Thursday, May 31, 2012

Musical Pinwheels

I love pinwheels -- always have, always will.  The musical pinwheels are going to make this quilt!  I just wish I would have bought the whole bolt when I had the chance.

Just two more days until the weekend and a "Long-arm marathon"!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Monday Design Wall and Finish

The 2010 Bonnie Hunter Roll Roll Cotton Ball is done!  Using my Christmas gift certificate from son and hubby, Debbie over at the Quilting Niche' quilted this one for me.

 A little backwards, the above picture is the back of the quilt below.  I just put a huge dent in oriental fat quarters that I had never used.  This one is heading to a special person (secret for now).  The pattern, Tequila Sunrise,  is from the magazine, Quilter's World, designed by Carolyn Vagts for the Village Pattern Co. Hurry to the news stands because you will love this pattern.

 A brightly colored quilt above is the 2nd surprise quilt.  I have a design in my head for now -- will have to see how it plays out.  I do know I want black/white pinwheels somewhere.

 Another quilt top in the works is from a kit.  I met Mary Ann at the local YMCA in our swimming / exercise class. Several years ago, she was given this gift from her son, a queen size "Winner's Circle" kit from Regina's Quilt Kits, Inc., out of Tennessee.  I tried looking for a web link, however no luck -- Mary Ann did say it has been years.   I have most of the 80 curves done and need to go back and add the corner units.  It would help if I had a clean design wall so we can see this one come together.  Her son will be surprised when he sees the finished project.

 Of course, I cannot do a post without a little update on Jolie (my great-niece)!  She is growing like a weed and already likes us to read to her.
All of the rows are done for the  Orca Bay 2011 Mystery Quilt, by Bonnie Hunter.  I have boxed them away for another day.  I needed a "leader / ender" project for all of the projects I am working on.

The hidden project on the long-arm is a new pattern.  After practicing on the first five quilts, I am now tackling this large queen size top -- you will see this one much later.

What are you working on???  Hope you linked up with Judy at Patchwork Times, I am heading there now to check out the links.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday Round-up

Two more blocks for the Bloggers BOM project hosted by Jackie of Canton Village Quilt Works, and below showing how they are nesting nicely with the others.  This block pattern came from Amy at Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts -- perfect addition!

Above is the new addition to our family, my great-niece Jolie.  Only one day old and ready to go home.  
 On her "one-week" birthday, this tiny little thing is cracking up.  I know, I know, it is something else, but she is adorable.
 Is there another Tiger in the House?  No, but close.  My quilty friend Mary Ann has finished her "Dance of the Tiger".  Mary Ann used the same colors as my original, however she was VERY creative with the border.  A girl after my own heart, she used the HSTs cut away from Tiger Stars to make accents along the border.

I will be joining others at Confession of a Fabric Addict for Sarah's link party.  Be sure to visit and see how others are doing before this Mother's Day Weekend. Whoop Whoop!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Block of the Month and Quilting Update

 On the rack -- "Blue Me Away" in the Pink.  The Breast Awareness Fund Raiser is around the corner, so I pulled it out of the closet to start quilting.  It is so nice to have a separate quilting machine.  On the other side of the room is a whole lot of piecing action.
The Block of the Month hosted by Quit Story's Heather and Megan.  They have chosen a theme for each month which lets the quilter decide how simple or complex they make the blocks. In March - nine-patches, April - HST's (Leaves and Diamonds by Marcia Hohn's Quilter's Cache), and now May - hourglasses.  Heather and Megan have set up links for others joining in, so I am on my way to see how others are doing.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Dance of the Tiger goes to "Relay for Life"

"Dance of the Tiger" was part of the LARGEST Relay for Life Celebration in Louisiana.  I say that proudly, because the people of Terrebonne Parish have made this happen.

 I now miss this quilt -- one of my all time favorites.  Above is a close up of the border.  I will need to make another one, but for now, I will have to visit pictures.

 My niece Alexis liked it too!  Here she is modeling.  It is hard to see the border against the dark carpet, but those purples just popped.

I hope whoever won this quilt last Saturday will hug it every night.  And if anyone would like to make this quilt, here are the instructions for Steps 1 - 4.   The Border measurements are as follows (assuming width of fabric "WOF" = 40 inches.  Because I used scraps and stash on hand, I have not included any fabric requirements.

  • Border #1 (Black Fabric), Cut (7) 1 1/2" x  WOF   strips, sew together diagonally.     Measure top to bottom down the middle and cut 2 strips using this measurement.  Sew these strips to each side and press the border to the outside  Then, measure side to side across the center and cut (2) strips using this measurement.  Sew to the top and bottom and press to the outside.  
  • Border #2 (Tiger Print), Cut (8) 2 1/2" WOF strips, sew together diagonally  Repeat the instructions above.
  • Border #3 (Purple), Cut (4) 6 1/2" x 76" Length of Fabric.  Repeat the instructions above.