Monday, June 30, 2014

A mini quilt - or 2!

I was one of the lucky 600(!!) to participate in the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap#2. My package has been received by the new owner (and she loves it!) so I wanted to share it here. 

My partner didn't have a very large presence on social media with her likes and dislikes. Thankfully, she provided me with her favorite colors. She likes Cerise (deep pink) and Orange as a color combo. So I ran with it. What I tend to do with these swaps is try and find something that inspires me. If I'm inspired, hopefully others will like what I make!

Lately I've been obsessed with curves. So I was inspired by a posting in the AccuQuilt Block contest called Pretty in Purple. I posted the start of my trial quilt before. Here's the finished version.

I'm glad I did this trial run. What I discovered was that when I was trimming my curves, I was trimming to 1/2 inch and that was leaving gaps, I need to trim to 1/4 inch. And, after I got the binding on, I realized I have some misplaced fabrics in the blue petals!! Once you see it, you can't un-see it!

My quilt for my partner turned out much better! I even like the color scheme better. This was my first time with spiral quilting and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I spiral quilted it with variegated pink thread.

I added my label and some corner pocket holders for hanging to the back.

I had some great fabrics on the back!

And as always with swaps I included some extras. Though I was starting to feel bad about not including enough. Some members were including great homemade pouches, mug rugs and other goodies! I did include a rainbow loom bracelet for her little girl, that my little girl made! And you can see, I stuck to the pink and orange theme!

This was such a great swap. I'm so excited to get my package, I'll be sure to post photos when it arrives. Now what am I going to do with all this found time since I'm not stalking #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap! Better go check my mailbox!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Anchor Quilt Finish #2

Back in October I blogged about my Coral Anchor Quilt. When I did, I talked about how I had made two of them.Well, I finally got around to quilting it! I blogged about that in April because my generous friend Denise let me use her longarm.

So finally I have photos to show of my finished Blue Anchor quilt!

I talked about this pattern before in my last post. It's a free pattern from Tula Pink that you can download. For some contrast, here is my coral one (it lives in Florida with my sister):

All the quilting was done by ME! But don't ask me the name of the pantograph, I don't know. It was one of Denise's stash.

This photo was kind of goofy, but you can see the quilting really well:

My little helper was there to help with the photo session so I just have to include her.

This quilt will be going on my son's big boy bed I think. I'm not sure I'm ready to let him use this!! I might have to wait until he's a bit bigger. But I have gotten some nautical accessories to go in his room along with this.

I forgot to take a photo of the back. It's just a bunch of Kona Aqua pieced with a strip of fussy cut octopus(es?) so we aren't missing much. The binding is scrappy leftovers from the anchor piecing.

 Quilt stats:
Quilt name: Coral Anchors Aweigh
Pattern: Anchors Aweigh
Fabrics: Tula Pink Saltwater, Free Spirit Pearl and Dogwood
Finished size: 90" x 95"
Finished: 4/20/14


Thursday, June 5, 2014

June Goal Setting

June?! Is it really June?  wow.  My goal for this month's ALYOF is to finish my mini quilt for #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap.

I did a test run of my Mini quilt. The inspiration was a pattern submitted to the accuquilt block design contest. Unfortunately, I don't have the woman's name and at the time I had searched for her online and couldn't find anything. If you know who designed this, please let me know, I'd love to give her credit!

I was glad I did this tester. I had some issues with trimming the quarter circles correctly and got it all figured out. So now I need to get my partners quilt done in her colors!


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