Parade of Quilts
So, here are a couple of pictures of my first quilt I ever made. I still really like it! A friend told me it looked like something out of a Pottery Barn catalogue once, which was a great compliment! It was made from recycled clothing, jeans, khakis, and men's shirts. It's mostly dark reds, blues, and tans and some white, with a lot of star patterns in there. I'm planning to make a similar quilt for my other son and make their room sort of Americana-ish. I remember staying up sweating over this as I quilted it (literally- that denim is heavy!) until 1 or 2 in the morning because I was so excited to actually finish my first quilt I'd ever made all by myself from start to finish!
here's a close up:
Now here is the most recent quilt that I have finished. As you know, I have at least 3 other quilt projects in the works! This quilt is definitely a favorite. It's made with brushed cotton on the top, which feel like flannel but is a little lighter, and flannel on the back. It's so soft and cozy! Great for cuddling up on a cold New England winter evening!
The pattern is "Turning Twenty," a very easy pattern made with 20 fat quarters- the possibilities are endless! This is a great beginner quilt if you're just getting started quilting.
I don't know how well it shows up in the pictures, but this is the first quilt I had long arm quilted, or the first one I kept, actually. I love the colors in this quilt too, soft pastels but some khaki-ish greens and browns to make it not too sweet.
So, this isn't technically part of the Parade of Quilts "assignment," but I'm so excited about finishing my pinwheel quilt top, I just had to share a few photos!
I guess it's not technically finished because I'm still going to add a border to it. This quilt was inspired by Vanessa at V&Co. and her pinwheel quilts she's made. The minute I saw one of her pinwheel quilts I thought, I have to make one of those! So, I dropped what I was working on and dug out my two Allspice Tapestry charm packs and got to work. I used her tutorial for making pinwheels out of charm packs and white fabric, and was surprised at how much easier it was than it looked. That's one thing I've learned, when you see a pattern that looks so complicated, if you break it down by the block, a lot of times it's a lot simpler than it looks.
I think it's going to be really pretty once it's done. The colors in this fabric line are gorgeous, peachy pinks, cinnamon browns, and a robin's egg blue color that I just love- pretty similar to the color I painted my adirondack chair actually! I'm still trying to decide how to quilt it, any ideas? I was thinking of doing it myself, but it's tempting to just send it off to the long arm lady and be done with it! My quilting style has definitely evolved, I'm really interested in making classic quilt patterns with a modern twist. I love quilts with white background and an old fashioned block in a solid color, like red or blue, and I'd love to recreate some of those. Some other things I'd like to try- a 9 patch quilt and an Ohio star. I love any star quilt pattern!