Bento Box Charity Quilt

YAY!  I’m so excited to have finished this quilt this week.  I made this quilt in just 2 weeks, which is a record for me.   I’m sure picking a simple pattern, rather than designing my own, expedited the process as well.You may remember from a couple of weeks ago that I picked up some free fabric from one of our quilt guild members.  She had cleaned out her stash and her only request was that we use the fabric to make a charity quilt.  So, I picked up purple, blue, yellow, and pink and figured I could make something cheery and fun with that.  I ended up with about 4 yards and decided I better get started soon, or otherwise it might end up like one of the other projects that I never get around to.  (Please tell me I’m not the only one that buys fabric for a ‘special’ project and then years later end up using it for something else.  And if I am the only one, please don’t tell me… ignorance is bliss!  I just keep telling my honeyman this is normal.)

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So, within a few days, I had all the strips cut, spent the next week making the blocks, and then quilted it over the last few days.  I also love the fact that I was also able to use just under a yard of scraps from my scrap bin.

I quilted it with wavy diagonal stripes using a light grey Aurifil thread.

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This is the third quilt I have machine sewn the binding onto, and I did a much better job this time.  A few more quilts and I might be an expert at it.  I love that it’s much faster.  My sister said she loves to hand sew binding onto quilts.  I will avoid hand sewing at almost all costs.

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So, next weekend I get to turn it in at our next guild meeting and it will go to a lucky little girl in foster care in Durham county. It finished at 48″ x 64″.  I sure hope it brightens her day!

front - ignore the shadow crossing it

front – ignore the shadow crossing it

back - there's that pesky shadow again

back – there’s that pesky shadow again

Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.

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Make it Right Challenge Entry Unveiled — time to vote!

So, 2 weeks ago I gave you a teaser on what I made for the Make It Right Challenge sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics.  I was finally able to take some pictures on a recent visit to our beautiful Duke Gardens, and I am ready to share it with you.  Drum roll please….

It’s an umbrella and/or parasol —

DSC_0494I thought long and hard about what I wanted to make for this challenge.  I thought there would likely be a lot of quilts and bags, and I wanted to do something different and unexpected.   Before this, it never crossed my mind to recover an umbrella; but out of the top 3 things I had on my list, that was the one that just seemed to stick in my mind.

DSC_0493So I ordered the fabric and started looking for a frame.  I found a cheap 60″ umbrella on a popular online electronic commerce website.  (I definitely wouldn’t recommend what I bought for it — I had two shipped to me and they were both broken in one way or another.  I had originally thought I might turn this into a pattern, but if I do that I would need to find a better quality umbrella frame.)  And, on retrospect, maybe I should have gone with a slightly smaller version.  This 60″ wide umbrella is big enough for two!

Once I had the pattern designed, it wasn’t very hard to piece it all together.  It is pieced with Aurifil thread which stitched wonderfully.  The only broken thread I had was when I was sewing with the ‘pedal to the metal’.  Getting it on the frame though was a different story.  Let’s just say there was a lot of trial and error, and several days of refitting.  It has been treated with a waterproofing product, so although I took pictures on a sunny day (sunny days just work better for picture taking), it can be used in the rain.

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All entries are to be uploaded to AGF’s Pinterest board today.  I can’t wait to see what everyone made.  Voting is done by pinning and liking.   Please do not pin from this site since it cannot be tracked.  You actually have to pin from the Art Gallery Fabrics board on Pinterest.  Go take a look and vote for your favorite (hint, hint).  Here is a link to the challenge entries and mine is under “Make It Right – Apparel”.  http://pinterest.com/artgalleryfab/make-it-right-apparel/.

I still had about 10-days left until the deadline for submitting projects, so I thought I would just ‘throw together’ a baby quilt with the left over fabric and submit it as well.  Honeyman laughed at me in thinking I could just ‘throw’ something together – I tend to lean more towards the complicated projects rather than simple ones.  I thought it was possible, but I ended up getting sick for about 5-6 days and was not able to get it finished in time.  But here is a sneak peak of it.  Hopefully, I’ll have it finished in the next week.  Although it won’t be finished in time to be submitted for the challenge, a finish is still something to be celebrated.

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Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.