Showing posts with label quilts for boys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label quilts for boys. Show all posts

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Safari Life Quilt

Quilting:

I finally finished Thom's Safari Life quilt this week. I hadn't realised I had made it back in July last year until I went to write this post - time really flies!


I loved it even then hanging on the clothes line and blowing in the wind - see Safari Life quilt in progress and I love it even more now that Cheryl from Baci Quilts has done all the machine quilting for me!!! As usual she's done a brilliant job and if you have any quilts you want finished I recommend you contact her!



To back the quilt I pieced together a panel from the Happy Drawing series by Ed Emberly for Cloud Nine fabrics I had along with some left over scraps from making all the turning twenty blocks. I teemed it with a soft charcoal grey cotton to make the bright colours pop even more.


For the binding I used a simple black and white pin stripe which I like to think is adding a little bit of zebra to the quilt. Any you can see in the photo above the quilting pattern is of birds and clouds.

I couldn't be happier with this quilt and with the weather just starting to cool off the timing couldn't be better for Thom to have a proper quilt for his bed.

Happy quilting.

Caity x

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Simple Retro-Inspired Sailing Quilt

Quilting:


I'm sure you have all seen the news this week. We have just had a horrendous weekend of weather here in Queensland. Not sure I've seen so much constant rain fall for a long time - if ever!

But while I was house-bound it was the perfect excuse to just sit inside and sew. I found this gorgeous retro boats print fabric on sale at spotlight. The fabric was just so cute I didn't really want to cut it up.



Thom needed another quilt for his bed anyway so it was perfect to make up a simple alternating 4-patch quilt top for him. 


This took me all of one day to do. I already had the aqua and white in my cupboard so it also helped cut down my stash a little. 

The sail boat blocks are 10" square. To make the 4-patch i cut 5 1/4" strips of the aqua and white, sewing them together and then cut up 5 1/4 strips to quickly piece a 4-patch block. 

These blocks when sewn together make a 10" block so there shouldn't be any trimming down to do.

Then simply sew all the blocks together and now it's ready to quilt!


This quilt reminds me of the ferry races in Sydney Harbour on Australia Day.  

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So I decided to name this quilt 'The Ferry Race'.

Only problem is going to get getting it off Thom's bed now - he loves it so much he won't let me have it back to quilt!


I also managed to have time to make up another little Ruby doll for a friend to give as a gift for a special little girl - she has cute little piggy tails which I just love!

Happy quilting!

Caity xx

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Safari Life Quilt

Quilting:


I recently ordered a bundle of the Happy Drawing fabrics by Ed Emberley for Cloud 9 fabrics. I wanted to make Thom a new quilt for his bed since I realised all his quilts where still cot size.

I wanted to choose a pattern that didn't cut into the great fabrics and found the really simple 'turning twenty' pattern. 


It's a really simple pattern that starts with a single square which you just cut into three pieces. For my quilt I started with 12" blocks which I cut into a 4" wide strip (see the giraffes above), next cut the remaining 4" x 12" block into a 8" square and a 4" x 8" strip.

It was so quick and easy I got the whole quilt top done in a single night.
 

Now just to get it quilted before winter is over!

Caity x

Thursday, 31 May 2012

T2 Baby Quilt

Quilting:


This week I started AND finished a quilt - always a great achievement in my books. This quilt is for a colleague at work who has recently had a little boy named Thomas - hence its name T2. It's a very simple pattern of blue, green and white squares and I was lucky enough to be able to use more of the left overs from my zig-zag/chevron quilt I made back here.


I did have to add a couple more blues, but this quilt was still made completely from my existing stash of fabrics. Oh - I lie - I did have to buy some blue gingham for the binding....

This makes a great little baby present and all up took about 5 hours to complete over a couple days which is pretty good for me.

To quilt it I just did simple straight line quilting across the squares. I don't bother marking these on the quilt - I just it by using my eye to guide me from point to point of each square. 



I also pinned this quilt before quilting this time - it seemed to work a lot better for me than hand tacking or even spray basting (which I do love but is so messy) and took a lot less time.


Caity x

Friday, 19 August 2011

'Busy' Wonky Log Cabin Quilt

Quilting:

I have never really tried a log cabin design before - well, apart from the needle case I made for Cath back here.  

I’m the first to admit I am not one for precision - my corners never seem to meet and I can start off with 2 squares exactly the same size and end up with an extra inch left over on one seam - how does that happen?

Anyway, I have been admiring the current trend of the ‘wonky’ block. It seems everything that was once rigid is now completely ‘in’ if it's ‘wonky’!

This is perfect for me for the reasons mentioned above, and so many more....so I figured I better get in and make myself a wonky quilt while I can!

This quilt was therefore produced in THE most wonky fashion you could imagine.. but it was fun and therefore......

First wonky log cabin block!
 .... before I knew it the quilt top was finished!

Finished quilt top
For the backing I just used up scraps I had left over from the blocks -I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out and it was fun playing around with the scraps to try and make a geometric design for the backing.

I just did some very basic quilting on this one - straight-ish lines are my kinda thing!

Finally I bound this quilt in an aqua spot which looks really cute and complements the aqua already in the quilt.
Back of quilt
Finished! (PS. that's Em in the background holding up my quilt for me!)
A close up of the quilt top

Finished Dimensions: 150cm x 150cm

x Caity