February 4, 2013

solid squares quilt for my dad

borrowed the neighbor's fence for this photo

Since both of my sisters got quilts for Christmas 2011, I wanted to make one for my Dad for 2012. I had bookmarked the pattern for this quilt when I saw it about a year ago - the simplicity of the solids always struck me - and I figured it would suit my Dad quite nicely. He has shades of browns and maroons in his living room, and a really pretty comforter from anthropologie (!) in his bedroom (he has fine taste for a 60-something-year-old man), so I thought this quilt would match well wherever he decides to use it.
I got a kona cotton fat quarter bundle ("merlot") and used most of those (along with some other kona solids I had)...and the main background/sashing fabric is kona stone.  Merry Christmas, Dad!!
squares. you wouldn't believe how much i played around with the color arrangement.
quilt top, pre-basting

doggy patchwork squares baby boy quilt + flowers and dots baby girl quilt

#12: doggy quilt for beau

first up, a doggy quilt for a baby boy named beau (say that 10 times fast). i still haven't given this kid his quilt yet (he was born back in november)...but i have plans to see his mom & dad in a few days, so i thought it was safe to go ahead and post it. another patchwork quilt with the same formula as the others - 99 4 1/2" squares. my main source of inspiration was the ed emberley dog fabric (do you remember the "how to draw animals" books?) from there i chose some coordinating solids in bold colors. the straight-line outline quilting really shows up well on the back:

#13 flowers & dots quilt
nevermind that it was the first week of december, our house was on the market, and i had yet to start on my dad's christmas gift quilt: i decided to make a quilt for a co-worker who just adopted a baby girl. this one came together very quickly and i used some fabric from my stash (the dots & flowers & binding all came from the same collection, which i had purchased on etsy back when i first got into sewing).
quilt back