Triangles of Love

Quilting: It’s in my blood

Triangles of Love | www.jenniferdyck.comIt’s a long standing tradition in my family to gift a quilt to babies when they are born. My Grandma was an avid hand quilter and she made every baby that entered her world a quilt. She then taught the craft to my mom (her daughter-in-law) who has gifted quilts to new babies for decades.

Grown men have told me that they still have the quilt my mom gave them when they were born. This makes me feel old but it also warms my heart that pieces of fabric stitched together with love have become family keepsakes.

Initially taught to quilt by hand by my mom, I have slowly started to make more pieces by machine.

Project by Project

I will admit that not every baby has received a quilt over the past few years from me. Raising my own young family has taken priority but every chance I get to sew for a baby, I do.

I had the pleasure of making an extra special quilt this year for my first niece. I knew exactly which fabrics I wanted to use from my stash and quickly found inspiration online for a 60 degree triangle pattern. Using 6″ strips of fabric and a 60° marking on my ruler I set off.

Triangles of Love

Triangles of Love |www.jenniferdyck.com

Triangles of Love |www.jenniferdyck.com

Triangles of Love | www.jenniferdyck.com

Triangles of Love |www.jenniferdyck.com

Ellery Aug 2015 | www.jenniferdyck.com

Always…Jenn

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Fat Quarter Forest Animal Four Patch

Say that five times fast!

The Triple Threat Project

At some point I picked up forest animal fat quarter bundles in a brown, orange, green and teal palette.  Anyone that knows me will find this an odd selection from my typical jewel tone selections.

This purchase immediately became a triple threat challenge that needed to be conquered.

1. The fabric is not my typical colour palette,
2. I’ve never sewn using fat quarters and
3. I don’t have any connection to a forest.

Choosing a Tutorial

After hunting high and low for a simple online quilt tutorial using fat quarters I landed upon Take-Along Quilt {Tutorial} from Clover & Violet.

This tutorial was exactly what I needed to give me the courage to get cutting and try something new.

Fabric Layout

I decided to use the lower volume fabrics in the smaller squares and use the larger print fabrics in the large squares.

Four Patch Fat Quarter Forest Animal 2015 | www.jenniferdyck.com

Once I decided to go full forest theme there was no turning back.  On a separate fabric excursion I came across faux wood grain fabric.

Now this is something I never imagined I’d ever purchase but it made a perfect border to extend the size of my quilt on both the front and back.

Four Patch Fat Quarter Forest Animal 2015 | www.jenniferdyck.com

Machine Quilting

This was the first quilt that I made 100% on my Janome Skyline.  I went with a very basic triple straight line window pane look that followed the large four-patch blocks of the front.

Choosing Binding

When it came to choosing a binding I gravitated back to my comfort zone and picked a pop of colour. It happened to be a fabric from my stash.

Washed and Ready to Use

I’ve recently decided to stop pre-washing fabric that I use to make quilts.  I like the way they crinkle after their first machine wash and dry.  They instantly look loved and ready for use.

Four Patch Fat Quarter Forest Animal 2015 | www.jenniferdyck.com

Quilt Backs Can Be Fun Too

It can be fun using extra pieces from the front to piece together the back of your quilt.  There was still more faux wood that I used to frame the back piece.

The biggest challenge with getting creative on the back is that you need to take extra care when layering your pieces together to ensure that the fabric directions of both front and back line up properly.

Four Patch Fat Quarter Forest Animal 2015 | www.jenniferdyck.com

To Keep It or Gift It

Often when I make items they have a specific recipient in mind.  I will careful choose fabrics that remind me of the person, I pick a project that I think the person will enjoy and most of all I imagine the project in its forever home being used.

Since this quilt began with a spontaneous fat quarter purchase I’ve decided that our home will be it’s forever home.  The boys immediately pulled it from the laundry basket and it’s been in use ever since.

“One who sleeps under a quilt is comforted by love.” ~unknown

Always…Jenn

Sewing Love

This past winter I’ve fallen back in love with sewing.  I’ve always liked to sew and I even took courses at University. Many projects have been made over the years.  Most of them gifts, the odd item I keep for my own home.

My University courses left me with the ability to complete most basic sewing steps but also left me with the skills necessary to create my own patterns and construct from scratch.

I plan to share projects as they are made, link to some of my favourite tutorials and share some of my own tips along the way.

Before I jump into my latest creations here are just a few that I remembered to catch on camera from the last couple of years:

Custom Christmas Stockings

It’s tradition in my home that everyone has a handmade Christmas stocking.  My mom made mine and I’ve made ones for my husband and my children.

It’s especially exciting when I get to share our tradition with other families including the ones I’ve made for my nephews as well as the set below that went to a long time family friend’s home.

Custom Christmas Stockings | www.jenniferdyck.com

Custom Baby Blankets and Bug Play Mats:

My family and close friends know that I get excited when I hear about the pending arrival of new babies because I get to make a blanket!

It’s been a long standing tradition in our family to give new babies a handmade quilt.  My Grandma taught my mom to hand quilt in large frames, my mom taught me and now I’ve branched out to making creations with my sewing machine.

Grown children that are now young adults still come up to me and tell me “hey, I still have that quilt your mom made for me when I was born”.

Every quilt or sewn creation is made with love, often custom tailored to meet unique characteristics about its forever home.

Custom Baby Blanket 2013 | www.jenniferdyck.com

Baby Play Mat | www.jenniferdyck.com

Upcycled Stuffed Owls:

Owls have been very popular these past few years and I figured I might as well jump on board.  Since I don’t have any girls to dress, this cute thrifted sweater came home to be turned into adorable little stuffed owls.

Upcycled Stuffed Owls | www.jenniferdyck.com

Upcycled Dress into Mug Rugs:

Mug rugs are a new obsession and you’ll find them all over my house.  This chevron sequined thrifted dress made the most adorable mug rugs.

I didn’t even know that mug rugs were a thing until this past fall when my husband’s aunt gifted me one from her collection. I instantly fell in love and have been making them ever since.

Mug Rug Upcycle | www.jenniferdyck.com

The Zipper Pouch:

Zippers.  I had them mastered about a decade ago and decided it was time to dig way back into my memory bank and dust off my skills.  It would be embarrassing to tell you how many of these little guys I’ve made in the past 6 months.

This polka dot zipper pouch was made with an old metal zipper from my mom’s stash.  It was one of the first I’ve made and still one of my favourties.

Polka Dot Zipper Pouch | www.jenniferdyck.com

School of Sewing:

This brings me to the School of Sewing book by Shea Henderson.  I ordered my copy online this winter and have slowing been working my way through many of the projects.  It’s a great book to refresh your sewing skills.  I look forward to sharing my School of Sewing creations with you all soon!

School of Sewing Book | www.jenniferdyck.com

If you love to sew, I hope you find inspiration in the projects I’ve shared.

If you love to create, get out there and keep making the world beautiful!

Always…Jenn