Category Archives: Quilting and Sewing

Beauty in Monotony

Most projects  have steps that are fun and some that are necessary but really not enjoyable.  Basting quilts are, for me, necessary but not very fun.  Who likes kneeling on the floor to put a couple hundred safety pins through three layers of fabric?

As I basted my Chirp Chirp quilt, I straightened up for a minute to rest my back and my eyes fell on my basket full of safety pins.

Beautiful.  And the whole exercise was changed.

Today I wish you a glimpse of unexpected beauty in some monotonous activity.

Jennifer

Chirp Chirp Quilt Top

I put together this very basic quilt top in an afternoon.  The pattern comes from the Spring 2010 issue of Quilts and More.

Instead of piecing together strips of solid colored fabric for the stripes, I swapped in a striped fabric that I absolutely love.  Doing this meant that piecing the quilt top (excluding the applique) required only 5 seams.  Talk about easy!  Sometimes it’s nice to work on something simple in between more complex projects.  While I loved the idea of a large bird on the quilt, the bird in the pattern wasn’t my style, so after a bit of brainstorming, I changed the background shape and drew a bird on a branch.

This is my finished quilt top.

I love the way fabric choices and a bit of tweaking can change the way patterns look.  The original quilt in pastels is lovely, but I also love the way the deep blues make it more sophisticated.

The fabric I used for this quilt is, once again, Rural Jardin by French General for Moda.  Part of my motivation was to make a quilt using the bird print in the deep blue colorway, which is my favorite print in the collection.  Scrapping the oval in favor of a more modern shape was a fun twist.   I simply drew the shape, bird and branch and used some featherweight interfacing to stabilize them.  Instead of doing the applique by hand as I did in my Faith Sings quilt, I decided to work on my machine applique skills.  Overall I’m very pleased with the results, and I also like how the fabrics work together.  It was fun to use some of the Rural Jardin wovens.  They’re even lovelier than they look in pictures.

Because it’s so small, this project should be fun and fairly simple to quilt.  It’s my third quilt top in the lineup, so I’d better get quilting.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jennifer

Pinwheel Quilt Top

Last night I traded sleep for a finished quilt top.  I’m happy to have this pieced and ready to quilt.  This was my first experience participating in a quilt along, and although I quilted late instead of “along” it was fun.

I love the way the Rural Jardin collection works together.  It’s red, white and blue but in a subtle way.  I had intended to have it completely finished for the 4th of July, but I’ll take what I can get.

I also love the little pinwheels in the sashing.  They finish at 2 inches square and they really pull the whole thing together.  I’m so glad I took the time to make them.

The question now is, how to quilt it?  It’s been such a good experience to quilt my own quilts this year that I’m going to keep doing it.  I’m going to fold this one up and think about it a bit before I dive in.  I also intend to do some piecing for the back.  Any suggestions?

Hopeful Homemaker

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