Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Vibrant and colorful grannies! I'm using up all of my little balls of leftover yarn from other projects to see if I have enough to complete a pretty crochet Granny Square Afghan. Grannies are easy and fun and can be worked on while I'm watching a movie or listening to music at the end of the day. I thought the brown yarn was neutral enough to tie all the colors together nicely. I'm going to keep going till I run out of yarn, we'll see how far I get!
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Oh my, this was a fun quilt to make! It wasn't until I was finished with the quilt top that I felt the disco vibe. Then the natural pairing of Amy Butler's Disco Flower on the back was just too perfect! Of course I had to get a little cheeky in my Etsy shop description, quoting from ABBA's Dancing Queen. I was so tickled, I knew I got the somethin' that makes me wanna shout, and jump back and kiss myself!
Disco Soiree, Lap Size Patchwork Quilt,. This delightful quilt will make you dance and jive and have the time of your life! You'll feel the beat of the tamborine! Created with a wide variety of awesome designer fabrics in a traditional patchwork pattern but in a kaleidoscope design. Whimsical butterfly adorns the center square. Backed with Amy Butler's Disco Flower and a bit of Jennifer Paganelli. Bound with Paula Prass Summer Soiree polka dot. Batting is Cotton Warm and Natural. Machine quilted in my random meandering design. Measures 55" x 48". Perfect for adding a sassy touch to the couch, bedroom or as a twin bed coverlet in a little girls room!
Dance on over to my Mama Roux Etsy Shop for more funky quilts!
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Another commissioned quilt! This special quilt was completed back in December for my dear friend, Jennifer, to give to her future daughter-in-law, Faith.
Jennifer had ordered two large quilts a few years back for her children (see this post). Jennifer is wonderful and lets me create my own design using various fabrics with her color choices.
This quilt pretty much represents most of my favorite designers; Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler, Sandi Henderson, Tina Givens, Heather Bailey, plus a few others thrown in for good measure.
Sophisticated and romantic it measures aprox. 60" x 75" and as with the previous quilts I embroidered Faith's name and the year as an added touch.
Such a warm way to welcome a new member to the family! Thank you, as always, Jennifer.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
What's a girl to do with an ever growing pile of Denyse Schmidt scraps?
Start a scrappy quilt, that's what!
I love Denyse's Any Way You Slice It quilt and have seen many versions all over the web. I referenced several variations including this one, this one, and this one. Each one of these quilters used the design of the original quilt as an inspiration for their own technique.
For me, I decided to use a paper piecing method just to make sure I ended up with crisp lines and a good square block. I simply used plain copy paper and squared it up to 8.5" x 8.5" and used it as my template. Along with my pile of scraps I also cut fresh strips from existing yardage so I would have a good assortment.
I decided to limit my selections to mainly blues, greens and reds so the finished quilt wouldn't be too crazy looking. This quilt will most likely be a keeper but I have so many scraps I could easily make several more lap or baby sized quilts for the shop.
These blocks go together very fast. I can't wait to put them all together in some random design. This is the kind of quilting I can relate to and I enjoy immensely, almost no measuring, matching points or lining up angles. No exact placement of blocks either, just do what your heart desires. I hope to have a finished quilt by the end of the week, fingers crossed!
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Children's quilts are just so much fun to make. I went back to my favorite block, the Log Cabin, to create these colorful, wonky blocks. Lots of polka dots, wild animals and bright colors against a sashing of Chocolate Kona Cotton. Of course I had to include some Robert Kaufman Metro Living zebra stripe. I like to work in the extra scraps of fabrics to the back for a nice simple accent. I absolutely love the orange polka dot binding against the dark brown boarder. This sweet quilt measures 53" x 44", a generous snuggle size for the crib, couch or Jr. bed. It's in the shop!
Monday, February 18, 2013
I really was on a roll this weekend with my quilt making. I had several Domestic Bliss charm packs in my stash and it was time to get them out and put them to use. I wanted to keep them all together in the same project as they really work so well together, a nice balance of scale and color. I used the last of this vintage fabric for the boarder and the backing, plus a few bits of Kona Cotton. I quilted it in a straight-line grid design following the lines of the existing patchwork. This quilt reminds me of a big bowl of jelly beans, hence the name, Sugar Bean!
In the SHOP!