Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Charity Hearts Quilt

I made this glowing little quilt for a charity raffle for a colleague of mine. Ours is a large organization, so I didn't know her family, but I heard they were having a tough time. I was happy I could help in some small way since I have neither money nor time to help in any other way. I'm just glad being quilters allows us these small opportunities.

I love the fabric in this one, it just glows! Click on the photos to see it up close.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Quilt Block Potholders

Here's a cute idea, make your friends quilt block potholders! I just bought heat proof batting at Hobby Lobby for like $2 a yard, made a few blocks and voila, easy presents. I included the front and back of each one because I like the backs kind of more than the fronts!
I used fabric by Amy Butler on all three (see if you can find them!), fabric by Jennifer Paganelli on the cake and the heart, fabric by Robert Kaufmann on the cake, and fabric by Heather Ross on the star.
Love, Wendy

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Grandmother's Flower Garden with vintage feedsacks

Hello All,
Today i'm featuring a queen size Grandmother's Flower Garden that I made from feedsacks I bought on Ebay. I used all vintage feedsacks, using whatever shades of pink were available for the background (slightly different shades) to make it even more authentic. I had my husband make me a lucite hexagon template, about 1/2" thick, with sandpaper on the back so I could cut my shapes easily. The hexagons started out at one inch, and so are 3/4" at finished size. I did it all by hand, as I don't own a machine, and did not use the paper piecing method. I just Y-seamed all the pieces into each other. So as a result, they are not "sharp" hexagons, maybe more rounded, but I still like them. Teaching yourself to quilt has advantages and disadvantages. If i'd read how I was supposed to have pieced these, I never would have made them in a million years!

I absolutely loved going through all the scraps and choosing patterns that went together for the blocks. Since I love to piece but hate to quilt, I had a quilting friend, Sue of needleweaver, hand quilt it for me. She did an amazing job (for FREE I might add!) and outline quilted every single one of the probably thousands of 3/4" hexagons. You can see her work in the 'white' photo. I loved making this quilt and I hope you like it too.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Luca's Baby Nine Patch Quilt

Hello again,
I've so enjoyed seeing where everyone is visiting from on my locomap that I am inspired to post more often! Today I'm featuring a quilt comissioned by a friend of mine named Erin for a friend of hers. It's just a simple nine patch but I really like how the quilt turned out. I like the watery blue fabric next to the fish, I like the yellow/blue color scheme and I love the extra soft flannel for the back. I only use the highest quality quilting fabric from quilt stores, and I feel like the finished product really reflects that. This quilt is so much more snuggly in person!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Big Baby Heart Quilt

Hello All,

Today i'm showcasing the first heart quilt I made for my baby. Check out the second one featured in my very first post on this blog! The second one is my favorite quilt out of all of those I've ever made.
This one was the first one I made for her, before she was born, but decided it was too big for a baby and I would hang it on the wall until she was a little older. I really liked choosing the princess fairy fabric for the borders and all the scraps for the blocks. She loves to stand on the hope chest and check out all the fabrics.
I double dog dare you to click on the photo of Gigi and not be bowled over by the cuteness!!!