New Quilts by Laurel blog home!!

I’m participating in the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! Part of the lead-up to the actual blog hop itself was the opportunity to participate in small group blog critiques. I participated with Amanda at Gypsy Moon Quilt Co., Amanda at This Mom Quilts and Carol at Carol Lyles Shaw. I received some great feedback and suggestions, which I have incorporated into my new blog at Quilts By Laurel.com!

I’m going to leave all of my old posts up at this old address, but all my new posts will be at the new address. I hope all of my loyal followers will follow me over there! Feel free to let me know if you have any questions.πŸ™‚

In Progress – Bonnie & Camille Barn Quilt Swap

A couple of weeks ago, I signed up for Wifeoferp’s Bonnie & Camille Barn Quilt Swap. I’m not usually one to participate in swaps, but this one combined one of my favorite fabric designers with barn quilts, which I also love, so how could I say no?πŸ˜€

After I received my partner’s information, I picked a block and a fabric line – Hello Darling by Bonnie & Camille, of course. I really love this line and I had a fat eighth bundle sitting around pleading for me to do something with it.πŸ˜€

I cut and sewed the top today, but I don’t want to post it until my partner receives it, so you just get a sneak peek:
#BCBarnQuiltSwap Sneak Peek

I’m hoping to at least get it basted and start on the quilting tomorrow. I might even get it finished? I guess we’ll see.πŸ™‚

In Progress – Minecraft Quilt – Top Almost Complete

I managed to carve out a couple of hours to get this top mostly put together yesterday! All I have left is putting on the borders. My daughter loves it already.πŸ™‚

Minecraft Quilt - Top Almost Complete

Kelli over at That Looks Like It Needs Stitches posted a picture of an Ender Dragon that her son drew up. My daughter saw it and demanded that I make it for her quilt too.πŸ˜€ I’ve made a very preliminary pattern in my cross stitch design software. I need to figure out the best way to piece it and then I’m going to make a pieced back. Should be fun…or something.πŸ˜€

In Progress – Summer Sampler 2016 – Block 3

I’m quilting along on my Summer Sampler 2016 quilt! This week, block number three was released and it’s called Snow Cone for obvious reasons.πŸ™‚ This was the first time I’ve ever made a quilt block with curves and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. I used lots of pins and lots of patience!πŸ™‚

Block #3 – Snow Cone:
Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt - Block 03 - Snow Cone

Here are all three of my blocks so far:
Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt - Blocks 1-3

Minecraft Quilt – Block 20 – Slime

Yay! It’s block number 20 of 20 blocks needed to make the quilt top! This block turned out to be the most “complicated”. Complicated in quotes because it was still super easy, but it had smaller pieces to deal with than any of the other blocks. Still fun to make though!πŸ™‚

Minecraft Quilt - Block 20 - Slime

I stole an idea from the Fat Quarter Shop blog and used the Spell It With Fabric letters from Moda to make my daughter’s name for her quilt. I think it came out great and will look super cute on the quilt.❀

Minecraft Quilt - Letter Blocks

Finished!! – Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt

You guys!! It’s finished!! Back in January, I decided to join in on the Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt Along created by Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts. This quilt came out even cuter than I could have imagined!❀❀❀

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt - Finished!!

I used Kona Solids for the sweaters and binding, snowflakes background by Studio E, argyle backing by Michael Miller and thread by Aurifil, of course.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt - Backing

I had so much fun making this quilt! I had originally decided to make a baby or lap quilt size, but it was so much fun, that I ended up making the maxi quilt size.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt - Closeup

It was quilted by the lovely and talented Robin at Ormond Beach Quilts. Her work is always top-notch and this quilt is no exception. The quilting pattern is called Snow Winds. Is it perfect for this quilt or what?

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt - Closeup

I’m just in love with this quilt and I think I’m going to leave it hanging up for a while even though Christmas is still seven months away.πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Quilt - Label

This is my second finish for the 2016 Finish-A-Long – 2nd Quarter.

In Progress – Summer Sampler 2016 – Blocks 1 & 2

I first saw a picture of Summer Sampler 2016 on Instagram and decided I didn’t have enough projects in my life (haha!), so I signed up. The initial download came with a blank coloring page so I used Photoshop to color it and decide on my fabrics. I knew I wanted to use a bright orange as a focus fabric, so then I selected a turquoise and a green to go with it. Then I chose two lighter blues and one darker blue to complete the range and of course, white as a background. I’m nothing if not predictable with the white background!πŸ˜€

Here’s my quilt coloring page mockup:
Summer Sampler 2016 - Coloring Page Mockup

The Kona Solids I’m using are shown below:
kona-white White
kona-persimmon Persimmon
kona-kale Kale
kona-celestial Celestial
kona-turquoise Turquoise
kona-jamaica Jamaica
kona-robinegg Robin Egg
I think these will work really well together.πŸ™‚

One block will be released each Monday until all 20 blocks are out and about in the wild. Each pattern also includes a sample quilt layout using just that block. At the end of the subscription, three sample quilt layouts will be provided or you can make up your own layout.

The first block was released a week ago and the second one was released today. I finished up the first one last night and I had a little time to kill today, so I got the second one done too. Here they are:

Block One – Turkey Vulture:
Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt - Block 01 - Turkey Vulture

Block Two – Summer Slice:
Summer Sampler 2016 Quilt - Block 02 - Summer Sampler

In Progress – Minecraft Quilt – Block 19

Yay! Another block done for my daughter’s Minecraft Quilt! I think this one only took about an hour, including the time to choose and cut fabrics! So next Monday the 20th pattern will be released and then I can finish this quilt! She’s going to be releasing some extra patterns too, so I might make those into pillows or something.❀

Here's the Bunny block:
Minecraft Quilt - Block 19 - Bunny

Finished!! – Easter Bunny Wall Quilt

Here’s a quick recap on this project. I’m making a series of wall quilts to hang over our ugly fireplace in the living room. I found the Bunny pattern from Elizabeth Hartman. I wanted one big bunny though, so I enlarged her pattern by 400% to get the right size. I think it came out really cute!

After I got the top done, I sent it off to Robin at Ormond Beach Quilts for her to work her long-arming magic on it. She used a super cute design called Daisies Galore on it and I think it was perfect.❀

Yesterday, I cut into some lovely black and white striped fabric to make the binding. I just love striped binding! Here's the finished Easter Bunny Wall Quilt:
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This is my first finish for the 2016 Finish-A-Long – 2nd Quarter.