Jack-In-The-Box Modern Baby Quilt

This must be the year of the baby! This is the fourth baby born in my office this year and we only have about 20 people! And, we still have one to go! Not to even start counting my friends. . . . But, I’m not complaining. More babies mean more fun baby gifts to make and give. I was trying to do something simple for this one since I found out about it last minute. I had most of these fabrics in my stash so that made it easy. I just had to pick up one or two more. The “feature fabric” on this one was the Michael Miller “Giraffe Garden” in Citron. I love giraffe’s and this showcases them in such a fun way. Of course it wasn’t until I took these pictures that I realized that I could have done a little fussy cutting to actually get the little giraffe heads in but, luckily, giraffes have cute legs too.;-)There are a number of other fabrics on this quilt too but, the majority of them are Michael Miller prints.

I call this the Jack-In-The-Box Quilt. The accordion shape that the different colors make in the quilt reminds me of the Jack-In-The-Box toys where “Jack” I presume pops up out of the box and bounces around. Does it remind you a little of the accordion body? This quilt started out as an experiment in using trapezoids in piecing a quilt. I had so much fun playing with them. The problem is that there are only about a million different arrangements you can put them in.  This isn’t really a problem but, then you have to choose just which of the arrangements you are going to use. Luckily, I was working on this at a weekend sew at the LA Modern Quilt Guild and my good friend Katie helped me to lay this out and decide. Thanks Katie! I think it turned out awesome! I’ll have to share some of the other trapezoid layouts with you too – traps are awesome!

This was my first time using flannel on the back of a quilt. It makes it so soft and cuddly. One of my favorite local fabric stores, M&L Fabrics in Anaheim has a wonderful selection of flannels for under $3 a yard so I thought I’d try one on this quilt. Believe me, it won’t be the last time! I really did like the effect. Of course, I forgot to put my label on before I basted and quilted this baby, so I had to put it on afterward. And then, I put the label on and hadn’t written the details on the quilt so I had to write it on the quilt after it was attached.

The quilting lines are very simple. They just shadow the lines of the accordion shape.

They show really cool on the back of the quilt though!

I probably shouldn’t do this because the label is not my finest work but, here’s a closer view of it. Note to self: Put label on BEFORE the quilt is basted and quilted AND write the information on the label before you attach it!

Oh, I chose to bind the quilt in white. There were so many colors going on that I thought a nice white would frame it well.

Once again, I didn’t get around to stitching up a card with a piece of fabric the way I like to so I used the jpeg images of three of the main Michael Miller fabrics in the quilt. I kinda like how it turned out. Simple and cute. Of course, you didn’t think I’d make a baby gift without a bib, a burp cloth and a onesie, did you?:-)(One day I’m going to fool all of you and do something different!)

And, here’s the ball!

I love how the quilt looks all rolled up and tied and ready to go into the basket!

And, here it is all put together! I get pretty lazy on this last step and just get a basket, tulle and ribbon. I’m going to have to be more creative next time. Overall I’m happy with how this came out. It’s a nice, easy, quick baby quilt to throw together! I hope baby Eli likes it. His dad took it home tonight.

Heather - September 20, 2013 - 11:54 am

I just figured out how to reliably pin something. I am old school and not high tech soi can’t follow you on social media nor do I want to join in this way but I’ll try to keep current with your output. Right now I’m working backwards.

Fern Royce - January 28, 2013 - 2:44 pm

A friend just forwarded me your site. Love it. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

Amanda - April 12, 2011 - 4:46 am

I love your little bibs!!! Do you have a pattern for them that I can use?? Gorgeous fabric too. I’m so impressed!

NancyinSTL - January 10, 2011 - 10:24 am

Your quilt labels are very cool too!

happy zombie - December 21, 2010 - 10:35 am

I love, love, love your JITB trapezoid quilt! Mad crushing!!

Leonie -Australia - October 9, 2010 - 8:16 pm

I love all of these baby gifts, I need to make two baby shower gifts at thhe moment, Do you sell patterns for these?

Blanka - September 19, 2010 - 6:53 am

Everything is beautiful and flawless! You are very clever and resourceful. I wish you many beautiful and new inspiration! You are great! Blanka.

Kim - September 15, 2010 - 3:35 pm

Eli loves his beautiful quilt. Thank you so much!

Tacey - August 31, 2010 - 8:59 am

I love your work. It is very fresh and innovative. Great Job!

mjb - August 30, 2010 - 11:54 am

I’m impressed that you go to the extra effort to make the onesie, burp cloth, etc! I figure a quilt is enough of a gift and stop there – not to mention your cute packaging in the basket.

beth - August 30, 2010 - 6:27 am

great quilt!! I used the giraffe print in a quilt recently and struggled with coordinating fabrics. Your choices are wonderful.

Kim - August 29, 2010 - 5:18 pm

That’s such a cool design! And the matching card is too smart!

DianeY - August 29, 2010 - 4:25 pm

I love it! The colors and design are perfect, as well as your other little gifts! A I wouldn’t change a thing about your wrapping-so sweet!

Debbie-Esch House Quilts - August 29, 2010 - 6:38 am

What a great quilt – and all the other gifts too! Lucky baby!

Rebecca Merry - August 29, 2010 - 6:33 am

So bright and cheerful! I just love the traps!! What a brilliant baby gift!

Dree - August 28, 2010 - 9:17 pm

Beautiful–all of it! The white binding is absolutely perfect.

Andrea - August 28, 2010 - 8:57 pm

It looks great! You are very talented. I really like the pattern and how your fabrics work together.

Quilt Inspiration: Las Vegas Trip

I’m constantly taking metal snapshots of everything around me and auditioning them out for quilt patterns. My family thinks I’m a little cuckoo because I tell them I see quilts everywhere I go. My parents, when they were visiting a few months ago, especially got a kick out of it and started to do it for me. We’d see a billboard with a cool graphic logo and Mom would say, “Oooh, that would make a nice quilt.” Or my dad would chime in”Latifah, what about that one” pointing to an architectural detail in a building. They thought they were being funny! Hmph!;-)

But, I REALLY DO see quilts all round me. I kinda see the world through “Quilt Colored Glasses”. OK, that was kinda cheesy. Anyhow, this is an introduction to a new category of posts called “Quilt Inspiration” where I will periodically take a photographic journal of things in my world that inspire me in my quilt design.

The first installment is of this past weekend trip to Las Vegas. You know, when you don’t gamble and don’t drink, you take in Vegas looking for quilt inspirations! (I know I’m officially a quilt geek now!) My favorite inspiration was of a building that I saw as we were just driving into town headed to our hotel. I really don’t know what building this is but, I so think it would make an awesome quilt! What do you think?

And, don’t you just love the contrast with all the buildings around it:

Oh, and if you didn’t know, apparently, it is not a common sight to knit in the casino. A pit boss told me that was his first time in all his years working at the casino seeing anyone knit. And then the dealers started looking and pointing. Now you know that they see all kinds of weird stuff in Vegas but, I guess I was the weird one that day! But, I was so thankful that my dear friend Lori taught me the basics the weekend before! I could spend time with the family and enjoy myself all at the same time! Yippee.

On another note, The Modern Quilt Guild is up to something wonderful! It’s called Project Modern and it launches in just a few weeks. It’s a yearlong series of modern quilting challenges with awesome judges and wonderful prizes.

And, just for submitting an entry you get entered into a drawing to win one of these babies:

How awesome is that! A Janome Horizon 7700QCP! Stay posted for more details. Be sure to check The Modern Quilt Guild site as the launch date approaches at the beginning of September.

Cola - October 29, 2010 - 12:43 pm

The orange building and the rest of the buildings in your photos is all part of the new City Center. :)

Lisa - September 28, 2010 - 10:33 am

Can’t wait to see the tutorial. It looks like a great design for larger prints.

Liberty Worth - August 20, 2010 - 9:21 am

I love seeing the world through your quilting goggles!

Debbie-Esch House Quilts - August 20, 2010 - 6:04 am

I see quilts everywhere too! LOVE that building. Great contrast with the buildings around it, but I also love the red “pieces” and the rows of small square windows!

I’m not sure I’d like to work in this building – not enough windows, but it will make a wonderful quilt!

I’m really looking forward to the Project Modern challenges!

Honore - August 18, 2010 - 1:36 pm

Yes, I too see quilts everywhere in buildings, Mother Nature, color palettes, it’s a never ending delight.
I love your pictures from your trip to Las Vegas.

Jennifer - August 18, 2010 - 12:53 pm

I see quilts everywhere too. I keep a photo file on my computer of “Things That Should be Quilts”. Knitting in a casino? That makes me smile.

Jennifer :)

Emma - August 16, 2010 - 11:25 pm

You know, I’m the exact same way about seeing quilts. I recently moved to Europe, and the architecture and colors here really are quilts in the making! Exposed beam houses that are bright yellow, red-brown, and dark green shutters…the exposed beams look just like sashing!

Allie - August 16, 2010 - 8:59 pm

I also see quilts everywhere! I’m an architect, so I can relate to your inspiration. I love your designs, very graphic!

“Huckleberry” Modern Baby Quilt

Does anyone else have this problem? You make a quilt as a gift for a friend or family member and then fall in love with it SO much that it is almost painful to give away? Well, this was my experience with the Huckleberry Modern Baby Quilt. Luckily I was strong and was able to give it to it’s intended recipients, the absolutely adorable Baby Jack and his wonderful parents tonight!

It is something about the massive circle in circle and the colors. I just love this blue! It’s Kona Robin’s Egg.

I wont even try to name all the fabrics that were used in this quilt but, the “inspiration” fabric was “A is for Alligator” by Jillian Phillips for Hoffman Fabrics. I am not usually a big fan of novelty fabrics but, some of them are just perfect for baby quilts and gifts and Jillian Phillips nailed this one.

The little animals on this fabric are c-uuuuuu-ute! A square elephant and a square faced lion? Are you serious? And look at the little kangaroo! The inchworm and the chipmunk are equally adorable. But, I think the panda bear may be my favorite though.

This quilt was made for friends of mine. The dad is a musician, hence the Michael Miller “Groovy Guitar” fabric. The rest of the fabrics were picked for the mom to love!:-)

Of course it’s a baby gift so it gets Bibs, Burps, and a Ball!

Oh, and I had some onesies left over from another gift so I appliqued a guitar on the front of one.

(My balls lately have been a little bit more wonky than I’d like. I’ve used the Purl Bee Beach Ball pattern for awhile but, I’m thinking maybe I’ve used the same paper pattern too many times and have trimmed down the edges a bit thus resulting in a more wonky ball than originally. Maybe it’s time for me to come up with my own pattern!)

I’m SO in love with the bib and burp cloth too. For a minute, I was really trying to justify at least keeping them and just giving the quilt away maybe with the ball. But, I figured Jack could use them a little bit more than I could. (Sniff. . .) Once again, I had to take a deep breath and reach deep inside for the strength to give these away as well. (Wiping away a tear. . .)

The Bibs and Burp Cloths are both backed in the flannel “A is for Alligator” fabric.

There’s only one thing that is comforting in a situation like this and that is to know that these particular friends will love and appreciate this just as much as I do.

So, I had to name this quilt the “Huckleberry”. This was the dad’s idea of a great baby name but, I see that mom has prevailed with awesome strong affirming name of Jack. But, for better or worse, the name Huckleberry is going to stick with this quilt.:-)

The circle in circle was pieced with the Dale Fleming’s 6-Minute Circle method. It took a few more minutes than six since this was such a large circle. It also took a lot of tape to make the freezer paper the proper width and a whole bunch of crawling around on the floor. But, all in all, it was a fairly straightforward process.

I quilted this with concentric circles in the blue area. And the big patchwork circle in the middle is stippled.

The back is a random selection of patchwork rectangles from”leftover fabric from the quilt front separated by strips of the Kona Robin’s Egg. The finished size of this quilt is: 43 x 44″. I love how you can see the quilting lines on the back of the quilt too!

You can’t have a gift without a card, can you? This one is pretty simple. Just a printed blue circle in a black circle which mimics the quilt design.

And, of course here it is all bundled up and ready to be delivered.

Goodbye precious quilt. Goodbye. (I need some support here. Please tell me I’m not the only one with this problem. . .)

Lynda M Otvos - May 23, 2014 - 8:20 am

Wow !~! I have not been this impressed by a quilt since I saw your black & white Log CAbin a few mins ago, This is truly delightful. Thanks for sharing !~!

isabelle white - May 14, 2013 - 4:54 pm

My neice recently had boy/girl twins. She saw your Huckleberry – blue circle quilt and wanted it for a boy baby quilt. At that point all I had to go on was your picture. It was a challenge to work out the pattern, simple as it is. My version was a makeshift “compass” and freezer paper to get the perfect patchwork circle center. I varied the design a bit by changing the borders. I have to admit I love the outcome. I hoped she would like it because I did! But I decided if she didn’t I would happily keep it! No chance. She loves it. I am in the process of handquilting it now. Oh and just by coincidence, I call it Jack’s quilt because,I am making it for her baby Jack.

Jennifer Damato - March 30, 2013 - 8:24 am

Please let me know if someone can make this beautiful quilt I saw on PINTREST, with the beach ball, bibs, burp cloths the one with the circle and beautiful blue color. I’d like to buy this set for a baby gift for my best friend who just became a 1st time Grandma!

Please email me back. Can the baby boys’ name be embroidered on the corner, “Ryan Timothy” ???

Love to hear from you,
Jennifer Damato, Long Island, NY

Robyn - May 6, 2012 - 6:54 am

I love your quilt, and the whole package! You have inspired me. My daughter just announced she is pregnant, and her husband is an engineer. I was looking for something he would love also, and I think your site will give me plenty of ideas. Can you tell me if you used a pattern for the bib and burp cloth? I just love those.

Robyn

Lissa - October 22, 2011 - 6:18 am

Wow. Oh wow. This is so cool on so many different levels. I love the great big circle! You have Really inspired me!

[...] yes for those of you that might ask, this is sort of an iteration of the Huckleberry Quilt. The big circle is just cut in [...]

amy - June 15, 2011 - 6:23 am

Can I be your friend? LOL….
What an amazing gift!!!! Extremely generous of you…..I would have stopped at the quilt, but time is my enemy.

svetlana - May 25, 2011 - 12:12 pm

Oh, it’s so amazing. I looove all of it. It’s a wonderful gift.

Ashley - April 23, 2011 - 1:02 pm

LOVE!

kylie crettenden - April 20, 2011 - 5:04 am

That is just so beautiful, fantasic, love the ball idea to match the quilt and everything else!!

Michelle M - February 22, 2011 - 8:19 am

Seriously awesome quilt. I would love to try one like this but I wouldn’t have the first clue how. If you ever do want to do tutorials…let us know!! Your stuff is amazing! (and modern).

Barbara - October 21, 2010 - 2:24 pm

This quilt is amazing! Please, please, please do a tutorial – at least tell me how big it is – it is really fabulous!

Cristina - October 13, 2010 - 11:02 am

Wow. I so love this quilt and all the wonderful goodies. I love the colors but especially the outer circular quilting. Amazing.

ResacaDay - September 2, 2010 - 9:47 am

I am in love with this whole set! Beautiful job! If you ever have the urge to post a tutorial (for this or any of your other pieces), I would happily jump on that train. :-)

Cindra - August 29, 2010 - 8:44 am

What a beautiful quilt and a fabulous keepsake gift! I should say gifts! All of them are wonderful.

Jean - August 25, 2010 - 9:13 pm

Love the topstitching! Fierce! Do you do your own topstitching? If so, what kind of machine do you use?

Helen - August 18, 2010 - 2:12 pm

Your baby quilt is wonderful. I like the back as much as the front. The bib, the ball, the card, just too sweet.

Liveacolorfullife - August 18, 2010 - 12:49 pm

Wowsers! I love this fabric, the quilt, the ball, the card, everything!!! Amazing.

liannallama - August 16, 2010 - 8:05 pm

WOW! What an amazing gift and an outstanding design! Superb!

Melissa R - August 15, 2010 - 8:04 pm

I have loved this from the moment I saw it. Your love and time and heart will go with the quilt to the baby and the mama and daddy, and all will be blessed for many, many years.
No surprise, you’ve inspired many…including me, but Jack will be in high school before I get the courage to try something like this! :) It’s awesome.

Patty Simmons - August 15, 2010 - 5:57 am

Adorable! I need to make one right now! I mean, like, immediately! Oh, you are so so creative. I wish Missouri were closer to your guild! I’m glad to see what you’ve been up to.

Jill B - August 14, 2010 - 10:56 pm

Oh wow – that is an incredible set! I noticed the quilt on Flickr – I love how the concentric circles look like a Japanese rock garden.

emma - August 14, 2010 - 4:45 am

Wait – you used the six minute circle method on this?!
I mean, I LOVE this quilt and need to make one. But that’s an awful big circle!
I’m in awe!

Kate - August 12, 2010 - 9:45 pm

The quilt is stunning. The entire gift? What a lucky family!!!

Cristin - August 12, 2010 - 12:58 pm

REALLY stinkin’ gorgeous baby gift!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE all the fabulous little touches you added! That is one lucky baby & momma to receive that basket! ;-)

Jamie - August 11, 2010 - 10:00 pm

L- I LOVE IT! This is one of my favorites of your quilts as well. And the whole baby gift set turned out awesome. Loved the bib…

Erica - August 11, 2010 - 7:21 pm

Wow! This is awesome! I love the design and the quilting is amazing!

Ann - August 11, 2010 - 4:34 pm

I too, suffer from separation anxiety–perhaps there is a support group somewhere? If at least there are visitations it may help to assuage the sorrow of such sweet partings.( Hey I’m a chemist forgive me my poor mangled quotations.) Love the whole ensemble Latifah.

Andrea - August 11, 2010 - 4:30 pm

This is stunning. I love your designs – such a great use of colour, pattern, and calm space. I always love it when I see on my google reader that your blog has another post – always wondering what you have up your sleeeve next. Super!

Ann Champion - August 11, 2010 - 3:11 pm

The quilt is adorable! I love everything about it..the colors, the fabrics,and the quilting. I love that you added things that would have meaning to the parents. THEN..you add the darling burp cloths(let’s hope Jack is not a spitter?)and ball. TOO cute!
I’d have trouble letting these go too. :)
VERY well done!

Hollie - August 11, 2010 - 12:48 pm

Oh my goodness! I adore this quilt! It is amazing! That is one lucky baby!

Marianna - August 11, 2010 - 11:03 am

Wow, it is gorgeous. I love the design and I LOVE the colorful fabrics. You have a wonderful eye for modern design and colors.

Bethany - August 11, 2010 - 10:56 am

Amazing quilt and baby gift set! You definitely needed strength to give those cute things away!

greta adams - August 11, 2010 - 10:44 am

WHAAAT? this quilt is by far the best i have ever seen. the design , the colors just everything…I am in awe over this and I would not have been able to give it away either… SNiff Sniff!

Mary P - August 11, 2010 - 10:40 am

You are not alone! I often love the quilts so much I don’t want to give them away. There was one in particular that I kept dragging around the house and snuggling with for a few days before giving it away! :)

missyH - August 11, 2010 - 10:32 am

I simply adore your work, it consistently and constantly blows me away. Huckleberry is no different, I am awestruck, wow!!

Katie - August 11, 2010 - 10:01 am

I think this is one of my favorites of your baby quilts!! Love love love it!

traceyjay - August 11, 2010 - 9:58 am

this is such an unbelievably incredible gift.

I am so in awe!

Cheryl Arkison - August 11, 2010 - 9:26 am

Thanks for asking the question about how it was pieced. I was wondering if that was the method you used. Great finish, I can see how it was hard to give away!

Mary - August 11, 2010 - 8:48 am

This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the link on how to sew the circles – I was really curious!

molly - August 11, 2010 - 8:13 am

You put so much of yourself in this quilt. That’s probably part of the reason it is so tough to part with. That and its incredible!

kelly - August 11, 2010 - 7:07 am

amazing. really. from the quilt, to the so-called “wonky” ball, to the packaging – it’s perfect!

michelle - August 11, 2010 - 6:52 am

I’m drooling.

melissa p - August 11, 2010 - 5:31 am

I don’t know how you found the strength. I don’t blame you, it’s all gorgeous.

Measured Improv: “Up In the Air” Quilt

So, I’m still exploring what I call Measured Improv. If you’ve read some of my earlier blog entries, you will remember that this is what I termed my approach to Improvisational Piecing.

I now introduce you to “Up In the Air”, my most current exploration:

The inspiration for this quilt was a block created by Kelli for my month in the Bricolage and Butter Bee. I am in love with all of the blocks that I received for this bee, they are all BEAUTIFUL! I challenged the group to make blocks out of a interesting assortment of solid fabrics and received some of the most awesome, unusual blocks back. (Hopefully, I’ll share them all with you soon.)   But, on one of Kelli’s blocks, there was something about her use of the two greens with a pop of the pink and a smidgen of grey that inspired me to create this quilt. Actually, it was just the left two-thirds of the block that inspired me! Here it is:

This kind of Improv Piecing for me was very tedious. The piecing itself wasn’t difficult but, it was the “pause and make a decision” step that made it tedious. In an attempt to add dimension and interest in the quilt I tried not to make any two “blocks” alike. (I use the term block loosely. I think of this quilt in term of panels instead of blocks. There are six panels in this quilt. But, each panel was pieced in sections which I’m now referring to as blocks.) In any case, it became increasingly difficult to create interest and variety in each of the blocks. So each subsequent block seemed to take a bit longer mainly in just deciding what to do next.

The name “Up In The Air” came to me after hearing several people who saw this quilt say that it reminded them of looking down at fields from up in an airplane. (Plus, I think I had just seen the movie “Up In The Air” so I think the phrase was in my head. Haha!) I wavered between this name and “Window Seat” but, “Up In The Air” won out!

This quilt is 48x 67 in. The Kona Cotton colors used were: Ash, Medium Grey, Charcoal, Coal, Grass Green, Chartreuse, and Pomegranate.

Here is a detail view of the top of the quilt front:

The back was pieced with leftover fabric from the front – large big blocks of color all taken from the front. I love how the scale of color really affects the look and feel of a piece. Larger chunks of color look so much brighter or darker than little slivers of that same color. It almost doesn’t look like the same colors as the front.

I almost didn’t want to quilt this for fear that it would detract from the design of the quilt. So, I decided to quilt it lightly. The quilting lines are random semi-straight horizontal lines.

Here’s another detail view of the back of the quilt:

And another that shows a more complete view of the back:

I loved working on this quilt, and I love the final effect but, after being buried in greys I was so ready to dive into using a lot of color for my next project! Let me know what you think about it. I know it’s a little different but, I guess this is what happens when you challenge yourself outside of your norm!

Teresa - February 18, 2014 - 8:07 pm

Oh! I love this quilt. I just found your site and this quilt just kind of slammed me right between the eyes. It’s exactly what I would have created if I had talent. Just magnificent.

First, green is my favorite color. Next I love the unexpected pop of pomegranate and the abstract grays. I retire to contemplate it some more.

Jackie - July 14, 2013 - 10:44 am

One of my favorite quilts of all time!

Sondra - May 12, 2012 - 7:36 am

absolutely fabulous quilt…

Rhonda Ludwico - December 31, 2010 - 10:01 am

I love this quilt. It reminds me of rulers, pencils, and sketches laid out on a drafting table. I think “engineer” when I see it. And at the same time, the green on green makes it soft and inviting. I want to curl up in it. Beautiful. I can really relate to how hard it is to plan and implement something so that it all looks accidental. Great piece of art!

Sherri Lynn Wood - August 24, 2010 - 11:15 pm

Very nice! It reminds me of abstract drawing with tape.

Congratulations.

Erica - August 12, 2010 - 6:08 am

This is so awesome! I love this!

Cheryl Arkison - August 10, 2010 - 9:39 am

It is fascinating to read about other people’s struggles with improv. I struggle with precision and planned out pieces! Your eye is incredible, regardless of the process.

yahaira - August 10, 2010 - 6:05 am

I have loved all your quilts in this series and this one is no exception. it makes me swoon

Lynne - August 9, 2010 - 10:32 pm

Unbelievably fabulous and amazing and stunning and different – I hopped over here from flickr and really have to add you into my bloglist because your things never cease to amaze me – you seem to work completely differently from the rest of us – are you an artist by training?

Amy - Amy's Creative Side - August 9, 2010 - 6:13 pm

Beautiful! I love those colors, and the composition is fantastic!!

Chancy - August 9, 2010 - 3:09 pm

I love it!

adnohr - August 9, 2010 - 1:37 pm

I think for me, improv goes against my frugal nature (scottish roots!) because if something needs to get a chunk trimmed off to make it fit I would have a hard time doing it. But I will try something like this one day, I really love the way it turned out, and the name is perfect.

britt - August 9, 2010 - 1:29 pm

I love this! Your design shows such restraint. The green tone-on-tone work is really nice… this quilt really inspires me to dig into my stash of solids!

Latifah - August 9, 2010 - 1:09 pm

Thanks for the comment! I too am a planner by nature and Improv has been very difficult for me. You should try it though – it’s been quite the experience. It’s nothing like stretching yourself in a direction quite different from the norm.

I’m glad you like it though. I’m always a little hesitant to share when I make things so different from everything that’s out there!

kylydia - August 9, 2010 - 12:54 pm

I have a lot of trouble just making wonky blocks. I know that improvisationaly piecing would be very challenging and tedious to me, too. I’m a planner, by nature.

I think this is SO fantastic, though. I love it. At first, I thought “minimalist” but I looked again and saw that it is very complex in areas. The colors you chose are just great.

House Softies and a Quilt to Match

What do you do when you find awesome Ikea House Fabric?

You make little houses of course!

As soon as I saw this “Britten Hus” fabric I was inspired to make little houses and after I sewed these little guys up – I was in love! They are the cutest squishiest little houses. I wanted to select a fabric for this first version that was a soft girly fabric that would balance out the stark dark lines in the house drawings. I was able to find 5 or 6 prints in Robert Kaufman’s  “London Calling” line and they were perfect. This line was obviously inspired by Liberty of London and was perfect for my needs. It was soft in pinks, purples, and blues and was very girly. I also found two additional prints that I thought really went with this London Calling including a really adorable plaid that went surprisingly well. (You’ll see it on the roof of the house to the left above.)

Usually, I make the baby quilt and then make the softies to go along with it but, in this case I made the softies and had to make a quilt to match. I got the idea to make a quilt that could be used to play with the houses on. But, I didn’t want it to obviously scream “play mat”. I wanted it to be a nice graphical design that with a little imagination could be a road that you would of course put houses on the sides of. So, this is my first take on this. It’s just the quilt top but, I think I like it. For some reason I keep thinking of the Yellow Brick Road from the Wizard of Oz so I am thinking about naming this the “Not So Yellow Brick Road”. OK, that may be a little cheesy. Anyhow, here are a few extra shots, let me know what you think!

Messy scrap cushion | Cocojude - October 20, 2014 - 4:12 am

[…] appliquéing beach hut-looking houses onto it as well – kind of Brighton themed! I have some Britten Hus fabric from IKEA, to cut the houses out from. The link is to a blogger who used the fabric, as it […]

Jen - August 15, 2010 - 7:13 pm

I got some of this house fabric as well but wasn’t sure what to do with it. Your house softies are BRILLIANT!

Kate - August 12, 2010 - 9:55 pm

I have been wondering what to do with my house fabric. Great idea.

Cheryl Arkison - August 6, 2010 - 10:52 am

So awesome! I especially like the quilt. Oh the quilting possibilities.

Jodi - August 6, 2010 - 8:17 am

What I think is it’s perfect and very creative!

izzy inspired - August 6, 2010 - 8:12 am

the quilt is perfect…it bounces off the houses perfectly. together they look like one of those beautiful streets u drive down and instantly know that you want want to live there!

kelly - August 6, 2010 - 7:33 am

love, love, LOVE it! i was thinking of doing something diagonal for the back of the orange quilt i’m working on. still undecided, but i really like what you did with yours.

kylydia - August 6, 2010 - 3:49 am

Those softies are really adorable. Great idea!

I bought some Ikea bird fabric and am still waiting for the inspiration to strike.

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