Sunday, April 19, 2015

Quilting for Down's Syndrome Babies

I am posting this rather late for a Sunday. I have been busy at the sewing machine. Last week at our guild's monthly Sit n Stitch we made quilt tops for Down's Syndrome babies. We had a longtime guild member named Phyllis whose little grandson was born with Down's Syndrome. So, we started a charity quilt program and called it Phyl's Angel Babies. Phyllis' daughter Alecia is the the executive director of the Middle TN division of the Down's Syndrome Association. We make and donate quilts and she takes them with her when she talks to new parents of DS babies. Sadly, cancer took Phyllis away from us last year.

The fabric had all been donated to us. Some of our members used their Accuquilt fabric cutters to prepare these scrappy tumbler quilts. Lots of work on their part. At the Sit n Sew we had approximately 35 ladies sewing away. That's my friend Sharon with her pink Janome. My black Singer featherweight is in the foreground. Teresa who blogs at A Quilt and A Prayer has her back to us in the pink tee shirt.
Last evening I finished piecing the quilt top that I started at SNS. Then, today I pieced another top from a kit I brought home. I had to take photos inside because today we have rain one hour and sun the next. Weird weather!


They even provided these cute flannel print fabrics for the backings.

Now I hope to find some time to relax and slow stitch on some of those baskets I blogged about recently. Pop over to Kathy's Quilts to see what other are slow stitching

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Bargellos and Baskets

Last week I took 2 finished quilts to show at my guild. Now, I have begun to sleep under the Mary Engelbreit quilt. I almost always use a 100% cotton batting for my quilts. It is so comfortable any time of the year. Plus, I just love that crinkly look that you get with the little bit of shrinkage. 

The second quilt was a finished top in November 2013. I was just so afraid I would ruin this Spiral Burst bargello when I started the quilting. So, I kept putting it off. Last month I finally got the nerve to try it. I did use the seam ripper a lot before I decided on a final quilting design. It turned out well, I think.
 I used a small wavy line and followed the flow of the quilt design. I used straight line quilting on the V-design on each side. 
My only regret with this quilt is that it is lap sized. Had I known how pretty it would turn out, I would have made it a bed size quilt. Oh, well, a reason to make another, right? Sharon and I are planning on making another bargello by the same designer. Becky Botello's patterns are so easy to follow and making a bargello with a friend makes it fun and easy. Got these patterns from Craftsy.

The funny thing is that Sharon and I had picked the same colorway without realizing it. We both chose grays and pinks. Here are the fabrics for mine. This will be a queen size quilt.
Now, for my slow Sunday stitching. Last week I started the basket applique quilt. I ran into a problem. The applique is easy, but the placement of the basket on a small block was not so easy. I got the handle kinda wonky, too. See?
There was no placement guide with this pattern. I decided I would have to make one if I ever wanted to get them right. After all, there are 291 of these small blocks to applique. Here is my placement guide. I mounted it on card stock so that it would last a long time.
Hopefully, this will take care of the wonkiness. (Is that a word?) Hop on over to Kathy's Quilts to see what others are slow stitching today.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

When the Cold Wind Blows

For months now I have been enthralled with a quilt I first saw on the Quilty Folk blog. Ever see a quilt that you just cannot forget about? That's how I feel about the "Trick or Treat" quilt in the Blackbird Designs book "When the Cold Wind Blows." I would consider buying the book, but it was a little pricey and I'd back out. I thought I could draw out my own. But, it's their design and that didn't feel right. I finally ordered the book and it arrived Friday. Has beautiful, easy applique patterns in it.
As you can see from the photo below, this is going to be one of those forever quilts some bloggers talk about. I have always wanted to make a basket quilt!
 It will be a great take-along project, too. I have already started prepping some of the baskets for stitching. I am starting the needleturn applique this afternoon. I am linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching today. Just prepping a few at a time. There are 291 basket blocks. Whew!
In my last post I showed the Mary Engelbreit quilt. My friend calls it my "yellow quilt". When my   B-I-L asked if I had used all the fabric I still had some more to show. I made my sisiter a small lap quilt with the left-overs. She likes to have something over her legs when traveling. This is the perfect size. Plus, it was her birthday. I also had a Mary Engelbreit pillow panel in my stash. I made Karen a pillow that says "The Queen of Everything" on the front and "It's good to be Queen" on the back. For her little granddaughter I made a pillow that says "Princess of Quite-A-Lot."  I had saved a "scotty dog" fat quarter to back hers. A few scraps are left, but I'm pretty much done with those!  Two baby quilts, a full sized bed quilt, a small lap quilt, and 2 pillow backs...not bad for fabrics bought at a yard sale for $8 total. The photo below is a little fuzzy, but it will have to do

Happy stitching!