Monday, July 28, 2014

Jiffy Baby Quilt for the Little One

My Jiffy Baby Quilt goes together quickly.

Another baby arrives and this time I put together a quick quilt I call my "Jiffy Baby Quilt." Just by looking at the photo you can get an idea of how this is a simple quilt. This is very liberated and can be made from pulling fabrics from your stash and scrap bags. When I cut the colorful strips of various widths I cut the white background pieces at the same time and stored them together until I was ready to sew. Just make sure your rotary cutting blade is sharp because it will be going through 3 or four thicknesses of fabric. 

I love the name "Jiffy" in this quilt for several reasons. One is it reminds me of my youth and learning clothing construction with "Simplicity Jiffy" patterns. The patterns always had only one to four main pattern pieces and were perfect for beginners or for constructing a new outfit quickly." Jiffy"  also reminds me of  the cornmeal mix. This is a great product for the beginning cook or the cook in a hurry. I love that the iconic box label has remained the same for years. Here's to the word "Jiffy."

Back to the quilt. I started this quilt by picking out a backing fabric first. Sometimes I do that because it helps me to narrow down what colors will be on the front of the quilt. I chose the cute owl fabric because..... it is cute.

The cute owl fabric is the back of the Jiffy Baby Quilt.

The owl fabric has great colors so it was easy to find coordinating fabrics from my stash for the front. The other reason I like this style of quilt is because I can have fun with the quilting. I use my home sewing machine to quilt. Baby quilts fit nicely under the throat of my machine and this quilt measures 36"x38" so there is no need to piece the back.

 I quilted each strip of this quilt using a different quilt pattern. It is a great place to try out new designs. The other thing I like to do is include the baby's name and birth date in the quilting. This is a personal touch that I hope makes it special for the family.

This is a close up of the quilted name , weight and date of birth.

A close-up of  some of the playful quilting stitches.

Please try making your own version of "Jiffy Baby Quilt." I would love to see what you come with, you can email me at this link.

As you know I am working on my Hipster profile. (Owls are hipster and so is Instagram.)  I would like to invite you to follow me on Instagram @sundayfarmingquilter or go to this link. I will be tagging some of my blog photos to share with others.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Quilt Design Shows up in Footwear

Flight Patterns in the design on hand-painted footwear.

My new daughter-in-law, Stephanie Morgan,  recently honored me and my quilt design. The quilt pattern used in my award winning quilt "Flight Patterns" was painted on a pair of  canvas shoes by  her friend Alyssa Kulik. Ms. Kulik gave the shoes to Stephanie as a gift for being a bridesmaid in her wedding. It was so fun for me to see my quilt pattern gracing footwear. Hmmmm...... could be a new direction for quilters!

If was fun to see my design repeated on Stephanie's shoes.

This is Flight Patterns hanging at the AQS show in Lancaster. The design was inspiration for Stephanie's hand painted shoes.

I have been busy quilting but I just haven't completed any projects lately. Currently I have four quilt projects going simultaneously. Sometimes I like to work in this fashion. That way when I get stuck with a design on one quilt I just move over to a different project until I am enlightened with an idea on how to move on. Hopefully I will have a completed project to share in the near future.

"Fireworks over Millennium Park" hanging at the Community Arts Center in Danville, Kentucky.

I also wanted to share a photo of me and my quilt "Fireworks over Millennium Park." This quilt was part of a quilt exhibit hosted by our local Community Arts Center in Danville, Kentucky. This small town arts center does a great job of promoting all types of art and has different exhibits each months. There is also a lecture series that happens each month and summer art camps for kids.   Lessons in all types of music, dance, painting, drawing are sponsored by the center as well as being the venue for the  occasional wedding reception. We are lucky to have such a great arts center is our town. I was so happy to have a quilt in the home town quilt exhibit.