Archive for 2016

Offset Diamond Baby Quilt

Soon after finding out that my husband's niece is having a baby, I digged into my pandora box of WIP's and found a project that was perfect for soon-to-be born baby boy.

I had finished making half-square triangles with white and blue fabrics a couple years ago. I was originally planning to make a chevron quilt with these, but I got frustrated because the layout wasn't compelling enough. Pinterest is a wonderful platform, and this time I spent a lot of time on Pinterest trying to figure out how to design a more fun, baby-appropriate quilt with these half-square triangles. From there, offset diamond quilts quickly grabbed my attention, and I finally had a direction.

Here is my initial layout of half-square triangles. Plus my lovely Ripley.

Piecing all done!

My cat enjoying the quilt right after I finished it.  

Completed quilt in better lighting.  

I hope the baby and mother will cherish this quilt for a long time.

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New York Beauty

My blog has been dead silent for a couple years, but my quilting/designing endeavors have not stopped. This year, I will try to post more about my ongoing quilt projects and pattern designs.

Lately, I have been pretty obsessed with New York Beauty patterns that I've been noticing online. I pieced a compass pattern before, but admittedly curve piecing is super intimidating.
I started drawing a couple variations of New York Beauty and finally convinced myself to give curve piecing a go. These are drawings of New York Beauty patterns I came up with.

I started with a simpler pattern (one with a lot less triangles). 

I did get a bit frustrated with my sewing machine when trying to match points. I ended up piecing by hand and it worked out a lot better. I love my final pot-holder with scrappy binding. Here are the photos of my second pot-holder. My cat was keeping me company for a while. 

It will take me some more practice to get points to match perfectly, but I'm happy with the overall results. I do want to make a bigger versions of these because, like I said before, I am obsessed with New York Beauty!

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