Thursday, July 25, 2013

Awesome! a little quilt...

My aunt asked me to make a small quilt for the Ladies Auxiliary at the VFW Post where she is a member.  I wanted to make something that was gender neutral and captured the colors of fall.
Like most of my little quilts, this one is made with two charm packs from Moda and about 1/3 of a yard of coordinating fabric for the border, another 1/3 yard for the binding and 1 1/2 yards for the backing. Since I had a couple little charms leftover, one of them became the label for the back of the quilt.
I picked Awesome by Sandy Gervais for Moda Fabrics.  I love this collection of fabrics.  The bright yellows and bold reds along with the chocolate brown and dark greens all work together with the orange and cream to create a playful mix of leaves, flowers and dots. 
My quilting plan for this wasn't very well planed out.  I sort of just started in and these little flowers are what jumped out of the long arm and onto the quilt.  Sure, it isn't so gender neutral anymore, but I think this really adds to the overall effect of the quilt.  Besides, it is something I've never quilted before that makes it pretty neat, too.

This week I've been trying to fit in at least fifteen minutes a day of scrappy block sewing.  I like the improvisational look of Victoria Findlay Wolfe's quilts and have been using some of her techniques to create big blocks that will someday become an amazing quilt.  My blocks are mostly just wonky log cabin blocks, but I am trying to be more free-form with the blocks, especially at the beginning when I can fit in those really little pieces.  I only finished three blocks, but I have that huge stack of blocks in the making.  At one point, I thought I'd gotten the bin of strips down to a manageable size.  Somewhere along the line, the little bin filled up again.  What is a quilter to do?

This week I've joined Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday.  Pop over and check out some of the wonderful stuff going on.


  1. I love that quilt Becca! The flowers just make it perfect and finish it off very nicely! I am sure your Aunt will love it! I recently came across Victoria Findlay Wolfes website (I know Ive been under a rock or something) and I love her improv piecing. Yours looks great. I hope to find some time in the near future to try it!
    xo jan@sewandsowfarm

  2. Love the quilting on the VFW quilt. Really makes the quilt! I love your free form blocks too! Kinda like a scrappy log cabin.
    LOL, my scrap box hasn't hardly shown a dent after all the blocks I've made!Funny how that is!

    1. Scrappy quilts are awesome! You should really check out 15 minutes of play ( The easy process is a great way to just loosen up. You know, if you have a project you're stuck on, or you just don't have much time to work with. I don't do it enough, but when I do manage to do some of it I love every minute. The free-form work is very relaxing. You can figure out what to do with it later. Right now, just sew!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      (Mary, you have your settings set to and I didn't want to leave out the comment.)

  3. The quilting is so perfect for that quilt.

  4. Your quilt is beautiful. The FMQ looks great! That's a noble scrap-busting goal. I need to try to start making scrap blocks a little each day too.

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  5. What a beautiful quilt and I really like that fabric line! Your wonky blocks look great too! Thanks for sharing.
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  6. Very nice :) I love the flowers - it's fun to see them on the back, too. Thanks for linking up at TGIFF!


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