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I just took a quick inventory around my house and counted at least 12 quilts that still need to be blogged!  Now that my busy summer season is winding down I have a lot more time for things like blogging and quilting!   I’m pretty excited to be sewing again and I’ve missed it so much.   I spent the weekend finishing a few quilts and was reminded just how much I love doing this.   Having such a tangible beautiful product at the end of all of your hard work is so satisfying.

quiltylove_emilydennis-9030 Today I’m sharing my scrappy swiss quilt.   I used Thimble blossoms Swiss Quilt Pattern.   I’m really not such a fan of red but I loved this quilt when Camille released it and I thought it would be the perfect way to use up some of the reds in my stash since they really aren’t getting used any other way.

file-sep-26-9-15-13-am file-sep-26-9-14-44-am This swiss quilt goes together very quickly and is a chain piecing dream :)   Chain piecing is when you continue to feed the fabric into the machine without cutting the threads or lifting the presser foot.   You can see the pile of fabric pieces accumulating behind my machine.   Once all of the pieces are sewn through, cut the threads.   (I use the thread cutter on the side of my machine which is super fast and convenient.) file-sep-26-9-14-25-am I quilted this one using my very favorite zig zag stitch.   It’s pretty much my go to quilting method because the end result looks like you spent a lot more effort than you did ;) file-sep-26-9-13-42-am quiltylove_emilydennis-9032 I used a simple black and white plus fabric for the backing.   Again, kept the backing neutral when the front was so busy.   Backing is Art Gallery Wonderland by Katarina Roccella. quiltylove_emilydennis-9039 quiltylove_emilydennis-9033 quiltylove_emilydennis-9037 quiltylove_emilydennis-9040 quiltylove_emilydennis-9018 quiltylove_emilydennis-9028 quiltylove_emilydennis-9026 Fabrics used are an assortment of Bonnie and CamilleLelle Boutique, Cluck cluck Sew and a few others mixed in.


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My love affair with Robert Kaufman Essex linen continues with this fun and modern Solids Granny Square Quilt.

quiltylove_emilydennis-9007 I had a fat quarter bundle of Art Gallery solids sitting around so I turned them into a quilt.   I really loved the first granny square quilt I made so I decided to make another.   You can find a basic tutorial for this block here.  

quiltylove_emilydennis-0373 These granny square blocks are easy to make and the perfect block to make a few at a time here and there.   I’m not one to have multiple projects going on at the same time but this one was one that I took a little longer on.   I made quilt blocks as I had time or felt like working on them.
quiltylove_emilydennis-0385 quiltylove_emilydennis-0375 file-sep-22-9-12-14-am I quilted straight lines on this one using my walking foot.   I backed it with this Windham fabrics script wideback.   The black and white backing is the perfect contrast to the very colorful quilt top.

Every once in a while I quilt standing up using my kitchen island.   It’s easier on my shoulders and keeps me from sitting all day ;)  file-sep-22-9-09-28-am
These photos were taken post wash so it’s all crinkled up.   If you love crinkle then you will love Essex linen because it gets extra wrinkly.   I used warm and plush batting which caused the quilt to shrink up and wrinkle even more than normal.   (I’ve switched back to regular Warm and White batting).  quiltylove_emilydennis-9013 quiltylove_emilydennis-9010 quiltylove_emilydennis-9042 quiltylove_emilydennis-9046 quiltylove_emilydennis-9051 quiltylove_emilydennis-9050 quiltylove_emilydennis-9052 quiltylove_emilydennis-9058 quiltylove_emilydennis-9060 quiltylove_emilydennis-9053 quiltylove_emilydennis-9061 quiltylove_emilydennis-9057 quiltylove_emilydennis-9048 Fabric Used**:
Grey:   Essex Linen by Robert Kaufman
Solids:   Art Gallery Pure Elements Solids
Backing:  Wideback by Windam Fabrics
Binding:   Timeless treasures stripe
Batting:   Warm and Plush
Thread:   Aurifil 

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Today I’m sharing my second Scrappy Trip Around the World Quilt.  The first scrappy trip quilt was so fun to make that I couldn’t resist making another!   This time I used all cotton and steel (affiliate link) fabrics from various lines in blues, aqua’s and yellows.   I made 30 blocks using Bonnie from Quiltville’s tutorial to make a throw size.

File Jun 23, 10 38 46 AM For this quilt, I cut a bunch of strips in the various colors I wanted to use and then randomly made blocks from them.  I like to keep the middle color cohesive and went with the dark blues for that.  File Jun 23, 10 42 44 AM This fabric pull is from a previous quilt I made and I loved it so much that I had to find another quilt to make with it.   I haven’t blogged the other one yet but even though they use the same fabrics, they look completely different. File Jun 23, 10 43 07 AM File Jun 23, 10 42 24 AM I use Bonnie’s pressing instructions to make the blocks but then don’t press completed blocks at all until it’s a quilt top.   This allows me to nest seams the whole way through and no pins are needed.   It becomes a little bit of a puzzle when pressing the quilt top but both times it’s worked out well for me. File Jun 23, 10 41 28 AM I quilted this one with straight lines along side each seam.  File Jun 23, 10 41 04 AM quiltylove_EmilyDennis-8752 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-8754 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-8765 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-8757 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-8767 I kept my backing neutral with this fun grey metallic print by Cotton and Steel. (affiliate link) quiltylove_EmilyDennis-8770 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-8771 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-8992 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-8998 I have a feeling this won’t be my last scrappy trip quilt :)

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  • Sharon - That is a beautiful scrappy Trips quilt!ReplyCancel

  • Anne Simonot - I love this pattern too! Those blocks are quite addictive to make… I keep thinking, just one more. Then another. And another.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Singer - I love everything you make!ReplyCancel

  • Daniela of blockMquilts - Oh, what a beautiful quilt! I love the colour combination and what a great way to use up scraps! I also love how this turns into almost an Irish chain design, just very random and modern. Thanks for the link to the tutorial!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - This is just beautiful. I LOVE your mix of fabrics – just perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Hello! I absolutely LOVE your scrappy trip quilt! I am going to attempt one for my next quilt, and I love how you kept your middle color the same. I a trying to figure out where the strip with the color that you want (dark blue in your case) should go when you are putting your strips together. In the tutorial, her block shows the brown one strip in from the edge, and making up the center of her block. Is this how you placed your blue fabrics?

    Thanks so much for any help!!ReplyCancel

    • Emily@QuiltyLove - I think I put it second or third. The more important placement to worry about is where it goes once the tube is cut and ripped and ready to sew back together as a block. When I was ready to sew the cut strips into the block, I made sure that the navy color was the very first block on the bottom left. Hope that helps! These are so fun to make :)ReplyCancel

  • Tara Bilbao - I love your fabric pull. Those are some yummy colors and the pattern is just fantastic!ReplyCancel

I was glancing around my house yesterday and realized I still have a handful of quilts I haven’t shared on the blog yet.   One of those quilts is my Vintage Picnic City Tiles Quilt.   I released this pattern a few months back and included instructions for an 18inch block and a 12inch block.   This Vintage Picnic version is the 12inch block option.

quiltylove_EmilyDennis-2294 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-2303 Bonnie and Camille always have the happiest fabrics.  Their Vintage Picnic line (affiliate link) is no exception.  A jelly roll is the perfect size for this block option.  quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3347 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3360 I used the new Gingham wide backs in Aqua for the backing and binding.   I tend to bind my quilts with the same backing fabric.   Usually I make the binding with the extra fabric I cut off when trimming up my quilt after quilting it.  quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3350 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3344 I quilted this one with my favorite zig zag stitch.  I know I use it a lot but I still really love the look.   I think it looks like more effort was put into quilting than there really was ;)   I usually space my lines about 1inch apart. quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3348 The grey background of this City Tiles quilt is my current favorite grey.   It’s Robert Kaufman Kona Solid in the color Silver.   It’s the perfect cool grey.  quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3356 quiltylove_EmilyDennis-3361 You can find the City Tiles Quilt pattern in my pattern shop:

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  • Emily - I love that quilting stitch, too! I used it a lot, until I got a new machine. Even though it has more bells and whistles than my old machine it doesn’t have that stitch! It has a ‘wave’ stitch instead, which produces a similar result. I still kinda miss that zig-zag, though.
    Love the quilt in these colors!ReplyCancel

    • Emily@QuiltyLove - I love that wave stitch too! My machine doesn’t have it :( That’s why I’ve settled on the zig zag :)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Molde - Love these!ReplyCancel

  • Tara Bilbao - I LOVE that zig zag quilting. I am going to have to experiment with that one. I have been wanting to break out of the “straight stitch” quilting but am a bit nervous. That looks doable.

    I love your color combinations of all your quilts. So inspiring!ReplyCancel