Friday, August 30, 2013

Blush and Bashful {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

This quilt is for my aunt.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer.  I spent a long time trying to figure out what pattern I was going to use, but I knew I wanted pink as a main color. But not too much pink.

Luckily, my good friend, Tracy at Traceyjay Quilts, was destashing around that time!  

Blush by Moda.

Then I became distracted in the early fall by a lump I found.  Breast cancer and lymphoma were thrown my way.   Lots of tests, doctor visits, and surgery in December distracted me from my mission to make her a quilt.
Edited to add: To new visitors, I don't want to mislead, I was cleared after my lump removal
It was just a scare for me, thank goodness.

I was paging through my new Simply Fat Quarters, while recovering, and stumbled on the Poppy pattern.  It was a marriage made in heaven!

The only REAL dilemma I had the entire time, was my background choice.

I fiddled with white, cream and stone, but finally chose pale flesh.
THE WORST NAME Kona has ever created.  I couldn't stand saying it in my head, so I switched it to  Bashful because it is the palest of pinks. (are you listening out there in the blogesphere Kona?)  

The quilting was inspired by the original. I had planned to do a pantograph, but really liked the floral effect.  It wasn't my shining planning moment, because I honestly only had a small photo to try to mimic.

But it works for me. I am curious to see how it crinkles up when I wash it.  It still needs a label too!

I am really happy that I finally finished it.  Much later than I wanted, but it is still very much needed, unfortunately.  She now is back on chemo and radiation.  The cancer has spread to her spine.

If you are the praying kind...send them in the general direction of the middle of Illinois, okay?

I apologize that I don't have more pictures.  My camera decided to act naughty and both batteries crashed...despite recharging. Time to figure that out!

 Maybe I will just bore you with more pictures in the future?

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Which Way is UP? {WIP Wednesday}

I honestly have no idea which direction I am coming or going this week!   At this point?  I'd just like someone to say, "Hey....the sun is up THERE!". 

When I hear moms complain that school couldn't come soon enough for them? I just can't even imagine.  School is only a week into the new year.  Homework and school sports are already in full force.  I want summer back!!!!!

Things are hit and miss with time now, so I have been taking advantage of naps and the wee hours between sending the older boys to school and little man rising. It isn't a lot, but it seems to be just enough for me!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Monday, I was commenting.... whining that I had seven quilt tops waiting to get on my machine.  I am happy to say that that number is now five!!!

I get to bind, bind, bind next.  My absolute favorite part!  Can't wait to share the final quilts!

In Progress:

Ironic that two of my projects this week are from the HexaGoGo book?  Nope. I just love these projects!

Stars and Stripes

I finally sat down with my scrap stash this weekend and managed to get the pieces for the border cut and the blocks pieced.

  Now to just finish piecing the blocks together!

Argyle Quilt

I was moving quickly last weekend, but have slowed a bit the past few days.