Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday Finish: More than one

I actually have three finishes to share today.

Three Blocks
Remember the great granny square quilt my sister and I made for our mom's 70th birthday?  I made a quilt for my sister using three of the leftover blocks and finished it just in time for our trip home.  This quilt top came together quickly once I sat down to sew.  Once again, I spent more time thinking about the quilt design than I did assembling.

sideways view
The layout is the same as the Got Pink? quilt I made for my mom years ago.  The background fabric is Kate Spain's Fandango which I absolutely love.  The fabric is so soft.

the back
I also used Fandango for the back (with a little bit of Picnic Parade by Jenean Morrison) and for the binding.  I quilted loops with some free form flowers thrown in here and there.  This was my first time using Aurifil thread, and I have to say I am hooked!  I now see what all the fuss is about.

the front
I really need to do better about taking quilt pictures.  I quickly snapped some indoor photos before our trip thinking I would get some later and then promptly forgot all about that.  I did get a cute picture of Michelle dozing under her new quilt, but I don't think she would forgive me if I posted it here.

one more
I promised a picture of Leo's quilt rack with more quilts.  If you compare this picture to the other one I posted yesterday you can tell the quilts get rotated.  It is obvious that the quilts in his house are used frequently.  I like that.

Leo's quilt rack 
The Leo quilt is a new addition.  I finished this right before his birthday.  This project has been in the works for over a year.  Most of the siggy blocks were decorated at the baby shower with others sent to out of town relatives to sign.  This time the procrastination was not entirely mine....seems this trait runs in BOTH sides of Leo's family.  The quilt is backed with Turquoise Bubbles from Jenn Ski Mod Century fabric line.  Using a sample of Aurifil thread I received in my QuiltCon goody bag, I quilted straight lines round the letters and 1/4" from the seam lines of the blocks.  The green Aurifil thread matched the background color perfectly.

baby blanket
I also stitched a little blanket for Leo's first birthday using yardage of Malka's new Simple Marks fabric for the front and backed with a denim-looking flannel.  First I basted and quilted the top together with the batting in straight lines on either side of the "blocks".  Then with right sides together I sewed the backing piece to the quilted front leaving room to turn right side out.  Lastly, I topstitched all around sewing closed the opening.

makes a soft play mat
My original quilt planned for Leo is too big for a one year old, and since I was pressed for time anyway, this blanket makes a colorful alternative.  I can imagine Leo sitting on the blanket while playing with his toys.

another cell phone picture
The Peace Baby quilt I made when Leo was born also used fabric from Malka Dubrawsky (A Stitch in Color).  I call them his Florida quilts ;-)

I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilt's finish it Friday.  Happy stitching!


  1. visiting from finish it up friday. I love the quilt with the name on it. Will have to do something like that.

  2. You go girl!! Everything is beautiful.

  3. Three gorgeous finishes and one adorable babe!

    I love the top one - completely modern layout but with throwback fabrics and granny squares; great fusion between mod and trad!

  4. Great finishes! I love how you used those last three granny square blocks. That is cool. And the Leo quilt is amazing. I'm glad you've discovered Aurifil. It's great stuff, huh?! Can't wait to see you!

  5. Awesome finishes. Your sister is going to love her quilt. So many memories for her.
    Love the circle quilt! Bright and happy.

  6. Leo's new blanket is beautiful, and he looks so adorable sitting on it :-)!! You know how much I love my quilt ( and I thank you for not including the pic of me napping...haha)!!! I love how you used the left over blocks from Mom's quilt. I will certainly treasure it, as I do each quilt you've made for me!

  7. I am so glad that you found time to blog. Leo and his quilts are both adorable.