“Baby Love” Quilt

IMG_3645I suspect that my friend Amy, a quilter and librarian at North Regional Library here in Fayetteville, aranged the inviting display of quilt books that caught my eye during my latest library visit. Simply Retro: Fresh Quilts from Classic Blocks by Camille Roskelley was my choice. All the quilts pictured in her book are do-able and lovely, but I was most drawn to the large (one) block quilt, “Baby Love.” It’s a giant version of “Churn Dash,” an old favorite, and what fun to float it on a crisp, white background!

Camille’s sample is made with blue and green fabric for a little boy, but I had leftover splashy pink floral fabric from the back of Sarah’s quilt pictured below.

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I modified the dimensions a bit to accomodate the width of fabrics I had on hand, and I added an outer border of the floral print to enlarge the quilt. Using white thread, I quilted an all-over Clamshell design. Lime green binding finishes the edges perfectly.

Click here to see more of Camille’s patterns and books. She and her mother design for Moda under the name “Bonnie and Camille.”

Have you checked out the quilt book section of your local library? Any good finds?

And speaking of libraries, North Regional Library, here in Fayetteville, is hosting “A Quilters’ Workshop” this Saturday, Sept. 26 beginning at 10 a.m. Representatives from the Tarheel Quilters Guild present a day-long celebration of quilting and quilters. Demonstrations, displays and lectures cover topics of interest for all skill levels, from beginner to expert.

10:30 a.m.  America’s Quilting History; Quilt Styles and Quilt Myths, Sana Moulder

11:45 a.m.  Piece, Patch, Quilt; What You Need to Get Started, Irene Grimes

1 p.m.  Basic Color and design Theory for Quilters, Flora McLain

2:15 p.m.  A Quilter’s Journey; From Beginner to Business Owner, Aby Dolinger

If you live locally, please come! North Regional Branch is at the intersection of McArthur Rd. and Rosehill/Stacy Weaver. The address is 855 McArthur Road.

“Trip to the Farm” Published!

I am so excited! My “Trip to the Farm” baby quilt has been published in the Feb./Mar. 2015 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts! If you are not yet a subscriber or your fabric shop doesn’t carry the magazine, click the icon below. You can see the projects included in the issue, and you’ll be linked to the McCall’s online shop; you can order the magazine directly from McCall’s.

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This big-patch quilt was super fast and super fun to make. It’s 49 1/2″ square, the perfect size for “tummy time” or for decorating the nursery. I hope you’ll give it a try.

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I purchased most of the fabric at my local quilt shop, Loving Stitches in Fayetteville, NC. The farm theme print and the coordinating green print with flowers and little chickens tempted me beyond resistance! Click on the picture to see the background fabric . . . a chicken wire print.

The quilt pattern is versatile, not just for baby quilts. I made a wall hanging as a wedding gift that turned out very nicely. Read more about this project here.

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As a design variation, you can rotate the half square triangles to achieve a star design.

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Please let me know if you make “Trip to the Farm.” I would love to share a picture of your quilt with blog readers.

McCall’s sent me two complimentary copies of the magazine. If you would like to be in the January 6th drawing for a free magazine, leave a comment below.