Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Share the Love

The online quilting and sewing community is an amazing group.  I am constantly amazed by the creativity and beauty produced every single day by the artists who are sewing quilts, designing fabrics, running blogs.  I don't know what I would do without all of the social media inspiration out there to gawk at every day.

Well, this community is also quick to action and pulling together to support each other in times of darkness.  Like the rest of the country, I was shocked and saddened to watch the news unfolding following the Boston Marathon this year.  I wanted to do something, anything to send a virtual hug.  The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild came up with the idea of collecting small flags from sewers everywhere to create a tangible, visible sign of support from the sewing community.  The result, "To Boston With Love" was a beautiful display of over 1,600 flags that were displayed this weekend at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The flags came from nearly every state in the country and every continent (except Antarctica).

Above are some photos I snapped while working on my flag.  You can view photos of the flags displayed at the museum here.  (The results of the collaborative effort are breathtaking.)  You can also find links to see some of the news coverage from the event here.

Another community project was organized by the Boston Modern Quilt Guild.  This talented group of quilters is collecting quilt blocks to assemble completed quilts in the colors of the Boston Marathon to those in need.  The last time I checked, they had collected over 1,400 blocks!  I'm quite certain that will put them over their goal of 50 quilts.

Here is my quilt block sent off to the BMQG.  It's a little wonky improv star in the blue, yellow, gray and white colors requested.

Sadly, there is one more group now working together in time of need.  The Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild is collecting completed quilts to share with those affected by the recent tornado that swept through Moore.  The effort is called "Moore Love" and completed quilts are requested by June 30.  More details can be found here.

I have been working on putting together a happy, cheerful quilt to send to Moore.  My color inspiration came from a pretty floral by DS Quilts from Joann.  The quilt block was inspired by the always beautiful Little Bluebell blog and her "Skittles" quilt.  I have completed the quilting on this project and just need to add the binding.

If you would like to find out more about giving within the online quilting community, Faith at Fresh Lemons quilts has added a page to her blog.  

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2012 Wrap Up

I've just completed my year end wrap up for 2012.  Head over to the blog and click on the tab "2012 Completed Projects" for snapshots of lots of quilts, bags and other projects from the past year.

Happy New Year everyone!
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

HSTs, BOMs and other stuff the cool kids are doing

As I teased recently, I've been participating in Jeni's Half Square Triangle Block of the Month.  Each month on the first, Jeni shares a new block made entirely of half square triangles (HST).

The HST process is simple.  Each starts with a four inch square in the color of your choice and a neutral (Kona Snow in my case).  After cutting the squares, you draw a diagonal line on the neutral.  Next, sew a 1/4 inch seam on either side of the line, cut along the drawn line, press, trim and voila - your first HST.  Now repeat a hundred or so more times and you'll have a lovely quilt in no time.  Ha!

Pictured above are my first 6 months.  I chose to do a Christmas color scheme using mostly fabrics given to me by my lovely MIL (Mother-in-law for those of you who are sick of my acronyms).  Her birthday just recently passed so I was forced to come up with the November and December blocks on my own in order to have the quilt completed in time.  After a little assistance from my little helper...

we got it put together just in time!

So, here it is in all it's glory (with my favorite model).  I did a meandering free motion quilting pattern.  I also went a little crazy and decided to add each family member's name throughout the quilt.  I think it gives the little ones a fun little game to play searching for names.

Simultaneously with this set of blocks, I have also been working on a more modern or non-traditional Christmas color scheme.  Basically, I used lighter shades of green and threw in some aqua blue here and there, and maybe even a hint of pink.  This should hopefully coordinate well with some of my prior year's projects as well as my new Christmas stockings.

Hope to get this one quilted soon.  It's all sandwiched, ready and waiting to be quilted.   This one should be done in time to enjoy this Christmas season.

And in an attempt to actually make something happen, I have set a goal for myself to complete several of my WIPs (Work in Progress) or PIGs (Projects In Grocery bags) before the end of the year.  I figure if I put it in writing, I'll be forced to follow through.  Can't forget that there are also no less than six birthdays and one baby shower between now and New Years.  Busy, busy, busy, busy, there's so much to do...

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