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!


Monday, May 12, 2014

Giveaway day!

Hi friends! Thanks so much to the folks at Sew, Mama, Sew for hosting Giveaway day for us, twice each year! This time I decided to make some selvage potholders for my giveaway--you choose the colors you want.

I made this set for our guild swap last fall, and then I couldn't attend, so I ended up keeping them for myself:

selvage potholders

They have one layer of insulated potholder batting and one layer of warm and white batting. To enter, leave a comment that includes what colors you would choose. (Rainbow is an option.) One comment per person, please, and I have comment moderation enabled so don't worry if your comment doesn't show up immediately.

*The giveaway will be open until Friday, May 16, at 5 p.m. pacific time.
*I'll email the winner when I close the comments.
*I'll ship the potholders next week.
*Giveaway is open to all (including international).

Don't forget to visit Sew, Mama, Sew and check out all the amazing giveaways this week!

edit: the giveaway is now closed and the winner was #90, Lee. Thanks for entering!