Plus is the last of my 2013 Christmas gifts. It’s a great cheater quilt that looks like a lot of 4.5″ squares, but in reality it is a bunch of squares and rectangles quilted to look like squares – so much easier than individual squares! It was completed in November with the binding going on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Inspired by two low volume bundles that I purchased from Stash Fabrics during their IG destash event, I pulled the fabrics that best reminded me of my best friend. I added some green Sketch fabric and I think it really came together nicely. It is quilted in bright yellow thread and bound with Korkek in Dandelion by Lotta Jansdotter. It finished at 45″ square.
This quilt was a joint effort between me and my husband. You see, I had a small spool of the perfect color yellow thread for quilting and never having quilted with a small spool before, I ran out with only five more lines to stitch! I frantically texted my husband, who was away on a business trip, my plea for him to pick up another spool. He bravely walked into a quilt store armed with a text and some photos and saved the day! Never again will I quilt anything only armed with a small spool of thread.
The back is a crazy, vibrant fabric that I picked up at my LQS that matched my color palette perfectly! The quilt pattern is from The Daily Stitch by Kelly of Jeli Quilts. I left off the bottom and top sashing because I like the look of the quilt square.
Photographs by the lovely Kassena Hillman. Her photographs make me wish (almost) that I had a backyard to photograph my quilts in. If you are in the Corvallis/Portland, OR area you should check her out. Thank you Kassena!
Some people make gifts for their children’s teachers, I make gifts for our beloved dog walker! I always struggle with what to give our walker as a gift. We only know her from a few meetings and her twice a week notes, but our dog adores her. I found out that her favorite color was purple and went to my stash, I had some purple!
I made her an infinity scarf for chilly days and a Bernadette Cat mug rug.
The infinity scarf was made using Maroon Telkari Medallions of the Filigree Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics that I have had in my stash for years along with a tan solid. This scarf was made using 9″ strips of fabric and is looped three times. After making both 9″ and 18″ wide scarves, I decided that I prefer them 18″ wide.
Sidenote: I am thinking about posting a tutorial for my infinity scarf because it is wider than others that are out there. Would you be interested in one? Let me know in the comments!
Here is the 18″ width infinity scarf, looped twice (please excuse the self portrait).
Back to the gifts! You may remember Bernadette from the Cat Quilt I posted last week, this was my trial block so she is a bit wonky, but I love her all the same. She is the same set of Architextures fabric that I used in the wall hanging. She is quilted in a grid pattern in gray Aurifil.
So what do you think, are you interested in a scarf tutorial? Let me know!!
Meet Madison, Amelia, Bernadette, Mia, Ralphio, Chowder, Toby, Cannon and Helen!
Officially my favorite finish of 2013!
I made these guys as part of the Cat Quilt-Along (#catvent) with Oh, Fransson! This wallhanging is the first quilt that I was really sad to gift away (I may have to make a variation for myself). It now happily lives with my FIL’s family. I used Architextures and Kona solids and quilted it with matchstick lines using a gray variegated thread.
Every quilt needs a fun back, even a wall hanging! The backing fabric is Geekly Glasses in off white for Riley Blake.
Which cat is your favorite? I think Bernadette is mine.