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Kaffe Fassett Squares March 18, 2010

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My next quilt project is for me!  Yay!  I received a book of Kaffe Fassett quilt designs for Christmas (Passionate Patchwork) and decided to make a small version of one of his quilts.  I love the way the squares form from the striped fabrics.  I scoured most of the Chicago quilt shops looking for striped fabrics in bright colors. I tried to vary it up in terms of size and colors.   I’m still having some trouble getting everything even, as you can see along the bottom edge of the quilt.  Any suggestions for getting things a bit more even?

Appropriately, I used Kaffe Fassett fabrics for the backing and binding. I like the contrast of the circles on the back and the squares on the front.


Miniature Quilts – Star themed March 12, 2010

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A close up of the center of the quilt, the whole thing measures only 24

Now that the baby quilts are finished and gifted to the respective babies, and the class quilt is finally done, I’m on to a new project. My mother in law, JoAnn, has a beautiful mini quilt hanging outside of her quilting room, and it inspired me to try one of my own. For my dad’s birthday I created a miniature star quilt using contrasting blues and yellows. I used Mary Graham’s pattern available here.

During this project, rather too late to use it, I discovered paper piecing. Paper piecing looks like a great way to deal with intricate patterns and small pieces. I’m not sure how it is in practice, but I’ll definitely be trying this method for my next mini quilt.

I used a balloon print for the back, my dad likes balloons!

Here's Daddy with his quilt!