Pillow Pop

I finished a beautiful pillow today.  We are doing a pillow exchange at the Triangle MQG this month, so I made this pillow for my secret pillow partner.  This pattern is called Gumdrop and can be found in the book Pillow Pop.  Our pillows were supposed to be 18″ so I had to adjust the size of each block slightly.

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I had a lot of fun making this, and love all the bright colors.  From what I hear, a long running stitch is all the rage in modern quilting now.  So, I decided to quilt this pillow using the long running stitch, and I love how it turned out.  I really hope she likes it!

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I have another finish this week as well.  I finished my challenge project for the Make it Right Challenge with Art Gallery Fabrics.  I have not yet been able to take picture though– it’s been rainy all week, and today was much too windy outside.  Hopefully one other day this weekend I can get some pictures taken and show it to you.  In the meantime, here is a sneak peak…

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DSC_0252-001 sneak peak 2Oh, and I made one more square for Quilts for Boston and got those mailed off to the Boston MQG.  Click here to see the other blocks I made.

DSC_0260-001Overall, a very successful sewing week, fit in with work and a Kenny Chesney concert.

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.

Madrona Road Challenge – How Ideas are Born

This past February I joined the Triangle MQG and decided to participate in my first challenge with the group.  We were given seven fat eighths of fabric from the Madrona Road line by Violet Craft for Michael Miller fabrics.

2013-05-13Our challenge was to make something, anything really, from these 7 fat eights.  And the only real rule was that you could only add other solids.  No other prints were allowed.  To make this even more challenging, I didn’t particularly care for this fabric.  I liked the black with the writing, and the blue with the lighter blue criss-cross lines (I think it’s called haystack).  But overall, the rest of the fabric is definitely not something I would have picked out.  But it was free and I just couldn’t pass up free fabric or the challenge — I really do like to be challenged.  The unveiling was planned for the May meeting — just 3 months away.

Oh, what should I make?  When I first got the fabric I was working a lot and didn’t have much time to think about it, but it was still in the back of my mind.  A month later, I still didn’t have a clue.  I thought I might want to turn it into a full size lap quilt, but seven fat eighths didn’t leave me much to work with.  But work was slowing down just a bit, so I had a little time to play around.

I played with squares…

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I played with circles…  I even colored the circles to match the fabric hoping that would help.

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Did I want to make a stuffed toy?  Did I want to make a skirt, or a bag, or a _____ (file in the blank)?

But, nothing seemed to be ‘just right’.  So, I put it aside for another couple of weeks while I got through the next deadline for work, and while I waited for the fabric to ‘talk’ to me.  Maybe if I listened hard enough, it would tell me what it wanted to be.  So I would look at it and think about it, and look at it and think about it…  This went on for a couple of weeks before I figured out what it wanted to be…

This blue haystack I decided wanted to be an elephant.

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Cool, I could do an elephant on a baby quilt.  I like baby quilts.  I can be just as creative as I want to be, they don’t take too much time to make or quilt, and they make great baby gifts. But how do I fit the other fabrics into this?  I could make an elephant parade, or elephants stacked on top of each other, or I could simply make just one elephant and use the other fabrics as a border.  Or… the one elephant could be holding something in his trunk.  Yes, that’s it!  And the idea for my challenge quilt was born.  It was designed, appliqued, quilted, and bound in about a week, and weeks before the unveiling at the meeting yesterday.

Meet Elijah Elephant.  (He’s a nice elephant, so we can give him a nice strong Bible name.)

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This is the back.

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I also free motion quilted smaller elephants onto the background.

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I’m very pleased with how he turned out.  If I had planned to make an elephant from the very beginning, I don’t think it would have been as good.  I think my brain needed to go through the process of figuring out the personality of the fabric.

And that’s how ideas are born… many weeks and months of planning, thinking, designing, and thinking some more.  Then the idea is finally formed and the plan implemented, usually in a much quicker manner than what it took to come up with the idea to start with.

Linking up with Plum & June Blossom Art Quilts for Let’s Get Acquainted. (Hope I”m doing this right)

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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.