Posts Tagged ‘Anna Maria Horner’

Simple voile patchwork

I’ve been dreaming of making an all voile quilt for a while now, especially since I have been sitting on a stack of gorgeous Anna Maria Horner voile. For the longest time I mulled over what would be the best pattern for this quilt, and it occurred to me last weekend– with fabric this gorgeous, I want to just highlight the prints and colors, and a simple patchwork would be best.

voile patchwork quilt top

As soon as I decided on this, I got to ironing and cutting my fabric, and within a couple of days I had this pulled together!

volie patchwork quilt top

Now the big questions are– should I back it with voile, or with flannel? All voile front and back would be so luxurious, though the flannel/voile combo is soft and cozy! Also, hand quilt or machine quilt?? I love the idea of using perle cotton in different colors and using running stitches along the length of the quilt, though machine quilting would be so sturdy and fast.

Finished voile quilt top

What would you do? Flannel or voile back? Hand or machine quilted? Help me decide!

voile quilt top from behind

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People, I hand quilted an entire quilt!!

Hand Quilted Hope Valley Filmstrip Quilt

You can knock that off my bucket list! But seriously– I loved working on this quilt.

Love the drape and the crinkle

I made up the filmstrip quilt top last spring (using the tutorial from Crazy Mom Quilts). It’s not my first filmstrip, and I have a feeling it won’t be my last.

Hanging around with some fall colors

I used my favorite line of fabric– Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt, and I love how the colors play together. In general, I am more of a fan of mixing lines of fabric, but these prints are just so lovely together that I couldn’t resist. I used perle cotton (size 8) for the stitches to get that chunky look.

Bound and Backed in Little Folks Voile

I decided to back the quilt in Little Folks voile from Anna Maria Horner, and I would *highly* recommend this as a backing for a quilt you’re hand quilting. It’s so so soft and easy to hand stitch. I used a pastry line print for the binding, and I love how it frames the quilt.

Hope Valley Filmstrip folded up

When I started quilting (on my very first quilt, actually), before I had purchased a walking foot for my machine, and long before I started free motion quilting, I tried hand quilting. And I was miserable. It was hard to sew through the batting, and I couldn’t get into the groove. I thought that if that was what quilting was like, I wouldn’t be making any more quilts! When I discovered the joy of quilting on my home machine, I was hooked, and I couldn’t imagine why anyone would sew a quilt by hand. But slowly, my thinking on this matter changed. I love a long term project, and looked forward to having something to hand stitch in evenings and on car trips. Hand quilting this quilt saw me through all of our trips this summer, including finding a new place to live and making our recent move. It represents more than just my favorite fabrics, it represents the time and care I devote to this craft. I’m so happy with this quilt, and although I never thought I’d say this, I’m excited to get to work on my next hand quilting project!

On the rocks

And a note about the batting– one reason I believe it was so difficult to hand quilt that first quilt was because I did not use a batting that was optimal for hand stitching. This time around I took the advice of some of my knowledgeable guild members in Ann Arbor and went with Quilters Dream Request Loft Batting made from 100% cotton. It made such a difference!!

Hope Valley Filmstrip in the Breeze

And– if anyone out there who happens to read my little blog is considering hand quilting, I encourage you to give it a try! And know that you might not love it the first time around, but that’s ok– there will always be another quilt calling your name on which you can give this a try.

(Simon can’t help but get in a photo of the quilt)

Simon in the picture

I’m linking up with The Bloggers Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side. Each Spring and Fall Amy hosts this wonderful virtual event that coincides with quilt market to celebrate all of these wonderful quilts, and I’m so happy to join in! Click on the link below to visit her site, and to check out a TON of gorgeous quilts!

Quilt Stats:
Size: 54″ by 62″
Fabric: Kona cotton bone and hope valley (front), little folks voile (back) and pastry line voile (binding)
Special Techniques: Hand Quilted!!! (umm, I’m excited about this, can you tell?)
Quilted by: Me! (otherwise this would be much less impressive)
Best Category for the BQF: Hand quilted, throw quilt, or quilt photography

Amy's Creative Side

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Folksy Flannel Quilt

Deciding what to make for my little sister for Christmas was easy– she loves the Folksy Flannel prints, and I was in luck because I had just stocked up on them! I thought she could use another quilt (the first one I made her is lightweight, cotton quilt), and I wanted this one to be warmer, so I backed it in grey flannel.

Folksy Flannel quilt on the fence

I decided to do a new-to-me free motion quilting design on this one. I felt the overall design was simple, so a little more detail in the quilting dresses it up a bit. Because of the bright, bold prints on the front the quilting pattern mostly blends in. On the back, however, it shows up clearly.

quilting detail

Although I did not follow Anna Maria Horner’s pattern (I put the quilt top together before she released her log mansion pattern) if you’re looking to make a similar quilt, she has a free PDF available here. It was this photo that inspired my quilt:


I love this line so much– I had trouble not buying even more than I did, but one of my friends pointed out that a whole milk crate of this fabric is probably enough! I know this might be considered “fabric enabling,” but I should note– this line is now out of print, and is getting a little hard to find. However, my friend Brenda has the full fat quarter set in her shop! So, if you’re thinking of getting some before it’s gone, check it out.

Folksy Flannel Quilt 2

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It has been way too long since I’ve written a post! Sorry for the silence around here– I had a crazy busy week of work, and then seriously needed a break from everything, so I went to visit my parents for a bit! Now I’m back, well rested, and ready to catch up on everything.

new fabric in the mail!

I’m feeling inspired by the fabric mail I’ve received in the last week. First up, I ordered a few basics from Hawthorne Threads. I was really excited to pick up one of the prints from Tula Pink’s Parisville line. I also stocked up on a few more of my faves from Modern Meadow and Innocent Crush.

I was talking to my sister today, and I was asking her what she’d like for her birthday, which is coming up in a few weeks. I was (of course) thrilled when she requested that I sew her something new! This is my favorite way to go for gifts for my friends and family, but I don’t want for it to wear out its welcome. I’ve been brainstorming some ideas about what might be useful for her, and I think I might have to cut into some of this pile of fabric for her gift.

I was also SO lucky to win a fabric giveaway over at Kristie’s blog a little while ago!
Fabric from Kristie
The fabric arrived last week, and is just gorgeous. I was excited to see I had a few coordinating prints in my stash, so I’m already brainstorming ideas for this stack. Thanks so much, Kristie!

I have a few more posts already planned for this week to make up for lost time! Also, I’m quickly coming up on my 100th post, for which I have something special planned– so stay tuned!

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Another Rubik's Crush Quilt

Ok, this one may look familiar, because it’s nearly the exact same quilt I gifted to my sister for her 30th birthday early this year. I knew as soon as I saw Ashley’s Rubik’s Crush quilt design on her blog this past fall that I loveloveloved it and wanted one for my own. I also knew it would be perfect for my sister, and so while I would have loved to finish these at the same time, mine was only recently finished.

(**A note about the design– I contacted Ashley before making these quilts to see if it was ok to copy her design, and she graciously gave me her blessing, and I created this using my own approximation of her design (that is, without a specific pattern). Recently, Ashley posted that this pattern will be available in the magazine “101 Patchwork Projects,” due out this April. If anyone wants to make one but wants to wait for a pattern to follow, you’re in luck! Check out Ashley’s blog for more info, and look for the magazine this spring!).

Folksy Flannel Quilt Back

One reason I was so excited to finish this quilt was because I backed it in flannel (a Folksy Flannel print , also by Anna Maria Horner). It has been so cozy and warm, and I love having it around to add warmth to our living room– both in terms of the warm colors, and in terms of the literal warmth it provides! *sigh* I just love quilts 🙂

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Closeup of the 4-square Innocent Crush Quilt

My first finished quilt of the new year (in fact, started and finished!) is the 4-square quilt made with Innocent Crush fabrics, using the fabrics in the “potpourri” colorway. This quilt came about because when I was home over winter break, a good family friend saw the quilt I made for my sister for her birthday, and wanted to know if she could buy it from me. She had a specific purpose for wanting it– her sister is going through chemotherapy right now, and she wanted to find a unique and comforting gift to give to her. Although I couldn’t sell the quilt I was about to give as a gift to my sister, I did tell her I’d make a different one for her, and after discussing her sister’s favorite colors, we decided that using the same fabrics in the potpourri colorway would work well.

Cool Colors Innocent Crush 4-Square Quilt

I wanted the quilt to look similar to the other one I made, but I wanted to get it done a little faster so it could be delivered in a timely manner. Instead of piecing little squares with sashing in between, I decided to simplify that part of the pattern by making 4 square blocks (hence the name of the quilt). Those blocks were then sashed in kona cotton in the color bone, and then when all blocks were ready, the quilt top was assembled. It really came together quickly, and I am happy that it has the same overall feel as the first Innocent Crush quilt I made, but involved a lot less piecing, allowing me to finish it much more quickly!

I backed the quilt using the loves me-loves me not print in grape. I was surprised by how much I liked this particular print for the back of the quilt– the colors were so vibrant and saturated, and gave the quilt a really luxurious feel. (Also, I had to sew 2 pieces of this fabric together so that it would be large enough for the back, and look how well I matched them up! You can barely see where I joined them!)

Back of the 4-square Innocent Crush Quilt

Next up: I’m hoping to finish MY innocent crush quilt by this weekend. The one I’m making for myself is identical to the one I made for my sister– I cut all the pieces at once, and I can’t wait to get it finished and bound. I’m looking forward to more sewing time later this week and weekend! I am anticipating cuddling up under one of these:
Innocent Crush Quilt Finished!

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Making progress on my Innocent Crush quilt

In addition to working on all of my secret Christmas projects, I’ve been sewing together pieces for my innocent crush quilt. I can’t wait to finish this one! These squares may look familiar– I was instantly smitten with Ashley’s Rubik’s Crush quilt top, and set out to make my own.

I picked out some of Anna Maria Horner’s folksy flannel in “buttoned up berry” to back it, and I think it will be the perfect throw quilt for our living room when it’s finished. Now I have to resist the temptation to sew instead of doing my work! I only have a few more strips of solid to add to these pieces, and I’ll have the quilt top together soon. Yay!

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This is what happens when you get too excited

I sewed these together the wrong way. Shoot! I hate taking time to rip things out. At least it’s just one small piece– I was so ready to get to work on my quilt top I didn’t double check before I sewed this one.

a different angle

Ah, well, I think it will be super cute when I fix it.

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Innocent Crush all cut and ready to sew!

This weekend I spent some time cutting into my stack of Innocent Crush, the newest line of fabric from Anna Maria Horner. Shortly after I saw this fabric for the first time I fell in love with it. It wasn’t long before I had ordered some, and I think this is a record time for me cutting into new fabric. It arrived Saturday afternoon, and by Sunday afternoon I was piecing the quilt top. That brown print is my favorite– I’ve been daydreaming about making everything out of it!

Innocent Crush

It has been so fun to work with such bright fabrics– just what I need to combat the cold temperatures and darkness because of the time change!

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