Colour block quilt tutorial

colour block quiltWe made this colour block quilt for our good friend Laure’s little girl Anna. We decided to keep the patterns super simple (euhm, not less work intensive though) and work with bright colours. Our main inspiration was this ixxi ‘loco’ wall mural:ixxi_Loco_StudioBoot01

If you don’t know ixxi, check them out here: http://www.ixxidesign.com/ great budget friendly solutions to make a statement on a blank wall. I especially love the rijksmuseum plates design, but you have the choice of a wide variety of designs, or you can upload your own.

colour block quilt front

The inspiration sorted, the only thing left to do was make the actual quilt. Here’s a quick run through of materials and step by step of the process.

Read on for full instructions…

Handmade quilt and bibs

Really, we’ll use any excuse to start making something. But a new baby is definitely one of the better ones. When our friend Shirley told us she was having another baby we couldn’t wait to make something. For her firstborn we made this cute little cloud shaped mobile.

So now we had to pick something different (I secretly have to admit that mobiles are probably our favourite thing to make). Together with the proud new mum to be we picked out a fabric that would coordinate with the birth announcement card. She didn’t have a clue what we were planning to make, but it was fun being able to incorporate her in a part of the decision making process… We chose this gorgeous red apple fabric, for those of you living in Belgium, it’s part of the new Veritas line of crafting fabrics.

Veritas red apple fabric

Woops, ignore the bad stitching

Then to decide what to do with it. We’ve made some quilts before, and I think it makes a lovely versatile gift: use it as a blanket, put it on the floor to play on, use it in a crib. So one of those was definitely on the list. Then we added some bibs, because Annelies is very good at making them (I still haven’t tried one) and well they’re super useful, obvious. So here’s the final gift:

Bibs

Three cute and practical bibs

bibs detail

The cute ribbon detail was actually added to hide the bad finishing, but shhh

red apple fabric quilt

The finished quilt

Quilt detail

Detail of the quilt

bibs and quilt

The whole finished lot, ready to wrap up

We’re pretty proud of this one!

Half square triangles cot quilt

As mentioned in one my previous posts (Fabric feature – Pezzy by American Jane) I have some projects to share that I made for gorgeous little Lilly, featuring the fabric form my last post: Pezzy by American Jane at Moda.

I’ve made two projects using this fabric. The one which I’ll share today is a little cot quilt inspired by a tutorial over at sew mama sew: http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2010/10/october-11-crayon-box-quilt-tutorial-winter-peach-giveaway/

I loved this pattern from the moment I saw it, nice and easy for my inexperienced quilting hands, but also simply beautiful with the rhythmic triangle pattern. I enjoyed the process of making it and putting it altogether, and I spent a bit more time actually quilting this one than I did the last (Baby quilt), not too bad for my second quilt. Maybe on the next one I’ll venture into hand quilting!

Here’s some pictures for the work in progress and one more of the finished thing, hope you love the end results as much as I do!

Baby quilt

My post comes a bit late in the day, I’ve just come back from a long weekend in Belgium to celebrate my birthday (on the 1st of April, you know what that means…). I had a great time catching up with friends and I received some lovely presents (the main one being a brand new shiny sewing machine, more on that later).

So with all that celebrating combined with the glorious weather the past few days, I haven’t been very busy this week making things. The project I’ll share with you today then is a little baby quilt I made a while ago, almost a year in fact, for the first baby to arrive in our circle of friends. It’s more or less the project that made me discover how much I liked crafting, so it’s a very special one for me.

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Quilting inspiration – Doreen Wild

My boyfriend Tom’s granny was an avid quilter. Unfortunately I never met her, I would have loved to have a chance to talk to her about her work. She created an amazing collection of quilts for family, friends and charity. I’m so lucky to have one of these at home, and to be able to admire a few more of them at Tom’s parents’ place.

So it only made sense to devote a series of posts to this great lady and her work. Continue reading