Sunday, September 30, 2012

100 Quilts for Kids - well at least 2

I finished my 2 quilts for 100 quilts for kids.  These are going to Project Linus.   A friend of mine has 2 nephews and an niece all with heart conditions and they've had numerous surgeries at the same hospital.  Each of the kids got a blanket from the hospital so we decided to pay them back and make 2 quilts.    One boy one girl.
I put both of these on the frame at the same time.  I had a green flannel backing that was 110 in wide and worked for both so I loaded them a the same time.  What I didn't think about before I loaded both of them was that I didn't have a pantograph that would work for a boy AND a girl.  Dang.  So I sat there thinking and it hit me that I had never done an overall meander on the long arm.  So there you go, that's what I did on both of them.  It did go really fast and they are both pretty cuddly after they were washed.   Oh and see that floor there, that's why I didn't have anything last Monday.  My husband I put in a new floor in the living room last weekend.  I use to enjoy DIY projects a whole lot more 10 years ago :)  Oh man and I was sore for days after doing this.  It's like I did 600 squats that weekend, ouch.

But I finally did start something new :)  It's Blue Me Away by Jamie at L'Fair Quilts  I'm working on two of them both orange.  One will be orange and white (Orange Crush) and the other will be orange and black - for McHenry Warriors.  It sure feels good to get something going in the sewing room.
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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Tossed Salad - fresh off the frame

Is done - woohooo!  Man how long has it been since I've started something new?   I guess the table runner was new and was only a couple weeks ago.  I really want to start an Orange quilt.  I have Bonnie Hunters new book and I'm gonna choose one out of there.  I feel the need for a new, brand spanking new project :)
Tossed Salad fresh off the fram

Quilting closer up

Tossed salad back

Tossed Salad is served!

Love a pieced back

But in the mean time here's a finish Tossed Salad, this was a mystery quilt from Silly Good Quilts I really wanted to do a panto on this one had a new one that I just love, but it's too hard for me.  I tried and ripped it out and did this.  Two layers of batting  - quilters dream 70/30 blend and dream puff.  Bottom Line in the bottom and 2 strands of bottom line on top.

Oh and do you see what is peaking out behind that first picture?? It's my very first customer quilt - so excited (and nervous)

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

2 more QOV quilts quilted

These beauties came from Judy in Paris IL.   The Paris Bee Quilters made the sampler and Barb who is 82 years old made that gorgeous barn raising quilt.  How inspiring!!   If I'm quilting until I'm 82 I just might use up a good chunk of that stash :)

I used Dancing Stars panto by Barbra Becker.  It's really cute, easy and forgiving.  Which is exactly the kind of pantograph I need!  Look at those fussy cut stars, don't they just really make the quilt?  I just LOVE this one.  I think Barb did a fantastic job on this one.

I had so much fun with the sampler.  This was the first time I've done a quilt with all the blocks different.  I had been so good with not quilting things to death and really I just couldn't help it this time.  I NEEDED TO REALLY QUILT something.  So I did :)  Now, it is cotton batting and thin thread to it's soft and usable.  Not as soft as the panto but hey, definitely usable.  Ok enough said, here's the pictures.  You can tell I had a lot of fun with this one, I took a lot of pictures :)  Both quilts have quilters dreams 70/30 blend, bottom line in the bobbin and so fine on top.
The middle block is one of my  favorites.  

Such a great block

Yep I really need to quilt.  This is one of my favorite quilted blocks.   

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Monday, September 3, 2012

100 Quilts for Kids

I had a great sewing afternoon with Amy.  We were able to get the boy quilt for 100 Quilts for Kids completed and the blocks for the girl quilt.  It was some serious marathon quilting.  I need a nap after that and I wasn't even the one doing the sewing :)  These quilts will go to a hospital in Milwaukee where her two nephews and niece were treated.

Check out the button on the sidebar for the details on 100 Quilts for Kids - those kids need some quilty hugs .
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