Fairy Finish

Scrappy quilts make me happy.  There is a texture to them you can’t get any other way.  Obviously, this is very color controlled, but there are at least 50 fabrics represented in this small piece. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Barbara did a wonderful job on the quilting.  I love the overall flower/stem design she selected.

It all started as a few scraps of fairy fabric.  Too large to throw away, too small to make a quilt…or was it???

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Finished it still isn’t very large, but enough for a baby or toddler room or as a decorative throw.  AND, it has a pillow to match.

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Again, no pattern for this one.  It was build-as-I-go and try for inspiration. The inspiration came and I really like most everything about the finished product.  Did you notice the checked binding?  That is the backing fabric, too.

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It is scheduled for donation to a local charity fundraiser.  In the past my quilts have done very well and I hope this will raise a considerable amount of money for a worthy cause.

Soggy Holiday Sewing

Today is MLK Day in the US and a day off of school.  It was declared a “get things done” day by Husband and he and I each tackled a project.

He cleaned and organized a section of the basement.  No pictures of this, but he feels very successful and I am happy, too.

I got to sew.

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I tackled another of the WIP’s:  Barn Quilt.  This project came to me in a hand-me-down pile of fabric.  My first realization was that I have no idea why I called it “barn quilt.”  It has houses on it, not barns.  The second realization was that is didn’t need much.

The top is now as finished as it is going to be and I have a prepared back and binding.  Finished size will be about 45″ x 60″.  A small throw, but not too bad.

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Again, there is a pillow to go with it.  You might notice that there is very little of the red from the top.  That is because there wasn’t much left–barely enough for the binding.  I dug through scraps and found similar reds and just mixed them in and pretended that was what was intended all along.  It adds a little texture and is a successful illusion, I hope.

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It just needs quilting and will be ready for donation.  The school holds a fundraiser in the spring and I might put this with the auction.  Alternately, it will be a second quilt set for the women’s shelter.

Two projects (mostly) off my list already–I am back in business!

 

 

One Step Forward. Two Steps Back.

Over the holidays I was a veritable house on fire with ambition.  I cleaned.  I sorted.  I prioritized.  I made lists.  I was off to a great start.

Then I got sick.  Not pneumonia this time.  Strep instead.

That is why you have heard and seen nothing from me.  There wasn’t much to hear or see.  Except pain and fatigue.

I wasn’t trying to be noble or stubborn.  Again, my symptoms weren’t classic, and I didn’t recognize how sick I was until it could be ignored and coped with no longer.

Thursday I finally broke down and went to the doctor.  Antibiotics are amazing!

So, yesterday, Saturday, I was able to do a few things.  I chose an item off my WIP list, the Fairy Quilt, and made some decisions:

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  1. For a while I went back and forth trying to decide if it was done or not, but this time I have really made up my mind:  IT IS DONE.  It is going out to the quilter this week.  When it comes back, it will be bound and prepared to be my annual donation to the local women’s shelter fundraiser.

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2. Just a quilt doesn’t seem like quite enough, so I made this pillow to go with it.  Together they will make a nice set and someone will see them and say, “That is just right for my (grand)daughter’s room!”

So, that will be a finish for January.  Hopefully I can keep a one-a-month schedule for the year.  Is that too much to hope for?

That Is A Lot Of Quilts

We took the quilts of the 52 in 2015 project to my school to try to get some pictures of all of them.  Following is the best we could do.

It is a lot of quilts!

They should be delivered in the next few weeks.  I’ll post pictures then if it is photo worthy.

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Thanks to all for your support.  Some of you will recognize fabric you contributed. All shared encouraging words and prayers and kindness.  It has been a terrific experience and a great way to give thanks for the life of that remarkable young woman known as Sparkle Jane.

This Is It

The final two quilts for the 52 in 2015 project!

#54 Avast!

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Designed and pieced by me.  Quilted by Jean, a lovely woman who volunteered to help.  Bound by me.  DONE!

#55 Dual

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Also, designed and pieced by me.  Quilted by Jean, who surely had other things to do this holiday season.  Bound by me.  DONE!

So, that’s it.  We plan to take a few pictures of all of them together and then deliver them to the hospital.

It is odd to be done, but, after all, all things come to an end, and there is another project coming…

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PS–If you could choose one of the above designs to be a baby quiltalong, which would it be?

PPS–And, better names for the designs.  I think I am a little tired…

The Finish Line (And A Little More)

Here are quilts #52 and #53.  Yes, Sparkle Jane and I have (with a lot of help along the way) met our 2015 goal of completing 52 baby quilts for donation or gifting.

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#52 was pieced by me, basted by Sparkle Jane, quilted by me, bound by her.  We’ll call it a group effort!

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#53 has a story.  Just a few days ago one of my readers, Cate, asked about the Fairy Quilt.  I had put it away, wanting to focus on other things, and not sure what to do with it next.  But, I went to get it out because I do want to finish it and it is on my 2016 list.  What did I find folded up with it?  THIS quilt!  Some of you will recognize it as a Quarter Turn quilt.  Pieced with a backing prepared. Why?  I have no idea.  I am certain it make sense at the time.  Nothing to do but finish it.  So, that gives us a little more than our original goal.

Because some of the gifted quilt tops (from Nicole, Susan and Margaret) were not considered in the original calculations, there are two more quilts out there to be finished that will hopefully make it to the finish line this year also.  They are pieced and ready for quilting. Either way, it is good and they will be welcome somewhere when they are ready.

Big Block (And The Oldest UFO)

Sparkle Jane stitched down the binding on Big Block last night.  This, along with Small Block, make a twin set.  They are both improv pieced using strips of random width in a log cabin arrangement.  They turned out so sweet. I am certain they will find the right babies.

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This morning early I finished the oldest of the baby quilts.

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At Thanksgiving my aunt gave me a bag with a partial project she started back in the 80’s.  Using all the fabric available, I finished it to this small (33″ square) quilt that will surely also find a baby to warm.  It is sort of in my mind already.  A young mother sorts through the quilts and says, “Oh THIS one is so much like the one Grandma Smith made me when I was a baby. And since this baby is named after her, this quilt will be PERFECT.”

Now, that makes 50 and 51.  Nearly there!