Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bear in the Mountains

This is my latest quilt design.  I designed it as a wall hanging to give to my priest who will soon be leaving our parish for a new call.  His nickname is "Bear," he is originally from eastern Tennessee, and he loves the mountains.  So I designed a quilt using bear paw blocks and delectable mountain blocks to give to him as a going away present. My original design didn't have the bear paw blocks in the corners.  It was just solid blocks of the background fabric.  But I accidentally didn't buy enough background fabric to cut blocks that size, so I came up with the idea to add the bear paws and I think I like it better that way.

I will be quilting it myself, and I haven't decided if I will machine quilt it or hand quilt it.  I need to get it quilted quickly, as his last day with us is December 4th, so machine quilting is the most likely outcome.

And as something of a happy accident, I think it has a somewhat Native American feel to it, and he is also part Cherokee Indian.  I hope he will like it.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Moda Row for October and finished quilt center

The final row for our Moda quilt this year was the Mosaic block row.  It has 10 blocks at 6 inches each.  It really wasn't that difficult to put together.  We were also supposed to join all of the rows together, with the spacer sashings, and add the first narrow border.  Next we have to make 4 pinwheel blocks for the corners, and add them along with the final borders.  It is almost done!  Hurray!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Two from One!

These two baby quilts are made from the same jellyroll - Grow! from Me and My Sister.  I came up with the plan for the bottom quilt first, but it was going to leave several strips left unused, even with planning to use some for the binding and some on the back.  I figured out that I would have 13 strips left over, which was the perfect amount to make top quilt (I've made one like the top quilt before).  I pulled out the strips that I wanted to use for the top quilt and actually made it first.  Then I used what was left to make the bottom quilt.  In fact, one strip is partially in the top quilt and partially in the bottom quilt.

I'm really happy with how both quilt tops turned out.  They look very different from each other.  I'm glad that I pulled out all the darker purples and didn't use any in the bottom quilt. I really like the pastel look of the bottom one and I think the dark purple would have detracted from that.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Moda Row for September

This month our row for the Moda class was sailboats -- ten of them.  I can't say that it was fun, or that I necessarily like the outcome, but I'm definitely glad that it is finished.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Falling Petals

My cat, Cleopatra, is modeling this quilt.  It is made from Ellie Ann fabric using Missouri Star Quilt Company's Falling Charms pattern.  I also had it quilted by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I went with the name Falling Petals because the charms that are falling has flowers on it.

Monday, August 15, 2016

After the Storm

Here is the Binding Tool Star quilt all finished and in place on my son's new bed in his apartment in Tuscaloosa.  I like to give quilts names that are also song titles.  My son chose "After the Storm" by Mumford & Sons, because his last quilt was a Storms at Sea pattern and this one comes . . . after.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Moda Row for August

This month's row was a real pain to join together.  The points that needed to match were extremely bulky.  I got it together as best I could, but I decided that "perfection" was not going to happen, so I'm just trying to not worry about it.  The operative word here is "trying."