Monday, November 20, 2017

Lancer Spirit {Auction Quilt}

"Go, Fight, Win, Stand Up and YELL!!!"

If you have followed me long enough, it has become a habit of mine to find and make what I call School Spirit or Pride quilts.  I love to donate a quilt to each of my sons' auctions in their school colors.

Part of the fun is finding new patterns to use and I lucked out when I stumbled upon this pretty simple pattern at Riley Blake's School Spirit Quilt HERE.

I tried to use most of my stash, but it was getting a "muddy" feeling that felt forced, so I made a quick run to Joann's Fabrics.

 This is where I'm supposed to tell everyone that hubby picked out some of the important fabrics.  Insert rolling eyes emoji and saying "oh I wouldn't have found them myself....."

This year, I finally braved the school logo for the first time and made a layered applique.

I will admit here and now that the embroidery was intense to design and execute with my multi-positional hoop.  The love-hate relationship with my machine and software saga still continues.

When I bought the fabric, I really wasn't sure what binding I would end up choosing.
 I had to use both the blue and green dotted fabrics to cover the entire perimeter.

I've learned through the years that it isn't always prudent to overdo the quilting.

To get a nice texture without spending hours, I did a free-motion quilting straight line quilting.
I'm not sure what to call it, but you can see it is almost like giant horizontal oval bubbles, of a sort.

I had to add a printed label to the minky quilt backing.  I can't help myself.

Quilt Stats:
Measures: 54" Square
Pattern: School Pride by Riley Blake
Fabrics: Joann Fabrics
Quilted: Freemotion on Handiquilter Avante

It did a little better than the School Spirit Twister Quilt and took a lot less work (other than the logo) and I hope even the smallest amount of money goes to the operation budget of a very small and wonderful school!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Spelling Bee Quilt: Letter F {Quilt Along}

 Fat Quarter shop is running a a quilt along to celebrate the Spelling Bee Book.

The Spelling Bee Book is by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet and features complete instructions for 100 letter, number, punctuation and picture blocks in two sizes plus 18 quilt projects!

The Sew Along will feature 88 of the blocks from the Spelling Bee Book! Lasting 44 weeks, the Sew Along will feature 2 blocks from the book each week. I was asked to join and and have a few exciting projects from them!

Today is the seventh week and I have the capital letter F.

I will confess, I wasn't sure what I planned to do with a lonely letter F.
Until my sweet Button walked in the studio and said "F-O-X, mom!".

 If you anyone knows us well, Button is obsessed with foxes for the past year and a half!
The book has a bunch of cute options for characters like globes, butterflies, and hearts, but no foxes.
So I designed an English Paper Pieced Fox head that resembled an "O".

There isn't eyes as of yet, because he cannot decide what he wants at the moment. 
 I think sleepy eyes, but he isn't sold yet.

We did agree to make a giant pillow cover for his bed.  
We both love the linen background, Cotton + Steel basics,
and the leftover fox print form his Fox quilt!! 

He really loves it on his bed, so that is all that really matters!!!

Quilt Stats:
Measures: Block size 6', Pillow size 12x25"
Pattern: F and X from Spelling Bee Book by Lori Holt, Fox by myself
Fabrics: Cotton +Steel basics, Kona white, Essex Linen, Cloud 9 foxes
Quilted: Crosshatch on Babylock Symphony

To see another rendition of the F, visit Pam at Pam Kitty Morning!
Stay tuned for more letters and picture blocks from the quilt along. 
 I have one more this month and another next month!!!  There is a list of all the weeks and the contributors at the Jolly Jabber!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Patchwork QAL: Block Eleven

November is my favorite month of the year.  
It may be related to the fact that it's my birthday today?
I actually think this block is perfect since this time of the year you do feel like the holidays are approaching quickly and things are spinning so fast!!

Spinning Tops

 I might finally be getting a hang of piecing these tiny blocks now!
Seeing my tray getting so full with blocks is so exciting!!!

 I have a confession.  I think this is the first BOM quilt I haven't given up on!!!

Only ONE more block to go!!!!
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 (@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, November 10, 2017

Habitat {Auction Quilt}

  "An education in the fullness of humanity should be the defining feature of Catholic Schools"
~Pope Francis

I was asked to help the Kindergarten class of Button's school make their quilt for the school auction.  Since I had full control of Button's class project last year with the Sweet Silhouette Quilt, I told the kindergarten teacher to have the theme whatever she would like. I sent her a few patterns and she said she liked the auction quilt Lee at Freshly Pieced had made.

She decided to tie in the project with the Habitat unit that they were learning about.  I gave her general sizes for the artwork.  When she returned them to me, I scanned and arranged them into a yard of fabric that I had printed by Spoonflower.

I was happy to see how the fabric turned out.

Lee had used the Lemon Square pattern from Faith Jones at Fresh Lemons Quilts.

It came together rather quickly.  I chose jelly roll I had laying about. 

And other fabrics from my stash that the artwork colors evoked.

Instead of using a white frame as instructed for Block F of the pattern,
I opted for solid green and yellow fabrics to frame the kids' artwork.

I was a bit nervous about quilting over the artwork squares, 
but free motion meandering seemed to be the right choice.

Button went shopping with me and chose the green dotted flannel backing and yellow binding.

It became officially finished yesterday when I added the quilt label!

Quilt Stats:
Measures: 54"x 64"
Pattern: Lemon Squares by Faith Jones
Fabrics: Kona White, Artwork printed using Spoonflower service, all other fabrics are from stash.
Quilted: Meandering with Superior Threads Bright White on Handiquilter Avante. 

I hope it does well at the auction.  I always get a little sick to my stomach that the kids hardwork doesn't bring in the funds the school needs because I didn't showcase their work well enough!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Catstar {Quilted Pillows}

The only way a cat can ever come into our home would be in this form.
 I'm severely allergic, but utterly fascinated by them!

I wanted to make some pillows for our family room couch and I didn't want to do pumpkins or bats.
  I thought about cats and instantly remembered my good friend Janda's mini she made for a swap a couple years ago.

Super cool, right?   
Janda doesn't have a blog, so Kristi Schnitzel and Boo's offered to write a tutorial for her.
  Her finish is a bit different than the original with fabric placement, but the pattern design is the same.  

I copied Janda's radiating square quilting and just love it.  
I attempted to start with them closer together and have the space gradually wider towards the edge.
I'm not sure if it worked, but I gave it try!

The solid cat faces were begging for some embroidery.

 I had some leftover witch fabric from my Monster Bash Quilt to use for the hidden zipper backings. 

 And I couldn't resist the dotted fabric for the binding.

 The background fabric I used was certainly a bit more busier than I normally like to use, but I felt like it went with out drastically traditional family room furniture.

Quilt Stats
Measures: 20" square
Pattern: Catstar block by Janda Wilden
Fabrics: Various Halloween fabrics by Moda, Riley Blake and scraps from stash
Quilted: Radiating Squares on Babylock Emore

I keep telling myself I'm done making Halloween quilts and pillows....but who am I kidding??

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Jamie's Birthday Quilt {Block 8}

“Say not in grief that she has gone, but give thanks that she was yours.”

Saturday was a special day.  
It was the day our daughter was born eight years ago.  The day where we seem to make everyone else more uncomfortable than we are ourselves about our incredible loss.  
But we can't let the day go by without acknowledging an important family member.  The family member that requires us to choose life. Choose adventure.  Choose joy.

This year would be her 8th birthday.   As I have in the past, I think about what life would be like during that year.  What activities she might be involved in?  What toys would she like?  What big events in her life would be happening?

I thought about how this would be the year I would have had the joy of preparing her for her First Communion.  All of the spiritual growth.  All of the retreats and classes together.  I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I would be so excited to buy a dress this year instead of pulling out the boys’ suit that they have all worn.  

 I hunted for some patterns of a little girl in a dress.  A little girl kneeling.  I considered the symbols of the Eucharist.  None of them seemed right for her quilt.  
I then had a flash of memory.  The year she was born, our third son was celebrating his First Commmunion.  The second grade teachers asked me if I could make the floral crown for the May Crowning ceremony. 

 I used pink roses and rosemary for remembrance.  He also asked me if he could carry one of the pink roses.

The significance of the roses has a deeper meaning.  On the morning of our daughters memorial funeral, I had given my husband a task.  I asked him to buy some flowers for the church.  My favorite flowers are daisies, but I was insistent that he go buy flowers for her. Whatever he wanted to buy his little girl.  He returned with this beautiful delicate pink and white rose bouquet.

 I knew, without a doubt, that I had to do a rose quilt block this year.  
 I found this really pretty paper pieced rose on Craftsy.
Click on photo for link

I think the solids are gorgeous, but I’m still trying to use these out of print fabrics from the Posey line by Aneela Hoeey.

Her birthday is sometimes ordinary or extraordinary.  This year it was extraordinary.  In the category of choosing adventure and joy, we decided to send the older boys on a last minute, once in a lifetime trip to Houston to cheer our Astros in the ALCS with my husband.  We also bought a ticket for our oldest son to fly from college and meet them.

Button and I opted to stay home.  He hasn’t been feeling so hot this past week and we thought it best he stay home to recuperate.  I found some quiet reflective time to work on Jamie’s Birthday quilt.  We rounded off the day by making and eating cupcakes, choosing joy.

I am grateful that I came up with the idea of her birthday quilt.

  I love where it takes me.  I love the path of inspiration I take.  I love that I will have a quilt that is “hers” someday.


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