Triple Sawtooth Star

Since May I have been a member of a charity quilting bee called do. Good Stitches.  do. Good Stitches was organized by Rachel at Stitched in Color and is a large charity quilting bee with many groups all over the world.  My group is called Aspire and our quilts are donated to Enchanted Makeovers which uses the quilts in their makeovers of women’s and children’s shelters.

For October, our quilter requested that we make 16″ Triple Sawtooth Star blocks using purple, green, orange-red, orange, and golden yellow.  So I headed to my scrap bin and pulled some fabrics.  I just love this color combo.  It’s so rich and warm.

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When I cut out the pieces needed for each block, I realized that my purple pieces weren’t big enough so I had to pull a different purple.

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First you make the inside star.  These two blocks are an adorable 4″ each.

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Then you use the 4″ star as the center of the 8″ star.  I ended up having to go a bit scrappy and use multiple fabrics in the green and orange colorways. Rather than cut into a new fat quarter or half-yard cut of fabric, I was trying to use up the scraps that I had.

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Then you use the 8″ star as the center of the 16″ star.

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I’m loving orange right now in my quilting, but I really think I might like the green and purple star better here.  I think I would like the yellow/orange star more if the yellow was a bit more vibrant.  It seems overwhelmed by the orange.  But I think once it is combined with 20 other blocks in the quilt, it will fit in quite nicely.

These are blocks I made in July for that month’s quilt.  I didn’t have as many blue, aqua, turquoise solids as I thought I did, so I broke open the fat quarter pack of Cirrus solids that I had won last year.  You can read about it here.  They were wonderful to work with and were easy to cut and sew without fraying.  I definitely need to use the rest of the fat quarters in a project one day soon.july-2016-block

I find I have less time for sewing than I would like, so I’m glad to get some quilt blocks finished.   I can’t wait to see these quilts finished.

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

 

 

 

Love Birds Baby Quilt

Happy Friday!  Today I want to share with you a sweet baby quilt that I made as a gift for my BFF’s new grandbaby.  Our kids grew up together, and so her kids I treat as my own and vice versa.  It really is great to have such a special friend, and so OUR new grandbaby needed something special.

Just like the red fox quilt, this quilt also centered around a yard of fabric that I found and just had to have.  This fabric is by Deena Designs for Free Spirit.  Aren’t these cute little love birds just adorable?

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And then I just couldn’t bear to cut the fabric up.   I did manage to cut a 3-1/2 strip off of it for use on the front, to pull the front and the back of the quilt together, but the rest became a large block on the back of the quilt.

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I raided my stash for coordinating pink, green, and blue tone on tone fabrics.   I love this combination of pink and green and have used it before for other quilts.  First for a Mexican Rose quilt (pictured below).  This was the first quilt pattern I designed and it is still for sale on Etsy.  And then for a quilt that I made for my cousin’s baby (couldn’t find a picture of that quilt).

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For this new baby quilt however, I needed to mix in some blues and brighter pink in with the green to match the love birds fabric.  Alternating 9″ blocks created a simple, modern baby quilt.  I just love how it turned out!

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The quilt finishes at 45″ square.  I quilted a simple curved design along all 4 edges of each square using a half-circle of cardboard as a template.

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And even though the quilt itself was finished when she was only a week old, I didn’t ship it off because I wanted to add a quilt label to it.  I have been trying to be more consistent with adding quilt labels to all quilts that I make.  But it is certainly a last minute thought, and not something I have already designed.  I am ashamed to say that I finally had the label made, attached to the quilt, and the quilt delivered when she turned 6 months old.  I need to automate this part of quilt making somehow.  5-1/2 months to make and attach a quilt label is quite ridiculous.  I did have a lot of other things going on though, so I’ll give myself a break.

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

The Story of a Survivor

This is a story about a friend, and a quilt.  It all started with a package of pink and green 5″ squares that I picked up from a local quilt store.  In the package were several squares of fabric with the pink breast cancer ribbon.  As soon as I saw that pink ribbon I knew I wanted to make a friend, a breast cancer survivor, a quilt.   This friend has been a breast cancer survivor for 6-7 years now.  And although I didn’t know her at the point in her life that she was battling this horrible disease, she truly is the definition of a survivor.  To say that her journey of breast cancer was probably the lowest point in her life is an understatement.  But she overcame and she beat cancer’s butt!  More than that though, she is thankful for the journey and for where it took her.  She uses her past experiences to be an ‘angel’ to others taking the same path, and she has walked over 180 miles to raise money for cancer research.  So, in celebration of life, in celebration of her journey, and to honor her for her continued fight against cancer, I felt that using my talents to make her a quilt was a small way that I could recognize and support her.

from her facebook page

from her facebook page

The two small packages of squares that I purchased were barely enough for a baby quilt, so I raided my stash and scrap bin — turns out I have quite a bit of pink and green fabric — and found enough matching fabric to make a lap quilt.  A total of 154 5″ squares to be exact

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I had the top pieced in fairly short order and then it sat for almost 4 months.  My favorite parts of quilting are the designing, picking out the fabrics, and piecing the top.  I find so much satisfaction in the creative process of it all.  Sandwiching the quilt and actually quilting it all together is a drudgery to me.  Might I feel different if I had a long arm?  Maybe.  But my brain doesn’t find that part as stimulating, and I therefore just don’t enjoy it as much.  But it has to be done.  So, when I went to the beach for a weekend in November with my guild for a retreat, I thought that would be the perfect project to take with me, and hopefully complete before the weekend was over.

And, I am happy to report that I did finish it.  It took the entire weekend, but it was quilted and bound before I left.   I was able to take pictures of it before I left the coastal region.  It was such a beautiful day and the sunshine really brought out the bright colors. I love it!  It finished at approximately 55″ x 70″.

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The back was pieced with even more of the same pinks and greens.

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And she loved it too!  Dear friend, may you continue on your journey of inspiring others!

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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.