Baby James Quilt Three – Sequence

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This is my third quilt for the Baby James memorial quilt project. Quilt one is here. Quilt two is here. Some background from my previous post: A quilter from an online quilt forum I visit often lost her grandson three days after he was born due to a birth defect. Her son and DIL are expecting another baby later this year, and grandma wants to donate a quilt in baby James’s memory to all the babies in the nursery when the new baby is born. I am honored to make a few quilts for her.

The pattern for this quilt is called Sequence by another favorite quilt blogger – Patty Dudek of Elm Street Quilts. See her post about this pattern here. I got my first issue of Make Modern magazine a few weeks ago and I loved Patty’s pattern. Sequence is based on the Fibonacci sequence – 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, …. . The size of the pieces follow the Fibonacci numbers, giving it a curved illusion.

IMG_0975I used Kona white for the background and four blue fat quarters. The blues seemed to have enough contrast against each other but when I put them together they looked very similar and quite blah. I used small piece of bright orange from my scrap bin to add some interest to the center. The “accent” placement is a bit different from Patty’s pattern but I think it works well with my white background and the almost identical blues.

IMG_0979The backing is a world map print from Joann’s that I absolutely love. I got some 8 yards of it the last time it went on sale. I’ve used it to back many quilts so far. I just quilted straight lines in the ditch and a few extra lines in the large pieces, approximately following the Fibonacci sequence. The binding is pieced with some of the left over orange accent fabric and some leftover red binding from another project.

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My three quilts for the baby James project are now complete and here they are ready to be mailed to James’s grandma.

This was also my One monthly goal for July and I will be linking up to OMG.

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Baby James Quilt Two – Row Addition

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This is my second quilt for the Baby James memorial quilt project. Quilt one is here. Some background from my previous post: A quilter from an online quilt forum I visit often lost her grandson three days after he was born due to a birth defect. Her son and DIL are expecting another baby later this year, and grandma wants to donate a quilt in baby James’s memory to all the babies in the nursery when the new baby is born. I am honored to make a few quilts for her.

This is the Row Addition pattern from the book Modern Plus Sign Quilts by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs and Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms.

1936388_100938239918107_2195437_nMany years ago I made a trip around the world quilt for my eldest son’s fifth grade teacher when she was moving overseas. Here’s the best picture I could find. The fifth grader grew up and graduated from college last month but I still had bits of fabric from this quilt.

IMG_0961For the baby James project, I wanted to make gender-neutral quilts but this does not even pretend to be one! I quilted one period of a sine wave in the middle and echoed it up and down.

This pattern was easy and quick and looks striking no matter what fabric you use. I think it is perfect for a baby quilt.

Size: 40″x 45″

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These impatiens are the only flowers surviving this week of brutal Texas heat with temperatures consistently about 102 F (39 C).

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Baby James Quilt One

IMG_0950A quilter from an online quilt forum I visit often lost her grandson three days after he was born due to a birth defect. Her son and DIL are expecting another baby later this year, and grandma wants to donate a quilt in baby James’s memory to all the babies in the nursery when the new baby is born. I am honored to make a few quilts for her. Here is my first one.

I used the same technique as my Bisection quilt but cut this up differently. I started with four fat quarters – two grey prints and two bright red prints. I stacked and aligned them as much as possible (no trimming yet) and cut into 10 sections of varying sizes. I mixed them up and laid out till I was happy with the balance of colors.IMG_0646

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I sewed them into 4 blocks and used the 4 long strips – two on each side to offset the blocks. No matching seams anywhere!

IMG_0650I wanted to quilt a large spiral – used a dinner plate to draw a large circle and echoed around the circles to make a spiral. There are a number of tutorials online but this is the first time I’m quilting this. The guide bar on my walking foot didn’t work very well for me. I ended up eyeballing the distance from the previous line. It’s not perfect but I love the texture.

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I didn’t want a very tight spiral since this is a baby quilt and I wanted to keep it soft and fluffy. I just quilted some crisscross lines inside the circle.

This is my first finish for the baby James quilt project. I have two more coming later this week.

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Citrus Plus

IMG_0943_editedWhen Sandra of mmmquilts announced a quilt-along for her Plus+ Playtime quilt, I knew I had to quilt along. It is such a fun, clever pattern of a string of pluses on one shadow plus, and looked simple enough to squeeze in between my other work-in-progress projects. Besides, Sandra is a lovely person – the best of quilt blog-land, and she has been such a great cheerleader throughout this QAL. And, she is dangling some carrots for a finish this week!img_0618.jpg

This is a small enough quilt that I could find several possibilities in my stash. I settled on a very simple combo – Kona oasis and Kona coal for the background – I had got a yard each two last year without any specific plan. They have this deep, saturated color and very attractive. I had a chunk of Blueberry Park fabric leftover after my Stalactites quilt (renamed, finished blog post to follow soon) and the Spiral Nova. The bright reds, oranges and yellows pops out over the calm and sedate oasis and coal backgrounds. I name this Citrus Plus – checkout the picture above with our orange tree in the background.

IMG_0934This quilt went so fast. I cut and pieced most of it in two or three sessions. Sandra had some neat ideas for quilting. My initial plan was to just do a simple meander in the background and some straight quilting in the pluses. I used a high loft polyester batting I had from long ago. I loaded it on my frame and the quilt seemed to have a mind of its own. By this point, I’d decided that the quilt will go on the blank wall above the fire place in our bedroom (Yes, we have a fire place in the bedroom in Texas and no, we’ve never used it :-).

Since this was going to be a wall quilt and not meant to cuddle under, I decided to do some heavy quilting – at least heavy by my standards.

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I quilted with a ruler outlining each of the pluses and about one inch inside. The background is conveniently separated by the chains of pluses. For the top area, I just went with some tight swirls and pebbles.

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For the second area I tried a chain of swirls from left to right and filled the rest of the area with more swirls and echoes. I love how this turned out.

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For the third area I tried a large feather but that didn’t go very well and ended up looking like the slush leftover from hurricane Harvey :-). Lesson learned: stick with a plan, don’t just wing it while the machine is running.

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I had run out of steam by the time I reached the bottom. I just went with a few wavy lines. Wavy lines,  I’ve found, are the best texture you can get for very little effort and skill. Given that the background and shadow plus are about the same value with not much contrast, I thought it needed a bright binding to define the boundaries. IMG_0946 (1)

Citrus Plus
54″X 54″
Fabric: Kona cotton Coal, Kona cotton Oasis, Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis (warm colors)
Batting: high loft polyester
Thread: Aurifil 2021 for piecing, Isacord Smoke and Isacord White for quilting

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