My sister-in-law has a bulldog named Henry. He turned 2 last week and I made him a quilt. It was another opportunity to practice free-motion quilting with a tight stipple. And yes, this is my second quilt for a dog! Here is the previous one – a quilt for Dunder Dog.
Here is a picture of Henry on his birthday:
I am linking up Sew Modern Monday hosted by Canoe Ridge Creations.
It wasn’t quite instant; however, earlier this evening I saw Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts Blog Posting on a Pillow Basic Tutorial and two hours later, I had a pillow! I made a 12″ x 16″ pillow with a quilted top of Penn State fabric. The great part about the instructions was the was detail related to finishing the pillow with binding.
Today I worked on several projects for the Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild.
Last November, I participated in a Charity Sewing Night with guild. I just finished up the quilting and binding for a snowman themed quilt. It was a collaboration with Julie’s blocks and help with Andrew for sashing and borders.
Our guild is also making pillowcases, here is one that I made for our new charity project – Canine Companions.
Lastly, our February meeting will incorporate a Mug Rug Swap with a challenge to try something new. Here is my mug rug, where I incorporated selvages.
Do you want a similar Mug Rug? As part of the Pay It Forward 2011, I will send something handmade (this Mug Rug) to the first 3 people who leave a comment. To be eligible, you must also post this in your blog, offering the same thing to 3 other people. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 3 people sometime in 2011. I will be receiving something handmade from Elizabeth from The Modern Lady Blog. She received something handmade from Belle + Bee, who received something handmade from Lindsay Sews, and on and on.
Last week, I posted my Four Square Table Runner, that had quite a bit more than 4 Squares! Here is the second pattern that my mother-in-law and I made from Anka’s Treasures Little Charmers II. It uses The Caroler charm pack by Moda. It is complete with music notes and holly for a festive Christmas Carol table runner.
To follow up with last week’s give away, the 4-Square table runner consists of 45 squares. I lost count when I first attempted to count the number; thus, I created the following diagram. Please let me know if I missed any!
Thank you to everyone that participated in the give away. Congratulations to Mary from The Curious Quilter Blog. She just won the give away for the April Cornell’s Prayer Flag charm pack!
When working on the collage for this post, I was able to take a step back and see the the progress of my quilting skills over the past year. It has been a great year of quilting, primarily because of the community of quilt bloggers. I owe many thanks to the bloggers that provided me with lots of inspiration, tutorials, quilt-alongs, and feedback. Thank you!!
Here is a flashback of my finished projects from 2010:
Throughout this past year, my mother-in-law and I worked on several table runners for gifts for Christmas. With 42 squares in a Moda charm pack, we had a great time picking the layouts! We used the Little Charmers II pattern from Anka’s Treasures, which includes directions for three different table runners: Scrappy Stars, Hourglass, and Framed 4-Patch.
Here is the Framed 4-Patch, which I titled as 4-Square. Now that I am writing this post, there are actually a lot more than 4 squares. How many squares do you see in each table runner? Post a comment with the number of squares by Tuesday, January 4 to be entered in a charm pack giveaway (April Cornell’s Prayer Flag). I will use the Random Number Generator and will announce the winner on Wednesday.
AmandaJean from Crazy Mom Quilts hosted Quilt-a-Long in July. After some major pauses on this project, I was able to complete the quilt early December. It was the perfect for Jim’s grandmother for Christmas. I was very pleased with the pieced back that incorporated the main design. I was also able to piece a label into the quilt. It was a great quilt-along and truly a great stash buster.
Check out the Flickr Group with some of the completed projects.
Dunder Dog now has a quilt! With flannel quilt top and a fleece quilt back, he now has a new favorite place to rest. The fabric for the quilt top was a mixture of chocolate and yellow labs. I fuzzy cut all of the chocolate labs into 5 inch squares and added grey flannel sashing. The back is red fleece with black paw prints. This quilt is truly themed for a dog quilt. I tightly quilted it, so I am hoping that it will last a bit longer than a few months.
Merry Christmas! Each year, I design and create my own Christmas cards. In the previous years, they consisted of cardstock and lots of glue. With my growing interest in quilting, I took a new venture this year with quilted postcards. With a response from my Help Wanted Post in October, I received some great tips from quilt bloggers. Additionally, Viki Welsh’s blog had some great tips too!
My design this year was a ‘Silent Night’ with a single Christmas Tree lit up by a single star. With Christmas fast approaching, my husband was recruited to be my elf this week. Without his help of basting the Christmas trees and being an expert at pinning these mini-quilts, the quilted postcards would not have been completed. (Thanks Jim!)
This quilt was a test to see if I could hide the imperfections from a charm pack that was not perfectly cut. I really can’t complain, as the charm pack was ‘free’ with purchase at my local fabric store. Since I loved the fabric line with the mix of bamboo and flowers, I was able to stagger my sashing to create a fun bamboo garden quilt. With a pieced backing and detailed quilting of leaves and flowers, one may not even notice the inconsistent sizes of each square . Shhh — don’t tell!