Like most people, I heard the news from Orlando and felt heartbroken and helpless. When something popped up in my Instagram feed about the Quilts for Pulse Donation Project the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild was organizing, I went through my scraps and started cutting. I had enough rainbow scraps to do 30 hearts without any repeating fabrics. I used a neutral grey, low volume fabric for the background. And backed it in a darker grey.
The suggested pattern is a Heart Block from Cluck Cluck Sew. It took longer than I predicted to put it together, I wanted to have it in the mail before July 1st, but it’s done now and as soon as it has a label, it will be in the mail to a new home. It’s not much but hopefully it will bring some happiness to someone who needs it. Thank you to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild for organizing and facilitating this quilt drive. Knowing the online quilting community, I think they will get more than enough quilts to spread the love all over Orlando.
Well, here we are almost half way through 2016 and I am actually half way through my 52 Quilts in 2016 project! Most of the finished quilts have been mini quilts for myself or for swap projects, but I am pretty proud of the work I have completed this year so far. I am a pretty lackluster blogger though. I seem to be able to finish the projects but not remember to post about them. This one is more than a month old. Sorry for the delay.
I made this for a Parks and Rec swap earlier this spring. I love the show, but for some reason I had a really hard time converting the show into craft. I used this inspirational quote from Andy Dwyer and did a mini quilt with combined paper pieced letters and embroidered text.
I saw this raccoon fabric at the store and it cracked me up. If you have ever watched Parks and Rec there is a background joke that Pawnee, IN is overrun with Raccoons. I think it was a perfect detail, but then I sort of wondered what on earth anyone would use this photo-real raccoon fabric for if not for an ironic in-joke.
For the label I made a little iron-on talk bubble. Because, Talking Raccoon.
I used my Silhouette Cameo again for extras. I made a coffee mug that said JJ’s Diner, and a mason jar coin bank with “Treat Yo’ Self” on it,
The most recent swap I participated in was a short turn around but it was really fun. The theme was “Double Mini” meaning it was a mini quilt that also had miniature dimensions. It couldn’t be larger than 8” on a side. I used a charm pack of Tula Pink fabric and this free Prismatic Medallion pattern (reduced to 50%)
The hexagonal binding was a new challenge but I think the grey stripes is a fun addition.
I didn’t quite get it right the first time, it was too small. But I finished it (and another) anyway, since I had it already cut out. I gave one to a friend and the second is hanging in my sewing room on my Mini Wall.
There were enough scraps leftover to make a couple little pouches so I included one of those and some rainbow thread when I sent the package.
I am such a delinquent blogger. I made this little mini Team Ironman quilt a couple months ago for my 2016 Birthday Fun Swap. The birthday girl of the month was a huge Marvel fan, especially Ironman. I made this mini quilt with a free pattern from Quiet Play.
For the rest of the package, I included a Sew-Together bag by Sew Demented, which I did in Marvel theme.
I included some fun extras, including a tumbler I decorated with vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo, a couple decals and some Ant Man and Iron Man goodies.
This mini quilt was made specifically to have autographed when I went to Comic Con. You can read all about this mini quilt and the awesome weekend in Philadelphia here.
I finished up the binding on this Denver Broncos quilt today, it’ll be in the mail tomorrow to my nephew. Last week was his 9th birthday and I had hoped it would be done in time but it’s just a tad late. He’s a Broncos super fan, so I know he will love it, even if it’s belated.
I sent the quilt out for long-arm quilting, which has a fun football motif. I kept the patchwork simple and used tonal fabrics to accent the logo fabric. The back is a different Broncos fabric as well.
I also did a paper-pieced pillow to match. I hope he loves it. Even if it is a little past his birthday.
The #maythe4thMQS swap I hosted has gone pretty smoothly. For the most part, people have all shipped on time, checked in and the quilts they’ve made are nothing short of amazing.
I had one swapper contact me and let me know she had a family emergency and she was concerned she wouldn’t be able to ship on time. I told her not to worry, family always comes first. And I stepped in and made this little Droid-inspired mini quilt in her place.
I used the Quiet Play patterns for the droids and added the text with my embroidery machine. How cute are R2 and C3PO?
I had a little fun practicing with my free-motion quilting and in addition to swirls, I added stars, which was something new.
May the Force be with you!