Sunday, November 29, 2020

Susan's Sailboats Quilt

My friend Susan worked on this adorable sailboat quilt for quite a while. I'd hear about it when she brought me other tops to quilt for her. I was looking forward to seeing it when it finally came my way for it's finishing touch.
I was excited when she called to book it on my schedule.  This is the "before" quilting photo.
In process.
She made this quilt for the daughter and son-in-law who own a sailboat.  Isn't it fabulous!
The Waterworld panto was her design choice. It adds the perfect feel for the pieced blocks. The batting is Quilter's Dream 80/20 which I have available to purchase for my customers.   Thread was Glide Tar Heel on the front and Sky in the bobbin.
The backing she brought was a solid medium blue that shows off the stitching nicely. 
I'm sure that the daughter and son-in-law that received this quilt were thrilled and will remind them of warmer days and beautiful breezes on the water, especially while hunkering down during our cold, snowy winters.
There's no doubt that Susan is working on yet another fun quilt top that will come my way for stitching at some point in the future.  I can't wait to see what it will be.

Monday, November 23, 2020

A Pair of Mask Baskets for Erica

This is the last round of mask baskets I made recently. They were for my friend Erica.

Her kids love rainbows and the striped fabric was the closest I could get. I chose a pale Sage print for the outside of the first basket.
And I used the striped fabric for the lining.
For the 2nd basket, I put the striped fabric on the outside.
The lining was this fun blue print with crabs, butterflies, sea shells, star fish and sea gulls.
I'm glad that they will help them organize their masks like they have for us.  We're going to be wearing masks for a while to come so we might as well have a place to keep them.
A few of my readers have asked where I got the pattern.  The one I've been using is the Cute Storage Pod that I found on the Fabric Editions blog.  It's easy and fast.

I've completed quilting a number of quilts for customers, have a bunch of my own holiday projects to hopefully get done in time and am one of the block designers for this year's Winter Frost Countdown to Christmas quilt along on the Moda Bake Shop so stay tuned to see what's happening next.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Ethan's I Spy Quilt

My neighbor's two year old son Ethan was recently diagnosed with a serious but treatable kidney cancer and he's currently going through chemo treatments.  I wanted to make him a quilt to cuddle with while he's at the hospital so I whipped up a cute I Spy quilt.   
I delved into my cut brick scraps and used everything I could find that wasn't Pink and girly.  In my hurry to get it completed, I forgot to snap a "before" picture before I started quilting it but I did remember to take a pic when I finished piecing the top.
As has happened before, my initial stitching design idea didn't look as I thought it would so after some trial and error to find something better, I settled on the Sprung panto and used Glide thread in Tar Heel (a favorite shade of blue).
I know that he will enjoy searching for all the fun animals, patterns and other motifs included in the blocks while waiting for each treatment to be finished.
When the binding was done, I quickly snapped these photos, folded it into a bag and walked across the street to deliver it.  His mom was shocked, to say the least, but as I told her, that's what quilters do....we make something cozy to snuggle under that bring people comfort.
The only thing I didn't already have in my stash for this quilt was an appropriate backing fabric so after a little hunting online, I was able to find this really cute construction truck print.  I was thrilled when Ethan's mom told me he's obsessed with trucks. 
A nice Navy binding completed the look.   Jammer, who's now taller than me, got the honors of holding it up for me for this picture.
Little Ethan's treatment is going well and is expected to make a full recovery but in the meantime, I'm happy that I was able to provide him a little bit of snuggly goodness along the way.


Friday, November 6, 2020

Susan's Vintage Truck Hunter's Star Quilt

My friend Susan also made herself a Hunter's Star quilt featuring adorable vintage trucks.

While the piecing is certainly great...'s the actual quilting that brings the whole thing to life.
This is what it looked like before I started.  It's a pretty top but it's flat and needs it's own type of bling, thread stitched in a fabulous design.
Here it is after the stitching was finished.  It definitely has a lot more character.
Whether it's an edge to edge design, custom quilting or hand quilting, every quilt top needs the stitching to add the much needed texture to the design.
Susan's panto choice for this was Holly Berries, which is a personal favorite of mine.
The backing she provided is a matching vintage truck flannel.
The stitching design added just the right amount of highlights to the backing so the adorable print can still shine.
With our cold Northeast winters, I know this quilt will be snuggled under for many hours to come. 
I always love to see what Susan brings me to stitch up for her.  I can't wait to see what's next.


Friday, October 23, 2020

A Trio of Mask Baskets for Lisa

My friend Lisa asked if I could make a trio of mask baskets for her and her daughter and I was apply to oblige. Luckily I had a beautiful day for taking the pictures.
She asked if I could possibly use Blue and/or Teal as those are her daughter's favorite colors and nothing overly floral.  I think these fit the bill nicely.

For the first one I chose a Blue print fabric with random stars.
The lining was a Cream marble print.
I don't have Teal in my stash so this was as close as I could get.  The outside fabric was leftover from my Charm Pack Shuffle quilt I designed for Moda Bake Shop in
I found a Blue mall leaf type print that worked for the lining.
The last one turned out so well.  The fabric for the outside is from a fat quarter that I picked up from somewhere and never found a good use for, until now.
For the lining I used a White tone on tone that has large intersection circles.
Here they are together, ready for their new home.
Lisa just happened to be in town (she's from the area and was visiting her mom) just as I finished them so she was able to pick them up instead of them having to be mailed to her.  She loved them and I'm happy knowing that they are doing exactly what my set are doing for us.....keeping the masks organized.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Susan's Adirondack Hunter's Star Quilt

My good friend Susan made a pretty quilt for her camp in the Adirondacks.
This is the "before" photo.  Her fabric choices were perfect for it's future home.
You can see the deer head print and arrows print in this "before" close up.
Here's how it looks after.  The quilting added so much beautiful texture.
The after close up.  I love how it enhances the piecing.
The Falling Leaves panto was her choice for this quilt.
Her flannel backing fabric choice was also perfect for the Adirondack theme.
Knowing Susan, this quilt will be snuggled up under by her or her hubby many weekends during this fall and upcoming winter.
The Hunter's Star quilt she made for for her main home is up next.  Stay tuned.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Mask baskets for Linda

As soon as she saw my post about the mask baskets I made for my clan, my friend Linda asked if I could make a trio of them for her family.  Our boys are best friends and they do so much together so of course I said Yes.

Linda requested that I use the exact same fabrics that I used for our own baskets but that wasn't possible.  I didn't have enough of the prints except for one.  

I made her a duplicate of my Red and Black basket. I don't remember what fabric line the Red print is from but I really love it.
The black lining is the leftover backing fabric from my Tribute to Danny quilt and Remembering Danny quilts.
The 2nd bin was made with leftovers from one of the teacher quilts in 2013.  These bits are from the Little Black Dress line.
I've always had a fondness for the lining fabric and imagine it would be absolutely gorgeous in bright colors, if the designer ever thought of recreating the line.
For the 3rd basket I decided to go with Blues and had enough of these prints in my stash.
The Blue dot print came from Jammer's firetruck quilt, Sound the Alarm.
Linda was very happy with her mask baskets and hopefully they are helping her family tame their mask inventory as well as they are for my crew.
These baskets are so quick and easy to whip up and I'm glad that I'm able to use up some bits in my stash.  Stay tuned.  There have been more created for other friends.