Friday, July 31, 2015

Baby Quilts

These are the quilts that The Pedal Pushers (of the STL Metro Area) and I donated this month....

This cutie was made by Bernice.  She did all of the piecing and quilting.  It's perfect for a little baby boy (and we are always in need of boy quilts...we just don't get as many as girls').
Baby Quilt #1 (Bernice)
Next up is a beautiful girlie quilt pieced by Susan.  What a fun pattern to use up those jelly roll strips! The design was so cute, it needed simple quilting, so I just quilted a meandering loop all over.
Baby Quilt #2 (Susan)
This last one was our Pedal Pushers group project headed up by Janet.  We each made snowball and 4-patch blocks and Janet pieced them up and quilted it into this cute design!  She sees it as a road for playing cars (I see a curling caterpillar)...I wonder what the lucky little boy who gets this cuddly quilt will see!
Baby Quilt #3 (Janet)
This month, all 3 quilts were donated to the Soldier Babies for Newborns at Ft. Leonard Wood GLWACH.

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 Heather

Ring Around The Hexies

This has been one of the most fun projects ever!  

I love handwork, but I don't love projects that take years to produce results.  This quilt was a perfect blend of scrappy piecing and spurts of handwork...and better yet, it didn't take forever!

I started a few months ago making the background designed by Bonnie Hunter (one of my favorites, as you all know).  This was finished before I went on a retreat and took a class with Mickey Dupre for the pieced Hexie portion.  The original pattern did not include the 2 borders, but I wanted to make it at least a lap-sized throw quilt.
Ring Around the Hexies (background)
Then, I added the pieced hexies fleurettes I made during Mickey's class.  Man, were they fun to do!
Ring Around the Hexies

 Then, came the quilting...no one told me I wasn't supposed to quilt over top of the fleurettes once they were appliqued down (until the first time I showed it in public).  Ooops!  Well, the quilting went smoothly and I like the results, so I'm guessing no harm done.
Ring Around the Hexies (quilting on back)
...and here's the backing...pieced chunks of all the leftover fabrics from the front, complete with hanging sleeve and label!
Ring Around the Hexies (back)
Ring Around The Hexies
65x65"
Pattern Designers:  Bonnie K. Hunter & Mickey Dupre
Panto:  Fire Lily (Patricia Ritter)

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  Heather

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Q3 2015 Goals

I am really enjoying my first year participating in the Finish-a-long!  I love that these blog sew-alongs give me a little push to finish up projects that have long been in the UFO pile or on the to-do list!  And of course...it gives me something more to blog about!

So, for last quarter, here's how I did...4/15...not too great.  Oh well...  I was surprised with a chance to make display quilts for a local quilt shop, so I did do one of those (and am planning to make several others in the upcoming months).  And of course, as soon as summer rolls around...it seems many other things take priority!

Q2 (Apr-Jun 15) List:
1.  Lozenges
2.  Silent Auction Table Project (for mom)
3.  4-Patch Revisited
4.  Crumb Along
5.  Wounded Warrior Quilt
6.  Thai Ostrich Quilt
7.  Rustic Stars
8.  Soldier Baby Quilt
9.  A Prairie Women project
10.  Collaboration Celebration
11.  Pinwheel
12.  Labor Day Madness
13.  Fan Baby
14.  Ye Olde Schoolhouse (PWSC j4g1)
15.  Orange Crush

Q1 (Jan-Mar 15) List:
1.  RWB Charming Stars
2.  RWB Irish Chain
3.  4-Patch Revisited
4.  Suki Dog Quilt
5.  Baylee Dog Quilt
6.  Easter Basket Wall Hanging
7.  Rustic Stars
8.  Kayla's Basket Weave Quilt
9.  Grand Illusion
10. A Prairie Women project

Collaboration Celebration (now has hexies in the blank spaces)
Here are my new goals for this quarter...most of which were shifted from the Q2 list since I didn't end up working on them.  This month will also be busy with helping my mom to finish up 2 of her projects (a row by row from a few years ago and her Road to STL quilt).   On top of that, I'll continue quilting charity projects for out little sewing group to send to our Wounded Warriors transition unit and for the little Soldier Babies!

Q3 (Jul-Sep 15) List:
1.  Women of the Bible
2.  Barn Quilt
3.  4-Patch Revisited
4.  Crumb Along
5.  Wounded Warrior Quilt
6.  Chicks Quilt
7.  Rustic Stars
8.  Soldier Baby Quilt
9.  A Prairie Women project
10.  Collaboration Celebration
11.  Pinwheel
12.  Labor Day Madness
13.  Fan Baby
14.  Road to STL
15.  Little House on the Prairie Quilt
Women of the Bible (now has 2 sets of borders)
Ok, wish me luck!  First up are my Collaboration Celebration and Women of the Bible quilts.  They will be my primary July goals and Collaboration Celebration is already on the longarm frame ready to be quilted.  Now that's a good start!

Linking up to the 2015 Finish-Along!

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Heather

Sunday, July 05, 2015

July UFO Goals

As predicted, this is turning out to be a busy summer...not a single quilty project was finished last month!  Oh well, I did help my mom work on a couple of her projects and will continue to do that this month.  As usual, lots to do, and lots more I want to do, therefore, I'm setting 2 quilty goals for this month:  Ring Around the Hexies - Collaboration Celebration & Women of the Bible.
Ring Around the Hexies (A Collaboration Celebration by Mickey Dupre & Bonnie Hunter)
I've already shared this picture a few times.  I neglected to take a picture of it before I loaded it on the longarm, but now it has hexie rosettes appliques into the centers of all that blank space.   Hopefully I can quilt this one up quick and move on to the next project....
Women of the Bible (before borders were added)
Last month I had a chance to get all of the setting blocks between the 40 blocks in my Women of the Bible BOW.  The borders were also added after I took the pictures above.  Once the backing is pieced, this one will be ready to be quilted right after the Collaboration Celebration quilt!  

Q3 (Jul-Sep 15) List:
1.  Women of the Bible
2.  Barn Quilt
3.  4-Patch Revisited
4.  Crumb Along
5.  Wounded Warrior Quilt
6.  Chicks Quilt
7.  Rustic Stars
8.  Soldier Baby Quilt
9.  A Prairie Women project
10.  Collaboration Celebration
11.  Pinwheel
12.  Labor Day Madness
13.  Fan Baby
14.  Road to STL
15.  Little House on the Prairie Quilt

Linking up with ALYoF!
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  Heather

Monday, June 15, 2015

QIP

(Quilt In Progress)
The center of my Women of the Bible (Block of the Week) is now finished.  Hopefully I will get the 3 borders on this week (one of them still needs to be cut and pieced) and ready to get put on the longarm next week.  Wish me luck!!!!

Heather