Friday, July 30, 2010

Sew & Tell Friday #14: David’s Plaid Dorm Quilt


In addition to “collecting” fabric, I also like to collect quilting magazines.  When I first started quilting, I think I collected every magazine that was published … and saved each & every one of them!  Over the years, I accumulated tons of magazines.  When I started to run out of storage space, I knew I had to purge my “collection”. 


I have finally narrowed it down to those magazines I enjoy the most:  BHG American Patchwork & Quilting; Fons & Porter Love of Quilting; McCall’s Quick Quilts; and Quiltmaker.  And I only keep five years’ worth, so for now my magazines go back to 2005.

I love going through my old magazines.  Every once in a while, I’ll pull out a few magazines just to flip through them.  It’s like going through a new magazine!  That’s how I stumbled upon this plaid dorm quilt from a Fons & Porter magazine. 

scan0086  Plaid Dorm Quilt from Fons & Porter

I’d been wanting to make a quilt for DS#1 for quite some time.  I had a collection of plaids and homespun fabric that I thought he might like, but I couldn’t decide on a pattern that I thought would be to his liking. 


I thought this dorm quilt would be perfect since he is now living in a dorm after recently transferring to Cal Berkeley.  I hope this quilt will bring him some warmth and comfort during the cool fall & winter seasons while he’s away from home.


I started this quilt a few weeks ago and finally finished it this week.  The quilt has 168 five-inch finished squares and has a 12 x 14 setting.  It has a soft flannel backing and measures 58” x 66”.  I used Warm & Natural batting and quilted it myself with a simple line design.

I’m very happy with how it turned out … and for some assurance that DS#1 would like it, my DH said he would love it!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Another Touch of Comfort Quilts for Kids Project

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I just completed my fourth quilt for the Downy Touch of Comfort Quilts For Kids project.  Three are from requested kits and the fourth is from my own fabric stash.  And, for now, this completes my contribution to this worthwhile program. 

I’ll continue to make quilts for kids through Project Linus, which keeps my donations locally; and, I can also deliver my finished quilts to a neighbor who helps coordinate the local chapter … no shipping costs!

The Touch of Comfort project was much fun, and it was exciting to receive the kit in the mail to see what fun fabrics had been sent.  The quilts are fast and easy to make, so I do hope new folks will jump on the bandwagon to help them reach their goal of 10,000 quilts before the end of the year.  Click here for more info.

UPDATE:  Quilts for Kids has chapters nationwide.  These local chapters keep donations within the communities they serve.  Click here to find a chapter in your area.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Glendale Quilt Guild: 2010 Quilt Show


This past March 20, my BFF Brenda and I went to the Glendale Quilt Show in Burbank (CA).  We are always in awe of the amazing talent exhibited at the quilt shows.

DSC01054More often than not, we are intimidated by such awesome talent … so many beautiful quilts that are way beyond our own skills and talents. 


And as much as we love to see those amazingly beautiful quilts, we truly enjoy those quilts that are simpler and less complicated but yet beautiful. 

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These are the quilts that truly inspire and encourage us to hope that one day our quilts may be displayed at a quilt show … for all to oooh and aaahh!  Then, we realize that our own quilts are also beautiful because they are made with so much love for our family and friends.

International Quilt Show ~ Long Beach, CA


Had a great time yesterday at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach (CA)!  I can’t post any pictures of the exhibits, but here’s a fun picture of my BFF Brenda and me with our favorite quilting diva, Eleanor Burns!  We had a delicious lunch at Islands Restaurant and the weather couldn’t have been better.   But, by the end of the day, we were dragging our feet from so much walking.  That place is HUGE and there were hundreds of vendors and exhibits.  I’m glad to say that I stayed within my budget and still had a great time!

Friday, July 23, 2010

WIP: Millennium 2000 or Y2K Charm Quilts

Y2K Quilt Top 2010Second Millennium or Y2K Charm Quilt Top ~ 2010

Back in 1999 when I started quilting, there really weren't any quilt blogs, but quilters were hanging out on quilt message boards on sites like

Lots of quilters were swapping 2-1/2" or 3" fabric squares (or charms) in order to make a Y2K quilt with 2,000 different fabric squares. There were even magazine articles about how to join these swaps. Some swaps were set up individually via email (there would be lists of people willing to swap on various websites); but others were “centralized” swaps with one person coordinating the swap.


Once you joined a swap, you made up sets of 80 squares of different fabrics, plus a signature square and a very short biography.  These sets were called “squishies” because the envelope or baggie containing the set was soft and squishy. 

There were usually 25 members in a swap.  If all worked as planned, you would end up with 2,000 different squares, or charms.  This was a really inexpensive way to get a large variety of fabrics.

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I had so much fun swapping charms that  I ended up with enough squares to make THREE millennium (or Y2K) quilts.  My first Y2K Quilt was a 2004 Christmas gift to one of my staff for their support and hard work.

202357069knLime_ph[6]First Millennium 2000 Charm Quilt ~ 2004

And, now, here we are 10 years later, and I’m still trying to finish my 2nd Y2K quilt!  It’s pictured on a queen-size bed in the beginning of this post.  I don’t know exactly when I started & finished this quilt top, but it’s been about two years.  It’s still waiting to be quilted!

But wait!  There’s a 3rd Y2K quilt somewhere … oh, yes, here it is:

DSC01467It’s still in this bin!  This is a picture of all 25 squishies, each containing 80 different fabric charms.  You can see the squishy on the top is from Alabama.  Hard to believe I’ve had these for 10 years!  Maybe I’ll get this quilt done sometime during the next decade!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sew & Tell Friday #13: Bouillabaisse Quilt Top


My bouillabaisse quilt top is FINALLY finished!  I started it last year in September and posted about it here in January.  I’ve been working on it off-and-on; and this week I made a commitment to finish it.  It has twenty blocks and each block is 20-1/2 inches.  It measures in at 97 square inches, with a 6-1/2 inch border.


This is the second bouillabaisse quilt I’ve made, but I had so many issues with it! It seems that no matter how many 1-3/4” strips I cut, it just wasn’t enough!  But the real dizzies were the points and bias edges … OMG, by the last few blocks, I couldn’t care less whether anything matched:  I just wanted to get ‘er done! 


It’s shown on a queen size bed, and it’s the second queen-size quilt top I’ve made. I’m not sure yet whether I will quilt it myself or send it out.  I’m definitely keeping this one so I’m really leaning towards sending it to a LA quilter.  But, for now, it’s in my “To Be Quilted” pile!

539453661lhPwnO_ph_CU[5] This is a picture of the original bouillabaisse quilt I made in 2003.  I bought the fabric kit and with my BQF Brenda took a class at the LQS.  I blogged about it here.  This quilt was much easier to make than my second one … maybe that’s because I made it in class.  I don’t know … but I do know I won’t be making another one soon!


This is a bouillabaisse quilt that my BQF Brenda made and was the inspiration for my second bouillabaisse quilt.  You may not be able to notice in the pictures, but we used many of the same fabrics.  That’s because she often benefits when I go through a “stash cleaning” episode. I just love the colors on this quilt!  Okay, so I’m a big copy-cat; but Brenda and I have very similar tastes … I guess that’s why we get along so well!


And this bouillabaisse quilt was made by Sinta @ Pink Pincushion.  She started hers in 2008 and finally finished it this February.  Read about her love/hate relationship with the quilt here and how it almost caused the demise of her sewing machine!

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Sew & Tell Friday #12: Charm & Jelly Roll Quilt Top Plus More …


I decided to take a break from nickel quilts!  I made this top from a kit I purchased at my LQS a couple years ago.  I saw the sample in the store and fell in love with the fabric and design.  Actually, the store had run out of the kits, but I was still able to buy some yardage and received the pattern for free. 


It’s such an easy scrappy design that uses one charm pack plus one jelly roll.  The block is a four-patch of 2-1/2” squares, plus four 2-1/2” strips, which are sewn to the 4-patch in a log-cabin style.  I started this last week and just finished it yesterday.  I’m not sure when I’ll be quilting it so for now it’s back to the UFO pile … hopefully not for long!

UPDATE:  Sold flimsy top on eBay in February 2011

One more finish since last Friday … I previously posted about this top and finally finished quilting and binding it this week.  Click here to read my previous post:

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I had three finishes this week: completed one quilt top; and finished quilting and binding two other tops.  Woohoo!  A busy week for quilting.  Now to catch up on my housework and other stuff … :0)

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sew & Tell Friday #11: Northern Lights Christmas Nickel Quilt


Remember this quilt top that I blogged about here? Well, I finally finished it, and I think I’m lovin’ it!


I made this quilt from a stash of Christmas fabrics that I’ve had for a few years.  I cut up the fabrics into 5-inch squares, found a pattern that I liked, and put it all together into a baggie as a kit. Last year, I pulled out the kit and put the blocks together; but I wasn’t thrilled with the color combo … the background just didn’t seem right … and I put it aside to work on other projects.


Well, 2010 being the year to finish those UFOs, I tackled this project and finally finished it!  But, even when I completed the top, I still wasn’t thrilled with it … it just didn’t sing to me.  I struggled with the borders, and then finally decided, the heck with it, I’ll just make it borderless. 


But now that it’s finished?  It sings loud and proud! I quilted it with an allover heart and loopy design (a nice change over meandering); and the backing is an angel fabric that my BFF found at a garage sale and gave to me for my kids’ quilts.  The quilt measures 47 x 60 inches. 


I’m donating it to Project Linus; and I think the angels are perfect … and so is this cute fabric with the puppy in a stocking.

DSC01417 Why so many nickel quilts?  A few years back, I decided I needed to tame my fabric stash and had this “brilliant” idea to make kits.  I went through my extensive stash and collection of quilting books and magazines, and started putting fabrics and patterns together.  I then placed these projects into baggies. 

During this time, I also cut up much of my yardage into smaller cuts.  If I had a yard, I cut it into a 1/2 yard and 2 FQs.  If I had 2 yards, I would keep one yard intact.  Sometimes I would cut a 1/2 yard into 5-inch squares, which means I ended up with tons of nickel squares.  And I’m still working my way through these kits!

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