Sunday, October 26, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Small Quilt

Blogger's Quilt Festival is on now! So much fun!
They have several categories, one of them is "Small Quilts"
I just have to enter this little quilt!  I think it is so cute!

My nephew and his wife are expecting their first child around Christmas, and they are huge Disney fans, so of course I just had to make a Disney theme baby quilt!

I found some great Mickey Mouse print...(actually the big red and black dots are Dr Seuss, I think)

And wanted to highlight the fabric, so made a large square design.

And of course no Mickey Mouse is complete without some black and white polka dots....perfect binding!

I think they will love this one...I do! 

So hop on over to the Blogger's Quilt Festival and see all the other amazing creations!! Lots of categories, lots of inspiration!

Blogger Quilt Festival - Original Design

I always love the Blogger's Quilt Festival...it is sort of like watching all the movie stars on the red carpet....we see all the best and beautiful. Thank you Amy for doing this for us!!

This year I thought that I would enter my "Shark" in the  original design category .

This was designed and created for my daughter and her boyfriend.  They are big San Jose Sharks fans, and asked if I could use that as the theme.

So it started out like this...

using the logo from the San Jose Sharks as a guide.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SanJoseSharksLogo.svg


I did not want to actually reproduce the logo....I thought having a shark with teeth on the bed might be a little unnerving  LOL!!

I found this a real challenge....very large pieces, no pattern, and little experience in trying to stylize a design!

I spent a lot of time crawling around on the floor adding and moving bits of fabric..

and finally came up with this..

I think I captured the essence of the "shark" , what do you think?
It is actually a duvet cover, so I added a envelope backing and some buttons to they can remove it for washing.
It truly was a learning experience for me, and they love it, so it was a win all the way around!

Check out all the amazing entries ....there are lots of different categories, and you can even vote for your favourite!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mickey is a finish!

I have finished up the Mickey Mouse quilt for my nephew and his wife, expecting their first at the end of December!   And they are big Mickey Mouse fans, so hope they like this.


This is such a cute print... and the added red/black dots I think are Dr. Seuss  fabrics.


I backed it with white minkee, so it is cuddly soft!!


And I think the polka dot binding is just the perfect finishing touch!  As you can see I machine stitched the binding.  I always think that is going to be more durable to stand up to the repeated washing a baby quilt will get

I have some leftover bits, so am now starting a baby seat canopy cover to use up the scraps.  More on that as I progress....in the design stages right now!  :)

Linking up to TGIFF over at Simply Pieced today.  She has a beautiful lattice quilt as a finish!

And  finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts( check out her amazing scrap quilt..love it!)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Mickey Mouse is in the house!

My nephew and his wife are HUGE Disney and Mickey Mouse fans....HUGE!  So when they announced that they were expecting their first child, my daughter suggested that I make a Mickey Mouse themed quilt!  Of course!! That would be perfect.

So the hunt for Mickey mouse fabric began.  And I found some! But a lot of it was black....mmmmm.....a black baby quilt???  Couldn't quite bring myself to do that.

But there was a print that was on a white background, so I found some other fabric to coordinate (I think it was actually Dr Zeus fabric!! but it worked) and played up the white and red instead.

This is the finished top...

I think it is pretty cute...although it is very RED!  Oh well, better than black, in my opinion :)

I am using white minky for the backing and hope to find some black polka dot fabric for the binding.
I thought about whether white was a good choice for the backing, but wanted the cuddle factor and really didn't like the intensity of using red or black.  I think the white really softens the colours in this.

this was really fun to make! And I am sure they will be happy to see Mickey Mouse welcoming the new baby !

OK...it is not quite finished....but linking it up to TGIFF over at Quilt Matters!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Whirlwind summer

I am still here!.....really!!
It seems like the summer has flown past in a whirlwind! Lots of family and fun, and some sewing, but whew...where did it go???

I do have a couple of finishes...although they are both the same!
I made this as a gift for a friends daughter, for her wedding...


And my daughter told me how much she loved it, and wished it was larger to fit her bed....so what is a mom to do??? Sew another one...bigger!!

This is a quick disappearing 9-patch, so went together very easily. I love this fabric, even though I almost never use brown! I think the silver highlights are beautiful. It is Northcott fabric, "Stonehenge Ginko"

The backing was from my stash..  The smaller one is quilted with "bubbles"..

And for my daughters, she requested my old standby the "echoed teardrops"

We are off to Scotland now....which may be a separate country by the time we get there!! Wow, it will be interesting to hear about "the vote" and the outcome while we are there!

Hope you all had a great summer! And I hope to get back to my blogging more regularly when we return.

Linking up to TN&TN...check it out...celebrating the third year!
   
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Friday, August 8, 2014

the shark has been tamed!

Well, it is finished!

This has been a big challenge for me! I guess challenges are always a learning experience though.
It started out like this... so I guess it has progress a long way!
If you haven't seen the previous posts, this is supposed to be a stylized version of the San Jose Sharks logo. My daughters boyfriend is a big fan, and they requested a duvet cover ...and gave me complete creative control   LOL.
 It was more difficult that I thought it would be, working with large pieces of fabric, no pattern and crawling around on the floor moving pieces around!

But I is done now!
I made an envelope closure on the back, and used buttons.  I put the buttons on the inside so that you cant see them. (and the puppy cant chew on them!)  Fortunately my sewing machine has a button hole maker, and even a button sewing mode...it is pretty cool! and fast!

Then last night I washed it up and stuffed the duvet into it. I will take it out to Calgary next week, and hope they like it.

Linking up to TGIFF..this week over at Quilt Matters.(this week I am TRULY happy to finished!!)
And over at Quilt Matters,  check out M-R's beautiful "Modern Totums" quilt...I love it!  

Friday, August 1, 2014

Zig Zag Happy Birthday!

I made a quilt for my sweet DIL for her birthday. She likes chevron patterns, so I thought I would make her a chevron quilt.

I tried out the "easy zig zag" quilt ....you can find a great tutorial over at Crazy Mom Quilts. I didn't sew the long strips together,though,  I used 3" x 5 1/2 " blocks, so I could lay out the whole pattern first. I didnt have a lot of extra fabric, so had to do some shuffling.

This one is large, about 90" x 90"!  That was a bit challenging to quilt on my machine, but I just used straight lines, echoing the zig zags, so it wasn't a lot of turning the whole thing around anyway.

I know that usually the edges are cut off so the pattern extends all the way across, but I wanted to make this one larger, and didnt have more of the yellow patterned fabric, so added setting triangles and borders.
Each strip across is one fat quarter! I had been gathering different yellow print fat quarters for awhile, so there was a variety of them, but not extra yardage.

As usual, I didnt quite have enough of my backing fabric, so added some extra yellow, and the scraps from the front, but I think it really adds interest to the back anyway.

I gave it to her for her birthday, and I think she really liked it, and used it for her guests bed that very weekend! I love when a quilt gets put to use!

So that is my finish! Linking up to TGIFF....this week over at Quokka Quilts...
                                                     
And "Finish it up Friday" at Crazy Mom Quilts.