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Sunday, May 31, 2009

May 23rd started new quilt project . . .

I find certain dates very difficult, on May 23rd I spent making new bright, happy, colorful strip diamonds quilt blocks to distract me from dwelling on the fact that it was 9 year since my dad passed away. I like to spend my time outside in the garden or making something bright and pretty when certain holidays pass by. (Mother's day, Father's day, birthdays etc...) So this is what I am working 1st attempt at a colorwash quilt... needs lots more blending. Or I might cut the blocks down and make a different pattern.

My brother's Birthday Quilt (May 22nd)

Finished quilt!

I made my brother, Matt his own quilt for his birthday. This one I based on Fig Tree & Co quilt pattern "Jelly Stars"... I used a mixture of various fabrics from my stash to make each star unique. I used a lightweight spring/summer organic cotton batting and machine quilted the entire quilt (88" x 88") with swirls,stars, lady bugs, bees, fireflies and meandering stippling. I made it a little larger by adding a bigger border than called for in the original pattern. It was truly an easy pattern to cut-out and put together.

nine-patch jacob's ladder blocks_colorful rag

These are unfinished quilt blocks that I started in March 2009 to make into a birthday quilt for my brother... I love jacob's ladder pattern in quilts and found a great block pattern on The Quilter's Cache.
After laying them out on my bed and viewing them from doorway I found them too busy, and plan to do something with them at a later date.... for now they are stored in sewing room.

my first quilt - for five-year-old nephew

My hand-stitches, need work!

Finished quilt! Gifted Christmas 2008 to my 5 year old nephew. This is the quilt blocks for my nephew's Christmas quilt, made from colorful flannel. I used a heavy fleece for batting and a white 100% cotton backing... I hand quilted it (stitch in a ditch) completely ... it took a LONG time and much hand cramping but was well worth it!