Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FEBRUARY MAKES

Happy Wednesday!  Thanks so much for all the nice comments on my previous post.  There were a couple of questions I couldn't answer because the commenter was a 'no-reply' but I will address those at the end of this post.

This months bee blocks :

I made a cake for Carla 


Stacey asked for a star block with low volume background


Jera asked us for string blocks using the foundation piecing method.  I sewed the strips onto 8" squares then sewed the squares together


My daughter in law came over and I was able to give her 4 baby hats to give out at the hospital.
I finished a couple more




Regarding the last post, the font I used for the 'brand' is called Carnivalee Freakshow and yes the quilt pattern is original so it's not available : )  The tutorial for the arrows can be found here  

The wedding is coming up fast. We probably shouldn't,  but hubby and I have decided to take off for a few days.  See you when we get back  : )

Friday, February 20, 2015

THE WEDDING QUILT

Don't tell Becca, but the quilt is done! I'm very happy with how this turned out.  It's pretty exciting to have the vision of this quilt in my head become a reality.

Hubby and I went out for some pictures to a little western town that is about half an hour from home. Even though it was closed for the season, there was a truck there with music blaring.  No one seemed to be around, but I had the feeling we were being watched.  Hubby said  "seeing we are here, throw it on the wagon and get a couple shots."  I felt like such an 'outlaw'!



After a couple of pics, we took off and found another spot to stretch it out. This one really shows the colours well.



Becca and I designed this little 'brand' with their initials.   I. Love. It.


The all over hearts were the perfect texture for a wedding quilt and was done by the very talented Linda. Thank you so much Linda for making this quilt extra special





She roped him in, and we couldn't be happier  : )

linking up with Finish It Up Friday
Needle and Thread Thursday

edited to say this is a finish on my first quarter list for the finish along

quilt stats:
'Navajo' wedding quilt
designed and pieced by me
quilted by Linda King
84" x 88"

Monday, February 16, 2015

LITTLE KNITS 3

Last week I was talking to one of my daughter in laws. She works in maternity at a small hospital that has about 300 deliveries a year.  For a few months she is doing a practicum in a much larger hospital where they deliver around 1300 babies a year.  I asked her if she would like some little hats to place on those wee heads she helps bring into this world.  She was quite happy about the idea and said they have no knitters for that hospital.  What ????

I cast on stitches that very night


and the next


and then again



I found myself home alone on Valentines day,  so I took myself out for a little shopping


When hubby got home from work, I showed him what he got me.........
He was quite impressed with himself  : )

The brown yarn is already in use for another hat.


I've been casting on 64 stitches on 4mm needles, doing a little seed stitch and then stocking stitch for about 4", then decreasing.  A little embellishing is always fun too.

With 1300 little heads to cover, I best get busy!

linking up with Rainbow Hare 

Friday, February 13, 2015

A FRIDAY FINISH

Last week when I showed you this, it was a top. With some simple quilting it's now a completed quilt!


I just followed the zig zags and echoed it in the open space


The backing is the cutest : )




The binding is a grey solid I had in my stash.  Done!  My daughter in law has a friend who is expecting so I think this may go to her in a few months.


linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

quilt stats:
fabrics are 'Littlest' by Art Gallery
36" x 52"
Pieced and quilted by me

Monday, February 9, 2015

ROSETTE'S ARE RED.........

Rosettes are blue..........well turquoise at least . After working on the first two rosettes of the New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt Along, I've decided that in order to keep my quilt somewhat 'controlled', I will add a bit of turquoise or aqua into each block. My first Rosette is turquoise and red

Rosette 2 started like this. Some aqua and plum


then a bit more


and still more


and a final round of aqua. Lots of stitching to do yet, but that's the easy part  : )


I like where I'm headed with this now.  Each block sounds more delicious than the last. Turquoise/aqua and orange, turquoise and text print, turquoise and lime green.

 This second one doesn't go against the first one, so I think it will look ok in the quilt.  So looking forward to #3 !

linking up with Live a Colourful Life for the Choose Your Own Block along

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

LITTLEST

Every once in a while a fabric line comes along that I NEED.  When I first saw Littlest,  I knew some pieces would be coming home with me.

The border print was perfect for a version of a quilt I first saw here .  It's funny how things stay in our heads until the time we can make them


This little quilt top works up very fast. An afternoon would do it  : )  I think I will chop a couple of inches off the top so there isn't quite so much open space


The sweetest little border print


batting and backing have been chosen. Now to baste and get quilting !

Remember the jam I was going to make with my future daughter in law?  We made dozens of little jars of raspberry jam for wedding favours.


Cute stuff

linking up with Quilt Story
Let's bee social

Friday, January 30, 2015

FRIDAY PHOTOS

All the blocks are done for the wedding quilt.


Now I start the task of cutting up yardage for sashing. The plan is to make the 20 blocks cover the top of the queen mattress and the arrows will hang down around the edges. That's the plan anyways.
And, I'm still toying with the idea of something between the bottom two arrows.........

These are bits left over from previous arrow blocks made by me or for me.  I'm thinking they will make some fun wonky blocks for a small quilt of some sort.


The bride to be and I are making jam this weekend as wedding favours.  Things are coming together bit by bit.  Now just to get this quilt finished!

linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday