Finish it up Friday: a double finish

First of all, you really must check out how much fun we’re having with this linky party:

It has been just incredible to see what people stash and how and why. You still have 6 days to join in the fun! And there’s a giveaway (something handmade by me since I’m not super famous enough to have sponsors)!

BUT today’s post is really about this really fun set of quilts and pillows I made for my sweet and smart nephews (they’re 6 and 7 and speak German, no big deal)!

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It started with a discussion with my sister-in-law (because let’s be honest she’s going to care more than they do). She wanted solids in a stripe pattern. Easy enough, right?

Not really.

I had such a tough time choosing colors and stripe widths. My local quilt shops haven’t quite caught on to the solids trend yet so I had to order online… And man those little digital swatches can be deceiving! It took no less than 4 tries to get the right shade of army khaki/green. Ultimately I ordered a Kona color card and that helped tremendously.

My first try actually ended up getting sliced and diced and made into the reverse side (I consider it the back side but these quilts are definitely reversible):

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The little airplanes serve as my “label” for this quilt (signed with a fabric pen) and also became the inspiration for the pillows:


I made 2 of these 24 by 24 pillows. I used a machine paper-pieced pattern from Quilty magazine. I thought the quilts ended up feeling so serious and grown up. The pillows add a much-needed fun element! The fabric is mostly Architextures with some of my stash thrown in.

These quilts were such a great learning experience for me.Β I learned that I don’t like working with solids. Yikes! It’s hard to admit that because I do so admire some of the modern works of art people are creating with solids. But it’s not for me people. I love fabric and pattern too much to spend so much time staring blankly at solids. On a related note,Β I learned that working with solids is hard. The mistakes really show when there’s no distraction! And each and every color choice really matters.

A few more fun artsy shots courtesy of my sister-in-law and her great camera:

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Darling nephews, if you’re reading this, each and every stitch is especially for you.

Ich liebe dich Neffen!

Linking up with Finish it up FridayΒ at Crazy Mom Quilts and the Paper Piecing Party at Quiet Play and Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story.

26 thoughts on “Finish it up Friday: a double finish

  1. very nice, it’s hard to find “boy” fabrics that are more timeless, I think you really hit the jackpot with the solids! And I looooove the airplane pillows.

  2. !!!!! Those airplane pillows!!!! Sarah, they’re amazing! Architextures in the background, bright prints, the sashing you used–you’re definitely right, they make the really sophisticated solids quilts look a little more little-boy. I’m not a solids gal either. I love Architextures so much mainly because it lets me avoid the solids issue. πŸ˜‰

  3. Very nice! I love the aeroplanes in the corners! I’m looking for ideas for boys quilts as I have a house full of boys, and so far have only made girls ones…

  4. love love love the pillows. and just saw you won the gift certificate from rita – lucky dog. those quilts are adorable – great inspiration for little boy quilts!

  5. I read your quilt “story” to both of your darling nephews. They smiled. I love that these little boy quilts will become big boy quilts and then young man quilts *gulp*. Thank you just doesn’t seem like enough….

    • I read this blog thanks to DeAnn’s encouragement via facebook! The fact that you only really took on sewing AFTER starting your family is encouraging to all of us who would love to try it on for size. Thanks for the inspiration! Guten Tag!

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