Monday, January 31, 2011

Modern Baby Quilt Beginning

I started a new baby quilt for a dear friend Sarah who will soon be bringing home a sweet baby girl. Sarah chose this design, Sun and Moon from Squareonestudios from my inspiration file. It's all modern square blocks with appliqued circles.

I used the super circles tutorial from Anna Maria Horner's blog, and the tinfoil method worked perfectly! Give it a try.

I edited the photos to show just the blocks, so consider the white of this blog the design wall, and the blocks are thrown up here. Sarah wanted mostly solids, but I made three novelty circles and used a little patterned fabric.

Above is the enchanted frog from Heather Ross' Far Far Away double gauze collection.

Here are some solid and patterny blocks.

The blocks do look like the sun and moon, don't they?

The most fun part is how they change when you put them together in rows. The neighboring blocks give them a different look than they had on their own. I will show the whole top in a few days so you can see what I mean. Click on the below photo to see it better. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Starry Heather Ross Quilt Finish!

I really like how this turned out! The cold, rainy weather here is not cooperating for photos, but trust me, it's gorgeous. My sister gave me her whole stash of Heather Ross to make it, and I used almost every scrap. It's a copy of this quilt I made for a baby, I just figured out different measurements. I was pretty proud of myself, considering all I had was a photo to start with!

I quilted every six inches, outlining each star and circling little motifs like I did in this Heather Ross quilt.

I included three selvages too, for fun. Here's my favorite one above.

There are even a few stars using the coveted seagull fabric, that you really can't even buy anymore. I just did a quick search and couldn't find ANY for sale on the internet.


Here's a cute weiner dog outline. He needs a sweater here in Texas today.

For the back, my sister sent a soft flannel twin size sheet that worked perfectly to bring to the front as binding. Also shown above is my second favorite selvage, including the color dots.

And here's Ty enjoying his quilt. Have a good weekend!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

It's raining and freezing here today so I'm making the most comforting thing I can think of, homemade cinnamon rolls! I'm using this recipe if you get inspired to join me. The dough is really beautiful and easy to work with. I also think I'm going to drizzle with a powdered sugar glaze and I left out the nuts because I didn't have any.

Here's a process shot. Definitely not a diet dish! My two tips are: use real cinnamon, not Cassia cinnamon and use quilting thread to cut the rolls. It says to use a serrated knife, but that just squishes them. Hold one end of a piece of thread in each hand, slide it under the rolled up log, cross the pieces over one another, handing each piece to the opposite hand, then pull. The thread will cut and come out straight.

Edited to say: OMG these are the best ever!!! They taste just like Cinnabons used to taste in the 80's when they were still good. I didn't need the glaze because you just spoon the stuff on the bottom of the pan over the rolls. Sooooo good.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Galaxy - Heather Ross Quilt Continues

Happy New Year! Today I wish you all happiness and love in the coming year, and a little bit of luck too :)

Enjoy the full galaxy of stars. I just threw them up on the design wall, I have yet to lay them out as they will be sewn. Coming next, top completed!