Saturday, April 30, 2011

WIP- On the Design Wall

Bee Connected Next Month

For my new Bee Connected Bee, I am doing the first month... how awesome right?  Well, actually it was mostly because I had enough fabric and was ready to send out to everyone at a moments' notice.

Anyway, this fabric come from the Theory line as well as Modern Affair.  Those are also some solid Konas in the background.
This time I am asking for improv blocks.  I think that these quilting bees are best used to bring others' talents and abilities to everyone.  So, I love it when members can be as creative as possible.  The only real requirement I gave was that it needed to be 12.5" squared, needed to contain a bit of one of the solid fabrics and it had to include one square in the block.  I am eager to see what everyone comes up with.
This is an international bee so I probably won't get around to make this quilt until July or even August, but I will post as I finish things up.

Aviary Quilt

 I recently purchased Joel Dewberry's line of Aviary 2 fabrics in the yellow/granite colorway.  I just really liked the fabrics.  I purchased them from Hawthorne Threads who I find often gets some of the newer lines sooner and also has some other hard to find lines.  I also used Kona Charcoal and Bella Snow.
 I saw a pattern in a magazine that I loved, cut out and changed a few things.  I made the blocks a little bigger, and changed placement and layout a bit.  But I really love how this design shows off the fabrics.  I love this line so much that I didn't want to hack it up and lose the fabric design... I like this so much that I will likely use this or a similar pattern (because I didn't write down exact measurements-- I like to wing it:)) again in the future.

 What I like most about this is that the frames/borders/sashing (whatever you call it), are not all even.  One side is thicker/bigger than the others on most of these blocks.  I think it adds a dimension and a character to the quilt.
 My mom out did herself on this quilting.  It looks so good and fits the quilt fabric perfectly.
 It is a little easier to tell in the above pictures that four of these blocks actually makes up one large block.  I like that and think I will do something like that in the future as well.
 Close up of the quilting.
For the back I used Moda Bella Snow and pieced a section in the middle with the fabric I had left over.  I did the binding in Kona Black and I think it is really striking.  I love it!!

The beauty is going to my friend Laurie.  She saw it, loved it, wanted to BUY it (she is so silly) and said she had to have it.  I was like "Really!? My quilt?!?" So we are working out a trade.  She makes great bags so I think I will be swapping for some bags in the near future!

Dino time!

 When my mom and I saw this Dinosaur fabric at our LQS, she fell in love.  She bought the panel not knowing who she would use it for and has been praising its cuteness ever since.  She ended up handing it over to me to make for a friend of ours who is having her third boy!
 I am pregnant.  This means, when I have to do a lot of mental math in my head, it makes my head hurt and I get tired.  So, I spent about a week thinking about this one and making sure I got the measurements correct before assembling it all.  ( I wanted a medium sized row, then large, then small, then large, then medium)
 Mom used a varigated thread that worked really well with this quilt with the black and all the bright colors.
I had to piece the back a little bit and I was worried it looked a little like, pardon if I offend anyone, a gay pride flag.  I just didn't need a pride flag on the back of the baby quilt is all.  But, everyone I asked told me I was silly and it looked cute.  So, I left it as is, had it quilted and bound it in the red, because that is what I had enough of leftover. 

Miss Laurie is due the same week as me and I know she is as uncomfortable as I am.  Hopefully her little Brigg will love this quilt!

Lily & Will goes neutral

 Another friend, another baby, another surprise for the gender!  I have been in love with Moda's Lily & Will line since it came out.  Seriously, it is beautiful fabric!  As I was shopping with my mom at our LQS, they had pinks, blues and browns but no yellows or greens for the line!  So, we bought the browns and found some other really cute matching fabric (there is a star print and a sheep print that are that same soft yellow).  We also used some Moda Bella Snow which is actually a yellow color unlike the Kona snow which is more of a white/off white color.
 For the top I used a basic blocks and squares.
 The quilting was done by my mom.
I had to piece the back and it ended up looking a bit more like a two- sided quilt.. bonus.  And look at Lucy... she wanted this quilt bad.  Too bad for her.  Aimee received this quilt at her shower a couple weeks ago and loves it.  I am anxious to hear whether she has a boy or a girl!

Ducks and Sheep

 My mom and I constructed this beautiful quilt from a panel and using her Go cutter to cut out those sheep and ducks.  We appliqued the sheep and ducks.  We framed the panels twice and sewed it all together.

This quilt went to my friend Lyndsay who is having her first little girl in a couple weeks!

April Bee Blocks

 Here are the bee blocks I made this month:

For Add a Border Block swap I added the next border on these two:

 For Fat Stash Bee, Jodi asked us to make a bento block for a quilt that she plans on making for her 15-year-old son.  I was really excited about this because I had just purchased some of Michael Miller's Extreme line that I knew would be perfect for a cool teenage guy :).  So, I was so excited, I made her 3.

 For Christmas Fabric Bee, it was my month (woo hoo) and I asked everyone to make me a pictoral block for Christmas.  I think it will end up being really fun blocks for the quilt and also I really enjoy seeing what others do and how creative they are!  Here are my two blocks:
 In Christmas Fabric Bee, it was also Stephanie's month and she asked for Mod Mosaic blocks, I am not the hugest fan of these, but I love how they turned out and I think she will be happy with the quilt she ends up with.

 For the Twelve Month Quilting Bee, Melissa also asked for Mod Mosaic blocks.  I LOVED her fabrics and even decided to work on a quilt that uses similar colors after working with these.  I had hoped to do another block for her, but I didn't have enough fabric and I think I must have been a little generous on my sashing because I didn't even have enough to border this one block!
 In the Aqua and Orange Bee Melissa asked for Wonky log cabins and that is what she got!  I think it is really striking with these colors and think this will be a really fun quilt and a super fun bee to be a part of.  Can't wait for my month!

 This quarter, I also joined up with the 3 x 6 mini bee which has me making 6 blocks in 3 months.  Below is the block I chose and I finished up two of them so far... two more to go!

 For Sew2Speak, April had a quilt in mind and wanted us each to make a block from the pattern she provided.  This was a good one as it had us working on our applique skills.
 For Honey Bee Part Deux, Kristina wanted to make her a dresdon block.  I was very excited to do this one as I had not yet tried it and I love how it came out.  However, this took a bit of time to do the one block so I think I will keep that in mind and if I ever want a dresdon quilt, I will make some bee mates help me out! :)
 The Crazy Bento Block Swap just started up again.  I have to make 12 blocks by September I think it is (might be August)... anyway, these are the two I made this month:

 In Sewn Together, Sorrel had us make these small trees for a wall hanging that she will be putting together.  I had a bit of a time with this one as the pieces were REALLY small and it didn't come out as clean as I would have liked, but even in the tutorial, the examples were also this way.  Sorrel was kind and said that she loved them and it added to the charm of it.  Some people are just too nice.

Whew, I think that's it for April.  It never seems like a lot until I take stock in what I've done.  Really I enjoy these bees, so it hasn't felt like work... yet.

Love U!

 I know some friends who don't like to find out what they are having before they have it... I know, it's crazy talk.  But, my friend Ren is this way, so I made her this cute lil' baby blanket that would work for either gender.
 I believe this line is by Moda-- LOVE U SUNSHINE-- and I just LOVE the little owls.  They're too cute.
 I used the center of a panel for the middle/main part of the quilt and just added some simple blocks around on the sides and top and bottom.
I pieced the back with leftover fabric (the owls) and the fabric I originally bought for the back that was not big enough.  I am almost to the point where I really ought to stop buying backs until I am completely done because I never get the measurements correct!

Ren ended up having a boy, Jarom.  I was lucky enough to get to go to the hospital and snuggle buggle with that little cutie!

Teachers love Punctuation

 When I saw the Moda Punctuation line... I was in love!  I have a think for those reproduction lines and this was a nice introduction to working with those types of fabrics.  I've seen some quilts that look like this in quilt shops, but I actually did this one, without a pattern, on my own.
 I bought a half yard of all the fabrics I used from my LQS and only needed probably an eighth of each for this quilt.  I also bought two panels.  For this quilt I used one panel.  (Needless to say, I have LOTS of extras for this line that I will one day make another small quilt like this out of). 
 I framed each panel block (or letter), sewed them all together and bordered them in yellow.  I used a scrappy binding out of the leftover fabrics.
I used the blue seer sucker type fabric from the same line for the backing.  My mom quilted this with a red thread using an apple patterned pantograph.  LOVE how it turned out.

Originally this was going to be another baby quilt, but with the alphabet and then the apple quilting, I've decided that this will go to my daughter's kindergarten teacher next month at the end of school.

Charms Framed

 I have to tell you, this quilt has turned into one of my favorite quilts!!  I just love how bright it is!  You really can't be in the company of this quilt without being happy!
 Lucy, who just can't help herself, on top of my completed quilt.

 This quilt was completed using 2 charm square packs of Free Spirit Fabrics' Tea Garden collection.  For the top, I cut each charm square in half and sewed in either Kona white or the pink colored Kona (can't remember what I used!).  I put the squares in groups of four, sewed them together and then framed them with Kona Corn Yellow.  Then I used that Kona green/blue (I'm sorry, don't remember that name either).  Really easy, and great result!

 For the back, I just used whatever left over charm squares were available and sewed them all together into a square.  Then I did the opposite framing as the front.  I love a pieced back!
The quilting was done with a varigated thread and I love it!  It shows up awesome on the bold/plain Kona fabrics.  I used the pink fabric as the binding and I love the way that it really pops!  I think it's great to be able to buy a couple sale packs of charms and throw in some on-sale solids and have a great quilt!

This beauty resides in our family room, usually found with a child inside :).

Baby Girl Quilt

 I made this baby girl quilt awhile back and it was really fun and easy to make.  I had all the fabrics in my stash and it was a really easy quilt to make up in my head.  Cut squares, frame squares, sew together.  Not hard.
 Still no recipient for this one yet, but I have a little someone in mind :).
 Quilting done courtesy of my momma-- the quilt back was a really cheap fabric that I bought off of in their clearance section.