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Prepping for Chestnut Hill’s Fall for the Arts

Fall is around the corner, which means Chestnut Hill’s Fall for the Arts is fast approaching next month – October 5!  This year, I am excited to be one of the artists to present my quilts in one of the booths along the avenue!  I will be displaying my t-shirt quilts and “Guest Book” quilt kits for future commissions.  Also, I will be selling children play tents and my maze quilts!  Here are some examples of my works:

5 Quilts in 2013

Over the weekend, I sorted through all of the baby pictures to dig up the few pictures of my quilts that I finished in 2013.  I made 3 quilts last January.  Then, I went on bed rest, delivered Johnny a couple months early, spent over a month in the NICU, and I didn’t turn my sewing machine on for 4 months.  Over the course of the year, I somehow completed 2 more, bringing my grand 2013 total up to 5!

As I sorted through pictures, it was evident that my blog has a real back-log of content.  With the new year, my sewing machine took over my living room.  With its new location, I have been sewing almost every day — even if it is only for 10 minutes!  It is only February and I already have nearly 5 finished quilts — including two large ones.  I have lots to share!


Zoom – A Quilted Car Mat

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom — what a busy city with lots of quilted detail.  This weekend, I  wrapped up this project by adding the solid back binding.  I found this quilt panel back in November 2010 on a Local Quilt Store Shop Hop — actually, my husband found the panel and knew that it would be a fun play mat!  This one is staying at our house for Jimmy.  I  used some Richard Scarry fabric for the backing with a Busy Town design.  Inspired by Angela Walter’s book (Free-motion Quilting with Angela Walters), I incorporated many designs into this quilt – pebbling for the roads, pointed zig zags for the grass, chain squares for windows, wavy lines for roofs, wishbones for siding on buildings, swirls for the pond.  The dense quilting took a very long time, which is why I took a break from the project last August.  Now that Jimmy is playing with his cars more, I finished this car mat just in time.  You can see that Jimmy’s current cars are a tad out of proportion, taking up the entire road.  That will change over time as his cars will shrink to the matchbox size!

Here are my link ups this week:

Frogs ‘n Triangles

When I received Julie Herman’s book, Skip the Borders in the mail.  I saw the back cover of the book with a small picture of her Floating Triangles quilt pattern.  Immediately, I knew that I had to make this quilt first.  Luckily, the dimensions were perfect for a baby quilt – 39″ square.  With seven baby quilts in the pipeline, the pattern was a perfect fit.  In just a week (well 2 actual days of sewing), I dove into my stash of greens and created this fun quilt.  I loved Angela Walters quilting that was shown in Julie’s book, so I also echoed the square that is offset in the pattern.  I went a bit overboard on cutting extra squares, so this quilt will have a twin soon!  I even have extra frog fabric for the back – aren’t they fun?

Here are my link ups this week:

Fabric Spree

Last Friday, Little Jimmy and I ventured into Lancaster.  We went to several fabric shops and landed at Burkholdersin Denver, PA.  I was sold when I heard everything was 25% off!  We picked out some 30 yards of fabric.  They have a wonderful selection of children fabric and I found the most adorable rocket fabric.  The line is called Launch by Lesley Grainger for Robert Kaufman.  I also found adorable lion fabric in the Roar! collection by Marie Perkins for Robert Kaufman.  I bought corresponding solids to match both of these finds!  Also, I picked up some more fabric from the Modern Workshop line by Oliver + S for Moda.  Lastly, we picked out some frogs, black birds, and some mixer fabric.  It was a successful trip and now I have plenty of fabric for all of the upcoming baby boy quilts.

Over the past weeks, I continued to plug away at the pickle dish quilt.  I cut into the yellow background fabric and used up 4 yards.  Additionally, I finished off two table runners.  Once I get through this pickle dish, I will dive into the fabric from my recent fabric spree.

Here is a breakdown of my growing stash!

Linking up with Judy of Patchwork Times.

Squared 2

I was on a roll making this square in a square pattern from the Kelby Sews Blog.  On Saturday, I posted my first quilt from this square in a square pattern.  Here is the second with a Jungle theme.  I have quite a collection of fat quarters.  Before I started buying more yardage of fabric, I would pick up a few fat quarters of  fabric each time I went shopping.  Over time, they accumulated; however, most of the projects I work on are not fat quarter friendly.  With this simple pattern, I was in luck.  All I needed was to combine 6 fat quarters and within a few hours, I would have another baby quilt.

Here are my link ups this week:

Fabric Update

This past week, I continued to work on my black-background-batik pickle dish.  I know that I will need to go fabric shopping for a background, once I determine my background fabric.  By this time next week, I will probably have made the plunge and there may be additional fabric to report.  In the meantime, there wasn’t any new fabric this week.

I finished up a couple of baby quilts with binding.  One of these was my square quilt that I showcased yesterday.  In the report, you will see a glimpse of my Chopsticks Quilt.  I will show more of this quilt later this week.  Also, the backing of the Twister Quilt pushed my numbers for this week to 3.75 yards.  I am slowly climbing out of the hole.

By the way, my Twister Quilt is being featured on the I Should be Mopping the Floor Blog today!

Linking up with Judy of Patchwork Times.

Game Quilt

When you combine a quilt and a game, you get a Game Quilt. This quilt was made for my six year old cousin in Florida.  Florida doesn’t really have the climate to utilize quilts, but at least the game can used year round.

My original inspiration was AnneMarie’s Twister Inspired Quilt from the Gen X Quilters Blog.  I made one last year by truly appliqueing each circle {Link}.  For this quilt, I used raw edge quilting, where the edges will fray for a distressed look after washing.  I still used 12.5 inch squares — which was easy to cut with my 12.5 inch square ruler.  Rather than using my typical meandering stipple, I quilted on the diagonal of each block with a walking foot.

We just came back from vacation.  See the nice pool in the picture?  This is where Little Jimmy (and Dunder Dog too) enjoyed some fun swim time!  No quilting was accomplished over the past week; however, I have the next two days with some major sewing plans.

Be sure to check out the other sites where I am linking up :

Thunderstorms – My Biggest Quilting Fear

Tonight was dedicated to quilting the Twister Quilt.  I prepped it for basting and then the thunderstorms started.  Since my sewing machine has a computer board, my biggest quilting fear is having it experience a serge.  Even with serge protectors, I am still fearful.  From a recommendation of another PMQG member, I even unplug my machine on sunny days when it is not in use.  You just never know when a storm will brew!

In the meantime, my Twister Quilt awaits and I am waiting for the storm to pass by blogging!


My Cutting Mat

Most of the time, my cutting mat houses the many projects that are in the works.  Next to my ironing board, it is my largest surface area to place projects.  My main project that is occupying most of my time is another pickle dish — this time using my two year collection of black-background-batiks.  I wish I took a pictures last week when there were 72 piles of fabric for each pieced curve.

I also have two other projects that are at the tail end of completion.  I have a baby quilt with Jaybird Quilts Chopstick pattern awaiting the binding.  Also, I have another twister quilt {pictures to my previous twister quilt} top about to be prepped for quilting.

Lee from Freshly Pieced Blog is hosting the Work-In-Progress Wednesday Link-Up.

What is on your cutting mat?