Friday, July 26, 2013

Aunt Connie's

This quilt is another Mom-Sister-Me collaboration.  Except I barely sewed anything- just a few QST units together.  My sister did the applique a couple years ago while on bed rest with kiddo #2.  Mom supplied most of the fabric and I think and probably did a lot of the piecing.  Me?  I did the quilting of course!  The pattern was in Fons & Porter.  I'm not sure of the issue, but I'm guessing summer of 2011. 
The quilting really blends in, but I did a free-motion flowers/swirl in the pieced part.  Feathers in the flowered borders...

And kept it simple with a meander in the applique background.  This is for my Aunt for her 65th Birthday!  I think it turned out very pretty and know she is going to love it!
Here's the back where the quilting is a bit more visible.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Grandpa's Baby Quilt

This baby quilt was once my husband's Grandfather's baby quilt.  His mom has had it in her possession for a LONG time.  It is very worn and very thin.  There are holes here and there.  She ended up ironing interfacing to the back of it and had me quilt it.  

The previous quilting lines were still apparent so I used them as guidelines for this loopy pattern.

Seeing the variety of prints was pretty neat.  I'm sure most of them were remnants from clothing.  She used a solid white fabric for the back in case you were wondering.

The steam boat print was my favorite.  I imagine they were actually pretty popular when this quilt was made!  I don't know if this quilt will last another 100 years, but it might come close!

Friday, July 19, 2013

QBB Quilts

I finished up a couple quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders.  I debuted this top a few weeks ago, and was able to get another top together too.  These quilts were made using up random blocks and leftover units I had laying around- mostly from other people, a few of my own.  I had them as PIGS.  You probably have a few PIGS of your own lurking around.  (Projects In Grocery Sacks)  I don't know what I was saving them all for...just waiting for the perfect little project to use each one in I guess.  Well, I finally came to my senses and thought I will NEVER. EVER use these all up separately.  I should just put them all together in one wild quilt.  So that's what I did!!

I did NOT make the compass block.  My super talented Mom did.  Although I did put the curved corners on- which resulted in a super wavy block.  Oof.  But I was able to quilt it out.  

And then I went wild with the quilting as well- doing each section differently.

And here is the other one- a bit more vibrant this time.

I quilted everything but the kitchen sink in this one!  feathers, pebbles, swirls, leaves...  No flowers though.  This is supposed to be a boy quilt. :)

I even used up leftover blocks from this quilt for the labels.  One of the requirements is to machine stitch the bindings.  I'm a bind-by-hand kind of girl, so this was a challenge for me.  The peach binding I stitched in the ditch from the top.  Which resulted in a lot of skipped places on the back.  So while I'm repairing those-from the top side, and having to go back a third time in the same spot... and in several other spots,  I decided to just stitch from the backside from then on.  That worked out a lot better!  Oh, and the back is flannel btw.  

So the binding isn't pretty, but it is very secure!  So, off they went in the mail to Karen in WA to be whisked away to an orphanage in the mountains of Haiti.  Until that is I checked my email today.  Karen says:

We pick the best of the wonderful quilts we receive and sell them, with the quilter's permission at the Houston Quilt Festival.  Yours are particularly striking and interesting.  Would it be okay with you if we put them up for sale.  (Houston is our only attempt at getting operating funds - we sell quilts, items from Ethiopia and some etc. like table runners)  let me know.  Thanks

Well, gosh.  OK I guess that's ok with me!  I was really wanting it to go to a poor little kiddo, but I said if it would benefit the organization more to sell it, then go ahead.  So if you are at the Houston Quilt Festival, you could actually see it OR BUY IT!!  

I guess if I make another quilt for QBB, I'll try extra hard to make it less striking and wonderful so that it will actually go to a kid in need!  ha ha!  So  in the end I de-cluttered my sewing space a little bit and was able to help out a very deserving charity in the process.  Win-win!  Karen's tag-line in her email I think sums it up pretty well...

"Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day."  S. Koch

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Katie's Funky One

My sister Katie made this one.  It's pretty funky!  So I went with some funky quilting.  

In the improv-pieced blocks I did a heart/crescent shaped star in each block.  I only had to mark the diagonal lines as you can see.  I also wanted to have different textures on her setting squares-since she made all the effort to have them in two different fabrics- and did a large pebble on one side and giant loops on the other.

For her pieced stars, I did a bit more traditional feather.

In the funky raw-edge applique flower blocks, I just meandered in the background.  It's super hard to see I know, so you'll just have to believe me :)

This odd-ball block I was nervous about because I used a high contrasting thread, but I think it turned out pretty cool!  I used a silver/gray colored thread throughout the whole quilt.

And on the pieced edges I did a big heart, small heart design.  
I hope my quilting was funky enough for you Katie!  I always have fun with your wild quilts!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Katie's T-Shirt Quilt

I *almost* forgot about this one.  I quilted this one up back in early May, but it got buried in my photo files.  Ahh well!  My sister Katie made this T-shirt quilt using up shirts from her high school and college days.  It was fun to do - partly because I had/still have a few of the same shirts (one I still wear regularly!)  and could reminisce as I quilted.  

And also partly because I could just go wild with the quilting!  

The always slightly inappropriate college dorm floor t-shirt...

The light gray backing shows off the crazy quilting pretty well.  
(Those lighter lines are from the lovely vertical blinds btw)

Enjoy your T-shirt quilt Sister!  

I wonder---I could probably make one out of some of my old college t-shirts...  Uh oh.  I think I just added another sewing project to my list!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Screenprinted Whirlygig Quilt

Norene made this Whirlygig quilt for her daughter-who screen printed all this fabric while studying design in college. This was Norene's first time making one of these quilts with the special ruler and didn't realize that you need to keep the rows you cut out in order until she already had a few rows already cut out.  Well, as you can imagine it created quite a headache trying to put them all back in order again.  I even tried to help her, but it was too much for me to figure out!  Ugh!  She tried starting over with new rows, made up a few new individual blocks, and eventually started to run out of fabric.  So, there ended up being a few funky fans, but oh well! she says!  Lesson learned the hard way!

Anyways, the fabric is all the same print, but in different color ways.  I quilted a Super echo-swirl all over to keep it a bit "Modern".  

An all white back.  
LOVE an all white back!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A couple from Lydia

Lydia improv-pieced this adorable baby quilt.  So very bright and cheery!  It's hard to see the quilting- the fabrics are so busy, but I did an all over flowers and swirls. 

She also had this really neat quilt.  So very contemporary! 
She liked how I quilted this quilt so that is what I happily did. 

Thanks for letting me quilt your quilts Lydia!