I might have a bit of a hoarding problem…but only with fabric…and maybe notebooks (I can’t resist a spiral notebook…or office supplies for that matter, but that’s another sickness).
For as long as I can remember I have always loved fabric. And not just quilting cottons. I can remember going to the fabric store and just walking up and down the aisles touching the fabric…tell me I’m not the only one who did this. I still do it. I can also peruse any number of online fabric shops, filling my cart to the brim, even if I have no intention of buying anything. It just feels good to look at fabric…to dream about the possibilities.
But my problem with fabric goes much deeper…I’m afraid to waste it…so much so that I sometimes stand paralyzed looking at a project because I don’t want to screw up and waste any fabric. I will even adjust a pattern if I think I’m going to waste too much fabric.
So what’s a quilter to do when you want to sew, but don’t have the guts to just cut into that stack already?
My daughter is of that happy age when teeth start wiggling and jiggling and popping out.
Can I just say right now that wiggling teeth give me the heebie-jeebies. I’m talking spine-tingling, stomach-turning heebie-jeebies. Luckily my hubby can handle this. Whew!
My daughter was super excited about the tooth fairy…and all the goodies he/she might bring. Being the totally unprepared, fly by the seat of my undies parent that I am I had to whip up a tooth fairy pillow the day of. My daughter said it had to be a pillow she could set on her bed…not a little pouch to hang on her doorknob as I suggested (hoping for a little easier tooth fairy duty). So here’s what I came up with…
The pillow fabric is left over from a skirt I made my mom. The tooth and heart are felt. I just free-handed the shape of the tooth and had my daughter help me with the heart. Both of the felt pieces are open at the top to create pockets. The tooth goes in the heart and the tooth fairy leaves his/her surprise in the tooth pocket.
And yes…that is a $5 bill…apparently the tooth fairy rates have increased exponentially since I was a kid. Maybe the tooth fairy will deliver a quarter or a dollar next time…just to keep things interesting.
And just a little teaser…something really exciting is brewing around here. You’ll have to stay tuned to find out!
Have any of you heard about Quiltcon? It is a conference put on by The Modern Quilt Guild for all things modern quilting. This year was the first ever conference held in Austin, TX (my hometown). I heard it was spectacular. If you are interested click on the links above. You can also check out the lectures from the event for free on Craftsy.
I didn’t get to go. Totally bummed and still a little bitter about that. But I got to go to Craftcation instead, so I can’t complain. Anyways, The Modern Quilt Guild held a contest for the conference. Quilters from all around the world entered up to 3 quilt blocks for the chance to have their blocks featured in a final quilt that would be raffled/auctioned (can’t remember) at the event. The remaining blocks would be assembled into several quilts that would be donated to charity. How awesome! Sign me up!
So here is what I came up with:
My three quilt blocks for The Modern Quilt Guild QuiltCon Challenge
The challenge required us to use the colors of the Quiltcon Logo. Love the colors! Here is a little look at each block and the inspiration behind it.
First up…Random Squared
Each little square measures 1 inch by 1 inch. The pattern is totally random, however I can’t tell you how many times I moved little squares around, snapped a pic, then moved some more. I decided to leave out the charcoal gray color because it felt a little overpowering.
Next up: Stereo Levels
Do you see it? It reminded me of the sound bars on a stereo. I can’t remember the dimensions of each piece exactly, but I believe each little piece finished at 1 inch by 2.5 inches.
And finally: twist and turn
This is a doodle I’ve been drawing on graph paper since I was little. I was inspired by the drawings of M.C. Esher and celtic designs. The idea is that the colors all flow into one another and then come back full circle, but with lots of twists and turns. The inner squares finish at 1 inch by 1 inch.
It was a lot of fun to work with this challenge. While I didn’t make it into the final quilt, I did make it on the stage. They used some of the charity quilts as a backdrop for the presenters at Quiltcon. Can’t wait to see what challenge they come up with next year. Crossing my fingers I get to attend next year!
Here is a Nautical Themed quilt for a special little addition to our extended family. The quilt is made using the “Sweet Dreams Sailboat” pattern from the book Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts. The pattern was perfect for this occasion and went together beautifully. I used all Kona Solids on the front.
Nautical Themed Quilt Back for a Friend
For the back I found this cute sailing-themed print that just worked perfectly.
I was really stumped for the longest time as to how to quilt this one. Then I decided to follow the diagonal of the sails, but have them meet at a point in the center. Might have to follow this quilting again, as it was quick and gave some nice movement to the quilt.
Love this quilt! Found a beautiful fabric at my local quilt shop and couldn’t bear to cut into it…the solution? A whole cloth quilt.
So what looks like the back is actually the front. This fabric is from the “Its a Hoot” line by MoMo for moda fabrics.
For the back, I fussy cut a tree from the feature fabric. Then cut strips of coordinating Kona Solids. This is quilted using my waves pattern quilting. Yummy, Quilty goodness all the way around. The quilt is approximately 40″ x 50″.
Another baby, another quilt…and its so much fun!!! I love that family and friends are having babies left and right. It gives me the opportunity to make quilts for a special little someone. The nursery is Wedgwood blue with dark brown furniture. I had the perfect blue fabric in my stash. It’s a simple quilt, but I really liked the color combo.
Simple straight-line quilting across the diagonal of the blocks and then a few rings around the borders to complete it.
A pieced back to use up the scraps.
Such a great color combo!
One of our dear friends had Baby Xavi a few months ago. Unfortunately they had to move to a new state shortly after Xavi made his entrance. We will miss them. Here is the quilt I made for the little man.
Front fo Quilt for Xavi
I was inspired by a few patterns I’ve seen floating around blogland right now. And of course, I finished up the back with the leftover scraps.
Back of Quilt for Xavi
All nice and crinkly…ready for a snuggle.