my first quilt

This is the first quilt I ever made…back in May 2009. I blogged about it ages ago, before my blog was hacked. Most of you have probably never seen it since I think I had about 3 readers back then.  This quilt was given to my mom as a Mother’s Day gift.  The hubs and I were in Houston over the weekend so I was finally able to take a decent photo of it.

I was a little bit surprised to find that I really like this quilt. I hadn’t seen it since I gave it to my mom and all I could remember about it were all of the mistakes I made.  [Check out the bottom edge of the quilt…I used the pre-sized batting as my “square” edge. 🙂 ]  I’ve made many more quilts in the 16 months since I made this one and I’ve learned a few quilting truths:

1. A trip through the washer and dryer hides most mistakes

2. It’s hard to go wrong when you use Moda’s pre-cuts. [This quilt was made from a single jelly roll and a bit of yardage for the back from Fig Tree Quilts (Fig & Plum collection).]

3. The best quilts are the ones you make with love in your heart [corny but true!]

My only regret is machine sewing the binding and that is completely fixable. I may tackle that when I visit my parents over the holidays.

strawberry truffle

This is a quilt I finished in 2009, but never photographed or blogged about. I completed it the week of my first craft show and I had a million things going on so it just never happened.

It started out as a girly re-creation of my Windowpane Quilt, but I had too many pink + chocolate fabrics to use so it became more detailed. I think my favorite part is the zebra binding.

strawberry truffle

(BTW, I’m not trying to hide the right side of the quilt. This is what happens when my husband helps take photographs. He likes the skyline + the lake.)

Dimensions: 42″ x 34″

Fabrics: Flower Power by Jennifer Paganelli (zebra in brown), Sultry by Basic Grey (polished in whisper peony), Midwest Modern by Amy Butler (floating buds in ivory), Hello Betty by Chloe’s Closet (retro checks in brown), Bella Solids (Betty’s brown, peony, baby pink), unknown pink dots

Started: November 2009

Completed: October 2009

Retro Betty - front

I finally finished Retro Betty and it’s my first official completed UFO for the challenge. I started the blocks for this quilt a couple of months ago, using a jelly roll and bits of a layer cake from Moda’s Hello Betty collection by Chloe’s Closet. I used some cream, taupe, and a teal linen for the border and backing. The binding is a yummy chocolate brown.

Retro Betty - detail

Retro Betty - back

Dimensions: 74″ x 74″

Fabrics: Hello Betty by Chloe’s Closet for Moda, coordinating Bella Solids by Moda, teal linen

Started: October 2009

Completed: May 2010

UFO count: 1 down/19 more to go

Modern Snippets - detail

This baby quilt was made with the scraps from my Snippets baby blocks (which I am working on in earnest and will have mountains of them done for the bazaar!). It’s 43? x 43? and perfect for a baby or toddler. I envisioned it as a play mat for babies who aren’t quite mobile yet, which is why I made it square. Here is a full view of the front:

Modern Snippets

And the back…
Modern Snippets - Back

Dimensions: 43″ x 43″

Fabrics: Snippets by American Jane; solids from Bella Solids by Moda

Started: September 2009

Completed: September 2009

I think this one is going to be my last quilt for a while. I need to concentrate on making some smaller items for the bazaar. It’s only 15 days away now, and I’m beginning to feel the pressure. Bibs and blocks and quilts and giveaway goodies and totes and kits and pillows. My sewing room is a complete disaster at this point, but I’m not allowing myself to think about it until after October 11. Then I am going to treat myself to a studio makeover!

summer picnic

Summer Picnic is a baby quilt made of scraps. The center blocks are string blocks. I made the backing solid this time instead of pieced because I love how this blue fabric looks. (It’s a Jennifer Paganelli fabric that I got on sale a few years ago before I started quilting. I think it’s called “Bridget.”)

I  used a bright blue thread that coordinates with the backing fabric to quilt it.

Dimensions: 32″ x 45″

Fabrics: Midwest Modern and Daisy Chain by Amy Butler, Pop Garden by Heather Bailey, Sweet by Urban Chiks, Wildwood by Erin McMorris, Girlfriends by Jennifer Paganelli, feather from Bella Solids by Moda

Started: August 2009

Completed: August 2009

Gypsy Baby Quilt

This quilt came out of the dryer last night so crinkly and super soft.

I used a dressmaker’s muslin for the backing, which I think made the quilt softer than traditional quilting muslin. Dressmaker’s muslin is made for draping, which can make it difficult to quilt with unless you use basting spray. BUT, it’s really nice to work with because it has such a soft, well-loved feel.

I quilted it in a simple rectangle/square pattern using a hot pink thread.

Gypsy Baby - Detail

Dimensions: 36″ x 45″

Fabrics: Good Folks by Anna Maria Horner; Midwest Modern by Amy Butler, various oranges, yellows, greens, and pinks from Bella Solids by Moda

Started: August 2009

Completed: August 2009

A new baby quilt:

Daisy Chain Coins

It’s a simple coin quilt made with Amy Butler’s Daisy Chain collection. I used gray sashing for the front and white on the back. It’s quilted with gray thread.

Daisy Chain Coins - detail

Looking at these pictures makes me realize that I need to find a new way to photograph my quilts. I think I’m going to rig something up this weekend…another project!

A modern baby quilt!

Wonderland Windowpane Baby Quilt

I’ve had this quilt in the works for a while now. I used the leftover charm squares from the Wonderland Stacked Coins. The front is a windowpane style that I designed because it reminds me of the windows in our 1950s house. I used grass green from Bella Solids for a bit of sashing around the blocks.

Front detail:

Wonderland Windowpane Baby Quilt

I quilted it in a simple windowpane pattern, just using the piecing as a guide to get started and then marking the lines with a chalk pen. It’s quilted with a really soft pearl grey thread.

The back has a couple of columns of stacked coins and then a improvisational block in the corner for interest. I used grey for the backing because I love how it offsets the bright colors of the Wonderland fabric. The binding is hand sewn using my favorite robin’s egg blue from Bella Solids.


Wonderland Windowpane Baby Quilt (back)

Dimensions: 42″ x 45″

Fabrics: Wonderland by Momo; solids from Bella Solids by Moda

Started: August 2009

Completed: August 2009

I don’t know why it took me so long to finish this quilt! I think I was mesmerized by the bright colors of the Wonderland Stacked Coins quilt and this one seemed a little boring so I put it aside. I’ve been working on hand sewing the binding for a couple of weeks now and I finally got it done on Sunday night. Here she is:

Hello Baby! Quilt (front) 

I quilted it with a soft pink thread in a chevron pattern. I used a yellow binding that matches the back of the quilt. The finished size is about 45 x 60 inches. I washed it a couple of times to get the blue chalk out (from the quilting lines I marked) so it is super soft and crinkly. The blocks are pieced from the pink, green, and yellow strips of a Hello Betty jelly roll. (Hello Betty is collection of 1930s-style prints from Moda.) I have lots of the red and blue strips leftover for another project. Oh, wait!  I have a second jelly roll of the same collection. Yummy!Hello Baby! Quilt (folded) 

You can see I used one of the blue strips on the back:

Hello Baby! Quilt (back)

Dimensions: 60″ x 60″

Fabrics: Hello Betty by Chloe’s Closet, Bella Solids from Moda

Started: June 2009

Completed: August 2009


The sun came out yesterday so I was finally able to get outside and take some pictures. The fabrics used are Bleeker Street by Michelle D’Amore and Chocolate Lollipop from Anna Maria Horner. I used a robin’s egg blue binding.

Baby Blue Zigzag Quilt 

I used scraps from the front to piece the back.

Baby Blue Zigzag Quilt 

Dimensions: 36″ x 45″

Fabrics: Bleeker Street by Michelle D’Amore, Chocolate Lollipop by Anna Maria Horner solids from Bella Solids by Moda

Started: July 2009

Completed: July 2009

I used bamboo batting for this quilt and it feels really soft and nice after washing. It wasn’t any different for quilting than the organic cotton I normally use and it’s eco-friendly so I will definitely use it again.

My dogs enjoyed this quilt, too.  They took turns posing on it for me.

Will on the Zigzag Quilt 

Moose on the Zigzag Quilt 

And then they had a fight:

Min Pins on Zigzag Quilt 

Don’t worry! No miniature pinschers were injured in the making of this photo! They are professionals.