In September 2014, my first Row by Row quilt was turned in to the Front Porch Quilts in Troy MI. The owner allowed me to pick out Fat Quarters for my prize. I picked out the most modern FQ’s in her shop, many black and red. At Sit and Sew, Patricia Fox taught us how to make the 3D Bow Tie block. While helping Mom recoup from knee surgery in November 2015, the “XOXO Quilt” top was born using the 3D bow tie blocks. My sister, a big fleece fan, and I were shopping fleece at JoAnn’s. Low and behold they were selling XOXO fleece that year. What a perfect soft and cuddly backing! Five years later, two moves, one house and one motorhome sold... hubby and I decided to trial some custom quilting on our new long arm and also practice quilting on a non-traditional quilt backing. The “XOXO Quilt” UFO became the guinea pig. We quilted and seam ripped and quilted for hours on end. We learned many very valuable quilting lessons.... Would I quilt differently? Probably, but I’m elated this UFO is finally complete. This quilt is for our grand daughter who would leave us with her favorite send off... XOXO heart.
This was inspired by a quilt pattern. I made this loom beaded barrette for our State Fair this year. I won a Blue Ribbon on it. I hope this will be uploaded for others to be inspired to use as an idea like this for other projects. Although I used graph paper to make the design, I still ripped out almost as much as I made progress with. This was a challenge in so many ways.
I made a blue snowflake tree skirt and a new Christmas stocking for my daughter. On Friday, 11/15/19, I tried to update a picture, but somehow I deleted the entire post! We had fun decorating our Christmas tree in blue, pink and silver balls. I have always put our tree up "after" Thanksgiving, but since my daughter was getting so excited, we put it up today!
I had some left over fabric from my tree skirt and my daughter's Christmas stocking, so I decided to use it up. I did not have a large enough piece to make the topper, so I just cut and squared off what I did have, and sewed it all together on some batting. Kind of like a quilt as you go method. Since I am going with blue, pink and silver this year, I needed a new table topper to use with my large ornament candle.
The friend who received the purple Lonestar, requested a runner for her piano. She gave me liberty for color choices. I wanted something bright, this log cabin came to life. Yes, Quilt Police, there is a mistake. I didn't notice it till much later. I quilted in the ditch around all the fabric. I apologize for the grainy photo, another one from old computer. I will not see this one again either.
I was so excited to get this quilt started, loved the colors and the pattern, but.....after it was finished, I hated it. Am I the only one who has this dilemma? I had it stored away so I wouldn't have to look at it. Until an opportunity came along to donate it for an RV Samboree. Apparently, the colors were perfect for the new owners. They loved it, Something they had been looking for for some time. I glad I waited for this one to find a new home with love.