Sunday, September 30, 2012

"Whale" Quilt

It's a "whale" quilt for a baby boy!  So cute.  But funny story -- I bought the whale fabric & chose a pattern that had large pieces so the print could be seen.  As I'm putting it together, I showed it to Bob -- first thing out of his mouth is, "They're not whales, they're sharks."  Ha!  Fooled me.  Guess I don't know my sea creatures very well.  Of course, I had already ordered a stuffed whale to be given along with the quilt.  Maybe when the baby is older, the parents can buy a shark for him.  Giving a newborn baby a stuffed shark just doesn't seem right.  Sharks have big teeth!  They bite people!  Whales are gentle giants.

Flip side of the quilt.  Actually, it could be reversible.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lava & Rocks

Here's the finished red/gray quilt -- "Lava & Rocks" -- it's only 41" x 49" -- a wall hanging.  It was fun to make.  I had to make templates for all of the pieces.  Sewing it together was a bit challenging -- & I had to iron all the seams open to keep down the bulk.  Machine cross hatch quilting finished it simply -- there's enough going on without adding elaborate quilting to the mix.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Neutral Tiles

Here's the finished Neutral Tiles quilt.  From a class at Mid-Appalachian Quilters in August 2011, I learned how to make "Italian Tiles" -- & renamed the finished product "Neutral Tiles."  I used all neutrals -- even though some are actually gold & peach & gray & brown -- all were neutrals to me & work well together.  The variety of "colors" add interest & movement to the quilt.

 A close up of the long arm machine quilting, done by a pro in Easton, PA.  And for the first time, I used 100% wool batting.  Love it!  The quilt feels soft & cozy even before washing.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Red & Gray Block

It all started with inspiration from a Brazilian gemstone book -- colors & cuts. 

 Then the idea came to use the "cracked glass" pattern found on the legs of a Chinese desk.

Close-up of the cracked glass pattern.

Then Bob modified it into a square pattern of his own.  The desk cracked glass pattern has 11 pieces; Bob designed it using 13 pieces.

After ordering a variety of reddish & gray fabrics online, the block was finalized using 3 shades of gray & 3 shades of red.

So far, I have 6 blocks complete -- not sure how many more I will make -- it's fiddly & time consuming but what quilt isn't?  Each piece is cut using templates -- trapezoids, one hexagon & 4 triangles -- plus two skinny rectangles with the top cut off at an angle.
 Bob & I love how it's shaping up.  Stay tuned to see the progression.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Neutral Quilt

I finished this quilt top -- finally! -- after almost one year -- not working on it continuously for the entire year but still -- I started it a year ago while taking a class at the Mid-Appalachian Quilter's weekend seminar in Maryland.  The pattern is "Italian Tiles" and I used all neutrals. 

I'm taking this quilt top to a long-arm machine quilter -- it's just too big (~72" square) for me to machine quilt on my normal sewing machine.  I suppose I could do it -- I just don't feel like wrestling with it.  I'll post again when it's finished being quilted -- could be a month or so until I see it again.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Flip Flop Pillow

I finished this counted cross stitch flip flop pillow today.  Perfect for a beach house!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Welcome Gifto Bags

Each guest attending the wedding and staying at the hotel will receive a "Welcome" bag -- made using the wedding colors of dark chocolate brown and pink.  Festive!

Lauren & Jay Cross Stitch Pillow

 Soon Lauren & Jay will be married.  Here's a counted cross stitch pillow to commemorate their special day.

The pillow back is made from the same fabric I used to make napkins for each place setting at the wedding reception.

Merry Christmas Cross Stitch Pillow

Christmas in March?  Sure, why not.

Dog House Quilt

I made this quilt top months ago & just now got around to machine quilting it.  I made it during my "dog quilt" phase.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Blue & White Table Runner

Yet another table runner!  I made this during a mad creative frenzy using leftover blue & white fabrics from assorted blue & white projects. 
Flip side of the runner -- it's reversible.

Asian Squares

This is a small quilt -- about 42" square.  My friend Jean gave me her bits of Asian fabrics to use -- & I did just that.  Simple diagonal machine quilting finished it.

Saturday, January 28, 2012