Friday, February 24, 2012

Finish It Up Friday

For such an easy quilt, this one has taken awhile to finish!

Quilt #15 for 2012, "American Valor" is the cover quilt of the January/February 2012 issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting.  It took longer to collect all the fabrics from various etsy and eBay shops than it did to piece the quilt. 

I made this quilt for a sailor on my son's ship, the USS George Washington.  When I sent My Little Sailor his "Jacob's Ladder" quilt, he said "Everyone likes it, they want you to make one for them."  Well -- there are more than 5000 people on the ship.  SO I made one quilt for them to raffle, and I hope they will use proceeds from the raffle to support one of their community relations projects on their summer cruise.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Quilt #14 - Spiked Punch

Here it is, the sample for the March Strip Club:

Details are on yesterday's post.  If you're in Colorado, come on down to High Country Quilts the last Friday of the month and join the High Country Strippers -- Stripping With a Purpose.  There is no fee for this class, just buy the pattern.  We've been stripping for more than five years, and we always laugh and laugh at Strip Club!  I love wearing my "High Country Strippers" t-shirt; someone always approaches and asks hesitantly, "Can I ask about your t-shirt?"  What?  You don't think middle-aged housewives should be strippers?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

At Last -- a new WIP, and a Honey Badger

There was a Honey Badger (warning bad language) in my sewing room last night:

The completed stealth knitting project which was drying on the blocking board?  Covered in cat hair, several snags and jumbled around.

The charm pack waiting on the wet bar for today's project?  Torn apart and wet from the overturned water bottle.

Box of pins foolishly left open on the sewing machine?  Well, you can imagine.

Chocolate Mousse' (aka Honey Badger)?  Resting on the high shelf and looking completely innocent.

However:  There is joy in all the land.  The stealth knitting project is complete (photos tomorrow) and the quilting can recommence!  Today's  WIP Wednesday is underway.

Here is the March Strip Club project.  It is a Tula Pink pattern I picked up at Tula's Mom's shop in Stewartsville, Missouri on my home from Ohio last September.  The jelly roll is Half Moon Modern by Moda (I got mine at High Country Quilts) and the background is the ubiquitous Kona Ash.

I do have a hint for our strippers:  The method for this quilt is unusual.  When you sew your cross-cut  "blocks," don't add a short piece to a long piece.  You want more back and forth "motion" in the colored strips.  I haven't sewn any rows together yet, so I'm hoping I can move things around so the prints don't line up quite as much.

But now I have to go rescue a sweater . . .