Anchored with Love

Happy 2016!  2015 was a year of many changes, some of which I haven’t seen the purpose for yet, so I’m very excited to see what 2016 brings.

I’m starting my sewing/quilting year off with a project I just love.  The two oldest grand kids just left after visiting for a week.  While they were here, they batted their little eyelashes, smiled their sweet smiles, and asked me to make a pillow for their mom.  They decided they wanted an anchor on the pillow.

So I pulled out my small scraps- blue they said.  Well after looking at the scraps we decided to use turquoise colors instead of blue.

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We used various turquoise values and prints and they helped lay them out onto the traced image we had of an anchor.  And then we decided to add the heart in coral to show how much they loved their mom.  From my stash, we used a light grey print for the background and raw edged appliqued the anchor to it, and then used a dark grey solid as the border.  At the last minute I decided it needed a little something extra so I added the piping around the edges.

I love how it turned out and honestly hated to give it away.  I would be happy to have it in my house.  I just love the beach, and since we’re living in the mountains now, it made the sand, sun, and surf seem just a little closer.

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Finished at 15″.  Used a 16″ pillow form.  The back is done using an envelope closure so the pillow cover can be removed and washed if needed.

Linking up with SewCanShe for Show Off Saturday

To Boston With Love

When tragedies occur or someone is in need, what do quilters do?  We sew.

A couple of the Modern Quilt Guilds in and around the Boston area are sponsoring virtual sew-ins either to provide those that were directly affected by the bombings with cheerful quilts, or to send a message of hope and love to the Town of Boston.  Members of other Modern Quilt Guilds around the nation are joining in the efforts by sewing either flags or quilt blocks to provide to those guilds in Boston in spreading their message.

I have decided to participate in two of them – the Quilts for Boston sponsored by the Boston Modern Quilt Guild and To Boston with Love sponsored by the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.  My first thought was I could pull together a couple of quilt blocks.  Then a couple of blocks turned into 6.  Then I decided I could sew a flag or two, and that has turned into 4.  It’s just keeps growing.  LOL.  I’m not sure when I’ll stop, or if I’ll actually get anymore done before they need to be mailed to Boston; but I thought I would share with you what I had accomplished so far.

The Boston Modern Quilt Guild is collecting quilt blocks in order to make quilts for those directly affected by the bombings.  They have asked that all blocks be 12-1/2″ x whatever, and that they be restricted to the colors yellow, blue, grey, and white.  More info can be found here if you are interested.  http://bostonmqg.blogspot.com/p/quilts-for-boston.html

I made all of these from my scrap bin, which is cool.  I’m always looking for ways to use up scraps and since my blocks will be combined with blocks from others around the country I saw no need to make blocks that would all match.  So, it’s a great use of the scraps.

DSC_0208Blocks made by others in the country can be found here.  There’s not too many there yet (just over 130), but I’m sure, like me, many people haven’t uploaded their photos yet. http://www.flickr.com/groups/quiltsforboston/

The Vancouver Modern Quilt guild is asking for flags and they plan to hang them in Boston at the Memorial Day celebration.  I have had a ton of fun making these!  They are a complete project in one little package, so they are quick and provide fairly instant gratification.  And they have been made entirely from scraps as well.  Here is the information for them if you are interested in making a few yourself.  http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/.  They have also set up a flickr page for uploading photos that can be found here.  http://www.flickr.com/groups/tobostonwithlove/

DSC_0213Like I said, I don’t know how much more I’ll get done.  I have a few other sewing projects I need to work on, the more immediate being Mother’s Day.  YIKES!

I’d love to hear from you if you are also sewing for these or other efforts related to the bombings in Boston.  Wonder if a Texas guild is doing anything for those affected by the factory explosion these?  Hmm… I think I’ll have to look that up.

Signing out, with Love to Boston.