Monday, January 28, 2013

The final two...

I finished the last two quilts I was working on for the boys at the children's home.  This quilt is my favorite of all and I made it for Theo.  I used the foreign currency pattern by Cherry House quilts.  I had so much fun going through my Kona solids and choosing all the colors to put in this quilt.  As hard as it was to give this quilt away, I am very sure I will be making another one in the near future.

and a closer view...

Since the front was so busy I chose a "sketchy" kind of solid for the back.  It really went perfectly with the quilt.

This quilt is for Zach.  He is an awesome young man and I was so happy that he liked his quilt. He's not the kind of boy that smiles very much but I think he almost cracked a smile when he saw the quilt!

I think the red binding really sets off the quilt.

I was so happy to find the backing for this quilt.  I may have even squeeled in the store when I saw it because I knew it was just perfect for Zach's quilt.

After I finished up the last quilt on Saturday night both of my daughters said "Oh Mama, now you don't have anything to sew."  That cracked me up because every quilter knows there's at least 20 more projects on the horizon, right?

Have a great day!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

3 down and 2 to go

I've finished 3 boy quilts so far this month and still have two more to quilt and bind.  These quilts are going to five boys in a cottage at the children's home that my Sunday School class is sponsoring.  We give each boy in the home a birthday party and along with their gift they also get a quilt.  Surprisingly the boys have LOVED all their quilts and I hope these quilts are equally loved.

This quilt is for Nick, he specifically requested a soccer quilt.  I hope it's soccer enough for him. Ha!  The inspiration for this quilt came from a quilt designed by Bijou Lovely.  I had to increase the dimensions to make it a lap size.

Deandre will receive this quilt and I hope he likes it.  I copied the back of a quilt made by Felicity Quilts for this quilt.  I love the simplicity of it and it is backed with a orange/blue batik.

I think I should have made a date with the iron before I took these pictures...

This is my version of the My Guy quilt that I've seen a bunch of places on the internet but mainly on this site.  I changed the sizes of the rectangles a little to make it the size I needed and decided against an outer border.  I had a lot of homespun flannels left over from some raggedy quilts I've made in the past so I used those for the smaller rectangles and Kona black for the larger rectangles.  I think it turned out very manly and I'm sure Darien will like it.

another view...

I have to get busy quilting and binding the last two because today is Thursday and the party is Sunday.  Nothing like some last minute sewing, right?
I can't wait to show you the other ones!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Chocolat quilt for my Mom

I made several quilts for Christmas this year and this is the one I made for my mom.  She loves it! I won a fat quarter set of Chocolat by 3 Sisters for Moda at my quilt guild's chinese auction so I used all of those fat quarters and added some more yardage to it for the sashing and backing. These colors are perfect for my mom.  I used this pattern by Happy Zombie.  It was a breeze to put together with great results!  I can see myself using this pattern again and again.

 Have a great day!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Kitchen Window in Heirloom

Good Morning!
I'm excited to show this quilt to you.  I started it back in the early summer of 2012 but then other quilts took priority and just before Christmas I was able to finish it up and give it to my sweet sister for Christmas.  I used a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman that she published in her first book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork.

The fabric is from the Heirloom collection by Joel Dewberry....I just LOVE the colors in this quilt.  I used Kona eggplant to frame and bind the top.  

You can't see my husband's feet but you can barely see his fingertips holding the quilt at the top, it looks like it's floating in mid-air to me. ha!

I can't resist a great paisley print so that's what I chose to use on the back.  My MIL quilted it for me with meandering flowers.  It's gorgeous!

I'm so happy that my sister loved it!  I know that she will keep it forever.

Friday, January 4, 2013

The perfect BOM for 2013

Gen X Quilters Sisters' Ten BOM

I haven't joined a BOM in a long time and I just don't think I can resist this one sponsored by Gen X Quilters.  The layout is so appealing to me because it uses traditional type blocks made out of modern fabrics.  I love the white space going diagonally through the center of the top.  I think I will have to break out my stash of Denyse Schmidt fabrics that were sold at JoAnns for this one.  I've been waiting for the perfect project to use those fabrics and this fits the project perfectly.
For all the information on the BOM check out this link.  The block and post for January should be posted on that site today.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

"Made in Cherry" quilt

Ever since last January when I saw this pattern by Sarah Fielke and this quilt along I knew I wanted to make this quilt.  Well, I finally had the chance to make it.  I made it for a Christmas present for my mother-in-law and chose to use a black/white/yellow/gray color scheme and used Kona Coal for the solid.  I just love how it turned out.  It's a whopper of a quilt at 90" x 90".  I goofed up a little bit while constructing the quilt but it all worked out in the end. I should have followed (or at least read) the directions instead of thinking I already knew what to do with the half square triangle pieces.  Oh well, live and learn.

I can't wait to see how my MIL decides to quilt it.  It's kind of a tricky thing to give my MIL a quilt for a present because she's also my longarm quilter so at the same time I'm also giving her work to do.  She doesn't mind though.  I'll try to add another picture after it's all finished.

There are a couple of alternate sizes for this quilt and I think it would be just precious with little 2" squares for a baby quilt.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Carly's 1st quilt

I'm so excited that my 7 year old made her first quilt!  Her 1st grade teacher is expecting a baby boy in the Spring of 2013 and Carly wanted to make a quilt for him.  She gave it to her teacher for Christmas.  We found a layer cake of some cute fabrics and Carly chose which squares she wanted to use and put them up on the design board in the arrangement she wanted them sewn.  She made the top all by herself but of course I helped her by quilting it and attaching the binding.  I think she did a great job!

And just look at the precious little label she made for it!  That melts my heart.

Good job Carly - I can't wait to see what you sew this year!