My first GAYG block

My first Quilt as You Go (QAYG) block. It's not perfect but I love the fact that I can start quilting as I make each individual block. For the fabrics, I used the boys' old jeans and pants. 

It's getting colder out here. I wasn't expecting that at all. When we arrived here from Washington last year on Sept 23, it was still warm. Since last week however, the temperature has been in the mid 50s to 60s. I'm not complaining, but this summer has been so nice. I wish it could remain like that for just a little bit longer. 

Mollie's Quilt

DSC_2089 1.JPG

I made this quilt for Anna's baby shower. I met Anna when we first moved to Washington. Both of our husbands used to work together. If you were to read my 'About' page, I did mention a little bit about Anna. She was the one who taught me how to use the sewing machine. I'm a pretty shy person and I don't usually talk much. I tend to be a bit nervous around new people but the feeling usually goes away after awhile. Anna is one of the people whom I can feel comfortable right away. 

Anna's baby shower back in Mar 2013. 

Anna's baby shower back in Mar 2013. 

DSC_2061 1.JPG
cats.jpg

The first few things that came to my mind when I was trying to come up with ideas for this quilt were pink, sprinkles, whimsical and straight lines. Personally, I am not too fond of overly pink. I think my preference reflected on how I chose the fabric combinations for this quilt. The pink is pretty subtle and grey took over in the end. I love colorful running stitches. I enjoyed stitching them on this quilt. They look like sprinkles! The appliques of the bird and the houses were my attempt to make the quilt a bit playful. I was not sure how the appliques was going to fare in the washing machine since it was my first time making it. They did however survive after the first wash.

cats 2.jpg

I quilted the blanket using straight lines that are 1/2" apart from each other. I used two different colored threads to create contrast. Pink on grey fabric and white for the rest. Unlike Sarah's quilt, where the lines were all pretty much crooked, the quilted lines in this quilt are rather straight and uniform. Using the walking foot really made a difference. 

DSC_2085 1.JPG

I used a tutorial from 52Quilts for the binding. I really love the look of the faux-piped binding. 

Front and back view of the quilt

Front and back view of the quilt

TWEET: This quilt is made for Mollie Elizabeth Hanks.

Here's sweet baby Mollie at four months old!

NOTE:

  • Type: Quilt
  • Pattern: Self Drafted
  • Measurement: 36" x 48"
  • Date Started:  Feb 2012
  • Date Completed: Apr 2012
  • Skills: Cutting, Piecing, Quilting, , Applique. Running Stitch, Faux-piped Binding
  • Fabric: I hardly bought new fabrics for this quilt. Most of them came from the stash that I already have. For fabrics which their names I can't remember, I just labeled them as 'Own Fabric Stash'. 
Mollie's quilt.jpg

1. Taza Color Stripe Yellow by Dena Designs Free Spirit 2. Flea Market Stalls by Monkey's Bizness Alexander Henry 3. Market Floral Cream by Monkey's Bizness Alexander Henry 4. Promenade Dots Yellow/White by Riley Blake Design 5. Urban Sunrise "Little Florine" by Lotta Jansdotter Widham 6. Bliss by Bonnie & Camille Moda 7. Own Fabric Stash 8. Keepsake Calico from Jo-Ann Fabric 9. Keepsake Calico by Jo-Ann Fabric 10.  Keepsake Calico from Jo-Ann Fabric 11. Own Fabric Stash 12.  Keepsake Calico from Jo-Ann Fabric 13. Dumb Dot Kiwi by Michael Miller 14. Kona Cotton Ash by Robert Kaufman 15. Kona Cotton White by Robert Kaufman 16. Own Fabric Stash

Sarah's Quilt

cats 1.jpg

I'm going to backtrack a little since I've never blogged about anything I've made so far. I made this quilt for Sarah. I don't exactly remember when I first started it, but I know I ordered the fabrics from fabric.com in late November 2011. I finished it a few days before she was born. She turned two a few weeks ago, on Feb 3. It's crazy to think how fast that happens. 

Sarah, when she was a month old.

Sarah, when she was a month old.

On her 2nd birthday.

On her 2nd birthday.

I've made four quilts so far, all in baby size and this is my second one. I lost all the pictures that I took of my first quilt when my hard drive decided to crash two years ago.  I hadn't done any backups for pictures that I had taken six months prior to that. That includes Sarah's newborn images. Lesson learned - the hard way! Not to mention, I didn't take any pictures of the third quilt because I was rushing to finish it. I ended up just giving it away. So no blogging on those two. 

DSC_5622 1.JPG
DSC_5620 1.JPG

I used a baby quilt tutorial from Oh, Fransson! I love the fact that it has a clean look, and it was simple enough for me to make. The finished quilt in the tutorial measures 33" x 40". I made mine slightly bigger measuring approximately 35" x 48". 

Front view.

Front view.

The backing.

The backing.

!SC_0278 1.JPG

These quilting lines are a mix of 1/4" and 1/2" apart. Most of them are pretty crooked, and the stitches are not even. There were also a few stitches puckering here and there, but after being washed, they are not that obvious anymore. Some were so bad that I had to rip them out and re-quilt again. There is also a V shaped texture in the quilt that might have resulted from my attempt to sew in both directions. Just thinking about it now makes me cringe. I did the quilting pretty late at night, and I just wanted to finish it quickly. Another reason for these problems could have been that I used the all purpose presser foot, along with the fact that I did sew in a hasty manner. Despite all that, I did learn a few tricks about quilting, and I am sure will incorporate some of these tips in my next quilt.

DSC_5755 1.JPG

After two years with a lot of washing in between, this quilt is still intact. Yay!

NOTE:

  • Type: Quilt
  • Pattern: Oh, Fransson!
  • Measurement: 35" x 48"
  • Date Started:  Dec 2011
  • Date Completed: Jan 28 2012
  • Skills: Cutting, Piecing, Quilting, Binding
  • Fabric:
cats 4 a.jpg

1. Taza Tarika Neutral by Dena Designs Free Spirit  2. Promenade Dots Yellow/White by Riley Blake Design 3. Urban Sunrise "Little Florine" by Lotta Jansdotter Windham 4. Taza Color Stripe Yellow by Dena Designs Free Spirit  5. Kona Cotton White by Robert Kaufman 6. Kumari Garden Tarika Blue by Dena Designs Free Spririt  7. Floral Blue from Jo-Ann Fabrics  8. Taza Tarika Yellow by Dena Designs Free Spirit  9. Solid Light Grey Own Fabric Stash 

I'm in Love!

With triangle quilt that is :-). I've been admiring all these pretty quilts I saw on Pinterest. But what truly stand out for me are the isosceles ones. I love simple, clean look and they fit the bill perfectly.  I'm not sure if I'm ready to make one  just yet. It seems pretty daunting especially when when it comes to the cutting part. As for now I'm just going to daydream about them and hopefully soon enough I'll have the courage to give it a go.

Triangle Quilts.jpg