Monday, February 19, 2018

February Birthdays

Normally this would be my Design Wall Monday post, but there hasn't been any new activity on the design wall lately.

DS and DGS "CJ" both have February birthdays. CJ just turned three. Grandpa ordered these for him: little yellow rain boots (shown with Grandpa's shoes for scale). Too stinkin' cute!

And I made this for him: a reversible superhero cape with his initial and a lightning bolt.

The guys came in for the weekend so we could celebrate. It was a quick visit but we all had a good time. CJ is quite the little chatterbox!

He had to model his new rain gear for us: perfect fit! Now he's ready to splash in some puddles. Or they can go throw rocks in the creek - a favorite activity - and not worry about getting his feet wet.

He wasn't so sure about the cape, but we finally got him to try it on just before they had to leave. DS loved costumes when he was little. Maybe CJ will like the cape better after awhile....

CJ has a new big boy bed so he needs a new twin-size quilt for it. We looked at pictures on the computer together and he chose the focus fabric. We looked at several (preselected) choices on Saturday, then came back to the top two on Sunday, and he chose Timeless Treasures Construction Zone. I've ordered it and I'll use my Big Print Beauty pattern to feature it.

We had a good visit and enjoyed our time with them while they were here. Now it's back to normal this week, so I'm hoping to spend some time in the sewing room and get a few more Pickle Dish blocks made.

Link ups:  Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
                 Em's Scrapbag
                 Love Laugh Quilt

Friday, February 16, 2018

February Donation Top Finished

The Aztec blocks have been sewn into rows and into a finished flimsy. I like it better than I thought I would when I was laying it out. At 42" by 54", it's a good lap size.

Sorry for indoor pics, the weather is much too windy for outdoor photos. DH installed some kind of new light bulbs in my sewing room and the light is really good in there now. These photos were taken with the new light, and the color came out really true to life.

I have a lot going on the rest of this month so I don't know if I'll get this one quilted in February or not. I'm scheduled to give a Cut and Shuffle Quilts lecture and trunk show on Monday, and I have weekend plans with family, so today I have to get organized and packed for the trunk show.

(Cut and Shuffle Quilts is the book I wrote a couple years ago, featuring a fun, easy piecing technique and several patterns.)

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Aztec Blocks on the Wall

All of the blocks featuring the Aztec prints are done, as are the rest of the companion blocks needed. Here they are on my design wall:

This layout with its braided effect makes me think of basketry. This quilt will finish at 42" x 54", a good throw size for a growing boy. I'm hoping to get it sewn into a flimsy for a Friday Finish later this week, but I have some other demands on my time this week so we'll see how much I can get done.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Aztec-Inspired Donation Project

Back in early January I bought some FQs on sale, part of a collection of Aztec-inspired prints. I knew when I bought them that I would use them for a donation quilt. Quilts for older boys are in demand, and I thought these would work.

With only a FQ of each print I knew I needed more, so I found some friends for them in my stash. A plan was hatched, and all the pieces have been cut.

A few blocks:

There will be more blocks in other combos; I laid the parts out on my wall but forgot to take a photo before taking combos down to make blocks. I hope to finish the blocks and get them sewn into a top this week.

Link Ups: Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
                 Em's Scrapbag
                 Love Laugh Quilt

Friday, February 9, 2018

Rocking Chair Quilts

You may recall that one of my goals each month is to piece and/or quilt a donation quilt. In January I pieced the toddler boy I-Spy top, and now it's quilted and finished.

This one has blue fleece for backing and it's quilted with a large ribbon meander. Lesson learned, FMQ on my domestic machine didn't go so well with just fleece backing, no batting here. Lots of skipped stitches and broken threads. Ugh! From now on, I'll plan tops that can be walking foot quilted if I know they'll get only fleece backings.

I'll hold onto this quilt until I know what my guilds' charity committees are doing this year. If they're doing Project Linus or a similar children's group, I'll give this to them. Otherwise I'll donate it myself to a crisis nursery or Project Linus.

What does a rocking chair symbolize? If a child's health or circumstances are such that an agency gives him a quilt, it seems to me he's in need of the comfort offered by a snuggle in a rocking chair. Some of my donation quilts have been photographed on my rocker. I've decided to call my monthly donation quilt project "Rocking Chair Quilts."

I know a few people have mentioned they're joining me in making a donation quilt each month. Feel free to call yours Rocking Chair Quilts too if you like. I'm not on Instagram so there isn't a hashtag for them but go ahead if you're so inclined.

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Random Little Pink Things

Bernie over at Needle and Foot put out a call for doll quilts for an organization called A Doll Like Me which makes custom dolls for children with limb or facial differences. You can read more about it here. 

A couple years ago when I was making doll clothes for my niece, I started a doll quilt but never finished it. I pulled it out and bound it, and it's ready to send off. Since I still had patterns for 18" dolls and I had a bit of pink fleece left over from something else, I made a set of PJs to go with the quilt. Today these will go out in the mail to A Doll Like Me.
Little Pink Doll Quilt and Pink Doll PJs

STLMQG meets this Saturday and they've started doing optional Block Lotto blocks, where for each block you make you get a raffle ticket, and the holder of the winning ticket gets all the blocks. This month the block is a simple Plus block, so I figured why not, I'll make a couple. If I win them they can go into one of my monthly donation quilts. They requested low volume background fabrics. The example had pink for the feature color, so these will coordinate with at least some of the other blocks.
Pink Block Lotto Blocks

So, what random distractions have kept you from focusing on your priority project lately?

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Pickle Dish Progress

Almost half way done with the blocks...

The rings of color are visible now. There are two yellow prints, two blues, and two greens. Three corals, with the lightest in the center and the darkest at the corners.

Coming along nicely!

Linking up with Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, Em's Scrapbag, Love Laugh Quilt

Friday, February 2, 2018

Roman Road and First Saturday Update

Roman Road was a BOM from a local quilt shop in 2015-16. Then it languished as a UFO for awhile. Now it's a finished flimsy.

Each month there was a main block - the complex star blocks with red in them - and an alternate block. The kits were provided by the shop, and the colors and theme were inspired by the shop owner's travels in Rome.

My friend Cherie created a modified version of the alternate block, resulting in fewer points to match when setting the blocks together. I actually took all my alternate blocks apart and remade them using Cherie's variation. Then I omitted some of the pieces around the outside edge and added black points to a first border to enhance the strong diagonals.

Whoo-hoo! This flimsy and its backing have an appointment to go to the quilter next week! It needs a good pressing first. I found off-white Grunge wide backing, similar to the Grunge used in the top but with a little more grey in it, which will be the perfect backing. I have enough of the light brown blender used in the alternate blocks to use for binding.

This quilt is 72" square, big for a throw. It may become a gift, or it may hang on a wall. I'm excited to have it off the UFO list and this close to done. I'll take it to First Saturday tomorrow to show my friends. They all participated in the shop's BOM so they all have their own versions of Roman Road either finished or in progress.

Speaking of First Saturday, progress continues on my red project. Each month I'm making at least one Dresden and one Checkerboard block, due on the first Saturday. My friends keep me accountable! I have one more of each completed for February, bringing the total to seven of each.

I'm looking forward to getting together with my friends tomorrow, and to seeing these and everyone else's projects coming along.

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