Sunday, December 16, 2018

Patriots Quilt Finished


Thanks to a little help from some amazing friends, the Patriots Quilt for my coworker/friend who is undergoing chemo is done. I apologize for the terrible indoor pictures, but I just pulled it from the dryer a few minutes ago and snapped some quick pictures. I used Cluck Cluck Sew's Touchdown pattern for the football portion:
The letters are the six inch versions from Lori Holt's Spelling Bee book.
My quilter does not have a football design, but knowing my friend the beer bottles and loops go very well with the football and Patriots themes. I choose a gray thread and the quilting shows up, but does not overpower it.
The backing is genuine Patriots fabric sent from the Boston area by Nancy at http://pugmomquilts.blogspot.com
I got the Patriots fabric in the mail on Thursday afternoon and I pieced it together with the Brady jersey that night and dropped it off to Glenn on Friday morning and he squeezed in the quilting this afternoon.
I spent this evening machine binding it and washed it with Color Catchers. If my buddy is at work tomorrow I will give it to him otherwise, I will try to get some better pictures.

My daughter arrived safely from London and is enjoying her time with our dogs and sleeping in her queen size bed with her new quilt! I have to survive this week of work before our two week Christmas Break begins...



Sunday, December 9, 2018

Jumping Jacks Finished

I am thrilled to share my big finish literally--this is my version of Jumping Jacks and it measures 72 x 83 inches. I have not washed it yet, but it is big and beautiful for sure! This is a design by Fig Tree & Company that you can purchase here:
The pattern is not paper pieced, it is a little challenging with the rectangle piecing, but it is certainly worth the extra effort.
 I showed the professional quilting machine working on this last Sunday. The big pretty floral quilting goes perfectly with the floral Bonnie & Camille fabrics.
 I made three extra Jumping Jack blocks to use on my backing. I love to use stripes for the binding and I am coveting the two yards of the Bonnie & Camille Good Life red and white I used for this one!
Here is the embroidery I added to one of the backing blocks as the label. I plan on surprising my daughter with this when she returns home from London next weekend! I am considering making one of these for myself too...
I got the Patriots quilt top together yesterday. This is a gift for a coworker undergoing chemo. I really love the blend of the navy blues, reds, and light grays/silvers. I used Cluck Cluck Sew's Touchdown pattern you can find here:
The letters are an addition I added from Lori Holt's Spelling Bee book. It will finish at about 60 x 83 inches.
My quilty friend Nancy at PugMom Quilts! http://pugmomquilts.blogspot.com saw my last blog post where I was explaining how there is not any Patriots fabric here in Colorado. She sent me an email offering to send me some from Boston. This is a picture she sent of the three yards of cotton she is putting in the mail to me. Quilters are the sweetest people, thank you so much Nancy! I am currently working on a Tom Brady jersey to incorporate on the backing--that mini quilt is also in the Lori Holt's Spelling Bee book, but mine will include a little more detail.
With all my focus going into the Patriots quilt, I may not get all my units together for the Good Fortune Mystery done by tomorrow. I did manage to get all the pieces cut this morning. I have lots of marking and sewing ahead! You can find all the details here:
Tonight, I plan on binding this table runner for my friend. She has been practicing with her new long arm machine. This will be my Slow Sunday Stitching to join with Kathy and friends:

Have a great week!

Friday, December 7, 2018

December OMG & DREAMi

Last week, I found out one of my favorite coworkers has cancer. He just had his first chemo treatment. He does not want a big deal made of it--we can't tell the kids he is ill and he is working as often as possible and looks forward to when he is well enough to be here at school.

Despite the fact that he does not want a big deal made of it, I am making him a quilt for chemo/hospital stays. He has been in the hospital for three days already! I often donate quilts to Happy Chemo for complete strangers, so I am not willing to let one of my best work friends go without a quilty hug from me! He is a huge New England Patriots fan, so I am making him a Patriot Football Quilt. It will be similar to the Bronco quilt made my hubby awhile back.
 I ordered some fabrics online from 1000s of Bolts and 1 Nut. Unfortunately, I did not do the best with the navy blues I selected--they are much more of a royal blue and I don't have many navy fabrics in my stash, so I ran down to one of my local fabric stores and found a couple that will work. Later in the week, I ran up to another town and bought some more navy blues. Every evening this week, I have been cutting the fabrics and I pieced about half of the footballs. The other half are already to sew together tonight.
I am using Lori Holt's Spelling Bee  book to make the letters to spell out Patriots. I am not going to add New England, but I am making a Tom Brady jersey for the backing. Being here in Colorado, there is not Patriots fabric, so I will use some reds, navy blues, and grays left over from the footballs.

This is my December One Monthly Goal (OMG) to get this done start to finish, so my friend can have it for chemo and recovery.

This is also a Drop Everything and Make it ( DREAMi). All my other projects will be on hold until this one is done. My quilter is awaiting my finish to get it done too!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Reveal--Fat Eighth Fruitcake

 I am so excited to finally be able to reveal this beautiful quilt designed by Fat Quarter Shop as a Shortcut Quilt. You can find the pattern on their blog here:
https://blog.fatquartershop.com/shortcut-quilt-fat-eighth-fruitcake/
I used mostly Bonnie and Camille Smitten fabrics. It measures 64x75 and is a very quick pattern. You could easily make 12 blocks and have a great size baby quilt.
My friend Glenn quilted it with an all over floral design called magnolia.
I chose this red and white gingham backing because I love gingham and it looks so vintage with the Bonnie and Camille fabrics! 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Late to the Party

Happy December! At the last minute last Sunday evening, my willpower gave out and I decided to join Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune Mystery Quilt. I have never made one of her mystery quilts before, but I have used many of her free patterns. You can find all the information here:
I am always a little wary of mystery quilts, but I do love all of Bonnie's scrappy designs and thorough  directions. Three things pushed me to join in: 
1. it is only going to finish at 72x72 (this is small for Bonnie)
2. I have plenty of all the colors she is using in my stash and won't need to buy anything for the top
3. If I don't like it I will donate it to some worthy cause

I was able to complete all the many four patches and I ironed them the way Bonnie showed--a new method for me. I get all my blue half square triangles done too--I just need to trim them up this evening.
I met my friend and machine quilter extraordinaire, Glenn, yesterday. He quilted my Jumping Jacks Quilt. I want to surprise my daughter with this when she gets home from London in less than two weeks. We settled on a large floral design for it. I took a couple of pictures of it loaded on the machine. This is NOT a long arm machine. It is a professional quilting machine where quilts are clamped onto frame and the frame slides into the machine. It is all computerized and the frame moves vertically and the quilting head of the machine moves horizontally. The machine itself is enormous, but you also have to have 10+ feet of clearance to slide the frame and in and out! You also have to crawl under it to change bobbins and check your tension.
The quilt is about 72x85 inches. After putting it onto the frame which took about 30 minutes, it only took the machine about an hour and 30 minutes to quilt it--it has over 45,000 stitches in it! Two more of my quilts are awaiting quilting. I brought home a large queen sized quilt to bind for his mom and a small wall hanging too--a nice trade!
I purchased some Bonnie and Camille stripes for binding on Black Friday and they arrived this past Friday--just in time!
The quilting is big and loopy flowers and leaves. I will be cuddling under it and stitching down the binding after dinner tonight.

We had about three inches of snow on Friday night and a little more today. Cold weather means comfort food at my house! I made white bean and chicken chili with cornbread last night and I am making meatloaf and potatoes tonight. My Fat Eighth Fruitcake Quilt gets posted tomorrow--it was also quilted on this machine with this design, but it is on a smaller scale. Come back tomorrow to check it out!




Sunday, November 25, 2018

Name Quilt 2 Finish

 Hi! Remember I made a Jonah Name Quilt a few weeks ago? Well, my daughter's bestie from high school asked me if I could make one for her new nephew, Lhiam. She saw my Jonah Quilt on my Instagram, how could I say no? She asked for light orange, light yellow, light green, and I suggested aqua/light blue. Pastels aren't really my thing, so I bought a few quarter yards, but I did find enough in my stash to pull it together.
 I used aqua minky on the back, it is smooth and so soft!
Although, the Name Quilt pattern can be found in Lori Holt's Spelling Bee book, I used the New Puppy block found in her Vintage Christmas book. I also made this quilt wider and longer than the pattern calls for. It measures 40 x 50 inches after washing.
This puppy is too cute!
Since I was off this week, I spent some time trying to reorganize my sewing room. I went through all my Bonnie & Camille fabrics. I have eight fat quarter bundles in a tub still in their ribbons, another tub has the yardage, and two smaller boxes have the scraps. I instructed my hubby if we ever have to evacuate our home, he should grab the tub of fat quarter bundles! He asked about by my sewing machine and I said to leave it--it is easily replaced, but not all those B&C fabrics are! As I was organizing the scraps, I decided to cut the fabrics for this Spools 2 Quilt. All of my spools will be scrappy with no repeats!
Here is that scrappy goodness! I ordered some B&C fabrics at a Black Friday sale and I am waiting to see if one of those fabrics will be better than a plain white background.
My daughter spent this week in Portugal! They visited both Porto and Lisbon.
She loved Portugal--it was inexpensive especially compared to Paris.
They had amazing food, rode around on motorized scooters,
and got an ocean fix with a boat ride. One more trip is scheduled to Ireland before finals and her return to the US on December 14.

I return to work tomorrow for four weeks before Winter Break. We had a little snow yesterday, so it is really feeling like winter here. I have a couple pork tenderloins in the crockpot to help with meals this week. Cook once eat twice right?

I finally get to reveal my Fat Eighth Fruitcake Quilt on Wednesday for the Fat Quarter Shop--it is a great free pattern, so be sure to pop over and see it!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Vintage Xmas Blocks 2

 Lucky me--I have the whole week off for Thanksgiving! I started it off right--my mom and I ventured up to one of our favorite fabrics stores, then Joann's, and one of our local quilt shops. I needed some pastels for a baby quilt I need to make this week. We had a Thai food lunch from our delicious local food truck. Then I spent the afternoon, putting together some more Vintage Christmas blocks. I had needed the skin tone for the dolly and we did not find it until our last stop. I am thinking I need to make the Snow Globe Pillow in the book, but which block to feature?
 Here is the Ginger Bread House Block and the Glimmer Block. These blocks are fun to dig into my scrap bins and find the fabrics for them.
My long arm quilter is going to try to quilt my Farm Girl Vintage Quilt this week and some other quilts that are his mom's. She has macular degeneration and can no longer see to bind her quilts, so we trade--he quilts for me and I bind her quilts. He told me to get another quilt or two ready for long arming, so I have been working on prepping some backings today.
I am embroidering the label on my Jumping Jacks Quilt--I plan on gifting this to my daughter when she returns from London next month, so I need to get this one in the queue.
I have some embroidery details to add to this top and I got its backing all together today. I am snuggled up in my jammies with football on and Slow Sunday Stitching:
Last weekend, my daughter jetted to Copenhagen. She stayed with her friend, Katie, who is doing her semester abroad there. Katie visited her in London last month--it is nice that they can see each other and not have to pay for accommodations!
She enjoyed Copenhagen and was very impressed with their transit system and museums.
This weekend, she and Katie met in Paris. She fell in love with Paris and can't wait to visit again! They stayed at an Airbnb in the heart of Paris and splurged on a really good meal along with their sight seeing.
Since they are technically EU students, they get into most museums for free including the Louvre. She said she was drinking the best hot chocolate she has ever had in this picture and loved some incredible madeleines.
 She called this morning and had already left Paris and arrived in Porto, Portugal. Her friend who is studying in Vienna is meeting her there. They will be there a few days before taking a train to Lisbon. This is our third Thanksgiving in a row with her not coming home and seeing the world instead...It is a little bittersweet!