Monday, November 28, 2011

Project Linus

I try to pick up a Project Linus quilt kit every time I go to a show where they are giving them out, in addition to making a couple on my own throughout the year.  I always have to laugh because every time I get a kit there is something that keeps me from making it just the way the directions read. 

This year I was a strip short on one of the fabrics.  The only thing I had in my stash that matched the fabrics in the kit was a solid red.  It would have been cuter with the other fabric, but I am sure someone will like this quilt.

Also a big thank you to my youngest, and sometimes the oldest, for being my official quilt picture "holders."

Project Linus Quilt, Christmas 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bright Cat Quilt

I purchased the pattern and the fabric to make this quilt for Loni 2-3 years ago.  I actually had the colors all laid out on the design wall at one time and took it down.  Every time I started to work on it, something felt wrong about it. 

Then Loni's life changed.  She moved in with me in the late Spring and then this summer I became serious about finishing this quilt. Today I finally completed the quilt, all that is left is the label tomorrow night. 

Even though I finished piecing the top and sandwiching it in July, I couldn't start quilting it until I knew what felt right in the design.  I finally decided to free hand/free motion hearts, flowers, and swirls.
  • The hearts represent all the love in Loni's life. 
  • The flowers represent many things:
    • How I want Loni's life to always be filled with beauty
    • How she has continued to bloom and blossom even in the hard times
    • To remember her African Violets and how even though they had a tough tumble they continue to thrive.
  • The swirls represent all the twists and turns of life.  Some of the swirls are really big and some are small, but they all lead to a heart or a flower, to remind Loni that no matter what life gives her she will always be loved and she can thrive.
I don't think I was meant to make this quilt until now.  This quilt will go to Loni's beautiful new home this week.  

The pattern is by Me and My Sister Designs and is called Twigs.

Bright Cat Quilt Front
Bright Cat Quilt Back
Bright Cat Quilt Front and Back

Bright Cat Quilt Front Close Up

Quilting on Bright Cat Quilt

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Tree Farm Quilt - 2 Generations Make One Quilt

I helped my aunt finish a quilt she was making for her sister after she became ill this year and was not feeling up to finishing it before Christmas. She had the front pieced except for a couple of the outer borders.  She made the quilt bigger than the kit called for, so the back then became a quilt of its own with borders.  It is a gift for her sister, my other aunt. 

The quilt pattern was in a Thimbleberries kit called Tree Farm by Lynette Jensen.

Front of Quilt

Back of Quilt

Random leaves were followed on one of the narrow borders on the front.  They do not show up on the front, but make a nice top an bottom border on the back.

Used a template and a Frixion pen on the center panel to create the feel of hills behind the trees.
Wide outer border quilted in a pattern to resemble abstract Christmas Trees.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Gireaway from The Fabricologist