Thursday, October 12, 2017

Animals on the Savannah

It was a delightful day
when I could finally
introduce my 5 month old grandson,
to his quilt.
You can see he's thrilled.
Well, as much as a 5 month old can be.

It was a kit that I had bought
from Fat Quarter Shop.

After some initial issues, 
it went together quickly.
 Check here for the back story if you'd like.

Then it was off to my quilter,
Debi, who did some marvelous custom quilting.

The background around each of the animals is 
a solid.  Look at the quilting she did.

It makes each of the figures pop.

I'm usually not into heavy machine quilting,
but for some reason this just seemed to fit.

I love the pattern variations down the center.
It adds lots of texture to compliment the prints
and the animals.
 Debi did a wonderful job.

The backing was made up 
of all the leftover pieces

 and will be as much fun to look at 
as the front.

I'm thinking this quilt will stay
at Nana's house for awhile.
 It will be a fun place to play
especially with Running Man.
Until Next Time-

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Hello Autumn

Autumn is my favorite season.
I love all the colors of the changing leaves.
The crisp air.
I remember the huge piles of leaves
that we as kids would run and jump  in.

Maybe it's enjoying the comforts of home and
that would definitely include quilts.

Last week I finished up 

 Leaf Peepers
36" X 36"

It was inspired from Jo Morton's
newest book,
Jo's Little Favorites, II.
I enjoyed sewing autumn browns and
aspen golds together.

I had several choices that I thought
would work for the setting triangles.

I decided on the most subtle print
which is a rich warm maple red.

I quilted it as Jo suggested with 
a simple checkerboard grid using an
Aurifil #28 in Chestnut brown.

I love how the thread sits on top of the quilt
top and seems to add more texture.
I plan on using this weight of thread again.

This was a sweet quilt to stitch
and now it's ready to use.

Until Next time-

Thursday, September 28, 2017

September's UFO List

Despite the fact that I'm 
in full swing of being a nanny Nana
I've made some progress on

Any forward progress is 
a reason to celebrate.

A couple of weekends ago
 there was challenge
to "sew a jelly roll".
To be honest, I don't buy 
many precuts,
but looking over my UFO list 
 I remembered I had 
"make a Mondo Bag"

I knew it was a sign.
Time to work on this.

I combined a well cured
Fig Tree jelly roll and a 
very mature pattern and 
started sewing.

A long time ago I have made lots of the 
Quilt Smart Smart Bags.

All this bag takes is 
two fat quarters,
one for the bag and one for the lining.
And, of course,
the Quilt Smart fusible
preprinted interfacing.

Making a Mondo Bag
was just as easy.
The fusible interfacing has
all the necessary lines printed on it,
where to cut and where to sew
and what direction to press.

Using a jelly roll is a quick
way to get a variety of  2.5" squares.
Cut, fuse, sew.
Nothing could be easier.

 Here are the squares fused to
the interfacing.

If you're careful, you're
 able to get enough squares for two Mondo Bags
out of one jelly roll.
One bag for you and one for a friend.
Once you've bought the pattern,
you can buy the interfacing panels separately
and make as many as you want.

Over the years
I've had bag envy with many
of my quilting friends and their Mondo Bags.
The size and shape is perfect
for carrying beautiful quilts 
for show and tell to your local guild meeting.
Well, mine was finally done

and became my show and tell
for September.

Another project off the list.

There are several projects
that are getting close to being done.
It's going to be a sprint
to the finish.
I've appreciated Meredithe's
fun UFO's list and accountability.
I have actually stayed pretty focused!

Until Next Time-