Friday, March 27, 2015

Rainbow Mini - a finish Friday

It's a finish Friday! and a colorful one too.

Rainbow Mini Swap item


Behold!  My finished mini for the Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap on Instagram.  This mini is about 23 inches square, and each colored block is made of 25 one inch squares.

Speaking of those little scraps, I was getting a little nostalgic as I was putting them together.  Most of the pieces came from my scrap bins, and I used pieces not only from my most current projects, but also from my very first quilt!  So, in a way, this quilt sums up the last few years in fabric.  I hope my partner likes it.  I liked it so much, I decided to make one for myself too......

Twinsies!

I mean you can't take a trip down memory lane and not want a memento for your yourself!  Plus it is just as easy to make 2 at once.

Rainbow Mini quilting up close

I quilted it using my walking foot and one of the more decorative zigzag stitches on my machine.  I learned how to do this in Jacquie Gering's, "Creative Quilting with Your Walking Foot"class (affiliate link**) on Craftsy.  She shares some great tips on how to keep those quilting lines straight!  It is an excellent class if you haven't checked it out - one of my favorites for sure and one I keep going back to for reference.  I reviewed it a little over a year ago HERE if you want to know more.

On to the next mini!  I'm currently working on one for the Spring Fling Mini swap, and I need to get going on my Outlander Craft swap item.  I have several ideas wandering around in my head, but I haven't started anything yet.  Oh yeah, and then there is the Cotton and Steel Mini that needs to be made and 2 fun minis for the winners of the 500+ giveaways.  So, I hope you like minis because it seems like that is what I'm doing around here for a while!


Thanks for reading today,


Jen




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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Rainbow blocks - Building Blocks Tuesday

Today, I'm sharing all the tiny blocks that went into my mini for the Rainbow Mini Swap.

Rainbow Mini blocks Mosaic

These are all 5 inch blocks finished.  Those were some tiny scraps!

Given that I am showing you these in mosaic form, I doubt the final layout of the quilt will be much of a surprise, but I will be showing you that on finish Friday.


What blocks have you working on this week?  I would love to see.  Link up your fabulous blocks.  You put a lot of hard work into them - show them off!  This free linky will stay open until the first Monday of next month, but I will repost it every Tuesday until a new month starts.


Quilter in the Closet

Rules:

1) Please link up only to the page in your blog showing your wonderful blocks, not just the blog homepage.  Flickr pictures are also OK.
2) Make sure to put your blog name as the description so people know where they are going or the name of your block!
3) Please grab my button and post it in your blog post or sidebar.
4) Visit other linky participants!


Thanks for reading,

Jen




Sunday, March 22, 2015

Inspirational Sunday (2) - via Road to California 2015

Hello!  For today's inspirational post I thought I would dive right into some of the special exhibits at Road to California, because they are my favorite to look at.

First up, the Wicked Cherrywood Challenge.

Wicked Challenge w/Cherrywood Fabrics


In this challenge, the participants had to complete a 20 x 20 mini quilt, with the theme from the Wicked musical, oh, and a very limited color palette (using Cherrywood fabric).

Wicked Challenge w/Cherrywood Fabrics - Road to CA 2015


The results are dramatic!

Wicked Challenge with Cherrywood Fabrics


And I love how different they all are!


Wicked Challenge w/Cherrywood Fabrics


The next group of quilts are just a couple from the "Celebrate the Day with Quilts" exhibit.  In this exhibit 53 artists came up with 72 quilts that interpret some "special days" that might make it onto your calendar.


This quilt is called "National Tooth Fairy Day" by Bunnie Jordan.

"National Tooth Fairy Day" by Bunnie Jordan


Who wouldn't want to celebrate losing a tooth by getting a quilt like this?

I only snapped a few of these as the crowd was thick on the day I went to the show.

This one is called "DNA Day" by Renelda Peldunas-Harter.

"DNA Day" by Renelda Peidunas-Harter

I learned that April 25th is a significant day in the history of DNA discoveries, and here I just thought it was a few days after tax day.

This one is called "Nerd Pride Day" by Kathy Lincoln.


"Nerd Pride Day" by Kathy Lincoln


So the next time May 25th rolls around, make sure to hug the nerd to your right and left.  I just love the pocket protector included in the quilt!


Thanks for reading today,

Jen