Monday, June 16, 2014

Baby's First Year Memory Quilt

What do you do with that box full of your baby's first year clothes? Store it away under the bed or up in the attic? I say, no to that. Continue to enjoy them in a memory quilt! 

Here's one I finished for a very happy mom. 

The outfits were appliqu├ęd in their own panels of fabric. 

These were shirts. Now they're cute hexies set in the quilt. 

The butterflies were taken off of booties. 

Some of the clothes got cut up and ragged on the edges. 

The lace skirts were kept in tact for a nice dimensional touch. 

Lastly, my label went on the back. 

If you want a custom designed quilt, talk to me and let's see what we can come up with!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

SSQC Block Exchange Reveal

Today was the final meeting of year 8 for our quilting club. We brought our block exchanges to give back to the original owners. Here are pics of the collections.  

Now we all have a good start for wonderful projects to make! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Tote out of the UFO Pile

This came out as a nice looking tote. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Squared Up

Last November, I had made a large Carpenters Frame block that was sitting in my sewing room waiting for a use. 

I looked at that 24" block lots of times, trying to decide how to make it a piece of quilting joy. Time went on and I kept thinking.... I hung it on my design wall.... I auditioned border colors.... It shall be a square table covering. 

Finished with several FMQ patterns and bound with striking cranberry red, I love the final result!

There's scallop lines



Diamonds and pointy lines

Half feathers

"L" and "e" shapes

The back looks great too!

Sparkie has approved. Now it can be used!

How is your UFO pile? Get one out and think about what you can do to complete a quilted piece of joy. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wholecloth Quilting

A few years ago, I was trying to find help with free motion quilting. Leah Day's site, videos, and blog gave me the knowledge and confidence to give it a go. I had much to learn but I knew I could do it!

Wholecloth quilting was one of those new things to try. A small project was what I needed to start and Leah had a very pretty pattern that I couldn't resist! You can get this pattern from her site too! I did make it a tad smaller, since I was in a time crunch to get it done, and it's still gorgeous!

Since my mom was the person who told me to "try quilting", this went to her as a Mother's Day gift the day after it was completed. She displays it by her chair in the living room. 

I am happy I mustered up the guts to learn FMQ. It's a wonderful craft and I just love making stuff like this. Leah's a great teacher. I hope I can share what I've learned with others as well. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Quilting the Arts

I received a very pretty quilt top that needed quilting. All the panels in it were of famous money paintings. It was set up in the long arm and I thought about how to sew over those six beautiful panels. I decided to use a variegated yellow thread to accent the colors in the panels. 

Here's what developed. 

How fun it was to stitch the paintings!

If you have a quilt that needs quilting, let me know. I'll be happy to stitch it up for you!