Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I'm over at PATTERN CRUSH now until I decide what to do with this thing.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

What a World panel by Jill McDonald

I bought the "What A World" panel by Jill McDonald for P&B Textiles from my LQS at my son's behest.  It was a quick project for us, and we decided to quilt a grid like a "real map."

One complaint - There's a penguin chillin' in Greenalnd!  Penguins don't live in the Arctic!  Kind of takes away the educational quality a bit. :)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

What I'm doing this weekend..

Well, between Little League, Santa's Village, church, and Pirate's Cove... at some point. :)  
This is epic and can't wait until Monday.

Nightshade by Tula Pink
Purchased @ The Intrepid Thread on Etsy.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pre-school/Kindergarten Quilt - finished

I'd like to show off the kids' final quilt - didn't they do a great job?  My job was easy - cut the backing, sew the binding.  Not much quilting to be done with the embroidery.  The children made the decisions and helped with sewing tasks.

I'm amazed - I have a boy going into Kindergarten, and if you told me that kids this age could sew buttons and squares together, and embroider shapes and letters, I would have had my doubts.  Kids are amazing, I hope this little girl is reminded of her friends when she sees it even many years down the road ...and she doesn't try to wash it too frequently. :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Pre-school quilt - advice?

The Kindergarten class at my son's Montessori school decided to make a quilt for one of their classmates who has recently been diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease that has left her paralyzed from the knees down.  One day she's complaining that her legs hurt, they're saying it's growing pains, and the next thing you know she is diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome.  Incomprehensibly sad....  The students all decided they wanted to make a gift for her, and they ended up wanting to make a quilt.  Each child decorated one of sixteen squares with embroidery floss, buttons, and cord.

Knowing I sew, they asked me if I could quilt it for them.  Of course!  It's certainly the least I can do.

But now, after getting the squares, I find myself in a little dilemma.  They're incredibly puckered.  I don't think I could fix the embroidering without compromising the children's work -- it's after all *their* efforts that are important, not mine.  My job is to sort of permanently attach theirs together.

Do I just sew them together as patchwork and let them pucker?  Perhaps I should cut them into smaller shapes around their embroider and applique them down on a backing fabric?   The gravity of the meaning of the project is making me indecisive.

Any advice would truly be appreciated!  I need to make it as soon as possible before this poor girl gets any worse and before school lets out.

pre-school quilt blocks

Didn't they do a fantastic job?  Some of these six-year-olds can embroider better than I can. :) 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Pinwheel quilt

I was invited to a baby shower, but she didn't find out it was a boy until only a few weeks before the shower.  Of course I had to wait and figure it out; I've made too many neutral quilts this year. :)  (Although this one would be fine for a girl, too.)

I had a considerable number of leftover squares from Dylan's zig zag quilt.  Luckily, I remembered them and turned them (literally) into a fun pinwheel shape for the Spring birth.


With the recycling of the squares, it took only a week, and best of all, made with fabric from my stash.  I added a few Backyard Baby panels to the center for interest.  

Solids are Kona; backing fabric is by M'Liss.  The trail of the airplanes blended perfectly with the meandering quilt stitch. 

My first pinwheel quilt is complete.  The baby shower was today at 3; I finished binding at 10 am and it came out of the dryer by eleven.  Phew.  :)