Friday, June 18, 2010

Pigs in a Blanket

I'm sure that I've asked this question before - but why is it that there are some quilts that we start and immediately finish, and there are some quilts that languish forever as UFO's?

For some reason, I decided to make Oh, Fransson!'s New Wave Quilt.  Since I didn't blog about it right away, we'll never know the real reason for sure, either!  However, I did make it.  And finish it.

I started out with that cool Alexander Henry Owl fabric.  Then I started adding some of the Japanese pig fabrics that I've been hoarding buying.  I love them!  (If you ever see those marching pigs in blue, please tell me where - I really need some!)  I used Kona Ash as the sashing.



It went together really quickly and I love the muted, subtle colors of it.


Since I knew that it was going to live here, I added this funky flannel backing.  If you ignore the fuzzy slippers and crowns, it does really go well with this quilt.  It has the same colors, and the same diagonal striped pattern going on.

Three Thanksgivings ago I went to an after Thanksgiving sale with my girlfriend at JoAnn's.  I bought flannel.  I'm STILL using that flannel - this was some of it.


I just did a simple outline quilting stitch on it.  Then I bound it in Kona Charcoal (I think).  I really wanted a color that was the same as the background of the owls, and this is close.  Not as close as I wanted it to be, but not really worth going who knows where to find the exact color. 

Some of the Japanese pig fabrics were a heavy linen.  It really adds a nice weight to this quilt.  I was pleasantly surprised.




Now, I have a boy graduating high school.  Next week.  He needs a new quilt, dontcha think?  Yes, I'm working on it.  Not very danged fast, though.  And I'm thinking that it will need to be quilted while he's spending way too much time hanging out at home - because apparently Seniors don't need a lot of schooling the last week of their high school academic life.  We know that I CAN do it - but will I?

Friday, May 28, 2010

Geez


Louise.  I guess it's been awhile.  Funny thing is - I've actually been pretty productive!
I made this quilt for my girlfriend from Colorado.  She came out and visited me for a couple of days.  Of course, I waited until the last minute to make it.  I started it on Thursday - and she got here on Tuesday. 
                                            
I picked a really easy pattern, though, so it went together really quickly.  I used mostly Flirt by Robyn Pandolph.  I really love that fabric.  It is just so girly and soft.  I'm really a sucker for soft fabric.  It needed a bit something else, so I added some Amy Butler to it.

                                            
I backed it with a soft, striped, green flannel.  I also added those fabric squares on the back.  I have to say - I really love the way it looks with those squares added on the back.  I think that's the first time that I've done anything like that - but it won't be the last time.



I bound it in Amy Butler Moon Dots.  I'm not sure, but I think that every quilt I've finished recently has been backed with flannel and bound with Moon Dots.  But it just looks so great and feels so great - how can you not do it?

And, of course, it wouldn't be complete without a crochet edged (crocheted edge?) pillowcase to go with it.  This pillowcase was made with more Amy Butler fabric, but the truth is, I've been making most of these pillowcases with flannel.  Everyone seems to love the flannel.  I just love the crisp look of regular fabric, though.

My girlfriend loved it.  She cried when I gave it to her (although she is a bit of a crier).  She has since let me know how much she loves it and how it makes her feel when she uses it.

Which brings me to a couple of blog posts that have been circulating the blogosphere lately.  You can find the links to the posts here (even though I'm sure you've already seen them) (and how happy are we that crazy mom is back?  Very, VERY happy!).  I'm not really sure I agree with all that they have to say.  Why do we quilt?  I think that answer is very different for everyone.  I think that answer probably changes even for ourselves over the years.

I quilt because I love fabrics, because it is a creative outlet that results in something that can be used and loved.  My taste in fabric has changed over the years - and even my taste in patterns has changed.  While I enjoy and appreciate more complex quilt patterns (and even enjoy working on them, although I do tend to get bored with them and ultimately stop working on them),  I also love being able to get a quilt done in a few days and giving it to someone to show them how very much I love them.  I want them to be able to use the quilt and wrap themselves up in it and feel loved.  If in a few years the quilt is worn out - all the better.  Then I'll know that it was used and loved. 

Some other people might quilt so that they have something to blog about.  I don't think that's wrong - it's what's right for them.  And let's face it, it has worked fabulously for many bloggers and they've become very popular because of it.

I think sometimes, too we want to get too wrapped up in terminology.  Modern, contemporary, geometric, whatever.  It is still a quilt.

So no, as far as this quilt goes, "it isn't art, it isn't design," and you might not find it interesting.  But I made it with love, it was given with love, it was received with love, and it is loved every day.  That was my goal with this quilt, and I believe that goal was fulfilled.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Love


I've been meaning to blog about my Love quilt for some time.  I actually finished it in 2009. 

Do you ever wonder why there are some quilts that you start that you feel compelled to finish immediately?  This was one of those quilts for me. 

Way back in October I saw this post on Red Pepper Quilts and almost immediately had to buy myself a fat quarter pack of Love (I'm such a follower!).  After I received it, I had to make something with it right away.  With Red Pepper Quilts obviously still on my mind, I decided to make a version of this quilt.  It seemed like a match made in heaven - fat quarters, that quilt!  I figured out that with the fat quarters I could cut a 2 1/2 inch strip off the top of the fat quarter - so it would be 2 1/2" by 18" - then cut that strip into fours making pieces 2 1/2" by 4 1/2".  I would then have one "block."  Easy Peasy, right?

Wrong.  Unfortunately, the fat quarters were not accurate fat quarters.  Some (I would say 3/4) were off by a 1/4" to a 1/2".  That's not a lot - and I agree.  However, if you are quilting that 1/4"  or 1/2" makes all the difference.  I didn't ask for more than my fat quarter - I just wanted my full fat quarter.  So, what should have been an extremely easy quilt to make, became a huge pain in the ass.  Okay, so it was probably more of a pain because I was just so irritated.  Do you ever check to see that you've gotten full cuts of the fabric that you order?  Maybe I'm obsessive, but I do sometimes measure (not always).  I once ordered a bunch of 1/2 yard cuts from a highly advertised shop on etsy (who has their own website, too), and every. single. cut. was short.  Even though she has great fabric, I have refused to order from her again.   So now, I check.  If the cut is short, I must say, I don't order from them again.  I have gotten in contact with the some of them - but the resolution was not satisfactory, so I just don't order from them again.  Dang.  Sorry for that rant - moving on.

Even though the quilt was not as easy to cut as I would have liked, I did persevere and get it together.  I had some wonderful Valori Wells flannel that I put on the back.


Then I decided to use the wine spots for the binding because it matched the back so fabulously.  I got those wine spots from Kerri whose an incredible shop, and great customer service!




The one thing that I regret is that I didn't make it longer.  It's about 58" square.  I've never been a big fan of square quilts to use - unless they're really big - they just seem too awkward.  However, by the time I got to this point, I just wanted to be finished with it.  And that's what it is - finished!  The flannel on the back makes it nice and warm, too.

Penny asked me how much fabric I used.  I used all 26 fabrics in the Love line, and of the fat quarters that I had, I used up all but about 10" of the fat quarter. 

And, just to show that yes, I am working on other things, here's a tasty little pic of my (too small) design wall. 


Friday, October 09, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival

The quilt that I'm choosing to post for the Blogger's Quilt Festival is this one.




The pattern is Picture This from the Happy Hour book by Atkinson Designs.  I have seen so many variations of this pattern, and I just love them all.  (I've linked to some of those quilts in this blog post).   You can see where I messed up on the placement of the squares.  There are 3 that are facing the same way in the middle of the quilt, and they shouldn't be.

I didn't do a very good job on the quilting either, as you can see here. 

I was trying to channel Mrs. Schmenkman and her quilting abilities - but she wasn't coming through very clearly - so I gave up.  *sigh*  I just finished it up by stippling it.

And the back.  Yes, the back. 



No, it doesn't go all that well with the front.  But I had the fabric and decided to use it.  My girls gave me a hard time about using that backing fabric.




But the binding - ah, the binding.  Even though I don't have a good picture of it, the pieced binding is just wonderful.

Why did I choose this quilt?  I'm choosing it because I sleep under it every night. Now, keep in mind, even though I do share a bed with my husband, only I sleep under this quilt - because it's not big enough to fit over our whole king sized bed.  And at night when I'm laying in bed watching tv I tend to look at the quilt once in awhile, and when I do, I just love it every single time.  I think it's the colors.  They are so girly and so soothing.  All I know is that even with all of its faults, this is my favorite quilt (right now).


Thanks Amy for hosting another Blogger's Quilt Fesitval!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

DQS7


I joined the DQS7 on Flickr. This was my first time and I was so thrilled that they let me join in on the fun. The partner that I got said, "I love modern, improv quilts with lots of bright colors and solids." Can I just say, "Eeeeek"! Well, I DID just say Eeeek! I can't say that is in the realm of what I usually do.



When I was still trying to figure out what I was going to do, I ran across this post by Cherry House Quilts. I was inspired to try to make those flowers and use those in my quilt.



I can't say they were easy! I know they should be, but I had a tough time getting them to look the way I wanted them to look. And I'm not really sure they come across as flowers, either. Which is okay.



I have to say, I can totally understand why people make two doll quilts - one to send and one to keep. You can become quite attached to these little babies.



Especially after we spent a few hours bonding while I ripped out about a million 6 or 7 rows of echo quilting that looked like crap.



I really enjoyed the different types of quilting. I've never done the water effect in the blue, or the pebble quilting, but they were really easy to fall into a quilting groove with. The pebble quilting was inspired by crazy mom quilts, specifically, these pillows.

Okay,two more pictures. The back.



And ready to be sent.



I certainly hope that my partner likes it. I already told her that if she hates it, she can return it - no questions asked! Heck, I'll even pay for return shipping.

Now, I can hardly wait to see what quilt I get to replace it!

Friday, September 11, 2009

What I Did During Summer Vacation, Part 2

Summer is officially over. School started on Wednesday. My son is a senior this year, so this is our last year with all the kids still in middle or high school. As much as the schools drive me crazy and I can hardly wait until the kids are out, it's also very bittersweet.

My son and husband went back to D.C. for a few days this summer. While my son was gone, the girls and I rearranged his room. Part of rearranging the room meant putting his bed in the corner of the room. However, he doesn't have a headboard. So, to make up for that a little, and to make his room look a little cozier, I decided that I needed to make some pillow covers. I wanted them to fit two standard pillows. This is what I came up with. (I had to take pictures outside since I couldn't get good light in his room.)

Front


Back


Front


Back


The lines and the log cabins were supposed to be wonky. *sigh* Not too much wonk going on there if you ask me.

I made the pillows to match this quilt (which looks really bad since it was wadded up in a big heap on his bed):




I think some of the solids that put in the pillows make it so much brighter than the actual quilt. Oh well. I still like it and it makes a very cozy looking bed.




Even if his bed never really looks like this.

Monday, August 24, 2009

What I Did During Summer Vacation, Part I

We have had a great summer vacation, so far. It keeps on going because the kids don't go back to school this year until September 9! It has been nice this summer, because the kids are older and have lots of activities, and I don't feel that I have to be taking them somewhere all the time. And, I even got some things accomplished this summer.

First off - remember the sneak peak? Oh, you don't? But it was only 4 months ago. *sigh* Yes, that baby blanket was on my design wall forEVer. But I finally finished it - and here it is.





I'm not sure if you can see it - but I stitched her name in the blanket. I hope that they see it one day.



For the back, I used one of Valori Wells Urban Flannels.



LOVE it.



And I got a little bit tricky with the signature block.



I think it looks cute. And I love the happy little heart that I accidentally stitched in. (You'll probably have to enlarge the pic the see that.)

Of course, there is one truly sad thing. We hand delivered this blanket to it's recipient - and I didn't get. one. picture. I don't even know what I was thinking. Well, I guess I wasn't thinking.

Okay, that's it for now. I'll be back soon with more summer vacation projects.