Friday, January 15, 2010

Whimsy Pink & California Dreamin Quilts

This week I finished these two quilts; plus I finished piecing the front and back of my Hope Valley quilt. Here's my secret for getting so much done this week--Ryan has been out of town since Sunday. That means I stay up way too late quilting. I don't think I got to bed before midnight any day that he has been gone. The kids are all in bed by 7:30, and I so enjoy my evenings when everyone is asleep. It's hard to make myself go to bed. We have missed him tons, and I am so excited that he will be home today. Although my quilting productivity will definitely decrease, I am willing to sacrifice that to have a husband home again.

Last month while out to dinner with a couple of friends I grew up with, Sarah was telling me a story about her mom. Like my mom, her mother frequently sewed clothes and other things for the kids growing up. After she finished something, she would hang it up at the end of the hall for a few days before it was used. She just liked to enjoy the fact that she created something nice and liked to see it there for a few days. I have decided that is exactly why I post pictures of my creations on this blog. I just like to see them up for a few days and enjoy and share the fact that I was able to create something fun. I also love looking at what others create and getting ideas from them. It's so fun that we get to look down each others hallways to see what others create.

Here is my Pink Whimsy Quilt. I love this fabric and how the quilt turned out. Sorry about the not so great pictures. The perspective is a bit off as my bed is the only place around here I can actually take pictures of it with no one to hold it for me.

I used the Crazy Mom Quilts tutorial for her filmstrip quilt.

I did a large stipple design for the quilting here. Basically, it's a big quilt and I didn't want to be quilting it forever so I did a large pattern. I got the whole thing quilted in about three hours which is fast for me, especially a quilt this size.

I really think I like the back more than the front. It just makes me happy. I told my younger sister this, and she just laughed. She doesn't quite understand my obsession.

Onto my California Dreamin quilt. I pretty much copied this quilt from Film in the Fridge completely. I adore her quilts and loved this one so much I figured there was no need to reinvent things. I really wanted one for my own.  I guessed on her measurements since she didn't list them on her blog post, but I think it came out pretty close. The colors are so fun and bright. Don't they just make you happy, especially in January. It has been so dreary and smoggy around here that I need something bright and cheery.

I now wished I would have copied her back as well. This design I did certainly isn't my favorite.
I did fun, loopy quilting on this quilt. This my current favorite quilting pattern.

My older sister recently asked me what I am going to do with all these quilts. I'm unsure at the moment, but I will probably start giving them away as gifts eventually. She told me that she would arrange it so I had her name for Christmas next year, just in case. That made me happy. It also makes me happy that she informed me she is buying a sewing machine. My non-sewing sister is buying a sewing machine and wants to learn how to use it well. I'm so excited for her. I think I have just shown her way too many quilt blogs and fabric sites. She is getting addicted too.


  1. I know this is an old post, but I am hoping you will see this comment. I have been wanting to "copy" this quilt for myself for a while too and wonder if you can give me an idea of the measurements you used....thank!!! It looks great!

    1. I think the larger strips were around 5-6" and the smallest white strips were 1" finished. If I remember right, the quilt is about 55" in length and 40" wide (just width of fabric). Good luck.

  2. I also made an almost identical copy in 2010 for the same reasons as you, I still enjoy seeing and using it each day. I made a second one in the blue-green colour ways to please some of my children.