On the Sewing Table: Birthday Quilt/Play Mat

My oldest is going to be 4 next week! It’s so much fun seeing him grow up before our eyes.

With his birthday coming up, I’ve been setting aside presents for him. We, as a general rule of thumb, don’t go super extravagant for birthdays in our house whether it be gifts or party decor. We keep it pretty low key- as in family comes over and we have a good time with a few presents for the birthday boy.

So when I went to a local quilt show and stumbled on a road map panel for a bargain price ($4 for 2 yards!, yeah!), I instantly thought that it would be great for L’s birthday. Here’s a sneak peak at how I put it together:

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I marked this quilt with a piece of a regular soap bar which works great! I measured every 6 inches and drew a grid over the entire quilt.

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I trimmed the edges when everything was marked and pin basted.
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Here’s a closeup of the backing- just a big enough piece of fabric from my stash.
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This is how I stitch my quilts together on my regular sewing machine. Lap and twin sized quilts are my preferred size for this method although I have finished a queen sized quilt like this as well.

Just thought I would give you a quick look into my sewing for the week! When it’s completed, I hope to get a quick picture of it with the birthday boy which I’ll show to you in a later post.

Hope you’re having a good sewing week as well!

Until next time,

Rachel

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The Gift of Fall…in Spring

There’s something about fall colours. They’re so warm and inviting…just what I want the quilts that I sew to be. So when I saw this line called Maple Island by Holly Taylor, I saw a cozy quilt. And…since the colours worked in both my mother in law’s and my mom’s home…a mother’s day gift it was!

Here’s the quilt that I sewed for my mother in law. I thought it would be a nice quilt to cozy up by their wood stove either at home or at the cottage. My inspiration came from here although I made a few tweaks here and there to make it my own.
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I had to laugh when taking these pictures because I have beautiful spring blossoms everywhere in my flower bed that didn’t seem to go with the warm tones of an autumn quilt.

Here’s a close up of the quilting…I went with straight line quilting for the majority of the quilt and I pulled out a leaf stencil for the top and bottom of the quilt.

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I traced and sewed a maple leaf onto a scrap of batting before appliqueing it to the actual quilt. I love how they stand out more because of the extra layer of batting and give it a little more dimension.

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