2nd Quarter Finish-A-Long finish – Threads of Friendship

I have shown this quilt before for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, but I forgot to mention that it is also one of my finishes for the 2nd quarter of the 2013 Finish-A-Long.

Quilty loveMeet “Threads of Friendship”. She is all bound, labeled, and delivered to the guild to be given to the person that sells the winning ticket to the main donation quilt, “The Piecemakers’ Web.”

more quiltingI had so much fun quilting this quilt! I love the texture the feathers give to the open areas.

corner quiltiingThe borders and corners took some ingenuity, but I am really pleased with how they turned out. I also like the polka dot border and binding!

I won’t repeat any more of the pictures….you can look back at this post if you would like to see more!

Once the link up begins for the Finish-A-Long, I will come back here and link this post to the main linky so that you can jump over and see what everyone else was able to get finished.

2013 Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Group quilt

The quilt I am going to share with you is one that I finished up in the last month or so and is a group quilt. The picture below shows a little preview.more quilting

It started way last summer as some leftovers from the Opportunity Quilt our guild was making for the 2013 year. The opportunity quilt was a string spiderweb quilt designed by Lorraine Olsen with a vintage air – including the yellow background and the vintage local feed sacks for backing. The photo below shows “The Piecemakers’ Web”, our 2013 Opportunity quilt which was juried into Paducah in the group category this spring.

Final donation quilt

Everyone in the guild had a chance to take home a sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper with three wedges printed on it for the spider webs or a section for the string-pieced border. They were to paper piece strings of fabric across those three wedges and then bring the whole sheet back to the  guild. Members of the committee cut the wedges and pieced the final quilt. There were tons of leftover paper pieced strips from the main quilt and people were encouraged to take them and make something else that would benefit the guild.

I took two finished webs already pieced with yellow background  and enough papers and wedges to make a small quilt with borders. The design was determined by what left overs I brought home. I came up with the layout for the seven spider webs and actually used some of the border strip sheets from the main quilt to cut more wedges for the center spider webs and the borders. I added coping strips to the inner part of the quilt to make it a decent sized lap quilt. We didn’t have much of the yellow fabric left, so I ordered more of the yellow and picked out narrow border and binding fabric as well as the backing fabric. Finished size is 55″ by 67″.

Here is my finished quilt. It is so bright and cheerful!

OPQG spiderweb

I absolutely LOVE this quilt even though this much yellow is not normally a favorite of mine. The Hunter even REALLY likes this quilt! (Believe me, that is very high praise coming from him!)

corner quiltiingAll the quilting designs are my own. I wanted feathers on the quilt and doodled for quite a while before coming up with the final designs.

More cornersI fell in love with this fun red and white print that I picked out for the binding and the border.

inside cornersThe picture above shows some of the quilting inside the border. I wanted the corner sections to be almost like a flower-pot or vase spilling feathers out all over the quilt.

center sectionThis picture shows the feathers in the center section of the quilt. The design deep in between the spider webs on this part echoes the designs in the center stars.

starThese center star areas were not the easiest things to fit feathers into, but I really like the way they turned out.

spiderweb

It is so much fun to look at the strings in this quilt. See that wavy, bright-colored stripe at the top of this block? That wedge is one of mine. Friend strings

Other fabrics I recognize as belonging to friends. See the wedge at three o’clock in the picture above? All those teeny-tiny, narrow strings belong to Peggy. (Sorry for the different colors – these two photos were taken inside and all the others were taken outside).

corners..

I adore the texture the quilting gives to this quilt!

more quiltingI quilted it on my Gammill longarm and used two layers of batting, Quilter’s Dream Blend and Hobbs PolyDown. I really wanted the quilting to show in those wide open areas. Have I said I love this quilt? 🙂

Quilty loveThe only thing I don’t like about this quilt is that it is not mine to keep!   😦

This quilt will be given to the member of the guild that sells the winning ticket to the big donation quilt, “The Piecemakers’ Web”, as incentive to sell more tickets. We write our names on the back of any tickets we sell and if the name of someone I have sold a ticket to is drawn to win the big quilt, I win this one. Anyone want to buy a ticket to the big quilt?!!!! 😉  The more I sell the more likely I am to win this beauty back!

So, there is my entry to the Group/Bee Quilt division of The Bloggers Quilt Festival. Get yourself a cuppa, a comfortable chair, and head on over to Amy’s Creative Side and see the other incredible entries! Don’t forget to vote for your favorite in each of the categories and also visit the many wonderful, generous sponsors of the Festival!

Hello again!

Hello! I am actually still here, alive and kicking!

The kids are finally back in school and I am starting to get into my routine again. The kids and I have had a wonderful summer and I have done about zero quilting….but we have had swimming lessons, baseball, more baseball, art lessons, movies, gone to the zoo, gone to Fantastic Caverns, and a wonderful vacation in Wisconsin again. I may try to slip in some posts about some of our summer later……but not now. The break has been refreshing, but I just need to get back in the routine of blogging again.

So I am going to start with what I am working on right now.

First – I am doing the Craftsy Quilt of Valor Mystery Quilt-a-long with Alycia of Alycia Quilts. Only two steps have been posted so far on the Craftsy Blog – gathering the fabric and then cutting it. Next week I think we will actually begin to sew.

Here are my fabric choices all cut out and ready to go. 

Alycia is using SewBatik fabrics in red, cream and blue. I followed Alycia’s lead with colors and found fabrics that also read as solids. The  light looks white, but is actually a light cream color.

The other project I am working on now is a small quilt for my local guild. It is made from left over pieces from our raffle quilt for next year, The Piecemakers’ Web. 120 people in our guild contributed pieced strips for this project.

Here is the large quilt that will be raffled off and given away in September of 2013. It is something like 110″ by 94″ and is really beautiful. The quilt was designed by one of our members, Lorraine Olsen of Lorraine Olsen Quilts.  

Pat Capps of Quilts and Things did a beautiful job with the quilting.

And last of all, one of the back of the quilt. It was pieced from several feed sacks with local mills or with a connection to the Ozarks.

Here is the beginning of my small quilt. Three of the webs were left over from the big quilt, the others I pieced using leftovers.

There will be a narrow red border between the body of the quilt and the pieced borders as well as coping strips to get it up to the size I need for the pieced borders. I am doing the pieced borders first so that I know exactly how big the coping strips have to be to make it work with the 1 1/2 inch red border. I still have two more to finish up.

I am also back into working on customer quilts. Here is what is waiting on my machine….

So that is where I am for now.

Hope you all have been doing well!

Quilt of Valor for an Honor Flight veteran

A nursing friend in Sunday School announced she was going to act as an escort for a veteran on the last Ozarks Honor Flight coming up this week. She sent out a request for letters for her veteran, a Navy man who had been on the Underwater Demolition Teams (forerunners of the modern Navy Seals) in both WWII and in the Korean War. I emailed and asked her how about a Quilt of Valor instead?

I have had one sitting around here finished except for a label and pillow case just waiting for this opportunity. No coincidence at all!

This is the top before quilting. The top, backing, and binding were all made and donated by a fellow guild member, Ann H. I quilted this back in November of 2011 and then gave it back to her to bind. I got it back from her in February and had been waiting for another before I shipped it off.

Once I got the go-ahead, I made up a label using the Navy logo as well as some Underwater Demolition Team patches I found on-line. I got that stitched on day before yesterday and pulled out the directions for making a pillowcase and whipped that up yesterday.

Here is the quilt with the pillowcase on top of it.

The fabrics in the pillowcase were some given to me by another guild member from a quilting friend who had passed away. She had quite a few patriotic fabrics and would have loved to see them used to bring comfort to a veteran. I thought the prints were perfect to go with the 20’s-30’s reproduction fabrics of the quilt.

Thank you so much for your service, Mr. Robertson. We pray that this quilt will bring comfort, warmth, and blessings from all of us!

Quilter’s Accountability Report

Last week’s goals –

  1. Challenge quilt – finish last little bit of quilting  – DONE
  2. Memory quilt – finish piecing and deliver – DONE
  3. Round Robin – finish binding and prepare label – binding still being sewn down, label ready
  4. Keith and Angie’s wedding quilt – finish blocks, begin setting blocks together – laid out and ready to put together
  5. March First Saturday block – fabric washed, applique ready to do
  6. Civil War Tribute blocks – work on some of them, anything! LOL – sitting out on my cutting table waiting to work on! LOL

Well, I got quite a bit done.

The challenge quilt is finished, and you can see a post of it later today or tomorrow. Here is the post where I showed pictures of the memory quilt top finished. It was too big to put up on my design wall to photograph and the fabrics were too thin to hang it to take a picture, so the picture is taken on my “design floor” (bet you never heard of that one before!)

If you will scroll on down that post a little you will also see the little sewing kits I made to give to the guild’s boutique, but the motivating factor was one for myself so that I wouldn’t poke myself with pins or scissors anymore when I stuck my hand in my purse!

I also completed ALL the blocks for Keith and Angie’s quilt. It just needs to be put together and then borders put on. I also bought fabric for the borders this weekend. I needed SIX yards just for the borders! I figured up and the amount of fabric to make the top was 12.15 yards! It is HUGE!

The Round Robin quilt that has morphed into a QOV went to my guild meeting last night. Ladies from the guild contributed blocks, so I took muslin and had them sign it for the label. Once the label is on, the binding completed, and it is washed I will post a picture.

This week’s goals

  1. Round Robin – finish binding and label
  2. Keith and Angie’s wedding quilt – set blocks together, borders
  3. March First Saturday block
  4. Civil War Tribute blocks – work on some of them, anything, again! 🙂

Sorry I have no pictures for the day. I had a friend and a couple of family members in various surgeries yesterday morning, so am behind in everything. The important thing was that all surgeries went well!

Accountability report links

Here is Mister Linky – join in the fun, let us know what you have accomplished this week, and check out what others have done! Remember, you can join in any time and for any length of time!

I will be away from the computer today, but will check in with you later this evening!