Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day ! And Hands 2 Help wrap up

We had our final session of Hands 2 Help wrap this saturday which was my birthday, what a great way to start a birthday huh?    These amazing ladies finished up 5 tops, I'm letting Meghan keep hers, it was  her first top.  So the totals are here 9 tops completed, 4 tops waiting to be quilted.  6 tops for Happy Chemo.  6 tops for Sage Cancer Center and 1 top for Relay for Life auction - freaking amazing.  What's even more amazing is that all this came from fabric stash, even the backings, and you can even telll :(  Here's some pics
final session of Hands 2 Help drive for us in Mchenry - great start with flowers and Mimosas - love these ladiess

This one will be donated to Relay for Life that my niece runs in our area.  I plan on bringing this one home from the auction, I think I can get it for under 250.
Meghams first quilt, she gets to keep it, what fun!!

Anna' first attempt at the long arm, she did GREAT!!

Veronika's jelly roll, love this with the ombre jelly roll.

here we are with all the nine quilts that are finished 4 more to quilt

Love these ladies and all the help - 3 more quilts will be delivered than planned!!

This definitely got us started

And we're in Washington DC for a few days checking out baby girl Daurio's new neighborhood (she moves out here the July 4th weekend)   We stopped at the portrait museum which was on my must see list and directly across from the hotel (hmmmm how did that happen).  Amazing portraits of the presidents - Lincolns just filled me pride and emotion.  There was also a quilt that had a lot of quilting done (just like a like) but by hand - OMG amazing - how many hours that much have taken.  The detail in the feather wreaths, the 1/4 in grid and the detail in the small amout of quilting on the applique them selves is gorgeious.  I also took a picture from the side, it was such a thin quilt, I"m not sure it even had any batting in it at all.  
seriously amazing in person.  I was actually more moved by this one than George Washington's

Amazing quilt

you know everything I know about this quilt now

Look how thin, it's almost lihe there is no batting at all

I can't even imagine how long this would take by hand.  I know it would take me a long time on the long arm!

Hope every one has a great holiday weekend, we saw the National Symphony Orchestra on the white house lawn last night which was amazing and heading over to Arlington National Cemetery to watch the changing of the gourd.  This is a great place to be for Memorial Day

Monday, May 18, 2015


No finishes this week but a couple of things on the design wall. First up is the shirting QSTs.  I wasn't crazy about them before and added four triangle all the way around to call them down a bit.  Still not crazy about them, but will definitely finish it for H2H.

Next is the truck quilt just got started, I had a little helper this weekend.   He approved every fabric in his quilt and helped turn the crank on the accuquilt for the wheels and stoplight.  He also at the sewing machine and pretended to make pizza, hmmmm who doesn't do that from time to time.  After sewing we had some cake

No sewing on Sunday, we had a big graduation.  Daughter #4 graduated from college.  Big day for her.  She has a conference that she presents at in Chicago then end of June then a fellowship at NIH and off to DC she goes before starting graduate school. 

Check out the linky parties on the side bar.  The Bloggers Quilt Festival is going on too, lots of inspiration there.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bloggers Quilt Festival Spring 2015 - small quilt - Grow Wise Little Own

Amy is hosting the BQF again this spring, and I've got this little cutie for the Small Quilt category.  The pattern is Owl Duets by Katie Wiseman  It was made for my husbands God Son and his wife who were expecting their first child, so it had to be special.  They are very outdoorsy types and the nursery was forest woodland theme.  We didn't know if it was a girl or boy so when with gender neurtal colors.  I used fusible applique for the owls and the branch.   The little saying was embroidered.   Of course when you have birds on your quilt you have to have feathers right??  Of course I quilted, feathers, leaves, swirls in the background.  In the top border I quilted letters, numbers in the bottom.  Down in the corner I quilted a welcome message to the baby.  What fun this was!!  The quilt was made from a number of leftovers from the baby's older cousins quilt that I had made a couple months prior.  What fun to use the same fabric for all quilts for all 4 cousins.
Owl Duet
Back, cozy flannel and some left over colors.

Now head on over there and see all the wonderful quilts - get ready to be inspired!!

Bloggers Quilt Festival Spring 2015 - Large Quilts - Shining Star

Here's my large quilt entry.   This baby measures in at 117 x 117, now that is definitely the largest quilt I have ever made, and likely to ever make!!  This one is for my bed.  I had made one other king size quilt, just a bit smaller than this one, and it was worn out.  Yep holes worn in it from almost 12 years of daily use.  I sure how this one last that long cuz I'm not sure I can do another :)  This is a simple log cabin made with 2 different fat quarter bundles of Kaffee Fassett Shot Cottons.  Oh I LOVE the look of the shot cottons, such depth.  My husband loves log cabins and I like a bit more modern so this was a nice middle ground I think.  I used two layers of battting, Hobbs 80/20 on the bottom and Tuscany Wool on Top.  Glide thread was used on the top and magna glide in the bobbin.   I wanted the quilting to help differentiate between the light and the dark areas.  Light areas got the straight line point to point quilting and the dark areas got the yummy feathers.  No surprise that my quilt has feathers right?  So here's a few pics of fresh new quilt with no holes!!

Shining Star

my log cabin quilt in my log cabin bedroom

Now head on over there and see all the wonderful quilts - get ready to be inspired!!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Dresden Plates on Mother's day

Happy Mothers' day to all the moms out there.  Hope the day was filled with all the wonderful things that makes your heart sing.  My girls are coming out next weekend, so the hubs let me do whatever I wanted and you know what I wanted to do, yep quilt. And quilt I did.  I finished up this beauty.  .I love this quilt, I need one for me!!  This quilt will be donated to Sage Cancer Center in McHenry as part of our Hands 2 Help Quilt Drive, 5 Quilts for Happy Chemo and 5 quilts for the local Cancer Center.  Veronika brought this with her last time we sewed.   I need to find some 30's repro fabric for the binding.  It has a super soft sateen backing, that combined with the older super soft top is so scrumptious.  I had so much fun quilting this.  The top was found in a store in Galena for $20, if anyone knows where I can get my own, please let me know!!  I used Premo Soft thread on Top, Hobbs 80/20 heirloom batting, magna glide thread on the bottom.  I sure hope this will brighten someone's day.  I know it brightened mine.    If anyone knows anything about the fabrics used in the quilts I would LOVE to know, please share!!  I haven't counted how many are actually in this quilt, but there are quite a few different ones.
$20 find in a shop in Galena IL.   I really need one for me!
I really wanted to use two layers of batting, but knew this was for use so stuck with just the cotton batting to keep it soft and cuddly.   
Look at those fabrics, are they not gorgeous?  I would love to know more about them
Premo Soft thread on top.   Hobbs 80/20 batting

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Some of my favorite fabrics.  I love the plaid

Soft Sateen backing, first time I used a sateen but it sure won't be the last

The inspiration came  Deborah Poole's book "You Can Quilt it!".  She had a beautiful Dresden plate that was so inspiring.  Now mine is know where near as good as her award winning quilt, but I do like it how it turned out.  I highly recommend her book as well.  It's filled with tips and tricks and so many wonderful design ideas.   Now off to a wonderful dinner that the DH made, what a sweet guy he is!!