.

vintage sheet quilt

Even if it took two years, I’m done and I love it! It’s larger than a twin but smaller than a full. The perfect size in my opinion. I didn’t have any rhyme or reason to where I placed the squares. Then I learned that random is sometimes harder because I didn’t want any two of the same pattern touching… so that took some maneuvering.

vintage sheet quilt

 I used very thin cotton batting because, it’s Texas y’all… it doesn’t get that cold here. Speaking of Texas, I love the way the quilt looks in this field behind our house… there is literally a woman walking a cow in the background if you look really closely haha!

vintage sheet quilt

vintage sheet quilt

I’m a terrible machine quilter because I’m not a big perfectionist and when I start running out of steam or get bored I just hurry through… so don’t look too closely at the top quilting on this. I did every other row right down the center, and I love the way that turned out too. A little different than my stitch in the ditch method. I used a full sheet for the back so I didn’t have to worry about the seams. And speaking of not being a perfectionist, I machine quilted my binding on too. This was actually the only “non-sheet” fabric on the quilt. I found it at Walmart of all places but it has a funky 70′s vibe and dark colors so I thought it would outline it perfectly.

vintage sheet quilt

vintage sheet quilt

vintage sheet quilt

Overall, this quilt was super simple to make and I should have finished it years ago (literally). I barely had the last stitch in it and the boys were dragging it to the couch :) We all fight over THIS ONE so now we have two to argue over haha. Also… big shout out to my husband who stood in a field holding up a pastel quilt while cars drove by during 5:00 traffic, he’s a keeper.

vintage sheet quilt

vintage sheet quilt

vintage sheet quilt

vintage sheet quilt

a Happy Birthday Quilt Block

Recently I have come to realize that as far a sewing goes, I think quilting is my favorite. It’s long and can be time consuming at times but in the end its magic!

cake quilt block

Some of my favorite quilting products are made by Olfa… how could I quilt without my rotary cutter and self healing mat!? They are celebrating their 35th Anniversary so when they contacted me about reviewing a few Olfa Products, I was in!

cake quilt block

  I was sent a fresh, new rotary cutter, a frosted acrylic ruler and a rotating self-healing mat, which I have been eying  for months. They also asked if I wanted to make a quilt block to celebrate the big 35! The only rules were that it had to be 6.5″ x 6.5″ and there had to be some yellow in it. I started by pulling my yellow scraps.

cake quilt block

I searched online for a block that looked like a birthday cake and I came across this tutorial so I pretty much followed it and used the dimensions she gave, I didn’t make mine wonky though, I went with a straight cake :) I LOVE my new rotary cutter! My other one is a lot bigger so this one is perfect for small projects. I also love the smaller acrylic ruler for the same reason. It also works better on darker fabrics because of the frosted background.

cake quilt block

Let me just say how much I needed the rotatable self-healing mat in my life. I am very lucky and have a huge work table in my craft room but it can present a problem with trying to walk around it for cutting.

cake quilt block

This was a quick block to sew! Its nice to have a quick project that I can finish in no time :)

cake quilt block

cake quilt block

cake quilt block

cake quilt block

I used my rotating cutting mat, acrylic block and rotary cutter to trim it up to size.

cake quilt block

Lastly I used a stamp and permanent ink (which I heat set) for the number 35 on the cake.

cake quilt block

They are collecting the blocks to make a big quilt to display at the Houston Quilt Market this fall… how fun! Happy Birthday Olfa! Thanks for inviting me to the party :)

cake quilt block

Briar Rose Strip Quilt

Briar Rose Strip Quilt
9 times out of 10 I don’t buy fabric with a project in mind. I see fabric I really like, I buy it and I take it home. Then months later when I want to make something I “shop” in my own craft room and find the perfect fabric for the job. This quilt was no exception. Last year when I spotted the Heather Ross Briar Rose line I knew I had to have it, and I had to have all of it :) I bought the fat quarter pack and there it sat on my shelf for almost a year. Then in February I found out I was having a girl (yay) and I started putting her room together knowing she would have a mama-made quilt.

Briar rose strip quilt

At first I had these same strips in mind but I was thinking solid colors… black, white and coral. Then it seemed too matchy-matchy with the room and I wanted a pattern. Here is a baby name secret… we have been calling her Baby Bee for months because her name starts with a “B” so I really wanted to add some bees somewhere. Then I remembered this Briar Rose fat quarter pack!! Bright colors, fun patterns, and bees… too good to be true right? That’s why I buy fabric I like right when I see it :)

I didn’t follow a pattern I just googled the standard size for a baby quilt and did the math. I started by cutting 2-3 strips of each pattern that were 4″ by the width of the fat quarter.

Briar rose strip quilt

When I had enough I scrambled them up to “randomize”. Then I sewed them into one big continuous strip.

Briar rose strip quilt

Briar rose strip quilt

Briar rose strip quilt

After I pressed all my seams down, I cut the big strip into smaller strips that were all the same width and started laying them out. I’m so thankful  to have this big work table with my pregnant belly:)

Briar rose strip quilt

I worked really hard at making sure none of the same patterns or colors were touching… see the two pink strawberry fabrics touching, I don’t like that haha #fabricgirlprobs.

Briar rose strip quilt

After I got it how I liked it, I went row by row… pinning then sewing. I used a 1/2′ seam allowance for everything.

Briar rose strip quilt

Here I am pressing my seams like a good tailor.

Briar rose strip quilt

I added a border that was also 4″ wide all the way around but then when I opened my batting it was shorter than what was listed on the package. So, I had to shorten the top and bottom of the border. I found this grey floral fabric at Joann’s. I obviously like to do my basting late at night when the lighting is bad :) Then, I quilted above and below the seam of each strip.

Briar rose strip quilt

Briar rose strip quilt

I made some binding out of this cute green Christmas striped fabric I found. Quilting confession, I am a cheater when it comes to binding… I have never tried it by hand, machine binding works for me! I still use clover clips however.

Briar rose strip quilt

For the back I used a black polka dot print and the little black dots are flocked… so cute!

Briar rose strip quilt

I love how it turned out! I hope Baby Bee loves it too!

Briar rose strip quilt

Briar rose strip quilt

Briar rose strip quilt

Briar rose strip quilt

Speaking of that girl…. 35 days to go!!!

Briar rose strip quilt

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