Making time for baby quilts

Tumbler Baby Quilts (1)Two sweet sisters were expecting two sweet girls and their mother had a giant party to celebrate!  And when you are known as a quilter, its hard to show up without one.  So all other projects went on hold and this is what I came up with.  Having some darling “girly” fabrics from my stash and having just seen a cute tumbler quilt in a shop; the idea was born.  I also already had the ruler!  It was meant to be.  For one a used the largest shape the ruler would make and paired like fabrics together.Tumbler Baby Quilts (7)Tumbler Baby Quilts (6) For the second one I used the largest I could still cut from the remaining yardage and I mixed the fabrics in each set.Tumbler Baby Quilts (3)Tumbler Baby Quilts (2)Sew the dear sweet cousins will have almost the same quilt.  I am hoping they enjoy them for years.

They were Stitched in Layers with a design called Am Ginger Snap by Apricot Moon.  And I had enought fabric in the stash to border and back and bind them.  Meant to be.Tumbler Baby Quilts (4)

More from my stash

This beautiful fall colored jelly roll made its way into my heart around the time our oldest grandchild was born: May 2011.  I was visiting Kentucky and happened on a little shop (okay so I went looking for it).  Even though the pattern called for pieces to be cut a little larger than the 2.5 inch strip, I went for it and pieced carefully!  It was cut and stacked during car rides to the mountains in Virginia in August 2016.Fallen Leaves (18)

Somewhere is a very detailed chart (that Cindi provides with the pattern), where I have delineated what color leaf will go where.  This is how it translated to my design wall, in May 2018.Fallen Leaves (7)

Then began the fun sewing.  An easy block to piec,  but was careful to turn the leaves the right way and worked on the little parts of the leaves that would overhang the border.  It was a slow process, because I think I just had a hard time doing just one thing! Can anyone relate? This was now January 2, 2019Fallen Leaves (8)

Finally in late January I was auditioning borders and ready to sew rows together!   This was on my must finish list for 2019, thanks to American Patchwork and quilting UFO challenge.Fallen Leaves (10)I did finally quilt it in October of this year and used Anita Shackelford’s leaf veins that I manipulated with the Statler to fit my leaves.  And finding nothing I liked better, added an apple border by Anne BrightFallen Leaves (5)

Cindi also taught me an awesome custom fit binding application technique that is continuous.  Love it!Fallen Leaves (2)Fallen Leaves (3)Sew happy it was finished for the season and hangs smartly in my kitchen/family room area.Fallen Leaves (4)Fallen Leaves (1)

Pattern by Cindi Edgerton

Color Improvisations 2

Had the great fortune to be in Huntington West Virginia during this exhibit at the fine arts museum there.  What eye candy!  Nancy Crow curated the exhibition ,  and I was able to purchase the book featuring all fifty of the quilts in the International Invitational of Contemporary Quilts.  All of the artists are profiled with their work.  The backgrounds and journeys of the quilters are so inspirational.  Maybe the exhibition will travel near to you?  Enjoy!

(A photo of the quilter’s name and statement follow each quilt)

#Slow Stitching Sunday

Watching a little golf this afternoon and working on an old favorite project. Grandmothers flower garden. Hand work is sew relaxing and with a pair of tiny scissors in a beautiful case makes the work just that much better.Grandmother Flower Garden

Sew many more to make. Not sure yet how big or it’s purpose; it has a different yellow in every flower and each purple flower appears only once.

Finish or Begin?

I read a Blog post at the beginning of the year from Quilting with Love called “Finisher or Opener: Which One Are You?” Inspired yet again to wrangle my store of fabrics and projects, I made my list of projects in finish in 2019.  I discovered some things.

  • Many projects had been in a limbo for years really. Did I reach a challenging spot, find a mistake, or did I just get bored?
  • So many projects bought and stored just waiting to be started!
  • Several projects so large (lots of pieces), did I need a break, or did another deadline necessitate putting it away.

Then I visit shops, follow blogs, go on retreats, see my customer quilts and get inspired by something newer yet!  Now we are to 90 days left in the year and I am finding that I probably didn’t cull well enough!  Recently published by Modern Quilt Studio,  Redicovering Your Stash has some great ideas for helping me in 2020. I will share all the finishes later, right now I am getting busy and trying to finish strong.

In the meantime I wanted to share a start and finish for 2019.  In January I found a layer cake from years ago (I believe I will never buy a pre cut again).  I opened it and gave away instantly several of the squares. Then I went in search of a layer cake friendly project that wasn’t too big.  Something “quick”.  Recuperating from knee surgery at the end of March, and somewhat confined to one floor I began sewing and cutting with this pattern, called Arcade, in mind:

Image result for arcade quilt

As usual, I found myself changing things here and there, and I tried starching the fabrics before sewing this time.  I liked how nicely the blocks pressed with the starch.  I sewed the blocks together at a quilt retreat this past June:

Arcade Layer Cake Quilt

Then began the trial and error of deciding how to quilt it.  I had purchased several skill builders sets from Joyce Lundrigan  for my Gammill Statler and thought these fabrics would be busy enough to allow variation in how the designs were suppose to look in the planned quilt for the skill.  What fun designs, and boy did they stitch out nicely!Arcade (3)Arcade (2)

I even found a large piece of yardage I had purchased to use as a backing, as well as a batting remnant…thus a complete quilt from my stash.  What joy!Arcade (4)

And more than 17 hours later (is that quick?) it is fininshed.  I did block this one, and plan to gift it when next need a baby girl gift.Arcade (1)