Bohemian Baby and the Jitters

Another day, another baby quilt, another pattern by Suzy Quilts!

Holly Gets Quilty

My sweet friend Carly just had her first baby girl (after three boys!) and when I asked what style of baby quilt she wanted, she requested something with a Bohemian feel. I know that she loves pretty desert inspired prints too, so after raiding my stash I pulled out some of my very favorite fabrics and I bought the Triangle Jitters pattern from Suzy Quilts (you can find that HERE).

I’m so pleased with how this turned out! I tweaked the color layout just a bit by adding in that beautiful golden yellow as a fourth color and this quilt is ready for the Bohemian Desert baby girl!HollyGetsQuilty

The quilting is simple straight lines that follow the arrangement of the half square triangles, and it crinkled up beautifully in the wash.

HollyGetsQuiltyHollyGetsQuiltyThe backing might be my favorite fabric in the quilt! It is a pretty, thick woven that reminds me a bit of a serape, but because the right side of the fabric had some blues that were to teal and bright, I flipped it over so that the “wrong” side is facing out. It is more muted with purples rather than blues, and it was perfect! I bought this at Joann’s a year or more ago and I haven’t seen any since sadly.

Fabric used in the quilt includes:

Tomahawk from the Arizona line by April Rhodes

Survey Ochre from the Bound line by April Rhodes

Cactus Field Fun and Wispy Daybreak Aura from the Morning Walk line by Leah Duncan

Woodblock Indigo and Spirit Animal in snow prints from the Mesa line by Cotton and Steel

Sharp in Grey from the Doe line by Carolyn Friedlander

Stitches in Petunia from Carkai line by Carolyn Friedlander

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Kitty Keeper Baskets & The Kitten Around Block

This week I made a few fabric baskets using the Hour Basket Pattern from Hearts and Bees and the Kitten Around Block from Michael Ann Made.

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I’m not a cat person AT ALL when it comes to real kitties. I’m afraid they will bite me or scratch me, and they don’t give the same obvious physical cues that dogs do. Plus all of that hair and the whole litterbox thing…just, no thanks. However, if we are talking about cats on fabric, I am ALL OVER THAT. I even have a crazy cat lady quilt in the planning stages.

Kitty Keeper Baskets

This block is part of a set of three designed by MMIMIIM and you can find them in her craftsy shop HERE. Paper pieced cats? That is more my speed!

kitty keeper basket

Now I have kitties that wont bite me or bring small dead animals in house, and I do have storage for my wonderclips and crafting yarn. Win-win, right? I’m calling these my Kitty Keeper baskets.

kitty keeper basketPurchase your own copy of the Kitten Around Block HERE, and it’s on sale for a very limited time!

Happy Sewing!

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Fishing Net

IMG_9833I love testing patterns for friends. Whether I know them in real life or via Instagram, pattern testing is perfect for those times when I feel like I’ve lost my sewing mojo. It keeps me cutting and pressing and stitching and pulling fabric, and that usually kicks me in the pants and gets my creative impulses jumpstarted–it must be something about keeping up the tactile experience of sewing.

Suzy from SuzyQuilts.com has some seriously bomb modern quilts, and the two patterns I’ve tried recently have both been super easy to follow and the most recent pattern, Fishing Net was hands down the fastest baby quilt I have ever made! The pattern is simple and clean, and it’s definitely beginner friendly, but my FAVORITE part is that is is PERFECT FOR BOYS.

Fishing Net

Do you know how hard it is to find baby-boy quilt patterns? I mean, there are lots of “cute” patterns available, but I have found it is really difficult to find patterns that are modern without skewing feminine. Maybe you know of some you want to share with me? Anyway, this pattern. So so good for boys and girls–it’s all about fabric choice. And this quilt, which can be finished in one day (!!!) is crazy versatile depending on the fabrics and colors you pull. I used some Sarah Watson yardage I’ve been hoarding, a pretty grey linen blend that will wash up so so soft, and that bomb April Rhodes Canyon Wall print for both the top and binding. The quilting is simple because I like that for babies (it feels more snuggly to me) but this pattern has plenty of negative space just begging for some fab quilting!

Fishing Net

Fishing Net

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A Long Time Ago, In A Sewing Room Far, Far Away…

Where my quilting nerds at? I know you are out there–we are a small but mighty group, and we wield our seam rippers as deftly as any jedi can swing a light saber.

I love sci-fi. And I love quilting. So I like to think that if they got together and had a baby it would look a little something like this:

Star Wars Quilt by Holly Gets Quilty

I could talk about this quilt for days, but for sake of brevity, here is an easy-to-read bulleted list with all of the details:

*I have been saving fabrics for this quilt for about 3 years. They include lots of Carolyn Friedlander Architextures, Lizzy House Constellations, solids, an out of prints novelty Star Wars blueprint style print, and my beloved vintage Star Wars sheets. The background is Kona Charcoal, the backing is a black and white crosshatch with more sheets and extra triangle blocks.

*This pattern is the Triangle Wheel Block pattern by PileO’Fabric, and is available for free HERE

*This turned out to be roughly twin sized.

*I made it for one of our best friends (and probably the biggest Star Wars fan I know) and it is his birthday and Christmas gift for at least the next decade.

*Yes, it was incredibly hard to give away. Yes I might still go steal it from his house.

*The quilting (which I totally forgot to get a closeup of! Shame on me!) is a pantograph that has X Wings and Tie Fighters in the quilting lines. It looks like this:

Star Wars Quilting Deisgn

Star Wars Quilting Deisgn

Star Wars Quilt

This was a true labor of love and I am going to miss it fiercly. I want to make one for myself, but until I can get my hands on more vintage sheets, I’ll just have to file this under “quilts I want to make in the distant future”. Unless you have a lead on where I can score some sheets?

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Chalk and Paint Fabrics and Art Class Triangle Block

Logo-PNG2Did any of you grow up watching Saved By the Bell? My best friend Carly  could probably recite every episode line for line. I was too busy watching cartoons (I wasn’t as sophisticated as Carly), but still, that was the generation I grew up in so I’ll always have a place in my heart for their hi jinks and big hair.

None of this has anything to do with the new Chalk and Paint line by Caroline Hulse  (of Sew Caroline fame) for Art Gallery Fabrics, except that the fabrics I used for this pillow came together in this serendipitous palette that totally has me yelling “I’m so excited! And I just can’t hide it!” (only you know, less caffeine pills and crying). That’s not to say that this line is meant to be 90’s inspired–it just how it spoke to me. The collection as a whole has divine texture and colors that move and blend beautifully!

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From the moment I saw the Brushed Triangle print in all of the instagram pics of fall Quilt Market, I KNEW that I would be making this into a paper pieced pattern. Like, duh. The print is so so good. The other fabrics I chose had lots of color and textural variety, which really gets you some serious bang for your buck when you do small piecing. You would never know I only had 5 prints and 2 solids in each block, right? I love it.

And as much as I super puffy heart love the triangle print, I have to say that I was totally surprised with this looker:CHP-50203-Untaped-Splatter-Frost-500px

I mean , HOW EARLY 90’s RADICAL IS THAT?? I’m pretty sure I had a shirt covered in the sister pattern to this print! I LOVE it. Like, I need someone to make this into a hundred different shirts for me. It’s so on point.

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I pulled my background colors and general aesthetic for the project from this print. So what do you get when you combine a triangle pattern with this color palette?

Free Art Class Triangle Block-Holly Gets Quilty

It’s like the Kelly Kapowski of triangle pillows! Smart, precise, and oh-so on trend. I’m obsessed. Here is the good part: to celebrate the release of Caroline’s new line (and the fabulous triangle print that inspired me), I am making this pattern available for free! I want to see what you make with the Art Class Triangle block, so if you post on instagram please please do tag me (@hollygetsquilty) and hashtag the block with #artclasstriangleblock and/or #hollygetsquiltypatterns.

DOWNLOAD ART CLASS TRIANGLE PATTERN PDF HERE: Art Class Triangle

About the pattern:

  • The Art Class Triangle is a foundation paper piece pattern.
  • There are three variations of each section (A, B, and C) which gives you the freedom to come up with several different arrangements.
  • While the background pieces can be paper pieced, I found it easiest to use the provided foundation papers as a template and did not actually paper piece those sections on!

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I seriously loved the prints I picked out–I’m already planning a top out of my two favorite prints, so I promise you wont be disappointed! And really , do your 90’s lovin’ heart and favor and get your hands on this stunning line!

And seriously, that triangle print is radical.

Free Art Class Triangle Block-Holly Gets Quilty

For an awesome (and easy to enter) giveaway, got to Caroline’s feed for details! And babes,  take some time to check out the rest of the tour–tomorrow the brilliant Chris, aka The Tattooed Quilter!

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