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.