Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Quilty Goodness

The founding president of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild Mary P has a blog titled Quilty Goodness (Mary has since moved to Austin, and we miss her!).  Her blog title is so appropriate for this week. Grandson Ben's quilt is finished, and he's thrilled with it.  My long armers, Frank and Terri of T and F Quilting Studios, did a rush job - so greatly appreciated.  And Terri sent me to our son's house with a chicken-noodle dish and chocolate chip cookies.  I keep thinking about Natalie Merchant's song, "Kind and Generous People" - I know so many kind and generous people.  Perhaps the kindest of all is my sister-in-law Kim who cares for my parents.  Kim and her 7-year old granddaughter started this quilt, and the Good Quilting Fairy has stepped in to finish this quilt along with a pillow case.

Front of Ben's Quilt - Large stipple quilting

John found some NBA Bulls fabric for the back of the quilt. 

Amelia's first quilt - 60" x 70"

Back of Amelia's Quilt

A quilted pillow case - The Dark Side
A quilted pillow case - the Bright Side

The Good Quilting Fairy has several projects she needs to work on and projects she wants to work on.  But for these dark, sub-zero days, working on Amelia's quilt was just what she needed to be doing!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Some Monday Love

I'm a lucky girl for many many reasons.  Each one of the following reasons has to do with my Chicago Modern Quilt Guild - we had a terrific meeting yesterday.  The first love involves this quilt which I just got back from my favorite long-arm quilters, Frank and Terri Karls.  At the request of my husband, I asked them for loose quilting in a big Baptist fan design with wool batting so that this quilt would be lofty and warm.  And John put world peace on his request list.  This quilt isn't even bound, but I had to try it out on our bed.  And it's beautiful.  And light.  And lofty.  We'll sleep under it tonight!  

If you look closely, you'll see that Frank did indeed give John his world peace. Below is a detail shot of the Baptist Fan - a wonderful contrast to the straight lines of the front and Asian in flavor. 

I am so pleased with this quilt and love Terri and Frank for their thoughtful work.  They currently have my grandson's NBA quilt - can't wait to get that one back from them!
Second, I love Mimi, Holly, and Melissa.  They give me fabric because they know I will like it.  And they are right.  I am crazy about each one of these.  I may have to take the grey/black/gold piece from Holly and make a RunAround out of it.    I also love Beth - she gave me FOUR FABULOUS chocolate-filled macarons yesterday.  Do you notice there's no picture?  Um, yeah - I ate them.  There are so many fabulous women in our guild. 
Last, I love our current vice-president, soon to be president, of our Chicago Modern Quilt Guild Sarah S.  She may be fabric twins with Holly, but she is music twins with me.   Sarah and I discovered a mutual love for Traffic and Steve Winwood, especially The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys.  We decided to use this as inspiration for a little challenge.  Of course I forgot.  But Sarah?  She dug out the original cover and did this wonderful art quilt.  And I love it.  And her.
She and I are going to Camp Stitchalot next November - I am for sure bringing the music!
(Sarah also made me some chicken rice soup to give to my daughter-in-law.  So nice...)  What a great way to start the week!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Cecilia's Basket and Ben's Quilt, in process

 Cecilia's Crochet Basket has been  delivered and was most happily received.  This basket is designed to hold 8 - 9 skeins of yarn and the project, in its various stages.  This basket stands and has handles so that it can be easily moved.  My basket, the one of the left, has a dark inside, which makes it difficult to locate things.  Cecilia's basket is 8 inches taller and has a lighter lining, so important when looking for things.  This pattern was modified from one in friend Ebony Love's book, Cut It, Sew It, Stow It. 

 Meanwhile, I have been making steady progress on grandson Ben's quilt.  The top is mostly constructed - I'm just adding some red and black borders so that it is an appropriate twin bed size.  For the back of his quilt John found some NBA Bulls fabric at Joann's, and I found a link to the local newspaper from last June, when Ben was the Illinois Free Throw Champion.  I printed this page out onto fabric, and it will also be part of the back of the quilt.  Ben has the best disposition - can't wait to get this quilt to him!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

All Kitted and Ready to Sew

In an attempt to quell my frenetic state at this time of year (2014 is new, whole year ahead of us, goals, yadda yadda), I am creating inner peace by getting these projects down on paper.  So to speak.  The first three I am eager to do.  But the last three have immediate deadlines.  This Spectrum kit by Jinny Beyer is calling to me.  It includes 150 6" squares of fabrics prearranged (no, I did not pay full price - just the charm pack was on sale). 

                                                   These Marcia Derse fabrics are wonderful. The design is a pattern from Blue Underground Studios, ECHO.  See below for annotation.

This bundle of Pepper Cory Shot Cottons are ones I bought at Material Girl in Crystal Lake.  I need more of the Oyster, the lightest color, to make this quilt FAST LANE.   This too is a pattern from Blue Underground Studio's book In Love with Squares and RectanglesThe background will be the Oyster, and the dotted white lines will be the fabulous colors of these cottons. 

Bev, my dental hygienist, had two big things happen with two months.  Her daughter married, and her mother died.  At Bev's daughter's request, we are making a bed throw of the wedding dress and the clothes worn by Bev's parents at a wedding ceremony held in Florida, especially so that Bev's parents could be there. The wedding accent color was black, and we are incorporating a lot of greys and the wedding dress into this Winning Hand design.  I don't know how this is going to turn out, but I know it will be beautiful. 

 Good friend Cecilia saw this basket I when I was testing friend Ebony Love's pattern for her book Cut It, Sew It, Stow It.  Cecilia needs a crochet basket, so I will make this 6 inches taller and think it will be what she will be able to use.  It's a very clever pattern designed by a very clever woman

But the last shall be first.  Grandson Ben is getting his first quilt from me.  I don't think I made him a baby quilt.  Is that possible?  Ben is a smart and talented kid with the best disposition and attitude ever.  He's the one we wrapped a present for in a box of Cheetos.  He tore off the paper, saw the Cheetos box, and yelled, "This is great!  I love Cheetos!"  I'm getting busy on this today with the intent of getting it to my fabulous long armers Terri and Frank by next Sunday.  Then Cecilia's crochet basket.  And then the Wedding Grandparent quilt.  And I will save for another post all the UFO's and other projects I want to do in 2014!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Why, Yes!

Seriously,  Mors Bags in Three Stooges Fabric?
Aren't those pattern pieces for the Aragon Bag?

Didn't you just use those same fabrics in a new bed quilt for yourself?

Do you really intend to turn these scraps into a RunAround for Cousin Marian?

Do you love being snowed in at the beginning of a new year?