Tuesday, February 3, 2015

twin Twinkles for Aria + Liam

twin Twinkle Quilts Such a feel-good finish!  I've been aiming to finish new twin quilts for Aria and Liam before baby arrives.  You see, Aria and Liam moved into a shared room to allow for Eleni's nursery, until our new girlie is someday ready for a bottom bunk bed.  As you all know, I've been putting a lot of time and energy and love into Eleni's nursery.  With all of that, I wanted to show the big kids that they're on my mind too.

I made them each sawtooth stars quilts in their chosen colors, and dad made them a new red bookshelf.  Today we straightened up the room (full disclosure:  they don't keep this shared space nearly so clutter-clean), put on the quilts and took pictures.  Come see!

twin Twinkle Quilts

twin Twinkle Quilts

twin Twinkle Quilts

twin Twinkle Quilts

Both quilts are backed with Carolyn Friedlander Doe Wide backing.  It comes 108" wide, which means I didn't have to piece a thing.  I love using wide backings on bed quilts.  The back doesn't really get seen anyways!  This simple, graphic print felt right with the classic colors and design of these quilts.

twin Twinkle Quilts

I quilted free motion on my Juki machine, using my fastest finish technique: the continuous eight pattern.  These quilts are filled with Warm & Plush batting, a slightly thicker, all-cotton batting by The Warm Company, makers of Warm & Natural and Warm & White.  When I basted the quilts on the floor I could feel that the batting is slightly thicker under my knees (nice!), but it's not so much thicker that the quilts felt bulky rolled up and worked through my machine when quilting.  I think the extra warmth will come in quite handy, as we keep our home rather cool in winter.  I'd recommend Warm & Plush batting if you're looking for something warmer, but low-loft and machine washable.

twin Twinkle Quilts

Bindings are an assortment of Denyse Schmidt prints.  Her modern/traditional style is perfect for this quilt.  Actually many of my stars are by Denyse too!  Finished with the zigzag method, as always!

twin Twinkle Quilts

I'm happy to report that Aria and Liam are pretty pleased with their new digs!  And now this mama can start on some new quilts - clamshells, hearts, stripes, oh my! There is one thing on my list left to sew for baby.  Maybe I'll start that today?  If those clams don't get me first...

twin Twinkle Quilts

::Links::

Warm & Plush Batting
Doe wide backings
Sawtooth Stars tutorial
Continuous Eight Quilting tutorial
Zigzag Binding tutorial
Kona Storm quilt top
Kona Ruby quilt top


33 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the finishes! The room looks great with their chosen color scheme, and I especially like the cozy cuddly cat photo on the top bunk. :)

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  2. Love these quilts and love the quilting!!
    Best wishes!

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  3. Beautiful quilts and a beautiful room. You really pulled it off. I see kitty has chosen her favorite spot. :-)

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    1. Oh, yes! Aria has trained Kitty Susan to sleep up there. I don't think she minds one bit!

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  4. Lovely quilts for the big kids. I don't recall seeing a diaper bag on baby's list. Did I miss that?

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    1. Your memory is right! I don't enjoy making bags much, so when I came across a nice diaper bag second hand, I snatched it up. Maybe after I carry it for a year and start getting tired of it, I'll have the motivation to make one of my own?

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  5. Their room looks lovely! Love that flag quilt Aria made! I never realized you quilted figure eights side-to-side instead of up and down! I have to try that when I'm brave enough to FMQ.

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    1. I love her flag quilt too! It shows she's been thinking of a room in this theme for awhile =) Someday I'll make them some new curtains too. Those flying geese curtains were for Liam's original color scheme. Wish I had another use for them though!

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    2. Rachel - could you remove the hem and make it into a quilt? I'm doing that with my curtains in a few months. I knew we'd be moving and the windows will be different sizes so the curtains won't work. I'm just going to remove the hem (cut it right off) and sew the 2 curtain pieces together to make a quilt top. Just a thought!

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    3. Actually that would really work! I'll have to make sure, but I think the patchwork is in really excellent condition since it's just been hung and it was backed to prevent fading. Thanks!

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  6. love the "new" room and new quilts! I'd want the top bunk: the kitty and the windows (like sleeping outside) would be wonderful!

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  7. Lovely, cheerful quilts! They have a nice vintage feel to them. I'm so glad Carolyn released another set of 108" fabrics with this collection. :)

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  8. The bedroom looks beautiful! Thanks for the info about the new batting. What machine do you use to do your zig zag binding? My husband got me the Juki tl2010 for valentines and I'm a little concerned how I'll so my bindings from now on (I do zig zag too) because I'm not planning to keep my Janome. Did you have another machine?

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    1. Yes, I use another machine to zigzag. I think it's critical to keep another machine on hand if you have a Juki (straight stitch only models). I use the zigzag for random things and sometimes use the buttonhole stitch too. Plus, my other machine has a free arm, which can be good for clothing projects. My other machine is my original sewing machine purchase - an inexpensive Kenmore. It's non-computerized, so it's lasted well.

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  9. Such a wonderful room! Those quilts say "Mama loves me" all over them! Congrats on a super timely finish :)

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  10. Very nice quilts . Glad to know about that new batting from the Warm Company. May I ask what brand of Juki do you have? What size is your harp space? I am thinking of buying Juki. Thanks.

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    1. My Juki is the TL2010Q which I purchased from Sew Vac Direct. They have an option to buy an extended warranty, which I think is SO wise since it's an investment machine. I LOVE this machine. It has a big harp space, for details visit the store here: http://www.sewvacdirect.com/juki-tl2010q-high-speed-sewing-and-quilting-machine/

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  11. Beautiful! I wasn't drawn to these colours straight away, but they just make the most perfect bed quilts. I've been trying to pinpoint why my kids' quilts look messy on their beds, and I think it's because they're scrappy. Your big stars and solid backgrounds make the room look so fresh and inviting! And you're done! Well done!

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  12. They are lovely. I've been inspired by your posts to do quilts for my boys - but now I've been distracted by those curtains... I love them!

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  13. Sorry, I wasn't able to get a comment through the form before, just delete the test comment. The warm & plush batting was used by me for my last quilt and despite the fact that getting it through the machine was slightly difficult it was a dream in the result. Much smoother and more cuddly then my former Quilters Dreamcotton. Love it. Your quilts turned out pretty nice!

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  14. These are spectacular. I like warm and plush too, although I find it much more linty to work with, put its also my favorite to cuddle under. The quilting is awesome.

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  15. Grand quilts and they do look really comfy!

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  16. Grand quilts and they do look really comfy!

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  17. The quilts are beautiful! I bet they love them!

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  18. What a great room you have created for your two children as they anticipate the arrival of the third one! The quilts are gorgeous! I like matching quilts that are not too matchy-matchy. Well done!

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  19. Rosemary B here:
    Kitty Susan is a sweet girl to attend the photo shoot.
    I love the quilts. Liam and Aria, the two big kiddos are going to be the best older siblings for Eleni.
    I really like the book case your hubbs made. Well done, and in my favorite color.
    I am proud to know you, Rachel. You are very inspiring to me.
    I have too many "overwhelmed" days taking care of my parents. Yesterday evening I went through the pile in my dining room... I found my great great great gramma's lace hat and my great great great grampa's black hat - both traditional head wear in the Netherlands back then.
    I do not know what to do with all of this stuff....
    Stay warm and cozy.

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  20. The new room is wonderful! What lucky kids to have all this handmade in their room (and life!). It's been fun watching you progress through these quilts since I just finished a sawtooth star quilt for a friend and am planning to make red and blue sawtooth star quilts for my 2 oldest boys. We are moving into a new house this summer and they will continue to share a room and requested red and blue (their favorite colors). :)

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  21. Two beautiful finishes! I really love the colors your kids chose - both so vibrant and cheerful. One of my best memories of my third trimesters was how creative I felt and how well it translated to what came cranking out of my sewing machine. I can see that same energy in everything you've been making lately! xoxo

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  22. These quilts turned out sooooo so so so lovely! They look great on the bunk beds and their entire room looks devine! I would enjoy my new digs as well! I am so glad you were able to complete these before baby as well as so many other things you've done before! I love the bold and beauty colors in these! I need to make one!

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  23. They both look great and I really like the color scheme in the room.

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  24. They look great! And I agree the curtains would make a wonderful quilt!

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