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Lauren's Quilts

Updated: 2018-03-07T08:56:20.971-06:00


Graduation T-Shirt Quilt


 A co-worker asked me to make this T-shirt quilt for her son who is graduating from high school this May.  I enjoyed working with her on a design using many of her son's favorite shirts. It measures 64" by 91". My helper had to stand on the coffee table so I could take this picture!

She chose the music note fabric as an accent, and it looks fabulous for the binding! The back is solid royal blue dots from JoAnn.

My last two quilts have been gifts, so next up is a project for me!


A Pinwheel Quilt for Kade


I made this Pinwheel Quilt for two friends of mine who just had their first baby.

The nursery colors are green and brown, so I tried to stay with that theme without making it scream "BABY".  The jungle animal backing is fun :)  I chose straight-line quilting in a diagonal pattern which was quick and easy on this small quilt!

My favorite part of the quilt is the binding. This was my first time to use a striped binding. I'm in love. It's so cute! 

I rarely make quilts to give away, so I hope baby Kade will enjoy it for many years!

Pinterest Love


If you haven't heard of Pinterest, you're really missing out.  It's crazy how one website can bring so much joy and entertainment to my life! I love seeing the crafts and DIY projects others are making, and finding new recipes and tips.  The best part of Pinterest is that you can save links from anywhere online and organize them on "boards" so you can easily find them again.  Visit my page here.Here are a few things I have made from Pinterest:An ornament wreath (pin): A wall of frames (pin): I intended to put photos in these frame, but decided I liked it better without photos.Two cake plates/cupcake tower (pin):  An erasable menu planner (pin): Finally, a sweater purse (pin): You can see, Pinterest is very addictive.  Happy Pinning! [...]

Blogger's Quilt Festival!


 It's Blogger's Quilt Festival time again!  Hop over to Amy's blog to see what everyone has made! This online festival is such an inspiration!

I'll share my most recent finish, a t-shirt quilt! It's made from my dad's 5k race t-shirts that he collected over the past few years. It was a lot of fun to pick out the best shirts to use for the quilt.  We decided on a "road" design for the background.  I love it! 

Here's a great tutorial for t-shirt quilts.  They are very simple to make and leave you with a one of a kind gift.

On the back, I included some t-shirt backs so we can remember all of the race sponsors!

Thanks for stopping by!

MSU Wreath


I know this is a "quilt" blog, but I have to share my latest craft.

I got the idea from Pinterest (the greatest site ever).  I thought this project would take FOREVER, but it only took 3 hours. I watched several shows on DVR, and it was finished!  Hobby Lobby was the only place that had the wreath frame, and the fabric is from Hancock's.  I only used the larger frame and didn't use the outer ring.  I love the way it turned out!

Dad's 5k T-Shirt Quilt


I just finished this awesome quilt for my dad.  It's made from his 5k race t-shirts that he's collected over the past few years. We decided on a "road" design for the background.  I love it! 

Here's a great tutorial for t-shirt quilts.  They are very simple to make. 

Bird Wristlet


When I saw this tutorial from Pink Penguin, I knew I had to make one!


The bird fabric came from IKEA. It's so cute!

I'm definitely going to make more wristlets now that I have a better idea what size is most useful.

Hexagon Placemats!


I bought this gorgeous fabric at Joann's and planned to make fun summer placemats.  After browsing the Internet, I decided on the hexagon design.

I made an equilateral triangle template with Word and the rest was pretty easy!

To make it super quick, I sewed it together inside out and turned it to skip the binding step.

Next, I might make a matching pot holder.

Check out what other people are making at the Blogger's Dinner Party!

Hard Rock Cafe T-Shirt Quilt


Over the weekend, I finished my Hard Rock Cafe T-Shirt Quilt!  In high school, I collected these shirts and enjoyed wearing them.  After a while, I retired them, but saved them for a quilt one day. 

I designed this quilt using Excel.  Surprisingly, it came together exactly as I planned.  All the fabric came from Joann's.  I had no idea what color would match these bright shirts, but the batiks seems to go perfectly.

For the back, I used zebra print to balance the bright colors but still keep it wild.

I still need to make a label for it.  I'll post it soon.

Sprocket Poppy Pillow


After a month of dragging my feet, I finished my sprocket pillow!
Awesome blogger CluckCluckSew posted this tutorial on how to make this circle pillow.
It's just lovely next to my other poppy pillows.

Here's the back.  I used my left over blocks from the other pillows.

The pillow was very easy to make, and I learned a little about sewing on a curve.

Poppy Pillow Part 2 - Blogger's Pillow Party


This week, I finished my second Poppy/Chopped Veggies Pillow. 
It looks AWESOME on my purple couch next to the first Poppy Pillow

Again, I used Oh, Fransson!'s Chopped Veggies pattern.  This pattern taught me the basics of improv piecing. I usually prefer exact instructions and clean lines, but it was fun to try something new. 

I used Laura Gunn's Dogwood Stripe in Aqua for the back.  I love how all the fabrics coordinate.  
Zippers are becoming my friends too!

Here's the beautiful pair!  They make me happy!


Jump on over to to see other pillows at the Pillow Party.

Winter Placemats


I made more placemats!   Since Christmas is over, I needed something new on my table. 

While visiting Texas, my friend Lacey and I picked out this Joann fabric for winter-esk placemats.  The bare trees remind me of winter and the pink has subtle hearts for Valentine's Day.

I used this pattern by Handmade by Alissa.  Her instructions were very easy to follow! 
I wanted to practice my free motion quilting, but my machine had other plans!  After I snapped two needles, I decided straight line quilting works just fine! 

The tree fabric reminds me of this painting I made at ARTjamN. (3rd from left) We had so much fun painting!

Poppy Pillow


Here is my new pillow!  I used a pattern by Oh, Fransson! and fabric by Laura Gunn. 

My parents gave me this book by Miss Oh, Fransson! herself.  I cannot wait to make something from it.

I picked up the fabric from Klazzy Katz and Joann.

Here you can see my first zipper!  I thought it would be difficult, but it really wasn't!

Christmas Placemats and Towels


Just in time for Christmas! I finished these cute placemats yesterday! I like to practice new techniques with placemats, so I'm not too committed if I don't love it.  With these, I practiced my machine binding.  I sewed the binding onto the back then top-stitched the front.  It turned out nice!For the design, I tried this 9 patch technique from That girl...That quilt... It was super easy!  The blocks came together very quickly, but for this small project, with only 3 fabrics, it was hard to mix them up.A few weeks ago, I made these towels.  I bought waffle muslin from Joann and was thrilled with these towels!  I used wonder under and then stitched around the edges.  So.. bad news... the muslin SHRINKS big time when you wash it... so now I have wash rags. LOL  They are still cute though.That's all for now!  Merry Christmas, Blogland! [...]

Fall Table Topper


I've been in the mood to make small projects to spruce up the house for fall.

I found this cute fall tree fabric at Joann's and couldn't resist buying it.  For weeks, I could not come up with a project for it and then one night, I thought of this design.  All the other fabric is from my stash.

My new-ish walking foot made quilting SUPER easy.  This is my first attempt at making a grid.  It turned out pretty well.

Mug Rugs


Since "mug rugs" are all the rage in Blogland, I decided to make a few of my own.  

I've always been interested in flying geese, so I decided to try them out on this small project.  
Conclusion: Flying geese are complicated and only cute when they are perfect!
The fabric is a reproduction print left over from this quilt.

My dad requested this mug rug inspired by LandShark Lager.  lol
It was a good opportunity to test my free motion quilting skills.  As you can see, they are lacking, but I'm improving.  Maybe in 2 years, I'll be ready for a quilt. 

Free Projects = Fun Projects 
I used left over fabric and batting for these mug rugs!

Blogger's Quilt Festival!


It's that time of year again!  The Blogger's Quilt Festival is so much fun! There are so many fun and beautiful quilts to admire.  I can spend hours looking through all the links.I wanted to share my New Wave Love quilt that I made this summer.  This pattern came from one of my favorite blogs Oh, Fransson!And the fabric came from a sweet lady on Etsy plus some Kona Khaki from Joann.I used 12 fat quarters, but the dimensions didn't quite work out the way the pattern explained.  I like to prewash my fabric, so once i did that, I couldn't get the full 9" shape.  8.5" works just fine and left me enough extra for 2 more rows!  I pieced the back with leftovers and an extra half yard of my favorite Amy Butler pattern.  Then, machine quilted in the ditch to make a beautiful wave design on the back!  This was the first quilt I've made using my walking foot.  What a difference!!!Here's the label that I made.  This is the first time I've ever used a selvage!  I think it looks great!I can't get enough of this quilt!! [...]

Vote for Me!


Recently, I discovered this weekly quilt contest sponsored by the Quilting Gallery.  Since, this week's theme is "Scrappy Again" I decided to enter my Scrappy Flower Quilt.   Click on the box below to vote!

Halloween Placemats


I made these fun place mats over the weekend.  They are perfect for Halloween!

I was inspired by this tutorial and plan to make more in different colors.

It's Halloween!


It's Halloween at my apartment!

I made this cute pumpkin pillow with the scraps from my Leaf Placemats.  
Piecing these tiny 2" squares was easy with Oh, Fransson!'s technique.

It's a simple envelope style pillow cover with spooky backing fabric from Joann.

Here's how the process started!

My Halloween decor!  I have about 10 black cats sitting around. 

Flower Pillow


I made this adorable pillow using a tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew.  I just love her!


New Wave Quilt with Amy Butler Love


It's Finished and I LOVE it!!!

This pattern came from one of my favorite blogs Oh, Fransson!

And the fabric came from a sweet lady on Etsy plus some Kona Khaki from Joann.

I used 12 fat quarters, but the dimensions didn't quite work out the way the pattern explained.  I like to prewash my fabric, so once i did that, I couldn't get the full 9" shape.  8.5" works just fine and left me enough extra for 2 more rows!

I pieced the back with leftovers and an extra half yard of my favorite Amy Butler pattern.  Then, machine quilted in the ditch to make a beautiful wave design on the back!  This was the first quilt I've made using my walking foot.  What a difference!!!

I can't get enough of this quilt!!

Drying Mats


I saw these cuties on a new-to-me blog called Noodlehead.  Amy's Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival turned me on to several new and exciting blogs!
 My dishes are black, white and red, so I decided to make a couple drying mats to match. I used half-square-triangles to make both of these patterns.  The zebra print is my favorite!

 You can see that it matches perfectly with my dishes :)

Go make a few of your own!

Blogger's Quilt Festival 2010 -- Figgy Pudding


(image) Last year, I discovered the world of quilt blogs.  I was and still am amazed at the things you guys create.  When I found the Blogger's Quilt Festival, I knew I had to start a blog.
I knew I might have a problem when I saw Moda's Figgy Pudding fabric.  I couldn't stop thinking about it.  I wanted this fabric. After calling all my LQS, I resorted to ordering this fabric online (a first for me).  When I saw this pattern, I knew immediately that I wanted to make it.  I thought it would be challenge because of the trees and the size, but once I got started, it came together pretty quickly.  I worked on it for about 3 months and finished just before Christmas.

After a suggestion from a reader, I decided to hand quilt snowflakes in the blocks. That was taking FOREVER, so  I machine quilted around the trees which was a challenge, but I think it motivated me to try machine quilting for my next project. It's so much faster!

For the back, I used ideas from the blogs I read and found an inexpensive brown sheet that was almost the perfect size.  The scrappy stripes turned out great too.

Happy Quilt Festival-ing!


Camera Case / Kleenex Holder


Have you ever noticed that your purse Kleenex supply tends to get dirty?  If so, make this cute little holder!  The original design is a camera case from Pink Penguin.  Her instructions are very easy to follow, so you can whip this up in about an hour!

I made mine completely from scraps, so it was free!  If you're not used to making a button hole with your machine, then you should practice a few times on something else.  My machine tried to eat my cute little creation. I still think it's good for my first try.  Maybe I'll make more.. Christmas presents???