Sunday, April 26, 2009

Woodland Symphony II - Part 1

I finally got started on Woodland Symphony II this weekend. I actually had to go out and by some fabric for the inner shadow border that goes on the leaf blocks. When I went to cut the fabric it turned out I didn't have enough of the one fabric that I had used in the first quilt. I ended up going with a fossil fern fabric and I think it's going to look quite good. I got all the leaf blocks sewn with the shadow borders on the two sides. Basically the effect will be like looking through a window and the shadow border is part of the "window pane". Next step is to sew on the second inner border which will finish the "window pane" effect. I'm not sure how busy work will get this week so I don't know what my timing will be like for this next part.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bushfire Quilt Project - Part 7

This past Sunday Tia and her group had a mini quiltathon and got some of the quilts finished for the Bushfire Quilt Project. As I was scrolling down the pictures of the finished quilts I saw that my quilt top, "Cats In My Garden" was one of the ones they did. It looks awesome. A gal by the name of Apples did the quilting and below is a picture of the finished quilt. Thanks Apples for doing such a wonderful job on the quilt and thanks Tia for organizing such a wonderful experience.

The Gals are planning the big quiltathon for the third week in May.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Spring 2009

Park City Girl is sponsoring a Bloggers Quilt Festival today. We're supposed to post a photo of a favorite completed quilt project and tell the story that goes with it. Sign up at Park City Girl for some wonderful giveaways and check out some of the wonderful quilts on display.

My favorite quilt is Woodland Symphony. I made this for a friend who took seriously ill this past summer. I went to see her in October and decided to make this quilt as a present of our friendship and to keep her warm and cosy over the fall and winter months. She has had a slow and steady recovery from the virus that attacked her heart and is doing so much better now that we are into the spring. The doctors are now looking are reducing the meds that she is on so things are looking good for her.

Before I left to visit my friend I took the quilt into my office to show a few friends what I had made and they loved it. In fact one gal loved it so much she approached me and asked if I could possibly make her one. I said that if she could wait until the spring I could. So my next project is going to be Woodland Symphony II.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Baby Quilt - Part 2

I finished the Beatrix Potter baby quilt today. It turned out quite cute, but then I can't take all the credit for this one, it's those adorable pictures that make this quilt. I just did a stitch in the ditch for the panel portion since I didn't want to mess with the art work.

I found a nice bunny silhouette for the border (see below) so it was an easy quilting and sewing job on my part. They didn't make any of the green fabric that was used in the panel so I ended up using a Robert Kaufman Fusions 5573 Celery for the inner border. It turned out to be pretty good match considering that the Beatrix Potter fabric is from Cranston Village. The back of the quilt is the same pattern as the big border but in yellow flannel while the top of the quilt is just regular cotton. So now to wait for the arrival of the little one in May.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Cats and Dogs

In the small quilt group that I belong to (called Quilters Pets) we have decided to do a block exchange and then with the blocks that we get, we'll make up a quilt for one of the members of our group. We will draw names and it will be kept a secret until we are finished are quilts and are ready to present them to each other. The size of the quilt is up to the one making it, but anywhere from wall hanging to bed size if you are so inclined.

The blocks that we doing are paper pieced cats and dogs. Each person will make a set of 1 cat block and 1 dog block for each person for the exchange. Then depending on the size of quilt you want to make, each person will make up the additional blocks. We will be picking our name this coming Monday, and our blocks don't have to be finished until the beginning of Sep for the exchange. Then the quilts are to be finished by year end.

Now this is a new challenge for me since I have never papered pieced before and below is my first attempt. Now I did rip out several seams and re-cut a some fabric pieces a few times because the first time the size didn't quite work. But for a first attempt I'm quite pleased with what I ended up with. According to the pattern the cats and dogs both have eyes and the dog also has a nose, which are done either with embroidery, beads, buttons, or other embellishments, so that would come later.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Under the Weather

I've been under the weather with a nasty head cold. I think I'm finally over the worst of it but I'm still quite tired. I tried to do some sewing yesterday but only got as far as going through some fabric and made a few possible selections. Then when it came to actually doing something with the fabric my mind was still in a fog and the instructions made no sense what so ever. So I decided it was best not to mess with anything and to go and get some more rest. Hopefully by the weekend I will be back to normal and sewing up a storm.