Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sooner Spirit {Quilt}

" A mile of road will take you a mile; A mile of runway can take you anywhere."


I wish I had the photo of the graduate that this quilt is going to!
  He is a young man headed to the University of Oklahoma, Department of Aviation 
this fall and is also already a REAL pilot. 
(I know that is weird to say, but it just blows my mind that he was flying planes while in high school!)


When he was a little guy, his mom tucked him in with a quilt made by his grandmother.  He would say "airplanes UP!" to her every night.  


She requested I add a bit of that fabric to the back of the quilt headed with him this fall!


 I can't tell you how excited I was to find this fabric for his backing.  
It's called Jetsetter by Tim Holtz.


Unfortunately, I did run into a bit of trouble while piecing the backing.  
When I had originally assessed and purchased the yardage, it appeared quite non-directional at first.


I had intended to have only a single stripe on the back, but when I realized all of the commercial planes appeared to be nose diving, I immediately messaged her to let her know I had to make a change in plans.  I think I said, and I quote, "There is NO way I am giving him any bad ju-ju" 


The last time I did this quilt for my own son, I did a square meandering, but this time I really wanted to do straight line quilting. 


I did a meander around the logo so that the applique would pop, with its blanket stitching, from the background.


I went with the black binding to frame the entire quilt.
I will admit, I struggled to choose the coordinating fabrics.  OU has only two specific colors for their school, Crimson and Cream.  I was so glad the Ash gray and black didn't distract from their colors!



Quilt Stats:
Measures:  71" X 89"
Pattern: Rah Rah Rally by Melissa Corry from the Moda Bakeshop Book, Sweet Celebrations.
Fabric: Kona Black, Ash, Crimson, and Natural
Quilted: Straight lines and meandering on Handiquilter Avante


Today is his graduation and I can't wait to see his reaction to his gift!


Friday, May 19, 2017

Pineapple Fun {Mini Quilt}

"Be a pineapple.  
Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside."


This year, the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild decided that they wanted to do a mini swap again.  Last year, I didn't have one and it was so fun to watch everyone open and then steal away minis from each other, white elephant style.


This year, I decided I wanted to do something fun like the pineapple quilts I have been seeing around lately. I confess, I saw just saw a block on line, quickly did some quilt math, and pieced the top with 2.5" inch unfinished squares and HSTs from fabric that I scrounged from my scrap bins.


I then added matchstick quilting. 
I loooooove matchstick quilting on minis and throw pillows.






I had a lot of questions on Instagram when I posted the photo in progress.  
I used four different colors, white, light yellow, dark yellow, and a green in 50wt Gutermann using varying widths and varying stitch lengths (generally 3.0-4.5).  I have had so many questions about it that I will be making a video very soon to share.  Stay tuned!!!



The backing was a fun green print I have had in my stash for quite awhile.


I had some fun with the binding and added a bit of black and white with the yellow to frame it.


I added a printed computer label and then just used Heat n Bond to secure it to the back since it was a mini wall hanging.

Quilt Stats:
Measures: approx. 12.5" x 19"
Pattern: Pineapple Block
Fabrics: various yellows and green from stash, Kona White
Quilted: 50 wt Gutermann on Babylock Symphony



I had a great time and so glad to be able to participate this year.  


Monday, May 15, 2017

Patchwork QAL: Block Five

Are you still quilting along with us at the Fat Quarter Shop Patchwork QAL?

The Homestead Block


Another fun block with squares, rectangles and HSTs!


I think I will make a larger block version with some of my scraps in the future!


Isn't this stack just gorgeous!! 


If you haven't started it, it isn't' too late.


These blocks come together very quickly!  See everyone else's!!!!


The designers of the quilt's fabrics - Bonnie & Camille - are sewing along, too! Fun!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table
 
 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Patchwork Quilt QAL: Block Four

 It's the 15th of April...Tax Day here in the USA....a perfect day to bring smiles to people's faces by sharing block four of the Patchwork Quilt along with the Fat Quarter Shop!


The Star & Cross Block:




It is a fun mix of tiny HSTs and square and rectangle block units!

Ready to make yours?  
Check out Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber for the links and videos for this charity quilt!!!




I have to admit...this striped one is my favorite this month.  It feels like Easter and Spring!!


I was super excited to add it to the blocks to my new wood crate that holds the now 24 blocks!!


Go check out the other designers quilting progress. 
Some are using the kit and others are using different lines or just their scraps!!!


 
The designers of the quilt's fabrics - Bonnie & Camille - are sewing along, too! Fun!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table

Friday, March 31, 2017

Pink and Pink {Quilt}


Shelby: "My colors are blush and bashful".
M'Lynn: "Her colors are pink and pink."
Shelby: "My colors are blush and bashful Momma."

"Pink is my signature color"
-Steel Magnolias


If you have been around here since 2013, you may recognize this quilt.  But you might be confusing it with the original, called Blush and Bashful, I made my aunt in August of that year.  She was diagnosed with cancer and has since passed away.


 My cousin, her son, had returned it to me along with some other items.  I had extra fabric and had told him at the time that I had planned on making his daughter a quilt of her very own with it.
Time went by and he mentioned that he wished he had kept it for his daughter.  He immediately felt terrible for saying it and we further talked about me still making her own.  I started cutting out the block parts knowing I really wanted to work quickly on it.  


But I just couldn't get it out of my head.  I felt guilty keeping a piece of her grandmother for myself.  This past fall I sent her the quilt back with her very own Poppy pillow.


In February, I noticed on my WIP board that it was waiting for the piecing stage and really I didn't have anything pressing to do.  The anniversary of her death had just passed and it just seemed right to start on it.


I have to admit, the first time I made the quilt, it seemed to take forever.
 This time, it flew.


 When I returned from Quiltcon, I loaded it up and decided to go a different path than the original with the quilting.


 I've been intrigued by a fellow longarmer's use of large paisley and swirls
 and thought I would give it a try.


 It certainly isn't perfect, but I had a lot of fun.  I'm ambivalent about the choice of thread I made.  I already had a light grey loaded up from a previous quilt and thought it would be okay. It certainly isn't horrible, but is probably not my first choice.


I finished up quilting, just in time, to take it on the road for Spring Break and finish the binding.


 Instead of hunting down more Moda Blush fabric, which I confess, has never been "me" but my aunt's taste.   I eyed this Raspberry backing by Riley Blake when I was a my friends home shop.  It isn't the exact match, but I liked how it gave it a little punch to suit my love for brighter colors!


 The binding is a sweet bias striped pink fabric from the Olive's Flower Market by Lella Boutique.


Quilt Stats:
Measures: 54" x 70"
Pattern: Poppy Print from Simply Fat Quarters book by Fat Quarter Shop
Fabrics: Top: Moda Blush, Robert Kaufman Pale Flesh, Backing: Riley Blake Raspberry Parlour by Sue Daly, Binding: Moda Olives Flower's Market
Quilted: Free motion paisley and swirls on HQ Avante


All finished. 


Just in time for Spring!



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

So Charming {Quilt}

 "Your prince charming will come one day.  
He may not ride a white horse or live in a big castle, 
but he will love you and only you!"


 This quilt was a quick start to finish that was solely based on the fact that I needed a break from some other quilts.


 I had pulled out some charm squares from in the Fall to use for a pincushion, but lost somehow lost all desire to make it.  I'm not a big pincushion user and not a collector either.  


 It was actually a half open pack of Pat Sloan's "Eat Your Fruits and Veggies" line for Moda Fabrics, with only 17 charms left, the others used on various swap or bee blocks in the past
.  
When I found it two weeks ago, I really contemplated tossing them in my scrap bins. But, I just really liked the play of the colors together and felt that I had to do something.  
I came up with a quick design.


I took 3 of the charm squares and cut them in four 2.5" squares each.  Then surrounded them with sashing to make 5" blocks to match the 13 blocks.  To make it a baby size quilt, I added really large borders.  I raided my stash for binding and backing.


I miscalculated when I started loading the backing and realized that I needed to add a strip to make it wider.


The borders allowed a lot of fun free motion with very large and exaggerated pebbles with feathers and paisleys sprinkled in.


I then used a ruler to play in the big squares and emphasize the tiny squares.


I loved how the quilting showed up on the back and how the orange dot strip up with one of the rows on the front.  
Completely unintentional!


I had a moment of indecisiveness to change the binding to the orange dot when I finished quilting, but told myself to stay strong.


 Definitely some texture on the front!!!


Quilt Stats:
Measures: 36" square
Pattern: Inspired by box-in-a-box blocks
Fabrics: Moda Fabrics Eat Your Fruits and Veggies (circa 2012) by Pat Sloan, Moda Fabrics Simply Color by VCo, Robert Kaufman Kona White, Dots from Joann Fabrics
Quilted: Freemotion and rulers on HQ Avante longarm


There is still one charm left that I'm saving for the quilt label or it will land in the scrap bin.  
Had to share the photo bomb.


He thinks he's sooooooo charming.
Oh well....what can a mom of boys do other than shrug?



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