Monday, April 20, 2015

Orangy quilt

Aren't my quilt names great...orangy quilt.  How original...and there isn't even much orange in it.  Anyway, this was a quilt made by my mother-in-law.  I really, really like the colors on it, so when I had a break on the quilter from making baby quilts, I put this one on.

The fabric is from Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.  There are a bunch of big chrysanthemum looking flowers in it, and so I thought I'd try Flower Power from Angela Walter's book, which basically looks like chrysanthemums.

I love how it turned out.  It was fairly quick and easy, but mirrored the fabric so well.  I fully expect to be trying it again sometime.

Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday

Friday, April 17, 2015

Braid in a braid

Braid in a braid was another QDAD design.  I had been thinking about it for a long time in my head, but QDAD helped me flesh it out.

I put the scraps on the back in some green...I kind of like this side better than the official top.  So, besides the quilting, I didn't do anything that would make this the obvious back side so that I can flip it over sometimes.

I do like the end result of the braid in braid, although the larger braid isn't as prominent as I was expecting.

I had earlier done the "roll up the quilt to take a picture" shot (which didn't make the final cut) and my son wanted to do it too.  I like his imperfect roll.

And the flowers are just starting to show up!

I quilted it to try and emphasis the larger braids.  It is just a curvy wiggle to make some strings of beads.

I put it in its final home, on the cedar chest.  My son wondered why I put it there.  "To protect the top" I said.  "From kitty?"  "Uh, yeah.  From kitty"  and from duplo airplanes and assorted cars and whatever else feels like it needs to go on top.

(Do you see the corner of another quilt peeking into the picture?)

This is my April ALYOF (#55).  Finished well on time for once!

Also linking up with Finish It Up Friday, LAFF,  and Whoop-Whoop Friday.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


I made it into my first QDAD banner!

Here was the design.

And here is the banner.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

He is Risen!

He is Risen!

He has risen indeed!

I finished the quilt in time for Easter, as I was hoping to do.  The fabrics were given to me by my aunt, who loved the fabrics but didn't have the time to make them into a quilt.  So I'll be able to give it to her tomorrow.  It was my first time really playing with value and it was a ton of fun!  I will have to do it again sometime.

The cross is quilted in brown thread with a wood grain pattern.  There are lines (like sunshine rays) coming from the center of the cross (a gold metallic thread on the top and a red/orange/yellow varigated on the bottom) symbolizing the new life that Jesus gave us.  I had quilted a white cloth over the cross at one point too, but it didn't look right.  I think it would have been better to applique it on,  but since I've never done applique and had a deadline I didn't do it.  The cross is still empty - that's what matters.
There were a few prominent wrinkles in the back, but since it is so loosely quilted they aren't too obvious.

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 4, 2015


1. Braid in braid.  For the April ALYOF, I decided to finish the runner.  I just need to bury the threads and bind, so it should be pretty easy to do.  I was debating doing something different because of that, but instead decided to just enjoy the rest of the month and perhaps flit from project to project.  Because sometimes that's fun too.

And the rest of the list, for reference.    (Dates are when they were started)...
2. scrap quilt.  Still working on blue, but making progress.
3. Baby quilt, unknown gender.  Not sure what I'm doing with this yet.
4. Baby boy quilt - using Urban Cabins.  I'd like to finish by July.
5. Baby quilt, girl.  I'd like to finish by August.
6. Baby quilt, gender TBD.  I'd like to finish by August.

7. Space robot quilt.  I made a bunch more blocks this month
8.  Pluses quilt.  April 2011.
9. Make the wall hanging for office.  June 2012.
10. Orphan rocket block  July 2013.
11. Pillow for family room.  August 2013.
12. Simply solids bee quilt.  August 2013.
13. Quilt nautical quilt  Nov 2013. 
14. Quilt Christmas quilt  Nov 2013.
15. QST.  Sept 2014
16. Orangy quilt.  Oct 2014 - This is about to go on the frame
17. Jeweled floors.  Not started
18. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  Not started
19. Winter quilt. Not started