Tuesday, September 2, 2014

60th bday quilt

One of our friends turned 60 today. I made him a quilt full of all the things that reminded me of him! I first met him and his wife at his annual Lobster Fest at the beach. He and his wife sponsored that for years!

He went to Michigan State, so that was represented!

He was a pharmacist at the hospital we work at, until he transferred to our sister hospital.

He and my husband meet quite often at the local brewery, so beer and wine represent this!

Also he is one of a handful of guys who go fishing for a week with my hubby-in the Sierras to catch trout! Represented!

And last, but not least we have gone to a few concerts together-so RUSH, BAD COMPANY, and BB King are also on the quilt!


 

The back is all WOLVERINE fleece!

Finished just in the knick of time...

HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY, PAUL!!!

 

Btw-the white material that's ace the concert names seemed to striking against the other colors, so I soaked it in coffee for about 2 hours, then rinsed with diluted white vinegar to set the color...and much better....I loved how it turned out and will be using this method again to tame colors:

Before and after!

 

 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Grandma's Birthday Quilt Done

Darkel and Melyssa asked me to make a birthday quilt for his grandma's birthday on September 1st.

I was told she liked blue, and since I had a short timeframe to make it, I pulled all my blue scraps, bought some white material, batting and a SO cute backing!

I am proud of the way this turned out! Made in 5 days!

 

 

Backing-fleece

Mailing it to South Carolina (?) in the morning!

 

 

 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Too Cute For Words

Aren't they both adorable!Vincent is the little guy, being held by his brother, AJ!

The quilt I made for Vincent is in the back of both pictures!

 

This is Vanessa, my niece, with the quilt I made for her!

Doesn't she look beautiful and all cozy?

 

 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sweat Shop

My little sweat shop was open today! Being the only employee with 2 commissioned quilt orders, 2 babies born this month, one quilt already on the frame---aye, aye, aye....I sewed and quilted myself to exhaustion!

First quilt is in the flimsy stage-will be loaded on the frame in the morning! It is for my son-in-law's grandmother who's birthday is September 1st.

2 of the tumbler blocks were cut from Darkel's old navy uniform. I thought Grandma Johnson would like a little of him in this quilt!
All the material came from my stash--my favorite color is blue, and I had stashed quite a ton of it! I am glad to share it with another blues lover!
 
 

 

Also, this is quilted and ready for binding! It is an old UFO! I originally made it using the 10minute block pattern-made from a layer cake! Ended up not being a favorite pattern to make, but I am glad it's nearly finished and out of my sewing room!

Very fall looking quilt! I believe it will be a gift for my sister, Jana's in laws!

 

 

 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Queen sized quilt

I have had this fabric for YEARS! Originally, I thought about making this quilt for Amanda, but then endd up making her another one!

This fabric is called "Good Fortune" by Kate Spain for Moda.

Somehow after making a bundle of half square blocks, I tucked it away. I found it again in my stash last week and fell in love with it again! This time I decided to finish it for our queen sized bed! I was lucky enought to get matching border material by browsing through ALOT of

During the process of making this quilt, I discovered something about myself. I used to think that grey was my least favorite color, but I find grey very soothing in quilts. No, my least favorite color is definitely orange, and although there are pops of orange in this quilt, I mostly discarded the blocks that have a lot, ( too much) orange in them. Heaven only knows what I will do with the leftover orphan block!

 

Maybe a donation quilt!

Anyway, on my design wall is the latest using. Good Fortune! I think that is a wonderful name for q quilt that will cover you while you dream!

 

Matching border fabric!

 

 

 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Done, Done, Done!

I finished three UFOs this week and they are packed up ready to ship to Florida!

First for my grand nephew (doesn't that make me sound old?)

Daddy is a fireman, this is the back!

For my niece, Chantel, the baby's mommy!

 

The back:

 

And for Vanessa, my other niece in Florida:

The wrinkled back:

 

 

 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Requests Anyone???...........

So my Amanda asked me to make her a snuggy to wear at her "freezing" office! I decided to put elastic inthesleeve cuffs, and a button on the back, so she wouldn't trip if she got up suddenly?


I also made her a reversible tablerunner for her new apartment!

 

 

And what was Amanda doing while I was finishing her snuggy? Why, she went fishing with dad, her aunt and uncles!

 

 

When I finished, Emily and I went to IHOP:

And then to JoAnns, to get material for a "3 Hour Quilt" that we are making later this week! Our material coincidentally, is matching, but our focus fabrics are different! Emily fell in love with this material:

And mine: