Finished quilt: Day Dreaming by Cozy Quilt Designs

I finished a quilt last month. Amazing when you think about how busy I’ve been with birthday, ALA in Chicago, trip to Vegas and adding in an exercise regime.

In the past I’ve gone to The Granary in Sunnyvale for their monthly Happy Hour. Relax, it’s not a bar. It’s a quilt shop. I started going to force myself to expand my quilting horizons… And that it has.

Happy Hour gives you a pattern and most of the fabric for a quilt. Everyone gets the same fabric, but you make it your own with the addition of a background, borders and binding. I’ve made quilts in patterns and colors that I wouldn’t typically try, like Day Dreaming by Cozy Quilt.

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The colors in the quilt are definitely not my style, but that’s the point, right? Unfortunately they look washed out in all the photos I’ve taken, but they’re not. They’re really much richer than they appear.

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Here’s a close up so you can see what I mean. Also, you can see my quilting.

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And here’s the borders and binding. The backing is a buttery yellow flannel so it’s nice and soft.

Still not my style, but I’m glad I’m branching out. 🙂

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August 2012 Project #2

I got my hands on the second project I made in August.  I wanted to make sure that DH had something he could take with him that was useful and still fit with the cotton theme of our second anniversary, so I made him a case for his Kindle Fire.  I picked up the pattern, fabric and accessories from my LQS (local quilting store).  The lining is flannel, so it’s nice and soft against the Kindle’s screen.  It has two different interfacings – including a stiff one to lend some structure to the case.  And of course, a carrying handle so you can wrap the case around your wrist if there isn’t enough room in your bag for it.

This is the front of the case. The black band is an elastic band to help hold the cover closed. There’s also velcro underneath to make sure the flap is secure.

This is the back of the case. I’m not thrilled with the quilting, but I wasn’t willing to tear it out – I hate redoing work!

DH says that it’s holding up pretty well, but he’s only had it for a couple of weeks now. Altogether, the project took about 3 hours to do. It was pretty quick and because it’s flat it was easy to hide until our anniversary.

August 2012 Project #1

August 2012 is quickly coming to a close and that means it’s time to post pictures of my completed projects. I actually completed two, but the second one is in use in DH’s backpack and I don’t want to digging around in there just so I can take a picture. I’ll have to bug him when he gets out of the shower.

This quilt was completed for our second anniversary. Traditionally, people give each other cotton gifts on this occasion, and this quilt is 100% cotton so I think it fits the bill.  I call it the “Us Quilt” because each of the squares represent something that’s important to us now, or something that was important/fun from our courtship. I actually finished the top a couple months after we were married, but I waited on the quilting until I had a few quilts under my belt – I didn’t want to wreck OUR quilt.

Each block is repeated once, and since some photos turned out better than others (you can see 3 blocks, but not the 4th), you get to see 6 sets of blocks.

In all it’s glory on my unmade bed.

1st set of 4 squares (ice cream, coffee with chocolate, pez dispensers, books)

2nd set of 4 blocks (sewing, bbq, coffee with chocolate, pin-up girls and eating out)

3rd set of 4 squares (cocktails, Pez dispensers, conversation hearts, important values)

4th set of 4 blocks (books, storm clouds, bbq, sewing)

5th set of 4 blocks (important values, conversation hearts, computers and games, ice cream)

6th set of 4 blocks (pin-up girls and eating out, computers and video games, storm clouds, shopping)

As I said earlier, each square represents something so it’s more than just the photo on the fabric. For instance, one of our earliest dates happened when we cut class to get ice cream at a nearby fast food restaurant. We used to walk in the rain all the time and we still hang out in the car to listen to the rain on the roof. DH makes his money with computers, and I make mine with books. You get the idea.

Choosing the quilting was the hard part. I didn’t want anything too girly or too masculine because this quilt is about US. I ended up quilting wonky squares across the bulk of the top. I also wanted to find a way to make words of love a part of the quilt, so I quilted words from our vows, our names and the wedding date into the border of the quilt.

Wonky squares make up the bulk of the quilting.

The outside border was quilted with words of love. The binding is leftover Superman fabric

And since we both are Superman fans, I wanted to include some of the leftover fabric from the Superman quilt I completed earlier this year (or was it last year?). I used extra backing fabric to make up the binding, and I fussy cut a piece from a different fabric to decorate the label. The backing is the softest flannel so it’s nice and cozy.

Quilts aren’t complete without a label – this one has Superman. We’re both fans of Kal-el.

The quilt wasn’t completely finished by our anniversary – there were still threads to be buried and a label to attach, but I presented it on August 22nd anyway. Although it’s just a throw, we’ve been sleeping under it ever since.

Photos from Project #2 will be up soon!

August 2012 Project Sneak Peek

Here’s a sneak peek of one of my August 2012 projects. I’m calling it the “Us Quilt.” Each of the squares has a different novelty fabric that represents something DH or I do/like. It’s not done yet (I just pinned the quilt sandwich together), so there aren’t any closeups.

I need to get it done before our anniversary on August 22. DH knows about this project so I can post it online. He reads my blog so I can’t post the other, already finished, project since that one’s a surprise.

Here it is – a view from my staircase.

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June 2012 Project #2

This project has been mostly finished for about a week. Today I buried the threads and sewed on a quilt label. So, this is project number 2 for June!

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When I saw this dinosaur fabric at a quilt store that was closing, I knew I had to have it. Unfortunately I have a standing rule that says “don’t buy fabric if you don’t have a plan for it.” So, I came up with a plan on the spot. 😉

I knew I wanted to make the dinos the focus of the quilt, and I knew I needed to have them be in 6″ squares to have all the dinos fit. Luckily enough I found the coordinating green, orange and blue fabric nearby! The four patch was born.

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I was also lucky enough to find the backing at the same store. I knew I wanted the quilting to go along with the dinosaur theme. I couldn’t figure out how to make dino footprints so I settled on dino teeth. ROAR! I used variegated green thread.

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I hope my little cousin K loves his roaring dinosaur four patch.

May 2012 Project

Here’s my project for May 2012. It’s a baby quilt. And before you all get excited, let me stop you right there and let you know that I’m not having any babies. My boss asked me to make a quilt for her newest grandson, and this is what I came up with.

Please excuse the dark cell phone photos…

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The baby is due in July. I wanted to make something that was bright without being overly “boy” and that didn’t have any specific animals or characters on it.

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And since it’s a baby quilt, I backed it in flannel. Nice, cozy flannel.

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I hope they like it!

March 2012 Project

Here is the project I completed for March 2012. My friend B’s birthday is at the end of the month so this will be his present. I hope he likes it!

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I did something different with the binding this time. I used a decorative stitch from my machine to add interest. The quilting is all done with straight lines freehand. The lines aren’t perfect by any means, but I like that they make the quilt look a little less geometric.

Here’s a closeup of the binding. I found some really cute polka dot fabric for the back. And because I brought in my finished top when I picked out the backing, I got it for 20% off! Score!

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