Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fussy Framed Flimsy

I showed you some of these blocks recently, and I was so pleased with them that I had to put the entire top together. Usually all of my WIPs become UFOs in short order, so I am really happy that this is at least to flimsy stage. One of the problems I have, though, is when I buy the FQ pack, I don't ever have enough for a backing. Luckily this is a relatively new fabric line, so I should be able to find something still. (I'm thinking the green dot for the back and the hot pink dot for the binding.)
Love the green dot! I can't wait to snuggle under this one!
Approximately 56"x72".
Inspired by this quilt.
Fabric is It's a Hoot by Momo.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Some new flimsies

My quilt-alongs from last year are getting closer to being done. One of my goals for this year is to finish all the quilt-alongs from last year. I don't know if this is possible, because I went a little crazy last year. We shall see. This is Elizabeth's paintbox QAL.
This is Rachel's Pinwheel Sampler QAL. I added a few more blocks to make it a little bigger. I think the original ended up to be square, and I prefer rectangular quilts (unless they're for my girls' full-sized bed). It's made from Three Sisters' Astor Manor. A little different from my norm, but I do still like it. I just had a layer cake, though, so I don't have a plan for the back.
Onward and upward. Some day my UFO number will be below 50 -- and I hope very, very soon. :) Are you finishing anything or just starting new projects (SO hard to resist)!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Santorini Charmed Whirligig

As Jill tells me, I am on a roll so far this year. I made this top back when Cathy had her first Charmed Whirligig Quilt-along. She's actually doing round two right now if you want to join in. I just finished binding it a couple nights ago.
I did spirals on the whirligigs. They are far from perfect, but from far away, you don't notice. And it's practice that makes perfect, so I'll just keep practicing. (I stippled around the border.)
The scrappy back. All ready to be snuggled under.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Urban Legends

I suppose you've all heard these urban legends where people find hard-to-find Heather Ross fabrics in the FQ bins @ Joann's? Well, ever since I first read of someone doing this, I've been checking the FQ bundles. I didn't find any Heather Ross, but I did find . . .
In case you don't recognize this, it's Red Letter Day by Lizzy House. There were two bundles, and I got them both.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A little whimsy

Have I mentioned how I love all things Fig Tree? I have coveted and drooled over her fabric lines for a long time (since Dandelion Girl), but I had been in a fabric-buying moratorium for a long time. But last year, I got to buy some Whimsy (cough, cough, a whole FQ pack).
This is just one of the things that I did with it. I also used it for Amanda Jean's #5 Quilt-Along (UFO). And I have a whole bunch of it left still too. :D
A view from the side.
This quilt was inspired by lots of other quilts I've seen around the blogosphere using squares and frames. This is my own take on that same concept. It was actually a lot of fun to design and piece. It's amazing what you can do with graph paper. ;)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Dana will be so proud!

For those of you who are familiar with Old Red Barn Co (and really, who isn't?), you will recognize this quilt from Dana's very first quilt-along. And it's finally done. It's on my 2011 UFO Challenge list, but not for this month necessarily. (I'm supposed to do #10, but I got on a binding kick, and now it's done. I'm ahead!) Anyway, it is now washed and crinkly and on my girls' bed. Just in time too, because we've been having very cold (for us) nights (and days) around here.
The blocks are 12" square, so the finished quilt is 72" x 84". It's a mix of mostly Tickled Pink by Robyn Pandolph and Provincial Garden by -- hmm . . . I don't know.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

It's a Papertrey Ink Anniversary Party!

February is the anniversary month of Papertrey Ink, my favorite stamping supply company. I haven't blogged about cards in a long time, but that's not because I haven't been making them. I still keep thinking I should have a separate blog for that, but . . . I can barely keep up this blog, and my family blog is sadly neglected at present. Anyway, in order to win a really wonderful prize, I have made some cards to increase my chance of winning. The first one uses the free downloadable tag from Maile Belles.
I LOVE pinwheels. I have made more pinwheel quilts than almost any other kind -- except maybe for stars. Hmm. I'll have to count. Anyway, um, this isn't a quilting post. This is a card post. Sorry for the divergence!


This was Tiffany Pastor's tag. It just reminded me of ocean waves, so I had to do the bubble impression on the background. A little strip of glitter at the top. (May I just confess that that blue @ the top is because my impression plate didn't cover the whole front? Oops.)

I'm excited, because these are so easily reproducible that I have my ideas for card swap for a long time (and I've been cutting multiples, so a lot of these are halfway done, and card swap isn't till the last Friday of the month)! Holy run-on sentence, Batman. Sorry about that. (I'm excited.)

Another card.

This was Alli Miles' tag. The flower has Martha Stewart clear glitter on it and some fuschia glitter glue in the center. I'm pretty sure that was off the dollar rack at Joann's.
I love black, and white, and pink together. Elegant and fun at the same time.

Happy Birthday to you!

This was Nicole's gift to us in honor of PTI's anniversary. Thanks, Nicole! So far it has been fun!

Friday, February 4, 2011

I'm in love!

This is for another friend's baby -- obviously a girl this time. It's made from Momo's It's a Hoot (in case you don't recognize her fabulous stuff)! I told my husband it was going to be hard to give this one away. He said, "Don't." I tell ya, if it were any bigger, I might take his advice. ;)
I'm hoping my friend will love it as much as I do. Now, what to put on the back . . .

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Juice Boxes with Wheels

I have a friend who is having a baby boy this spring, so naturally he needed a quilt. I'm not one to make baby boys' quilts in light blue. I prefer boyish colors right from the start. I again used some of my Wheels from Riley Blake. It's not all gone, but it's getting there. That makes me happy when things get used up. Usually they just hang around.
Now to get it quilted and bound. Still having technical difficulties, so we'll see if I can swing that any time soon. I can sew straight, but I'm having free-motion issues still.
(Inspired by this quilt.)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

2011 UFO Challenge -- January finishes

So I didn't read the challenge rules very well, apparently, because I didn't pay attention to the fact that there would be a draw for the number. In January we were supposed to do #6 on our list. I just did #1, because I planned these especially for January. I will be on track for the rest of the months. When Judy draws #1, I will do #6. Anyway, here are my two finishes for January, #1 on my list.
1. Plaid pinwheels. I'm not sure of the exact dimensions, but it's on my king-sized bed.
It is definitely larger than it looks in this picture.
2. Amanda Jean's Round 2 Nine-Patch quilt-along. It's approximately twin-sized. Yep, I quilted it in red. It was an experiment. Still deciding how I feel about it.
For February we are to work on #10 on our list. I'd better go see what that is! Good luck with your challenge!