I have been checking out the Blogger's Quilt Festival for a couple of years now, and since I'm now a blogger I am going to enter one of my own! I call this quilt Stained Glass. The whole time I was laying the blocks out, I kept saying, "I don't want this to end up looking like a rainbow," but it was the layout I liked the best. It's hard for me to get past the rainbow idea, but I do think it belongs in the ROYGBIV category of the festival.
Here are the details of my quilt entry:
Quilt pattern is Spaghetti Junction by Anka's Treasures
Fabrics are a collection of batik fat quarters and solid black
Size is 54" x 72"
I pieced and free motion quilted this on my little Janome 3160QDC machine. I didn't
have a longarm at the time.
This quilt is special to me because it was created during a significant time in my family's life. My husband was very unhappy with his job at that time to the point that it was making him sick. I kept praying that God would bless him some how through his work. One day he came home with news he was fired (we believe unjustly). The employer, though, assured my husband they would cooperate and he would be able to collect unemployment. We were just a little relieved with that news. However, they didn't deliver on their word, and after two appeals and lawyer fees we gave up on that. The new job hunt was stressful, but on July 4, 2012, my husband received a job offer working for a company in a position that is so much better for him and our family. We are so thankful everyday for that!
Through that struggle I definitely couldn't buy any new fabric, so I went to my stash and found the batiks I had been collecting over the years. I made this quilt through prayers and tears, and it helped give me something to focus on besides troubles. This quilt helps remind me of God's faithfulness. I prayed for a blessing - and job termination sure didn't seem like the answer - but it was the path we had to take to get there.
Apart from all of that, I just love the way this quilt turned out and think it's really cool!!
I am happy to be completing some quilts this week, even though it has been a very busy week and I have had a bit of a cold.
I finished this table runner for Susan. The more I look at this, the more I love it. She did a great job piecing it, and the sunflower blocks (at least that is what I call them) are so cheerful. I wanted to show the picture above because you can see the piece before quilting is beautiful, and when you add the quilting it changes so much and adds another dimension, kind of brings it to life a little. It is a fun process to see, and I am amazed every time.
The pantograph she chose is called Honeysuckle, and it is quilted with gold thread.
Below is a lovely quilt pieced by Carolyn. She took a class at The Little Foot Quilt Shoppe to make this. The colors are beautiful and rich, and the photos I took don't quite do them justice. The fabric line is called Civil War Jubilee by Moda. The pantograph she chose is called Spring Thing, and the thread is a golden brown. It looks great with all of the fabrics.
I have to laugh about this particular spool of thread. It is one of the newest spools I purchased, and I have used it on 4 different projects already. I'll have to get another spool soon. It is Omnithread color #3066 called Bronco, in case any of you other quilters out there want to give it a try.
Some other interesting details about this one are that Carolyn had some extra blocks from the quilt top, and she made pillow sham covers with them that I also quilted for her.
She also used extra fabric from the front to piece into the back, and she added the scripture verse below. Matthew chapter 6 has been particularly meaningful to me, and I thought it was a beautiful addition.
Hello! Things have been busy here for the last week or so. I didn't have anything done for "Finish It Up Friday" last week, but I have many things in progress. Today I'll give you a little look at some of them.
The picture above is of a table runner that needs quilting. I wanted to try my new Creative Grids Scrap Crazy 6 templates so badly... I have many other ideas in my head for using the templates that I can't wait to try. The colors in this piece are so summery! All I can think of is poolside patio table or beach house.
I am working on a quilt top for the Jaybird Quilt Sew Along. You can find more details about it here at the Sew Sweetness blog. I am a big fan of Jaybird Quilt patterns. I have the units almost finished and getting ready to assemble the whole quilt top. I received the perfect thread and pantograph for it in the mail this week. I am so excited to see this one completed. It needs to be done by June 13, so stay tuned for a whole blog post about this one soon.
Above are some blocks I have done for my Disappearing Pinwheel Quilt. This is a wonderful quilt design from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Mom, Aunt Brenda, and I are each making our own and working on them together. Someday when we are done I'll share all the details with you.
As you can see, I am putting the finishing touches on the other table runners I have been working on - binding and labels. I am so happy with the finished result here. They will be added to my Etsy shop soon.
I have also been longarming, working extra hours on my transcription job, and doing lots of other domestic stuff. I actually cleaned some last week. Next I need to exercise. Wouldn't it be nice if quilting actually burned some calories??
There are some Tuesday link-up blogs that I will be joining today. Click below to check them out. Thanks so much for stopping by to see what I am working on!!
Also linking to Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.
I really like these table runners, but I like even more the fact that they are almost done! They just need binding added which is currently in process. There are four table runners: One with a yellow stripe, one with a red stripe, and two with turquoise strips. Each will get binding fabric which is the same as the stripe.
I have had this pattern for a while now, and so I decided to make one using a jellyroll, and I chose the Moda fabric line Chantilly. The pattern is called Bejeweled, designed by Karen Montgomery of The Quilt Company. I also used some of my Creative Grids rulers for cutting all those triangles. Each table runner has 186 little triangles! You can make four table runners using one jellyroll. There are a lot of pieces, but if you follow the directions, especially the pressing directions, it pieces together pretty easily. I quilted them on the longarm. This was a first for me. I have been doing small projects on my little Janome, but it was really easy doing these on the longarm, and I got to practice some free motion quilting which was very fun!
I'm very happy with how the quilting looks on these. Tonight I'll be tucking the kids in bed and hand stitching the binding as I watch some TV, maybe an episode of Sherlock. I watch almost no TV all week long, so on Friday and Saturday nights when I don't work, it is a real treat for me to watch whatever I want.
Something else I am excited about is a new book and template set I got today. It's brand new, and I love the possibilities for quilting with these. I'm itching to try them out, probably tonight after dinner. Don't forget to check back to see what happens with them!
This is me...
I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!