This week I pieced my last quilt top for the year. I've had supplies for this project hiding away in a drawer for many months, and this was the week to make it. It's kind of like my present to myself after Christmas - just piecing something easy with fabrics that make me happy.
I used the Jump Rings Quilt tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company. The pattern in their Block magazine says to use a layer cake, but the online video demonstrates using a jelly roll. Either one will work great. I had a jelly roll precut of the fabric line Rhoda Ruth by Elizabeth Hartman for Kaufman Fabrics. I love the reminder note at the bottom of this instruction page, "People will see your quilts long after you're gone... not your housework!"
I'm not sure if there is such a verb, but there is a lot of SNOWBALLING that happens while making these blocks!
The prints in this fabric line are pretty fun. While I was piecing it reminded me a lot of taking my kids to the Pittsburgh Zoo. We absolutely love going to the zoo. The last time we went was Columbus Day of this past year when they were off school, and we had the best day. Maybe it had something to do with the cool giraffe print!
And there's one last shot of my quilt top on this windy winter day waving goodbye to 2016. After I get it quilted I'll show you again and try to hang it the other direction instead of sideways :-)
Even though this is Saturday, it's not too late for me to link up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday! Thanks so much for visiting. Hope to see you next week!
It's officially winter, and I'm getting ready to hang this guy on the wall. I love how cute this little snowman quilt is! Over Thanksgiving weekend I did some sewing with my mom, Aunt Brenda, and Aunt Alice. We each made our own snowman quilt. Aunt Brenda had all of the pieces cut out for each of us, and all we had to do was sew!
The pattern is called Snowy Day Quilt from the book "Ho Ho Ho Let It Snow" by Nancy Halvorsen. This book is full of adorable designs.
Here's my finished wall hanging. The size is 26" x 35". I did custom quilting all over and tried to make it look like a snowy, blowy winter day. I think this quilt is pretty special because it will always remind me of quilting with my wonderful family.
Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and I'll be practicing the piano for church, doing a little cleaning, baking the last few cookies, wrapping the last few gifts. Christmas Eve is my favorite night of the year when our worship service ends with singing Silent Night in the candlelight. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!
As usual - I'll be linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Thanks for visiting!
Mom's Quilt Camp Quilt
My mom, aunts, and I had what we call Quilt Camp back in August, and I'm finally getting our quilt tops quilted. Back in 2014 we had our first ever Quilt Camp and made some beautiful quilts. You can read more about that here. In 2015 there were too many scheduling conflicts, but we did it again in 2016! Camp is held over a weekend at Aunt Brenda and Uncle Dave's house where there is a lot of space, extra beds, and the food is delicious and plentiful. Quilt Camp isn't open to the public, but trust me, you'd want to come even if you didn't like quilts or sewing!
I custom quilted my mom's quilt. She said hers is special because she is "the mother." Since she is "the mother" I'll show you her quilt first and share the others in the coming weeks.
To make the tops we used the Creative Grids Scrap Crazy 6" template set and the pattern called "Cruisin Under The Stars" designed by Karen Montgomery (also looks very similar to the pattern "Sparklers"). I LOVE these templates, and I was pretty sure we could each make a quilt top in a weekend if we had our pieces precut and ready to sew.
Mom had a lot of gold tone fat quarters in her stash and bought the border fabric and coordinating green on a shopping trip earlier in the year. That border fabric is so pretty! I had fun quilting this one and experimented with some different longarm quilting templates in the border. I used a light golden brown thread on the whole quilt.
Thanks, Mom, for being my wonderful mom and letting me quilt for you!
Thank you for stopping by and reading and checking out my quilt projects. Please come back again soon! I'll be linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Have a good weekend and stay warm under a quilt :-)
This is me...
I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!