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Puppy and Giraffe Snuggles

I recently found out one of my friends is also a quilty friend!  How fun is that!?  She is a grandma now too – with a little herd of grandkids – and a new one being added soon.  Her daughter doesn’t know the sex of the baby yet, even though it is only days away.  So, being the awesome mom and grandma that she is, she prepared 2 quilt tops and brought them to be quilted.  Both are darling and I had a fun time coming up with a cute baby design for each.

The boyish one has darling puppy appliques.  I believe she said it was a purchased panel. Sorry about my life sneaking into the picture!  It is very typical to have some sort of game sitting on our kitchen table.  We ARE gamers, after all!

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She just said to make them cute…that was scary!  What if her cute wasn’t the same as my cute?!  I looked online for some fun baby boy quilting ideas, since I couldn’t use a pantograph over the puppies. I found a darling little bone pattern so I practiced on paper until I felt it looked like a bone. I added loops and hearts to the bones and quilted around the puppies.

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The little girl quilt has giraffe strips and the sweetest little pink rosebud swirl furry strips.

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I stitched in the ditch of the pink and did loops, hearts, flowers and baby diaper pins in the giraffe fabric. The quilting shows up much better on the back in the pink minkee.

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It is so fun to learn new quilting patterns and ideas.  I hope the babies mom loves which ever one she gets when the baby is born! And my friend and I must have the same definition of cute because she brought me another baby top to quilt. Pics coming soon!

Any new baby quilts in your life?

Aggies Quilt for Graduation

My sweet friend, Carrie, has a friend that lives up in Logan while going to college. Her friend had made an Aggies quilt for her husband as a secret graduation surprise and needed it quilted quickly.  As a newbie, I had immediate openings for a quilt so I got the job.  Thanks, Carrie, for referring me!

 

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She had gotten a quilt when she graduated and wanted her husband to have a similar quilt – complete with matching quilting.  A new pattern to me…sounds like the same old story, right?  I am happy when customers ask for something new because I need the push to try new things.  It is free hand quilting.  I was pretty happy with out it turned out.

 

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I didn’t quilt in the letters, just a quick stitch in the ditch for those. This is before I quilted the rest of the quilt.

 

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It has this super soft minkee on the back. The lines aren’t perfectly straight but it looks good overall.

 

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I was able to get this done in a couple of days and even made her binding and attached it.  She did the hand sewing to finish the binding.  I don’t like to hand sew binding – it takes soooo long!!!  And a quick peek at the back, where the U shows up pretty nicely framed by the quilting.

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Funny side note:  one of my daughters has decided to go to this college when she graduates – so quilting another Aggies quilt might be in my near future! I am happy she is going away for college – such a different experience than being a home and going to college.  And I am most happy that she will only be a few hours away while she is at college and not across the country!

 

 

Stars, Hexies, Triangles, Bubbles and More

My sweet friend saw me hand piecing hexies one day and had a quilters aha moment…you know, the “I can do this…it would be a great thing” moment.  She went to work lightening fast and before I knew it she had pieced 3 quilt tops!  Not easy ones either.  One is her own pattern, one is y seams and the other is a lot of little corners to match up! She did a beautiful job and allowed me the honor of quilting her first quilts…I remember my feelings of trepidation taking my first quilt to the LQS to be quilted. What if they lost it or ruined it or I hated the quilting???  Giving up control is some times a hard thing with personal creations! I love the quilting patterns she choose and want to share her quilts with you (with permission, of course!)

Here is the largest quilt…I love the gray background. This is a quilt that helped me change my mind about gray backgrounds.  I am typically a white and lots of it background girl.  She choose straight line quilting for this one.  A new quilting technique for me.  Sorry, I don’t know the name of this pattern to give its’ creator credit.  If you do, I would love to add a note!

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I love how the straight line softly compliments the piecing. I didn’t channel lock it, instead I used a straight ruler to allow the lines to adjust slightly to the piecing.

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Here is the very first one she pieced – y seams on the machine – no less!  Not a beginner project for the faint of heart! I believe this quilt is done with Figtree fabrics – which I LOVE!  The colors are so beautifully blended.

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For me the colors make a cozy safe place sort of feeling.  Another first in quilting patterns – orange peel.  I did this one with a circle ruler.  I used my pantovision orange peel pattern for 2 rows and hated it, so I unpicked for quite awhile and redid it free hand with the ruler.

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The third quilt she did without a pattern..Can you believe it?!  Brand new to piecing and quilting and she makes up her own pattern.  I love how it looks like woven candy. I love the fabric collection in this quilt too.  This quilting pattern was also a new pattern to me.  It is a Bubbles pattern that I believe I bought from Urban Elements as a digital pantograph for my Innova Pantovision.

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I hand delivered these beauties to my friend at her LQS. It was super fun to see her excitement and loving her quilts and sharing them with her LQS friends. Thank you, dear Mandy, for trusting me with your quilty babie