This quilt has been a work in progress for some time. With the Indy Modern Quilt Guild’s June finish challenge, I thought this would be perfect. The top and back were done a bit ago, but the back wasn’t big enough. So I cut it in half and added the white stripe, nice touch. I am loving how the close quilting turned out.
The finished turned into a quilt for a friend’s baby shower.
Well both baby boys named Sam have arrived. Both are happy, healthy and have wonderful new quilts to lay on.
For this quilt I knew the nursery was a bit more muted in color. I did struggle to find a print for a baby boy that would get me started. Found a print and matched solids and other prints with it. Took them home and started cutting. I am hooked on strip quilts. They are easy to cut, piece and get quilted all in a reasonable amount of time. Plus one fabric doesn’t have to be the main focus point.
My coworkers were loving this quilt, they get sneak peeks before most stuff hits the blog, facebook or twitter.
Baby quilt madness has slowed just a bit, but more great things to come.
Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild was apart of the Robert Kaufman Charm Pack Challenge. Our theme was “Spring”. Only stipulation, the charm pack fabrics had to be the focus and you can do whatever. I had my idea in mine the minute I got my hands on my charm pack.
My brother in law was looking for a baby quilt for a friend that is having a girl later this month. They are not doing traditional girly colors, they did go with purple and orange. I looked around before the challenge for fabric that I wanted to use and didn’t really find anything that inspired me. With the brights charm pack I instantly thought rainbow. I wanted to sort the colors from dark to lightest and showcase them that way. Sewing a rainbow wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do either.
I started cutting the charm pack into 1.5″ strips of each square. Each color was sorted darkest to lightest and sewn in that order. Finding a gray that would brighten the colors and still look springy was key. I chose a Kona solid, can’t remember the exact color. Piecing was easy with 3.5″ gray strips. Here is what was left.
This is the finished product.
This quilt was a lot of fun and I LOVE the final result. Bring on more solids!!
Mom is a word that is not yet apart of my personal description. I do have a wonderful mother that has been a great mentor for me. Plus many friends that have shown me how to be a great mom with the next generation.
A few months ago I was asked to make three special Mother’s Day quilts for a friend. Her mom passed almost six years ago and she wanted to do something to celebrate her mother. Her sisters had created a quilt block a few years ago that is on a traveling quilt currently. This was my inspiration.
Into my fabric stash I went. Amazingly, I had enough fabric to create three quilt tops except for the backs and sashing. I have wonderful sewists in the Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild that offered to help me with the embroidery that I had envisioned for the quilt. Here is what I started with.
The design/layout of the quilt was changed a couple of times. I had one block in mind and started cutting squares per the instructions and it was becoming difficult to match up three fabrics for each block that would be different. So instead I changed to a block that showcases just two fabrics.
Upon delivery of the first quilt I learned the story of how the quilts came to be from my friend. She mentioned her sisters have had a really hard time since their mother has passed. She has a hard time but has tried to make Mother’s Day something positive, by volunteering, donations, and/or something else that didn’t let her dwell that she was missing her mom. I am blessed to still have my 97 year old grandma and my ** year old mom, I don’t know what I would do without them. She wanted the quilts so her sisters could have the blocks to remember their mom. I was very pleased to help her bring this to life.
Her sister’s quilt were made the exact same way with the green sashing. For hers I wanted it to be different especially after why she told me she wanted the quilts. I added in the cream sashing and and extra worry spot to the back. I think I may start adding these tags onto the back of quilts that I’m working on. Something fun and different.
pinned and ready for the machine.
The quilts were a big hit. So glad I could help someone have positive memories for Mother’s Day.
Christmas has come and gone. What is your reflection of this year? Mine was very different from the past years. The husband and I agreed to no gifts especially since we just did the cruise. Our friends adopted a family from the United Christmas Service here in Indianapolis. We offered to help them adopt this family and were assigned to the 4 year old boy. Toys, clothes, and shoes were on his wish list. I had to keep the hubby out of the toy section. Feedback from our friend says they were very grateful for the gifts. Looking forward to doing this again. (more…)
Etsy has just a trove of products that sometimes it’s hard to go through everything. Today I was bored at work and wanted to create something that my husband would want if he was on the site. I tried to combine his favorite things. Can you guess what they are?