May 25, 2020

Vintage Block Along Finish!

My Vintage Block Along quilt is all machine quilted and bound!
It's so big, it has a perfect overlap for a queen sized bedspread.
For these photos, I put the quilt on my king size bed.

I began this quilt along, created by Lori Holt, 
January 2019 through December 2019, a whole year.
I really looked forward to seeing what each block looked like.
I fell behind a few times, but quickly caught up.

The blocks have a wide range of sizes,
 I had no idea how it would come together in the end.

I  used Lori Holt fabrics, 
and often substituted a similar print in the same color family.

 I love that the quilt is so vintage looking!
I love the scrappiness of the quilt and the variety of colors.

There are lots of little surprises throughout the quilt, 
such as the house block, some flowers, a basket, maple leaves,
the flag, and many other pretties.

 I used the same border fabric as Lori used,
I had to buy fabric for it anyway, and it was just so perfect!
I chose a different fabric for the binding, 
it's a bandana print in one of Lori's lines.

The back is one of the cutest fabrics I've ever seen!
It reminds me of when I learned to embroider 
when I was 11 years old.
It's called Granny Chic Vintage Embroidery in teal.
The fabric also comes in brown and corral with a white print.
This fabric would be so beautiful as a tablecloth too.
It's a wideback fabric, at 108" wide.
Because this quilt is so huge, I had a friend do the machine quilting.
She quilted it with a roses motif.

These blocks were all free on Lori's blog.
I think they'll only be free for the rest of the year and then the Vintage Block Along will be published in a book.
At that time,  Lori will take all of the instructions for the blocks 
off her blog.
The quilt along was so much fun, partly because Lori told stories about her grandmother and why each block had its name.
Thanks for following along!

May 18, 2020

Birthday Cake Banner

I have made so many of these birthday cake banners :)
This one is for Riley, my grand daughter will be two in June.
She has a soft, easy going personality, 
so I chose a pastel pink (soft color) for her cake.
It could be a strawberry shortcake flavor.

I bought this "sprinkles" fabric specifically for 
these birthday cake banners.

Here's a photo of Riley, she's my youngest grandchild.

I made a tutorial on how to make the birthday cake banner,
you can see it here.
Different cakes are here and here.  
These belong to Riley's three older sisters.

This is Jacob's and Bridger's & Maisie's banners.

These are cakes I made for a table runner,
and Charlotte's birthday cake banner.

A Celebrate cake and Neo's cake.

This is Kylie's birthday cake banner.

Rebecca and Isabel's birthday cake banner.

Kennedy, Lindsay, Lucy and Ben's cake banners.
This one is kind of hilarious!  
I took special care with Kennedy and Lindsay's, partly because I know they especially love color...
I was so proud of how they turned out but it wasn't until they untied the bow and hung it on the wall that I saw my mistake!!!
I sewed the bow and the platter upside down!!!!
They politely said they loved it the way it was and 
it made for a good memory :)

Well, I think that's it for the parade of Quilty Fun Birthday Cake banners that I have made for my kids and grandchildren, 
using Lori Holt's free pattern and making it my own :)
Thanks for following along!

May 4, 2020

Neo's quilt is finished!

Neo finished making her quilt top quite a while ago,
we finally ordered the spring green minky for the back,
and the quilt batting.
Layering the quilt pieces is a tricky procedure!
I tape the minky to the floor, to keep it flat.
Then we add the quilt batting and trim with the back.
My son Addison is helping with that, as Neo watches.

Then they centered the quilt top over the other two layers
and pinned them all together.

It took me three days of machine quilting, to finish.

I used an allover floral design.

Neo has never embroidered before, 
and it took her one evening to finish her work.
She was excited to have her quilt finished!
She sewed the label to the back and her quilt was ready to snuggle!

 This is what happiness looks like and 
the feeling of accomplishing a new skill!

 Great job Neo!!!

Neo's sisters like the quilt too :)