Show And Tell–That Happy Time

Seeing your projects made using WeddingDressBlue tutorials makes me very happy.  So happy, in fact, I share the pictures with all my readers.  Which encourages them to make more projects.  Which they share with me.  Which makes me happy again.  Yep, this entire blog is a conspiracy of quilting and happiness!

Here is a striking version created by Charlene of Calico Rose using black background fabric.  It makes the “arrow” secondary pattern show up much more, don’t you think?   I like the piano key border, too.

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Moira built this nice variation on Build-A-Baby.  I like the corners.

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Linda has a finished Calico Rose top, too. She conquered those borders!

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I am particularly honored that Gaby chose Hundred Hugs as her very first quilt.  She is off to a great start in the joyful world of quilting.

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Bonnie’s Calico Rose is FINALLY (her words, not mine) finished.  She did a nice job and is waiting for the next quilt along.  I really need to get one put together.

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Yvonne is working along on a Film at Five.  It started out to be a baby quilt, but just kept growing.  She is using all black in the “filmstrip” sashing.

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And, finally, Martha has been stitching away.  She shared three quilts:  Calico Rose, Film at Five and Stutter Steps.  All darling baby-size versions.

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Thank you all for sharing and for supporting WeddingDressBlue.  I have been very quiet lately, but I am on Spring Break this week and have several things I hope to show you soon.  In the meantime, you all keep sewing for me!

 

Show And Tell Time, Courtesy Of YOU!

Getting pictures and stories of your WeddingDressBlue inspired creations is one of my favorite parts of having a blog.  Your kindness and creativity and generosity are inspiring and humbling.  Here are a few recent examples.

Faye created and donated this String Twist top.  Quilters are the most generous people.

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Mary has finished a Growing Up Odd quilt top.

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A Twinkle Stars from Ann in the UK.  Notice her careful color coordination of stars and surrounding scrappy squares.  Impressive!

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Jules made a My Size Stars for a Canadian-born Aussie baby.

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Cindy made a Build-A-Baby for Adina.

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A tested and approved version of Fading Charms by Linda and her assistant!

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You will find the tutorials for each of these designs in the TUTORIALS tab above.  Keep those pictures coming!  I love to see what you create.

Thankful For Finished Quilts

Before leaving town to visit family for the Thanksgiving holiday, Sparkle Jane and I worked really hard to get several baby quilts ready for binding.  Ten hours in a car is a great time to stitch.

We took six quilts with us and returned with six finished.  YAY!  This brings our 52 in 2015 count up to 43 complete.  There are several more waiting in the wings.  I really think we will make it before the end of the year.

If you look closely many of you will see donated pieces of fabric lovingly shared.  THANK YOU!

You can see all the finished quilts and read more details on the project in the 52 in 2015 tab above.

 

Six Squared Rainbow

Sometime in 2011 I started sewing together rainbow colored 2″ squares.  Over the next years I mentioned the project from time to time.  HERE I had three blocks finished.  HERE it made a Works in Progress List.  HERE is another update.  The top was completed in 2013.

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Well, the whole thing is done now.  Took me long enough.

But it is worth the wait–I LOVE THIS QUILT.

And, look at the backing–totally unnecessary gorgeousness.

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Tara did a great job on the quilting.  I sent her an ugly little sketch, and she sent me back this!

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I have no idea what I am going to do with it, but I am certainly relieved to be a the end of this particular rainbow.

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ps–The quilt finishes at about 80″ square.  I am not doing a tutorial for this one.  It has been too long and I am ready to move on.

CALICO ROSE QUILTALONG: Show And Tell Phase 2

The Calico Rose Quiltalong was a success beyond my wildest dreams.  How do I know?  Because all of you keep telling me so by sharing your pictures of finished work and works in progress.  They are all so beautiful it makes me want to start another one!

Here is some inspiration…

Karlai has a beautiful color scheme and wonderful quilting, too.

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Charlene shared her top.  She had such a good time that she has convinced two friends to give it a try.  They are cutting and collecting 2″ squares.  YES!  Spread the quilting obsession…

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Julie worked her way to a beautiful finish and used some leftover squares to make matching pillow cases.  What a clever idea!  Around here I sometimes say there is no leftover fabric, just fabric that hasn’t been used yet!

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Emma has a finished top (currently seen doubling as window covering).  I like the pops of orange.

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Veronica did the large (7×7) size and says it fits her queen size bed perfectly.

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Thanks to all for sharing their lovely work.  If you have a quilt or an update, send it along!

Christmas For The Grands: Twin L.

The second half of the twin set L. and V. is a 3-1/2-year old boy who loves his cars, tools and other noisy and construction oriented things.  Some of you might remember that last year he got a tool belt.

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This year’s gift is a little different…All rolled up…Guess  it…

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This year he gets a car caddy race track. Don’t you want to play, too?!

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Thanks to this very good tutorial, I was able to whip it up in no time.  I did a number of tweaks, of course.  The main one was changing out the felt track for canvas and iron on tape.  The track is now smooth and fast for those little cars.

Christmas is still a month away!  How is this granny going to wait?

CALICO ROSE QUILTALONG: Show And Tell (So Far)

The Calico Rose Quiltalong has been a terrific success.  While I hope you have all enjoyed yourself, I am certain I have received the most benefit–It was a great push to take the time to write down this design idea.  Good motivation.

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Here is the finish–of this one.  The original LARGE Calico Rose is with the quilter and I’ll share it when it comes home.

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Possibly my favorite part of this quilt is the back:  CHICKENS!  I allowed this to set the colors for the front.  As wild as the colors might appear at first, there is a plan.

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As a finale, we have many versions and variations of Calico Rose to share.  As you may remember, the original quilt was based on 2″ squares and offered in three different sizes–SMALL (3×3 layout), MEDIUM (5×5 layout) and LARGE (7×7 layout).  Many readers were also interested in using 2-1/2″ squares as a foundation and have created MEDIUM (3×3) and LARGE (5×5) versions.

Following are some of the Calico Rose quilts created so far.  If I missed yours, I am sorry.  Please send along a reminder (and pictures) and I will add your creation as soon as possible.

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Nora created this 3×3 version using 2-1/2″ squares.  She is working on a large one, too, but the borders aren’t quite finished yet.

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Judy also used 2-1/2″ squares and added an extra dimension with two different backgrounds. I like it!  She also plans a second quilt.

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Jennifer chose controlled scrappy for a dramatic version that is completely finished and, I believe, already with its new owner.

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Jennifer in PA (a DIFFERENT Jennifer) used 3″ squares (’cause that was what was in her stash) to create this 76″ Calico Rose–NICE!  It has been gifted to her friend Eileen, who loves purple.

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Lynn tried several new ideas–she made it MEDIUM wide and LARGE long (5×7) with a different, less lacy but very effective border.  That used a lot of her scraps. Eye catching!

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Lee Etta completed the center of a 5×5 and shared it with her scrap quilting club. Sounds like my kind of club. Sad that it meets in Missouri.

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Patricia just didn’t get quite enough from a LARGE and added additional borders to make it king size. You go girl!

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Rutigt shared her top–borders to go!

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Susan is still in progress–oh, those borders!

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Bonnie, too, is working on borders.  Sorry that there are SO many pieces, but it was all I could see when I looked at it. Plus, think of all those scraps you are using up.  YAY YOU!

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Several others are working away, but I don’t yet have pictures.  This includes Emma, Veronica, Charlene, and, possibly, YOU.  Don’t be discouraged.  It is OK.  This isn’t a race.  Everyone who finishes is a winner.  After all, you will have a finished quilt.  And, that is a pretty good prize.

Thanks to all for your kind words, support and sharing.  This was FUN!  Let’s do it again soon.