Simply Retro - Dapper






Here's the Dapper quilt from Simply Retro.  If it doesn't seem quite familiar, I changed one simple thing...can you guess what it is?  This was my least favorite pattern in the book, but when I thought of eliminating the vertical sashing strips, and then reversing the colored/background fabrics, it made all the difference for me.

In the original, the pinwheels are white, whereas in mine, they are printed.  Clear as mud?  Anyways, now I really like this pattern, as I always love pinwheels.

It's backed in a voile, which makes it so silky and soft, and I free motion quilted it in a swirly pattern, which I haven't done for awhile.

Here's a mosaic of all the quilts I've made from Simply Retro so far.



If I really do make every one in the book, I've got 5 more to go, but there's two that I'm contemplating leaving out... so that would be 3 left!

Bright Vintage Inspired Quilt






How's this for a bright quilt?!  I made this one with Quilt As You Go method.  It's a great way to use up small pieces of batting, as these blocks were cut to 6 1/2".  Also a relaxing way to use up scraps.  You hardly need to press anything, I just give a quick once over to each block when they're done.

To finish the quilt, I just quilted in the ditch.  It ended up around 40" square.  I can see it looking so cute in a baby's vintage inspired nursery, with white paneled walls... it would definitely be that POP of color!

I used my precious piece of Strawberry fabric from Heather Ross.  It feels good to be slowly emptying my shelves, whispering to myself that there will always be more pretty fabric!

Simply Retro Quilt #5 - Sweet Life






I finished up this fifth quilt from my #quiltthebook challenge.  Actually I finished it a few months ago and failed to blog about it.  Here it is now though, cute as could be in Tiger Lily fabric by Heather Ross.  I downsized the blocks quite a bit on this one.  I must say I love these tinier versions quite a lot.  They still did not feel at all too small or fiddly.

I promised I'd write down my measurements for cutting these smaller blocks, so here they are.

Tiger Lily center block - 6 1/2 x 6 1/2

Tiger Lily outside pieces - cut 4 - 2 x 2
                                            cut 4 - 2 x 4

White background fabric - cut 4 - 2 x 2
                                            cut 4 - 2 x 4

You can use the instructions from the book and just substitute these sizes.  I cut my sashing at 1 1/2 wide.

The finished quilt ended up at 38" x 38".  I quilted in the ditch on this one.  Sometimes I just like how that looks as opposed to decorative quilting.

As far as my challenge to quilt through the Simply Retro book,  I'm back on track!  I have an idea for my least favorite pattern on how to change it up a bit, and maybe make it my new favorite... So hopefully I can start on that next week.

Blue Strip Quilt





This quilt top was made way back when I went through my entire blue and green scraps and cut them into strips.  I love this type of quilt the best.  It's amazing how you can have every shade of blue and green, (with some neutrals thrown in) and they all blend together.  This quilt is made from the lighter shades.  I divided the scraps into lights and darks, because it keeps the quilt from looking too busy when you control the values a bit.

It finished up at 46"x60" which is a great size for a toddler, or a small lap quilt!  It is backed in voile, which makes it silky soft.  Batting is Soft and Bright needled poly by Warm Batting company.  You'd never guess it was a poly batting, although it is slightly puffier than a thin cotton batting.  I loved working with it, and it finished up so soft and squishy.