After a good friend made a ballet quilt for her granddaughter, she was generous to give me her leftover fabric for my own aspiring ballet granddaughter. It was more than enough to fashion another quilt plus a couple of pillowcases and a dress for a doll. Assorted prints from “At the Ballet” designed by Benartex Studios—gray, pink, black, white color pallet. Fabrics from City Ballet by Kanvas Studio.
My good friend Karen also quilts. She and I challenge each other with BOMs and other projects all the time. When I opened my online fabric and quilt supplies store this year, she was the first to place an order. She's a really great friend. Karen has a sister that lives next door that often wants to try new projects and crafts. Most of the time, Karen finishes them up or makes them completely when her sister decides she doesn't enjoy doing it after about an hour. Karen's sister announced one day that she was going to learn to quilt and had picked out a pattern. She just needed to go through all of Karen's fabric in the stash, borrow some rulers and a rotary cutter, and she would make a quilt. Karen's sister also has a habit of not returning things in the same condition she borrowed them in. Karen put together a list of supplies her sister would need to make the quilt. About a week or so later, Karen asked her sister if she needed a ride to the fabric store. Her sister shared that she would not be learning to quilt because there were too many things to get. So, Karen and I had a good chuckle over the whole situation. Karen is the quilter that starts a quilt thinking about keeping it herself, and in the end, it is gifted to a loved one. Knowing that, I wanted to make a quilt for Karen to keep, and what better quilt to make her than the Pins and Paws Quilt that we had such a chuckle over. Karen received it today along with her latest order from my store, and I realized that I completely forgot to take a picture! So, here's Karen's husband holding up Pins and Paws.
My nephew recently married a young lady from a farming community in our state. Lori Holt's book and selected patterns provided a unique opportunity to piece and quilt a special gift for them incorporating some of the timeless features of a rural lifestyle. "Forever Yes" is the theme for their wedding which I embroidered on one of the corner star blocks.
This goes to my granddaughter who says it makes her feel happy when she looks at it, which is good cuz she has major depression. She loves it, it’s called Precious Stones from Big Book of Fat Quarter Quilts. I used 2.5 inch squares cut from charm packs and a white jelly roll plus some white yardage.
A sweet lady, Wyoming Nana, donated fabric to our Project Linus Chapter. All of the fabrics in is quilt are from her. I saw a picture of a similar quilt and decided I could make it with some changes. I don't know the name of the block but I call it Up and Down. Hope a child likes it.
This is No. 8 of my walking-foot challenge. After struggling with my HST quilt, I decided I needed something fun to make. . . and these were very fun to make! First I straight lined stitched the background, then appliqued the wonky boxes and then I just wonky stitched at random the individual boxes themselves.
I saw Bonnie Hunter's step by step instructions on making her Carolina Chain Quilt. I wasn't in the mood to set the 2 blocks on point so I played around with them and came up with this design using 2" squares from Nana's donation. Hope a child likes it!
I used Jenny's Double-Slice quilt pattern to whip up a quilt for a colleague having a tough time. I wanted it to be bright and happy and wanted to use something from my stash. I had always loved these fabrics, so it was an easy choice. I'd had the fabric so long that I don't even remember the name. It is backed with Shannon. I bound it in red polka dot, which I thought was fun. This one is in the mail! I hope she feels loved when she wraps up in it.