Wednesday, August 17, 2011

our quilts

A great while back, it seems, I showed you Aria's Sherbet Pips charm square quilt in process?  She did the layout, pinning and piecing all by herself. Yes, it had plenty of, um, character at the end, but I just trimmed up the edges for her and she was good to go.

little hands

Don't her hands look so sweet and little?  There's no way she's going to be turning seven soon...

Aria's first quilt!

The kiddos and I ventured out before rest time to find a shady spot for a mini photo shoot.  Here we are by the garden fence, which is covered with wild morning glories at this time of year.  Oh, that sounds like a good thing? Well, to keep it real they rarely bloom, take over like a weed and leave brittle, dry sticks on the fence after the autumn chill.  But, at least they're a green backdrop for Aria's first quilt today!

90 Degree quilt pattern

And here's another finish.  This pattern is "90 Degrees" and you can find it at Kate's blog, One Flew Over. The basic design is a large quarter log cabin, sliced and reassembled and set in a 4 x 4 configuration.  Kate's pattern includes all the cutting directions and fabric requirements too - oh, and the option for a twin size version.  It was a fun, no-brainer little project that came together with ease.

Wait, does Liam look distracted?

distracting much?

Yeah, he kinda was.

lots of Kona Papaya on back

Here's the quilt back, photographed over here after a little pig-weed-feeding breakout session (feeding the weeds to the pigs, not the other way around). My models were feeling a little put upon by this point, so I was lucky to catch a clear image, even if it is sideways...

with concentric squares quilting

But, I hope you can make out between the two of these images, the squared-off spiral quilting in each of the four quilt quadrants. That was fun, and easy. Would totally do it again!

texture

And, I'm happy with the resulting texture!  The backing is pieced with scrap fabrics and lots of Kona papaya, a new favorite.  Bound with Kona cotton candy.

finished.

Another quilt finished - 2 down, 2 to go. Since we're halfway through the month, my goal is still feeling realistic. I'm going to wrap up this baby quilt (finished 42" square) for my sister's new little one and start stitching up another!

25 comments:

  1. AWww! That is so cute!! What a darling little quilt and quilter!! Well done Aria!

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  2. I bet it's so exciting to share your craft with Aria. Her quilt is beautiful, and she looks so proud! Your new quilt will be such a fun gift for your sister's new baby. I must say, I'm amazed by your finishing, Rachel! I bet you will definitely meet your goal this month.

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  3. That is very very cool! What a sweet quilt and a sweeter girl!!!!! The quilt for your sister's baby is so colorful and the quilting is perfect :o)

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  4. Gorgeous quilts, both of them! I can't believe your seven year old put that together! It's perfect! Give her a big, "Well done, sweetie!" from me! :o)

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  5. What an amazing accomplishment at such a young age and such a fabulous quilt. Go Aria!

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  6. My granddaughter will be getting a "Pips" quilt for christmas. I love your owl fabric.

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  7. how sweet is Aria's quilt? She looks so proud! And I love your baby quilt, it reminds me of pacman :) That quilting and the papaya color on the back are also quite pleasing.

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  8. Darling post - quilts, kids, pig - all of it!

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  9. Did you mark the corners of the "squared-off spiral quilting"? I really like the way it looks and I have a quilt basted and ready to quilt but I have been trying to figure out how I want to quilt it!

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  10. Oh! That is so sweet!! What an adorable little quilt and quilter! Way to go Aria!

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  11. The quilts look fantastic! Thanks Rachel!

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  12. The Aria´s quilt is beautiful, fun and lovely! I thing she is proud of herself, isn´t she? :-) Oh, and your quilt look lovely too :-)

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  13. Thanks so much for showing the quilting detail on your pieces. It serves to remind me that I don't always need to take mine to the long-arm folks. And, to be honest, I like the look of the long stitches better!

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  14. I love your quilt--so bright and fun! And Aria's pips quilt looks wonderful-- the photo of her with it is just darling. She should be so proud!
    Also, I love the little "behind the scenes" shot-- looks like the pigs are doing well, too!

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  15. Aria, you're first quilt is beautiful! I think the placement of colours and designs is just perfect!

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  16. I just want to say I triple heart your blog and love,love,love your quilts they are so bright and cheery! You make it look so easy! I have a question also: I am using a vintage 1957 Singer model 66 sewing machine to piece and quilt my quilts (have only ever done 2 so far! quilted one It turned out ok and tied the other. My question is : what type of thread do you recommend for machine quilting? please?

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  17. Thank-you all for the sweet comments for Aria. I'll be sure to share them with her. If she didn't already want to be a blogger, I'm sure your words would convince her!

    Julie, I sew mostly with Gutermann thread. It's a little pricey, and I'm not sure it's necessary. I have some Aurifil thread to try, but haven't yet. I also use good old Coats & Clark when the color or price is right!

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  18. Bertine - I did not mark the corners for the spiral quilting, I just let the seams of the 4 large square blocks be my guide. I used a walking foot and a little stick-out quilting guide that snaps into my walking foot to follow the seams around. When I reached the corner, I turned the quilt sharply with the needle in the down position. Hope that helps!

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  19. Aria's quilt is so beautiful, she did a wonderful job! Love the log cabin quilt, the colors/fabrics are fantastic!

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  20. how fun! i can't wait to get a janome hello kitty sewing machine for my little girl. i am so excited to sew with her and i know that your little one loved the time she was able to spend with you!

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  21. Like the 90 degree squared quilt. Kids and pigs are cute too, in that order.

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  22. So bright and beautiful! (and the pigs are cute, too). :)

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  23. Just popped in to your blog, it's wonderful. I saw your post about the quilt and would love to do that with my 6 1/2 yr old granddaughter. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Such a pretty little quilt! I love the photo shoot w/ the kids too!

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