january quilt

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I’m still trying to work my way through the older unfinished quilts. I pulled this one out as the next to finish mainly because I had this great Anna Maria Horner velveteen that was the perfect size (and color!) for a backing.

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You may not even remember this quilt, as I wasn’t too thrilled with it immediately after making it (I can’t even find it on my blog, though I know there’s a photo there somewhere! Ah ha! found it!). It had less to do with the quilt top and more to do with the fact that it wasn’t what I had in mind when I pulled out my initial fabric selections. Luckily, the year it spent hanging in the closet helped me forget what I disliked, and I was actually quite pleased to see it again. I no longer really remember what my original vision was, so I could just appreciate the top for what it was.

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I went with straight lines on the diagonal for the quilting, though initially started with some horizontal lines that I didn’t like (and spent forever ripping out! Ugh!). I added one section with quilting lines going diagonally in the opposite direction, which creates a fun crosshatch design in one section.

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The regular cotton batting along with the lovely velveteen backing makes this quilt nice and heavy as well as really soft. Combined with all the textures on the front – double gauze, flannel, linen, etc – it’s certainly a fun one to touch! Despite my desire to wash it up and snuggle under it, I’ve decided to list it instead (we can’t use all the quilts that currently reside in this house!). You can find this one along with a couple others over on my instagram destash account. I do hope someone will want to give one of these a loving home!

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Henry – 2 months

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Two months already! Henry continues to be quite a pleasant baby – finally now awake more during the day and starting to smile and entertain us all with his cute baby noises.

henry2months2(he’s lucky he didn’t spit up on my very favorite Maze & Vale quilt!)

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The kids tend to ignore him for the most part (or perhaps it’s that they forget he’s here?), but do love holding him when he’s happy. Now that he’s started smiling they like to see who he’s directing his smile at.henry2months

And yay, another successful month for photos, though trust me, it was not without tears! I’m going to have to get more creative with my bribes! 🙂

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mismatched stripes

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Unlike some of the others, I didn’t let this one sit around too long unfinished. I’m quite in love with this line, Carkai, by Carolyn Friedlander and really wanted to see this one as a finished quilt.

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I love the mix of colors in this collection, and thought it would be fun to pair up the prints and make up a variety of striped blocks. I had received a generous gift of a layer cake of this line from one of my sponsors, Lady Belle Fabric, and thought these stripes could be the perfect use for those 10″ squares. [Luckily I had a bit of fabric left over from my previous Carkai quilt, so I was able to make up more blocks (and a few larger/longer blocks) than I would have had I only been using the layer cake.]

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I decided not to make the blocks a uniform size, which of course made it more of a challenge to sew together!, but gives that look I love so much. I stuck them up on my design wall as I made them, and didn’t actually do too much rearranging before sewing them together (other than filling in some empty spots)

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The backing is mostly this fun print in this great green, along with a little pieced strip of some of the other prints.

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I decided to quilt this one with straight lines on the diagonal – I varied the widths of the straight lines in both directions and I love the resulting texture.

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A little solid binding to wrap it up and a quick wash to really show off that great texture!

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This one measures about 50″ x 75″. I think it’ll make for a spot of fun color in our living room!

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Previous post about this quilt here (along with a list of shops carrying this great line!)
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