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The sister of our niece who got the forest quilt is also pregnant. She is due in September. Her colors are navy, teal, and coral. They are having a boy and are decorating with a Southwestern theme. My husband and I thought a quilt with some kind of feather theme would be cool. We scoured the internet and finally found a picture of a feather tattoo that we liked. The tattoo was done by a Puerto Rican artist named Krystel Ivannie. I hope she doesn’t mind that we used her work as our starting point.

I found some great fabrics at Fabric Chicks in Minden, NV. I also added a couple pieces from my stash.

This afternoon we traced our pattern on to freezer paper, Misty Fused our fabric, cut the pieces out, put them down on our background fabric, stuck them down, trimmed the background, added some interest to opposing corners, and had ourselves a quilt top!

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The machine stitching of the applique needs to be done, but I think what we have so far looks great!

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I used a little flange of coral in the corners…it isn’t wonky like it looks in the picture. It just needs to be pressed a little better.

I hope you are having a great summer. Thanks for visiting my little blog!

Our niece had her baby on May 5…a Cinco de Mayo baby. I wasn’t finished with her quilt, yet, but I finished it this past Friday and off it went to it’s new home on Saturday.

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I’m very happy with the way it turned out. The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman and is called Fancy Forest. You can find it at her website Oh Fransson . This is the small size. The full size is 4 quadrants, the small size is 1 quadrant. It was fun to see the little animals come together.

We are having 2 babies in our family this year, and a co-worker is pregnant, too.

One pattern and color way is going to work for 2 of the quilts. The 3rd baby we just found out about, so I have some time.

The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman (Ohfransson.com) and is called Fancy Forest.

Our niece is not going to find out her baby’s gender and my co-worker is having a boy. I think green, grey, and yellow is gender neutral. I had a great time picking out the fabrics with the ladies at Cupcake Fabric and Quilts on Spring, Texas. It’s a lovely little shop with a delightful collection of fabric.

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Sorry for the quality of the bunny photo, late in the day camera phone photo. So far, I have made foxes, bunnies, and owls. This afternoon, I tackle hedgehogs.

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I’m just getting around to posting my Festival pictures. I didn’t take as many photos as in years past. I was a little distracted with family issues, though there were many beautiful quilts on display. I tried to take pictures of those quilts I was really struck by, but that may not have won a ribbon. Apparently, I was especially drawn to the Japanese quilters work this year.

Here are some of the quilts I really liked:

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“Souvenir” by Maiko Ogawa Itabashi-ku of Tokyo Japan. Represents the Houston skyline.

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“Guardians in the Jade Vine” by Ruth Bloomfield of Queensland, Australia. As you can see, this one was a ribbon winner.

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“Like Cinderella” by Yukiko Maruhama Kita-ku of Okayama-City, Japan.

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“Sometimes Friendship Can be Sticky” by Barbara Dahlberg of Crofton, Maryland.

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“Shower Trees” was the name given to the entire set of eight quilts…all by Kathy Nakajima of Tokyo, Japan.

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And, finally, this masterpiece was also a ribbon winner. The first time I walked past, the quilter was talking about the quilt. This was her FIRST quilt. It was magnificent. In the photo on the bottom, you can see the little log cabin blocks from the border. I think the strips might be 1/4″ finished width. Crazy! I believe she said it took her 4 years to finish. “Why Not?” by Angela Petrocelli of Prescott Valley, Arizona.

As always, there were SO many fabulous quilts on display, it can feel a little overwhelming.

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No, really, I am.  I am even sewing.  The quilt from my last post got a makeover.  My husband didn’t like all the pink, so I unpicked all the blocks with the small pink squares and replaced them with lime green.  Even though I wasn’t happy to have to un-sew, I have to say I like the results.

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It’s basted and the quilting started.  Here’s a wider look.

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It’s been put aside for another project.  I’m making a Missouri Quilt Co. Binding Star Quilt.

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Chain piecing…love it!

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I’ve made 5 blocks…11 to go!

Hope all is well with you!

I am sorry to say that 2014 was a slow sewing year for me. So far, 2015 is off to a good-ish start, though. I finished the last of the blocks for the quilt I’m working on, and laid them out on my design floor.

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I finished laying the blocks out just as my husband got home. Though he helped choose the colors, he’s not jazzed about the very light pink. At least, I haven’t sewn the top together, yet, so, though it will be a pain, I can swap the blocks out.

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Rion put his stamp of approval on the layout.

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If you have come here via Amy’s Creative Side, welcome!

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I am entering this as my mini quilt. I started it back in 2009, but it got set aside before I could finish it. My boyfriend (now my husband) and I were going through my stash and UFOs at the end of 2012 and he thought this one was beautiful, so I wanted to finish it for him.

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This is what it looks like unframed. But, we think it looks even prettier with a mat and frame!

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I used silk thread and a fine needle to machine stitch the applique. Variegated thread made the background quilting blend well with the fabric.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Don’t miss out on all the lovely quilts over on Amy’s blog! And, vote for your favorites in each category.

Category: Mini
Finished Size: Approx: 13.5″ x 20″

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