Thursday, February 18, 2016

A quilt for a Leap Baby……


One of my daughter’s best friends is expecting her first baby and since I had made her a quilt when she graduated from High School AND when she got married,it was a foregone conclusion that I was going to make the new baby a quilt.

The problem began with the fact that they had decided to NOT find out if it was a boy or girl so I really didn’t have a good idea of what color to head for.   I got onto her “wish” list and noticed that most of the colors were whites, beiges and greys…..OK, that is the first clue!!!  

Then I saw a couple of stuffed animals……a giraffe and an elephant.   ANOTHER clue!!!

In the back of my mind, I started remembering a pattern that I had saved from some magazine, MANY years ago…..


I saved the pattern as a jpg and pulled it into PowerPoint so that I could size it and print out the enlarged pattern.

I had so much fun working with the design, trying to keep the colors a bit muted…..   DSC06960

At this point, it needed so large borders so I decided to add a scrappy one…..DSC06962

I had a marvelous time with all of the quilting, especially adding texture to the animals….


I am very happy with the finished quilt…….


and the Mom-to-be seemed happy too…..


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A bit of this and a bit of that!!!


Every so often I take a photo and think that I will blog about it one day.   Then, invariably I put it into a folder and promptly forget about it.  So today I will try to catch you up……

Back in the Autumn we had tons of rain and this is what our bird feeder looked like……


The birds were NOT happy!!!

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When we were in India, we purchased a set of steel dinnerware and, in the back on my mind, I wondered when we would use it.   Well, my sweet husband had the brilliant idea that we could use it when we make Indian food which means that it gets used about once a week……


And, I use the term “make” very loosely as we purchase various Indian sauces from a market in Atlanta and just add our own chicken to it.   It has always been yummy but is so much nicer eating it on stainless steel dishes!!!

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Back in December, I had a little bit of time to be in my studio but didn’t really have a project ready to go so I decided to cut my scraps into useable pieces.   There is nothing nicer than seeing stacks of strips and blocks ready to go at a moment’s notice……


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And finally, my daughter Jenny sent me this photo of her dog (Marley) wrapped up in a quilt that I made.   The other person in the discussion is one of my daughter’s oldest and best friends who also has a dog and a quilt……


These interchange made my day!!!!!


OKAY….now I am caught up on my miscellany!!!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Portrait Challenge


Back in July, we were presented with a challenge in our guild…..make a portrait of yourself with the overall dimensions to be 80 inches.  Oh, and it had to have a discernable patch of red in it.

Once again I started out with tons of ideas…..

  -  since this would be after our Himalaya trek, I envisioned using a picture of the mountains with a silhouette of myself in backpack and hiking gear.   Unfortunately I never got a good picture of myself to use so I started thinking again.

  -  I was pretty sure that I wanted to do something about travel, probably using this photo of Michael and myself, taken in Gaeta, Italy……


……so my next thought was to pick out favorite travel photos and do a banner that was 10 inches wide and 30 inches long.   But, when I started looking for photos, I couldn’t find any that I felt would make a good composition.

Back to thinking…..   For some reason the “Trip Around the World” block caught in my mind so I started playing with how I could turn it into a quilt.

Then came the idea of turning the above photo into a black and white photo, but leave my red shirt and use that for the color basis of the quilt.

I started off by making a strip set of the fabrics that I wanted to use…..


I then cut each set down into 2-1/2 inch strips…..DSC06848

…..and sewed the sets together to form rings of fabric…..


I then un-picked one of the seams in each set so that it would fit in with the pattern…..


As I laid the quilt out, I spent a great deal of time re-pressing the strips so that the seam allowances would nest properly. 

I had left room in my design for a decent sized border and thought about adding a saying of some sort to finish out the idea.    I spent a long time looking online for quotes about travel and found some wonderful ones but my favorite was by Charles Schultz….”In life, it’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with”.

So, with that in mind, I played with my computer fonts until I found one that would be easy to applique and would fit in the design.

I kept the quilting simple with just straight lines and then did a double quilt around each of the letters.

I was VERY happy with the result…….



Of course, mine was just one of the amazing quilts that were shown that night.   Here are the others…..



The best part of the challenge was listening to the reasons that we made our quilts.   One woman made hers to remember her time serving in Viet Nam while another showed her tennis shoes to commemorate a new active lifestyle.  And, of course, several noted our mutual love of fabric and sewing!!

As usual, the challenge was a great jumping off point for making a fun and thoughtful quilt!!!

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