Friday, September 20, 2019

Fun Farm Animals For Mini

 Way, way back in spring, I took my girls out to Iowa to do some visiting of extended family.  On the way we stopped at the Amana Colonies to stretch our legs and do a bit of shopping.  Of course we found a great quilt shop and Mini fell in love with the cute little stuffed farm animals we saw there.

In the store they had each animal sewn up, but when I looked for the fabric, it looked like they only had the chicken. Mini said that was fine.  So I bought it.  Imagine my surprise and delight, when I opened the fabric up at home to discover the panel had all four animals!

 There were a very quick sew.   In fact, I think its the fastest I've ever bought fabric and finished something, ever.

They turned out super cute, and its fun to mix and match the babies and mommies. 

I don't know how new the fabric is, but if you're looking to make your own, its the

Farm Fun Animal Childrens Fabric Panel - By Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda Fabrics

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Baby Quinn's Quilt - A Fairy Finish

Back on a horse named Blogger....

I have so much that I want to share on here and I so appreciate being able to go back and check on what I did when, so I'm going to have to start making this blog a regular part of my week again.

So, to that end, a quilt that I finished back in March.  For my newest niece! My step-sister and her husband live in Austin, TX, so I haven't met her yet (will happen in Oct), but I finished and sent a quilt as soon as she was born (in March!)

I have a small hoarded stash of the Flower Fairies fabric by Cicely Mary Barker. E has a quilt of them and Mini will get one soon.  So I thought it would be fun for their cousin to have one as well.  The pink sashing was in my stash, and the flower border was brand new.

This was my pile of backing possibilities.  I went with the stars, because her momma loves stars.
Just free motion quilted with a sturdy machine sewn binding.  Hopefully the quilt is getting lots of use!

Friday, July 19, 2019

An Apollo 11, Skylab, Saturn V Rocket Quilt

 As each kid in the family has come up to the age of 10, they've gotten their Big Kid Quilt.  Wes chose a long time ago to have a Saturn V Rocket with the Skylab Shroud on his quilt.
Little did I realize that his 11th birthday would be right before the 50th celebration of the landing of the Apollo 11 mission on the moon.  The size of this quilt was determined by the size of his bed and also the backing, which I made first.

Panels of the planets (yay! Pluto!)

 So when I originally stared designing the rocket, I realized that it would be very lonely given the scale of the front of the quilt.  So I consulted with Wes and we decided to add Apollo 11, and words to fill in the front.
 I also ordered and sewed on mission patches from Apollo 11 and Skylab, including a special commemorative Apollo 11 patch with the years and astronauts names.
 As I was finishing it up, I told my husband that I could pretty well guarantee that no one in the world has a quilt like Wes!
I will try to put together a post on how I created the two rockets and the lettering.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Spider Web Quilt, A Flimsy?

Back in October I talked about the class I took and shared how far I'd gotten with the blocks for this Spider Web Quilt. 

Really I just had a pile of blocks.  I didn't get a chance to get the design "wall" up until well after the holidays and figure out a layout.  Upon which I decided I needed MORE blocks. 

I finally got them made, and a layout that I liked, and very slowly I've been getting them put together.

 I finally have a "finished" top, but I don't think I'm actually done.  At this point it is only 50" square.  Not quite big enough for a comfortable lap size.  I'm not interested in making more blocks.  I think I will look for a border or two.

Option 2 is to fold it up for a few years :)

Don't worry, I'll try not to do that.

Monday, April 15, 2019

The Keeping of Bees Quilt

When I sit down to write these posts, sometimes I am stunned by how much time passes between working on various projects. 
I finished the top for this quilt in July 2018!  (after receiving the blocks May 2017!)
 And didn't touch it again until February. 

Messy pile of trying to plan the backing.

Lots of supervising help here to make sure the back is done and big enough.  Cats, dogs and children!
As I was pin basting I found this mismatched corner.  I did unpin and fix it.  I was planning to enter it in a show, so couldn't have this in it!
All pinned and ready to quilt.
My new favorite way to mark straight quilting lines: A solid tracing wheel.
I found mine at a thrift store for $.50
At this point the center and the wings were done.  Time to do the bodies.

Finished quilting
Woot, and a finished quilt.  I really need to find a place to hang it.  It is too large for my quilt hanger that I have in my stairway, so I will have to find a new location in the house.  Still working on it.
Many thanks to my bee mates who helped make this possible!

Here it is hanging in the show.  No awards, which is fine, because there wouldn't be a quilt show with out quilts. 

Friday, April 12, 2019

Gridster Bee 2019 Jan - May

The Gridster Bee has continued into its third year here in 2019.  A few change ups in the players, but I'm still partcipating.  
A run-down of the bee blocks so far.

In January Carol (carolanngillen on IG) asked for Christmas Trees from a pattern by @centerstreetquilts  I was happy to oblige with 3 blocks.  They were pretty small and quick. 6" squares to be exact.

In February, our ringleader Elizabeth, asked for houses from a pattern of her own design, Merrion Square. She's got her houses already sewn up into a quilt top.   Check out her website for her quilt top and pattern

 In March Marsha asked for some twisty flying geese.  You can find her at Quilter in Motion.  The paper pieced patterns came from Piece and Press

I was actually early/on time for April - sending these off a week ago.  Patriotic Friendship stars for Nancy at Patchwork Breeze  You can see some of the other blocks she's received, along with her EQ mockup of the finished quilt. 

 And finally, I know its not for a few weeks, yet, but May is my month.  I think it is the best month to bee Queen Bee, since its also my birthday month, so its like getting presents in the mail all month long!
 I'm asking for these star blocks, pattern can be found *here* made up in Christmas colors.  One of my goals is to have a Christmas quilt for each bed in the house.  This will help me get another step closer. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Si's Award Winning Quilt

Let's pretend it hasn't been a month, shall we?

We shall.

Every spring The Crazy Quilters Guild in Mukwonago, WI has a quilt show.  Sometimes I enter, sometimes I just attend.  Over Christmas I asked the kids if anyone wanted to make a quilt for the show for the youth categories.  The caveat is that for this show, the kid has to do ALL the sewing and quilting.  

Si said he wanted to.

 We visited "Mom's fabric store" and he chose the above fabrics.  He definitely had a vision.
 I did do the cutting.  The rules didn't mention the cutting..... Si laid it out. 
 Sewed all the squares.  We did a pillowcase finish, so that he could tie his quilt on his own.
And a third place ribbon for the boy!

The quilt has been washed and currently resides on the boy's bed.  A win all around.