Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy Veteran's Day !!

Happy Veteran's Day to ALL of the vets out there that have so selflessly served our country!

Patriotic Quilt
I come from a military family ... my father served 29 years in the Army, retiring in 1982.  We are now in the long-goodbye with my dad as he bravely faces each day as an Alzheimer's patient.

Last weekend, my siblings & I came from a far and landed in Kansas City for a quick reunion with my parents.  I made this quilt for my dad for Veteran's Day and took it with me on the visit.  

The look on his face as he opened the quilt up ... thought about it for a minute ... and then remembered that I quilt ... and had made the quilt for him ... is a memory that I will carry with me for the rest of my days.

I saw the inspiration quilt on BHG several years ago and pinned it to my Pinterest page hoping to someday make a Quilt of Valor.  I think I found an equally good use for it this month.  

Instead of buying fabric, I bought 100% cotton shirts from Goodwill & Value Village.  In this quilt, I used 7 shirts.  I cut 5.5" squares, did some oversize blocks, two little flags and some appliqued stars on a few of the squares.  

I had a label made by Spoon Flower where I took a photo of my dad and I and then appliqued it onto the back.  
Quilt Label -- Patriotic Quilt

The quilt is 12 blocks wide by 16 blocks long making it ~54" x 72".  

 The weekend was a success ... with a good time had by all.

And my favorite photo of the weekend ...

Hope it's going well out there ...

All the best,

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Another market tote

And yet another market bag ...

In Seattle, stores can no longer use plastic grocery bags and if you want a paper one, it costs a nickel.  A cloth shopping bag is more of a necessity than a nice to have here.

When I made my first version of this bag from Bijou Lovely's tutorial it was to use as a farmers market bag.  I have lost count of the number that I have now made as gifts.

I made one for my cousin's daughter who got married last year as a shower gift with a serving dish inside.  She reached out recently and asked if she could commission me to make one for her best friend who had frequently commented on it.  And that's the yellow one that you see above.

This week, I decided that I needed to have a new one for myself (never mind that I already have 3 that I can choose from) and I pulled this red chevron bag together for me ... it's bright, it's fun and I've already received a ton of compliments on it.

Sometimes it's just fun to treat ourselves!

Hope you're having a good week!

All the best

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival

This fall's Bloggers Quilt Festival entry was a wedding gift that I made for my husbands son and new daughter-in-law.

It is a simple geese design, with a great deal of white space designed to provide lightness and brevity to the overall design.

This is the first time that I used a template to cut the geese ... it definitely helped, but the design also solves for sizing sins by hiding any sizing discrepancies.

I like the randomness of the geese ... but yet the uniformity of them all in a straight line.

The quilt back ...

and the signature ...

All of my quilts are now bound with Rachel's zig zag stitching.

Hope everyone is having a great Bloggers Quilt Festival!

All the best

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It's been a while ...

A lot going on in my world ... work, vacation, family visits ... work ... work ... !!!

My husband is expecting a grandson ... note I say my husband ... I remain far too young for the grandparent thing ;-)

And as I know you know ... there's never a baby that I didn't have a quilt for!

You may remember that I was playing with this pattern back here and here.

I enjoyed the process on this one and the different pattern that ultimately played out here.

All Kona cottons on the front but a great alphabet soup flannel on the back.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Progress ...

The top section of the quilt is now nearly complete … since it's a 10th Anniversary present for a couple that will be celebrating their 11th Anniversary in October … I am a little behind.  I guess I've taken the attitude that if a wedding present can be delayed by a year …

You can see here what the overall quilt is meant to look like.  There were a couple of inspirations for this quilt.  The painting the couple have over the fireplace in their family room.  A quilt that I have admired and already made a quilt. 

The design was done on excel … it's funny.  I work in Marketing (the analytical side), but had some humor shared over the past couple of weeks as my creative partners in marketing all chuckled at the the thought that I could actually design something beautiful in excel ;-).

Spending the long weekend out at the cabin … and got a 6-mile journey in on our new kayaks.  This is a totally new sport for us and so far … we're having a ball … 
Today's 6-mile kayak journey on Hood Canal
Tuesday night's kayak & sunset on Puget Sound
If you can't tell … we're really enjoying the new boats!

Hope you're having a great weekend.

All the best

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wedding quilt ...

First … my thanks to all of you who commented on the challenge with my niece's quilt … I love this quilting community … your heart and generosity is abundant in so many ways!  I was away at a wedding and didn't get a chance to say thanks to everyone personally … but I truly appreciate your thoughts … I have connected with her dad, and he is helping sort it all out.

And now … this week's wedding quilt ...

My husband picked this quilt out from my Pinterest page as the one that he thought would be best as a wedding present … and lo and behold, there was a great tutorial attached to it!  The inspiration quilt was made with 6 fabrics, I added 2 to make it 8 for mine, as I wanted a slightly larger quilt.

Like us, the happy couple own a home in Seattle and a cabin out on Hood Canal.  My color choices wrapped around what they experience outdoors … the sun, the trees and the sea (you can see all these colors in the photo of the wedding setting below).  I used strictly Kona solids for this … on the front they included:  Maize, Celery, Olive, Peridot, Spring, Seafoam, Sage, & Teal Blue.  Wish I could tell you what color I have used on the back … but it's not on my color chart and I cannot remember.

I tried a new quilting technique that I hadn't used before.  I loved the squares on this quilt by Katie at Sew Katie Did.  It came out pretty good considering that it was all done free-motion.

The wedding was this weekend up in Port Townsend, WA.  We had the opportunity to watch very special friends take their vows in what has to be one of the most idillic settings I have ever seen for a wedding.

We had a chance to be appreciative this weekend … appreciative that I live in one of the increasing number of states that are allowing all of it's residents to marry someone that they love and want to spend the rest of their lives with.

Hope you guys had amazing weekends as well!

All the best

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Quilting squares

So excited to be back from a few weeks of travel for business and getting back to my quilting!

This is a wedding present for a wedding this coming weekend …  yup … I have got some work to do!

I am so excited about trying the square quilting … haven't done it before, it's time consuming, but as someone who REALLY likes geometric, it is really within my wheelhouse and am happy I tried it on this.

I used this as my inspiration quilt -- AMAZING tutorial found there to help you with it … quick glimpse at what the quilt is …

Hopefully some time by this weekend to finish, wash and get some better pics!

Hope you having a great week!


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