Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Live Piecefully 2 October

These blocks are for Dorie. She wanted 8" blocks that were cheery, for a children's quilt. I miscalculated a bit and one of my blocks ended up too large. I'm not sure if she would be ok with just cutting it smaller, or if I should have taken it apart and re-done.
Blocks for Dorie
I'm going to let her decide because I really think it could go either way, and it will depend on what other types of blocks she gets.

I hope she likes them anyway!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hip 2 Bee Square October

This block is for Marblesbestfriend in Hip 2 Bee Square for October. She asked for a traditional log cabin block. The fabrics are not something I would have chosen originally, but they are really nice and I really like how they fit together.

Blocks for Marblesbestfriend

I like the vines and how they draw your eye up the block. I hope she likes it!

Friday, October 16, 2009

quilted maps!

Wow. I just came across this and thought it was a brilliant idea. I don't have a longarm machine, so I'm not sure how easy/hard this would be to do with one. Obviously you could print out some maps and trace them onto fabric, then sew them on your home sewing machine. I'm really intrigued by the idea of making the quilting be a map of an area special to you.

Alternately, I could do some tracing and use different colored scraps to make a quilt that looks like my neighborhood. i have seen a quilt like that before, and I adored it. I am so intrigued and excited about this! Who knows, you may see some works in progress soon...

I would share pictures but I want to respect her copyright--just check it out, really!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Quilt Festival!

Earlier this year, Amy at Park City Girl hosted a Blogger's Quilt Festival. I participated then, and had a blast looking at all the entries. You can see my previous entry here.
She had such a good response that she's doing it again. A big thanks to Amy for organizing such an undertaking!

I'm happy to enter this quilt into the fray.

Here's the back:

It is machine pieced and quilted by me. I don't usually name my quilts, so if you can think of a good name, please let me know.

Also, I don't normally use all fabrics from one collection. In this case it really worked with the pattern I chose, which calls for a lot of different fabrics. Normally I am sort of a "choose your own color combos" girl. It measures 67.5"x71.5".

I made it for my best friend Sara. She was the maid of honor at my wedding and quite deserving of the quilt. You can read more about it here, which is when I first posted it. In general, she loves it and it really fits her "surfer girl" personality (she lives a block away from the beach in CA).

Enjoy the rest of the quilts in the festival! I know I will.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

catching up

I've been meaning to post a final picture of this quilt. I quilted and bound it awhile ago, but only got my little "hang ups" to hang it on the wall recently. It's nice to have something that I made displayed like artwork. I definitely get people asking about it when they come over, which is nice.

improvised quilt

As you can tell, I am still working on getting my quilting to lay perfectly flat. I've read about various techniques for doing so, but I haven't had too much success with that yet. I guess I'll have to practice on the next one!

Monday, October 5, 2009

HST baby quilt finished

HST baby quilt

I've been super busy with work, so haven't had a chance to blog at all. I'm just coming up for air. I finished this over a week ago, and it is already off to its new owner. The quilt was really quick and easy--I just cut a bunch of 6 7/8 squares and then cut them in half. Arrange, and sew. Super easy and fun.

Here are some more pictures.

Back detail for baby quilt

Back detail.

Back overhead for baby quilt
Back--I just used strips left over from the front to piece the back.

Close up of HST baby quilt

Front detail close up.

It's another "not finding out" baby. Actually, for her first baby, I got my friend a maternity shirt that said "not finding out". She loved it and is excited to wear it again.