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Charity Quilting Update

A while back I entered the Hands to Help Charity Quilt Challenge at Addictions of a Fabric Addict created by Sarah. Thank you Sarah for this opportunity and for pulling the quilting community together for several worthy causes! I’ve actually had the quilt done for some time, but this deadline got away from me a bit. The Spring Retreat and upcoming quilt show for my guild has gotten me off kilter a bit, but I am determined to get back on track.

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It is amazing how quilters swarm to such worthy charitable causes. I am sending this colorful quilt to Happy Chemo.

I spent some time recently going through a few bins in my fabric closet. You know the ones that should be labeled “what the heck is in here anyway?”! I found a few leftover batik rectangles from a quilt I made years ago. My first impulse was to throw them into the box I was donating to my guild’s quilt show. Luckily I put them on the design wall first. Behold! A table topper. Each year my guild donates table runners and table toppers to Habitat for Humanity. They in turn give one to each new home owner. Such a nice way to help dress up a new home!

IMG_1740 (Medium)I did spiral quilting which is just so easy and quick on a small piece. Funny, whenever I do a spiral on a large piece I have to stop a few times because I get motion sickness!

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There are several more charity quilts that I need to bind, a few tops to quilt and several blocks to be pieced together. I made this my focus this year and so far I am excited to be headed in the right direction.

 

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Modern Batik Challenge

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

For May, we were challenged with a Modern Batik quilt. My first choice was to do a small wall hanging – I find those a little easier for modern than a larger quilt, but then I decided it was time to break out of the mold and go bold so I chose to do a small lap quilt.

Modern Batik

I went through all my yummy Island Batiks and chose blues and greens, various neutrals for the top portion and a neutral for the section out of the main square. I love this color palette and doesn’t that make sewing them together that much more fun? This quilt is made up of all five inch squares set on point. I did do a pencil sketch, but somehow when the squares were on the design board, I was not happy. What to do? I had them all cut. Then a funny thing happened. I sat on the sofa on the other side of the room and looked over at the design wall and it appeared totally different than when I looked at it straight on! I liked it! Whew!!

Modern Batik

Lots of piecing and then straight line quilting. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know how many stitches are in the quilting? Then again…maybe not! I used Aurifil 2311 (neutral) for the piecing and Fantastico 5166 for the quilting – both a dream to work with.

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Be sure to check out all the Modern Batik creations by the Island Batik Ambassadors here.

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Winning is F-u-n!

Houses (Large)I entered five quilts in our guild’s recent quilt show and was tickled to receive a First place and Third place ribbon. The third place was for my “Tweet Village.”  Our guild had a workshop with Ellen Guerrant and used her pattern “Tartan Town.” It was such fun grabbing scraps from each others’ scrap piles! I named it because there is a bird with each house – even one owl. Someone special to me rather fancy’s this quilt, so I’ve already set chosen fabrics in a project box and hope to get to it in the next year.

NZ flower (Large)

My first place was the “Pohutukawa” (New Zealand Christmas Tree) that gave me fits in the process, but am so glad I persevered, finished and entered it!

NZ flower with me (Large)

One of our members made our winning ribbons. Wish I had gotten a pic of all the different ones – each place was so unique! Along with our ribbons to pin on our quilts, we get a corresponding little yo-yo ribbon to pin to our name tags – Don’t we just love bragging rights! Two years ’til the next show – WHEW!!

Stashbuster Sunday – STACKED

This pattern, Stacked Squares by Moda, has been in my “want-to que” for some time. The pattern calls for 23 fabrics. I began pulling fabrics and no problem – I found 27! There are fabrics from three different designers in this quilt – Anna Marie Horner, Tula Pink and Amy Butler. No way I could go wrong with these! As I laid them out and began to pair the prints, eliminating some was no problem. I sewed the log cabins at the April Quilt & Sew-In Retreat. I waited until I was home to cut those blocks into fours (and yes, it did hurt a bit to do that!), play with them on the design wall, and piece them once more. I love this look! As I sewed each original block, it would become my favorite.

This pic taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway -  couldn't resist this boulder!

This pic taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway – couldn’t resist this boulder!

Hanging stacked (Large)

There were a few left over blocks so I incorporated them into the back of the quilt. I love all the loops of the machine quilting.

Back stacked (Large)

Quilting stacked (Large)Tag stacked (Large)

I am also entering this quilt in my guild’s Log Cabin Challenge, which was to make any log cabin quilt, any size. I’m keeping this one and it will be so warm and cozy to curl up under this winter!

Stashbuster – For a Good Cause

When I retired in March, I envisioned redesigning my blog and faithfully posting every week. So what has happened? I’m doing a lot of reading and enjoying it immensely. The home projects I just didn’t get to while working have won! Not complaining though, as it really feels good to be getting stuff done! The yard and garden are finally getting the attention they deserve and need. In return, I am getting more exercise than I do sitting at the computer or at the sewing machine. (Does getting up and down to press count?!)

Squared up and ready for binding.

Squared up and ready for binding.

I have managed to complete another quilt.  Quilters Dream Batting has been a faithful sponsor of the Quilt & Sew-In Retreat. They also sponsor the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS and I wanted to do a throw quilt for this worthy cause. I have several sales sample packs and cut two of the same fabric packs into 5 inch squares. I then cut some of those into fourths and some into halves. One whole, two halves and a fourth make up one block. Easy and fun!

ALS Quilt

All bound and finished and going to the post office next week to be sent off. This is my second completed charity quilt this year! I truly hope it brings warmth and comfort to someone who is living with ALS.

Piano

 

Rollercoaster

Full on line

This quilt is aptly named – not only for it’s looks, but for the difficulties I experienced while piecing it.  This is the Red Onion quilt pattern by Karla Alexander in her book Stack A New Deck. I resized the pattern pieces to make smaller blocks which is probably what lent to the difficulty in piecing.  The first three pieces went together rather smoothly, and I really do enjoy piecing curves. The last piece (green stripes), however, caused me great difficulty.

Block

I had to resort to stretching, stomping, steaming, and more stomping! In the end however, it was worth it. I think it was the perfect pattern to use for this jazzy fabric. I love how the red, green, black, brown and white work together. I also chose a backing that seemed to go with it naturally.

On rack

This is the only rollercoaster ride I was willing to go on and am so glad it is complete.  It is also my 19th out of 20 finishes for my guild’s UFO challenge. The 20th has it’s own messy story – more on that in another post!

on lawn

Retreat – Part II

Ruth's pretty pink creation.

Ruth’s pretty pink creation.

It always amazes me how much is accomplished at a 3 day retreat.  Lots of sewing without all the distractions of home! Here are some of the creations from the past weekend – and..there were more!!

Haven’t ever been to a retreat? You are really missing out! Not only do we have a lot of fun, we get a lot accomplished!!

We also worked on a charity project that I will fill you in on next time.

Linda's applique snowmen - so cute!

Linda’s applique snowmen – so cute!

Renee was a star!

Rene was a star!

Renee was the scrap queen!

Rene was the scrap queen!

Marsha's very bright quilt - reminded us of "going to the circus."

Marsha’s very bright quilt – reminded us of “going to the circus.”

Carol added several more rows and finished this huge, bright chevron!

Carol added several more rows and finished this huge, bright chevron!

Cathy's amazing batik quilt with lots and lots of flying geese.

Cathy’s amazing batik quilt with lots and lots of flying geese.

Jean L. knows how to work with wood!

Jean L. knows how to work with wood!

Jean's flag quilt - her own design.

Jean’s flag quilt – her own design.

Cathy's wild log cabin mini-quilt for her guild's show challenge.

Cathy’s wild log cabin mini-quilt for her guild’s show challenge.

Karen was the queen of half square triangles - this is only one block of  her quilt.

Karen was the queen of half square triangles – this is only one block of her quilt.

Dale is the baby bonnet gal!

Dale is the baby bonnet gal!

Janice's first quilt! Wow!
Janice’s first quilt! Wow!
Beverly's colored with crayons quilt. Clever!

Beverly’s colored with crayons quilt. Clever!

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