I hate “living for Fridays”. It really seems like a waste. Great things can and do happen everyday, so living for the weekend just doesn’t make sense. But some weekends seem to have a bit more potential than weekdays. This is one of those weekends. And so is next weekend. But that’s a week away, so we’ll stick with this one for now. I get to pick up Niece Number Two in a few hours. We get to spend the entire weekend together. I am so excited! There will be trick or treating and movies and all sorts of stuff.
Anyway. Quilts. This post is September. The thing with September is, it’s a Christmas present. For Number One. And she may actually read the blog before Christmas. So I will post the back, but really will not talk much more about it until after Christmas. So, here’s the back.
She picked out all the fabric, knowing it would be for her. Chevrons and polk-a-dots. And bright colors. Some of my favorite. She is my daughter, after all. The whole apple and tree thing. Can’t wait to show you the front. And the quilting. Less than 90 days to go…. Frightening thought, huh? So much to make before Christmas, and really so little time.
I have to shout out a Happy Birthday to Number Three. Today he turns 18. I always feel older on my kids’ birthdays. Mine, not so much, but theirs…… every time. Happy Birthday, kiddo. I know this is another great beginning for you. Can’t wait to see where you go over the next 18 years. Going to be a great ride.
Okay. Back to quilts. We are up to August. This was a trade. I quilted a quilt top made by a co-workers grandmother that had been given to her mother. She doesn’t sew at all. Not sure she can thread a needle. So I quilted it for her in exchange for the fabric she had been given. Worked for me. I added to my stash, and she got a quilt out of it.
It’s really a charming alternating nine patch. Some of the plaids are cut on the diagonal, which has a cool look. Very homey. Number Three said I should tie it, but that takes too long. I went with the simple loop. Really like that one. Added to the charm, I think.
The back was pieced from the leftovers. There were long strips, so they got sewn together, and the extra from the back became the binding.
I don’t know. Something about this one just makes me smile. Sure hope the family smiles too when wrapped in it’s plaid comfort.
So, I guess we have made it to the July pin up. This one grows on me a bit more every time I see the photo. I made this for the owner of the company for which I work. He had heart by-pass surgery the end of June, and I figured if anyone deserved a quilt, it was the guy who had his heart taken out and flipped over a time or two. I call it Wonky Courthouse. His favorite color is yellow. Because “old guys can see it from across the room.” Whatever. Looks good here, anyway.
I tried to balance the small print and solids. I layered all the pieces of fabric for a block, five pieces each, and then just cut sides off. Once all the cuts were made, I moved each one down a layer so they were “mixed up”. But with some sort of order. Here’s a close up.
I quilted with a simple loop in gray. I really didn’t want the quilting to compete with the bright colors.
So, this gentleman and his family own a farm in the northeast part of the state, and they raise cattle. So this is the back.
I really couldn’t help myself.
This design is from The Buggy Barn. Don’t remember the name of the book, and their website is down at the moment. But it is a blast to make. I have made three others, and gave them as gifts to my shop hop buddies.
The quilt back didn’t get the 3D eyelashes, though. You need at least three fat quarters for each cow, and you get as many cows as you have fat quarters. So the extra cows from the quilt back went to my mom. She finished them and gave them as a gift to a friend for her birthday. Passing on the fun.
this quilt pin up of the month, that is. Today is June. Half way through the year. And almost caught up. Pretty cool. This is a baby quilt for our nephew and his wife’s son. My grand nephew? Anyway… It’s flannel, but I was thinking ahead for the coming cold weather. Well…. that and I really thought the charm pack was cute. So did Number One and my sister-in-law and mother-in-law. So it had to be good, right?
I did a four patch and stuck them together without any sashing. Tried not to put like fabrics together. As long as it is soft and cuddly, I don’t think the little guy will care too much.
I thought the trains were cute. There is also an elephant print that was just too cute. I found a giraffe spot for the border and binding, with a solid yellow back. The quilt measures about 40″ x 44″. I usually like to make them bigger, but this was just too cute. Can’t wait to show you the wubby I am making the little guy and his older brother for Christmas. Hopefully have those finished in the next few weeks.
More art to make. That’s always a great day. When art can be made. And today I get to share another quilt pin up. This time it’s May!
Number Three graduated from high school a year early this May, so this is his graduation quilt. And his girlfriend’s. A double pin up month! So, here’s Number Three’s quilt. Number One helped pick out the fabrics and color scheme. I was drawing a blank.
Oh look! There’s Number Three peeking his head over the fence. Hummmm… sounds about right.
Here’s a bit closer. We tried not to be too girly and flowery with the fabrics. Really not easy sometimes. I do like orange and green together. But I have been told I have a strange sense of color sometimes, too. This is a scrap-ish quilt. The idea was to be scrappy without really being scrappy. I bought about a yard of each fabric, cut the blocks by grabbing what was close at the moment, and went from there. I am making one for myself in green and cream. It’s even almost together. But it’s for me, and doesn’t have a “this has to be done” time frame. It will get there.
So, this is the Girlfriend’s quilt. I made this top a few years ago because I really liked the pattern and thought it might be a baby shower gift. That didn’t happen. And it sat for years waiting to be finished. And now it’s in her dorm room (I would like to think), filling her days with color.
It is smaller than the other by quite a bit. But it was going to be a baby shower gift. I couldn’t find the binding when I got to that point. And the fabric (it’s a black floral) is no longer available. So I went with the orange. It’s the left over from the orange and green one. It works. And I still haven’t found the original binding. Wonder when it will turn up, and what it will wind up on. Guess we will find out.
I try to make time to sew or quilt everyday. This weekend I made more headway on the Christmas quilts I am working on. I have only the edge of the first circle quilt left to sew down. I will spend a post on these in the next few weeks. Should have the other pin ups up by then. Having the first one done will be a relief. Then I’m a third of the way thru the project. Little goals, sometimes. One step at a time.
Well, it’s another Friday, and I haven’t been keeping up with the blog as well as I hoped. Just going to try harder. I have, however, figured out the February and March quilt pinups. So, here we go.
In January I did a cobblestone quilt for a silent auction for a Boy Scout function. My husband’s mentor wanted the quilt, but lost the auction, and asked if I would make him one. I told him I would, if he would donate to the cause the silent auction was dedicated to. He agreed, and I made two quilts, because he is a giver, and I wanted him to keep the one I made for him. So, they were February and March, and looked much like the January quilt, that I did not get a photo of. So, here they are….
The February quilt I also posted as January, because all three look so similar, but talking with my mom last night helped me figure out what I had done. I finished the binding on one the night of February 28, and the other March 1. Ta da! Thanks Mom!
March is the one for my hubby’s mentor. He makes business trips to Hawaii, and so the floral fits perfectly. These are fun to make, and really rather easy. They go together quickly, and never turn out the same twice.
So that brings us to May. Now I’m back on track quilt wise, and will be trying my hardest to keep in touch on a much more regular basis. Hope you have a great weekend. Go make some art!
So… it’s almost the weekend again. That is a good thing. Lots of quilting to do this weekend. And no football games to get in the way. Plans for trips to two different fabric stores… maybe more. Sounds good so far.
Last night I worked on what I am calling the Circle Quilts. They are three quilts for my husband and his two brothers. I will take some photos tonight to fully explain later. Anyway. Each quilt gets 80 squares, one in the center of each of the circles. That’s 240 squares. Most are nine patch. I am 75 squares short. That’s almost an entire quilt. So…. started more nine patch last night. It was nice to be absorbed in a project. I really needed that burst of creativity. There is a story behind these quilts. Short of the long of it is, my sister-in-law passed a couple of years ago, and this Christmas the three brothers and mom will be getting memory quilts with my sister’s shirts. Most are t-shirts, with some bits thrown in for good measure. Each of the nieces and nephews will get a quilt in the coming years with a bit of Aunt Dee’s favorite Garfield shirt, too. Probably in the binding.
Okay… a bit happier! I haven’t been able to figure out February and March still, but here is April’s pin up. It will be my mother-in-law’s Christmas present. Hummm… guess Dotty is sitting here with me today. Well, that’s nothing too new.
I know this looks a lot like the January quilt, but this is the way I make my t-shirt quilts. I love how they go together (and will post a t-shirt quilt soon) and wanted to see how it would look with 100% cotton. So that was January. This is made from Dotty’s t-shirts. I started with this one to make sure I had enough big squares.
I quilted each size square differently; I’m trying to expand my long arm quilting knowledge. Every quilt is a time to learn something. The back is butterflies, my mother-in-law’s favorite. Guess I should snap a photo of that…
Speaking of my mother-in-law… she called this morning and said the long arm dude should be in today. After he forgot about us yesterday. So, hopefully we will be back up and running tonight. Which would be nice. Make the weekend even better. Hope yours is wonderful. Till next time!
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