Thursday, June 30, 2011

FINALLY- I am worthy!

Just a quick note...  My mom finally deemed me worthy enough to man the long arm machine!  That's right, I am half way through quilting one of my quiltd for the first time!!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

June Bee Blocks

 June came with a lot of picture blocks.  Which I usually love, but I must admit that I am getting a little tired of them because I am running short on ideas.  Nonetheless here are some of the blocks!

For the Christmas Bee: for Wendi, she wanted pictures of Christmas.

 For Julie- She wanted houses./
 For Sally in the Aqua and Red Bee:
 For the Fat Stash Bee for Josee-- this was a fun block from a tutorial from Aneela Hoey.
 For the Twelve Month Quilting Bee for Julie:  She wanted people in their houses!
 Honey Bees Part Deux for Janeth-  Basic 9 patch
 Always Bee Learning Bee for Brenda- Quilt as you go!  This was a fun thing to learn, you actually are quilting your blocks as you are piecing them!
 Aqua and Orange Bee for Kristina:
 Aqua and Red Bee for Bek- Wonky Stars.

There you have it!

Blockwork Orange Quilt-FINISHED

 This was a great quilt to work on.  This quilt is the product of a swap I did called, "A Blockwork Orange".  We all used Elizabeth Hartman's tutorial of a crazy nine patch block and made as many as we wanted to swap. 
 I got mine back a month or so after handing them in and was very excited at all the great blocks!  I incorporated some more of the blocks that I made that included a square containing grey because I knew I wanted to used Kona charcoal for my sashing and border.  I love how it ties into the blocks so well.  I also bordered the block groupings with Kona Snow.
 This ended up being quite a big quilt and for some reason, the picture below is the best I got of the front of the quilt... (seriously!?!)
 It was really hard to find the right backing for this quilt and I am not sure I did it, but I found a fabric that had orange on an off white background.  I think it works well.
I bound the quilt with a scrappy binding made up of my leftover orange fabrics that I used for my own blocks.  I love it, it looks awesome. 

Still don't have a plan for this one yet!

Lovely Baby Quilt

 This is a baby quilt that I put together a little while back.  It was supposed to be a sudoku quilt kit, but when I assembled the rows, too many like colors were by each other so I had to assemble it a little bit differently... regardless, it is just just a bunch of charm squares sewed together!
 The fabric line for this quilt is Moda Lovely.

 After putting the charm squares together, it was clear this quilt needed a little something more, so my mom beat me to the punch and went ahead and appliqued some flowers on it... of course it looks great, complete with ric rac stems!
 My mom custom quilted this and I just LOVE it.  It may just be my favorite quilt job she's done so far!
 The back is also from the Moda Lovely line which is also what I used to bind the quilt.

Batch of Brownies Quilt- FINISHED

 This next quilt was really fun to make.  Mostly because I was in love with the fabrics and colors and that always makes quick work for a quilt. 
 I used Elizabeth Hartman's "Practical Guide to Patchwork" pattern "Batch of Brownies" (with a few modifications).  As you well know, I don't like to go exactly as the pattern says!
 Because I feel the need to have a quilt big enough to wrap myself in, I added some spacing between each block and each row and I also added a border to add to the quilt size.
 The fabric I used is from Art Gallery and is the Modern Affair line.  I bought it along with the Kona solids in a bundle from Sew Fresh Fabrics on Etsy.  Sometimes when my brain isn't working right or when I am buying fabric online and am not sure of the colors, I really love the fabric bundles.
 I used a fabric from the same line featured on the front for the back.  I LOVE the back!
 The quilting was done by my mom on her long arm.  She used a silver thread and I think it was the perfect match for this quilt.
Still not sure of my plans for this one yet... it's in my craft room for now piled on my shelf.