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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

Suddenly, I seem to have lots of thoughts about what my blog posts can be. I think when I push myself to do this, I suddenly open a floodgate of ideas. It's kind of cool. With Christmas just a week away (eek) I know I will get super busy and not be able to blog for a few days, so I am getting ahead now! Here is a quilt I want to share today:
 This is a quilt I made in 2006 for my brother. I think this was the first time I made a quilt for someone in need of some comfort and love. He has prostate cancer and is battling it still, today. But my wonderful sisters and my supportive and loving husband helped me to come up with this idea.
 We bought some photo transfer paper at an office supply store in California while I was visiting my sisters. We chose a variety of old family photos and scanned them into the computer and printed them onto the transfer paper. I hand carried them home to North Carolina and ironed them onto fabric here.
 Along with a couple of donated t-shirts from the sisters, I made up this quilt. I framed each photo with colorful fabrics and attached them to muslin background fabric.
 This photo is from my parent's wedding and the one in yellow is my Granny who raised us kids.
 This photo is from our only ever family reunion back in 2000. This was the last time we were all together.
                 This was cut from a t-shirt we had printed for the reunion.
 The back of the quilt was flannel, made to be warm since my brother lives in Vermont and also, cancer patients tend to get cold easily.
This is a very old picture of my brother, probably from the early 1970's.
And this is the label I hand wrote for the quilt. I wanted him to know what a collaborative effort this was. Keep fighting the fight, my brother. Still a lot of love in that quilt.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Waiting, Waiting, Waiting...

This is such a busy, crazy time of the year. So many things to get done for the holidays, family obligations to be carried out. We squeeze so much into these last days of the year. So, for now, some of my WIPs are waiting, waiting, waiting until I can get back to them. Here is some of what I am working on:
 My Cat Weave quilt, made with Lizzy House Catnap fabrics...blocks still in progress.
 My X Plus quilt, made with blocks from my wonderful Sunday Morning Quilts Bee group. The blocks just need to be joined together.
 My Tula Pink Bee quilt/pillow. I made a couple of blocks, but now, I am not sure of the blocks I chose to make, so I am thinking on it.
And this beauty, which needs to be quilted. I was stuck for the back, until Lee showed the back of hers and I got unstuck.  I am also working on a baby quilt and some cross stitching for an upcoming blog hop project. I messed up a row though, so now I am un-stitching a bit. Lots still to do, while waiting, waiting waiting for Santa. Hope your week is swell! Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuffet Tuesday

Yup, more alliteration here. I thought today I would show you the tuffet I made. Yes, I said tuffet. Back in  2009 I took a class at my LQS to learn how to make this lovely piece of furniture. Google it and I am sure you can find them out there. We had to buy the pattern for the cover, which we made in the first class. The second class was all upholstery.
 I used lots of colors and favorite fabrics that I had been hoarding for a long time. I was so glad to be able to use them on this.
 The strips are sewn to a muslin foundation just like paper piecing is done for quilts.
 I bought the feet an spray painted them blue to go with this cute tuffet.
 There is a big covered button in the center of the seat. This wonderful piece of furniture lives in the living room at my hubby's feet.
And when this little guy was little, it was the perfect size for him. Hope you are having a great week. Talk to you soon.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Morning

It's really early here and I have to go to work in 30 minutes, but I am trying to keep my momentum going on the blog.
 So here are some Christmas things I have made over the years.



 Happy holidays to everyone, everywhere.



 And Happy Monday.
Talk to you soon.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Stash #31

See, still going with the alliteration. Gotta love it. I actually posted earlier this week (Post # 385 if you want to see) with some of my purchases, but these came in after that and I am still waiting on one more purchase that has been delayed. Let's see what we have today.
 First, I bought some new supplies. Two new rulers in sizes I have been wanting for a long time. The bigger one is 6 x 12 inches and the small one is a 5 x 5 inch square. My older 6 x 6 inch square is quite old and the corners not as sharp as they used to be. Also, some new hand work needles. All found on Amazon.
 Next, a Remix fabric charm pack I bought on Southern Fabric's Daily Deal. I just had to have these bright beauties. Two squares of each fabric are included here.
 The red here is one I have been wanting. It is from Amy Butler's Lotus collection. The yellow is Taza Ribbon Damask. A beautiful fabric, even if I do say so myself.
 The grey stripe here is also the Taza collection in Color Stripe Grey. The red is some Happy Go Lucky from Bonnie and Camille. I love this print and would love to get it in all colorways.
And the sweet stack all folded and ready for the shelf. Have a lovely Sunday. Linking up to Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Splendid Saturday

I love using alliteration in my blog post titles. It is fun to think of them. Here is number 2 in my older quilts posts.
 This bargello quilt dates to 2002. I bought a book about this style of quilting and I really wanted to make one. It was fun, not too hard and I loved the way it turned out. The hardest part was figuring out the order of the colored strips so that when it was done, the pattern would really show. This is the only one of these I ever made, although there were at least a dozen different ones in the book.
 It hung in our living room for quite some time, until we decided to get rid of the ugly 70's paneling and brown shag carpet in about 2005 or 2006.
 Here are a couple of other leftovers from the 70's. lol
Today, you get a bonus. Another old quilt:
 When my brother finally found, and married the love of his life, she came to the family with two beautiful daughters, who eventually married and gave them grandchildren. This quilt was made for the first of those babies, a sweet, beautiful little girl. This quilt was made in 2007.
Not sure why I chose this pattern, but I love the way the star glows and the colors are girly enough. I think the yellow makes the star radiate. The background fabric is dragon flies. I love this quilt to this day. Have a wonderful Saturday. Let's do this again, shall we?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Fabulous Friday

So, in an effort to get back on track with my blog, I have decided to go through my quilting archives and find some of my older quilts to show you and to talk about. Let's begin...
 This is a quilt I made back in 2006, according to the date stamp on the picture. Sounds about right. I wanted to make a quilt for a friend in the colors of the Mediterranean. Golden sun, vivid blues for sky and sea, green for the growing things...
 I love the vivid colors in this quilt. I am a bit surprised that I made this. I knew nothing of "modern" quilting at the time I did this, and I honestly can't tell you where the design concept came from.
 I still have some scraps of some of these fabrics, and I made another quilt in similar colors, for myself. I am sad to say that I haven't seen this quilt, or my friend since I gifted this quilt. We are no longer in tough, but I hope that it is still used and loved for its beauty.
 Some of the sections appear to be quilted with different patterns. They are hard to see in these pictures.
The back is all blue, like the sky. It appears to be one of the Moda Marbles fabrics. I loved those back then, still do. They add a depth and texture to any piece. So, there you have it. Have a lovely Friday.