Charismatic Quilts

Two years ago, I made my sons quilts for Christmas. They loved them so much that last November, they requested quilts for Christmas. Knowing well how this pattern will likely continue this year, I took care of future me and cut out quilts for them back in June. I was pretty pregnant and not sewing much back then, but I hit the ground running after our daughter was born.

I love this tradition of making them quilts. I don’t know how long it will continue because let’s face it, how many personalized quilts do they need. BUT, I hope it continues for a long time. I so enjoy sewing with them in mind. I am using the Charismatic Quilt pattern by Villa Rose Designs. The best thing about her patterns is they are all $2!

For our daughter, I broke into my sample spree bundle of Darlings by Ruby Star Society. I made this one when I was still pregnant and as she is obviously a baby, I don’t expect much of a reaction on Christmas morning.

For our middle son, I chose to use mostly Bounce by Alison Harris of Cluck Cluck sew as well as as various blues and low volumes from my stash. He is 4 so I wanted it to feel jovial, without being juvenile.

For our oldest son, I chose to make his quilt in grayscale. He’s entering that lovely time of tween-ness. I wanted his quilt to be one he would *hopefully* be happy to use for a few years without feeling like it was made for a tiny child. It reminds me of checkerboard Vans, and if that doesn’t last him into his teenage years, nothing will! 🙂

I’m curious…. do you make your family quilts for the holidays? If yes, have you started your sewing already?

Big Stitch Binding

If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen people doing a newer binding technique that is referred to as “big stitch binding”. It is basically the brother to big stitch quilting, of which I am a huge fan. Up until last week I hadn’t tried big stitch binding and I am kicking myself for not trying it sooner. It was so easy and added SUCH a fun accent to the client quilt I was binding.

There are a few basic tutorials out there, but if you are comfortable with binding, you can likely figure it out even with out a tutorial. However, if you are interested in a tutorial, Kitchen Table Quilting has a fabulous one with photos.

The supplies required are exactly the same as those I’ve linked on my hand quilting post HERE.

I will definitely be doing big stitch binding on my next quilt where it seems like it will fit in stylistically. I found it to be much quicker and easier than normal binding!

Fancy Fox Quilt

My oldest son turned 8 a few days ago. In our family that means it is time for him to be baptized! I decided in May that I wanted to make him a quilt to commemorate the special occasion. My wonderful husband is a graphic designer and I really wanted to utilize his expertise and his creative eye so it would be a quilt from us, not me.

My husband suggested we model the quilt after many of the famous Andy Warhol’s pop culture, brightly colored pieces. We settled on a color scheme of bright, fun colors. We used Kona Cotton solids for these colors. I took care of the sewing, he spray basted the quilt, I quilted and bound it, and we gifted it together. I’m pretty sure our son liked it, but he LOVED the pokemon backing we chose. 🙂 It’s great to be 8!