Further


Further

May 2021

This recent finish is the largest quilt I’ve made, measuring 90″x90″. I quilted it on my regular sewing machine, and because I didn’t want to wrestle the entire thing during the quilting phase, I opted to build it in two triangles that I then joined after quilting – sort of quilt as you go (QAYG), but on a much larger scale. I had a few lines I had to quilt on the machine after it was all together, but this seemed more manageable than having to do all the quilting at its completed size. Due to its size, I had to do a lot of the final trimming, pinning, etc. on my entryway floor, as my sewing room does not have enough space for something this large to be laid flat and still work around it. I sewed the front seam by machine, and then hand sewed the batting and back seam.

The center pattern is Acorn Caps from Fat Quarter Shop, using Moda’s Harvest Road fabric by Lella Boutique. I also mixed in some Tonga Treat batiks and some scraps from my stash. I set the Acorn Caps design on point, added a 1″ border in brown, and then did simple patchwork for the setting triangles. The final border and the pillow shams are a coordinating batik.

I made this for my daughter and son-in-law, who love to backpack. The colorway resembles those seen in nature: blues for the sky, lakes, rivers and creeks; greens for the trees, shrubs, and plants; and brown, not only for the dirt, but the trail that becomes the epicenter of one’s day. I did some of the quilting to mimic the lines on a topographic map, one of the most important items in one’s pack. 

I chose to name this Further for a few reasons. On the many treks that we’ve done over the years, our daughter often wants to go farther up the trail, wanting to see what is beyond the next mountain or bend in the trail. With the Sierra Nevada as our backpacking playground, it’s difficult not to give into the allure of what lies further ahead.

In 2009, my husband and I, along with our daughter and her husband, and my brother-in-law and his son, hiked the John Muir Trail, from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney. After three weeks on the trail, it was difficult to go back to everyday life at home, and not continue further on the trail. Backpacking becomes addictive in that way.

The mountains are calling, and I must go
~ John Muir

This quilt is also the furthest I’ve pushed myself in quilting.

 

W00t


W00t
May 2021

The design for this baby quilt began with the owl fabric, that I fussy cut to showcase the owls. It will be donated as part of this year’s Hands2Help Challenge being hosted by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict @fabricaddictquilts. The cute owl fabric is the last of this fabric which I had previously used in Hoots, which went to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids for the 2018 Hands2Help challenge. This quilt is also heading off to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids @littlelambsfoundationforkids for this year’s challenge.

The log cabin blocks were made from yellow and teal scraps. I like to store my scraps by color, in photo boxes. While some people prefer to precut their scraps to common sizes, I do not cut my scraps before putting in the boxes, but just leave them whatever size/shape they are. I find this gives me more flexibility for future projects.

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Echoes


Echoes
May 2021

Here’s a baby quilt that will be donated to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids @littlelambsfoundationforkids as part of this year’s Hands2Help Challenge being hosted by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict @fabricaddictquilts.

The fabric of the animals riding around in cars is the last I have of this fabric, which I also used in Twizzler Goes for a Ride and Toodles. The blue, cream-colored and dark green blocks are all solid fabrics, which is deceiving since the fleece I used for the backing on this quanket (blanket + quilt = quanket) shows through when held up to light. The fleece backing is green with big white polka dots, making an interesting echo from the back to the front.

Fun fact: the letter E in the NATO phonetic alphabet is Echo and its morse code is a dot.

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