Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fall 2011 Blogger's Quilt Festival

The quilt I am entering is Hip to Be Square done in batiks.  It was made for two of my friends' 38th wedding anniversary. I love batiks, but sometimes I have trouble putting them together so they have enough variety and colors, but still coordinate.  I decided to use a Hoffman fat quarter bundle as my inspiration.  I picked fabrics that were similar to those in the bundle and it turned out really well.  The quilt is large lap size and was quilted using a dark navy thread in a swirl pattern.


I hope you're enjoying your travels through the wonderful quilts out there - thank you for stopping by :)

Whooooo Hooooo's the Monkey?

This one is for a baby shower in a couple of weeks for the son and daughter-in-law of a friend of mine.

It's a blustery day here as you can see from the pictures :)


and back


The quilt finished at 46" x 57" and was quilted in a meander with light royal blue thread. 

I hope you're all having a great weekend!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Zoology Major

This is my second project using Michael Miller Zoology.  The first one was done in the Lagoon colorway - pictured below and posted about here



While browsing filling my cart on fabric.com, I happened to notice a newer colorway in pinks and grays.  The dotted fabric on the right is Michael Miller Dumb Dot in pink and gray and I don't remember whether or not the stripe was part of the Zoology line or not, but it coordinates perfectly.  I ordered Kona Bubble Gum Pink and Kona Peony for the coordinating solids.


I tried (very little) to resist, but you know how that goes *sigh*

I started the quilt Friday night and finished last night.


The backing



The weather here has been just gorgeous.  No heat or humidity and there is a beautiful breeze.  I'm a happy quilter :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Halloween Goodie Bags

Two are for Em's wonderful, patient and kind teachers and one is for Miss Cheryl the school's after-care angel.  The one on the right is for Em - she loved the candy corn fabric when she saw it and asked, "Grammy, will you make something for me?" :)

How could I possibly resist?


and goodies to fill them up



I'm starting a new project tonight, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

8 Pound Bundle of Joy :)

...came in the mail today from Fabric.com - LOL

Here's a peek at some 1/2 yard Kona cotton cuts that my best friend and quilting buddy and I are going to split so both of us will have a fat quarter of each one.  I'm going to pair mine with some Kona Snow.  Have I ever told you about my Kona Snow obsession strategy?  Well here goes - anytime I order fabric and need to add some yardage to get the maximum amount of fabric for the shipping charges or to get free shipping, I fill in the order with Kona Snow.  I think I probably have about fifteen yards on hand right now...sick I know *blushing*

Now, feast your eyes on this:


isn't it just yummy?

Now to figure out how to use it...I'm open to suggestions, so feel free to chime in with ideas :)

There is more fabric as you may guess due to the 8 Lb. hint, but I'll share the rest with you later.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

What was and what is to come (I hope)

Two weekends ago I finished two more Halloween bags and incorporated the changes I mentioned here, only instead of sewing down the side seams, I used Steam-A-Seam 2 quarter inch tape to fuse the edges down...much, much easier and I think they look just as neat.


Now, for the "what is to come (I hope soon)

A Christmas gift bag for little Miss Em ( I want to do this project this weekend)


A warm wishes quilt similar to this one using these Michael Miller Urban Zoology fabrics and a couple of Kona Solids that I'm ordering tomorrow.  I think I might even order a bit more and make a matching diaper bag.

What are your near-term quilting plans?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ahhhhh....Autumn

has finally arrived, even if only for a few days.  It was 60 degrees when I woke up this morning, so the windows are open all around the house.  I am a happy camper when I can enjoy my morning coffee al fresco :)


I made a pilgrimage to the quilt shop with a friend yesterday so she could drop off a quilt to be quilted.  Since is was the first Saturday of the month, it was end of the bolt Saturday where the deal is 20% off if you finish a bolt.  It's a great time to go if you need backing and they always have a ton of bolts set aside that have only a yard or two left.  This shop also has a club that costs $20 to join, but it gives members 10% off all fabric, and one free fat quarter per month. I behaved myself and only bought 2 yards of fabric.

The first fabric is for binding for "Who Whooooo's the Monkey" because I don't have enough of the striped fabric used for the sashing (on the left) to do the trick.  I think the fabric I bought (on the right) will do just fine.  Now I just have to wait for the quilting to be finished.


The second piece of fabric I bought was a risky move, because I had two pieces of fabric at home that I thought might coordinate with this very cool paisely (on the left), I ljust oved it.  Sometimes when I do this, my memory doesn't serve me well and I come home with something totally wrong...not this time :)


I think today will be spent doing a few more Halloween treat bags.


Found this at Joann's and I think this 1/4" Steam-A-Seam2 may be a better solution to keep the turned out edges flat against the bags without having to try and sew them down (which is very painstaking, especially with the small size bags).