At the end of last year I became quite busy with projects that had pre-Christmas deadlines, and now that I've spent some time organizing my digital photos, I have two projects to share today.
The first quilt is a baby quilt made from a flannel panel and the cutest monsters in flannel as backing. The fabrics were given to me by Claire who asked me to "Get it done!" because she had a grand-daughter expecting soon!
I wanted to have a jungle feel to the orange background, so a simple climbing vine filled those areas nicely.
I love the cartoony giraffes and really wanted them to stand out, so I outlined each figure and pebble stitched over the spots on their backs.
Shortly after I delivered this quilt to Claire, I was at a craft show and met her expectant grand-daughter! She had been talking to me for a few minutes, then came rushing back after Claire told her I was the one who made the quilt. It was really awesome to hear from a grateful quilt recipient :)
Several years ago, I found this paper-pieced pattern designed by Soma Acharya of www.WhimsandFancies.com She designed it as a Fourth of July celebration, citing her grandmother's belief that reading and knowledge buys you freedom. I love the idea, and my local public library has become like a home for me, so I needed to help decorate it!
I am a school bus driver, so it seemed natural to take some pictures of the quilt with the bus. I tried some near the school zone signs too, but the scale was awkward. Sorry for the sideways photo, my photo viewer software must automatically orient the pictures...technology is such a blessing, and a pain!
I gifted this wall hanging to the library during our December Book Club meeting. This sparked some debate about where to display it, but I think it has found a home near the main entrance. I wish I had put some book titles on the spines, but I didn't because there are so many great titles to choose from and I didn't want to impose my favourite book picks on someone else. Since the library is the place to explore freely, I like that everyone can imagine their favourite titles on the quilt.
I wish I had taken a picture of the back and binding fabric, but it is from a line Connecting Threads had about 2015 called Bookish. It has spiraling towers of books in a Dr.Seuss meets MC Escher tribute. I have a small bit leftover and it is in my applique scrap bin, so it may have a spot in another bookcase quilt in the future!
I do hope to stay more up-to-date with showing you this year's projects. I have several ready in the wings, so please check back soon!
Linking up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Quilt Art Designs, Can I Get a Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and TGIFF (some of these have buttons on the sidebar!)
Sometimes I need a deadline to keep me motivated to complete a quilt. What better motivation than participating in a bloghop?
While the snow and cold temperatures keep you inside, why not work on projects for this year's fair? The full listing is available to download now!
This month's block used paper piecing technique, one that all three of us were familiar with and happy to assemble!
My favourite customer, Ashley asked me to make a quilt from her daughter's baby clothes. I have previously made her quilts for her sisiter-in-law, her boys and she won a school quilt!
August's quilting technique was English Paper Piecing (EPP), a method I was skeptical to try at first.