A Quick Little Baby Quilt

I mentioned a few days ago (in this post) that I was working on a little baby quilt.  This was just a practice project I was working on to work on my ruler work & try a new quilting design or two.  I had pinned this tutorial a while ago to one of my pinterest boards.  This quilt top took me no time at all.  I think I might have finished it in one nap time, but I can’t remember for sure.  If it took longer than that, it wasn’t by much.  I used up some fat quarters I had bought at a KCMQG meeting that Marmalade Fabrics had sponsored a while ago.  Since they were just sitting around waiting to be used I thought I might as well chop into them with or without a need for a quilt.

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I used my long-arm to quilt it up.  It went really quickly!  I love making baby quilts.  They’re pretty close to instant gratification.

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I think the photos from underneath are really cool.  I love the way the light shines through the fabric and the holes from the needle.  This backing is too dark and the top too light, but when the opposite occurs (darker on top, lighter on back) you can see both sides of the quilt at the same time.

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The top is pretty simple.  I’d even call it borderline bland with the two-toned fabric line.  I love the orange pop against the turquoise, though.

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I really like the back of this one.  Simple, but with some spunk!

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Don’t you think the textures I quilted are pretty cool?

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The snail pearl sort of looking things were new to me.  I dig the way they turned out.

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I LOVE the wavy grid.  I think it adds such a cool texture.

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You can’t ever have enough bubbles, right?


Size: 34″x42″

Pattern: Fat Quarter Baby Quilt Tutorial by Two Little Banshees.

Fabric: Summerville by Lucie Summers.  Carrot (I think) is the Kona orange color.  The back is a solid turquoise flannel and a stripe of an orange flannel from JoAnna’s.

Thread for quilting: Some ivory colored RA Thread I got with my long arm.

Michael’s Bristers Quilt

Michael and I have been friends since the 7th grade.  We met in orchestra class.  We are also both very good friends with Tammy & Amber.  In our first year of college, I kind of found quilting.  The very first quilt I ever made was for Michael’s nephew, Iain.  That first Christmas in college, I made 3 cooridinating (very girlie) trip around the world quilts; one for Tammy, one for Amber, and one for me.  Not wanting to leave Michael out, I started on a quilt for him.  That was in early 2003.  I vaguely remember planning to give it to him for his birthday.  That would have been the end of January 2003.  In case you haven’t checked the calendar lately, it’s now November 2013.

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Well, I finished the top of somewhere along the line.

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I know the top was done before we moved to Kansas City.  That was 6.5 years ago.  I’m pretty sure it was probably finished before I moved to Lincoln, Nebraska.  That was a little more than 9 years ago.  Top - Detail 1

For some reason I just couldn’t bring myself to finish this one.  Looking back on it, I think it was probably because I needed my skills to catch up with what was in my head for this quilt.  At the time I only knew how to tie quilts and just knew this one needed something more.  I didn’t even know how to bind quilts.  The ones I did up until probably 2007 were just stitched around the edges and flipped right side out.  


Finally, my skills caught up with my mind.  This was the first quilt I did on my long arm.  I designed the paisleys you see.  The leaves are an Angela Walters design that I borrowed.

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I love the feathers I put in some of the paisleys.  I kind of wish I had done feathers in all of them.  

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And I think the leaves turned out nice, too.

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I think I’ve mentioned before about my terrible habit of not making labels.  I just used a marker to write on this one.  In case you can’t read it in the photo it says, ” ‘Bristers’ Finally completed in November 2013 for Michael Heller by Jessica Toye.”  And in if you’re wondering what “bristers” means, it means brother-sisters.  I’m not really sure who named it or why, but that’s what we’ve been calling this quilt for a very long time.  It seemed wrong to call it anything else at this point.

I’m happy to say that my longest UFO is finally finished!  Almost took me 11 years, but it’s done!  It’s far from perfect, but it’s finished!  Now if I could just make him that wedding quilt I promised him.  (They just got married in 2012, so I still have some time to make their 2nd anniversary.

Happy quilting!


A Dark and Mysterious Mystery

I posted about another mystery quilt my mom gave me to quilt in an earlier post.  This one is a more recent quilt than the last one I shared.  I believe she made this one through a set of classes at the Country Sampler quilt shop in Omaha.


This quilt was really, really, REALLY hard to photograph.  My first problem was the size.  This quilt was HUGE and I’m not very tall.  Without climbing on top of my house and looking down at it, I don’t think there was any way I could get a good shot of the whole top of this one, but I think the photograph above gets most of it so you can see.  The camera didn’t love that there wasn’t a ton of contrast between the fabrics, but the fabrics each had a lot of contrast within themselves.  Does that make sense?

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No?  Look a little closer… the black fabric has a really high contrast with the dots printed on it.  I think the problem is that there is so much contrast on such a small scale that it visually vibrates that it’s hard to look at in a photograph.  I could also be that the camera had a hard time trying to document it and it’s not just my eyes that are the issue here.

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Since the fabrics in this one would have made it really hard to see any sort of quilting, we decided on a pantograph for this one.  We settled on one from Urban Elementz called “Funky Feathers – Petite“.


You can kind of see the quilting on the back side of this if you look at the shadows.  I chose a gold color of so fine #50 thread that blended nicely and didn’t take away from the piecing.

And don’t forget if you’re interested in having me quilt something for you, I have grand opening sale going on through the rest of October.  See this post for details.

Happy Quilting!

Patriotic Postage Stamps

Can you guess where this quilt came from?  Yep!  This is another one of my mom’s quilts that was sitting around waiting for me to quilt it for her.


If I remember correctly, this one has been waiting quite some time.  It’s cute though, don’t you think?  I kind of like the way the 9 patches in the corner look like they are taking a bite out of the red border.

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I already gave this quit back, but I think the pieces are each aobut 1.5″ finished.

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I tried out a hooked spiral all-over design that I found in Angela Walter’s first book.  I think it came out pretty cute on this quilt since the pieces are so small, this quilt wasn’t asking to have fancy custom designs on it.  I’ll need to practice this one a little more before I feel comfortable enough to offer it to you all, though.


The back was this really soft flannel with a floating block. left-over from the front.

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And how cute is this flannel?!  I love the cowboy bears.

Don’t forget if you’re interested in having me quilt a project for you, now is the time.  See my previous post to find out about the Grand Opening Sale that’s going on through the end of October.

A Shiny Mystery

I think it was 2010 when my husband, my parents and I all went to the Chicago International Quilt Festival.  We all got cozy and shared a hotel room for a few nights.  My mom and I both took a few classes at the festival and one of them that she took was to make a mystery quilt.


If you’ve never done a mystery quilt before, here’s how they work…  You are given the fabric requirements for the quilt top you are going to make and you come in not knowing what you’ll be leaving with.

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My mom picked these really shiny fun prints to take to class with her.

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And then 3 years later the quilt top still sat there.  And then I bought a long arm and she gave it to me to finish for her.  Wasn’t that nice?

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I tested out my banana leaf flower design you see here.  You can see this design and others listed on my services page here.  This design was inspired by a drawing in the Modern Quilting Designs book by Bethany Pease.  If you’re a quilter and looking for some inspiration, this book is one of my favorites.

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I really like the way it turned out on this quilt.  It’s a fun design to quilt, too!


The back of this quilt is pieced.  I love pieced backs.  They are so much more interesting and I always imagine a quilt on top of a guest bedroom and somebody sleeping under a quilt and finding the surprise on the back.  I don’t know why I think of that or where that scenario came into my head from, but I’m always excited for the hypothetical person in my non-existent guest room to find a fun back of a quilt.

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The quilting really shows up on the dark brown.

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This quilting design would be a good one to use on something with a lot of negative space.  I think it’s distracting on a quilt that has a lot of piecing to it and wouldn’t be very complimentary to something with a lot of focus on the piecing.  It’s great for large spaces that need something interesting to fill the space in.

Don’t forget if you’re interested in having me quilt something for you, I have grand opening sale going on through the rest of October.  See this post for details.  Happy quilting!

Rainbow Cabins

My mom likes to make quilt tops. I have several more lined up to quilt for her and I’m sure she has more in the works that will come to me eventually.



This is another quilt top she made. It’s all blocks from a bee she was in a while ago.

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I used this quilt to try out my first pantograph on this machine. It’s a panto I got from urbanelementz.com called Starletts.

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I used a white thread on this one. I debated a lavendar I had in my stash, but ended up going with the white in the end.

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You can really see the pattern in the quilting on this red block.

The quilting blended nicely in the backing, too.

Look for this pantograph to be listed on the services page soon!