Monday, August 27, 2012

Rainbow quilt is done! Oh, and a Mourning Dove

Isn't it purdy?
I love love love how this turned out.
I did not realize how forgiving Hourglasses are to make...the points line up perfect and it looks like I am a super pro at quilting.  HAHAHAHAHA.

I straight-line quilted this baby.

I found this vintage-y yellow flower fabric for the back and border. I wanted it to be the same nostalgic print, but not be overwhelming.  Robot Child #1 called the binding, Apricot dots. :)

We have a mama Mourning dove in our tree.  She has two little babies.  She sits on top of them.  I guess to keep them protected or warm, whatever...That's what Robot Husband said.  I think it's to keep them quiet...I wish I could sit on my kids sometimes.  Haha.  JK.  Sitting on children is no laughing matter, unless you are a which case it is perfectly acceptable.
Linking up to Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rainbow Hourglass

Rainbow Hourglass quilt top
This was fun to put together.  Not so fun trying to figure out the rainbow pattern.
I struggled.  Apparently I need to go back to kindergarten and learn about the color wheel some more.
Oh, and math. :(

The fabric is 'Once Upon a Storybook'.  I am going to put some white borders on, then hopefully see if I can find some coordinating fabric to do another border. I love the vintage-y look of this collection.
There are 80 hourglasses.  It took me some time, but once I got a system going, it wasn't too bad. 

Linking up to Quilt Story!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Quilting inspiration from the Farmers Market

This weekend I took the family out to the library....well, okay-let's be honest here.  I had a plan to go to the fabric store, which happens to be next door to the library, which the children and Robot Husband had been wanting to go to.  It was a win win situation for everyone involved.  :)  When I got done with my fabric shopping, I walked back over to the library and surprised my husband, who apparently thought I would be there for hours, buried under fabric.  I knew what I wanted needed.  I think he was just entranced in the DVD selection.  Anyway, we checked out our books, Robot Child #1 was uber excited to get her very own library card.  Since I forgot mine, she got to check out my 6 or so quilting books.  They had an awesome selection! 
On our way back to the car, my husband noticed a bunch of quilts hanging out at the Farmers Market that was happening.  Of course we had to check them out.  There were some lovely quilts out.  The one above was my favorite.  I wish I could have gotten a picture of the back, it was equally colorful, bright and entertaining, plus I love the modern look of it.

**Pardon my pictures - It was impromptu, had to use the phone. :( Lame, I know.

This one had some beautiful FMQ done.

This one was AMAZING.  The quilter had used a different color thread to quilt in each section, so the back (which was the dark blue color) showed each vibrant color, outlining the elephant.  I loved this and would have probably stolen it and made a run for it, if there wasn't a woman sitting there watching my every move.
No, I'm kidding...I don't steal quilts.  Yet....

Agh!  Cherries....I love this one too.  The fabric, the pattern...all of it.

And pink stars.  Love.  Plus this had some amazing FMQ to it too.

I didn't know quilts were displayed at Farmers Markets.  Well, at least they are at this one? 
Who knows, but I apparently need to go to more of them.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Elephants and Mustaches

I made these in a fort-night.  Easy peasy.  Then I ran out of mustache fabric and had to scramble to find more!  It's become rather popular...intersting isn't it?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Cancer is so limited...

My best friend's Dad was recently diagnosed with cancer and I knew right away that I wanted to make him a quilt.  I talked to her about it and she mentioned she saw this wonderful saying at the hospital about how cancer is so limited, it cannot destroy families, it can't take away love, our dreams etc.  She wanted to cross-stitch it and we decided what a great idea to incorporate it into his quilt.  She copied the saying and cross-stitched it and I got started on the quilt.

I wanted this quilt to be so perfect, I gave myself stress over it.  I kept running into problems, my machine was not cooperating, I ran out of thread, then I bought the wrong color thread!  It was one thing after the other and I kept thinking, I've never had this many issues on any other quilts.
I wanted it to be comforting to their family and this quilt means so much more than my other quilts. 
It's not perfect.  There are mistakes everywhere.  But this quilt needed to get to him and I just hope that this quilt can bring comfort to him and their family, regardless of it's imperfections.
We've all known someone or a loved one that has been stricken with cancer.  I love this saying and I'm glad my BF found it - it can remind us all that cancer is so invasive and can take away so much, but it can't take away everything from us.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Stash Bags

Gathered Bicycles

Panda Bear, Panda Bear

These are my latest Stash Bag creations.  I love the panda bear's from Japan so it's special.
Plus, I just love how it turned out.
I'm going to try my hand at doing more gathered pouches.  I ordered a gathering foot from Amazon. Um it was $0.01!  One cent!?!?  That is crazy right?  But, shipping was $5 bucks.  Haha...gotta love how that works out.

These are in the shop.

Linked up to Quilt Story.

Have a  great week!!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Being a Farmers Wife is not for me

So, I've wanted to do this post for a while, but I kept thinking to myself, will it be offensive?  I hope not...cuz I am doing it.

Disclaimer:  This is strictly my opinion and the results of my unsuccessfulness and/or suckiness in the attempt of the Farmers Wife blocks.

As most of you know, the Farmers Wife book is quite the trend in Quilting Blogs and guilds everywhere.  I bought the book because I am a sucker for anything.  I tried it.  I failed.  Miserably.  I failed so bad that I don't ever want to try it again.  I wasted so much of my pretty fabric, it made me a wee bit angry inside.
There are SO many gorgeous pictures of successful Farmers Wife blocks out there...and yes-I am envious of them.  But, whenever I see a FW quilt-a-long, I cringe and roll my eyes a bit.

Now with that being said, I am giving away my copy of the Farmers Wife book to a lucky reader who would like it.  To win the book, you must do 2 things for me. HA HA.
1)  I would love to have some more followers on my blog, so spread the word, invite your friends and tell them to follow me!  ♥
2)  Leave a comment of what 'trend' in quilting or crafting you have attempted to do, and ended up despising.  Come on, I can't be the only one...right? 

And, if you have been successful at the FW blocks, I salute you.  Seriously. You are my hero.  ♥
This book

Comes with the CD

Thanks everyone!  :)