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Monday, January 30, 2012


Hello friends! I'm just back from a relaxing weekend with the family in the big city (Philly.) When many of your neighbors have horse & buggies as their primary vehicle, practically anyplace else is the big city.

Last weekend I was in a stitching f r e n z y with 2 baby quilts on the immediate to do list! I was working on a twin quilt until about Tuesday, and I worked 3 days during the week - which didn't leave much time. My girlfriend needed the quilt for a baby shower on Saturday and I was determined to deliver.  I decided to go with the cowboy theme again - strippy triangle squares in shades of navy, white and sage green. What's the name of that style? Until I find out, strippy triangle squares it is.

I got the top done - 9 squares about 10" square with ash gray sashing on Friday afternoon. I appliqued the baby's nickname (Pepe) on the back from scraps, quilted and bound the thing as fast as I could. Into the wash and dryer it went about a half hour before she came to pick it up! The toddler had to entertain her for a bit while she waited but I'm happy to say she left with a completed quilt. The bad news? I was in such a hurry I forgot to take pics! Waaaaaaaaaaah!  I did find some leftover scraps tho - please use your imagination to picture this one block spun into an entire stroller size quilt - about 40 x 40. My friend has promised to stalk the mom-to-be for pics.

Quilt number two was made between the time she left and bedtime (about 8 hrs - with time off for snacks, dinner, cocktails and potty training duties) for another friend. Her baby is due on Valentine's Day so Moda came through with an adorable line called Always & Forever - perfect! 
Always & Forever Petite Fat Quarter Bundle Deb Strain for Moda Fabrics

And for those of you who have made it this far - here is...
Quilting Question #2
Why would you make your spouse a quilt? I really like my husband, but I can't imagine a scenario where he'd need his own quilt. I won't get too graphic, but in bed, we use the same covers and for watching TV, he's too busy jumping up & down and cheering to be snuggled under a quilt. 

Have you made one for your mate? When do they use it? 

happy stitching!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Happy New Year

Hello friends! I hope your new year is starting off with a bang! I feel like I've been spending all my time holed up and hiding from the family sewing sewing sewing! I actually like that feeling though. I had to finish a Dallas Cowboys throw for my friend's husband's Christmas present first! I made an executive decision to wing it and not go for the OBVIOUS star.  Guess what the first thing he said when he saw it? "Where's the star?"  Darnit! My friend reports though, he's been taking the quilt to bed with him and only using it on his side - she's calling him Linus now - success!

I also just finished a twin quilt yesterday. I don't usually get the opportunity to do larger than baby sizes, so it was fun! 
BW Twin Front View

Twin BW - back

Case/Cover/Pillow Cover

How are your resolutions coming along? Mine are FAB cause I didn't make any! No pressure - whoop whoop! I am ashamed enough to have made some goals though.. just a few. I try to learn something new with/from each quilt I make. What I decided though was to ask more questions instead of always insisting on doing things my own way. (I'm not talking about the cowboys quilt, lol.)

First question - is paper/foundation piecing really necessary? Can't you just sew strips together and cut them out however you want? I've seen lots of paper/foundation piecing patterns and tutorials, but I'm not convinced. What do you think?
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