Friday, October 24, 2014

Oh Say Can You See - Blogger's Quilt Festival Entry

For my second entry this fall, please consider my recent finish, "Oh Say Can You See".

Hexy flag quilt

This quilt was a lesson in persistence.  I started it almost a year ago by cutting charm squares and basting a few red hexies while waiting at my kids' afternoon activities.  I got my first real push forward when I took a trip in January to visit my Gram and was able to reverse applique all the navy stars.  Then, it was back to the slow grind. I finally finished this quilt a couple of weeks ago.

It was really difficult to photograph too.  It's just so big!


Taking a photo inside just washed out the colors, but at least I could see all of it.


Finding a wall big enough was a challenge too. Here it is from a little further back. The dining room usually has a huge painting on this wall and a sofa underneath!


Fun right?  I can't wait to bust this one out at a 4th of July BBQ next summer.

Hexy flag quilt close up

Quilt Stats:

Size - 105 inches x 69 inches
Pattern: found in the book, Hexa Go-Go by Tacha Bruecher
Fabrics: There are about 75 different fabrics, various manufacturers
Quilted by: Me on my Janome Horizon
Quilting Thread: Aurifil

Thanks for reading and considering me for your vote,


Modern Grace - Blogger's Quilt Festival entry

I just love the Blogger's Quilt Festival!  I look forward to it every fall and spring.  It is so awesome of Amy to host it, as it gives us a chance to show off our work, but more importantly view the quilts of others.  I have found so many inspirational quilters through the festival.  I hope you will too.  Please visit the main page on Amy's Creative Side and start drooling over all the quilting eye candy.  Also, don't forget to return on November 1st to vote for your favorites in each category!

For my first entry this fall, I am submitting this baby quilt that I made for Grace into the Modern Quilts category. Thus, the terribly unoriginal name for this quilt: Modern Grace.

Discontinuity 2

The pattern is called Discontinuity by Emily Cier at Carolina Patchworks.

As you can see, I quilted the dickens out of it, but it sure was fun to try out some new designs, and it gave the quilt a lot of texture.

Here is another shot, close up:

Close up of quilting

Quilt Stats:

Size - 40 inches x 50 inches
Pattern: Discontinuity by Emily Cier
Fabrics: all solids by Free Spirit
Quilted by: ME!!! on my Janome Horizon
Quilting Thread: Aurifil

Thanks for reading and considering me for your vote,


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One more mini - Building Blocks Tuesday

Thank you to everyone who responded to last week's question about how much blog reading you still do.  It was good to hear that many of you still enjoy reading blog posts, even if you might not comment frequently.

This week, I've been contemplating my partner in a mini swap.  She hasn't given me very much to go on, as she seems to like everything.  I've taken that as a blank check to do whatever I like!  So, I decided to try out one of the Park Bench blocks from the pattern by Jaybird Quilts.  I bought the pattern ages ago when it first came out, and it has been patiently waiting for the right time.  What better time to try one out than now?

Here is the block, all SID'd and ready to be quilted.

Park Bench mini

I confess, I enjoy making minis very much.  Just as I was putting this one together, I got the itch to make another big block for another mini (for me).  Just one more mini........stay tuned.

What blocks have you working on?  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


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!