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Asian Inspired Baby Quilt {My Sister’s Quilts #11-13!}

Asian inspired baby quilt

My Sister's Quilts series

If this is the first time you’re seeing this series, My Sister’s Quilts is the mini quilting memoirs of my sister who is a fantastic quilter and has made baby quilts for each of her 17 nieces and nephews.  Today she’s showing you an Asian inspired baby quilt.

Asian inspired baby quilt

O’s quilt was made in assembly line with 2 other quilts!  My husband’s sister had twins born in South Africa around a similar time, so I made three quilts at once!

Asian inspired baby quilt

It is fun now too to think of the 3 quilts on separate corners of the world, and with the  Asian theme of the fabric, it all feels so international!

 Asian inspired baby quilt
This was a fun project.  I love how the bold colors came together.
Asian inspired baby quilt
O. has such a gentle nature that the dragons hardly seem fitting for him now.  Perhaps though there is a comparison.
Asian inspired baby quilt
Some are graceful enough to carry a fire within themselves which, instead of being a danger, it instead represents itself as courage and kindness, warming the hearts of all those around them.  This is O!
Asian inspired baby quilt
Thanks, Aunt Fessy!  My favorite thing about this quilt is the red thread used for quilting!  It adds such a bold flair to an already bold quilt.  We’re nearing the end of this baby quilt series, and I’m really going to miss seeing all these beautiful and creative quilts!
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Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Inspired by her Aunt Fessy’s baby quilt series, Annie wanted to make something for the new baby “all by myself!”  At 8 years old and with one quilt already under her belt plus quite a bit of other sewing, we decided she could easily handle this pixelated heart baby quilt project.  Here’s Annie to tell you about making this quilt.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

First I cut out all the squares.  If Mom’s baby is a boy, then I don’t have to make a new quilt because I picked orange, brown, and red for the colors.  And a little bit of gray.  After I decided on the colors, I finished cutting the small squares.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I sewed the squares together after laying them all out and deciding the pattern.  I took a picture of the heart laid out so I could remember and didn’t loose track of the pattern I wanted.

I sewed the small squares into strips and then sewed them into big squares.  Then I sewed the big squares together.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the back, I picked out some flannel fabric from our fabric boxes.  I pinned it together with batting in the middle.  Then I quilted it together with straight lines 1/4” away from the edges of the squares.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, I sewed the binding on and Mom helped sew it down.

Pixelated Heart Baby Quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I think the baby will be very happy with this quilt!

Annie picked out the pattern by herself, it’s the free pixelated heart pattern from Robert Kaufman.  We sized down the pattern from 5×5 squares to 2×2 squares to make the quilt end up a baby size.  Annie loved choosing fabrics from the stash and remembering things we’d sewed for her and her siblings from them!  The other change we made to the pattern was to cut out large pieces of white where ever we could so as to eliminate some of the small square cutting and sewing.

Leave Annie a comment telling her what you think of the pixelated heart baby quilt she made for her new sibling!

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Baby Quilt #2 {My Sister’s Quilts}

Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

My Sister's Quilts series

This is the second entry in a series about baby quilts made by Aunt Sarah for her 15 nieces and nephews.  We talked her into sharing each one here on Skirt Fixation.  The next one in line is for “Kalvin” my second child and oldest son.  This is the same son for whom I sew really big shirts now.  At age 15 is is 6′ 7″ tall.  I asked Sarah (who her nieces and nephews call Aunt Fess or Auntie Fessy) to share what she remembered about making this quilt.

Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

This Quilt is one of my favorites!  I remember working night shift as a CNA, and working on the embroidering during my down-time.

Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

It was a fun quilt as every block was different, and so there was nothing monotonous about it!

Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE quilting, but some quilts require an assembly line of piecing that is enough to make even the most patient of quilters bang their heads against a wall!

Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

Not so with this quilt!  My aunt Mary helped me pick out the pattern for the embroidered blocks at a little quilt store in Wisconsin, and I beleive the pieced blocks were from a book from the same shop.

Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

The piecing was a great way to help me learn how to do “real quilting,” as every other quilt that I had made up to this point was just something that I had put together in my head.

Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

I took a chance by going with blue, as I started the quilt before “Kalvin” was born.  I guess I lucked out there!

Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

I think of my nephew now, and can hardly believe he was ever a small enough to enjoy a nursery rhyme or two!Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

He’s a big guy, with a big heart, and I can’t wait to see the big impression he will make in the world!

Love you,

Fess

Baby boy quilt with embroidery and quilted stars

This is one of my favorite quilts too!  This type of quilt would be a great quilt for a quilter looking to improve their skills.  Thanks Sarah for sharing.  We’ll see you next month for the next installment of My Sister’s Quilts.

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The Snowball and Nine Patch Quilt Compromise

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Last winter, Annie and I started making a quilt.  She decided what colors she wanted, we chose the snowball and nine patch pattern together, and went through the stash for purple and yellow fabrics.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We talked about the size (she wanted it really big) and I went through all the math.  She stuck by my side cutting every piece.  Her patience and excitement were unrestrained.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We pieced the nine patches and the snowballs, and Annie actually sewed about 1/2 of the nice patches.  We laid out all the blocks on the floor and she played with the layout until she was happy with the result.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Her excitement grew as we pieced the top.  We decided on a thick fuzzy fleece for the background.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Then one day I folded up the pieced top and the fleece and set them aside.  There were several reasons I needed a breather from this project, although I never intended the break to last 9 months!

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Reason #1: I don’t think she’s ever noticed, but I did the math wrong and the inside edges of the nine patches and snowballs don’t line up perfectly.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Reason #2: I actually pieced the top differently than we had planned and bought the fleece backing for, and I no longer had enough fleece to cover the entire back.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Reason #3: I also didn’t want to quilt it with the fleece as backing because it would be too thick with batting and fleece and I didn’t want to wreck my machine with all the lint from the fleece.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

There were many, many other projects to fill the time and space, and then spring arrived and a quilt for her bed wasn’t top priority anymore.  Every once in a while Annie would spy the quilt and ask when we were going to work on it again.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Finally, the weather turned colder, the project list grew shorter, and I wanted the space back on my sewing cart!

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

So I pulled it out and decided we would tie it instead of quilt it, bought more fleece, and decided I would have to live with the uneven parts.  After those hurdles were crossed, it only took a few days to finish Annie’s quilt.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

She helped me tie every knot and make the binding from some fabric Bari J. gifted me.  She dressed herself and did her own hair for the photoshoot.  She chose all the poses herself.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I don’t know if it’s possible for one girl to be more proud of a quilt.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

She doesn’t see any of the mistakes, she only wraps herself in it at night and tells me in the morning how well she slept.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I think the lesson in this project for me is that perfectionism hinders progress.  This quilt didn’t have to be perfect to keep Annie warm.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

And the warmth in her heart at sharing this experience with her Mom is more valuable than perfectly matched edges.

Snowball and Nine patch quilt sewn by Skirt Fixation

What are your thoughts, did I compromise the right thing?

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Sew My Stash 2015 Mini Quilt Swap

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

I participated in another swap on Instagram.   (Do you follow us on Instagram?)  This time it was for Sew My Stash 2015 Mini Quilt Swap.  The major rule for this swap was to use 75% or more fabrics from your fabric stash.  I’m pleased to have used 100% materials from my stash.

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

I’m beginning to understand the addicting element of swapping on Instagram!   I’ve decided to use these mini quilt swaps to build quilting skills and try new ideas and techniques.  For this time I decided to try paper piecing.  It’s really easy and fun and you can made some really complex designs come to life with paper piecing.

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

The intended recipient of this mini quilt was @mvquilts on Instagram.  Some of her favorite fabrics are Art Gallery Fabrics and she loves the colors green and pink.  I had lots of Art Gallery Fabrics in greens and added some blues from my stash also.  I was trying for an ombre effect, from light minty green to darkest navy blue and back again.

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

The pattern I used for this mini quilt is called Goose Chase by Jeli Quilts.  I love it!  The pattern included templates for 2 sizes, the 15 inch size I used, and also a smaller 7 inch pattern for a pincushion for example.

 

I decided to quilt this mini quilt with wavy lines that followed the path of the geese.  On the sides, I mimicked the flying geese with some triangles.

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

I made my own bias tape from Cotton and Steel fabric.  The back is Bonnie Christine’s Art Gallery Fabrics leftover from this skirt.  And I actually remembered to make and attach a tag!

Almost every swap includes extras.  I made a curvy clutch from the free pattern by Pink Door Fabrics.

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

I used some fabric leftover from the floral bomber jacket I made.  The inside is the same pink as the background of the mini quilt.  I tried adding piping to the curvy clutch and love the pop it gives!  The faux leather is from Girl Charlee, and I can’t remember what I’ve used it in before.  I also made a little hexie pincushion.  I sewed this using another new-to-me method called English paper piecing.  It was made completely by hand while I was in a stretch without a sewing machine!

The final items I added were some pins and hot chocolate packets.  But I forgot to throw in some extra fabric from my stash.  Can you even believe it?  Ah well, maybe later!

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

Now for what I received!  @Sgthings had me for a partner on Instagram and she sent me a mini quilt.  I love it!  She used mainly Cotton and Steel prints.  This is the first round mini quilt I’ve seen and received, and I’m intrigued.  It’s so lovely.  She personalized it for me with an “a” in the middle!  Also, there’s a darling little zip pouch and some accessories for my new Husqvarna Viking sewing machine.  It turnes out that she works part time in a Viking sewing gallery!

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

The inside of the pouch is some more Cotton and Steel fabric and so delightful!  It’s so fun to make and receive surprises that are hand made with care by someone with the same interests as you.

mini quilt swap by Skirt Fixation

I’ve already signed up for another swap on Instagram so stay tuned…

How about you, do you participate in sewing swaps?

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Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt Swap

Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt Swap

We participated in another Instagram swap called the Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt Swap.  For this swap, everyone was required to make a mini quilt, defined as a quilt with the sides measuring between 18 and 24 inches.  We’ve made quilts before, and have several in progress, but this was a first on making a mini quilt.  (You can see the cowboy quilt, Allegra’s 1st quilt, and the Project Linus quilt, & Allegra’s embroidered quilt to name a few.)  Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapFrom our assigned partner’s Pinterest board, we picked out a quilt block pattern.  It’s called interlocking squares.  It really looks more complicated than it is, because we made it with mostly half square triangles or HST as they are known in the quilting world.  Also, the star in the middle is made from HST.   For the quilting outside the interlocking squares, we followed the lines of the squares so the quilting is interlocking squares too!  Inside the squares, we just did stitch in the ditch to allow that butterfly to fly freely!Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapBut the butterfly in the middle is special because Allegra worked her embroidery magic on it!  She embroidered most of the little sections on the butterfly in shades of pink, but also around the tiny edge pieces in gold thread. Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapHer hand embroidery is so amazing!  Just search the blog for embroidery to see more of her amazing work!Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapOn the back of the mini quilt, we made a specialized label just for the occasion.  This labeling is another difference between a mini quilt and a full size quilt.  Curvy Clutch made by Skirt FixationUsually there are extras included in an Instagram swap.  So we made a curvy clutch.  The pattern can be found for free from Pink Door FabricsThe Curvy Clutch made by Skirt FixationActually we made two of these curvy clutches.  That’s because we were actually participating in another swap called The Selfish Swap. Selfish SwapNow maybe you’ve figured out that we like to keep it light and have some fun every once in a while, and that’s exactly what The Selfish Swap was.  This swap was the brainchild of Abby from Things for Boys and everyone on Instagram had such fun making things for their “partner” and complaining about their partner and so on! The Curvy ClutchSo the eyelet Curvy Clutch is for our selfish swap partner. The Curvy Clutch made by Skirt FixationWe used little metal zippers for the top, orange suede for the contrast top, and of course, Cotton and Steel fabric! The Curvy Clutch made by Skirt FixationFor the inside of the Curvy Clutch, we used some more bee/bug fabric, first seen here on a top for Annie.  Turtle Pincushion made by Skirt FixationThe last hand made extra item is a little turtle pin cushion.  We started with a free template, but made the turtle shell bigger so it would be more like a pincushion. Turtle pin cushion made by Skirt FixationAnd instead of just a circle, we first sewed together 4 scraps of Cotton and Steel fabric and put the center of the circle at the middle of the 4 fabric pieces. Turtle pin cushion made by Skirt FixationAnd once again, we made two of them, the other being for our “selfish swap” partner!  Allegra did the hand sewing on the turtles and gave them little french knot eyes!  Cuties.Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapWe added some store bought extras for our partner, Chai tea, dark chocolate, Cotton & Steel fabric, and some new quilting pins.  Then we tied up the mini quilt with a piece of selvedge and packaged it up and sent it off!  Our partner posted on Instagram when she received it, and loves it!Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapNow for what we received for the Cotton and Steel mini quilt swap.  The Fiber Chick had us for her secret partner, and we really loved everything she sent us. Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapWhen we opened the package, the first thing we saw was this little cat pouch.  It is simply darling and has a scissors charm for a zipper pull.  We opened the cat pouch to find some treasures inside! Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapThere was this beautiful mini quilt.  We know she used English Paper Piecing, a method we want to try, to fussy cut those beautiful lions. Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapShe also made us a pincushion using the Fancy Fox quilting pattern, another thing we really want to try! Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapAnd then there were two adorable fabric boxes. Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapWe’re already using them to store extra sewing supplies just laying around.  And the last thing The Fiber Chick sent us was more quilting pins.  Always a necessary item around the Skirt Fixation sewing room! Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt SwapAll in all, we’re really happy with this swap.  We felt quite a bit more relaxed than our first swap, the Liberty of London swap, and actually were more pleased with the end result overall.

If you want to see these and other sewing events in real time, follow us on Instagram!

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Kids Clothes Week Inspiration

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Today we are over at the Kids Clothes Week blog sharing our inspiration for the traveling theme.  We put a lot of time and effort into this inspiration post and we’d love it if you go check it out!  You’ll definitely be seeing some of the ideas we had during Kids Clothes Week.

Project Linus Quilt

On another note, do you remember the quilt we made for Project Linus?  We would love it if you click over to Pinterest and vote for your favorite quilt for Project Linus by liking it.  The quilt with the most likes gets 10 yard of fabric, so we’d be honored if you like ours by clicking the little heart in the top right corner.  Thanks!

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A Quilt for Project Linus

Project Linus Quilt

Project Linus QuiltA while back we answered the call to make a quilt for Project Linus. Pat Bravo, who founded Art Gallery Fabrics, offered free fabric scraps to anyone who would make a quilt for Project Linus. Who are we to resist free fabric?Project Linus QuiltWe have a Pinterst board where we collect quilts that inspire us. One quilt pattern we’ve been wanting to try for a while is a jigsaw quilt. We’d only seen it done in solid fabrics and Pat Bravo sent us all patterned fabrics, but we decided to go ahead and try.Project Linus QuiltWe love the beautiful end result! The finished quilt is baby quilt size, slightly larger than 36″ square. I wasn’t quite sure the proper way to finish the edges, so left them jagged, like a jig saw puzzle!Project Linus QuiltThe only fabrics from my personal stash are the cream borders and the vintage backing fabric.Project Linus QuiltWe tried to keep it somewhat neutral so this quilt could be given to either a boy or a girl. The fabrics we received were mainly blues and pinks.Project Linus QuiltWe decided to quilt it with two parallel lines following the edges of the jigsaw pieces.  The first is “stitch in the ditch” right along the edges of the puzzle pieces, and the second is just 1/4″ away.  Project Linus QuiltAllegra quilted the borders with a diamond pattern, and she also hand stitched on the binding on the back!  She is so fast at hand sewing she had it finished in less than an hour!!Project Linus QuiltWe were able to use up most of the scraps we were sent for this quilt. We’ve sent it off to Pat Bravo who will be donating all the quilts she receives from scraps she sent!Project Linus QuiltProject Linus is a charity with this mission: “provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.”
We were delighted for the opportunity to work with Pat Bravo on this quilt for Project Linus.Project Linus Quilt

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Unfinished Projects!

pear pincushion

It could be said that we have too many unfinished projects works in progress!  Or that our attention spans are too short to stick with any one project.  Whatever.  Let us point out that there are 3 finished projects in this post along with the 5 unfinished projects.  So the purpose of this post is for accountability…to keep us on the right track in hopes of getting some of these projects finished.

Unfinished projects

This is where the final Kids Clothes Week project started.  It’s going to be a coat, and it WILL be finished before warm weather arrives!

Skirt to bag refashion

Aria gets an award for this finished project…another skirt to bag.  And this one is so roomy inside!

Bimma cowl

Do you remember the top I made myself for selfish sewing week?  I never wore it because I hated the neckline, so I added a cowl from the largest size on the Bimaa pattern.  Now I wear it every time it’s clean.

pear pincushion

This sweet little pear pincushion is finished, but part of an unfinished project!  It was a prototype for the Liberty of London Swap Round 2.  I wanted to test the pattern on non expensive fabric.  Here’s a photo of the uncut liberty fabric.

liberty of London fabric

Then there are 3 quilts in progress…and each one has a child as the chief quilter!

hexagon quilt

Aria is working on a hexagon quilt…that’s her stack of hexagons so far.

jeans to quilt

Thomas is helping me convert a very huge pile of jeans into a very large HST (half square triangle) quilt.  This is the stack tower we have in progress!  But we did make one special block for a special reason…

denim heart

 

Annie is helping make a quilt too…and she’s very diligent!  It’s probably the closest to being finished; the top is pieced, it just needs backing and quilted.

quilt in progress

And then there are a couple of secret projects!!!

So to be fair, most of the unfinished projects are quilts…which take time.  Here’s to more sewing time ahead!  What sewing projects do you have in progress?

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My First Quilt!!!

My first quilt

My first quiltToday we’re showing you a quilt that took me ten years to finish. This was my first quilt I ever made! Well, okay, the only quilt I’ve made, but I digress. Actually, I pieced the top of this quilt when I was five.  Mom said she used this quilt to teach me how to sew.  Then we stopped before quilting it, and it went relatively unnoticed through three or four moves. This quilt literally moved across the country in its unfinished condition in the mending box! Several times. So I’d forgotten all about it!

Machine Quilted quilt

When we finally pulled it out again to finish it, sewing it along with Challenge Create: Red White & Blue week, we found that it was pieced together already, and the back, front, and middle were pinned together.

Back of my first quilt

I don’t remember piecing the front, or picking out the fabric for the back or anything like that, but that’s ok. I’m getting forgetful in my old age. There’s one mistake that was too far done to fix, and that was that there’s two pieced squares on one end of the quilt, and none on the other. It just shows the top from the bottom, right? Right? ‘K.

machine quilting

So I started to quilt the layers together, sewing the large plain blue squares with hearts, the pieced squares with X’s, and the lines with zigzags. The last step was buying some red seam binding from Ben Franklin and sewing it around the edge of the quilt. Since its not that great of a quilt anyway, although pretty good for being started when I was six, I just sewed the seam binding on with the machine, sewing it through all the layers and skipped the hand sewing part. It’ll be a good picnic blanket for David and Annie, when they have their little tea parties, and for putting over Baby during the winter.

My first quilt

I’m pretty happy with it, but if I make another quilt I want it to be a teensy bit more professional.  But hey, I was 6 when I pieced it, so not bad for my first quilt! I actually enjoyed machine quilting it…Mom tends to get after me for sewing too fast, but this worked great for machine quilting! She could hardly believe how fast I finished it! Have you ever made a quilt?

Later,

Allegra