Friday, September 12, 2014

My Charity Quilts and A Giveaway

I have a few quilts to share with you that I am giving to Mott's Children's Hospital for the NICU. 
 I will link up with both 100 Quilts for Kids and also Finish it up Friday.

First up is one I made a long time ago but just putting it with the donation quilts.  
It is a chenille blanket.  
I love how the chenille came out on this one!


The back on this one is adorable too!  
I used the dot from one if the DS Quilts fabrics.  I love that print for bindings!


The other one is something I made awhile ago too to use up some of the fabric squares I had cut for another quilt.  
It is very sweet.


I got to use this great Finding Nemo fabric for the back too!  
Some "little" will love this!


The last one is a quilt I made using left over squares cut for a different donation quilt.  
I was actually able to get 2 quilts from all the left over squares by adding white squares in between.  That also allowed me to not have to do so much matching!  
My creative process at work!  

This quilt was small enough that I decided to try quilting it myself.  
I had heard of other people using some of their decorative stitches on their machines by enlarging them to use for the quilting.  
That's what I wanted to do.  
So I chose the number 4 stitch on my machine.  
It made a great wavy stitch.  
Those white squares were just begging for something. 
 Not just white wavy lines.  
Does this give you a clue?


I decided to do straight lines making a rainbow across the quilt like this


Autumn thought it was a GREAT idea!


Look at all that crazy texture!


I used a vintage sheet for the back.  It almost makes it look 3D!


I found some left over pink to use for the binding and it worked perfectly!  
I am very happy to have 3 quilts to donate! 
 I have a second one of these quilts to finish piecing and then will use the same backing and quilting to do another one in the future.  


I think I need to pack up my scraps though and 
send a stuffed FRB off to someone that would love to have them!  
If you pay the postage, they could be yours!!  
Tell me what you would do with a big box of scraps in the comments and 
I will draw a winner from the comments next week Friday.  
I have some pretty great scraps but I need to empty the THREE bins I have so I can get to refilling them again.

So that's it, leave me a comment telling me what you will do with them 
(even it you just want to pet them) 
and make sure there is a valid email address for me to contact you at or I will have to redraw.  

I plan to get that box stuffed tonight so maybe I will post some pictures this week too!!!

~XOP~


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A2MQG Charity Quilts

I am the co chair for the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild.  
I share this job with my friend Stephanie.  
(who is awesome by the way!)

We have been collecting quilts for the several charities.  
We are trying to stay local.  
The three groups that we are donating to are

Mott's Children's Hospital, for the NICU

The Ann Arbor VA hospital 

Margaret's Hope Chest in Grand Rapids

I thought it would be nice to document the quilts we have so far for donation.  
I have a couple more at my house that are mine and I will be donating them to Mott's. 
 I wanted to use those as my donation for 100 Quilts for Kids too so will post those separately. 
 This is now being run by Heather at Quilts in the Que. 
 You can find information right here if you are interested in donating too!

So on to the photos. 
 Most people did not put their names on their quilts so I can't give credit, but each and every one showed a generous heart by donating to someone in need! 
 I can say from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!  
Your gift will be loved and appreciated!!

In no particular order:



I have always wanted to make one of these Mod Mosaic quilts. 
This makes me want to make one even more!


The front


And the back




This is the front 


And this was the back!








I hope you have enjoyed viewing these as much as I did photographing them!  I plan a drop at Mott's soon.  I need to call the charity director this week to schedule when I can drop them off.

GREAT job members of the A2MQG!!!  You ROCK!!!

~XOP~


Friday, September 05, 2014

Happy Mail Goes Both Ways

I received a wonderful gift yesterday. 
 My dear friends Yuki and Hiro were visiting here with their son. 
 I taught Yuki how to quilt when they lived in Michigan.  
She brought me these really neat covered button kits and even showed me how to use it, 
(she thought I might not understand the instructions since they were written in Japanese!).  
So adorable!


I'm not sure what I will add them to but they sure are cute!!

I also received a book that I ordered in the mail yesterday.  
There are some stunning quilts in this one!  
If you don't have it you should as the photos alone are awe inspiring!  
This was my happy mail.


I also was able to help out someone in need on Instagram that was looking for 5" squares of 
Katie Jump Rope fabric for a quilt.  
I was gifted almost all the KJR that I have so I felt I should pay it forward from what I had received.  Here is what I was able to send to her.


I don't have the whole line so this is what I had large enough pieces to cut a 5" square from.

I was also gifted a fabric many consider the "Holy Grail" of fabrics from a friend. 
 I didn't have a 5" square of it to send, most of the bits I have are not that large.  
I did however have a 4" square so sent it along as a total "surprise" for her!!  
I can't wait for her to receive the package!!


Would you be excited if you received this in your mail box?

Paying it forward is almost as much fun as receiving such a gift isn't it??

I hope it makes her day!!

~XOP~


Thursday, September 04, 2014

Doctor Who?

Yes, that's right, Doctor Who!  My son was wanting a Tardis quilt.  I had no clue.  A what? 
 He showed me exactly what he wanted and then I had to hunt for a pattern.  

"Dear God, please let there be a Tardis pattern so I don't have to design one.  
Thanks in advance. " ~Pam

As proof that He does answer your prayers I was able to find a great one on Craftsy!
Relatively Dimensional by Hunter's Studio.


This pattern was easy to follow and easy to make!
Sam (the designer) designed the words into a FQ on Spoonflower.
Far be it from me to do more work then necessary!!

I bought the panel. 
Actually I bought a yard's worth. 
One would have thought that they would print 4 on a yard.
NOPE
They printed 1 in the middle of the yard of fabric  *sigh*
Epic fail.
So I live chatted them up and guess what?  
They reprinted it with 4 on a yard AND let me keep the original one.

Gotta love Spoonflower!
I ordered my background fabric from them for this.
It was a Dr Who Gallifreyan print and you can find it here.


Now I will show you what I did with this pattern and how things came out so far.
On Friday I got the lantern done.  


Saturday I began working on adding to things and by lunch time had this done.


I did have a few interruptions though.
"No mom, pay attention to meeeee"


I pushed on and got the entire top finished!
I added another 10 inches to the width to make the finished quilt size 60" x 80"


Sunday was on to the back.  
Some IG friends had given or sold me some left overs of their Spoonflower Dr. Who prints 
so I decided to incorporate them into the back.  
This pieced back took me all day!!!  
Now it is ready to go off to the quilter.  
I have some ideas of how I want it quilted so will be chatting with Kathy about that soon!


Close up of the bottom row


And the top row


My goal for September is to get this quilted and bound so it is ready to gift to my son.

I am linking up to ALYOF over at Fiber of All Sorts to help with this goal.

Next up is working on my Secret Stalker swap project for the A2MQG.

What are you working on?

~XOP~


Wednesday, September 03, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I decided that I wanted to work on my Kitty Mini quilt over the weekend. 
 I made significant progress.  
I thought I would share that with you.  
I just need to hand turn the binding and label it and it will be ready to send to my swap partner.  
I sure hope she loves it too!!


I had LOTS of help!


I spent  part of one day doing the quilting. 
 I opted for straight lines at varying distances.  
I used masking tape to guide me with the lines.  
Then I did a free motion heart around the heart in the center. 
 I had to cover up the names of my partner and her cat (that's what the white bits are in the cats)


I used a Cotton and Steel tiger print for the back.  
The quilting shows up much better in this photo.



I just have the binding and labeling left to go now and this one will be ready to go!

This swap was a lot of fun and I hope we can do another one down the road.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.

~XOP~


Thursday, August 28, 2014

The End Of the Weekend

Sunday was our last day at the lake.  
Oh but don't you worry, we packed some fun into this day too!

First up was a trip to a wonderful breakfast place called Toast and Jams.  
YUM!  
They even had homemade strawberry jam for your toast!    
Aren't these lights fun?  


I had the seafood scrambler and it was awesome!


Then we drove back to the cottage. 
 Every time we were there we saw deer at some point too.  
On Friday morning this was in the front yard.  
There was a mom and dad and 2 babies.



After we got home I started stitching.  
I really wanted to finish this part so I could begin the actual making of the mini quilt.  
Pardon the wrinkles. 
 It is now pressed and I will show you that tomorrow.
I had to cover up the names to protect the innocent 
(or at least to keep my secret partner a secret!)


My friend, Anne Neville challenged me to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. 
 So I put on my swim suit and Ann and I headed to the beach.  
She gleefully (maybe a little too gleefully) filled the bucket up with ALL THE ICE in her freezer and then volunteered to go into the lake and fill it up with water for me too!!  
Gee thanks.  
As you can see the ice all over the sand I did indeed take the challenge. 
 I challenged three other people too.  
My Friends, Cori Jones, Jacquie Gering and Windy Sibberson.  
If you want to see the actual pouring of cold water all over myself you can view it on my FB page.


I then took the opportunity to go swimming in Lake Michigan.  
After all this excitement, we packed up and headed out.  
The drive should have taken us just under 3 hours and it took over 6!!!  
Thank you bridge construction at Lowell. 
 It took us over an hour to drive less than 6 miles. 
 I can honestly say I was happy to be home after that long, long car ride!

Thanks to Ann for a GREAT weekend!!!  I hope we get to do it again sometime.

~XOP~