Monday, January 30, 2012

Monthly quilts

I've made baby quilts in the past, but never regular bed size quilts. These are my first attempts at making them for my bed.
October started it, I swore I would never make a Halloween quilt. However, I saw this sample in my local fabric store and fell in love with it. They had some handwritten directions, I took them home and purchased the fabric and had the quilt top finished by 10:30 that night! Wow, I was excited! The pattern is called "lightning", and it is all half square triangles. Very easy to sew and put together. I call this "The Wicked Witch's Bed"!
So after Halloween, why not Thanksgiving? Again used the lightning pattern.
I diverted from my favorite overnight "lightning" quilt top for this one. This pattern came from a book called "24 Hour Baby Quilts". Since this is bigger than a baby quilt, it took longer than 24 hours to make, plus about 4 trips to the fabric store to make it big enough for my daybed. However, I did make one red and green lightning quilt for Christmas, plus this one, plus one more. Lots of Christmas Quilts around my house this year! I'll post the pictures of the other two when I find the pics.
Snowflakes for January, I purchased these fabrics in November, and it's a good thing I did, because in January, there were no more snowflakes to be had anywhere! I am making another one right now from the leftovers for a friend who loved this one.
Still using half-square triangles, but in a different arrangement. I used a book called "Big Block Quilts". It has simple patterns using half-square triangles, fence rails and 4 patch blocks--you choose the size. One pattern was this big heart. The book has about 150 different patterns using these simple blocks. The small hearts came from a tutorial on a website, which I've learned so much from.

This is a wonderful website, Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton MO. They have wonderful deals on fabric, great tutorials and they have become like family to me. When I have a question to ask or a sample to share, I send it their way. Great company! The heart pattern came from inspiration from one of their tutorials plus a design in the Big Block Quilt book.

As you can see, Al the cat loves this quilt, he was up on it in about 2 minutes after I made up the bed! He has embellished all of the quilts with some lovely blonde cat fur!

On to March, rainbow theme, then I have to think up more stuff--because my goal is to make a theme quilt for every month of this year. Think I can do it? I'm going to give it the old college try!

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