Saturday, May 28, 2011

Welcome baby girl & WIP Wednesday #3

The last week was very busy and very happy. Graduation, two big birthdays, and to top it all , a new baby girl in our family! My son and daughter in law had a lovely little girl, Mazal Tov (congratulations in Hebrew) and welcome to the world, may you have a long and happy life!

Now I really have to move on with my "secret projects" which are not secret anymore. I have two days to start and finish a baby quilt and I already started a small play mat for Y the big brother (he's 3).
A while back I fell in love with this cute panel - Wild Friends by lesley grainger for Robert Kaufman.

I decided to use it as is and free quilt around the pictures. For this I had to learn free motion quilting, and I must say I much prefer straight quilting. As you can see I have to improve a lot, maybe with experience.

I still need to quilt between the pictures, I haven't decide whether to do straight line or stippling (which I never done before). What do you think?

Except for the quilt for the baby girl, for which I didn't even pull out fabrics, I have another WIP. I want to make two pillow cases from the leftover blocks of the Sunshine and Candy quilt.

I decided to shelve the pillow case from last week, and this was a big move forward (I got unstuck!). I think it's very important to learn how to cut your loses and move ahead, in quilting and in life as well.

I'm linking to Betsy's blog, thanks for hosting this week, and to Lee from Freshly Pieced the great organizer. May you all have a great week.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

WIP Wednesday #2

It's been 2 weeks since my last WIP post, and I did almost nothing. Life happens (very good!)


I'm still stuck with the same star pillow case. I decided to use a white background instead of the black, and add some red and yellow stripes

I'm still not happy with the way it looks. Maybe change the black stripes with blue?

I think it's time to shelve this project, it started as an exercise and it takes too much of my attention. Do you also get stuck sometimes with an undeserved project? Time to move on.

New project:

I'm starting two new projects which have to be secret. This are the fabrics for one of them:

Finished project:

The Sunshine and Candy quilt, which was finished a couple of weeks ago was waiting for labeling. I finally labeled it this week, and gave the quilt to my grandson. I'm sure he'll enjoy it for many many happy years. The label is in Hebrew, in case you wondered what's this strange script

Here is the link to Lee from Freshly Pieced who's hosting this, thank you!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bloggers’ Quilt Festival :: Spring 2011

I'm so excited to join the Bloggers' Quilt Festival. What a great idea! Thank you, Amy, for bringing us together.

I decided to share the Sunshine and Candy quilt I finished recently. I'm a new quilter, and this is only my second full size quilt. I made it for my lovely 2 years old grandson.

I got the inspiration of the quilt from a tutorial by Kathie of Sew Kathie Did (thank you, Kathie, for this great tutorial!), and I fell in love with the endless possibilities of play with value and color.

I got introduced to quilting back in the 90s in Los Angeles. I loved the fabrics, color and creativity, but managed to do very little, and abandoned quilting entirely when we went back to Israel in 1994. Since I started quilting seriously a few months ago I saw all these bright beautiful fabrics, so different from my old stash, and decided that this quilt will be colorful and bright as well. I tried to used many boys' fabrics, some new and some from my old stash.

I pulled out many fabrics, divided them to light, medium and dark, and made half triangles. Arranging the blocks on the design wall was great fun, I enjoyed it immenesly.

The back is also pieced. I used
Marbleous” by Robert Kaufman for the background, and added some of the leftover blocks. I used cotton batting, very soft and supple, gives the quilt a wonderful drape. I kept the quilting minimal, just straight lines along the big dark and light diamonds.

The binding is "its a hoot" eggs in marshmallow cherry by MoMo for Moda.
All together I used more than 40 different fabrics.

My grandson loves the quilt. He plays "I spy" with the different pictures on the fabrics, great fun for all.

It was a great pleasure working on this quilt. I loved organizing the HTS on the design wall, it really gave me joy seeing the quilt taking shape, just looking at my work made me happy. I love this quilt. Thanks to you wonderful quilters sharing your work and giving me so much inspiration, and sepacial thanks again to Kathie. Thank you Amy for the opportunity to share my quilt with this great community, here is the link:


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

WIP Wednesday

I decided to join the Work-In-Progress Wednesday link-up of Lee from Freshly Pieced. I think it's a great idea to stop and review my projects - what's progressing, what is stuck, what needs to "lie low" for a while. At the moment I have two projects going:

1. This one is almost finished. It is a pillow case of Somerset patchwork (folded star). I started it as a study at my quilting group. It's not really my style and way out my comfort zone, but I decided to do it as a creative exercise. At the moment I'm struggling with the zipper - also a good exercise!

I have to decide how to finish this block, should I add some strips of color, or not? What do you think?

2. Quilt for my son - here I'm really stuck. I chose the fabrics, started cutting, and that's it. Holidays, family, many excuses... I will start again seriously now that all distractions are gone.

Here's another link to Lee's Freshly Pieced - great idea!