Thursday, April 28, 2016

My little sister's gift quilt and my first organic wavy line quilting

My little (half) sister is turning 14 tomorrow and in lieu of the normal gift card to Michael's I get her to fun her jewelry-making habit, I decided to make her a quilt. Her mom suggested something orange, but it's REALLY hard to find a bunch of orange fabric that is cute. So I found a pattern that had navy, coral, mint, and grey colors that I think a teenager would like.
I started it about a month ago, and had I not been so indecisive, I could have definitely finished it in a couple of weeks. One issue I had to work around was the fact that I didn't buy enough of the navy floral fabric to totally cover the back. So I ended up with these arrows as the back. Now I'm really glad I did it like this because it's kind of a double sided quilt now!
I'm still not in love with the quilting portion of quilting (I love sewing the tops the most), but I LOOOOOOVE Lorna's organic wavy lines that she uses for quilting over at Sew Fresh Quilts so I decided to finally try them. I think they came out really good. I even did legit binding this time (I kind of did cheater binding before) and realized it's not so bad at all!
I'm pretty proud of this quilt! I got it in the mail today, so it'll be a couple days late. Not as late as the baby quilt for the baby born last September that I still haven't given my friend. Whoops!

I really wanted to take some fancy pictures outside, but time was of the essence to get it in the mail after I finished it last night. So, I made my coworker hold it up in my hallway at school before I dropped it in the mail.
I did cut everything in the quilt (except the fat 12" border around the arrows) with the Sizzix Fabi that I won back in October! I've been kind of crazy buying dies lately so it felt good to use them! I used these: 2.5" strip die, 3.5" strip die, 4.5" strip die, and the 4.5" HST die.

I also got a chance to use my new 4'x8' design wall for the first time! I just took pieces of wood to make a frame and wrapped it in batting and cream colored flannel that matched my wall. I love that it blends into the wall!

The funny part was that my husband asked me if I used any fabric in my actual stash for this. Hahahaha...OF COURSE NOT!

Until later, happy sewing!

 I'm linking up:
Sew Fresh Quilts  Fresh Poppy Design
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  1. This is one cute quilt, Jamie! btw- I used to live in the Houston area (Pearland), and I have LOTS of family there (The Woodlands, Cypress, and Deer Park). We loved living in Houston!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  2. HI Jamie! I'm making a baby quilt for my expecting niece using this adorable navy background with birds and flowers. and been watching blogs to see if anybody else would be. You're the first! I LOVE your modern version! I tend to be more traditional. I can't show it yet but because I'm waiting for the baby shower but I'll send you a pic if you want to see it. It will eventually show up on my blog someday. I like the way you pieced the back too. Love those arrows!

    1. Thank you so much Janice! I bet whatever you are making is beautiful!!! I'll have to come check it out!