A Wonky Stars Baby Boy Quilt, With a Plot Twist

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Wonky Stars Quilt B

I started making a quilt for a baby boy using bright solids mixed with shades of brown and cream.  I thought the neutral tones would calm the brights, but then I thought it was a bit too calm.  I threw in a much needed plot twist — polka dots.

Baby quilts always make me dream of the recipient’s future.  This quilt made me think how colorful the regular days are when you’re a child, and how much more the big days will really stand out in his memory.

Wonky Stars Quilt A

Then for good measure, I did a little hand quilting around the stars in the polka dotted blocks, just to give them an extra little pop.

Wonky Stars Quilt C

The backing is a print of old comic book ads from the Rocket Age collection by October Afternoon for Riley Blake. The backing along with the wood grain binding makes me think of little boys reading comic books in their tree house over summer break.  (And it was a lot of fun stitching what looked like wood to paper!)

Wonky Stars Quilt E

Summer days and babies … anticipation!

sarahsigres

Current WIP: Proof I Am a Crazy Cat Lady

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By far, most of the quilts I’ve made have been given as gifts to family and friends.  I’d love to have a stack of quilts at home, so I’m investing some time making quilts that have special meaning for us.

When I thought about how to sum up the last year or so for our family, one word came to mind: Kittens.  (They do tend to take over the house, especially in multiples.)  A cat themed quilt seemed cute but maybe too general.  Since this is just for the people in our house, I went for something more specific and personal.  Diego (Deegie) was the first of our recent kittens, so I’m piecing together a quilt top of his strikingly light/dark face to represent our Year of Kittens.

Cutting took ages.  Piecing is a bit more fun, especially since I’m using my “new” Singer Featherweight.

Squares and Triangles for Deegie Face Quilt

Whites for Deegie Face Quilt

Deegie Face Quilt in Progress

Deegie Face Quilt Laying Out Squares

Deegie Quilt Progress

And there’s my progress as of this snow/sleety/icy morning.  Still half a Deegie face to go, and then he’ll be off to the quilt shop.  I’ve teased the kids that I might make pillows of Leo and Percy faces.  I just might …

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English Paper Piecing Star Coasters

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For your browsing pleasure, a photographic mish-mash of assorted English paper pieced star coasters in their various stages of construction:

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And a kit made for my little sister in law who wants to learn English paper piecing:

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It contains a Happy Doggie needle book, red, white and blue fabric, batting, felt backing, scissors, thread, thread conditioner and a little soap box to hold the paper piecing templates.  (I used 1.5″ 60 degree diamonds from Quilt Laughing on Etsy.)  I added a label for fun.

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And I have a large paper piecing project that I’ve been away from for too long, so back to it!

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Deer Quilt, Bound and Finished

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Deer Quilt 1

Deer Quilt 2

When I heard that a friend in Florida had a new granddaughter, I instantly wanted to make her this little deer quilt.  Years ago, we both blogged and had names we used online for our kids.  I had Tall One and Little One (which is how we assumed the dogs told the kids apart) and my friend had Mini Me and Lumberjack.  Well, time flies and children grow.  Lumberjack is a Daddy, and a deer quilt seems like a perfect fit for a Lumberjack’s beautiful daughter.

I’m really pleased with that bright pink binding against the blue, and I’m so in love with the deer that I may need to make myself one to keep.  The pattern is free from the hugely talented Luke Haynes, with a PDF pattern and instructions at We All Sew.  While it looks complicated, the steps are broken down nicely and it’s all easy to follow.  It seems pretty forgiving of small mistakes, too.  If you like the quilt and you sew at all, give it a try.

And now, back to sewing …

sarahsigres

Amelia’s Heart Quilt

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Heart Quilt Complete

My cousin became a Grandma!  This is for her new granddaughter, Amelia.  Amelia’s Mom wanted something very pink and girly.  To me, a former tomboy, this is super girly.  I love the patchwork pink heart, the scrappy binding  and I had a lot of fun playing with the low volume prints.  Patchwork remains a favorite!

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