Spring 2015 Blogger’s Quilt Festival ~ Menagerie

Quilts, The Quilt Book Project

I’m so nervous!!  I am entering two quilts in the Spring 2015 Blogger’s Quilt Festival over on Amy’s Creative Side.  If you are visiting me here for the first time because of your interest in the festival, “Welcome!”  You can find much more of my work and thoughts over on Instagram.  The link is there on the right.  

 The first quilt I am entering will be in the LARGE QUILT category.  It measures 93″ square, 372″ around.  My friend Anna aka @HootnHaller and I challengecd ourselves to actually make some things out of the many quilt books on our shelves.  This is my first finish and I couldnt’ be happier.  I call it “Menagerie” because of all of the animal prints throughout the top and back of the quilt.  It is made up of entirely all Cotton + Steel fabrics.  Of course I used 50 weight Aurifil thread to piece it and to sew the binding down.  I finished piecing it last week.  After piecing the back, I delivered it to my local long arm quilter, JoAnn Sholtz, and had her use a beautiful turquoise colored thread to quilt the dense “Deb Swirl” pattern all over it.  I was so excited to pick it up from her yesterday, Monday, that I ran right home, made up the binding, machine stitched it onto the top and then spent 4.25 hours hand stitching the binding to the back whole watching The Voice & DVR’d The Bachelorette.  And then… I slept under it!  Hubby and I just love it and were amazed at how nicely it fit on our king sized bed.   
   The pattern is called “Breaking Tide” by April Rosenthal.  It’s the second pattern in her book, “Bedroom Style, Perfectly Pieced” from Lucky Spool.  I designed the back of the quilt using 10″ quarter square triangles to reflect the quilt top, and used two color ways of the coyote and rabbit print from Cotton + Steel’s “Mesa” collection.  I honestly don’t know which side I like the best!   

 Well, thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my quilt.  To those of you who have also entered the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, good luck!   Thank you to Amy of Amy’s Creative Side for providing such a fun platform to share quilts in.  

 

Looking back on a productive 2014

Fat Quarter Shop Tutorials, Lady K Designs

2014 went so fast that I’m still recovering from whiplash. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way though. When I look back at my Instagram posts I am reminded that though the year flew by, I didn’t just sit around and not blog. LOL! I had 62 finishes of quilty goodness in 2014!! There may have been a project here and there that I didn’t record on Instagram, therefore I don’t really remember them, but 62 is impressive enough in my opinion. Hubby couldn’t believe it when I told him and my sister admitted to shedding a tear when she saw my Flipgram of my projects. What I did learn in 2014 is to remember to not just take pics of the progress of making things. I must remember to always take a pic of the finished product and IG it.
So far in 2015, I have made two pillows for my sister, three pillows for my own couches and a table runner for our dining room table. I have also completed the first two months of the “Threads of Time BOM” from Fat Quarter Shop and the last three months of blocks for Stitchery Dickory Dock’s “Sugar Block Club 2014”.
My goals for 2015 are to finish the PhD’s (Projects Half Done) that are haunting me from the corners of my studio, work at designing and developing my own patterns and blog more. If I can do the first two things successfully then I will call that a successful year!
Below are pics of the pillows and table runner I have made this month.

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