Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Grand Daughter Quilt

John has a new grand daughter ... Rowan Jane was born about two weeks ago ... this is for her.

I had John look at some of the inspiration quilts that I have saved on my solids board in Pinterest and he chose this one which is was my inspiration.  I believe that the Denyse Schmidt quilt is a square of patchwork ... rather than a rectangle.

I used a solid piece of Honey Comb by TulaPink for the back.

I wish I could tell you what I used for the binding ... because it's cute ... but there's no printing on the selvedge ... kinda strange ...

I was really, really happy with how this turned out ... it's bright, it's light, it's fun and the back really adds some warmth!

Final dimensions = ~36" x 45".

Happy Birthday Rowan Jane!


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Help Please!

I have had a colleague who has asked me to make her a quilt with some vintage airplanes on it ... I found some clip art on Etsy which I purchased, traced onto Heat & Bond and then appliqu├ęd onto some red Kona Cotton.

 This first image is after I have appliqued and done all the perimeter stitching on the plane ... quite liked it here.

Then I stitched around the plane about a 1/4" of an inch with straight stitching and then did fairly tight meandering quilting around the plane on the white.

As you can see, the plane doesn't look quite as crisp when I am done.  I don't prewash any of my fabric, so I don't know if that would help or not.  Or is it simply what happens when one quilts?

I am going to take it in to show the mom to be tomorrow and get her input before I try to make the quilt in earnest.

Any thoughts are sure welcome!


Monday, January 26, 2015

Today we started training

Two slightly overweight girls ... training for my next half in Edinburgh, Scotland ... May 31.

Not bad for a woman who never ran further than 100 yards until she turned 49 ...

More to come on this challenge I am sure!

Baby boy chevron

OK ... well it only took 11 months to go from design table to finished quilt ;-).

I started playing with this baby back here and here.

I was trying tome new things and was quite happy with how it came out.  I ended up with two different versions.  This is the 2nd, the first one was a completed quilt which I posted here.

This one the first one (the time consumer one) that I started with.  I like this one slightly better than the other.  And almost always like a quilt that's been done with tighter meandering quilting than a casual one with more spaced out straight line quilts.

This one is made from all Kona solids on the front and measures 40" x 49" now that it's been quilted and washed.

The back is a single piece that I picked up my LQS ... it has just enough detail in it to give it a little life without needing any additional piecing.  The binding is from a bit of material (unnamed) that I picked up as an end-of-bolt from the same store.

This one is in the  new shop on Etsy.

All the best

Friday, January 23, 2015

Housewarming / Christmas Present

 My brother Patrick, a LTC in the Army, just got a plumb assignment ... commanding one of the Battalions of the 82nd Airborne at Ft. Bragg, NC.  He and his girlfriend, Katherine, have moved from the DC area and set up household together in NC.  This was their housewarming/Christmas present.

It's difficult for military spouses ... the Army decides where you go ... and often with little interest in where you would like to go.  Two careers can be tough to manage.  I give Katherine a lot of credit, she's done a great job in her role in DC and they've agreed to let her tele-commute from NC in a trial situation.  It takes a lot of guts to do what she's doing ... walking away from being seen every day and being considered for promotions to sitting on the sidelines and having to do an increasingly great job to stand out.

That said ... they've set up house.  She sent me the photo of their new family room.

And her inspiration photo.

And I came up with this.

And here's the back.

And here's the new quilt (and the Christmas tree skirt I made them -- a different post) under their tree.

I wish them tons of success and joy in their new roles.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

A thank-you quilt

 I had forgotten that I had made this one!

A friend of mine helped me host a surprise birthday party for John in March 2014.  I had made this quilt to say thank you.  Sadly, it was the quilt I was working on when I had all my stitching challenges with my Juki last year.

So I held on to it all the way up until we went over to see them just before the holidays.  I eventually thought that they would value a quilt that they could use more than one that I held back because I wasn't happy with some stitching.

I'm not going to post many pics, as it is not my favorite quilt of all time.  It was based on this quilt, which I did love, and that I tried to replicate here.

But since all quilts are not perfect quilts … I decided to go ahead an post this one here … it is part of the growth experience yes?

Now … how about them Seahawks!!!

All the best

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Scrap blues ...

Uh oh ... another start ...

A chance to work off the blue/gray/brown (bruise colors?) that seem to be building in in my solids bin.

Hope your new year is starting well & thanks for stopping by.

All the best


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