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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 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

I stumbled across a blog today that is hosting a challenge for 2013…a finish a month.

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Check it out by clicking on the button above! The idea is that you pick one project a month, link it up, finish it, and link up again at the end of the month. I have quite a few UFOs in the “sewing closet”, so I’m joining in.

I hope you will, too!

Welcome to my blog and my entry in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.

The quilt is called “Adalida” and the cat is Rion. He wanted to help me with my photo taking this morning. Unfortunately, it’s a little overcast here, so the pictures are a little dull.

The blocks in this quilt were made for me in a block exchange group I was part of for 3 years. The center block was my contribution.

Over the next 9 months, each of the ladies in the group made a 12 inch square block that met my requirements, using fabrics that I provided, or from their own stash. My only real request was that they use purple, green, and gold in their blocks.




The four corner blocks and the sashing I added during a retreat weekend. I had a long-armer quilt it for me.

I know that I was the first one in the group to have a completed quilt, and I may still be the only one 4 years later to have one! I do have blocks for 2 other quilts from the same group…well, the members changed up a little in the 3rd year…but, they are in my WIP closet. One has turquoise and brown blocks and the other has batik New York Beauty blocks.

I wanted something “New Orleans-y” for the name; hence “Adalida” the old George Strait song about a pretty little Cajun queen.

Quilt Stats:

Approx. 57″ square
Paper piecing, traditional piecing
Quilted by Mike Taylor
Best Category – group quilt or wall quilt

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