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

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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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Looking forward to a creative and productive 2015!

sarahsigres

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

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