Thursday, March 22, 2012

Round Robin

My first of two round robin obligations are done for the month.
Remember the blocks I showed a post or two ago...

Well, I chose to tackle Hollie's first.
I pulled from her starter block the orange, purple, and Denyse Schmidt and came up with this:

It was a lot of fun.  Hope you like it Hollie!

Next up...the "triangle".  Please, seriously, if anyone could float me an idea, I would really appreciate it.  I guess I need to applique it down to a base fabric, right?  Any crash courses on applique?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

a story book village

Have you ever seen Super Why?  I guess that is what I had in mind when I started this quilt for some friends of mine expecting their first baby.  I have a number of fabrics with letter and words on them, and I think they are fun to play with.  Each house on this quilt uses some form of text prints. 
Each house is free patterns...just piecing, and having fun.

This house has some great Cosmo Cicket alphabet roof and awesome japanese fabrics for the door and windows.  (Im not sure about these fabrics, they were a gift from a friend)
This house is made up of V& A fabric, Sunkissed by Sweetwater, and a few other bits and bobs.
And a funny tangent...when I showed my daughter the flower, she asked me why I wanted to put a lighthouse on the baby I will never look at this flower and think of it only as a flower!!

I had a local long arm quilter quilt book titles into the quilt.  I gave her a list of about 65 books the kids and I love, but she was only able to fit about a dozen on the quilt. 

The quilting was done so that it is legible from the back of the quilt.  Mostly solid, with the word SLEEP pieced on the bottom.  I think Denyse Schmidt has a pattern in some magazine with this pattern.  I didn't find the magazine/pattern, but used Tonya's patterns from her most excellet book, Word Play Quilts.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

folding finished!

What a big job this has been~  folding took me longer than I thought, but I am glad it is done.  Doesn't it look nice?  Now fingers tightly crossed that I can keep things in this great looking shape!

and before I go...I have a winner to announce from the book review I did earlier this week.
Angie, you win!  #9. 
I sent you an email thru your most recent blog post.

Have a great Sunday everyone.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

book reviews

I have been lucky enough to meet a few people over at DRG and was asked to review a few of their new quilting books. 

Of course I was immediately drawn to the bed runner on the front of the book and the pattern is well written.  I'm thinking my husband won't be thrilled with the idea of a bed runner, but a washing/drying machine quilt cover would be perfect for us!
I thought the bed runner on page 42 also looked interesting, the example is made with velveteen, but I think some shot cottons would be gorgeous!
 I was very curious about the Charm square book too.  I have a number of charm squares that just sit on my shelf!  The patterns found on page 26 and 57 are my favorites!

If you would be interested in winning your choice of these two books, leave me a message telling me which one you would like, and will pick a winner this weekend.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

abstract quilt in solids

Its done!  I finally put on the sleeve and hung it in the living room.  Never considered our wall color, but I think it works just fine.  This is the quilt I started in a class with Gwen Marston in November.  The class was called Abstract in Solids based on one of her books.  If you ever have the chance to spend time with Gwen Marston, don't hesitate.  What an amazing week!

Krista Withers did the quilting for me.  We went with organic lines and I have really learned a lot about organic quilting just by studying Krista's work on my small quilt.

And here we have 2 round robins Im participating in.  The top one is from Hollie, and right up my alley.  The bottom is from Fiona and Im scared to death.  Obviously I need to learn how to applique within the next few weeks!