Macaroni twist quilt

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Don’t mind me while I gaze at these photos and dream about green grass, leaves, and warm temperatures! In the midst of the arctic temperatures we’re experiencing now, it’s kind of nice to post these sunny summer photos.

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I made this quilt last summer and submitted it to Love Patchwork & Quilting. I was happy to hear they were interested in having it in an upcoming issue (though a little sad that I’d have to wait all this time to show it to you!). This issue (issue 18) is now available, and what a wonderful surprise it was for me to see my quilt on the cover!

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The quilt is a fun one to make, and rather quick! The best part is that this is just one of many possible layouts – I had two favorites – this and one other, but went with this layout because I really liked the diagonal pattern. I liked to refer to it as Macaroni Necklace, since those diagonals reminded me of the colorful elbow noodles strung on yarn. I made this quilt out of all the Cotton & Steel basics and used an out of print white on white print for the background.

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The backing is another Cotton & Steel print along with a skinny strip of pieces of the prints from the front. I decided to try to emphasize the diagonal lines by quilting with straight lines on the diagonal.

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Instructions for putting together this quilt are provided in the magazine, along with instructions for matching pillow covers. You wouldn’t know it from this photo, but Hazel’s delight here was in discovering that the backing of these pillows features her favorite C+S tiger cat print. She still loves that one! (And I still need to make her that crib sheet!)

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Anyway, I hope you’ll make up one of these quilts – I’d love to see how it looks in other fabrics.

Thanks so much to the great people at Love Patchwork & Quilting for including my work in their wonderful magazine!

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scattered hearts

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Happy early Valentine’s Day! Strangely enough, I’m not really a ‘quilt for certain holidays’ kind of girl, but this is now the third year that I’ve made a Valentine’s Day quilt (also here and here), so who knows.

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The last two were very red and pink, so this time I went for all the colors, even a bit of neon! I wasn’t going to make this V Day thing a habit, but once Allison posted her tutorial for her heart quilt, I just couldn’t resist. And then after I thought about it a bit, I just couldn’t resist the though of hearts made out of hearts, so Umbrella Prints it was (I love this heart print!).

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(bleak, right? that’s the frozen lake in the background. I can’t wait for summer days!)

I’ve collected their beautiful fabrics over many years, and have bought my fair share of their large remnant packs, and it was really fun to pull them all out and use them all together in this quilt.

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I made up two sizes of hearts (the smaller ones are the size in her tutorial – oh ha! just went to link and see that she now has provided measurements for multiple sizes! The smaller blocks here are 4 1/2″ squares and the larger are 6 1/2″ squares), and then scattered them throughout the quilt top. I used a Cloud 9 Cirrus solid (ash, I believe) for the background. I sewed most of these blocks last weekend while sewing with a friend and managed to cut and sew all the borders incorrectly. It was comical, really. You can see in this photo how many extra (unnecessary!) seams there are. (I shouldn’t have pointed that out, right?!)

Allison’s tutorial though? Perfect! Just the quick, fun and satisfying sew I needed!

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a quiet rainbow quilt

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The start of 2015 had me motivated to quilt up some of those old tops that have been hanging in my closet (now that we’ve moved, they’re actually in my closet rather than a spare closet, so I see them and feel guilty on a daily basis!). I pulled this one out first since I had already prepared a backing.

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I looked back and discovered that I originally blogged about this top back in August of 2012, so really it was time to finish it up!

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Interestingly enough, I usually spray baste my quilts (and even wrote a tutorial about it here), though lately I feel it’s maybe not as sticky as it used to be. I’ve found that my quilt looks all nice and flat when I spray it, but as soon as I pick it up and move it to the machine, I’m finding the fabric is bunching up and not as smooth and taut as I’d like. So I’ve been doing a combo of 505 and pins, which seems like a waste of time, but I suppose I’ve always been afraid of just basting a quilt with pins. I went for it this time, and was pleasantly surprised to find that not only was it easier than I imagined, but I was so happy with how the quilting turned out and how flat and smooth it is (without having to stop and rebaste!)

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I picked these fabrics as my version of a low volume rainbow. It’s interesting to look at now — at the time these were the lowest volume fabrics I could find in my stash. I’m not sure if I just didn’t have more in my stash, or if it was just that it was before there were so many low volume prints available. I do love the less bold versions of these colors and how they look with all the white and off white solids. I also got to add in lots of favorite linen-y prints by Ink & Spindle and Skinny LaMinx, making it extra special.

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It’s quilted with horizontal straight lines about an inch apart and has this gray Flea Market Fancy print as a backing along with a brown polka dot for binding.

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Big thanks to my friend, Melinda, who braved the zero degree temps and snow banks to hold this one up for me while our kids waited (somewhat) patiently in warm cars. All along I’ve been waiting for a good snowstorm for some quilt photos, but wasn’t planning on these negative temps! You probably wouldn’t notice, but the quilt is sideways here – when it’s this cold out there’s no time to adjust such things!

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