Gray and Purple Circle of Geese Mini

For a swap at the Houston Modern Quilt Guild last year, I made a purple and gray mini quilt using a circle of geese foundation paper piecing pattern. The FPP templates I used were from Piece by Number’s website (Colorwheel Geese).  This is a pretty straightforward, four-piece, 12.5″ unfinished block.

I made this a bit ago when my stash wasn’t as extensive.  I stuck with my mainstay colors of gray and a gradient of purple.  I made the block and added some quick borders.  I’m usually not a huge fan of borders, but in this case I wanted the mini to be a bit more substantial.

I added some quilting to accentuate the circular layout of the geese and a purple border.

Gray and Purple Circle of Geese Mini

Gray and Purple Circle of Geese Mini

The swap was fun and I received a lovely mini from Amy at House of Bad Cats.

-Stephanie, HoustonDIY


Pink baby quilt for Winslow

Front of Quilt

Front of quilt with pink checkerboard

A colleague had a lovely baby girl named Winslow recently and I made her a baby quilt to celebrate.  I pulled out pink and purple fabrics from my stash and set to work.  I chose a purple flannel for the backing that would be soft and cozy for the new little bundle of joy.  For the front, I combined a pink, plaid flannel with eight pink cotton prints.  I chose a simple checkerboard design with the plaid flannel dispersed throughout.

As with all my baby quilts, I machine bound the edges.  I always feel this is more secure and up to the task of many washes and tougher use.  I used a decorative leaf stitch with variegated pink thread.

Baby quilt

Baby quilt for Winslow with solid purple back ground and pink checkerboard front

Binding detail

Binding detail with leaf stitch

Dimensions: 42″ (l) x 42″ (w), approximately
: Pink plaid and purple marbled flannel from Jo-ann’s, assorted pink quilting cottons, Aurifil pink variegated thread for binding.
Assembly: Pieced, quilted, and bound on home machine

– Stephanie , HoustonDIY


Hexagons That Were Made Easy

My guild, the Houston Modern Quilt Guild, recently had a workshop with Jen Eskridge, author of Hexagons Made Easy.  It was a great class where Jen shared her stories of publishing three books and her years of quilting experience.  She taught us the technique from her Hexagons Made Easy book and it was an enjoyable class with my guild colleagues.

The course provided a fabric kit with Art Gallery Fabrics (Bespoken by Pat Bravo) with hexagons in dark purple prints, a turquoise and a purple fabric for the main parts of the quilt, and a striped fabric for the binding.  I decided to use all the dark purple hexagons and make the front and back out of the turquoise or purple.  I arranged the hexagons in an organized pattern starting in the corner with a few that disperse out.  I did the same pattern mirrored on the other side.  I sewed on all the hexagons with a 1/4″ seam before assembling the quilt.

Turquoise side of the hexagon quilt

Turquoise side of the hexagon quilt

Purple side of hexagon quilt

Purple side of hexagon quilt

For the quilting, I sewed around each hexagon with small (1/16 – 1/8″) seam through all layers.  I matched the bobbin thread to the background color of the bottom layer when I quilted each side.  Then, I finished up the quilting with a few randomly placed hexagons to cover the quilt.  All in all, it was a great technique to learn and my class sampler will hopefully make a great baby quilt.

Close up of the hexagons and quilting on the turquoise side

Close up of the hexagons and quilting on the turquoise side

– Stephanie, HoustonDIY