So, the other side of this quilt was a group effort of the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild. We’ve been meeting for a few years, and last year we decided that we were big enough to actually create a board and have real leadership. Not surprisingly, Rachel was elected as the President for the year. She is the one who started our chapter to begin with. We met in her home for the first year or two, until we grew out of her living room.
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I recently had the opportunity to test out a new pattern for a friend.
Kati blogs at From the Blue Chair, and I’m lucky enough to get to hang out with her all the time. She’s the one who designed the gallery quilt I made last year, and she has recently started selling her patterns! She has such a great eye for placement and color… when I grow up, I want to be just like her.
I tested the Honeycomb pattern for her. It’s amazing. It looks a lot more difficult than it really is. (Which in turn makes you look like your quilting skills are off the hook awesome.)
I recently made the Shattered Glass quilt from Tula Pink’s book for the sew-along with Sew Sweetness. And the Blogger’s Quilt Festival is the perfect chance to share it here. Thanks for stopping by if you’re visiting the festival! There are so many great quilts linked up there you can spend hours just looking around being inspired.
I made this quilt for my brother-in-law and his new wife for their wedding gift. I asked her what kind of colors she would like and her answer was blues, yellows and greens – a springy colorway. So I pulled out my scrap bins in those colors, and threw in some pinks and purples because I thought it was looking a little flat with just blue, yellow and green.
I love this quilt. I just might be biased, but I do.
When I started looking at the finished top, it reminded me of an afternoon in a park, sitting on the grass watching the peacocks and elephants stroll by the river. What, you don’t have parks like that near your house? Neither do it. So I had to make it happen with the quilting.
Pebbles and streams. Twin sized quilt. That’s a lot of pebbles for Mr. Larabee to handle. See, Mr. Larabee is just a little Brother cs-6000i, with a mere 6″ of throat space. It’s not the easiest to maneuver big quilts in there. Doable, but not easy.
Since I finished a traditional Dresden quilt earlier this year, I knew that I wanted to go in a different direction with this challenge. Still a traditional block, I used the EZ Dresden ruler to create tumblers.
I’ve been wanting to play with a tumbler quilt for a while, and this was the perfect time. I cut 6″ strips of each of the fabrics in Violet Craft‘s Peacock Lane collection, which I’ve been hoarding since it came out, added in a few coordinating Kona solids, cut my wedges (or tumblers, depending on how they’re used) and started sewing them together in pairs.
Monday was a holiday here. Memorial Day… A day to celebrate our heroes and remember those who have passed before us.
If you’re me, the day was spent laying in bed in jammies all day long having a Harry Potter movie marathon. Seriously, all day in bed. Thank goodness for a hubby who took the kids outside to play while he did yard work, made all the meals (including pancakes in bed for me) and generally did everything. I wasn’t sick or anything, I just didn’t feel like getting up! Please tell me I’m not the only one with days like those.
I know, Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays manufactured by greeting card companies, but I say who cares? I’m all about a holiday full of hearts and love.
I finished up my Heartstrings quilt last week, so we could enjoy it in time for the big day of love. It’s growing on me again, after I had given up hope of liking it.
I hope you all have a happy day of love.
Here’s my first finish from the year.
I bought a fat eighth set of Little Apples at quilt market. I love Aneela’s cute little children playing all their children’s games. I totally see my daughters and their cousins in the kids playing ring around the roses. And the hula hoop girl? Once upon a time (before I had babies) I could totally hula hoop. Maybe I can get in the groove again one day. Maybe.
I finally finished it. Just five months after I gave it to Brad for his birthday, I actually finished his gift.
2,292 squares later, it is done. And I love it.
So does Lottie. Her new thing, every time I’m working on a quilt, is to ask me if I’m making her a new hiding place.
Each side square is one of the power-ups. I know, I mixed versions of the game, which my brother already gave me grief for. I know I have more than one 1up. And I’m totally ok with that.
I’m just not sure, until you’ve met her, if you can understand how awesome my mom is. You’ll just have to trust me. She’s brave and strong and (almost always) nice and genuinely a good person. So for Christmas, we wanted to do something really special for her. See, my mom also has Multiple Myeloma, a form of blood cancer. Just over a week from now, she will be checking in to the hospital for a nice long stay to have her 2nd stem cell transplant. She won’t be able to spend as much time with us as she normally does, so my sister came up with the idea of making her a quilt. Which means, I got to make her a quilt.