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December 30, 2010
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Quilt

I rarely buy fabric to make a specific quilt, but when I saw this quilt pattern (back in 2008) from my favorite children's book, I immediately ordered all the fabric to make it exactly like the picture. I knew it would be a perfect quilt for a special baby gift...Well that baby is coming in about 2 months :-)
I pulled out my ziplock bag of fabric (I had even remembered to slide the magazine in there 2 years ago - so organized!) and was ready to go start this quick fun project.

The wind was blowing so hard when I photographed this quilt that I couldn't get it to stop flying around - this is the best picture I got.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Quilt

Pattern: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Gail Kessler from Fons & Porter Love of Quilting May/June 2008 (I don't think the pattern is still available, but if you get the fabric, it is VERY easy to figure out from this picture)
Size: 44" X 56" (made mine a little smaller than the pattern which is 62" in length )
Fabric: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Andover Fabrics - the backing is stash fabric - perfect!
Method: Machine pieced and machine quilted by me (all quilting done with feed dogs up and built in Pfaff walking foot).

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Quilt

Such a wonderful book - can't wait to give this gift!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Quilt

Happy New Year!

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December 20, 2010
In Progress

1st, in the spirit of Christmas, I made 2 little quilted ornaments. Pattern is called Trim the Tree and is available at My Time. A great way to use up tiny leftover bits and pieces of fabric.

Quilted Ornament Quilted Ornament

I'm waiting for sunshine so I can take some bright pictures of a completed quilt. In the meantime, I'll show you all the various stages of my projects at this moment in time. There are 9 quilts, counting the one I just completed.

#1 & 2 Stars Over Bali Skies - a beautiful block of the month that won't be finished for 7 more months. Stitchen' Heaven is so generous with each month's fabric, that I am able to squeeze an extra tiny lap quilt in along with the big quilt :-)

Stars Over Bali Skies

#3 Galactic Explosion - A BOM designed by Nancy Rink is all sandwiched and ready for quilting - it's not going to be easy to wield this big quilt through my little machine, but I'm going to give it a try.

Galactic Explosion

#4 Playing with "crumbs" leftover from years of quilting - I have several boxes of these tiny leftover pieces that I just couldn't throw out.

Crumb Fabrics

Here is a before and after picture. I just randomly sew them together and then cut the squares out - Not sure of the final plan, but I'm going to make LOTS of these little 3" squares - 60 done.

Crumb Squares Crumb Squares

#5 Next is a free online BOM called Oh My Stars - I'm going with a totally different colorway since I have so many of these country colors in my stash - Blocks 1 and 2 are done - waiting for January...

Oh My Stars

#6 A fun mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter called Roll Roll Cotton Boll - 1st picture has clues 1 -4.

Roll Roll Cotton Boll

Now I'm working on clue 5 - 300 HST in red and neutral

Roll Roll Cotton Boll

#7 Pulled out bright colors for a simple child's quilt to donate - 1st top done. I may play with free motion machine quilting on this one.

Bright Squares

#8 I decided to use up ALL the strips, so am making bright log cabin blocks for another donation quilt

Bright Log Cabin

So there are the 8 quilts in progress - it looks out of control, but it really isn't. I do the mystery clues and monthly blocks as they arrive and in between work on the other quilts. Not nearly as time consuming as knitting (hopefully I'll be back to at least a little knitting in the near future)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is done - Sooooo cute - pictures soon - probably after Christmas, since we have company coming~

Back to the old comment system - I was bombarded with spam on my little homemade one :(

This comment system does not give me access to your email, so I am unable to respond. If you have a question and would like an answer, there is an email link on my upper right sidebar - Please email me . I ALWAYS answer emails so if you don't get an answer, check your spam box.

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December 9, 2010
Quick Quilted Advent Calendar

I love these little guys peeking out....

Quilted Advent Calendar

I followed Sew Mama Sew"s excellent tutorial with several changes....I used a straight set with thinner sashing and smaller pockets to make a perfect 20" X 24" size. I also ironed on the numbers with Ultrahold Heat and Bond, since I was in a bit of a hurry to get it done in time to use this year.

Here it is empty

Quilted Advent Calendar Empty

and here it is with the beautifully lined pockets partially filled

Quilted Advent Calendar - fulll

The little folded triangle corners on the back are perfect for hanging - I didn't have a dowel, so just went in the backyard and got a stick to slide in and the calendar is hanging by our fireplace.

Back of Quilted  Advent Calendar

At the ages of 12 and 14, my youngest boys are still thrilled to get their little surprise each day leading up to Christmas :-)

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December 3, 2010
Spin Art

I pulled out bright (not necessarily beautiful) scraps from my scrap stash - the strips are only 1 1/2" wide (1" finished) so I had lots of those! It is quite a wild array of fabrics, but a perfect child's quilt - planned for donating, but my husband loves it, so I may have to reconsider....

Spin Art Quilt

Pattern: Spin Art adapted from the cover quilt pattern in Dec/Jan 2011 issue of Quilt Magazine.
Size: 42"X 42" - I used 1 1/2" strips instead of 2" and didn't add borders so it would be a nice small lap size quilt.
Fabric: Scrappy brights from stash
Method: Machine pieced/machine quilted with gentle curves

Spin Art Quilt

My mother quit quilting about 5 years ago and gave me all her fabric - I've used lots of it for quilt backings - Isn't this the cutest piece of fabric? - and it is PERFECT for the back of this colorful quilt!

Spin Art Quilt Back

Spin Art Quilt For those who have asked about this quilting method...Here is my little cheater guider attachment (actually I'm using it backwards in this picture). I never mark quilts - always make it as simple and easy as possible. For this quilt I made one gentle curve from corner to corner diagonally and then just followed it out each way every 1.25" - This is done with regular sewing (feed dogs up) - My Pfaff machine has a built in walking foot which makes the top and bottom of the quilt flow through smoothly and easily.

It matches the flowers I bought at Trader Joes!

Spin Art Quilt

Spin Art Quilt

Next up is an Advent calendar that I made in one day - gotta get some pictures....

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