Friday, August 22, 2014

Trip Around the World

A few weeks ago, I saw Jan's blog post about her trip around the world quilt, and I couldn't get it out of my mind. I went back to her blog and saw that she posted again about her project, which led me to the Brigitte Giblin Quilts facebook page and eventually to me joining Brigitte's second Trip Around the World challenge group. The challenge is to hand sew a trip around the world quilt, using squares that are cut 2", with a "red spot" fabric for the center and then certain other rows. It took me a little while to get a hold of 1/2 yard of a good red dot fabric, but I did, and here's what I have so far:

trip around the world 8

It is getting a little more challenging as the rows get longer, and I'm a little scared about the length of the later rows (from looking at some of the photos from the first challenge group, I'm guessing it might end up with 27 "trips" around the center maybe.) But it's a good project to keep my hands busy while I watch a show and it has been really fun choosing the different fabrics for each row as I go. 

If you're interested in seeing more of the challenge photos, the hashtag for the challenge is #bgtawc. I love seeing all the different versions of this quilt.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Modern Quilt Guild Challenge Quilt--Entomology

Today's the deadline for the latest Modern Quilt Guild challenge, and I got my quilt finished and posted in the MQG forums early this afternoon. I had a hard time getting the colors to show up right in my photos, so I'm including pictures taken both outside and inside.

It's titled Entomology.


I made three paper pieced moths using the challenge fabric for the wings and a gray solid for the bodies. I designed the moth pattern, just to see if I could, inspired by an old scientific insect drawing that a friend pinned on Pinterest. This blog post on Shape Moth was very helpful for figuring out how to draw the pattern in EQ7. Sewing the moth blocks was pretty labor intensive, but by the last one I had figured out some tricks to speed things up and make sure everything fit together correctly.

moth quilt detail

The antennae were embroidered with embroidery floss in a basic chain stitch. I decided to hand quilt the moths with perle cotton, and then machine quilted the background. I got about 6 pokes that drew blood while hand quilting over the last couple days, but didn't get any on the quilt!

moth quilt detail

This quilt was kind of an exercise in using what I had on hand. I had thought about buying a light gray fabric for the background, but still had a large chunk of the aqua solid (Kona ice frappe), so I decided to use it even though I've used that same fabric in my last three mini quilts. Same with the quilting thread--ideally I would have used a slightly lighter aqua thread for the machine quilting, but I used what I already had and I think it turned out fine.

Here's the back:
Entomology back

And one more photo of the front, outside (on the shadier side of the backyard) this time:

I'm really glad I was able to participate in this challenge. I learned a lot and might even try making more paper pieced insects someday. Thanks a bunch to the Modern Quilt Guild and Michael Miller for providing the challenge fabrics!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vacation fun

We've had a busy couple of weeks! The 4th of July was really fun, starting with meeting up with some old friends from Kansas for breakfast.

egg and rainbow dash 
The food was very, very good. The kids' menus had eggs to color on the back and the kids had a lot of fun with that. This one is Rainbow Dash.

Later on, we had friends over for dinner and visiting, ending with watching our city's fireworks show. It was pretty good!

Then we got up at 4:30 a.m. the next morning and got on an airplane to California. We stayed with my sister-in-law at her (very kind and gracious) mom's house for a few days and then went to San Diego to a family reunion where we celebrated my grandpa's upcoming 90th birthday. I also got to spend time with a very good friend that I hadn't seen since 2008.

We went and watched the sunset one night. It was so pretty. And much earlier than where we live.

We saw airplanes and a Ripley's Believe it or Not exhibit at the Air and Space Museum.

And Lego Doctor Who, when we ate at the mall food court. Bowties are cool.
lego doctor 

I made quilted zipper pouches and brought them for my sisters and SILs that I saw on the trip. I need to make one of these for myself, soon!
zippy pouches 

And I made bibs for two cousins who are expecting their first babies.
quilted bibs

It was so good to get reacquainted with siblings, nieces and nephews, cousins, and everyone else. These feet belong to a really cute and sweet 2 year old niece. I came home feeling exhausted but also full of so much love for my whole family. I'm so glad we were able to spend time with all our loved ones.
 cute feet

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Kitchenaid Miniquilt

My oldest is finishing up 8th grade in the next few days, and his cooking teacher has been one of the bright lights of his middle school experience. My boy took cooking in 6th and 7th grades, and TAed for the cooking teacher for two trimesters this year. I decided to make her a mini-quilt using the Kitchenaid mixer pattern by Erin from Why Not Sew. (I've had this pattern pinned for ages and this was just about the perfect situation to finally sew it up.)

mixer quilting progress 
I decided to go with hand quilting, and I think I'm going to do a bit more quilting in the mixing bowl, and I'll probably finish off with a gray binding. I hope the cooking teacher will like it!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Fox-Geese Miniquilts

A few weeks ago, I signed up to participate in the mini quilt swap held over at Schnitzel & Boo. Everyone participating filled out a questionnaire about things we like in our mini quilts :) and then a few days later I got my assigned partner. It's a secret swap in that the makers know who they are making for, but nobody knows who is making the quilt they will receive. It's fun because there are two assigned hashtags (#makeaquiltmakeafriend and #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap) and lots of gorgeous pictures are being posted at instagram (and in the flickr group) while people are designing, deciding, and making their projects and extra goodies.

Here's my progress so far:
foxgeese mini1 
The adorable fox pattern is from Sonja at Artisania. It was a little tricky with all the angles, and I had to unpick a few times, but it worked out in the end. I have had flying geese on my mind for a while, so I decided to add a row of them on one side of the fox block. And then bordered it with a greenish aqua from a solids layer cake I have in my stash.

And... I'm making a twin quilt to keep. I've done this once before in a swap, and there's one I made for a swap that I still want to replicate for myself because it turned out so cute. So here's the second fox-geese quilt:

foxgeese mini2 
The geese blocks are a little darker, and I gave this one a gray border.

Next up is embroidering eyes while I watch a show, and then layering and quilting. I don't know how I'll quilt them yet. 


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival--Simple Squares AMH Quilt

I finished up just in time to enter into the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I hope you've been enjoying all the quilts this week! Thanks so much to Amy for hosting the festival again! 

 finished AMH quilt 
(my quilt holder is getting so tall...)
This quilt is for one of my oldest friends, Shawndra, who I met in 9th grade soon after I moved to Provo. It's not my typical palette of colors but when we talked about what she wanted in a quilt, she said I could do whatever I wanted. And the saturated colors, mostly from the Anna Maria Horner Dowry line, remind me of her.

 AMH quilt back 
The back is pieced with a mix of leftovers from the front, a trailing rose fabric from another Anna Maria Horner line, and the blue and yellow damask was supposed to be included in the quilt top but it didn't quite match. I think it fits well on the back though.

The binding is a dark purple with a section of Tula Pink dot fabric.

 AMH free motion quilting detail 

I free motion quilted an allover swirl pattern. The quilting took 2 hours and 39 minutes and 3 1/2 bobbins.

This quilt is made from my free Simple Squares pattern; it's the 4th quilt I've made with this pattern. It's a good one for large scale prints and goes together quickly.

Here are links to my previous Blogger's Quilt Festival entries:
Scrappy Trips
Summer Stars
Spring Promise
Matching Quilt
Rainbow 9-Patch
NICU Charity Quilt

Turtle Quilt 
4-patch Baby Quilt

Thanks again to Amy, and don't forget to go check out all the quilts!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Finished Star Quilt

Here's the star quilt after I quilted it and my friend Jenn R. did the binding:
finished star quilt
(Photo taken at the church, with my phone.) The organization we made the quilt for is the VA Puget Sound Fisher House. It's a place that serves veteran and active duty military families when they have a loved one in the hospital. The young women from church made enough blocks for a second quilt, and our church group donated quite a bit of other household items as well to help the Fisher House out. It was great to learn more about this organization and I'm sure we will make more quilts for them in the future.

I've also been buckling down on another quilt from my Simple Squares pattern. I'm making this one for a good friend, and hoping/planning to get it finished this week, in time to enter into the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Here's the top before I put the borders on:
Borders aren't my favorite. But I got them done, and the back made, and the quilting is almost 75% done so far. I'm doing big free motion quilted swirls; here's a section of the back:
So I have more quilting and then binding in my near future. 

One more chose Lee B. as the winner of my Giveaway Day potholders. I'll be starting on them very soon, thanks for being patient, Lee!