Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Time for another Angel Quilt...

I have been wanting to make this Giant Starburst since Megan at Canoe Ridge Creations talked about doing the quilt along. But with still working on my boys' quilts I had to wait.  It is almost time for my Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis and that means times to make more Angel Quilts. I already had the colored fabrics for the Giant Starburst and just needed to buy white. I can't wait to sew this one together.
My colors are cut and ready. Hoping to cut into the white maybe on Friday.
 
Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced
 
I hope you come back to see the finished quilt. Thank you for stopping by if you are hear from WIP Wednesday.
 


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Have A Heart

About a month ago, maybe a little more, a friend asked if I would make and donate a quilt to a silent auction to benefit a little girl's family.  The little girl is two yrs old and is in need of a heart transplant. She has had 11 surgeries in the last yr. Absolutely heartbreaking (no pun intended). I was more than happy to do it but when would I fit it in, I thought. And what fabric would I use? I don't have a large stash and not enough scraps to make a good scrap quilt. So I contacted another friend who I knew had her grandmother's fabric and is looking to sell it. Long story short, she ended up donating a beautiful pile of fabric. I was originally going to make another Around the Block quilt but then when I had so many great fabrics, I decided to make a strip quilt. A first for me.
I cut all the strips into 2.5" and asked the kids to pick five. We did this till all the strips were in sets. No two set is the same.
 
That is a lot of strips!!
 
A few pieces were smaller than others so I was only able to get one block out of them. Others I was able to get two.
 My next challenge was how was I going to make them perfect 10" squares without a proper cutting ruler...
Go buy one of course. Hehe
Love this one!!!  Here are all my perfect 10" blocks and all the trimmings.
My oldest son helped with the layout. Like usual. He has such a creative eye.
The top came together real well, minus sewing a row in the wrong position and having to take out two seems and replace them. Oh well... it happens. I added a border to make it a little bigger.
It was hard to get good pictures of this one during the process because I did most of the work at night and the lighting in our house isn't so great. And some of these are cell phone pics too.
 
A little basting...
I was planning on a giant swirl quilting pattern but decided against it and went with hearts on each of the blocks. It was very fitting. A bit tough to do because I was having issues with my walking foot. (That is a whole other story, one which I am not ready to relive... yet.)
 
And the final quilt...
 

My oldest, holding it for me. Haha
 His arms got a little tired.

 Can't forget the label.
The silent auction is today, starting at 4pm. I am excited to see how much it goes for.
 
On to my next project...


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Finally Basted

With yesterday being President's Day, my husband was home from work, and I got to work on some quilting. YAY!!!
I first had to rearrange my home a little to make some space to baste my son's quilt. What I would give to have a space like below without having to move my dining room table and chairs... 
Sorry for the not so great photos...they are from my phone. For some reason I don't think I took any with my good camera.
I was completely overcome with emotions while basting this one. It was very odd. I think it was because this will be my first quilt that stays in my home. It is for my younger son and he has picked out each fabric and had a major input on the design. This one has taken me yrs to get to this point.
When I turned it over after thinking I was done, I realized that the backing was not at smooth as I would have liked.  I am such a perfectionist and so I had to go back, take out the pins and fix the back.  I baste with a spray baste but am always nervous about moving so I pin it also but not with a lot of pins. Once I fixed the back, I felt much better and repined. I know, lots of extra work on my part but it is what it is. A little ocd I guess. This one really has to be perfect. Now to figure out, quickly, how I am going to quilt it. Any suggestions?
 
Linking up with:
 Randi from Fresh-Squeezed Fabrics.
 Lee from Freshly Pieced.
 
 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

January Finish!

I know it is February, but I did finish this in January and still can't get pictures that are really capturing this quilt the way I want.  For those of you who are new followers, this quilt was made for my parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary.  It is made up of 10" blocks that were sent to relatives around the country.  I requested they write a note to my parents and send them back to me.  My siblings and I (there are 6 of us total) planned a surprise party for them back in June of last year.  I was able to have the top completed in a short two weeks or so, before the party.  I wrapped it up as was and included the fabric I had chosen for the backing.  I then took it back and planned on having it completed in a short time after.  Well, as you can see it is still in my possession and it is Feb. (So very disappointed in myself, but hey, life happens...) 
 See, way too many shadows.  But no matter where I go in our yard, they are there.  Unless I go in the middle of the parking lot but as you could guess by all the snow in this picture, the parking lot is super wet and very dirty.
It is very difficult to tell but it is quilted in the ditches and I tried for the first time FMQ in the rectangles.  I will work on better pictures of that too.
I am loving the backing. Birds and flowers. Perfect for my parents.  And I do actually love this picture.
I love how the binding came out.  I typically machine stitch the binding, due to time.  It is so much quicker and I am usually ok with the extra stitching that ends up showing, but this one I chose to hand sew.  I felt it deserved that and couldn't bare to see the extra stitching. 
Looking forward to washing and drying this to see all that wrinkly goodness!
I will try for some more and better pictures too. I might have to go hunting for the perfect spot around town. Hmm.
 
Happy Sewing!!
 
Can't wait to dig into some fabric this weekend.  Hoping to work on my boys' quilts.
 
 Linking up with Finish it up Friday


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Grow Your Blog

 Hi! I am Jean. I am fairly new to sewing and quilting. Have only finished seven quilts, but have a few in progress.  This blog is all about my sewing adventures and an occasional post about life.  I hope you enjoy what I have to share.
 
I started following blogs to learn about quilting. My boys asked me to make quilts for their beds and that is how it all started.  I started my blog to journal my experiences, and with the hopes of having followers that might be able to help if I get stuck. :) 

I do all my piecing and quilting on my very basic home machine. I love growing my fabric stash and have become very particular about my thread. I have discovered online fabric shops and have a few that I love.
I am a wife and mom of 3, love to play indoor soccer and will soon be training for a marathon. It has always been a dream of mine to complete one.

I look forward to finding new blogs and 'meeting' you.

Linking up: 2 Bags Full

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Pinterest

Today I found three of my photos from my blog on pinterest!
How cool is that?
 
I am soooo excited!!!