Spring is upon us!

The other day the sun made an appearance in Seattle which inspired me to write this post. Boy am I ready for Spring! I love how the sun brightens my whole house! It proves to be such of a challenge trying to take quilt photos, or photos of my upcoming fabric collection (which I had to do last week in the dark, gray weather), when the rain clouds are constantly looming. So, when the sun popped out I went on a photo frenzy snapping away.

Here’s a few projects I’ve been up to. With the new season comes new babies! πŸ™‚ A handful of my friends are due this Spring! This quilt below I made and gifted to my dear friend Stephanie of 15+ years who has a baby girl on the way. I used quilt as-you-go to make this. My QAYG technique and pattern for this particular quilt can be found in my first book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern.

Here’s a couple more up-close photos of the quilting, which is easy to do when you’re using the QAYG technique!

The pattern is Solstice Parade from my first book, Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern. I replaced the middle strip with solid white to make the diamond/lattice effect.

Another dear friend of ours named Katie is due this April. My husband and her majored in Astronomy and Physics at the University of Washington. She also happens to be a cat lover.

So…when I saw this Space Cats fabric within seconds of walking into my local Pacific Fabrics and crafts store, I knew it was meant to be!

I have an older tutorial called Easy Baby Blankets which I used to make this blanky. I substituted minky cuddle fabric for the backing instead of using fleece. When using minky, my advice is to pin like crazy. I practically basted this blanket,Β  with pins inches apart all around the edges. Also, use a walking foot when sewing it together to keep the layers of fabric from bunching or puckering.

The Space Cats fabric is by Timeless treasures, and the minky cuddle backing is by Shannon Fabrics. Both I bought from my local Pacific Fabrics and Crafts store.

It’s a practical baby blanket that’s super cuddly and warm, and is easy easy to pack or throw in the diaper bag/car seat.

I tend to go a long time not posting when I get busy, especially when the dark, rainy weather doesn’t help make for a good photo op! So thanks to that ray of sunshine that came out the other day, else I most likely wouldn’t be sharing these fun projects! πŸ˜‰

Thanks for stopping by! My next post I plan to share my second book and second fabric collection, respectively. Exciting stuff is a brewin’!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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12 Responses to Spring is upon us!

  1. margiestitcher March 19, 2017 at 6:25 am #

    I have not tried to quilt as you go but maybe it is time I had a go as liking this quilt you have done, the cat fabric is wonderful too

    • Quiltingintherain March 20, 2017 at 5:31 pm #

      Thank you! Give QAYG a try…it’s a creative and fun technique! πŸ™‚

  2. Sue H March 19, 2017 at 10:39 am #

    Welcome back! I too have trouble posting consistently. You have to do when the mood strikes and the weather’s good for photos. Totally understand!

    Your quilts are wonderful and the tulips are so spring-wonderful!

    • Quiltingintherain March 20, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

      Thank you for the welcoming words! πŸ˜‰ It’s so true…I can’t write a good post if I force myself to do it. Thanks for the kind comment, and happy quilting!

  3. mimi'sdarlins March 19, 2017 at 1:56 pm #

    It’s probably no secret to you that I’m a big fan of your first book and your tutorials… now eagerly awaiting the new book πŸ™‚ Your friends will love these darling baby quilts, and the babies will too!

    • Quiltingintherain March 20, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

      You are too kind! Thanks for all your kind comments and encouragement! πŸ™‚ Happy Quilting <3

  4. Lynne Tilley March 19, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

    I adore your QAYG quilt. I’m going to find your book and do this one. I’ve always wanted to try QAYG, and this one makes me want to pull the trigger NOW. Thanks for sharing!

    • Quiltingintherain March 20, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

      Thank you, Lynne! I’m happy my post might have sparked some creative inspiration πŸ™‚ happy quilting!

  5. Kristin March 19, 2017 at 9:34 pm #

    What adorable quilts! And I am super excited to see both your new book and fabric line!

    • Quiltingintherain March 20, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

      Thank you for your kind comments, Kristin! I’ll see you over on IG – i love your inspiring feed!

  6. Duni Buesken March 20, 2017 at 8:38 am #

    I hear you on the weather! It is dark and rainy over here in Germany too. Beautiful quilts! I am excited for your new fabric range and hope to see it in person at the upcoming international craft fair πŸ™‚

    • Quiltingintherain March 20, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

      I’ve heard the weather in Germany is very similar to Seattle. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your kind comment! I hope my new collection finds it’s way to Germany, too! Love from Seattle πŸ™‚

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