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MARK’S FIELD STUDY QUILT

Mark's Field Study Quilt

Let’s not talk about the start date of this quilt. (November 2011). Let’s just focus on the fact that it is done and that I finally gave it to my brother for Christmas this year. Wait. But, then I took it back to add the label and just gave it back to him at Easter. Oh boy. But it’s DONE!

Despite the fact that this project has spanned over a year, it was really very quick to make. (If you don’t already have 10 quilts in progress, run a small business, etc etc)

It’s a little bit crazy, but I have 3 more gift quilts in my closet that are beyond overdue. Let’s take care of that this month, shall we?

Coincidentally, my brother told me he has been thinking of getting a hedgehog, so maybe the timing is actually perfect.

The Field Study Pattern is available here!

Mark's Field Study Quilt

Mark's Field Study Quilt

Mark's Field Study Quilt

Mark's Field Study Quilt

MOD BLOCKS QUILT TOP

Mod Blocks quilt top

My first totally new quilt project of the year is Johanna’s Mod Blocks pattern. I’ve been wanting to make it for ages and I finally pulled together all my fabrics in January. The quilt top is simple to make. I think the thing that took me the longest was figuring out my final layout and keeping it all organized while I was sewing it together.

Right now it feels like I’m on a kick to start as many new projects as possible. I’m running with this feeling and I’ll worry about finishing them later. I’ve got a few more of Johanna’s patterns lined up, starting with Trapezoids. I have this crazy idea that I want to make 12 quilt tops this year. Let’s see what happens.

Mod Blocks quilt top

Mod Blocks quilt top

Mod Blocks quilt top

Mod Blocks quilt top

NATHAN’S BABY QUILT

Nathan's Baby Quilt

As simple as this baby quilt is, I really love how it turned out. Baby Nathan is the first baby among Andrew’s cousins. I wanted to make him a quilt but worried about making something complicated that wouldn’t get done for a while or even while he was still a baby. It’s happened before. Ambitious quilt projects that get derailed for way too long. A hard habit to break, but I’m going to try.

I remembered this simple quilted playmat that just used four squares of fabric. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to choose fabrics that speak for themselves and naturally ended up with Jay McCarroll’s Center City. Jay’s fabrics seem to work their way into a lot of the things I make – this dress, this skirt, this tank. His latest collection is no exception. You’ll see more of it popping up in some upcoming projects. The four prints I chose are both fun and boyish. For the back, I chose a Cloud9 organic flannel. It’s so soft!! Within a few hours, I had stitched the top and basted it. Amazing!

For the quilting, I wanted to try something new. I wanted to try free motion. Kinda scary. I’ve only quilted a mini quilt with free motion, but I’m never going to learn if I don’t start trying. For some reason, I find that a squarish pattern is easier than a loopy pattern. Luckily, that went perfectly with the design of the quilt.

I used my Bernina Stitch Regulator for this. What an incredible invention! The optical eye in the attachment adjusts the speed of the stitching to match how fast you are moving the fabric. This results in more even looking stitches. I’ll have to do a post on just this attachment alone.

The free motion quilting was so liberating! I was able to quilt the entire quilt in just a couple hours and I love how it looks!

The label was done using the embroidery stitches on my machine and then hand stitched onto the back. The last part was the binding, which maybe took the longest. I chose the cute hexagon print from Tula Pink’s Saltwater collection.

I had the quilt finished just in time for getting to meet little Nathan for the first time.

Nathan's Baby Quilt

Nathan's Baby Quilt

Nathan's Baby Quilt

Nathan's Baby Quilt

Nathan's Baby Quilt

Nathan's Baby Quilt

STAR-Y LOG CABIN QUILT

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt
Design by Amanda Woodward Jennings
Made for Heather & Liam Brown
Started February 2011
Finished December 30, 2012

Looking back, I started this quilt just a couple months after Heather & Liam announced their engagement at our family holiday party. I was pretty proud of myself for being so ahead of the game. There was no wedding date set yet and surely with a head start I would finish on time. Even with the best of intentions, 2012 had other plans for me. Heather & Liam’s wedding was in June and I needed more time. Six months later at Christmas was the next best thing. (Still within the one year gift rule!)

I blogged about starting this project here and then a bit more progress here. Heather & Liam met at school for architecture, so I was happy to use that as a starting point for my fabric & even the design choice. Star-y represented nature & woodsy aspects and Log Cabin represented the city and buildings. It seemed pretty perfect to me, exactly how I think of Heather & Liam. Working on a project for so long, I was able to keep adding new fabrics to the mix from my original selection. I tried to keep the navy’s very dark, almost black. I wanted to really have a lot of contrast within the design, something I’m not known for.

There are only four blocks in this quilt, but they are quite large. Each block is about 35″ square and the finished quilt is around 70″ square. A good size to snuggle under on the couch together, I hope. The star centres are my all time favourite fabric called City Limits. The top two stars feature the building tops, including a water tower. The bottom stars feature the brownstone stoops and streetview.  Working around the log cabin, I mixed in my favourite Japanese text prints and textures.

For the back of the quilt, I used a large piece of Martha Negley’s navy forest fabric along with a dark navy star fabric. The back is like a star-y night in the woods to me. I paper pieced their initials into the back and hand embroidered the year and my name. My new goal is to work the label into the quilt before it gets basted. This way when I finish sewing the binding, the quilt is complete. This is a lesson learned from the 3 complete gift quilts I have on a shelf that are just waiting on labels!

I machine quilted the whole quilt in two long nights. Nothing complicated, just in the ditch around the stars and then an echo around the stars. After that I just echoed the logs in concentric squares. For the binding I chose to do a scrappy look, so I could add in a few more fabrics that I loved but hadn’t fit into the main part of the quilt. A mini anchor fabric especially needed to make an appearance. Since I was so pressed for time at the end I really considered machine sewing the binding in full, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. The final hand stitching of the binding is something that really completes the project for me and I love getting to spend those last hours underneath the quilt. But a quilt binding can often take me DAYS to finish and I had one night. Luckily I consulted with Amanda who recommended using Audible.com and getting an audio book. This saved my life!! I have never hand stitched binding so quickly in my life. All together it took about four hours, not even a full book to get the binding done.

The quilt went home with Heather & Liam the other day. I’m not going to lie, it is my most favourite quilt I’ve made so far. I was especially inspired while making this quilt. Every decision and stitch reflected the two amazing people I was making it for which made this a truly vibrant piece. Yesterday I cut out pieces to make myself a little replica block, so I can have it as a mini quilt for myself.

Congratulations Heather & Liam! xoxox

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt