Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Project Linus

This month for A Dozen Quilters we are making quilts for Project Linus.
I have had these 6 inch squares since last year.  I received them in a swap and thought they would make a great, quick quilt.  And they did!  I did some really simple quilting, I used a flannel backing, and a binding of solid fabric that has been sitting in my stash for too long!  I did not use batting...not sure if I like this, but I wanted to give it a try.  I am hoping the flannel back will be enough warmth.

(so bummed that this is the last of daylight at 5pm today!)

Kate and some of her friends are having a rally to encourage quilters to make quilts for charity this holiday season.  And since I cannot figure out how to add a button, I'll give you the link here to 100 Quilts for Christmas. So why don't you take the opportunity to check out Kate's blog and have a chance at some prizes, and don't forget to link to A Dozen Quilters blog with any finished project Linus quilts as well!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Color Wheel Quilt

 I am so happy to see this one done.  It is for Hugo's bedroom.  I hope it grows with him...and avoids any major stains...  I love cross hatch quilting...I think it always looks amazing, although I am not sure it was the best choice for this quilt...I took this one to a local long arm quilter and she did a great job...and I have to admit, she tried to talk me out of the quilting design...but I wouldn't budge. 
The backing fabric began as a duvet cover from IKEA that my friend took a seam ripper to and then graciously offered to me.  Thanks again Robin, its the perfect backing fabric!
And thanks also to Holly who entered one of my giveaways where I asked for quilt suggestions for a young boy!  She made this quilt for her son's bedroom.  You can make it too!  The pattern is from Joelle Holverson's book Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts  The book gives directions for a 56 inch square quilt...I simply added fabric top and bottom to make it more suitable for a twin size bed.

and I should tell you all that my darling daughter took these pictures today in the 7 minutes of sunlight while I held it up on the back yard bench!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Stocking for a cause

This year with a Dozen Quilters we have chosen to make each month an opportunity to craft something for a charitable institution...for example, October was a quilt/blanket for Project Linus (shhh, I'm late on this one, but I got my flannel washed last night...so I'm getting closer!)

This month, Jenny, suggested we make a stocking and include a gift card for a child at St. Pj's Children's Home in San Antonio.  I think this is such an awesome idea!   I made the above stocking last night and backed it with the super soft Valori Wells flannel in the picture.
I will be also sending the above supplies for the stocking, or however the orphanage decides to best use these items...also plan to send one of he bibs I made last month, but I forgot to get a picture!

And I'm working on hand stitching the binding on Hugo's color wheel quilt...hope to have the finished project to show soon!