Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Finish and Giveaway Winner

Whew!  I'm halfway to my 30 Quilts in 60 Days!

Here are the quilts I've quilted and bound since my last "30 Days" post.

First up, a Fat Quarter Fun quilt from last year.  I'm calling it "Prince Charming," since most of the fabric is from Tula Pink's "Prince Charming" collection:

Next is another Fat Quarter Fun project, "Gemini."

Made from 30s reproduction fabrics, this is a BIG quilt.  It nearly covers the top of my king-sized bed.  Even so, it was fast to quilt because I quilted an allover meander pattern.

Second finish this week is "Chain Reaction," sewn from Kate Spain's "Terrain" collection.  I experimented with a "chain link squares" quilting pattern.  I love the way this quilting design crinkles up when the quilt is washed:

In fact, I liked it so much, I used it again for "Line Dance," made with a Kate Spain "Central Park" jelly roll:

I quilted the chain pattern in the background and loops-and-swirls in the prints:

I didn't quilt this one, but it's going to Japan so I wanted to show it to you before I mailed it.  This is My Little Sailor's graduation quilt (from 2007).  The design is a Judy Niemeyer paper-pieced pattern, "4th of July."

 Sonya Chin custom quilted it -- isn't the quilting stunning?

And now, the giveaway winner!

This is how I tricked you into reading through the whole post!

After jumping through some statistical hoops, the winner of the giveaway is Hueisei, in Malaysia!

I'm delighted, because Hueisei was an early follower of my blog and always says nice things in the comments.  Hueisei, I'll be emailing you asking for your mailing address and we'll see how my post office does with this international mailing!

Linking up to Sarah's "Whoop Whoop" and Richard and Tanya's "Link a Finish Friday," and Crazy Mom Quilts "Finish it up Friday."

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Autumn Block a Day

I'm keeping up with the "30 Quilts in 60 Days" project, but everything else is falling behind!

I did manage to piece my November "Schnibbles Little Bites" quilt top, "Drop."

I used the mini-charms of "Marmalade" I bought  on my October trip to Idaho.  This quilt is an excellent example of what happens when the quilter is in a hurry and doesn't read the directions carefully.  Yes, the size is correct.  However:  each row of triangles around the tiny little center square of each block is supposed to be from the same fabric.  My first row is from four different fabrics,  and so the "square in a square" design is lost.  You'll just have to trust me when I say it looks better in person!

I am way, way behind on my "Block a Day" project for Autumn.

I thought the black-white-and-yellow jelly roll would work well for this project.  But alas, again:  the tessellating cross design doesn't show up because there isn't enough contrast.  It will be a fun quilt, but . . . .  AND I should have 70 blocks pieced by Saturday, and so far, I only have 27!

It's a good thing I'm happy with the quilting I've been doing this week!  I'll show off the week's quilts on Finish it Up Friday.

In the meanwhile, have you completed the "Sold on Solids" survey here and commented to enter my giveaway?  I'm collecting fat quarters of solids from various manufacturers to give away, and the bundle is getting bigger and bigger!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday Mystery with Poinsettias

The big news this week in quilt land is Bonnie Hunter's newest mystery, "Easy Street."  This is my first year playinig along, and so far I am right on track.  Of course, we're only at Step 1!

I'm quite pleased that I got all my first step completed and still kept up with quilting and binding for 30 Quilts in 60 Days.

Here they are, 192 four-patch units of grey and black-and-white:

Go here to see other mystery quilters progress.

"Easy Street" is not the only mystery chez Aunt Marti.  These past two years I've made a little book of the photos of all 52 quilts I've made that year.  This year when I got my book back from Snapfish, I realize I don't remember to whom I gave several of the quilts.  So the second mystery is, who got these quilts?

Quilt #1 is "Yellow Brick Road."  Every quilter's favorite "I need a quilt to give away TOMORROW" quilt, this was a "brown bag surprise" at Ruth's Stitchery.

Quilt #2 was another mystery.  Written by Deb Caffrey, I started this one at Quilt Colorado 2010:

A third "brown bag surprise" at Ruth's Stitchery, "Framed Squares."

"Over and Under" was the green monochrome quilt in 2011 from Patchwork Times:

Another monochrome quilt from 2011, I called this one "Mellow Yellow."

Actually, when I consider I've given away 42 quilts in the past two years -- it's not bad that I can't remember five of them!

DH abandoned the Broncos game to go to Dutch Heritage Gardens and look at the poinsettias with me yesterday.  Who knew there were that many colors of poinsettias?  Here are two of their newest varieties.  The first one is "Tinkerbell,"  just for you, Michelle  (who blogs at Just for the Piece of It):

I love the serrated leaves and bloom.

I can't remember the name of this one (really must remember to write these things down!), but it has the brightest red bloom: and mottled leaves:

I hope YOU remember to go here to complete my solid-fabric survey and comment to enter the giveaway.  The giveaway ends this Friday, November 30th (thanks, Jeannie!) at noon MST.  

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Saturday Stash -- Ornament Exchange

First off, I have to apologize for being a bad blogger.  Well not exactly a bad blogger, but an unprofessional photographer.  I should have had someone recording the names of the the ornament makers, because they are all so beautiful!  (The ornaments, too!)

Last Saturday the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild hosted our holiday get-together and ornament exchange. Sooooo many cute ornaments, too many to share here.  Here are some of my favorites.  OK, I confess, these are the photos that are the best.  Turns out, it's really hard to get a good photo of the ornament and the person holding it!

This clever Angel is made from a toilet paper roll!  She needs a halo -- some suggestions were a gold or silver pipe cleaner, or an Easter egg dipper. She is also a play on words, because the recipient was Angela!

There were several of these adorable lilttle house ornaments.  I love the house numbers and the view through the windows.

I wish I had taken a close-up of this gorgeous banner.  There are dozens and dozens of beads hand-sewn to the flowers.

Friend Mary received this lovely "bookish" ornament:

Look at the hand cross-stiched Santa Peg received!

And she made this gorgeous tatted ornament.  Tatting!  Now there is a skill I do not possess, isn't it lovely?

Amy of Stitchery Dickory Dock made Amy Butler's little turtle.  Hey, I have that pattern!  I should make it for GD1, she loves turtles . . . .

Look at these adorable felted mittens.  The hand entering the photo at left is trying to move the ornaments so you can see all of both of them . . . .

Marta received these two "Lizzy House" ornaments made by Jessica (she has a better photo on her own blog, From Marta with Love):

And for Jessica, Marta made this dear little deer.  I think it would make a darling door-hanger:

Several crafters made these hexagonal balls.  They swear they are easy, but they sure look difficult!

Here's another ornament ball, made from folded fabric.  Again, the maker claims ease.  Not to say they lie, exactly, but maybe misspeak?

Prez Mellie received a lovely hand-embroidered ornament.  And prize for the best photography subject!

Here is the complete collection -- pretty talented bunch, wouldn't you say?  If you're in the neighborhood (Colorado Front Range, from Ft. Collins to  Canon City), come join us on December 15 for our all-sew, all-day gathering.

And remember to go here to take my solid-fabrics survey and enter the giveaway for a fabulous bundle of fat quarters!

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Friday, November 23, 2012

A Few Friday Finishes

Woo hoo!  I'm making progress toward my 30 quilts in 60 days!

I've got a pretty good system going:  QPC.  That stands for Quilt Piece Clean.  I set the kitchen timer for 23 minutes, Quilt (or load the long arm) for 23 minutes; Piece for 23 minutes (today it's Easy Street, Bonnie Hunter's newest mystery); then Clean for 23 minutes.  I'm decluttering the basement -- such fun.

Two of the three quilts I've quilted and bound this week are somewhat larger than the eight previous ones.  I'm trying to take advantage of a week with no commitments!

Since I had the time, I tried some more detailed quilting on this Schnibbles quilt, "Leap Year."  

The pattern called for 2" squares, but I used 2 1/2" from my Scrap Therapy collection.

I added this one to my "ready to hand off quilts" shelf.

I liked the look of the "back and forth" quilting in the borders so much, I decided to use it on "Flurry" by Kate Spain.  This lovely is going on my quilt rack for the holiday season:

Oops, it is too big for my quilt holder to handle!  I ventured into quilting poinsettias, since the fabric has a perfect flower to copy:

I joined the flowers with loop-de-loops and quilted the sashing with red thread in Angela Walter's "back and forth" design:

Then a real challenge, a UFO from 2011, "Night Stars."  This was a "Thangles" BOM project from Ruth's Stitchery several years ago.  It went in the UFO pile when I decided I hate using Thangles to make half-square triangles.

Chocolate Mousse' helped DH hold the quilt over the edge of the deck so I could photograph it! 

I love this fun backing!  I'm thinking I'll send this one to Ohio for my niece, whose bed is the only one in the house without an Aunt Marti quilt.

Linking up to "Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday" at Quilting by Moonlight.

And "Finish it Up Friday" at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Be sure to go to this post to take the survey on solid fabrics and enter my Blogiversary celebration giveaway!

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