Birthday/Christmas Benja-quilt!

Every October for the past 4 years, we’ve made a trek across 4 states to visit our son in Georgia.  It’s been a fun visit every time, and so good to see him in person!  This is also our one chance of the year to bring him things that are too big to mail.

When I checked his Amazon wishlist, I discovered that he needed a quilt, now that he has a double size bed.  Time was running short, so I came up with a simple pattern that featured his favorite color–orange!  The other fabrics ran along the spectrum from blue to green, with some other random shades in there as well.  I’m pleased to say that I made the whole quilt from either scraps or yardage I already had!


Love this spotty dotty fabric for the binding!


I had some helpers when it came time to photograph the quilt–I’m thinking they stole the show!


Better hurry–baby quilt!

My niece is expecting her 3rd child any minute now, and I had intended to make him a quilt.  I know, I had at least 7 months notice!  However, I had put it off until just recently, when I realized I was running out of time…

My quilt guild did a workshop for a quilt block called Disappearing Hourglass, which was really cool.  Basically, you make a large hourglass block, and then cut it up.  Rotate the pieces a certain way, and then sew them up again.  It makes an amazing star block!


I decided to go with shades of blue, so I pulled 12 different ones from my stash and started sewing.  I didn’t have any trouble with the pattern, but the blocks did have bias edges, so I had to be careful to avoid stretching.

I assembled my twelve blocks so that I could show them at the quilt meeting, and then put it aside, not sure what I was going to do with it.  Then when I realized it was past time to be making a baby boy quilt, I saw that this would be perfect!  My daughter has a good eye for balance and color, and she recommended something to give it a little pop of color,  I added a skinny orange border, and then a regular sized navy border.  It was just right.


I suppose some people are organized and decide on their backing fabric before they even start the quilt–but that’s not me.  I wait til the end, and wonder what I should use!  But I found a piece of turquoise/orange plaid in my stash that was just perfect!  I think it was originally supposed to be a shirt for my husband, but I obviously hadn’t gotten around to it.

IMG_1333So excited for this new baby to come, and so are his big sisters!

A special quilt for two special people

The blog has been quiet, but I have been busy!  The latest project around here has been another wedding quilt, this time for my nephew and his lovely bride-to-be.  I asked around about her favorite colors, and guessed that she might like a more modern look in a quilt.  So here was the result:

IMG_1131This is a very simple quilt, just half square triangles.  I had great fun arranging them on the design wall several different ways, and then we had a vote to decide which one we liked the best.  This particular arrangement is called broken dishes.

IMG_1133IMG_1135No fancy quilting here, just straight lines on the blocks and a little decoration for the border.  I used Kona cotton solids for the top side of this quilt, and it sews like a dream!

I found a really interesting fabric for the quilt backing, and told the recipient that if she got tired of the loud triangles, she could flip it over for a change!

IMG_1140IMG_1141This was an enjoyable quilt to make, and I managed to finish in time for the wedding shower.  Since I had extra backing fabric, and big quilts are hard to wrap, I made a cloth bag to put it in.  It closely resembles a pillowcase, so I think it might useful that way also.


I’m thinking she liked it–once the quilt was unwrapped, it never left her side!

–Made with love and best wishes for a wonderful marriage in service to the Lord —


A wedding quilt!

Seems like most of the quilts around here lately have been for babies, but we recently had the privilege of attending the wedding of a good friend, and so I decided to make her a quilt!  She likes rich colors, especially green, so I chose batik squares and framed them with black sashing.  A very simple quilt, but one that lets the fabrics speak for themselves:

IMG_0924And here’s a cool picture my husband took while I was pinning…

IMG_0228The wedding was lovely, but because these two people are faithful Christians, the marriage will be even more lovely.  May God bless them richly as they walk together as one!

An International Baby Quilt!

I recently had the pleasure of making another special quilt for a special baby, but this one had a long journey to get to its destination!  This special baby was born in New Zealand, as his parents are working to grow the Lord’s church in that location.


I have a thing about stripes–you can blame it on my mother.  She loved stripes–see previous post for one of her striped dresses!  Anyhow, I had lots of shirting stripe scraps, and decided to use them as the background of this quilt.  The backing is a sweet vintage print of nautical boys and girls.


I also wanted to give recognition to the unusual circumstances around his birth, so I appliqued red/white stars from the New Zealand flag, and white/blue stars from the Tennessee flag.  Now he’ll be sure to find his way back home when it’s time.

Brownie points to the US Postal Service for not losing my package along the way–8500 miles is a long way! (as the crow flies on my Google map)

Best wishes for a sweet baby boy, and his precious parents!