Friday, June 24, 2016

Today's Adventures

Mors Bags from Brookfield Jazz Society's t-shirts - by John's request

Quilted pillow tops for Sara's Inn, an organization which focuses on domestic violence.  It is my Chicago MQG's current charity focus. 

Some mostly open-wide medium sized zippered bags from Noodlehead's tutorial.  See the link above for more tutorials.

But this is what I really want to be working on and will start shortly - some paper piecing from Carolyn Friedlander, part of the Glamp Stitchalot weekend. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Father's Day

Maybe I should have just titled this "T-Shirt Quilts Make Me Cry."  This quilt is Jeff's Father's Day present - he's a Chicago policeman married to Sheila, a teaching colleague of mine.  Sheila's mom, who was my age, died 12 years ago, and Sheila gave me her mom's shirts.  Here's a picture of this first "life celebration" t-shirt quilt I did.  We made baby quilts from the leftover and from pj botttoms - all three of Sheila's kids and her nieces have used this quilt (see below).  To watch someone go through such grief with death and such happiness with marriage and children is a privilege.  Some of Jeff's t-shirts are from the "Brotherhood of the Fallen" and remembering and honoring his colleagues.  I'm happy that Sheila has entrusted me with such valuable work.

I may have to make my dad a chocolate cake for Father's Day - he loved them so. 


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fabric and Pattern Crushes

I love this Art Gallery Fabric by Bonnie Christine from her Hello, Bear line and keep reordering it because I keep using it.  I have made Sloan Bags from this.  I just took my Sloan Bag to Eastern Europe and kept waiting for women to tap me on the shoulder and say, "What a beautiful bag - where did you get it?"  And while that didn't happen, I know that's what many were thinking!  I also love this Arabesque pattern from Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness (it's a free download - have you been wanting to try one of her patterns?  This is a perfect starter pattern). I made one of these Arabesque bags for my sister-in-law's birthday two years ago. and she has requested a new bag and chose this fabric.  (Yippee!)  As long as I was making one, I decided to make a second one.  Just because.  And a couple of little key fobs.  Because...  Why not?  At Terry's request I added an exterior pocket, a necessity.  See the side index for other Arabesque bags.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Sunday, June 12 - the Trifecta of Quilting

                              Perfect weather, all kinds of projects, excellent tunes

Progress on Glamp projects
Purse parts prepped for two new purses
Some Brookfield Jazz Society t-shirts which John wants made into Mors bags.
Tunes to block out the media coverage of the mass shooting in Orlando

Monday, June 6, 2016

Jet Lag and Glamping

 With the Eastern Danube cruise over, my focus was getting to Ann Arbor for Glamp Stitchalot.  Luckily, before we left for Europe I made my swap pouch (above) and an extra that went to the Swap Mamma, one of three woman who volunteered to organize the swap.  My swap partner Kim @seewcraazy lives in Lakewood, IL, the same community my stepson and his family are in.  Small world.  Erica Brehmer @hot_bobbins made these two pouches for me, and I'm thrilled how she honored my colorway.  I also loved that she used quality zippers!  Then, six classes in 12 hours over two days.  Phew.  Here's what I learned:

"Studios and One-Bedrooms" by Elizabeth Hartman

"Airplane" by Rashida Coleman-Hale

"Glamp" by Carolyn Friedlander (I did no sewing - it took me the entire class period to create a colorway)

"Flying Geese - Big and Small" by Monica Solorio-Snow

"My Favorite Things" by Violet Craft

"Mountain, Trees, and Sunshine" by Penny Layman

I'm eager to get back to each one of these projects, but first I have to tend to the t-shirt commission that is due on Father's Day.  These six projects were designed to go into one nice "Row Quilt".   The design wall will be instrumental in the development on this project!  I'm looking forward to some nice progress this summer, especially now that my sleeping has finally straightened out!

My quilty peeps - Sarah E, Holly, Sarah S, Melissa, (top row) me and Amy.  An awesome group of women!