Twin Car Seat Quilts

My daughter’s flute teacher is expecting twin girls in a few weeks and her baby shower was held last week.  I love making baby quilts, but wanted to do something a little different for this mama-to-be.  We attend the same church and I knew the Ladies Quilt Guild would be making crib quilts, so I came up with these.

They are about 22″ wide and about 30″ long…just big enough to cover a baby in their car seat without dragging on the ground.  (Of course, it was cloudy and threatening rain when I needed to take these pictures!)

I started with a fabric that had little pennant flags hanging on a line in colors of pink, turquoise, green and red (seen on the triangle in the center bottom of this photo).

Then I added prints that coordinated with the flag colors and other pink and purple prints.  Purple is the mama-to-be’s favorite color.  I sewed WOF strips together and then cut them into triangles.

On the other side, I had this super cute flannel with turtles in bright colors.  I added each girl’s initial on the lower right corner of the back.  When the quilt is in a car seat, the end will flip over and the initial can be seen.

I was running out of time and did just simple straight line echo quilting of the seams.  I like the little star this makes at the intersections.  The binding is purple camouflage, in honor of the daddy-to-be, who is in the military.

These got lots of oohs and aahs at the baby shower and I can’t wait to see them in use!

 

 

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My Quilt History

(subtitle: Wherein I Try To Be Brief And Fail Spectacularly)

I must have been about five years old, I can remember standing next to my mom, watching as she sewed.  The fabric was red with little yellow flowers and it would become a dress for me…or maybe for my sister…she often made us matching outfits when we were little.

It would be 20 years before I got close to a sewing machine again.  I needed curtains, and couldn’t find what I wanted at a price I was willing to pay.  I borrowed that same machine from my mom, oiled it and through much trial and error, figured out to thread it and made curtains from a set of old sheets.

About 5 years after the curtain making, I was the mom of two little girls whom I wanted to dress in matching skirts and dresses…not just matching, but also modest.  The then-current styles for little girl’s skirts were pretty skimpy.  So I dug the machine out of the closet and looked at patterns and taught myself how to sew clothes for little girls.  Like this:

and this:

Around 2004 or 2005, I tried quilting.  This is the first block I ever sewed…by hand.  It is hanging on the bulletin board in my sewing room.

Then I decided to make a quilt, but using a machine.  I found a quilt magazine at the library, saw a pattern I liked and dove in.  I cut out many many little squares and started sewing.  I don’t remember what took my attention away from this project…it was probably a baby…but I did make several blocks and I have still have the small pile tucked away.

In between babies (6 in 9 years!) and making girly dresses and skirts, I started sewing bags, purses and aprons and sold them to whomever would buy them.

This is an apron I designed and still make for brides to be!

 

Around 2009 or 2010, I came back to quilting.  The Ohio Star quilt was no longer calling my name.  I wanted to do something different, something brighter and less fussy.  By now, the internet was full of information and inspiration.  I made and gave away many quilts.  Sadly, due to a computer crash a few years ago and an unfortunate loss of an sd card, I don’t have many photos.  Which is one reason I’m starting this blog…to have a complete record of what I’m doing.

I tried several quilting techniques and styles along the way.  A few highlights:

A small wall hanging, a one time experiment in “stained glass’ style, never to be repeated.  But I still like the bold colors I choose.

A doll quilt.  Just a bunch of squares, some fussy cut, and then zig zag appliqued onto the background.  Cute, but still not my thing.

A reds and browns table runner for my dad and his wife, using the disappearing nine-patch block.  Getting closer to my thing.

A lap quilt in beach-y colors for my mother-in-law.  This is me.  Bright colors, lots of solids.  Very simple quilting, though.  Made in late 2010.

***Here is the gap created by computer crashes and sd card loss, but I did find a few pictures I had posted on Facebook***

This is actually a WIP, started sometime in 2012.  Still waiting to be pieced together. A little too scrappy for my taste, but a fun experiment.

A lap quilt I made for my sister-in-law.  I choose the colors because they are the colors of the Pacific Northwest…blue and green and gray and gray.  The quilting is simple, just square spirals.  I love it.  I need to make another one to keep!

So after five years of quilting, I have found my niche…modern traditionalism.  I like traditional blocks, set in modern layouts with bright, bold colors and simple, elegant quilting.  It’s been a journey to get here, and I’m eager to share my work.

 

 

 

 


My Sewing Room is finally clean!

We moved into this house almost 2 years ago.  And I’ve finally found the time, energy and motivation to get my sewing room completely almost clean and organized!  Look!

I can see the entire top of my table.  I have my sewing tools organized in a silverware tray and I bought a ruler rack for my collection of rulers…no more hunting around for the seam ripper or my 6″ square.  Everything is at my finger tips.  I do need to attack the shelves above my machine someday, but since most of the mess is in bins, it doesn’t bother me much.

Before, I had a stack of odds and ends piled at the end of the table and my tools laying around, rolling behind things.

The machine on the left is my daughter’s and her things were also starting to wander around.  So I found a bin for her and now that area is tidy, too!

I also organized my stash.  It wasn’t too bad before…the problem was that while yardage was on a bookshelf, smaller pieces and scraps were in other areas, including the big pile at the end of the table.  I added bins and stacking shelves and by decluttering a few fabrics and re-arranging. I’m now able to have all my quilting fabric together on this one shelf.  Each white basket holds pieces of fabric smaller than a half yard of the color they are next to.  Can you tell what is my favorite color?

Before:

After:

 

This is my first post on my new quilting blog.  I’ve been wanting to start a new blog about my journey into my style of quilting, which many call modern traditional.  I hope to have many more posts in the future!