MCM #76 – What’s Your Quilty Crush?

Welcome everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and are ready to march into the week – I know I am.

The princess birthday party was a big success. Snow White was there, along with several other princesses. My tiara was taken out of storage, and I got to wear it the entire day. Baby Jenny and I spent a lot of time together and we had so much fun!

Princess Selfie – Jen got distracted by one of the other party goers…

 

My crush for this week is Jenny’s wallhanging I finished last week. You can read about it in this post. And, just in case you missed it here’s a picture of it. 🙂

Alphabet Soup Wallhanging

I have lots to do this week to keep moving forward in my sewing room. My To Do list looks like this:

  • Teach a make-up class to a couple beginner quilting students on Tuesday
  • Attend guild meeting on Wednesday
  • Make more progress on quilting my m-I-l’s quilt. I know I keep calling it a beast, but it is! It’s so big and of course I had to decide to do all custom quilting (insert rolling eyes emoji here) so it’s taking me much longer than I anticipated. I need to get it finished and off the frame because I have customer quilts that are waiting their turn.
  • Cut fabric for the Cookie Cutter pattern and piece the top. This will be a store sample and has a deadline attached to it so this one might have me stitching late into the night.

That’s my list, what does yours look like?

Before we move on, I have a public service announcement. 🙂 WordPress has updated again and now comments are not being forwarded to my email. I try hard to respond to every comment  (except during a giveaway), so this is a frustration for me. I apologize in advance if I miss a comment or two; please understand I appreciate the time you take to write and I’ll be working hard to make sure I see and respond to every one.

Now, before we get to this weeks MCM, let’s take a closer look at a few of last week’s link-ups. There were so many good ones!

First up – Liz of Savor Every Stitch. Did you see the Avant Garde quilt she finished? I like how the design really shows off the fabrics, and it looks so good on her bed. Liz is the proud owner of a new longarm and she got to use it on this finish. It looks great!

Photo by Liz of Savor Every Stitch

Karen of Tu-na Quilts is catching up on her bee blocks. She made this star block with a fussy cut coneflower center. I tried to grow coneflowers once. I was a successful for a couple of years and then the flowers died. This block reminded me that I need to try again!

Photo by Karen of Tu-Na Quilts

The quilting on this piece by DonnaleeQ took a lot of time, but was worth every minute! I really like the details – be sure to check it out.

Photo by DonnaleeQ

Now it’s your turn to link up your crush! Remember, you can link anything that has you excited to be in your sewing space – a blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic. Here’s how:

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Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Liz – winner of the Star Blossom quilt pattern!

Liz was comment #25, which was chosen by the Random Number generator as the winner.

Liz, I have emailed you. 🙂

I hope everyone has a great weekend. I’m attending a princess birthday party tomorrow, so I have to go shine my tiara now….

 

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Friday Finish: What’s in a Name?

Alphabet Soup

Many of you may remember that my niece passed away almost two years ago in a tragic hiking accident. As you can imagine, it was a terrible loss for our family. We miss Jen every day.

Almost nine months after Jen died, her cousin (my niece #2) gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She was named after the cousin she will never know, and I love that she was given Jen’s name as a way to remember and honor one who was gone too soon.

This weekend we are in a celebratory mood around here – Baby Jenny just turned one and she is turning out to be quite a little princess!

 

All little princesses need a name banner for their royal sleeping chambers, so Aunt Beth went right to work!

Alphabet Soup Wallhanging

I used the letter patterns from Jaybird’s Alphabet Soup book to make a name wallhanging. Those letters are so much fun to make!

Jenny wallhanging

I took Jenny’s wallhanging to the play area at the local park and had so much fun grabbing these pictures. Several of the children came over to help and asked lots of questions – the one I got a kick out of was ‘are you having a party here?’ I enjoyed having them around and talking with them.

Alphabet Soup Wallhanging

I quilted the banner with silver metallic thread. It adds just the right amount of sparkle, and we all know sparkle is mandatory for a princess!

Superior's Metallic Thread

The backing is the same ombre fabric used to make the letters. I cut off the darkest and the lightest ends and just used the middle section of the fabric for the back. I think the way it fades from one color to the next is soooo pretty.

ombre fabric

The binding is the same fabric as well. Looking at this makes me think of hot summer days spent with a cool cup of shaved ice. Yum…

Ombre Binding

I know that Jen would have loved Baby Jenny – she was such a natural with children, and young kids were drawn to her. So today’s photo shoot at the park seemed like the right thing to do. Working on the banner this week was a lot of fun, although a bit bittersweet at the same time. But I was able to pour all my love for both girls into the banner, and I’m excited to give Princess Jenny such a fun quilted piece.

Today I’m linking with Myra’s Finished or Not Friday party and Crazy Mom Quilts

 

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MCM #75 – An Unexpected Day

When I wrote my first blog post several years ago, I never expected blogging would have such an impact on my life. This platform has opened doors for me, has allowed me to learn and grow as a quilter, and given me friendships with people that I never would have met in my ‘real’ life. I am so grateful.

Last week I received a package in the mail. It was squishy and my first thought was that fabric I ordered had arrived. Only I wasn’t expecting any fabric. The label was hand written, but I didn’t recognize the return address. I put the package on the kitchen counter with the other mail and continued to put away groceries and such, all the while wondering what was in the envelope. After I finished my chores, made a phone call and changed clothes I finally took the time to open the mail.

When I opened the envelope and saw what was inside, I immediately had tears fill my eyes even though I was smiling the biggest smile!

Flower Mini QuiltInside was this mini quilt, which I immediately recognized as similar to one made by Vicki of Vicki’s Crafts & Quilting earlier this year. I fell in love with Vicki’s original mini and commented to her that she could ship it off to West Virginia if she was looking for something to do with it.

So imagine my surprise when she made a second quilt and sent it to me without saying a word to me about it!

Mini Flower Applique QuiltI absolutely adore this quilt! I love the style, the colors, the quilting, and the beautiful applique stitches. Vicki is sooooo talented, and it shows in all of the details of this quilt.

I mean, just look at this quilting! It’s an easy grid, but so effective and I can’t wait to copy this on one of my own projects. 🙂 And her applique stitches are just perfect, both front and back.

Grid quilting

The backing fabric is as fun as the front, with the print echoing the petal shapes on the front.

Fun backing fabric

Words can’t explain how I felt when I saw what Vicki had done. I am overwhelmed at her generosity and hope to meet her in person one day. Then I can give her the hug she deserves in person!

If you aren’t familiar with Vicki’s blog, run on over and check it out. She is super talented and creative, and her quilting is always inspiring to me. Vicki (and this super cute mini quilt) are my crushes for this week’s Main Crush Monday.

Now it’s time to share yours! You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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A Flimsy Finish and a Giveaway!

Today I’m excited to share with you a finished top I’ve been working on for a while. There may have been a few pics of some of the blocks in progress on Instagram, but I haven’t shared anything here. The quilt is the first pattern release by the husband and wife team Tish of Tish N Wonderland and Dave of The Quilt Engineer.

The pattern is called Star Blossom, and provides instructions to make the quilt in four sizes. I chose to test the Queen size version and make it in shades of blues with a pop of gold for my mother-in-law.

Star Blossom Quilt PatternLet me tell you, this thing is so big! My top measures 98 x 124. I couldn’t find a way to get a full size picture without help, so I draped the top over the handrail of the deck. You are seeing the bottom row – there are three more rows just like this.

Star Blossom PatternThe pattern is wonderfully written and easy to understand, with plenty of graphics to explain each step. Each block finishes at 24″, so I only had to make twelve for my large quilt.

I am working on the quilting now and suspect it might take me a little while. I’ve decided to do a good bit of ruler work, so we’ll see how it goes. I can say I’m extremely glad I am able to quilt this beautiful beast on a longarm! This is the second largest quilt I’ve ever made. I can’t wait until it’s quilted and I can get full size pictures of the completely finished quilt.

Star Blossom quilt on frame

The Star Blossom pattern is available for instant PDF download in Tish’s Craftsy shop for the introductory price of $8.00 until June 11. After that, it will be the regular price of $10.

To celebrate their first pattern release, Tish and Dave have generously offered one of my readers a PDF copy so I’m having a giveaway! To enter, simply leave a comment. I’d love to know if you use rulers in your quilting and if so, which is your favorite. I’ll announce a winner here on Saturday, June 10.

Hop on over and pick up your own copy of Star Blossom. As always, if you purchase a copy and are the winner of the giveaway you’ll be refunded. It’s a win/win!

You can see other versions of the Star Blossom pattern by checking out these bloggers:

Have a great weekend and may your quilting blossom! (See what I did there? 😉 )

 

 

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