A Photo Quilt

Linda picked up my business card and contacted me asking if I could make a “photo memory quilt”.  She wanted this quilt to be for her daughter’s bridal shower.  All of the photos include her daughter.

Front 01

We met at my favorite local fabric shop, Modern Makers, to discuss our plan for the project and choose fabric.  She wanted the colors of her daughter’s wedding to make up the quilt.  Purple, orange, and platinum.  Elizabeth was awesome at helping us choose the fabrics that I made this quilt from.

Detail 02

Linda sent me a quilt she had found that was similar made by someone else.  It was a trip-around-the-world pattern, so that’s what we went with.

Detail 01

It went together easy enough.  The trickiest part to deal with was my design wall being too small to hold the entire quilt at once.

Back 01

The quilting design was an orange-peel on every square except the photographs.  The photographs are outlined in a stitch-in-the-ditch pattern to avoid any deterioration because of needle holes.


Quilt Pattern: No pattern used, just a Trip-Around-the-World

Fabrics Used:

  • Photographs were printed using spoonflower
  • Orange: Moonshine by Tula Pink – Static Dot in Tangerine
  • Dark Purple: Moda Grunge – Egglplant
  • Light Purple: Paint by Carrie Bloomston – News Print in Not Pink
  • Grey: Paint by Carrie Bloomston – Painted Solid in Schmutz
  • Backing: I think it was a Modern Solids, not sure of the exact color name.

Thread: So Fine #50 – Color #504

Batting: Quilter’s Dream – Dream Cotton

Approximate Size: 75″ x 85″

Quilting Design: Orange peel on all squares except the photographs.  Photographs were framed in a stitch-in-the-ditch.

Fort Firefly

Tabitha contacted me a few months before her second baby, Wren, was born.  She was hoping I could make a special quilt that would fit into the baby’s room aesthetic.  She mentioned that she had a piece by Teagan White and would like to include a piece of fabric from her Fort Firefly line.  I took one look at this line and fell in love.

Tabitha also mentioned that she had seen a link I had posted on facebook to a new quilt pattern by my friend Shea Henderson’s pattern company, Empty Bobbins Sewing Studio.  The name of the pattern is the Parallels quilt.  If you’re looking for an incredibly well-written, easy-to-follow quilt pattern, be sure to check this one out.  The photographs (by Lauren Hunt, another uber-talented friend of mine) are GORGEOUS.  And I even got lucky enough to quilt 2 of the quilts included in the pattern (Stadium Seating and Checkered Lightning).  This pattern takes a little extra attention when cutting because of the uncommon angles, but is a breeze to stitch up.

Top 01

We chose not to follow the pattern exactly.  I followed the “Slingshots” version of the pattern, but changed the placement of the fabrics.

Detail 03

I think they kind of look like frog legs.  🙂

Detail 02

I quilted this quilt using an overall design.  This wood grain is one of my favorites.

Detail 01

The solids are shot-cottons in terra cotta, dill, and squash.  I love shot cottons.  Well, maybe more than love.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them.  I love that they appear to have so much more texture to them than regular old solids.  They have a shimmer that sparkles in the light. They are so soft, too.

Detail 04

The fabric is a very whimsical, woodsy print, so the woodgrain texture I used for the quilting on this one was a perfect fit.

Label 01

I made this cute little label on the backside of the quilt.  It’s just a little piece of the main print in the quilt appliqued onto the backside of the quilt.  I signed my name and the year it was made.


Pattern used: Parallels Quilt (Slingshots version modified) by Empty Bobbins Sewing Studio

Approximate Size: 55 1/2″ x 60″

Fabrics used: Fort Firefly – Field Party & Jars (Blue), Shot Cottons – terra cotta, dill, & squash

Quilting Design: Woodgrain

Thread: So Fine #50 – Color #457

Batting: Quilter’s Dream – Dream Orient

This was a fun quilt to make & Tabitha was a fantastic client to work for.  I’ve seen photos of baby Wren pop up on facebook laying on this quilt, so I know it’s being put to good use.