Tag Archive | hearts and loops quilting

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?

Missing Auction Quilt

I am on the PTA board at our Jr High.  Our PTA was asked to provide baskets for the district auction.  I thought this would be a great way to get my name out there as a quilter, so I volunteered to make an Americana themed quilt to go with the basket. This pattern is by Jeni Baker. She has a tutorial on her blog, In Color Order.  Giant Vintage Star Quilt Tutorial. Great pattern for a beautiful quick smaller quilt!

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My helper is new to holding up quilts and was probably embarrassed, since I enlisted her help at school as it was getting out and everyone could see her.  They moved my due date up a week and a half and which gave me 2 days to quilt it – on top of all my other responsibilities.  So these are the only pictures I have of this quilt.

I wanted the quilting on the white areas to compliment and draw attention to the star its self, so I used a simple back and forth stitch inside angles that point the eyes to the star.
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The star itself has loopy, stars and hearts free motion quilting.  Stars for patriotism and hearts because I love my country.  I actually got a wee bit teary while quilting thinking about the soldiers and the many blessings I have by being an American.

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The back looks really awesome – I think!  I love a little bit of color splash and piecing on the back.

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Because this was for auction – I put a paper on the back with fabric, pattern and quilting info and the cost to make and a suggested starting price for the auctioneer. Because chances of the auctioneer being a quilt expert was pretty slim – right?  And I put a note that if the owner would like a history label on the back of the quilt, they could contact me and I would attach one.

Well…guess what?!   This beautiful quilt never showed up at the auction.  My sis in law went to the auction with her hubby who is a principal in our district.  She looked and asked about it – but it wasn’t there.  What the heck?! I asked the secretaries at the school and they didn’t know anything. I am wondering if it got folded up and put at the bottom of the Americana basket – out of sight and completely unappreciated? That basket sold for $30.

So that is probably the end of my donating a quilt for auctions…maybe…I might try again with the elementary art auction…

A Quilty Memorial of my Older Brother

My only older brother passed away suddenly without warning in 2011. I live far away from him and didn’t get to see him very often.  Thankfully we have lots of great memories of growing up together.  After he passed away, I offered to make a shirt quilt for my sister in law.  He wasn’t into T-shirts and mostly wore dress up shirts, which really made the quilt much easier to make.  No stabilizer to iron on!  YaY!
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It took my sweet sister in law several years to be ready to part with his shirts for a little while and when she was ready she had my mom bring them to me from out of state.  I pondered several patterns, but finally settled on this snowball pattern so it could really show off the shirt material.  The orange and green tropical print shirts were his favorite shirts so I put in two blocks of each print. The center bear shirt is actually his favorite sweat shirt. I could see why – very soft and warm.

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I used the inside of this shirt to show size and brand and to add variety to the snowballs.

 

 

 

 

 

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I used several front pockets with buttons.  I also used side seams and back placket pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is a close up of the sweat shirt front.

 

 

 

 

 

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I used a snuggley plaid flannel for the back so that hopefully she would feel like it was a warm hug from my brother when she uses it.  I bound it with a plain white cotton. I wanted the quilt to be soft so I did free motion loops and hearts.  Lots of hearts because they were still so in love.

I admit that this quilt has a few of my tears on it.  It was very therapeutic to sew it together with love for my sis in law. My mom and I cut the shirts apart together and shared a few memories and discussed how to piece it which created another good memory for me.  Thanks for helping, Mom!

When my parents went to visit in Missouri, they hand delivered the quilt to her.  I hope, after awhile, the shirts won’t cause as many tears and can become a comforting hug instead.  Love ya, Sis!