Link Quilt

It has been a long time since I posted on this site. I have decided that I need to catch up on all the stuff that I have done in the past year.

I finally managed to finish my husband’s 8-bit style Link Quilt. It was finished on June 16, 2019. I think it looks amazing, and I know he loves it!

Dinosaur Quilt

I recently finished a quilt for my sister.  She had a baby boy just before this last Christmas.  I made her a Dinosaur quilt.  I created it with a cotton front and a minky back.  Then I used the satin binding, which I had never used before.  I think the quilt came out wonderful.

Happy Birthday Quilt

I recently finished a quilt for my Great Aunt.  It was her 90th birthday on September 11th this year.  I felt like sending her something nice, so I made her a quilt.

This one was a lot of fun.  It took me a while to lay out the pattern, but once I figured that out, everything went together nicely.  I kept it as simple as I could.  Each quilt that I do, I always try and do something that I have never done before.  On this quilt, I used my new quilting rulers and ruler foot to create a simple scallop on the border.  I really enjoyed using the rulers and can’t wait to find a project where I can use more of them.  It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

Fabric was: My Secret Garden by Cheryl Haynes (42) 10″x10″ pieces.                                                Border:  Yellow Fabric; Essentials by Wilmington Prints.                                                            Backing: Holly Woods by 3 Sisters for Moda (108″ wide backing)                                                          Thread: Gutermann Cream color 800 for piecing                                                                                         Pattern: Half Square Triangles Around the World                                                                                         Quilted: by Machine by stitching in the ditch and did a simple single scalloped border design.

Baby Loudermilk’s Lady Bug Quilt

Some how I found the time to finish the ladybug baby quilt that I began so long ago for my second child.  It has been very hard to not only find the time to quilt/sew, but also been a little uncomfortable sitting at my machine for hours at a time while being pregnant.  Now that I have finished her quilt, I am ok with her showing her face to the world now.

Here is a recap of what I have used on this quilt:

Fabric used was a collection of fabrics called Caravan Roundup by MaryJane Butters for Moda

  • Backing Fabric and some Ladybug backs: Caravan Roundup Rodeo Sweetheart Gypsy Sisters
  • Ladybug backs: Caravan Roundup Rodeo Sweetheart Cowgirl Territory
  • Heads and underbellies of Ladybugs: Caravan Roundup Adventure Rodeo Dance the polka
  • White Ladybug background squares: Caravan Roundup Adventure Cowgirl Territory
  • Green Ladybug background squares: Caravan Roundup Tandem Campground Do Si Do
  • Blue Border: Caravan Roundup Big Sky Campground Do Si Do

I used coordinating Gütermann  100% polyester thread.  This thread seems to work really well in my machine and it holds up really well.  In the end I also ended up using 3.5 yards of Fusible interfacing for all the appliquéd ladybugs.

What I learned from this quilt:

  • I like using the Bernina Stitch Regulator “plugged in” that is.  I tried it for 99% of the quilt not plugged in, so the foot just acted like a regular quilting/free motion foot.  I wanted to try this to see if I got better results and to see if I could control my stitches.  I can, but I will need a lot more practice.  The BSR plugged into my machine works better for a beginner like me.  Either way, I had fun with swirls and random feather like patterns in the border, just for fun.  I outlined each of the ladybugs and free motioned their antennae’s.  Since it is not perfect, it is what I call “rustic”.  I love it.
  • Each Lady bug was ironed on with fusible interfacing, then each square was sewn together.  Then I used the blanket stitch from my machine to go around each ladybug.  The only thing that I would change, is that next time,  I would do the blanket stitch around each ladybug before putting the entire quilt top together.  It created a lot of extra bulk when I was trying to turn and go around each ladybug.
  • I loved using my walking foot for this project.  It really helps to keep all the fabric together with out puckering or bunching.
  • For this ladybug quilt, I used coordinating threads for the top of the project and a perfect match coordinating thread for the bottom of the quilt.  I am glad that I did this, instead of using a crazy color combination.  It helped hide all the imperfections.

My last step is going to be a quilt label for the back of the quilt.  I think I am going to wait till we move to complete this step.  I think for this quilt label I want to put my child’s name on the quilt along with my name and a finished on date.  However, due to the fact that she is not here yet, I’m not 100% on a name, and we are not telling anyone her name before she arrives, this will have to wait until a later date.