12 Quilts in ’12 – June!

Overall, June was a good month for productivity and finishes!

I crossed some Christmassy patchwork off my 2011 WIP list.

This quilt is made of some of my favorite Christmas prints and coordinates.

I’m looking forward to having this ready to go when the holidays roll around.

Many thanks to Jen for convincing me to back this in Lizzy House’s pearl bracelets…

…and to my IG friends for help with the perfect binding.

June was also exciting because I made my first “commissioned” quilt!

One of our closest friends asked me to make him a quilt for his sister, who is having a baby girl.

Her nursery is coral, aqua and not girly.  For some reason, I immediately thought of this quilt and decided on coral centers with scrappy neutral and aqua logs.

I found the perfect shade of coral in another Lizzy House pearl bracelet, which I used for the bulk of the backing and the binding.

I love the back as much as the front.  Word on the street is that the new mom loved it, too!

Finally, a family friend is having his first child.  We are so excited for him and his new wife!

I thought that since he is such a history buff, he would love this retro-inspired fabric.

The 1″ finished squares were a little fiddly, but wonderful in the end.

Plus it’s absolutely perfect for a little boy…

…so all-American…

…and the plaid binding is the icing on the cake!

We’ve made it halfway through the year and I’ve surpassed my goal of 12 quilts already!  I’ve made 14* quilts so far this year!

*The mosaic is missing one charity quilt, which can be seen here.

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Let us know what you finished this month (and enter to win a Bliss layer cake) over at Amy’s!

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12 Quilts in ’12 – May!

May was a month of therapeutic sewing.

During the last week in April, my husband and I received the terrible news that one of our friends had died, along with his father, in an accident.  To say we were devastated would be an understatement.  The day after the funeral, I also found out that my cousin’s grandmother had passed away unexpectedly.  All of this news left us reeling and a bit unsteady on our feet.  Initially it was helpful to plan flowers, funerals, food, etc., but we soon ran out of things to plan.

Fortunately, the universe sometimes helps you out with some much needed perspective, and I have also had eight friends deliver happy, healthy babies this month!  Focusing on new life, instead of loss, has helped tremendously.

So in that spirit, I dove straight in and made this baby quilt for a friend who is due in July.

I backed it with more of the DS Quilts circle dots.

This is the third month in a row with a Walk in the Woods quilt as my finish…

…and I blame Aneela for making such perfectly adorable fabric.

This is possibly one of my favorite quilts I’ve ever made!

Sometimes I work on projects with no intended recipient and the perfect person comes along later.

I was fortunate to have that happen twice this month.

When C thought my rawhide string blocks would be perfect for our friend’s newborn nephew…

…I immediately realized the rawhide swoon quilt would be perfect for our friend’s mom…

…who is coping with the loss of both her son and her husband.

I hope these handmade gifts can help in some way.

I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to have the HMQG retreat the weekend after the funeral.  Not only was a trip to sew with my girlfriends a great distraction, but they helped me complete the two quilt tops above and I made this fun jelly roll race quilt for myself!  I can’t show the whole quilt because we’re doing a fun challenge, but I will soon!

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Let us know what you finished this month (and enter to win a handmade coin purse and a fat quarter) over at Liz’s!

12 Quilts in ’12 – March!

Spring is a time for rejuvenation and new beginnings and it also must be the time for babies, because I have been making baby quilts like crazy over here!  I have 3 finishes to share with you this month!

First, Jen and I were going to a baby shower for a friend of ours from law school.  Since she had planned a pink and grey nursery, we decided to use Aneela Hoey’s new line, A Walk in the Woods.  Jen had a charm pack and whipped up a quick quilt top using the Oh, Fransson! Charm Squares Baby Quilt pattern.

My job was to quilt and bind this sweet quilt, but yardage of Aneela’s adorable line wasn’t out yet.  I had the pink gingham in my stash and really wanted to use it for the binding, and after much deliberation, I chose the grey Circle Dot from the Aunt Edna collection for DS Quilts as the backing.

I quilted this with a simple serpentine stitch (someone blogged about this last year, but I just can’t figure out who!) and the whole combination seems to have sparked a mini-trend!  The best part is that our friend absolutely loves this sweet little blanket.

Next I was inspired to cross an easy peasy WIP off my list.  After letting this brilliant quilt top linger for an embarassingly long time, I quilted it in only 20 minutes!

What was I waiting for?  Probably someone to have a boy — I still don’t have a recipient for this quilt!

This quilt is small, only 36 x 36, so I was easily able to back this with a single piece of planet fabric.  I also bound it in Kona orange, which I used on my last Robot quilt, too.

The fabric is Robots by David Walker for Free Spirit fabrics, and I have a good stash of it.  It must be popular with everyone else, too, because I even saw a quilt made out of this fabric in a TV commercial!  How funny is that?

This quilt is ready and waiting for the next baby boy announcement!

Finally, I have some really exciting news… My cousin is pregnant!!  Since my brother is a lot younger than me and my cousins who do have kids are a bit older than me, this is the first person I’ve grown up with to have a baby!  Naturally, I am so thrilled for her and I know she is going to be a great mom.  She is keeping the gender a surprise, so I asked her what type of quilt she might like or what her nursery plans are.  She said that she would like something green and yellow.  While that concept was percolating, I was reminded of the 1001 Peeps line and instantly thought of my cousin.

1001 Peeps is a fun Arabian Nights-themed fabric with rich purples, peaches and blues (in fact, the purple colorway is “Persian Purple!”) and I think it’s fun and gender neutral.  One of the reasons I loved this line for my cousin is that she is very bold with color and loves to mix rich tones.  I especially think she will like these fun braids.

The quilt top is 42″ square and the backing fabric has all kinds of characters for a baby to check out, like Aladdin, snake charmers and fun little camels (who can’t spit on you since they’re, well, illustrated)!

I used this fabulous dark blue and black geometric for the binding, perfect for the sophisticated baby I know my cousin will have.  I also added a label so baby would know who it’s from!

The other reason I loved this fabric for her is that she now lives in Dubai, so it seemed really appropriate.  Even if this doesn’t match her nursery scheme, it can travel in their stroller to the beach or anywhere else!

But Cuz, I don’t want you to think I wasn’t listening!  I have already pulled a really fun spring green and yellow bundle to make the quilt you did ask for as well!

Now I just have to pick the perfect pattern…

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Let us know what you finished this month (and enter to win a fat quarter bundle of text prints and a handmade goodie) over at Amy’s!

12 Quilts in ’12 – February!

I’m really glad to show you my finish this month, primarily because there actually is a finish this month!  I had lots of wedding showers on my agenda (including one that I hosted) and a surprise visit from my parents.  Throw into the mix a few really late nights at work, and I didn’t think I would get anything done!

Well, with many thanks to Jen, who came over Sunday before last and made me work, here is my February Finish: 

The adorable Lorax quilt is finished and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out…

I love the colors and the shapes…

…the adorable messages on the back…

…and the Kona Papaya binding!

Let us know what you finished this month (and enter to win a charm pack (of Pez!!) and two FQs) over at Liz’s!

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And since today is Wednesday, I’m also making this my WIP Wendesday post.  I did manage to finish the quilt that Jen started for me last week.  I copied someone’s fantastic idea and did a serpentine stich on my machine.  Does anyone remember who blogged about this recently?  I can’t seem to find the post again, but basically you lengthen your zig zag width and stitch length and your machine automatically does this:

Easy peasy!  Another one bites the dust.  Can’t wait to get this list under 10…

2012 WIPs:

  • Hexagon Quilt
  • Robot Kaleidoscope Quilt (top basted)
  • Lorax Quilt (basted)
  • 3×6 Bee Top (top done)
  • Christmas Patchwork (top done)
  • HMQG Row Robin (rows finished)
  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Rawhide String Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Rawhide Swoon Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Grinch Pillow Cover (top done)
  • HMQG Habitat Challenge (quilted)
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)
  • Quilts for Kids
  • A Walk in the Woods Baby Quilt (top done)

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 1
New projects: 0
WIPs: 11

 

FQS – Blogger’s Choice Fat Quarter Bundle

It’s no secret that I love the Fat Quarter Shop.  I think Kimberly has some of the best marketing and customer service around — and she’s a fellow Texan!  Recently, she has come up with a new idea: Designer Select and Blogger’s Choice Fat Quarter Bundles, which are 12 prints and 3 coordinating solids specially curated by the designer, or blogger, in order to maximize the drool-worthiness of the fabric.

In another brilliant stroke of genius, Laura at Quokka Quilts asked, “Wouldn’t it be great to be so famous a blogger that you get your own bundle listed in the FQS?” And apparently Kimberly said yes, because she is hosting a contest for one of us to win a Blogger’s Choice bundle of our own design!

Without further ado, my bundle…

…apparently I was feeling a bit romantic!  Right now I am really loving soft, muted shades of aqua, grey and putty, mixed in with bold, dark navy and subtle shades of peach and pink. (And I know I have an extra print in there, but I really liked the 4×4 mosaic layout!)

If you feel like playing along, you can! Feel free to link up any time before January 15!

Pay It Forward {a Giveaway}

Earlier this week, I posted about being thankful.  Well, in addition to everything I mentioned there, I am also thankful for my friends.  I’m sure you remember from this post that I had a great time at Quilt Festival hanging out with old friends and meeting new ones.  Frieda is one of my good friends from HMQG and she and I had a blast hitting up nearly every booth at Festival.  She surprised me that weekend with some truly unexpected gifts:

A fat quarter bundle of How the Grinch Stole Christmas fabric from Robert Kaufman (she saw how much I loved the Lorax Bundle)…

And a fantastic bag that she knit herself!!! using one of my favorite fabric for the handles.  I mean seriously???

Since she had clearly put a lot of thought into my gifts, I had to wrack my brain to think of something she would like.  Frieda and I had both fawned over Lizzy House’s new Outfoxed fabric (charm packs of which Andover had donated for our giveaways at the meet ups) but we agreed that the pearl bracelets were our favorite fabrics from the line.  So I put myself to work, scouring the internet for all the pearl bracelet fabric Lizzy has put out over the years (from her Red Letter Day, 1001 Peeps and Outfoxed lines) and presto! I whipped up this fancy little half yard bundle for Frieda…

(P.S. When I gave this to her at the HMQG meeting, she had a yard of the green to split with me, so I knew I had gotten it right!)

I was really touched by Frieda’s spontaneous gift, so today I am celebrating friendship (and billing 2,000 hours this year — yikes!!) with a giveaway for my online friends!

One lucky reader will win…

… a Little Apples Jelly Roll!!!  I have been busy sewing with this fantastic fabric and, trust me, you definitely want to get your hands on some, it’s absolutely adorable!!

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~THE RULES~

You are eligible for up to four (4) entries.  Here’s how:

1. Simply comment on this post and tell me your favorite jelly roll “recipe.”

2. If you are a follower of my blog (new or old), leave another comment.

3. If you share this on your blog, facebook, flickr, tweet about it or send smoke signals, leave another comment.

4. Since this post is about friendship: if you are in HMQG, you’re my flickr friend, we swapped on flickr, we met at one of the meet ups, etc. etc., leave yet another comment!

Comments will be open until Sunday, December 4th at noon CST, and I will announce a winner (chosen by the Random Number Generator) that evening.

International entries are more than welcome!!

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