I come from a family of quilters, back to my great grandmother that I know of, and probably even before that. I grew up doing all kinds of crafts and then in my early teenage years started sewing. I was never very good at making garments that actually fit, but I made a lot of stuffed teddy bears and other animals and santas, pillows, and then on to quilts, and I haven't stopped! My mom and her sisters quilt, too, and we like to get together sometimes and work on quilt projects.
In the spring we planned on having a quilting weekend over the 4th of July and work on a quilting project together. The weekend took on the name QUILT CAMP, and T-shirts were even made for it!
We like watching the tutorials from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, and we decided on the Summer In The Park quilt. I quilted Aunt Alice's quilt first, and mine is almost done, but I will be showing you all 5 quilts in the coming weeks. It was so much fun to see how our different fabric and color selections made each quilt so unique.
You can probably tell from this photo that we had some fun. Camp was held at Brenda's house. Her husband Dave was camp counselor and had to make sure we behaved ourselves.
Alice (in the middle above) made her quilt for her daughter, Emma. Emma is leaving for college soon, so she will have this beautiful quilt to take with her. Emma is an artist, and rather than purchase a jellyroll for her quilt, she chose to shop for her own selection of fabric colors and prints and cut strips.
Above you can see the back of the quilt. The quilting really stands out nicely on this one. Alice chose orange thread and we decided on the pantograph Glasgow.
Emma didn't come to QUILT CAMP, and she wanted the finished quilt to be a surprise. A couple weeks later (above), she was very happy with the quilt at the big reveal. There were also several blocks left over from the top which Alice made into matching pillows. Great job, Aunt Alice!!!
I invite you to visit again next week to see more QUILT CAMP finishes.
You'll be amazed!
I'll be linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy your weekend!
Did you know there has been quilting going on in outer space? While on board the International Space Station, Astronaut Karen Nyberg was working on hand piecing a star quilt block. Click here to watch a video of her explaining what it is like to sew in space. I never thought about how much I take gravity for granted until I watched it!
I just thought this was so cool, I wanted to participate in the block challenge, too, and so I made my own star block to send to Houston to be a part of this amazing project. Click here for the instructions for participating in this challenge.
I chose some batik fabrics that I had, and then had to choose a pattern. The block needs to be a 9" finished size, and that is not a common size. I knew the best place to look would be the Quilter's Cache website. I have been browsing the patterns there for several years. It is a wonderful collection of hundreds of free quilt block patterns. You can search by block size, and I decided on a pattern called "Pat's Star." I thought the blue background fabric kind of looked like stars off in another galaxy. I am very happy with how my block turned out.
I just need to sign my block with a permanent marker and mail it to Houston. The deadline is August 1. Can't wait to see what happens with all of the blocks submitted.
I'm sharing my little piece of a big work in progress over at
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.
Have a great day, and thanks for visiting!
Hello again! We had been on vacation and it is nice to be able to show off a quilt that I finished this week. It belongs to a client named Sherry. She made this for her son and future daughter-in-law who will be getting married soon (great gift, right?). Sherry did a beautiful job selecting fabric and piecing. This quilt was a pleasure to work on, and honestly I just loved looking at these mellow colors every day.
Above you can see the quilt close up on the longarm machine. Sherry chose the pantograph Bauhaus which is sort of an overlapping rectangles design. It tied in with the contemporary feel of the quilt perfectly. I used the thread color "cheesecake" and it blended really well with all the colors and really stood out the best on the quilt's black border.
The pattern for this quilt top is a basket weave design. Sherry found it on the Internet somewhere, though I don't know the exact name of the pattern to share with you. This is a big quilt, and I had a hard time getting the whole thing in the picture!
If you love the fabrics she used, you can find them at the Little Foot Quilt Shoppe in Evans City, PA (along with lots of other great quilting stuff).
Thank you, Sherry, for letting me quilt for you!
I hope your summer is going well. Mine is, and I have a lot of
quilting projects going on to show you soon. So please stop back again.
I'll be linking in with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.
You can visit there, too, to see what other quilters are finishing up this week.
This is me...
I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!