Sunday, July 28, 2019

Pineapple Surprise!

EEEEEEEE! You guys check out this awesome quilt! My momm made this for me & brought it with her when she came for Spring Quilt Show and WOW was I surprised! I had no idea this was coming my way and I absolutely LOVE it. :D  Thanks Momm!

Back in early March, Momm texted me this picture asking what I thought about her fabric pull for a new project. This, dear reader, was not an unusual question as we consult and brainstorm quilt ideas constantly! I replied that they were very summery & looked good, then promptly forgot about it. 

Momm says it was really hard to keep as a surprise since we quilty talk all the time, but she managed it really super well. Of course, keeping it under wraps meant it couldn't be shared online anywhere either, which can be tricky to do in general. 

After picking her up at the airport for her visit, Momm presented the quilt to me and I was gobsmacked. It's the first quilt someone has made for me, just because. I had to take it into work and show & tell to my coworkers (also not unusual as I work at a Quilt Museum). One asked if I was actually going to use it - the answer is of course! It went onto my bed immediately and it's been there ever since so far.

Pineapples are my favorite fruit to eat. I also love them, because I watched the TV show Psych where they had pineapple in every episode. It was a fun thing for me & friends to spot it each week and now we look for pineapples in real life too. So this is the perfect design! :) 

Momm did take progress pix with all these fun HSTs and trimmings to show me afterwards. She also managed to make it all from her stash - well done Momms! We took the quilt around town for a photo shoot and had fun popping into a local restaurant for some pix with their island-style decor. 
Thanks again Momm for such a cool quilt. Love you lots!


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Watch Me Soar

What happens when a coworker is pregnant and you work at a Quilt Museum? 
You have the whole staff help make a baby quilt of course!

This is the third staff member baby quilt we've made over the past 5 years and like the others before it, was a lot of fun to pull together! H&J, the parents, chose a space theme for the nursery (a popular choice) so we went space themed on the quilt. I went into stealth mode & pulled other staff members down the hall so that everyone was involved. Each person chose a fabric for their planet and I showed them how to use the Olfa circle cutter to cut out their planets - what fun!

 Planets were fused onto this starry fabric to create our own little galaxy for baby boy L. It was fun to see the creativity from my coworkers - making rings, moons, comets, & detailed planetary positions. Once all the planets were in place, I pieced together the backing with some scraps leftover of space, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Star Trek fabrics and this colorful space ship fabric. How else does one travel from planet to planet?

I machine stitched around each planet to secure it, add quilting & durability in anticipation of multiple washings to come. Using glow in the dark thread I quilted in some stars, a bumblebee, and a UFO, before using matching black thread to quilt swirls in the background. It's machine bound with a star print and then I got all the staff members to sign the label on the back.

It's named "Watch Me Soar" which is from a quote from the TV show Firefly " I am a leaf on the wind, watch me soar." This was gifted to H a few weeks ago. So love it well baby L & reach for those stars!
Linked up with: My Quilt Infatuation's Needle & Thread Thursday & Confessions of a Fabric Addict's Woop Woop Finished Friday and From Bolt to Beauty Finally A Finish.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Take the Sky

"Take my love, take my land,Take me where I can not stand
I don't care cause i'm still free 
you can't take the sky from me."
- Firefly Theme Song

This quilt was a lot of fun to make! It's a baby quilt for friends of mine, J&R, who went with a space-themed nursery for their baby girl. They're fans of sci-fi shows so I wanted to bring that into the quilt and make it extra special. I've named it Take the Sky, pulling from the theme song to the TV show Firefly, one of J's favorites.

Here's the front & back of the quilt - you can see I dug out all the space-like fabrics I owned (and borrowed from Momm too!) to make this gift. Fabrics feature: Star Wars, Harry Potter, general space & planets, astronauts & space shuttles, and constellations!

I pulled coordinating colors and all the black & star print fabrics I could find in my stash. I made some wonky star blocks to start, along with the crescent moon using a technique I learned from the July NQM Block of the Month Club

Then I pieced the Big Dipper constellation, the paper pieced TARDIS (free pattern from FandomInStitches) and drew my own paper pieced pattern for the Star Trek insignia block. 

a glow in the dark bee!
Then it was time to puzzle piece the elements together filling in blank spots with fabric, randomly pieced segments and fussy cut space bits. I love joining these together to make the whole and it turned out pretty cohesive at the end.

Next it was on to quilting, no easy feat with such a mix of blocks and fandoms. I started by stitching in phrases to add some extra nerdiness. Things like: Expecto Patronum, I aim to misbehave, To infinity and beyond, wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey, Beam me up Scotty, Use the Force, a golden snitch & Nova Corps symbol. Then I personalized the center moon block with the baby's name and had fun filling in the rest of the quilt with stars, stippling, and general free-motion fun using several Aurifil threads.

I got to meet baby A and gift this quilt the the other week and am happy to know it will be well loved by the whole family. They'll have fun searching for the special details stitched into the quilt over the coming months & years. Baby quilts are pure joy to make & gift! Love it well A: Live Long & Prosper! 
 Linking up with Needle & Thread Thursday with My Quilt Infatuation & From Bolt to Beauty Finally a Finish.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Washington Quilt Shuffle

One of the perks of my job is getting to talk about quilts to everybody, & I do mean everybody: kids, tours, daily visitors, adults, workshops, classes, family, other quilt friends, coworkers, strangers in town, etc. It's even better when I can travel and bring quilting to a wider audience. That's exactly what happened earlier this month when a coworker & I traveled to the Tacoma, WA area to speak at the West Sound Quilt Guild! We shipped 12 quilts from the Museum collection and headed westward for an adventure. 
Airplane views over MT or WA
Our actual presentation and talk at the guild was so fun. We had a great crowd who enjoyed seeing the quilts up close & in person as L & I talked about the Museum, our programs, the quilts, and how we strive to honor today's quilter. We brought several quilts by Washington artists, and one came to the meeting! What a joy to speak with the artist in person, and have her speak about her work to the guild.

We had two fabulous hostesses from the guild for our stay. J provided transportation and local stories as we adventured through Gig Harbor, to several great quilt shops (including the Quilt Barn which had the most Batiks we've ever seen!), crossing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and toured the WA State History Museum. 

Another Guild member, B, was our hostess overnight and she treated us to homemade breakfasts, excellent hot chocolate, quilt stories and dragons! Thanks ladies for being so kind and welcoming.

We even got to see a glimpse of Mt. Rainier on the way back to the airport!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

March Adventures

So in my family we like to stretch birthdays over 3 days: the day before, day of & day after for  the full birthday celebration. This year I managed to spread my Birthday shenanigans over most of a week and enjoyed every bit of them.  :D  It also makes it easier to celebrate with work & friend schedules when you spread it out.

I started with a trip to Nashville to see Anastasia the Broadway musical. It was so good! A great adaptation of the animated movie into a stage show, good casting and some cool set designs too. 

The weather was finally Spring-like and the cherry blossoms are stellar so this year so it was fun to hit up the farmer's market & grab an ice cream cone after the show.
Continued on with a couple days off from work that were filled with happy mail birthday cards, starting a new quilt project, Captain Marvel (which I highly recommend), a cookie walk, steak dinner, brunch with J, lunch & ice cream with friends, outing to the secret park & sunshine, games with E & V, and movie night with E. Phew! All in all a fantastic B!day and a looking forward to this next year.

March was also jammed with National Quilting Day event at work. I got to play Vanna and bring out the Needle & Thread for the official kickoff which was exciting! 

Gilbert (my machine) came home from the repair shop ready to go and it's been so nice to get back to stitching on multiple projects. Quick trip to the Frist Art Museum in Nashville was nice too - great exhibits on Van Gogh & contemporaries from the Mellon Collection and a fab exhibit of Dorothea Lange's photographs.

So here's to all the March kids & all my birthday buddies!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

QuiltCon in the Music City

                     (this is post 1 from QuiltCon)

Last weekend I headed East to Nashville, picking up Momm from the airport as we headed for QuiltCon and a quilty weekend together!

We haven't been to QuiltCon since the first one in Austin. Nashville is a fun city and we had a good time packing in all we could see of quilts & vendors & new friends & mini quilt swaps.

We made buttons to trade this year based on our Instagram names: @bumblybzs & @RNquilter. Mine features a bumblebee that I stitch into my quilts, and Momm used one of her quilts in her design. This was such a fun way to chat with people as we wandered the hall, and to remember who we met & their social media at the end of the day.

Since Nashville is only a couple hours away, I brought quilts to put on our hotel beds for ambiance. :) 

We met a lot! of lovely people, Heather from Crimson Tate, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Marianne Fons & Sue Reich at Quilts of Valor, the Aurifil team, Amy Milne at Quilt Alliance, @Shoppershaz, and many more quilters, enthusiasts & creative souls! Thanks to everyone for being so nice and lovely all weekend.

 Between raindrops we managed to squeeze in some exploring downtown, spotting some great murals & great gelato!

gelato break at the terrace firepits

We also made it out to the TN state museum to see their new quilt exhibit: Between the Layers: Art and Story in TN Quilts :which was cool. I mean, visiting other quilt museums is part of what I do. ;)

Star Variation quilts in the exhibit

Quilt by Lillian Beattie, made when she was 100 years old!

Momm was lucky & won one of the new Ruby Olfa cutters! And we both won some thread playing Aurifil Jenga.

We got off the wait list & into the Free Motion class with Christina Cameli @afewscraps on Saturday night. This was so much fun! 3 hours went really quick as we learned some excellent FMQ ideas and practiced creating showboats, clusters, layering, divide & conquer, and blends. I'm so looking forward to using these ideas in my own quilts!

I can also finally show the mini quilt I made for the #mqgminiswap as I swapped with my partner @sunchaserquilts during QuiltCon. 

We ran into each other the first day, and kept crossing paths until our designated swap time. So much fun to meet in person and now I can add this lively mini to my wall.

We're holding the quilts we received
Now it's time to follow the direction from our newest, comfy, quilty shirts (from Patchwork Threads) & MAKE QUILTS!