Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Stanley Cup Quilt-Off Has Begun

What's that wacky AAQI bunch up to now? Check out The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative blog to find out!

Everything you need to know is here.

Raising money for Alzheimer's Research!

Smackdown Quilt

Not much time this morning but here's a picture of the August smackdown blocks I made (all three):

The picture's not great but it's early and I don't have time to fiddle. I like this block. I approached it first as a traditional 9 block but didn't know for sure if I had enough fabric to make all of them that way so went for the scrappy look. Maybe I'll throw in a "matching" 9 block here and there to make it interesting. I think the pastels will look nice, but I'll save the dark one for another quilt.

I'm going to use about three different pastel solids for the star center.

I'll probably have it finished just in time for the September smacking.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

More Smacking

Join DebraSusanBarbara and me for another quilting smackdown this weekend. I've been lazy so I'm behin the rest of the team but we are working on this great quilt pattern.

Pictures to follow as soon as I have something to show!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

August AAQI entry

This quilt is not wonky, it's the angle of the camera. I barely made the deadline, again, for the monthly quilt for the AAQI. It's been more like an every other month quilt pledge. I love this little sampler, which is based on patterns in the September 1994 QNM, in an article called "Mini Block Bonanza." I started some of them a long time ago, pulled them out & made a few more for this quilt.

It's dedicated to a friend who returned to nursing school and is now a gerontological nurse practitioner, working with Alzheimer's patients. She was a great friend when my mother was sick.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Possibly The Scrappiest Quilt In The Universe

Inspected and approved by Zoe.

These are for Debra to quilt and donate - I think to a veterans' hospital. Very scrappy but what a soft, cozy quilt this will make. If I ever get the hang of those end pieces, I would make this quilt again. I think it would look great with a solid / large scale print combination.

It gives me a great sense of accomplishment, doing something like this. I know they will be appreciated & enjoyed.

(p.s.: the green borders on the bottom quilt are closer in color than they look in the picture. And Whoa, those blues are jumping out at me. The things you don't notice...weird).

Friday, August 5, 2011

Recycled Tshirt quilts are on sale

My recycled tshirt quilts are marked down to $60 with free shipping on my Etsy shop.

These blankets are so soft and cozy, completely washable and dryable. No worries about spills - a great item to throw in the car for a tail gate party, picnic, or just to snuggle up with on the couch. They're quilted directly to a soft fleece backing, then serged on the edges. It wouldn't even hurt my feelings if you used it for a doggie blanket.

My kids love them. As you can see.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

More Smacking

Join in the fun this August for another Quilting Smackdown. Check here for instructions for a simple quilt that will bust your stash and create a great quilt for one of our veterans. I'm stealing a picture from Debra's blog (which I think she stole from Barbara:

Join the fun and do something for a very worthy cause.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Smackdown: 1000 Pyramids

Not such a good shot but it gives you an idea of the claustrophobic space i have to sew in. Actually I like how these are turning out. I have one finished and this one which I began on Sunday. I feel better about those triangle points today than I did yesterday.


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Flannel is mostly forgiving but at the same time, can be stretchy, especially on the bias. Still, this will surely be a very cozy quilt for a verteran. The triangles are done and stitched together, I just have to add them to the other rows.

I wouldn't make this again for awhile but I wouldn't mind having one of these myself. It's very striking and I'd like to make it using a plain solid and some large scale prints. I could see how you could play around with the triangles and make a sort of pin wheel ... if you were a mind to do so...