Monday, August 24, 2015

Design Wall Monday - 8/24

Here's what's up on my design wall today...
Farm Girl Vintage Sampler - first 19 blocks
After finishing up my Farm Girl Fun Sampler for display at Jackman's Fabrics (I'll show it to you later this week), I still had the Farm Girl bug.  I asked Laura if she would like me to work up the block sampler from the book as well...and she said YES!  This should cure my bug...making one of every block in the book (tiny pieces worked up into 6" blocks)!  So far, I'm loving it!

Patterns in Lori Holt's book, Farm Girl Vintage.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Design Wall Monday 8/17

Here's what's up on my design wall today...
Pinwheel (blocks on design wall)
These are my blocks for my version of "Pinwheel" by Pat Speth.  Remember my "Labor Day Madness" quilt?  Well, these two quilts can be made from the same charm packs (Pat calls them "nickels" aka 5" squares).  When creating units, you get a left side unit and a right side (bonus) unit.  Only one side gets used for "Labor Day Madness" and the units remaining can get used for "Pinwheel."  It's like make one get one free!!!

Anyway, I wasn't too keen on having 2 quilts from the same set of charm fabrics, so my friend, Debbie, and I decided to swap the leftover bonus units.  Our color schemes and fabrics could not be any more different - just what I was hoping!  Mine choice was "Lucy's Crab Shack" and "Reunion" by Moda - very bright, modern-ish, quirky and fun.  These are mostly from Holly Taylor's "Enchanted Pond" line - much more dark, serious, soft and comfortable.  I love both...I guess I just love fabric!!!

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Design Wall Monday - 8/10

Here's what's taking shape on my design wall today...
These are blocks from Lori Holt's book, Farm Girl Vintage.  This layout began with an inspiration piece by jabeybaby I found on Instagram.  I'm adding to it and working on designing a simple quilt for display at Jackman's Fabrics.  

{posted via iPad}

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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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 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
Pattern Designers:  Bonnie K. Hunter & Mickey Dupre
Panto:  Fire Lily (Patricia Ritter)

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