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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!

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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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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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I know, I’ve been away for a while. Sometimes, life happens! I’ve been busy with things other than sewing for the past few months. Things are coming together at the house…we still have a lot of projects, but it keeps us busy. I haven’t been avoiding the sewing room, but I’d rather be spending time with my new husband than sitting in the sewing room by myself. Anyhow, I’ve started a lap-ish quilt for my sister-in-law. I was able to take fabric from my stash. I had it set aside for a specific project that I hadn’t gotten around to doing. Bubba liked the colors and thought his sister would, too. Then, I had to find a pattern. I didn’t want to do anything too complicated, so it wouldn’t take a whole year to make, but I didn’t want anything that looked too simple, either. I turned to EQ7 and actually designed a one block quilt that looks more fussy than it is. It’s an hourglass block on point and turned 2 different ways. Maria's quilt My awesome husband hung my design wall for me today – we improvised and hung a curtain rod. I made 2 sleeves in my flannel – 1 for the curtain rod and one for a rod to weight the bottom. 002 I put up one of the blocks, so he could see how the design wall works: 003 And, then I sewed 16 of the half square triangle sets together and 32 2 patch sets before my back started to hurt. Kiki was enjoying “her spot” in the sewing room, too. 001

Happy New Year! 2013 was not a very good quilting year for me. I spent most of the year working on the “Love Quilt”…a pattern by Tula Pink.

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This was the day I finally finished the quilting…it’s not easy to quilt a queen-size quilt on a domestic machine.

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You should be able to click on this picture to see it larger and see a sample of the quilting.

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I think it looks awesome on the bed! It’s big enough to tuck the bottom in, and have the pillows covered. The best thing, though, is to hear Bubba say “I love this quilt…it’s big and warm and heavy.”

I’m happy to report that I’ve started out 2014 like a house afire! I’ve already completed a top!! Okay, so it’s a baby quilt, but that’s beside the point. I believe the baby shower is going to be at the end of January, so I’m on a tight deadline.

I am trying to sew from my stash, so I already had an idea of what fabric I would use, but not a pattern. I had a couple of layer cakes and 3 pieces of small yardage of Pure by Sweetwater that I have been hoarding saving for several years. As my co-worker is having a baby boy, I thought the colors would be perfect…masculine, not baby-ish, but sweet.

So, I picked about 6 patterns and posed them to Bubba for his opinion. He chose a pattern from Karen Montgomery called “Fresh Vanilla” which I had torn out of a “Quilts and More” magazine from Summer 2009. The pattern is for a quilt that finishes at 64.5″ x 80.5″…which is kind of big for a baby quilt! So, I adapted it to fit my needs.

The original pattern had 5 sets of “bricks”, which I cut down to 3 and made the bricks 6.5″ x 8.5″ unfinished, instead of 8.5″ x 20.5″. The ratio of width to height is, obviously, not the same, but I really like the look.

I drew my plan out on graph paper and added numbers up, made a change to my background fabric because I didn’t have enough of the directional “word” piece. I put my strips of bricks together with the sashing, and then started joining the strips together with the 28″ of sashing I had calculated and cut…only to realize I needed 28.5″ of sashing in order to not have a wavy, pucker-y quilt. That was at 9:00 last night.

This afternoon, I unsewed and re-sewed, and after a couple of hours, I had a completed top:

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I think it’s adorable!

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A close-up look at the fabrics I used.

So, here’s hoping for a completed quilt in a couple of weeks!

Thanks for stopping by!!
Lori

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