April 26, 2016

New Pattern- Rise Quilt

I've got a fun new pattern coming up and can't resist showing a little of the top before I quilt it.

I have always loved hot air balloons. Who doesn't!? My husband and I were supposed to go up in one on our honeymoon, but there was lightning in the forecast and we couldn't go up. Some day I'll go!

As I was putting my baby to sleep a few days ago and noticed the hot air balloons on his swaddle and thought- it would be fun to make a hot air balloon quilt. That shows you how compulsive I am- I think that was 4 days ago and now I have a new pattern and this quilt top!

For a long time I've wanted to try out prairie points (the little triangles on the border) and I knew this was the perfect project to do so.

The fabric is Nadra Ridgeway's newest line "Backyard Roses". I feel like this blog is turning into a plug for her! I really love her fabric lines, what can I say. I used a fat eighth bundle.

I plan to release this pattern block by block, since they are all unique. I'll be hosting a sew along here on the blog, starting with the simplest balloon and progressing to the most complex. Even the hardest one isn't very tricky though. I'll have more details as soon as it's all ready, hopefully early next week.

April 19, 2016

Easy Strip Quilt Pattern- Baby Basket

I had planned to have this pattern ready as the very first post on my new blog. Better late than never I say!

This quilt pattern was inspired by a vintage family quilt that my great-grandmother made for my mom when she was a teenager. It features the classic rail fence block and we still use it for backyard picnics at my mom's house to this day! The design is very nostalgic for me, so I wanted to make one in "my colors". Hers was mustard yellow and pine green, which also happen to be my high school colors. Not my personal favorites, but each to his/her own!

I'm always looking for fun, easy ways to use precuts, and this is definitely one. You can whip up the quilt top in an evening. That's my kind of baby quilt.

I used a Riley Blake Rolie Polie of "Bloom and Bliss", with backing and binding also from that line. This line isn't as easy to find these days but Nadra's new one "Backyard Roses" is even better in my opinion! The border is Riley Blake's medium gingham in yellow. The white is Kona Snow.

I can't wait to show you the versions my pattern testers are making, they are adorable. Go ahead and make one for a new baby gift, and don't forget to tag #babybasketquilt on Instagram so I can see!

Click here for the free quilt pattern!

UPDATE: I made a boy version of this quilt for a friend who is having her first baby. Instead of using precuts, I used navy, green, and aqua yardage from my stash and I love how it turned out!


April 15, 2016

Happy Go Lucky Granny Square Quilt

My favorite pattern in the Moda Bake Shop is this Granny Square quilt using half of a Jelly Roll, by Blue Elephant Stitches. The original is made up in Posy and it is just divine. My version here uses the reds, aquas, and greys from Bonnie and Camille's "Happy Go Lucky" line.

Sometimes I love a completely scrappy quilt, and sometimes I love them all from one line, like this one. Usually, however, my quilts lie somewhere in between.

Hollie Rawe was again my quilter for this one. I love the little tiny flowers!

Now that I look at these photos, I must correct myself and say that the quilt is about 97% Happy Go Lucky. The binding is from their "Scrumptious" line :)

This quilt will also be for sale in my shop.

April 5, 2016

Arabesque Quilt

Last week I was so excited to have an original pattern of mine featured on the Moda Bake Shop- a site that publishes free patterns using Moda's precuts.

I used a Layer Cake of Bonnie and Camille's latest line "Vintage Picnic", with Moda Bella Solid 97. It's backed in the grey floral from that line, and the binding is aqua with polka dots.  It was quilted with swirls by Hollie Rawe on a longarm.

I had so much fun designing this quilt and hope that you will have fun making it! This quilt is also for sale in my shop.