Pink Circles – A Commissioned Baby Quilt

For some reason I keep getting pulled back to one of my first abstract quilt projects, crazy circles. Recently I was commissioned to do one in pink. These are fun and easy to make quilts and you can use up some of your fabric scraps!

Pink Circles - a commissioned baby quilt by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Pink Circles – a commissioned baby quilt by GulfCoastQuilts.com

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Size Matters – Quilt As You Go Makes it Easier

For far too long I limited myself to quilting small quilts and mug rugs by using the excuse that anything larger would be too hard to quilt because I didn’t have a long arm quilting machine. You know, there’s that easy excuse about things being too bulky to fit a large quilt under the needle of a normal sewing machine. The excuse worked for a while until I discovered “quilt as you go” and realized there’s a way to quilt a larger quilt on a small machine.

I Googled a few YouTube videos on “quilt as you go” and then, as usual, decided to do it my own way working off their ideas and suggestions. The result of my first quilt as you go project was “Cup Size Matters” and it turned out so well that I was commissioned to create a second one. I’m designing it now.

Here is my first “quilt as you go” project, “Cup Size Matters”.

Cup Size Matters Quilt by gulfcoastquilts.com

Cup Size Matters Quilt by gulfcoastquilts.com

cup size matters flower cups panel size matters first quilt size matters flower cups

The Spring Fling

I’ve been hiding in the quilting loft for weeks. Why? I boldly signed up for a booth at an upcoming fundraising event, the Spring Fling, hosted by the Navarre Beach Garden Club.

I need to bring some things that gardeners will like so there are lots of flowers involved. We’ve had a challenging winter so colorful flowers will be appreciated. I also want to have several “price points” to offer so I made a few large quilts, some baby quilts, and some inexpensive quilted greeting card / mug rugs.

While I was at it, I decided to learn a new technique I saw on Pinterest; thread sketching. I’m addicted to it and I’m bent on learning more. Here’s the latest stuff to flow out of the quilting loft:

Spring Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Fist Step – Applique: Spring Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Final version - packaged with an envelope. Spring Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Final version – packaged with an envelope. Spring Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

First Step - applique and quilt: Spring & Easter Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

First Step – applique and quilt: Spring & Easter Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Packaged and ready to go! Spring & Easter Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Packaged and ready to go! Spring & Easter Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Bunny Post Cards made by gulfcoastquilts.com

Bunny Post Cards made by gulfcoastquilts.com

Made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Flower Power Quilt Top ready to put together and quilt. gulfcoastquilts.com

Flower Power Quilt Top ready to put together and quilt. gulfcoastquilts.com

Learning to thread sketch - gulfcoastquilts.com

Learning to thread sketch – gulfcoastquilts.com

Learning to thread sketch - gulfcoastquilts.com

Learning to thread sketch – gulfcoastquilts.com