Not long ago, I finished up these two little quilts.
I may have mentioned bits and pieces of these quilts in the past ...
The one on the left showed up a few weeks ago when I posted about Playing with Orange Fabric.
The one on the right was in progress a few months ago, and I blogged about it in a post called Another Shirt Quilt Project FMQ-QAYG-style.
These fun little quilts were gifts for my friend Christy's newest little sons.
I mentioned a few months ago (see this post) that my friend Christy would be adopting a little boy from Eastern Europe. As it turns out, God has allowed Christy and her husband to adopt TWO little boys!
So, of course, I wanted to make the little guys quilts to welcome them home.
These quilts are smallish sizes - The square one is 38" x 38", and the other one is a little narrower than that, and a little longer ... The boys are 1 and 3, but small for their ages, so I wanted quilts that would be little, but not babyish.
Introducing my new favorite combo: Shirts and Sheets! (Perfect for Guy Quilts, if you ask me!)
The squares on this one are all cut from shirts; the beige sashing and binding was a sheet.
Putting together a Quilt-As-You-Go quilt was easier than I expected. (See more on "quilt-as-you-go" here and here and here.)
For one thing, quilting a 10½" square is SO much easier than quilting an 80" x 80" square! Because of this, I've been enjoying "the quilting" part of quilt-making a lot more lately.
For another thing, the method in this video works great for putting the pieces together.
And the orange fabric was a sheet (and so was the green on the binding & back of the orange quilt) , while the remaining triangles were all shirt fabrics.
I love the bright, happy look of the shirt-plaids & solids!
I though how fun it would be to take pictures of these quilts outside, on the clothesline.It was windier than I thought it would be, so, not surprisingly, I ended up with a lot of this ...
... and this ... which made me laugh! I did a lot of waiting around for the wind to settle, so I could snap pics really quick before the wind picked back up!
The quilting details for the quilt-as-you-go squares were in this post.
For the triangles quilt, I decided to go with a spiral design, because I figured spirals would contrast nicely with the angular lines of the patchwork.
Speaking of favorites, I LOVE this puzzle-quilting on this block in the quilt-as-you-go quilt. Like I mentioned in other posts about this, the puzzle-quilting inspiration came from here.
Probably my very favorite block in the quilt-as-you-go quilt was this rocking-horse one, the last one I finished. Traced this little rocking-horse from a printable coloring page (I think it was this one) and added some details to make it work as a quilting design. Because the little guy getting this quilt happens to have a thing for rocking horses.
I finished off the little quilts with the boys' names ... stitching them in like the lettering I did at the end of this post and the end of this post.
Many congratulations to Christy and her family on the newest additions to their wonderful family!