Sunday, June 29, 2014

Design Tables Monday

I've got 650 HSTs done, and 190 more to go.  I'm making a queen size version of joanandmikesquarepants, this one is called Lorisquarepants.  She's coming into town the week of 8/10 - so I better get busy huh?  It's gonna be a close one.  There's close to 100 different fabrics in this one, blues, reds, greens and browns.  She wanted tall greens, but I just couldn't do it.  And I thought if I have enough different fabrics in there may be she won't notice :)  I do have more greens than anything else, but I have a feeling you won't be able to tell.  I hope all those different fabrics work well together and there isn't a sore thumb.  I don't think I've ever used this many different fabrics.  I feel like I cheated on these.  Not only did I use the go cutter, but I layered the fabric so the right sides were together.  All I had to do was sew these.  I am definitely in love with my go cutter!  And that jelly roll was inspiration for me.  I kept telling myself if I finished all those HSTs, I would let be allowed to play with those cherry strips for just a little while.  Didn't get them done but maybe next weekend.

And I have a finish.  I was going to send this off to happy chemo, but then I remembered I have a chemo situation right here that could use some happy. My sister in law is going back in for chemo.  I sure hope this time it really works.  I have one of the Hi quilts left over to donate and I'm giving this one to her, filled with lots of love and warm thoughts.  Details on the quilt - Hobbs 80/20 batting (hmm surprised?)  Perma Soft thread (my new favorite) on top, bottom line in the bobbin, fabrics from the Kate Spain Serenade line. Wait, I just realized now that this one is finished, I don't have anything on my "waiting to be quilted list".  I really need to get to that jelly roll :)
HI #3 - Hobbs 8020 batting, Tea Lights Panto -Patricia Ritter - Perma soft 50 st thread (my new thread infatuation) Bottom line in the bobbin
nice brigh Orange on the back, love that pantograph
Check out all the linky parties on the side bar, more than one for every day, definitely some wonderful inspiration out there

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Gypsy Rose - Triangle quilt

I think this one has a gypsy feel to it doesn't it?  Two finishes this week.  First was Hope Take Flight which you can read or see here and the second is the triangle quilt that's now called Gypsy Rose.  The quilt has a number of different Amy Butler fabrics, Hobbs Poly Down batting and the pantograph is Square Fold - Diagonal.  It was a tough panto but I wanted to give it a try.  The fabrics are so busy that I didn't think the quilting would show up but it did.  It's a bit distracting with the angles of the lines different from the angles of the triangles.  I think the problem is that it's really not a normal angle between the lines.  Like a 45 degree angle on top of a 90 degree angle would feel more at ease.  Well, I don't dislike it enough to rip it all out.  Nope, I'm just calling this one done and throwing it in the wash.

Hope everyone had a great Father's day.

Update - design pan added. Yep it's filled with HSTs ready to sew together.  I used the 3 in finished hst go die and placed the background right side to the colored right side.  All matched up just need to sew them together.  I hope there over 900 there, cuz that's how many I need!!  I didn't count I just cut.  Go check out all the linky parties, there more than one for each day, what fun!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Hope Takes Flight

It's a finish.  This is a quilt for Relay for Life.  My niece is very active in our county for Relay for Life.  I made this quilt in honor of my two sister in laws that have both been impacted by cancer.  Every stitch has love and prayers for both of them.   The pattern is a free pattern and can be found here   Details on the quilt, batting is Hobbs 80/20, top thread is Permo Soft (50 wt) with Bottom Line in the bobbin.    Templates for the butterfly, dragonfly and flowers are from Judy Madsen's book "Wide Open Spaces". There's one green butterfly that was not sewn correctly.  I was going to rip it out, but I decided not to.   I left it, this quilt is not perfect and neither is cancer, far from it.  I really had a lot of trouble getting the white to photograph correctly out doors, so I have a few different shots from different times of the day.  Lots of pictures below.  I truly wish that this will help someones hope take flight.  Check out the side bar for other finishes on Friday.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

DWM and one special quilt for Relay for Life

I'm working on a special quilt today for Relay for Life. This one has a lot of meaning as two out of three sister-in-laws have been impacted by cancer. The quilt is called Hope Takes Flight. Cancer changes a life forever, I can't even imagine. But when you have to fight it for an entire life over and over, my heart just aches. I don't know what else to do so I'll quilt and do what I can. Just know that each of these stitches ( and there's going to be a whole of them on this one) is filled love and prayers that the angels watch over them.  Permo soft 50 wt thread on top.  Permo soft is becoming my new favorite thread.  My machine never really liked So Fine 50wt but it love Permo-Soft.  And I've got bottom line in the bobbin, Hobbs 80/20 batting.  So far I've used 12 bobbins of thread and think I have another 6 or so to go.  Need to get this one finished by June 21st so I have to get moving.  Hehehehe, after all those pantos I did, it feels good to be quilting something like crazy again!
Hope Take Flight

Hope Takes flight, back. 

Hope Takes Flight detail.
On the design wall I've got the triangle quilt, just needs the last border and it's done!

Don't forget to check out the linky parties on the side bar, more than one for every day.  If you need inspiration, just go check any or all of them!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hands 2 Help final link up - the big reveal!!

Oh I got these done just in time!!  My original stretch goal was 3 for each charity, but I only have 2 for each.  I'm quite happy with that. Six quilty hugs I'm sending out for this years drive. First up is Happy Chemo - 2 quilts, "Hi" from Nov/Dec 2013 Quilty magazine.  Fabrics are a few from Glimma collection and others from my stash.  Pantograph is Tea Lights by Patricia Ritter.  The other is a tumbler quilt, fabrics are Botanique (Joel Dewberry) and a new panto on this one, Aztec Wave by Patricia Ritter.
H2H Happy Chemo #1 - it really has binding I promise!
H2H Happy Chemo #1 back - Hobbs 80/20 batting, panto is Aztec Maze by Patricia Ritter
Happy Chemo #2 - "Hi" , hobbs 80/20 battting, Tea Lites pantograph

Happy Chemo 2 - detail 
Next is Quilts of Compassion, 2 quilts.  One is a tube quilt the other is Posy Patch from an Amy Ellis book.  I did custom quilting on the tube quilt, simple lines in the white and then one each for the colored squares.  I used Fanfare Pantograph by Patricia Ritter (I guess I really like her stuff!!) on Posy Patch
Quilts of Compassion #1 Tube Quilt
Quilts of Compassion #1 back 
Quilts of Compassion #2 - Posie Patch   
Posie Patch detail - Hobbs 80/20 batting Fanfare Pantograph by Patricia Ritter
Posey Patch Back 
And the last two are for Hurricane Sandy Survivors.  One is a jelly roll quilt the other a "Hi" quilt.
Hurricane Sandy #1 Jelly Roll quilt 
Jelly Roll Detail - Hobbs 80/20 batting Fanfare Pantograph
Hurricane Sandy Survivors #1 - "Hi" 
Hi Detail - Hobbs 80/20 batting, Panto is Celtic Maze by none other than Patricia Ritter
Hi back - isn't that a great pantograph?  Love it.
Stop over at Sarah's to see all the incredible effort and generosity in this quilt drive.