The 24 Years Quilt and the A and B Quilt

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The 24 Years Quilt

The A and B Quilt

I’m sharing two quilts in one post because they’re very similar and I made they mostly at the same time. You can find more detail of the process through my Instagram photos (I’m @CoopCrafts there) tagged either #24yearsquilt or #aandbquilt .  First I started my colorful 24 Years Quilt, which was created to celebrate our 24th anniversary.  There are 24 squares floating around in the half square triangles to represent our years together.

24 Years Quilt

24 Years Quilt

24 Years Quilt

24 Years Quilt

24 Years Quilt

Just testing the unfinished top on the bed here, to see how the border rounds were looking.

24 Years Quilt

And then my sister in law announced her wedding — in two months!!  So my quilt was put on hold while I immediately started the A and B (Alison and Bryan) Quilt for the soon to be newlyweds.  I wanted to use the same basic design, since it seemed like good luck to base a wedding quilt on one that was to celebrate 24 years together.  I decided to completely leave out the squares since they hadn’t “earned” them yet.  ;)

A and B Quilt

A and B QuiltA and B Quilt

A and B Quilt

Eventually, they were both finished and approved.

A and B Quilt

24 Years Quilt and A and B Quilt

24 Years Quilt

24 Years Quilt

And now I begin three graduation quilts, again in a similar style.  Wish me luck!

sarahsigres

Stardust at Sunrise, A Solid Color Baby Quilt

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Stardust at Sunrise Quilt

Stardust at Sunrise Baby Quilt

Stardust at Sunrise Baby Quilt

Stardust at Sunrise Baby Quilt

Stardust at Sunrise Baby Quilt

Stardust at Sunrise Baby Quilt

Stardust at Sunrise Baby Quilt

Stardust at Sunrise Baby Quilt

Stardust at Sunrise Baby Quilt

Stardust at Sunrise Baby Quilt

Stardust at Sunrise Baby Quilt

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Little Stars Quilts

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Lately I’ve been seeing stars. Lots of stars! Star quilts, specifically.

Seeing Stars

This one is to keep, made from gorgeous Japanese fabrics sent to me from my friend Kaori, who lives in Chiba.

Japanese Star Quilt

The star shape was a great compliment to the fabrics,  and simple hand stitching really defined it.  Oh, I love it!

Hand Quilting Detail, Japanese Star Quilt

I enjoyed making it so much that as soon as I was done, I started on one for my little sister in law.  She asked for orange, brown and red.  I threw in teal and black.

Alison's Star Quilt

Rows of ombre stitches make a halo effect, so that the star almost twinkles.

Hand Quilting Detail, Star Quilt

And now I’m working on one that will go back to Japan, to Kaori’s daughter, Anna.  Hers is getting the same “twinkle treatment”.

Anna's Star Hand Quilting

Two Star Quilts

Which kind of brings me back to where I started.  :)  Mine will eventually go up on the quilt wall.

Little Quilt Book

If you’d like to make your own, you can find the Drawn Together foundation paper piecing star pattern in the Little Quilts Book by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsiger.  (It’s a great book, I plan to make a few more little quilts from it!)

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Starting a Quilt Wall

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It’s been too long since I posted, but I have been sewing, even if I haven’t been sharing it here.  I’ve started on a little wall of quilts in my dining room, opposite my herringbone stenciled wall.

Two Mini Wall Quilts

The Wine/Whiskey quilt was made using the My First Alphabet and My First Alphabet: Numbers and Punctuation foundation paper piecing patterns by From Blank Pages on Etsy.  I accented it with leftovers from the American Made Brand License Plate Tour, so that it reminds me of how nice it felt to be asked to participate.  (And aren’t those colors gorgeous?  LOVE them!)

My husband doesn’t listen to country music, so even though he loves Blake Shelton from The Voice, he doesn’t hear the song in his head when he reads the quilt.  He does know why I chose it for us, though.  :)

Wine and Whiskey Mini Quilt

Oh, those S’s are HARD!  I’m only really pleased with one of them, but I let them ride.  I’ve learned that over time, the imperfections in a quilt kind of become endearing to the creator.  It’s weird, but mostly true.  It’s what you’ll look for, part of how you know it’s yours.  It’s good to learn to forgive yourself and move on.

The hashtag quilt was a very simple pattern I found in Fons & Porter’s Scrap Quilts magazine Spring 2014 issue.  You can make the top from just a charm pack of solids and less than two yards of white fabric.  I think this would make a great baby quilt, boy or girl.

Hashtag Quilt

I have a third little quilt made, but it won’t be hung up until I have a couple more done, just for proper placement.  For now I’ll just enjoy these, and the process of making the ones to come!

sarahsigres

Bad Pictures of My Current Projects

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Sorry, they are bad pictures.  Sometimes it just turns out that way.

First, here’s the Deegie Face quilt top finished and hung up, but on a day so sunny (and me so rushed for time) that it’s even hard to see:

Too Much Sun

And here it is with the photo that inspired it:

Untitled

It’s off to the long arm quilter this weekend. I chose a soft flannel for the backing, and I think I’ll see if the quilt shop has a heavier batting than I usually use. I just imagine this quilt being super cuddly, like Deegie.

My next quilt is for a baby boy in our family. I’m using some of the browns leftover from Deegie’s quilt along with some brights I already had and some scraps from the Healing Quilt. I threw in a little plot twist, just for fun.

Percy and Wonky Stars Blocks

Percy noticed it right away.

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