...and the crafting I get done in between all the activity of three very busy boys.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
4 is Fun!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Mini eleven: Figgy Wreath
I've had this paper piece pattern (I've bought several of her patterns - love them!) in my quilts-to-do file for quite a while. Now they're popping up everywhere and I thought it would make a pretty Figgy Pudding wreath.
Knowing I was making it for Mom, I used two of her favorite prints. The poinsettia and that wonderful red damask pattern.
I had to sneak in just a few more Munki Munki snowmen. They look at home with the strips on the back.
Now, go look at the cool pattern Julie just put up with my beloved Figgy Pudding. I have plenty for extra fabric to make my own. And I was just thinking that this would make a great charger for the settings for next year!
Friday, November 20, 2009
OK deep breath
It turns out - not. My son's class was partying it up in the grass - doing the macarena dance. There was a fire in the boy's bathroom, put out and contained. But now there's smoke and water damage. The kids were all loaded onto buses and sent to my 7th grader's school where they will hang out in the gym and be fed some kind of lunch. A dream come true adventure day I'm sure!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
New Fabric mmmmmm
If you have ever made a quilt from children's artwork - let me know. I have committed to making **FOUR** auction quilts, due in late February/early March.
Three are preschool, but I'm most worried about the one for 80+ 5th graders. How to have them make some cool fabric to use in a quilt, without it looking lame, and that adults will bid on. That's the question!
I made a flickr gallery (cool new tool!) with some ideas once the artwork is gathered.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Spray N Wash...how I love thee
Friday, November 13, 2009
Finished Tablecloth Quilt
I am done! This quilt will be the table cloth for my event this Sunday - at 77" square, it will just cover the top and the stars will hang at the edge. Hopefully any spills will land in the white area, for easy bleaching later! I'll be using it as a lap quilt after Sunday.
As I was lamenting how long it took to make one pass of stipple across the edge - after all those fun, fast minis - I came up with a plan. I quilted the double hourglass center on the diagonal, like a stained glass window. Then concentric squares in the boarders. The remaining stippling was super easy, and I lucked out with no bunchy wrinkles on either the front or back!
Speaking of the back, I used the Dvala Ikea sheet and love how it quilted up. Don't know what the shrinkage will be, I haven't washed it yet. So close to the day, I think I'd totally lose it if the washer ate my quilt!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
mini nine, mini ten....and more!
I'm in the final bits of preparation for the big event on Sunday, and that meant getting the seating plan done and deciding who gets to take home which quilts.
There was much moaning and wailing as my husband and oldest laughed at the spectacle and wondered why I was doing this in the first place! Because it's fun, that's why. Please ignore the meltdown I'm having, thinking about all these little quilts leaving.
So, I talked to my mom and sister in law and suggested that I could make their favorites again, and I would assign two more of my favorites to their seats. That way I can keep three of these little things that I just CAN. NOT. part with, and they get a totally custom mini. I think they're OK with that - or they heard the hysteria in my voice and agreed so as not to upset the psycho.
Mini nine is 'Whirling Skaters', from my whirlygig love. I made a 2.5" wide template so that I could easily cut each piece from a jelly roll strip.
I thought this fabric looked like it had been twirled on already by lots of happy skaters!
Mini ten is a small, shrunken portion of the free pattern that Moda had with the Figgy Pudding line. Totally lazy, I didn't want to do the quilty math to get the tree sections the size I needed. So I just drafted it to scale and paper pieced it. That worked out perfectly!
My new thing on this quit was to use an invisible thread. I didn't want any more busy swirls in the dark background, and I though a dark thread would be too distracting in those pretty, light blocks. It went much better than expected - I thought I'd have lots of breakage and tangled messes. Not a one!
The sun is finally out today, so I should get some good pictures of the table cloth quilt. I'll also be spending some quality time with my little quilts that will be leaving. I have to make sure I don't embarrass myself on Sunday by tackling the women as they go.
Monday, November 09, 2009
Ranger's Apprentice S.
By John Flanagan
mini eight: colors
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
mini seven: gnome
Why, hello there! A sweet little gnome and his mushroom
Snail pattern by Jennifer Ofenstein
Visited by a friendly woodland snail.
I wanted to do at least one paper pieced quilt, and with the gnome thing I had going so far, these cute guys were the obvious choice.
Once again, Figgy Pudding (with a linen mushroom stump and random stash white) I created the creatures, then played around until I could get them to look like a quilt. I really like the little windows-onto-the-woods thing I ended up with.
It's about 14"x16.5" and I don't know if I'll be able to give this one up!
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Shhhhh don't tell the kids
I had to. Really.
After the near-instant gratification of quilting ten minis, this large table cloth feels like it will never end. I am not above bribing myself.
Besides, the Reese's were totally calling my name.
Monday, November 02, 2009
Soul-filling inspiration (and mini six: windows)
The second quilt I ever made was inspired by her wonky log cabin tutorial. The greens didn't turn out quite as I expected, but I love all those happy pear blocks.
I am constantly inspired by all her amazing improv quilting - so it's a bit ironic that I'm totally copying that which I love for being so original. I'm hoping that as I go along, I'll gain the basic experience necessary to start improvising on my own. Actually making all these minis in such a short amount of time has even helped a bit.
I wanted to create the windows of pieced strips that I loved in Jacquie's 'Snippets' quilt. I think she would be proud of all the chopping and rearranging I did to make these windows work on my tiny 13"x17" quilt.
I really like the texture of linen on the past quilts I've made, so I used some natural linen here. And the pattern of the fabric I chose to bind the quilt seemed to compliment the stripey red and teal windows.
I worked in one more creative soul with Aneela's adorable spoonflower creations - a snow globe
and snowman ornament.