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Happy New Year! I have been so slack in my blogging because I have been very slack in my quilting.

Our niece had a little boy in September. I finally finished her quilt this week. I’m pleased with the way it turned out.

My quilt holder was at work when I took the photos, so I apologize for the first one. I stretched as far as I could to try to get the entire quilt in frame. The scheme for the baby’s room is navy, teal, and coral…southwestern. The big “G” in the upper left hand corner is my first time with trapunto. I should have maybe quilted a little more on the inside of the “G”, but it is what it is, now. It wings its way across the country  tomorrow.

I hope to have a lot more finishes this year. I have 2 or 3 finished tops that I could quilt…and, of course, the UFO pile is big.

May you have a prosperous, healthy, happy 2017!

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.

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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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

It's once again time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy's Creative Side.

Christmas Beauty

I’m entering “Christmas Beauty” in the favorite wall hanging category. This little quilt is 12″ by 12″ and was my first foray into New York Beauty blocks. I made it about 4 years ago. I used paper piecing patterns I found online. It was a bit challenging to use some stiffer, sparkly Christmas fabrics in the tiny paper piecing spots, but I love the way this little wall hanging turned out.

Thank you for stopping by!

Soooooo…I didn’t get the Tula Love quilt finished by Valentine’s Day.  In fact,

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It’s still under the needle of my machine.  I had about 1/4 of one of the 2 blue sections quilted, but didn’t like it…so I spent quite a few hours “unsewing”.

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So, I’m linking up again for March with the “Love” quilt.  My understanding boyfriend said, “That’s okay.  We’ll have it for NEXT Valentine’s Day.”  But, he didn’t disagree with me when I said, “Maybe I should start my new Christmas quilt now.”

Here is a bit of my quilting:

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Happy sewing!


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