Friday, August 10, 2018

A Traditional Wedding Quilt

When one of my best friends met the love of her life 6+ years ago (I think?) I knew I wanted to make them a quilt for their wedding gift. And lucky for me, I had lots of time because they weren't planning on getting married anytime soon due to geographic and child custody logistics. This quilt was going to be different from what I would normally tackle. My friend loves things like Colonial Williamsburg, folk music, and antique furniture, all of which told me that a more traditional quilt was the way to go.

I got the fabric back in 2013 and made pinwheels with Kona Snow. I think I finally finished the flimsy sometime in 2017 and it's been hanging in my closet ever since. I didn't want to quilt it on Ruby, my quilting domestic machine because it was just too big so I was originally planning on borrowing someone's long arm. Lucky for me, I bought one of my own so it was simply of making the time to finish it.

I love how it turned out and it really helped me to push my longarm quilting experience using rulers. I used a combination of feather and straight lines in the pinwheels which created a really cool movement effect. For the inner borders, I opted for straight lines throughout and for the outer border, I stuck with my favorite -- feathers.

This quilt only took me 5 years to complete and now that my friend's youngest daughter is off to college in a few weeks, I'm hoping to hear more about an upcoming wedding!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Thank You For Your Comments!

I just wanted to say thank you if you've commented on my past few blog posts. I thought I had just lost all of my readers but upon further inspection of my blog, I did indeed, see that I have several comments. They just weren't getting emailed to me, hence, I can't respond to you unless I happen to have your address from a previous exchange.

Apparently, it's a known problem by Blogger and they're working to fix it. I added a secondary email to get notifications and that seemed to have worked but I'm not sure for how long.  Here's hoping that it gets resolved soon (if not already) and that it hasn't happened to you as well.

I promise, I haven't been ignoring you!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Charity Pet Quilts

In the few weeks before Gideon's passing, I made quite a few trips back and forth to the vet's office. My vet provides a boarding service for cats and while the cages are spacious and multi-tiered, there wasn't really anything cozy for them to lay on. The vet technician told me that sometimes the owners will bring a small blanket or something, but if they don't they will oftentimes put a towel in the cage for the kitties. 

Well, that just wouldn't do in my opinion.  Right there in the office, I pulled a tape measure out of my purse and asked if I could take the measurements of the bottom of the cage so that I could make some small pet quilts.  I had some larger panels of practice sandwiches just lying around from when I first got my longarm and cutting/binding them would be perfect.

I've gotten 3 done so far and can probably bind 4 others that are smaller but still useful. I'll be able to drop them off when I bring Oliver, Quilt Inspector #3, in for a checkup on his thyroid in just a few weeks.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Plaid Picnic Crib Quilt

Even though school is out and the summer break is in full swing, I'm still making sewing a priority. Do I manage it every day? No, but when I do get in my sewing room I make the time count. I'm really trying to get some of my WIPs finished up and really want to start one of the scrap projects from Kelly Young's book Stash Statement.

I finished this little project almost 2 weeks ago:

It was made from blocks that I started for the Quilters Planner 2016 Quilt Along but I never finished them. I guess the saying "Finished Is Better than Perfect" really is true in this case. Adding the borders to the blocks made it big enough for crib size and it was a really fast finish quilting an all-over loopy meander. Now the big question is... who's having a baby boy soon?