Churn Dash/Disappearing Pinwheel Quilt

IMG_20170106_144431_hdr I made this quilt in order to try the technique Jenny Doan of the Missouri Quilt Co. demonstrates in this video:

Making this block is every bit as much fun as it looks! The only downside to this project was that I used a pack of 10″ squares from a line called Sweetgrass Prairie that I bought some time ago from Connecting Threads, and the fabric is so stiff that it was no fun to work with or to press. In fact, it was like ironing paper! Since I splurged and used silk batting on this quilt in hopes it would be comfy, I’ll have to see what it’s like after I wash it.

I used free-motion quilting on this quilt:

IMG_20170106_144555_hdrI backed it with two large pieces of calico from my fabric stash, and put the one 10″ square I didn’t use on the front on the back instead:

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Quilt for a New Grandchild

IMG_20160616_1600483_rewindI pieced this top long almost a year before the announcement that my newest granddaughter was on the way; I saw the fabric in a catalog and had to have it, but found that I could get more of it for my money on Etsy. But the line is so muted that it doesn’t photograph very well. You can get a clearer look at the line, called Babes in Farmland by Timeless Treasures, HERE. Here’s a shot of the quilt up close:

IMG_20160616_1601494_rewindThe top sat in my UFO collection until just a few months ago; luckily I had plenty of fabric left over for the backing:

IMG_20160616_1602560_rewindI quilted it in a meandering pattern. Another fun project, made with love for my newest granddaughter.

 

 

Paradigm Shift Quilt

IMG_20160616_1556128_rewindI saw a photo of this quilt in a magazine and just had to make it. The pattern is called “Paradigm Shift,” and it was a lot of fun to make. It was the perfect use for a group of black and gray precuts I bought a while back from Connecting Threads.

IMG_20160616_1556269_rewindI know many quilters don’t recommend using sheets as quilt backings, but I thought the vintage sheet I used on the back worked out just fine; I had no problems quilting it on my Brother PQ1500SL High Speed Quilting and Sewing Machine.

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Grant Park Table Runner

IMG_20160609_1434550_rewindI just finished this table runner made from the Grant Park line by Moda. I bought some charm packs and a bit of extra yardage from a cute little quilt shop in Pecatonica, IL, while out shop-hopping with a friend a few years ago, and finally got around to using it.

I love precuts because the fabrics in them are designed to go together. That’s a great blessing for those of us who love to sew but aren’t gifted with the artist’s eye; we just don’t know how to pick out fabrics that go well together! But check out how nice the Grant Park line looks:

IMG_20160609_1433316_rewindI machine quilted this runner in a matter of minutes using my supermachine, the Brother PQ-1500s:

IMG_20160609_1435036_rewindAnd I pieced the back using the extra yardage that I’m so glad I bought:

IMG_20160609_1435315_rewindI don’t know how many quilt shops still carry this line, but I see it’s available on Etsy; I imagine you could find it on eBay as well.