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November 22, 2010
Gone Camping Quilt

I'm enjoying completing quilts that I started the last time I got in a quilting frenzy - so next up is the quilt I started HERE in July of 2009. I just fell in love with the tent panel and the fun little tied back door.

Gone Camping Quilt

Pattern: Gone Camping by Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan from November 2008 Issue of American Quilter Magazine
Size: 44" X 60"
Fabric: I bought the central tent panel here - it was originally designed for making an "under the table" tent, but I think the quilt version is even more fun! The coordinating fabrics for the borders are all from stash and the back is some soft cozy lime green flannel (that I have no idea where I got).
Method: Machine pieced and quilted - straight line, crosshatch and echo quilting

I prewash fabric, but don't prewash batting, so after a trip through the washer and dryer, the quilt gets wonderfully crinkly and puckery and the flannel backing becomes soft as can be, as you can see in the next photos.

Gone Camping Quilt Gone Camping Quilt

Also in the kid quilt arena....sewing the binding on my Very Hungry Caterpillar...

Hungry Caterpillar

I'm a total sucker for a mystery quilt even though it hasn't always worked out in the past - here are my pink/green strips for Clue 1 of Bonnie Hunter's Roll Roll Cotton Boll. Using up lots of old scraps for this one!

Roll Roll Cotton Boll

Roll Roll Cotton Boll

and some of the many bali strips for another quilt...

Bali Strips

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November 10, 2010
Ooops a Month Went By

The quilting switch has been turned on and the knitting switch is off and I'm having a blast. There are so many amazing quilt blogs out there - kind of like knitting blogs before Ravelry.

Here is what my sewing table looks like right now...

Spin Art worktable

Spin Art Blocks

I have 3 quilts in line for machine quilting and 2 more in progress, so will take pictures of all of them as they are completed.

My plan is to make donation quilts for children - which frees up my inner spirit and helps me let go of perfectionism - I can take chances with design/color and know that a child will love to wrap up in these fun quilts no matter what. There are 3 charity organizations that I'm excited about - has anyone had any experience with these groups? If so, I'd love to hear about it - I just want to be sure that my quilts really get to a child.

Wrap a Smile
Wrap Them in Love
Project Linus

Here's a tiny quilt that I just finished using these 4 patches made over a year ago. Sorry about the photos - it's raining, so these were taken with inside with poor lighting- better to get them up than keep waiting for sunshine!

Plaid Nine Patch

Here is the back made with leftover squares - I actually like the back as much as the front!

Plaid Nine Patch

Pattern: just scrappy 6" 9 patch squares sewn together
Size: 36" X 48"
Fabric: a bin full of scraps - all plaids/woven fabric
Method: Machine pieced/machine quilted with gentle curves

Some close ups of fabric/quilting

Plaid Nine Patch

Plaid Nine Patch Close

I may even try free motion quilting on one of these next few quilts - maybe I'll learn a new skill!

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