Category Archives: Simply Retro Quilt Along

Pastor’s Quilt

April 30th 2015

Whew! It’s about time this baby is finished up.

Vintage pattern Simply Retro baptist fan - Copy

I started it way back when I was doing a quilt along from Camille Roskelley’s book Simply Retro hosted by Jana a couple of years ago. (Time flies!)

simply retro book

I decided early on that I would make this for our church Pastor.  It may also serve as a birthday/going away present since they may be reassigned come Fall. I hate to see them go, they are great people I have grown very fond of.

pastor and Diana 1

He has commented how his Grandmother had quilts and this quilt is made up of “Granny Squares” so I thought it would be perfect. I discretely inquired about his color preference and I was not wrong when I assumed he liked earthy and natural colors. Check! I had plenty in my fabric stash.

earth color palette

It came together fast and this was by far the largest quilt I had made to date at that time. I remember piecing it on my dining room table. Then I took it outside to decide on color placement.

vintage simply retro, granny squares

After I started basting it to finally quilt it, I decided it would come out much better if I sent it to a professional longarm quilter.

vintage pattern simply retro 2

I could not do justice to the totally appropriate Baptist Fan design I wanted it to have. Thank you Logan from Chocolate Dipped Quilts, she did a fantastic job!

baptist fan - Copy

I did the machine binding method which was a cinch!

Vintage from Simply Retro 3

I think it measures about 60″ x 80″ a perfect throw size for two people?

Vintage pattern Simply Retro 1

Now I just have to wrap it up so it’s ready for it’s new home.

Simply Retro Update: “Dapper” Finished

October 21st 2013

Look! Another I finished quilt from the Simply Retro book by Camille Roskelley. 

simply retro cover

The pattern is called “Dapper” with contrasting pinwheels. She did hers in blues for her boys.

baby quilt pink

I call mine “Dainty” because it’s for a girl.

Pick Chocolate 3

Pink Chocolate. That’s another good name for it! Pink and brown quilt

I quilted it with pink thread in flower patterns with loops in the sashing and big flowers in the pinwheels.

pink and brown quilt

 I initially only did one block, see it here.  But the colors go so great together, I finally just sat down one day and pieced the whole thing!

Pink Chocolate2 I just love how it came out. ( I even have some left over if I want to make more blocks)   The white I used is a little bright, maybe an off white would have worked but all in all I think it still very pretty.

I absolutely LO-OVE this one From Chocolate Dipped Quilts.

Pink and brown quilt

The blocks are 10 inches so it’s about 38″ by 38″ finished size. quilt on bed Just Girly!

Simply Retro Update: "Playground"

September 23rd 2013
This post is to show you the completed baby quilt from the “Playground” pattern from the same book. It’s done in Baby Big Top Circus fabric by Timeless Treasures. Not much a fan of circuses per se, but they sure look great as illustrations and fabric!

This pattern is one of the projects in the book Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley.  Jana is hosting a quilt along on her blog.
I wanted to give you an update on how lovely this quilt came out. At least I was happy with the result.

I just quilted loops, that’s “circus-y” isn’t it?
 large loops on the blocks

and small loopier loops on the sashing and borders.

The backing has moons and stars, I used this for my son’s room 14 years ago! Let’s just say I’ve come such a looooong way!!

Can you guess my favorite part? 
Solid binding in various colors, it was the perfect complement. And it was very convenient to have this jelly roll handy! I just pulled colors that matched the quilt.
Then I thought I would personalize it just a little. (I’m new at this embroidery, but it will do)

Handmade with love.  
I feel it needs a good washing before I give it to a baby.
Plus, I always want to make sure it survives the wash? : ) 

So do you wash your quilts before giving them away? 

Friday Night Block Party: Granny Squares

September 20th 2013
Welcome to another Block Party. Thanks for coming back every week that’s so nice of you!!
I almost forgot about the party this week because I was working on a Fall Blog Hop that started yesterday over at Sunshine in the Attic.
This week’s block is familiar. I had started this quilt way back but I am so happy to finally have all the blocks done!
  I thought this was a nice “manly” block to make for our Pastor but it turns out it’s called a “Granny Square.” (But we won’t tell him that!)
This is very popular in the “crochet” and “knitting” world look here for a little history
here are some samples
http://accordingtomatt.blogspot.com/2012/05/granny-square-button-cushion.html
www.purlbee.com/granny-square-project
I don’t see the resemblance.
 And look what Sayraphim Lothiam says
 ” a reproduction of a number of crochet newsletters stuffed full of patterns from a company called Weldons from the mid 1800s. Right at the back, there’s a pattern for “Patchwork Squares”, which has a little blurb at the top describing how useful these are for using up scraps of yarn you might have, and how they’re great for rugs, baby’s blankets and the like. Breathless I turned the page to see if I could find an illustration and there, on the next page, was a handsome black and white engraving of… a granny square!”
In quilting it has many different renditions, ah, the magic of quilting, a change in color or placement just makes all the difference!  Look at these examples from the Simply Retro Flickr Group
Simply Retro Vintage Pillow.front by Caribousmom
by Caribousmom
Vintage project - Kathie by Kathie L
by Kathie L
Simply Retro Vintage scrappy pillow by PinkDieselDesigns
by PinkDieselDesigns
100_5593 by stitch every day
by stitch every day

Take a look at how mine turned out. The color theme is Earth.

Here the grannies are sitting waiting to finish the project (this is my biggest quilt yet, I need backing and batting!)
So there you have all my granny squares. Please add you link below of whatever block has you busy these days. This month’s giveaway is a charm pack from the Fat Quarter Shop.  And Thanks to our giveaway sponsors!