Sunday, February 28, 2010

More Quilts for Kids

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Finally finished the Touch of Comfort quilt for Quilts for Kids.  I named it “Jumpin’ Frogs”, and it is now on its return trip.

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I didn’t manage to salvage enough fabric from the kit for the binding so I used a black/white check fabric from my stash.  I think it goes well with the black/white striped inner border.

Check out the twin quilt by Kim @ Stillmeadow Quilting … it’s the exact same kit!  I’m happy to see that other quilters have ordered a quilt kit to piece and quilt that will bring a smile to a sick child.

This was such an easy and quick design that I made a second quilt (below) to send along with the Jumpin’ Frogs quilt.

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I’m planning to request a second kit soon, and I will again add a second quilt to go along.  The Touch of Comfort program with Quilts for Kids has a goal of 10,000 quilts by the end of the year.  Interested in helping?  Click here for more info.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Sew and Tell Friday: Tillie’s Treasures

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This is another Nickel Quilt using fabrics from my stash.  I’ve had some of these fabrics for YEARS and I am so trying to use them all up.  They are so outdated, but I promised myself I’d use up these old yucky fabrics before I bought more fabric.  I can’t wait to add to my stash and buy some of the lovely new fabric lines …

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I’ve made several quilts from Pat Speth’s Nickel Quilt books, but I must say this one was quite the challenge.  It was my problem child!  The technique was not difficult, but cutting & sewing all those 2.5” squares and half-square triangles was time consuming … not to mention that I had to be careful when sewing the blocks together (yes, Mr. Seam Ripper was never too far away). 

Of course, I was in a hurry to finish … too bad I made a mistake when I laid out the design and didn’t notice until after I had sewn several rows.  Oh, no!  Had to “unsew” everything then lay it out right, and then sew it all up again.  I was fed up!  So I put it away for a few weeks and finally, finally finished it up this morning.  I machine-quilted it myself with an all-over meander/loopy design.  It still needs binding, but I’ll do that over the weekend.  And, I used a thrift-store twin sheet for the backing … it was like-new and it worked out pretty good!

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In spite of everything, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I’m linking up to Amy's fun Sew and Tell Fridays.  Amy has some very cute bags that she made and don’t forget to check out what everyone else has done.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Pinwheel Sampler Quilt Along

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Here are the first two blocks of my Pinwheel Sampler, which I’m making as part of the quilt-along hosted by Rachel of p.s. i quilt.  I love pinwheels so I know this’ll be fun to make. 

I’m using the following fabrics from my stash.  I love the bright color combo:  pink, green and orange with yellow as an accent.

DSC00882The colors don’t show up well because I took this pic in the evening, but I can’t wait to see the finished quilt.  Here’s Rachel’s sample:

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The quilt-along will take 12 weeks so there’s no pressure or stress in making this.  This is the first week and the first two blocks so there’s still time to join the fun!  Rachel has a great tutorial … here’s the link to block one.  Also, be sure to check out the flickr pool for inspiration!

TTFN!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Wrapped In Hope … Quilt for Gabriella

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Margaret's Hope Chest is a non-profit quilting organization that provides birthday quilts for children of prisoners across the country. 

Gabriella is a 'Wrapped in Hope' child from California and her birthday is March 2! She likes pink, purple, and black and Disney Princesses so I made this quilt especially for her.  I finished this today; it just needs a label and it’s ready to go! 

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The border fabric is pink and has an all-over design with Princess and crowns.  I used pink and purple fabrics with lime green and black fabrics for accent.  I also used a fabric with butterflies and pink/purple colors.

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I was fortunate to find this Disney Princess fabric at Wal-Mart and purchased what was left on the bolt: 1.5 yards so I had to piece it.  It shows blue in the picture above but it is actually a lavender background.

I also signed up to make a quilt for Christian … another ‘Wrapped In Hope’ child from California.  His birthday is in June and he likes Spiderman, books and Mickey Mouse.  I already have the Spiderman fabric so I’ll be working on a design for his quilt, but I have a few months to work on it.

There are still children available who will be celebrating birthdays throughout the year.  If you are interested in volunteering to make a quilt, visit Carin’s blog Margaret's Hope Chest for more information and to see the list of available children.

Wrapped In HopeClick on the button above for quilt pictures

Saturday, February 13, 2010

WIP: Quilts For Kids … Touch of Comfort

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A couple days ago I posted about the kit I received from Quilts For Kids.  Since everything was already pre-cut, there was nothing to it but to sew it.  The top was so fast and easy … took only a few hours to complete.  Aren’t the whimsical frogs so cute?  And I really like how the black & white striped inner border adds a little pizzazz to the design.

By the way, the backing IS included in the kit so all that’s left is the quilting and binding.  Should be finished within the next couple of days.

Request your Touch of Comfort quilt kit here.

Yellow & Blue Quillow & Texas Two-Step

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Last week I went to my favorite fabric store, M & L Fabrics in Anaheim, CA.  I was almost ready to leave when I ran into my pal Mary.  Although we regularly email, I had not seen Mary for about a year.  In fact, one of the last times I’d seen Mary was at M & L Fabrics, when I purchased this fabric to make her a quillow for her birthday … in 2008!

For one reason or another, I never made the quillow and always felt bad because I’d promised it to her.  When I ran into her last week, I knew I had to make the quillow without further delay … and here it is! DSC00872 DSC00873

Quillows were all the rage many years ago, and I remember everyone was making quillows.  Quillows are actually fairly easy & fun to make and take only a few hours to complete.  The one I made here is a basic design, but you can make a patchwork pillow sleeve with quilt blocks, or add a ruffle to the outside.  Here are some links for instructions to make your own:

Quiltbug.com/Quillow

Fiber Fantasies/Make A Quilt In A Pillow

Capital Quilts/Make a Quillow

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This is my pal Mary with the quilt I gave her for Christmas 2007.  It’s called the “Texas Two-Step: Down the Line” and the pattern is from Simple Strategies for Scrap Quilts.  Mary and I will be meeting up again in a couple of weeks so I can give her her quillow.  Mary, I hope you like your quillow!

Happy quilting!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Quilts For Kids … Kit Arrived!

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Look what came in the mail today … a quilt kit from Quilts for Kids, a non-profit organization that provides comfort quilts for hospitalized children.  They recently partnered with P&G’s Downy brand; and Quilts for Kids receives 5 cents for every purchase of specially marked Downy. The program is called the Downy Touch of Comfort.

The kit provides all the fabric for the top and is already precut into squares and strips.  It even includes a nice woven label.  How cool is that! 

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You do need to provide the batting plus backing.  And, once completed, you’ll need to provide postage to return the quilt.  The quilts will then be distributed to seriously ill children all over the country.  Here’s a picture with spokesperson Chandra Wilson of Grey’s Anatomy:

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The March issue of The Quilter Magazine features an article explaining the importance of the Downy Touch of Comfort Program to seriously ill children all over the country.  This program has enabled Quilts for Kids to create over 10,000 quilt kits to send to quilters across the country.

For more information or to request a kit, click Quilts For Kids to link to their website or click on the buttons below:

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WIP: On The Road to Spring

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Still working on my Road to Spring quilt.  This is such an easy and fun design! The picture above is Randi’s sample quilt, and here’s the one she’s working on for the tutorial:

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I finally finished cutting my 100 squares and 100 rectangles, and it took me no time at all using my handy-dandy Shape Cut from June Tailor.

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The Shape Cut by June Tailor is one of my all-time favorite quilting tools.  It is such a time-saver! 

Step 1:  Fold yardage in half, with the fold at the top ~ width measures about 11 inches.  You will have 4 layers to cut.  Place the Shape Cut on top and cut your strips per your desired width.  In this case, I needed 3.5” squares, so I cut at the 3.5, 7 and 10.5 slots:

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Step 2:  Without moving your strips, you turn the Shape Cut to the side so that you are now cross-cutting the strips, again at the 3.5, 7 and 10.5 slots. Remove the Shape Cut, and ~ ta-da! ~ you have 36 squares in less than 5 minutes:

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After sewing my squares and rectangles together, then sewing the units into rows, I ended up with this:

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Now to sew the rows together, and I’ll be ready for Week 4!  You can join in anytime, there’s no time limit, and Randi has written very clear instructions and posted great pictures.  This is a great design for a beginning quilter or, if you are a more-experienced quilter, this would be a fast quilt to put together for a quick gift.  Just click on the button below to link to Randi’s blog i have to say

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Happy quilting!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

On The Road to Spring Quilt-Along

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Now that Camp Sloanie with Pat Sloan has ended, I thought I’d join Randi at i have to say.  She is hosting a fun quilt-along that she is calling "On the Road to Spring". 

Week one: selected fabric from my stash.  I finally settled on this fabric collection from South Sea Imports designed by Robyn Pandolph, and I matched it up with similar fabric from Maywood Studio.  I’ve had these fabrics squirreled stored away for a couple of years, and I am so happy that I finally get to use them. 

Week two:  cutting the pieces (squares and rectangles).  Well, that was last week, and I got as far as cutting out the larger pieces from yardage.  But still need to get busy cutting all those 100 squares and 100 rectangles.  Gotta love that rotary cutter and mat!

This is already week three and everyone is busy sewing their strips together.  I should be able to catch up this week … gotta love retirement!  Check out everyone’s progress on the flicker group!

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‘Til next time … happy quilting!

She Received Them!

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Heida from Handmade by Heidi got her potholders!  I ran across her post and saw this picture.  I was thrilled to read that she was happy with her surprise package. 

I had so much fun making them that I’ve already signed up for round two!  Potholders are quick & easy to sew and make great gifts.  If you are interested in this swap, just click on the button below.  Potholders are due by April 1 so there’s still plenty of time.

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Happy quilting!