Friday, March 27, 2015

March Quilt Group Friday

A couple of old gals came to our quilt group today. (I can't believe I used the word "gals"….)
These were made for Helen by her mom a long time ago. Helen's been going through things and came across them, packed away and missing their outfits.  I loved their sweet faces. Helen's going to make them some new cloths, probably Kaffe brights. 

Helen also brought a fabulous quilt she's been working on, and one she may hand quilt.

And she made a block using some very small leftovers from a previous quilt. Hope she makes more of these!

Our group is trying a new project for quilts to donate. Each month is an assigned color. We'll see what we wind up with, but the plan is: Make a 12" block using any pattern and any combination of fabrics that read as the assigned color. So this month's color is green.  Someone will take that month's blocks and sew them together, adding sashing or whatever they want to finish the sampler quilt top. We shall see… hopefully, this will work!!

We're also continuing to support American Hero Quilts. So each month, we'll also bring a red, white, and blue block.

Ardith's working on a Halloween quilt that started with the center and corner panels and she's added borders.

 Lori made this fox pillow for a grand who loves to read...

 And Nan made not one but three baby quilts…

(These are a couple of matching burp cloths.)

And Nan made this challenging quilt. Lots of curved seems along with appliquéd circles too.

Jenny brought a 30's reproduction fabrics quilt with hand appliqués.

I didn't get a photo of Marsha's Aunt Gracie blocks- she donated a quilt and now is making another one to keep.
But I did get a photo of her daughter's clay bunny. M is grown now, but her bunny makes an appearance every spring. His ears are a bit shorter than they used to be, but I love him.

Thank you Marsha for the fabulous lunch and for hosting us today.

Make it a wonderful day!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

DIY "Chocolate" Bunny and an Easter Quilt

This is a zero-calorie "chocolate" bunny. It looks good enough to eat, but it's a thrifted figurine painted to look delicious.
This is how he started out- gray with a white tail. I saw his chocolate potential though.

I gave him a quick coat of gesso, and then a couple of layers of chocolate brown acrylic craft paint that I had on hand.

He's finished with a coat of matte-finish Mod Podge, which gave him just the right amount of chocolatey sheen.

And here is a quilt I made- with Helen. Helen made the zig-zag quilt with a wide green border.She didn't like it…but I did! I cut off the border leaving just a thin strip of the green and then added my own wide  patchwork of bright squares to repeat Helen's colors in the center piecing. 

 Terry did the long-arm quilting in edge-to-edge straight lines an inch apart.

The softie bunnies are by designer Mimi Kirtchner. (These were available from The Land of Nod, but you can see Mimi's originals on her website. I love her lumberjacks too!)

Here are a couple more pics of the quilt…

 Polka dot binding and backing…

…and a bunny who makes an annual appearance in our kitchen.

I also found some thrifted (Value Village) eggs too- some decoupaged, some painted wood. And crafting with supplies already on hand made for some inexpensive (and no calorie!) additions to our Easter decor.

Make it a wonderful day!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

Quilt Group Friday/February

So I'm waaaaay behind on posting pictures from my monthly quilt group. I did miss a few meetings due to travel. But I 'm going to start catching up by posting a few from last month's get together. 

Here is Helen's brights with gray- perfect for our gray Pacific Northwest .

She brought the perfect fabric she found for the backing.

Our project this year was to bring blocks as requested by the person whose month it was. Did that make sense? Anyway, it was Ardith's turn this time, and she requested red, white, and blue stars. Here's what she got… and we look forward to seeing what she's going to do with them! 

Kareena shared some cute crayon blocks she's working on. 

Jenny shared the quilt she assembled for her kid's elementary school auction.

See these tiny "X" blocks she designed for the posts? Very fun!

 This is Janet's Christmas quilt, pieced and panel blocks.

And this doesn't do justice to Lori's hand embroidered Halloween quilt with pieced blocks in the center.
The quilting by Terry adds so much beautiful texture too.

Lori also shared this cute kitty quilt. I like how she added one gray one too…

 This is a table runner by Denise- love the small color blocks set in the linen blocks.

And another one by Denise. Here is a recent wall hanging she patiently paper-pieced.

Oh, and take a look at this WIP by Jenny- a block for each state, with the state flower fabric for each and the state abbreviation embroidered in the center. An heirloom in the making!

I did have a quilt to share, but shhh! It's a secret project for now…

Make it a Wonderful Day!