Thursday, May 22, 2014

NY mini Festival Quilt

This is my second entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amys Creative Side.  This time I'm linking it into the Mini Quilt Category.

I made this quilt as a housewarming gift for friends of mine when they bought their first house.  I had a sudden wave of inspiration with this quilt and it didn't take long to put it all together.  I chose to make the Empire State Building as that's where they got engaged!  Their wedding was NY themed as well.

I knew it would be a perfect addition for their new space and something they would appreciate and love.  I had a small amount of the ombre tan fabric in my stash so it had to be cut carefully - no room for mistakes!  I fused it to the cityscape background (perfect for NYC) and freehand cut & sketched the antenna for the top.  After it was all in place, I used a button hole stitch to secure the edges of the pieces.  I quilted some lines radiating out from the antenna, outlined the building and added a few lines to help accentuate the verticality of the building.
I don't have a listing of the measurements on hand, but it was roughly 20" x 14".  The fabrics were all from my stash, I used Aurifil thread and leftover warm & white batting scraps that I pieced together.  The backing is also from my stash and is a gold ring print, the binding is a blue textured print.

This quilt was a lot of fun to make and my friends immediately put it up in their living room - hooray!  I'm so glad they love it and hope it reminds them of the joyous day in their lives.  Thanks for stopping by - if you like what you see - become a follower over there on the right or leave a comment.

Kaleidoscope Festival
Hi to everyone stopping by from the Bloggers Quilt Festival over at Amys Creative Side!  It's always so much fun to see what great quilts people are making and I'm glad to share one of my recent finishes with you today.  

I'd previously posted about this quilt while it was in progress, but never had a full reveal until now.  Linking up in the Large Quilt Category for my first entry.

Introducing my Kaleidoscope Quilt!  

It's about 70" x 60" and perfect for snuggling under with a movie.  I chose orange, raspberry & grey fabrics from my stash planning to color the blocks in an alternate layout.  Momm was inspired to make one too so we made twin kaleidoscopes - Momm's is orange, blue & grey.  We traded some orange & grey fabrics so we have bits of the other in our quilt.  :)   Mine doesn't have a name yet because it is a twin and it's waiting for Momm to finish quilting hers.  (go Momm!)

I quilted it on my Janome machine and it was really smooth going to get the back & forth lines in the grey background.  I had movies and some Firefly to keep me company while quilting and now it has some awesome texture and drape!

I used warm & white batting which I love, Aurifil thread to piece & quilt it.  The backing is this fun bunting/scallop print from Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille - it went so well with the colors on the front without being too loud.  I wanted the binding to contrast the colors and chose an aqua Sketch print.

Momm's quilt has a fun raspberry Kaffe print as the backing and a raspberry sketch print for the binding.  See - twins!  If you like what you see - become a follower over there on the right or leave a comment.  Be sure to check out the other entrants and get inspired!

Monday, May 19, 2014


Does anyone else compose posts in their heads when life gets too busy to actually type them out on the computer?  That's what I've done these past weeks!  So instead of more radio silence, here's a few glimpses into what's buzzing!

my car now travels in hyperspace!

rock hiking

Quilt Week 2014!

Quilt Man, Momm, Me, Bobbin
 Bet you didn't know quilters had their own superheros!  If you visit Paducah during Quilt Week you'll probably see Quilt Man around town, accompanied by his trusty sidekick Bobbin.

Celebrating May the 4th be with you & Revenge of the 5th Star Wars day!

Carryin' the Banner!
 Newsies! on Broadway!! :D  More to come about that - soon.