Twist and Shout

>> Friday, April 25, 2008

Here's a fun pattern I got for cost from my online fabric swap group. It's by Pat Speth of Nickelquilts fame and is fat quarter and charm pack friendly. I haven't checked the pattern lately, but I would imagine it could be made using a jellyroll as well. Anyway, when I saw the pattern I thought it would be fun to use charm squares from Moda's Tiddley Winks line. Even though I finished it a while ago, I haven't posted it on my blog yet. So--here it is!


Amazing Quilt Giveaway

>> Thursday, April 24, 2008

I found a really fun quilt blog with darling patterns (I'll take one of each, thank you), and she is even having a giveaway contest for her cute "Bloom" quilt, pictured above, made from the Allspice Tapestry line by Fig Tree for Moda. If you are ready for some quilty fun, click here. And, if you enter the giveaway, be sure to tell who sent you--I get extra entries (and with my luck, I'll need them).


The Lehi Fifteen

Fifteen table toppers quilted in six days! What fun! Jayme taught an Enrichment Activity class and offered this spring table topper by Buggy Barn, then sent them to me to quilt. It was fun to see the different personalities reflected in the fun fabric choices!


Button Up Buttercup

>> Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wow, is Jessi a lucky girl! She got two quilts in a matter of three days. First, "Clara", and now "Button Up Buttercup". Someone in my quilt guild showed this pattern about a year ago, and I loved it. So, when Moda's Spring Fling line came out, I thought it would be perfect for my girls. (Now, keep in mind this quilt is a year in the making--that's about how fast my kids get their projects from me because I take on too many personal projects and am busy quilting for customers.) Anyway, after I was sufficiently tired of hearing Jessi whine for her "Clara" quilt, I decided to push myself to get this one done. Maybe if she had this one, she wouldn't be so anxious to get the one from the LQS, right? Well, I finished this quilt about the same time she finally was reunited with "Clara". Go figure.

This is a closeup of the ragged flower in the center. I did mostly a stipple and swirl pattern in the center of the quilt, the borders were flowers, leaves, and swirls.

The back is minkee and I did it in Jessi's other favorite color: blue. Mmmmmm . . . blue minkee, so soft.

And finally, here is a close up of the borders.


Am I a Winner? Not so much.

>> Monday, April 21, 2008

I am definitely not lucky. I made these three (yes, count them, THREE) blocks for my quilt guild's blockjack drawing last month. I thought that making three blocks would increase my odds (which technically, it did because I got one entry per block), and thus render me a winner in the drawing--but no. I can take solace in the fact that my aunt won, so I can visit my blocks at her house. And, if I can't win, then I'm glad someone I know and love did. At least I have the pattern and the experience of making three blocks so when I finally do get around to it, I can make my own quilt. Right? Let's just add this to the running list of quilt projects floating around in my head, and we'll see which ones make it to fruition. Too many quilts, too little time.


Jessi and "Clara"--BFF

Can a quilt and a little girl be best friends? Possibly. Actually, yes. I did this quilt sample for my LQS, and it's called "Clara" from P&B's Clara line. As soon as I opened the fabrics, Jessi wanted the quilt. I explained that the quilt shop wanted to display the quilt for a while because it was a new pattern with new fabrics, and they wanted to show people a finished quilt to try to sell their fabrics. I promised her that as soon as they were finished displaying the quilt, it would be all hers. We returned the finished product and waited. And waited. And waited. For a while, it hung in the middle of the shop. Then they moved it to the front window. Every time we drove past (which was a lot because it is on the way to dance lessons), Jessi would shout "There's my quilt!", and then she would ask when she could have it. I again, reassured her that she could have it when they were done displaying it. After a couple of weeks, a new quilt was being displayed in the front window. Jessi was sure they were finished and she and her quilt could finally be reunited. Not so. When we went into the quilt shop, we soon discovered that it had been moved once again. I told Jessi to be patient, and she would eventually get her quilt. She waited through several trips to the store, but finally couldn't take it any longer. Seemingly out of nowhere, she started to cry. Now, I know it was weeks and weeks of waiting finally building up, and soon she was sobbing. She begged me to ask someone, anyone, who worked there if she could have her quilt back. I asked when they were going to be finished with the display, and as soon as Judy saw Jessi's red eyes, she took the quilt down, carefully folded it up, and presented it to it's grateful owner. Jessi happily took "Clara" home and hugged her friend constantly so she couldn't get away. Here is a picture of the two friends reunited:


Frenchy Bag by Amy Butler

>> Saturday, April 5, 2008

My "Frenchy" shoulder bag

Now that I'm "caught up" with my quilt pictures (okay, not really), I'll have time to start posting fun pictures of what I am working on right now! Last night I decided to make an Amy Butler pattern (Frenchy Bag), which I have secretly been stalking on the Internet for some time now. My LQS finally got the pattern in, and I thought it would be adorable in the "Ginger Blossom" line by Sandi Henderson. If you love fabric, check this line out--such cute fabrics! We're headed out of town for spring break, and what better way to travel than with a new, fun handbag, right? I have also been getting some handwork ready for the road trip so I'll still be working on some projects while I'm traveling. I'll be working on my "Shooting Star" qulit and "Gatherings". My quilt guild had a Spring retreat about a month ago, and I took the "Shooting Star" class from Nancy Raymond of Whimsy Cottage in SLC. This is the most ambitious quilting project I have taken on to date. The pattern is lots of small pieces and hand applique. But, the finished project was beautiful. We'll see how mine turns out. The other project I am taking with me is called "Gatherings", and it comes from a great book I found with lots of 3 dimensional patterns. I am suddenly attracted to texture in quilts and fabrics, and the gathered blocks will hopefully turn out great. I'll post pictures when I am finished, of course!



About . . .

Quilting is good therapy. It all started about 18 years ago when I had two little kiddos running around the house in diapers and spent my days as a stay-at-home mom. I soon discovered that I needed something more interesting than sorting laundry to keep me going. That's when I discovered the joy of quilting. Now, years down the road, I've added another kiddo to the mix. We've said goodbye to diapers and hello to driver's licenses and college (yikes!), and I have many quilts behind me. I now have a studio in my basement with a long-arm machine where I keep myself busy quilting for others and for myself, too, when I get the time. I hope you enjoy looking at what I've been working on!

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