Thursday, July 30, 2015

Entry 17: Baby Madison

Baby Madison is my first commissioned quilt and I have to admit, being paid to quilt is way more stressful than when I am quilting for my own pleasure and gift giving.  It was very enjoyable and my friend Tabatha and I had so much fun selecting the fabric...but I guess I was a bit nervous.  Anyway, here it is:
The block is called "double pinwheels" from the quilt pattern in this magazine.

I think pink and green makes  sweet baby quilt!

And I'm told Baby Madison's mother was very pleased with the gift.

So that makes it all worth it!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Entry 16: Wagon Wheel

I started this quilt for my dad in anticipation of his retirement.

When I found this pattern kit, I knew it was the right one.  My dad spent most of his younger years in the southwest and has always been fond of western movies.  

The wagon wheel block and rustic fabric made the perfect "saddle blanket" for my dad as he rode into the sunset of a well deserved retirement in the summer of 2014.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to complete it in time for his retirement party, but he was still happy to finally receive it.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Entry #15 If The Shoe Fits

My first Halloween Quilt


Finish Date:  10/2014

Entry #14: Neapolitan Valentine

One day I picked up this pretty pink and chocolate charm pack of fabric...
...and started this cute little wall hanging.
Then after quilting it with pink thread...I just didn't like it.
So I hid it away in a box.

A year or so later, I made myself finish it.
(I hate unfinished projects!)

The colors reminded me of ice cream so I named it Neapolitan.

I think the blocks look like Dutch Windmills.
(and I love striped binding!)

I was so happy to finish it just in time for Valentine's day, 2015.

Entry #13: Simply Sonya

From some of my favorite fabric - Dilly Dally...
For my niece's new addition, Sonya Rose,
born December 28, 2012.

When I started this quilt, I wasn't sure who
it was going to be for.  And then came Sonya. ; )

The top (front) is made of simple pinwheel blocks
 and a prairie point border from charm packs
 and small dotted white on white fabric.

The back and binding are made of the same Dilly Dally
multi-colored fun flowers.

Finish Date: 12/2012

Entry #12: Flutterby

For my awesome Aunt Laura who loves Butterflies!

the label...
3D butterflies...
Fabric - Dream On...
By Urban Chiks...
...for Moda.
The complete top...
The back...

Ready to Fly Away
Safely landed in Arizona

Finish Date: 9/2011

Entry #11: So Sweet Sophie

When my niece first told me the name she'd chosen for her little baby girl was Sophia, I thought it was so pretty, so original, so vintage.  I decided the quilt I would make for Sophie should reflect that vintage feel.  I found this pattern, called Baby's Little Goslings, in a book I'd picked up a while ago knowing someday it would be perfect for a very special baby. 

Instead of more contemporary pastels, I decided to go with the dotted fabric from Fig Tree I'd been holding onto for just the right moment.  The soft creamy, peachy, orange florals surrounding the dotted flying geese was also used for the backing.
Since I always name my quilts, this one became "So Sweet Sophie" 
and I created a label in keeping with the vintage theme.
But my very favorite part of this quilt is the prairie point border.  Partly because I've been wanting to try something with prairie points, but mostly because I think it's the perfect finish as a reflection of the larger flying geese blocks.
For my non-quilting friends, prairie points are those little folded triangles around the edge. 
(I like folding fabric just as much as folding paper...fabric origami.)

I had such a fun time photographing the final project, hence
 the So Sweet Sophie parade that follows:

Finish Date:  6/2011

Entry 10: Stairway to Cat Heaven

When I saw this pattern, I knew it was perfect for my son Erik, his girlfriend Leslie and their little mini zoo!  Their cats, Butch and Bruce share their home with an assortment of the moment Steve, the snake, a cute little gecko and maybe few frogs even. Leslie, a former pet shop employee,  had the tendency to bring work home with her.   ; )

Erik loves his kitties and Leslie has finished her double degrees (Fisheries & Wildlife AND Zoology) at Oregon State University (go Beavers!!).  

Anyway, the pattern is by McCalls and is called Stairway to Cat Heaven.  The cats are hand appliqued and the moon is machine appliqued.  (Machine applique was way too stressful for me so I am sticking with the hand sewing.)  

I did a little free motion quilting in the starry night background.

Here's the blocks in the stairway showing those things cats love....

Yarn, or any kind of stringy toy...
Gold fish for toying with...and what's left of dinner fish....
And in their world...geckos....
 And of course leaving their love prints all over everything!

Anyway, they love the quilt and are supposed to be sending me pics of them with it....and the whole brood....we'll see!!  In the meantime, here's a few more shots.  Too bad you can't see all the colors in person.  I was SO pleased with how it turned out!!

The backing fabric is cat paw prints...
And the binding is made from the starry night sky fabric.

Update: I finally got my picture! :)

And here's their kitties. ;)

I had a great time choosing the fabric and putting it all together. A fun project that I'm very proud of!

Finish Date:  December 2010