Happy 2014!

It’s New Year’s Eve so I am wishing everyone a great 2014!  I have a mission today, to finish Lexi’s quilt back.  I’ve been stymied on how to piece it.  When I ordered the white floral extra wide backing, Fabric.com only sent a partial amount.  They said it was out (but the website didn’t).  So when it came, I went back in to the site and ordered the same fabric, but in black.  And the website said they had white, so I also ordered enough of that to be able to do the entire back (90×102 finished, 98×110 with the extra needed for Vicki to long-arm quilt it).  They did send both fabrics, so then I had to decide if I just piece the two white florals together, or make a piece of black in the middle, or black border all around, or…

This morning it came to me – I have three extra blocks from the quilt, so I am going to piece a middle strip with those, and put the floral on each side of the block.  I don’t know yet if it will be sandwiched between the white floral, or the black floral.  The black floral print is in the blocks, which might be nice.  But the white floral might be a good continuation of the top and bottom pieces.  I will try them both – I have enough fabric now!

I am insecure enough that I did email Vicki and asked her if the side extra fabric could be 3″ instead of 4.  I would have to sew on some extra fabric to make it 4″ extra on the sides.  Hope 3″ will be ok.

Here’s the backing fabric.Lexis Quilt back fabric

I would love to get some other projects started, but if I can at least get this done, I will have completed that quilt in 2013 as the tag says!  Hope you are finishing well this year!

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BBOM (Bible Block of the Month) 2013-14 (Block 1)

We started another class at Living Threads Ministry in Zeeland, MI this fall.  We are making a quilt called “The Seven Names of Jesus” (did I already post about this???  Hmmmm.)  The first class was just cutting, cutting, cutting all the fabric.  We are learning how to use Thangles.  Here is the finished quilt – made as a sample for us.  Mine won’t be done until April, and then it has to be quilted by Vicki Breuker.  (Scroll down, there’s more info.)

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The second class in October was the block called “Light of the World”.  Along with the blocks we have a short Bible study, which I thoroughly enjoy!  I think that’s as important to me as the quilting class!  Well, I fell in LOVE with Thangles – what an easy way to make triangles!  Here is my “Light” block:  (keep scrolling!)

BBOM 2013 1st block

The dark ‘branch’ like fabric is really green – it just doesn’t show up in the picture.  I was pretty pleased with my points.  Not perfect, but hey, it’s a class, I’m learning!  So the next block I haven’t finished yet (sigh) and it’s called “Bridegroom”  It’s the one on the horizontal part of the cross, on the left.  I’ll post it when I’m done.  Which better be soon, since our next class is next week already!  YIKES!!!

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Mission Quilt for Lutheran World Relief

I read an article by LWR that suggested people (women, probably) set aside “Black Friday” to make mission quilts for them.  So, I asked my quilting friends at church, and one of them was willing to do that with me.

We spent about 4 hours on Friday, and another 3 hours on Monday, putting this quilt together.  Another church member had donated two quilt tops to me, so I thought we would use those.  We did use the one; Lois and I decided to wait until spring or next fall to make the other quilt top into a quilt for LWR.

Lois does a lot of hand stitching and tying of her quilts, so we used her supplies and tied the quilt.  THAT took a lot of time – and boy, were my fingers sore!  Now it’s home with me, and I have to trim the batting and then roll the back fabric over to make a border and sew that down, and it will be done.

What an amazing process, and I can’t imagine how grateful the person or persons who receive this quilt will be!

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Mission Quilt Done!

Such a great feeling to get that baby mission quilt done!  I used some left-over fabric for the back but still had to piece it because I didn’t have a single piece big enough.  I found the binding fabric in Richmond, MI – a 1930’s reproduction fabric.  I didn’t have the quilt with me, just guessed it would work – and it is stunning!

I did just straight lines, 2″ apart, for the quilting.  It looks fine, except on the back there are a half dozen spots where the top thread is showing in a small loop…wonder what happened?  I am going to take a picture and go to the shop where I bought my machine and ask.

This one goes with Stephanie Lankhorst to Africa at the end of December.  It’s probably summer there – maybe they can lay it on the floor or grass (if there is any) for the baby to be on?

I didn’t put a label on it – couldn’t see any reason to.  But I am very glad I was able to help with her mission trip in this way.  Blessings, Stephanie, and to the baby boy!

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A Mission Quilt

A friend of mine is going to Africa in December/January and will honor a new mother with gifts.  I offered to make a baby quilt, and she accepted.

This is a modified version of the pattern “Play a Card” in the May/June issue of Quilty magazine.  I used some of my stash and bought some new fat quarters (along with a ton of white) and made 6×6″ finished blocks, with 2″ strips between.  Simple, quick, and still – I think – attractive.

The back will be all blue, some stash another friend gave me, with a 1930’s repro fabric in blue and white for the binding that just happened to match the blue.  Might post it finished, but for now, here’s the quilt top.

BTW – I prayed when I was sewing the back (it had to be pieced).  Wish I had thought of that while I was doing the front.  I will pray when I quilt it, and when I bind it, so that sweet little boy who I will never meet, will be covered in prayer as well as warmth and love.

Mission Baby Quilt

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Lexi’s Wedding Quilt

Seriously, I have no trouble naming my quilts – until this one.  It started, and remains, “Lexi’s Wedding Quilt”.  Can’t get past it.  Lexi was married this summer, BEFORE I even began sewing the quilt.  I had shopped for the fabric at Mary Maxim’s in Port Huron, spent $150 for all five of the “Take Five” fabrics as well as the borders and binding.  LOVED the border – Lexi wanted a bit of teal or purple, and this had both.  Sounds great, right?

Got them home, and one of the fabrics was more cream than white.  Oops.  Out it goes.  Then another of them was daisies in various sizes – pretty in the store, but not quite the ‘classy’ status I was trying to achieve.  Out it goes.

I took the rest of the fabrics around to my favorite LQS (local quilt stores) and found – nothing.  I continued the quest and landed at a fairly close quilt store that I have not frequented due to lack of friendliness.  But I was desperate for some matching, workable fabric.

All the rows of fabric bolts were combed, and a few were taken out to audition.  I was especially avoiding zebra-striped fabric.  Lexi is ALL into zebra-stripes, and I was adamantly opposed.  I could just see this twenty-something young woman looking at her quilt in 20 years and saying, “What was I THINKING?”.  I don’t want the quilt to end up in a ball in some closet corner, harboring dust bunnies and hate.

The young thing at the shop pulls out – a zebra print.  She insists I need to throw out yet ANOTHER of my original choices, and put this in.  A customer, obviously late 70’s or early 80’s, agrees – it is perfect.  I explain my objection.  They counter with an insistence that this will ‘make’ the quilt, and it just has to be added.  Grrrr.

Ok, running out of time (to do the quilt, not post the post) so I take it, very reluctantly.  I find the pattern, cut the fabric, sew the blocks, put it on the design wall, and…well, I can live with it.  Not thrilled, but passable.  So I put it all together, and invite Lexi over to see the pieced top before it goes to Vicki to be quilted.  I am convinced that the transformation between pieced top and quilted quilt is so magical, that anyone who is at all interested should really see the difference.

She is thrilled.  Seriously.  I am tickled pink that she is thrilled.  And here is the pieced top – see what YOU think of the zebra.Lexis first block

The first block – a sample of the fabrics

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Border fabric:  Hand-painted Batik

And the finished pieced top – I can live with it.  Lexi can’t WAIT to live with it!  Hopefully it will be hers in about 3 months.

Lexi's pieced top

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Off to the Long Armer!

So, FINALLY, Rachel’s quilt is ready to be quilted!  This picture is the back, which I designed so that a few of the squares from the front would be in it.  I figured if Rachel (age 10) wanted to go girly, she could use the front; if she wanted to go tomboy (her current mode), she could use the back.  Works for me!

It’s extra long, 90 or 92 inches.  Hoping she will use it in a dorm some day.

I go to Fremont on Friday to see Vickie, have lunch and laughs, and leave “Geo-Me” with her for the next couple of months.  She has a tremendous amount of quilts waiting to be done, but she saved me a spot for this one.  I also have a spot for a wedding quilt that was suppose to be done last, um, March/June (the bride changed her date).  Haven’t even cut the fabric yet.  That’s another story.

Here’s to GEO-ME, and the anticipation of what Vickie will do with all that negative space!

Rachels Back

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September 12, 2013 · 1:43 am