For a few years now, I have planned to make jeans quilts for my parent’s grandchildren. For many years my mother saved my father’s old work jeans and has passed them down to me.
This is finally the year! Here is the first top (of at least six planned).
The pattern is in the book “All About Strips” by Susan Guzman. There are a few patterns in the book particularly suited to jeans quilts, as the sashing avoids the bulky, heavy seams that result when multiple pieces of denim meet.
I plan to make at least four of the quilts using this pattern (for my brother’s children). It will take a while, but I’ve got time. Hopefully they can be finished in time for our traditional Thanksgiving get together this year.
Records indicate that I started the Sweet Sixteen quilt in February 2016.
This has been my primary leader-ender project ever since.
One hundred sixty eight blocks later, it is ready for assembly. I hope it looks as interesting in real life as it has in my imagination.
This is another Hundred Hugs quilt for another teaching colleague. How nice of them to keep having babies so I have excuses to keep making quilts.
Blue and green dominate with a little yellow for brightness and a little grey to make it more ocean-y.
And there are turtles on the back. You can’t go wrong with turtles.
Finishes, even small finishes, feel good.
We are experiencing a baby boom at school. This one is for our kindergarten teacher (bless her!) and her new son.
She asked for gender neutral and mentioned that she really likes grey.
This seemed to fit the bill. It is the Hundred Hugs pattern you will find under the TUTORIALS tab above.
Currently I have two projects in progress that have alternating blocks.
First is the Sew Splendid Sampler quilt. I stitched along, sort of. Mostly I just did the pieced blocks, but I also added a few ideas of my own. I knew I wanted a quilt at least throw size and the only way seemed to be to use alternating blocks. So, the block I shared recently is my alternating idea. This is how it looks laid out with the pieced blocks.
The whole thing is a little different for me. I found myself with an abundance of 1930s reproduction fabrics and thought to use them on this quilt since it was all an experiment. I don’t hate it, but I am not as confident in this range.
Next is the Jolly Christmas Quiltalong. Again, I have mostly stitched along, but also added some outside blocks. Again, I want a larger quilt, so I used her Poinsettia Block, slightly modified, as an alternating motif. I plan to use sashing (color not determined) and gold cornerstones to extend the Irish chain effect.
I like this one more, but I am concerned that the alternating blocks are taking center stage because of their bold design.
So many of my finishes lately have been quilts I wasn’t quite sure of. That isn’t a bad thing, though. Hopefully it means I am still learning and growing as a quilter. If you never try something that makes you at least a little uncomfortable, you aren’t going anywhere new.
Another teacher at my school (actually, there are two of them right now) is having a baby. Here is the quilt top.
The pattern is Hundred Hugs in the tutorial section above. Just a lot of 2-1/2″ squares. Most were already cut scrap in my squares bin.
Baby quilts are so satisfying–fun colors, quick to make, scrappy. It doesn’t get any better!
What do you think?
It is a block design I am trying out as alternating blocks for my Splendid Sampler blocks. It can easily be sized for 6″, 8″ or 12″ finishes. I am liking it, but am interested in your opinion and suggestions.