Friday, April 29, 2016

yikes! almost missed April

Way back in February while waiting for batting to arrive, I worked on some small projects. At some point... I put together this little bird quilt made from a panel cut and framed with some wood look fabric. I bought this from vendors at our local quilt show a couple of years ago. Still not quilted but on the design wall for the cats to enjoy :-)

I also sewed up Fig Tree's Mini Twirl and got it quilted this month.
In trying to work on my quilting design skills, I actually pulled out a stencil to use for the border. It was relatively painless :-) though I need more practice with that pounce powder in marking.

Next on board was the Red Cross quilt...also called Blue and Gray from the book by the Country Thread ladies called The Blue and the Gray. I made mine bigger by making more blocks and forgot to round the quilt edge corners like they did...but I really like this quilt.  I used only fabric from my stash ...front and back...which feels like a feat! It was very fun to make this and I want to thank Julie at JulieKQuilts for spurring me on to join her in making it!
Specially visiting quilt holder help here :-)
This quilt was also hanging up at my favorite Quilter's Cupboard quilt store with a double clamshell pattern quilted on it. It's a pantograph design that I attempted duplicating using a clamshell template I have and then going back over it with a second line using a circle template. I have mixed feelings about how it turned out but it is definitely not going to fall apart ;-)  I seem to always have mixed feelings about the quilting designs I choose! I will keep working on that.

For a start and finish for the month, I worked on a quilt for the special fire fighter in my life...quilter holder's DH :-)   He made lieutenant in the past year and also finally gets to call one station his home with his own bed.  So this called for a quilt to put on it.  So here we have the colors of his favorite football team (Oakland Raiders) with some fire engine red to celebrate.

Here are the quilt blessings in action.
So this is a way too long post! but I'm now starting on a quilt for the Hands2Help quilting with my 2" squares I've collected over the past year to sew as leader/enders.  I'm going with 16 patches again with a bit of a different setting.

I want to thank Norma Whaley of Timeless Traditions ( one of my most favorite designers!) for treating me to one of her gorgeous patterns.
I follow along reading her blog and was able to watch as she made up blocks for this quilt. Then at PIQF last year, I saw the quilt hanging in the Sew Cherished booth. What a treat! Thank you, Norma!

Linking here to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for the Friday Whooping it Up :-)
Have a sweet weekend everyone!


  1. Oh, oh, oh!! I love your red cross quilt!! Thank you for the shout out...and now you are encouraging me!!

  2. Loving your kitties!! Aren't they just so helpful? LOL Amazing red cross quilt girlfriend! LIKE IT!!!! LOTS!!!

  3. I always second guess my quilt designs also, but my Blue and Gray quilt is done with clam shells too! Great minds think alike--haha!

  4. Wow, you have been busy! Love the quilting on all the quilts - I've been wanting to try a clamshell design, I really like the echoing on it. I didn't realize until I took a second look at the quilt blessings pic that the bird quilt is very small - it should be fun to quilt.


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