December 20th, 2015
Finished up a baby quilt for friend using Kona cotton solids with a variegated thread.
Solid white backing really shows the thread pattern and colors.
Wavy lines are definitely my favorite free motion quilting pattern (right now). The texture is awesome. You can read about that method here.
Measures 47″ square.
November 13th, 2015
I’m so happy to be a part of the Fat Quarter Shop blog hop and share my version of their new Firecrackers quilt pattern.
I chose to use Jen Kingwell’s Gardenvale fabric collection.
This pattern is super easy to follow and there is also a video tutorial available here.
Fat Quartershop has a Quilt Kit and Backing Set available featuring Corey Yoder’s Prairie fabrics. Check those out here:
Firecrackers Quilt Kit
Firecrackers Backing Set
If you’re looking for an excuse to buy the 30 degree triangle ruler, or a new pattern to use your ruler with – Firecrackers is a fun one to try. I already have plans to make a smaller version for a baby quilt.
I wanted to try something new with the quilting and I love how it turned out. The texture is so nice and crinkly. All you need to do is start with a wavy line and loosely echo it using 1/4″ to 1/2″ spacing throughout.
The concerns I had using Hobbs heirloom 80/20 batting have been resolved. Pretty sure it was the backing fabric that made it feel so lightweight.
The Firecrackers pattern could have a modern or vintage feel – it all just depends on your fabric choices.
Be sure to check out the other bloggers and their versions of the Firecrackers quilt:
You can pick up a copy of the pattern here. Would love to see your version – tag me on Instagram @juliehirt
November 4th, 2015
This post is a little late as we’ve been using this quilt ever since I put the last stitch on the binding.
I was so excited when I finished it a few weeks ago that I put it straight on the bed.
The fabrics are Mimosa by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics and may be my absolute favorite fabric collection ever.
The backing is Widescreen in White by Carolyn Friedlander. This is the 2nd quilt I’ve finished with a Widescreen backing. The first was the Oh My Stars! quilt in Blue.
Edited: Wanted to add an up close shot of the quilting. All I have is an Instagram shot since I’ve already deleted it off my phone :/ Here it is still on the long arm:
I completely underestimated how long it would take to stitch up 143 nine-patch blocks. It was a work in progress (mostly off progress) for about a year.
It was quilted using single loops and I’m pretty happy with the overall effect. (If you view the full image above, ignore Penny Lane’s dog hairs – we’ve been using this for a few weeks!)
The batting is Hobbs 80/20 Heirloom. In the future I’ll probably be using 2 layers of that batting or mixing a layer of 80/20 with a layer of Warm & Natural. As is, this Mimosa quilt is definitely summer weight and not nearly as heavy as my other quilts. I bought a huge roll of the 80/20 – it was really nice in a previous throw, so I’m not sure why this feels so light.
I’m really happy with this. This is the first King sized quilt I’ve finished myself from start to finish. The ability to quilt a king size is just another reason I love my Handiquilter Avante!
September 7th, 2015
I’m in! I was trying to hold back from joining* but I caved and am super excited!
*I’m terrible at sew alongs, especially year long stints. I’m just now finishing up my Gypsy Wife quilt after 19 months.
I already own the original Farmer’s Wife and the Farmer’s Wife Pony Club. I love those books and the stories are fantastic – but the actual making of one of these? Kind of scary. With so many people joining in this sew along on Instagram, I think it will push me along. The sew along will also help by providing a variety of piecing techniques and options.
Today is Labor Day and I saw Craftsy was having a big sale. I’ve been stalking fabrics trying to decide what to use for this. I knew I wanted to try something a little outside typical fabric choice (brighter colors, small prints) and I’ve decided to go solid. This is a first for me!
I purchased fat quarter bundles in both the Modern Movement and Modern Expressions. These are Kona solids – the collections are exclusive to Craftsy, if you’re looking to buy.
I know I can’t go wrong with these. I love all the color and can’t wait to play with combinations.
Thinking about joining? Follow Angie at Gnome Angel. FAQ is here. The announcement with additional info here.
The sew along doesn’t start until September 28th so you have plenty of time to pick up the book and get your fabrics in order!
Are you participating?
August 31st, 2015
According to my Instagram feed I’ve these hexies pieced, and unfinished, since June of 2014. Oops.
This was my first English Paper Piecing project and I worked on it sporadically for a year.
Note to self: Hole punch the paper – it’s much easier to remove.
The back looked a mess.
Aurifil 50 wt Baby Pink (2423)
Aurifil 50 wt Light Turquoise (5006)
Aurifil 50 wt Spring Green (1231)
This was hand pieced and I originally wanted to hand quilt it. Hand quilting is just plain daunting to me (even on something this small). Since it’s been sitting around for over a year I decided to machine quilt.
The backing is a vintage sheet cut from my stash.
I used a charm pack cut into 2.5″ squares. My hexagon sides are 1″ and stitched together it’s about a 19″ square, trimmed.
This is the first time I’ve added flange and I’m in love. Will definitely be doing this on regular quilts in the future.
Hexies: Gypsy Girl by Moda (charm pack cut into 2.5″ squares)
Flange Binding: Hello Petal, Dots in Cuddle by Aneela Hoey
Binding: Del Hi, Chandelier Ocean by Valori Wells
Now that I know exactly what I can get out of a charm pack, I’ll be doing this again. I love mini quilts and use them as table toppers, under centerpieces and as wall hangings.
August 20th, 2015
Wanted to share with you a tutorial I have posted over at Moda Bake Shop.
This is considered an ‘easy’ pattern and comes together quickly. The blocks are pretty large and it’s easy to make a variety of sizes:
Crib: 12 blocks – 4 blocks wide, 3 rows (38″ x 51″)
Toddler Throw: 18 blocks – 5 blocks wide, 3 rows (47.5″ x 51″)
Throw: 24 blocks – 6 blocks wide, 4 rows (57″ x 68″)
Twin: 35 blocks – 7 blocks wide, 5 rows (66.5″ x 85″)
Full/Double: 40 blocks – 8 blocks wide, 5 rows (76″ x 85″)
Extra Long Twin: 42 blocks – 7 blocks wide, 6 rows (66.5″ x 102″)
The fabric is Tucker Prairie by One Canoe Two and I love the color and prints in this line.
If you happen to make a version, please share with me!
You can find the pattern here at Moda Bake Shop.